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Reiki Books (prior to 1997)

This is an annotated bibliography listing of the majority of English Language Reiki Books
(and a few others) Version 6.2 (mostly chronological) by:
Walter Keoki Quan 
Victoria, British Columbia (Canada) "A large part of my Reiki practise is spent accumulating books in English on Reiki. This is a listing of books I have found and/or purchased or have seen in passing. Missing, so far as I can tell are books from Australia (where I now have a source) or other English-speaking but non-North American countries, and self-published books which are not widely available. As well as publication data, "Notes" consist of my opinions (generally) - I encourage people to read the books for themselves to see if the information therein "rings" for them. Please send any corrections to me - additions to the list welcome, but it means I'll be behind again! Thanks to Richard Rivard for hosting this listing on this site. " Walter Quan   (all comments are Walter's except RR - Richard Rivard).

Last Updated: June 22, 2001

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Book Title Author Publisher Pages / Format ISBN / Date
Reiki - The Usui System of Natural Healing Mitchell, Paul David Mitchell, Paul David - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho approx. 28 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches (ISBN not known) 
January 1985, revised edition for the Reiki Alliance August 1985
Notes: The "Blue Book" - the original published book on Reiki - used to be given to students of Alliance-member teachers. Contains the most commonly used pictures of Dr. Usui, Dr. Hayashi, Mrs. Takata and Phyllis Furumoto. Also contains a message from Phyllis to students of Reiki. 
The Reiki Factor  Ray, Barbara Radiance Associates pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-933267-00-2 
First Edition 1983, Second Edition 1985 Subsequent editions to 1992
Notes: Subsequent editions have been issued as The "Reiki" Factor in the Radiance Technique (Expanded Edition). Original editions contained a fairly balanced perspective on Reiki and the author's experiences with the energy. More recent editions spend a great deal of energy asserting that "Reiki" is not correct or proper unless it is practised (and initiated) as the "Radiance Technique®". 
The Official Reiki Handbook -A Complete Reference Manual for Students of Reiki Ray, Barbara and Carrington, Yesnie American-International Reiki Association, Inc. 74 pp, Cerlox-bound, 1/4" spine  0-01-001175-7 
1982, Third edition revised 1984
Notes: As with the first author's other book, subsequent editions state very strongly the position that Reiki isn't Reiki unless taught in the authors' methodology. Early editions of these books give excellent hand positions, as well as an A-Z listing of Specific Treatments. 
The Reiki Handbook Arnold, Larry and Nevius, Sandy PSI Press, Harrisburg, PA  136 pp, Soft & floppy, 8.5 x 11 inches  0-962550-01-9 
1982, 1985, 1990, further editions as well
Notes: Students of Virginia Samdahl who wanted to put together a manual for their students. Thorough, thoughtful and from the heart. Contains Reiki Recipes! 
Virginia Samdahl: Reiki Master Healer Lugenbeel, Barbara Grunwald and Radcliff, Norfolk VA/Lucerne Switzerland  137 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-915133-04-0 (pbk) 
0-915133-03-2 (hardcover?) 
Notes: The first of the biographies of Reiki people. Traces Virginia Samdahl's personal Reiki story, from early work as a clairvoyant to later work as a healer. 
Reiki Plus® First Degree  Jarrell, David G., Reiki Master Hibernia West (Tennessee) 100 pp, 8.5 x 11 inches  0-9634690-0-2? 
first edition: 1984, 2nd ed. 1988, 3rd ed. 1990
Notes: A manual for students of Reiki Plus - David Jarrell's format of Reiki. Includes a great deal of information - mostly specific to his format . Subsequent editions seen in bookstores. 
Reiki Plus ® Natural Healing - Second Degree  Jarrell, David G.and Richelle (self – but distributed) 176 pp, 9 x 6 inches 0-9634690-3-7
first edition 1992
third edition 2000
Notes: A manual (second degree) for students of Reiki Plus - David Jarrell's format of Reiki. Includes a great deal of information - mostly specific to his format. Subsequent editions seen in bookstores. 

