Book review: The Basics of Reiki by Penelope Quest

By Lori Alamia,
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In a world filled with various health issues, it is smart to explore all of your options to feel your best. Despite complex advances, the simple yet strong power of touch may be just the type of healing that you need.

The Basics of Reiki: A Step-by-Step Guide to Healing with Reiki by Master Penelope Quest is a comprehensive guide to a centuries-old healing practice from Japan called Reiki. The book includes the history of Reiki, how treatment works, how training for Reiki works, diagrams of Reiki hand positions, what Reiki is good for, and more.

This book will not give you the power to perform Reiki, but it will intrigue you and perhaps persuade you to either experience Reiki yourself or take a class to learn how to practice it.

The word Reiki translates to “spiritual energy.” According to Reiki practitioners, we are all made of energy which is constantly being transferred. Reiki suggests this energy can be directed through certain hand positions to become a non-invasive way of bringing about healing. While used for physical healing, much like other alternative healing, it involves a full-body approach that includes spiritual and personal growth.

The Reiki way of life involves principles that can help all of us:

1. Just for today, do not anger
2. Just for today, do not worry
3. Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings
4. Just for today, I will do my work diligently
5. Just for today, I will be kind to every living creature

They remind us to live in the moment. Besides healing ourselves, family, and friends, Reiki can also be used for our beloved pets.

Quest’s writing is easy to follow and emphasizes all the important points one needs to know to contemplate pursuing Reiki. It is divided into five sections: "What is Reiki?", "Experiencing Reiki," "Learning Reiki," "Using Reiki," and "Progressing in Reiki." It is a great tool for those who want to practice Reiki instead of those who just want to experience it, giving detailed information about the commitment and skills needed to do so.

If you are into natural healing and have yet to try Reiki, this is a great place to start with plenty of resources provided to learn even more.



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