3rd Edition Notes: Twice revised from the original volume published in 1992, this volume describes second degree material from the Jarrells’ Reiki Plus ® modality.  Specific to the book and this modality is Psycho-Theraputic Reiki Plus which addresses healing at the soul level.  Also really neat is a section which outlines various conditions and a whole range of approaches to healing including specific Reiki treatment areas in addition to suggestions around avenues through nutrition, herbs, vitamins, minerals, medical referents, environmental changes, chakra connections and “probable esoteric psychological relationships”.

Reiki Universal Life Energy Baginski, Bodo & Sharamon, Shalia LifeRhythm, Mendocino,CA  211 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-940795-02-7
1988 (English version), 1985 as Reiki-Universale Lebensenergie in November subsequent editions as well
Notes: A thorough introduction to Reiki and the practice - First English edition was issued with pages cut out when Reiki Masters objected to their being listed in the book. Heartfelt and thorough. Still one of the earliest complete manuals and a good one! 
The Reiki Touch, A Reiki Handbook  Stewart, Judy-Carol The Reiki Touch, Inc. - Houston, TX  70 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches  0-962129-11-9 
1988, 1989
Notes: A small, simple book about Reiki - stories, history, case studies and hand positions. 
Reiki: Hawayo Takata's Story Haberly, Helen J. Archedigm Publications, Olney, MD 112 pp, 5 x 7 inches 0-944135-06-4 
Notes: Takata Sensei's biography. Elegant and simple (just like Reiki!) - includes case citations of Takata's practice. 
Empowerment through Reiki - the path to personal and global transformation Horan, Paula Lotus Light - Shangri-la series, Wilmot, WI 160 pp, 5 x 7 inches  0-941524-84-1 
1990 (American Edition) 1989 (German)
Notes: A comprehensive examination of Reiki, the five principles, first and second degrees, and various other, in-depth topics. Also one of the 'classics'. 
Introducing Reiki: Using Universal Life Force Energy  Rosenstiel, Léonie, Ph.D. Dayspring Resources/Research Associates International, NY  50 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-911085-07-6 
Notes: (see next book). 
Reiki Etiquette: Common Sense for Reiki Practitioners Rosenstiel, Léonie, Ph.D. Dayspring Resources/Research Associates International, NY 42 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-911085-10-6 
Notes: two books, subsequently published as one volume (8.5 x 11 inches), containing this Reiki Master's approach to Reiki and to having a practice (including professional behaviours for private sessions, Reiki practicums, group healing work, class etiquette and professional etiquette.) Some information is rather prescriptive. Some information comes from American Reiki Masters' Association - first mention of a fee structure other than the `traditional'. 
Reiki: The Healing Touch - First and Second Degree Manual Rand, William Lee Vision Publications, Southfield, MI 100 plus (varies), 8.5 x 11 inches, cerlox-bound (also 5.5 x 8.5 inches) 0-963156-70-5 
1991, subsequent versions and re-publication - new version 1998
Notes: Outline of William Rand's format for Reiki courses. Stories of Reiki/history varies from volume to volume - fairly comprehensive approach to levels I/II, which are taught together in his system. Tibetan symbols and origins are part of this system (though not explicitly referred to in this volume.) Also available are Advanced Reiki Training and Reiki Three Manuals (but are not published so aren't cited separately.) 
The Reiki Class:  First and Second Degree Audio Tapes Rand, William Lee Vision Publications, Southfield, MI 3 Audio Cassette Tapes 1886785015
January 1994

Living Reiki: Takata's Teachings Brown, Fran LifeRhythm, Endocino, CA 98 pp, 8.5 x 5.5 inches 0-964082217 
Notes: Stories from the life of Hawayo Takata, as told to Fran Brown. "In this loving memoir to her teacher, Fran Brown has gathered colourful stories that Hawayo Takata told during her thirty-five years as the only Reiki Master teaching." (in the west) 
Reiki in Everyday Living - How Universal Energy is a Natural Part of Life, Medicine and Personal Growth Gleisner, Earlene F. R.N./R.M. White Feather Press, Laytonville, CA. 104 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches 1992
Notes: A collection of 14 essays and poems which discuss Reiki and the Usui system, as well as thoughts on medicine and alternative health care. 
The Challenge to Teach Reiki Clay, A.J. Mackenzie (self) New Dimensions, Byron Bay, NSW, Australia 60 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches  0-646-08347-3 
Notes: THE first book to publish symbols - this one discusses various aspects of Reiki, including becoming an independent Reiki Master. Book includes references to a numbers system "a completely new way of interpreting and understanding what essentially amounts to a previously hidden cosmic information." Includes other symbols as well. 
One Step Forward for Reiki Clay, A.J. Mackenzie (self) 92 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-9599437-1-4 
 Notes: A continuation of the author's previous book - more information is provided about the author's `challenge' to the traditional system of payments. Offers lots more esoteric information, as well as many new symbols. 
Hypnotherapy and the Radiance Technique® - Partners in Transformation Ault, Van R.  Resources for Renewal, San Francisco 74 pp 5 x 7 inches 0-9635155-1-9 
Notes: Typical notes about TRT apply. A discussion about very practical integration of TRT with hypnotheraputic practice. 
Spiritual Gardening at it's Best: A Quest for the Navoti Spirit Elwood, Don Dianna Quest Foundation 186 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-9638410-1-7
Notes: Not exactly a Reiki book per se, but the work of a seeker who has experimented with various modalities of prayer with the goal of better gardening and better food production. 
The Complete Reiki Handbook Lübeck, Walter Lotus Light - Shangri-la series - Twin Lakes, WI 192 pp 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-941524-87-6 
1994 (English edition), 1990 German
Notes: Another comprehensive look at Reiki - the author's Reiki-Do (school) of understanding about the learning, practice and applications of Reiki. 
Reiki, Mystères et Accomplissements Dufour, Élizabeth Les Éditions Quebecor Inc., Outremont, Quebec 102 pp, 9 x 6 inches 2-89089-596-3 
Notes: The first (to my knowledge) Canadian book about Reiki. (Discusses the "Association Canadienne et Quebecoise des Maitres Reiki" (Canadian and Quebec Reiki Masters Association), traces lineage through seven generations. A general guide to Reiki - but in French! 
Reiki a Torch in Daylight: a Guide for Healing. Mitchell, Karyn, Ph.D.  Mind Rivers Publications, Daysville, Oregon  154 pp, 8.5 x 5.5 inches 0-9640822-1-7 
Notes: A comprehensive manual of Reiki from Reiki I Path Empowerment to Reiki Master Teacher Path Empowermentcuss (from a student's point of view) what to expect in an initiation. 
Reiki and Other Rays of Touch Healing Milner, Kathleen self, Arizona 152 pp, 8.5 x 11 inches 1-886903-97-2 
  Notes: One of the new versions of `radical' Reiki books. Includes traditional symbols in print, as well as a number of additional symbols. One of Milner's premises is that Reiki was not given to Mrs. Takata as an intact system, and that Reiki only represents one of the elemental Rays. (earth, I think) - Her information comes from a variety of sources, but she credits Sai Baba with a great deal of the materials. Can't say that the materials resonate for me... 
Reiki and Beyond - Healing Manual Gunn, S.Jeanne Merrit Press - Virginia Beach, Virginia 155 pp, 8.5 x 11 inches, cerlox-bound 0-9643412-0-4 
Notes: "This Manual consists of: Reiki I, Reiki II, Quantum Reiki, and Beyond". A manual which combines information about Reiki with accounts (in poetry and prose) of people's experiences with the Energy. The Author appears to run the "Reiki and Beyond Training Center", and would seem to offer a modified curriculum in the William Rand style of levels. 
The Complete Guide to Reiki - Student Reference Edition Martin, Jeffery A. Integration Press - Peoria, Illinois 90pp plus appendices, 8.5 x 11 inches 1-57242-592-x 
 Notes: A comprehensive manual for students of Reiki at all levels - symbols are covered, as well as information about each level. Practical tips are offered about specific uses for Reiki in specific situations or for specific purposes. 
A Complete Book of Reiki Healing Müller, Brigitte and Günther, Horst H. Life Rhythm - Mendocino, CA 192 pp 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-940795-16-7 
1995 (originally published in German - also published in French)
Notes: What originally attracted me to this book (in French as Reiki Guérisf the book) was the photograph (near the end of the book) of Takata's resting place in Hilo, Hawaii. The book contains a comprehensive look at Reiki - details hand positions and suggested treatments in conjunction with these positions. The two Reiki Master/Authors provide information about their paths and how they've come to Reiki. 
Reiki for First Aid Lübeck, Walter Lotus Light - Shangri-la series - Twin Lakes, WI 160 pp 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-914955-26-8BR>1995 (English edition), 1990 German
Notes: The subtitle on the inside cover says, "Reiki treatment as accompanying therapy for over 40 types of illness. With a Supplement on natural healing". Also included are sections on nutrition, short treatments and special positions, and a (small) annotated bibliography and list of curative foods. 
Abundance Through Reiki Horan, Paula Lotus Light - Shangri-La, Twin Lakes, WI 154 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-914955-25-x? 
Notes: After a discussion of Reiki and various aspects of Abundance and Lack, a 42 day program is outlined that shows "how through deep self-inquiry and application of Universal Life Force Energy, you can realize what is fundamentally always yours." 
Reiki: Healing Yourself and Others - A Photo - Instructional Art Book Burack, Marsha, Reiki Master (also did the illustrations) Reiki Healing Institute, Encinitas, CA 146 pp, 8.5 x 11 inches 1-880441-39-x? 
Notes: A gorgeous, luscious photo-illustrated book of hand positions for self-treatment and treatment of others. Also includes art and writing about Reiki, and stories from students and teachers. Ms. Burack also has an audio tape with guided session available. 

Reiki and Medicine Eos, Nancy, M.D., Reiki Master Nancy Eos, M.D., Grass Lake, MI 100 pp, 8.5 x 7 inches 0-9644923-0-x? 
Notes: Dr. Eos outlines her experiences with quite a number of cases where she has incorporated Reiki while working in the Emergency Room. The examples are extremely well-documented and are varied in nature and extremity. Notes in the margins help to exemplify Reiki "in action" in each case study. 
Essential Reiki - A Complete guide to an Ancient Healing art Stein, Diane The Crossing Press Inc, Freedom, CA 156 pp, 8.5 x 10 inches 0-89594-736-6 
Notes: Perhaps the most controversial book published on Reiki - contains a complete course (including handouts for students) of Reiki - all levels, as well as symbols, and instructions about initiating. To her credit, the author explains that attunements should be passed by a Reiki Master, but also gives her experiences of receiving attunements and devising attunements without requisite personal initiations. (Some male readers also find female-only referents controversial). Instructional video series also seen at bookstores. 
The Radiance Technique® and AIDS Ault, Van R. Resources for Renewal, San Francisco 134 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-9635155-3-5 
Notes: Outlines many personal stories of treating and initiating people with HIV/AIDS, and the effects of Radiant TouchSM on HIV/AIDS. As is customary with TRT books, there are a number of annoying references to TRT not being `Reiki', but the stories and examples can serve for those who practice Reiki and for those who have HIV/AIDS. 
In the Light of a Distant Star: a spiritual journey bringing the unseen into the seen Twan, Wanja (self)Morning Star Productions 202 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-9699931-0-3 
Notes: as life from childhood to mid 1980. Describes her discoveries of the spiritual side of life; her meeting Muktananda; and taking Reiki training from Takata. Based in British Columbia. Another volume is promised... [Wanja Twan is one of Takata's original 22 masters.] 
Order this book directly from Wanja --  P.O. Box 407, Kaslo, B.C. VOG IMO, Canada
Ki and Reiki: My Story Gundy, (Joe) Thames Ranch Rainbow Press, Boise Idaho 80pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-9649448-0-4 
Notes: Joe is a master who was initiated by Phyllis Furumoto. In this simple book, he provides an accounting of the history of Reiki, and some thoughts about Reiki, Aikido, and his experiences of teaching in the Netherlands.
Reiki Energy Medicine: Bringing Healing Touch into Home, Hospital and Hospice Barnett, Libby and Chamber, Maggie with Davidson, Susan Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont 126pp, 5.5 x 9 inches 0-892816-33-3 
Notes: A book that takes a medical approach to the practice and form of Reiki. The book deals, however, with wellness and how Reiki can be used in mainstream health care systems. Many case studies and examples are provided. 
Reiki: Way of the Heart: The Reiki Path of Initiation Lubeck, Walter Lotus Light - Shangri-La, Twin Lakes, WI 192 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-941524-91-4 
Notes: Lübeck's newest book - it has a lot of information about Reiki as a path of learning and empowerment. The other part of the subtitle is "A wonderful method for inner development and holistic healing." He discusses a number of issues in Reiki for each level, and discusses 'other' forms of Reiki. 
Way to the Light: Pilgrimage of a Reiki Master Verschure, Yasmin Samuel Weiser Inc, York Beach, Maine 258ppm 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-877288-77-1 
Notes: An autobiographical book divided into four sections: 1) an initial biography; 2) Reiki; 3) a section on Death and Dying (specifically around her experience with a person with AIDS); and 4) Travels with a Reiki Master. A book that deals with one person's experiences and stories - personally-based - might have been edited with a firmer hand. 
All of Reiki - Book I Kuboi, Harry M. Hawaii Reiki Center 94 pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-965160-60-2 
1995, 1996
Notes: Harry M. Kuboi is one of Takata's 22 Masters. In this first of (at least) three books, he channels Dr. Usui (who declares Kuboi to be his 'twin soul'), and also Jesus. Early histories and philosophies of Reiki are explained. 
All of Reiki - Book II Kuboi, Harry M. Hawaii Reiki Center pp, 5.5 x 8.5 inches 0-965160-61-0 
Notes: Harry continues his (and Dr. Usui's) explanations of Reiki and its uses. Some materials pertain specifically to level II and distance work. 
Reiki: Hands that Heal Morris, Joyce J. The Center Bookstore, Encino, CA 188pp, 8.5 x 11 inches 1-888196-05-x 
1993, first complete edition 1996
Notes: A comprehensive manual by one of Virginia Samdahl's students. The work is well-annotated, well-referenced, and reads smoothly. It includes hand positions and list of treatment suggestions for various conditions, as well as suggestions and ideas about Reiki and the practise. 
Reiki: Beyond the Usui System Mitchell, Karyn Mind Rivers Publications, Oregon, Illinois 154 pp, 8.5 x 5.5 inches 0-9640822-2-5 
Notes: Extending from Reiki: A Torch in Daylight, Karyn Mitchell offers a lot of information for students on "the Reiki Path". Introduces work in "Trans- Reiki(" "a full body Reiki treatment with meditation and visualization techniques for deeper emotional-spiritual healing. Sections on treating vertically, as well as treating PWAs. 
Practical Guide to REIKI an Ancient Healing Art Hochhuth,  Klaudia Gemcraft Books,
Victoria, Australia
147 pp, 8.5 x 5.5 inches  0 909223 57 2 
1993, 1996
Notes: A thorough basic book which describes Reiki as it's been brought to the Western world through Mrs. Takata and Phyllis Furumoto, by whom the author was initiated. Many topics are covered including a number of issues for practitioners and teachers.
Reiki: The Energy of Life in the Spirit of Love White, Dorothy Self - Brisbane, Australia 142 pp, 6 x 8 inches  0 646 14130 9
  Notes: A lovely, simply illustrated, basic Reiki book. The author speaks a lot of Reiki as Love, and it comes through - nice photos of hand positions for self and for others as well. 
The Lost Steps of Reiki:Transforming an Ancient Healing Art Thomas Hensel/Kevin Emery LightLines Publishing; 1890405019
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