Reiki for Life by Penelope Quest has become an internationally acclaimed classic text on Reiki since it was first published in 2002.
Tomorrow sees the publication of the fully revised and much-expanded edition of this classic guide. Reiki for Life is now even more comprehensive, making it essential reading for Reiki practitioners and Reiki Masters. Each level of Reiki is presented in an easy-to-read way, so it’s also ideal for anyone wanting to know more about Reiki. The revised new edition now includes:
- The latest research on the mind─body connection
- More illustrations and exercises
- Four new chapters outlining the Japanese traditions in Reiki
- Advice and guidelines for anyone thinking of training to become a professional practitioner
Author Penelope Quest has been a Reiki Master/Teacher for both the Usui Shiki Ryoho and Usui/Tibetan traditions since 1994 and a Karuna Reiki Master since 1996. She is also a former Vice-chairman and Education Co-ordinator for the UK Reiki Federation. Throughout her career she has striven for the very best standards in Reiki practice. This led to her work with the Reiki Regulatory Working Group, helping to produce the new guidelines for professional Reiki practice in the UK. She has also been a consultant on Reiki for both the Open University and the NHS, helping to educate others in this ancient healing art.
If you’ve never experienced or used Reiki before, take a look at Penelope's Frequently Asked Questions.
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning 'spiritual energy'. In the West, the word is more often used to describe a healing system founded in the 1920s by Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist scholar. Reiki is a safe, gentle, non-intrusive hands-on healing technique for use on yourself, other people or animals. It uses spiritual energy to treat physical ailments. However, it is much more than a physical therapy. It is a holistic system for balancing, healing and harmonising all aspects of being (body, mind, emotions and spirit); promoting relaxation, a sense of wholeness and well-being as well as encouraging self-awareness, personal growth and spiritual development.
What does a Reiki treatment involve?
A Reiki treatment generally takes about an hour. The recipient remains fully clothed and lies on a therapy couch or sits on a chair and relaxes. The Reiki practitioner gently places his or her hands on or near the body, in a sequence of positions. There is no pressure, massage or manipulation and the whole person is treated (body, mind, emotions and spirit) rather than specific symptoms.
How many treatments are usually needed?
For minor health problems or to alleviate stress and encourage relaxation, one or two treatments may be enough. Major illnesses or chronic conditions are likely to require many treatments. A Reiki practitioner will sometimes suggest a course of treatments, perhaps one or two per week in such cases, but it is always up to the client to decide whether they wish to continue.
Does Reiki work on all illnesses?
Physically, Reiki supports and accelerates your body’s own natural ability to heal itself, usually alleviating pain and relieving other symptoms. However, it should not be seen as a ‘cure’, even though it does sometimes have amazing effects. It can be used in conjunction with other complementary or conventional medical treatments. Emotionally, Reiki works on what you are feeling and experiencing, encouraging you to let go of negative emotions. Psychologically, Reiki brings about a state of deep relaxation, releasing stress and tension and allowing you to let go of negative thoughts, concepts and attitudes that might be holding you back. And finally, spiritually, Reiki helps you to accept and love yourself, also fostering compassion and a non-judgemental approach to others.
Is it easy to learn Reiki?
Anyone can learn to use Reiki, whatever their age or gender, religion or origin. You need a desire to learn, a willingness to let the healing energy flow through you, and the time to attend a one- or two-day Reiki First Degree (Reiki 1) course, and to practise the skills you learn. This opens up your inner healing channel so that you can then use Reiki energy for self-healing and treating others for the rest of your life.
Reiki is taught by qualified Reiki Masters (teachers), and there are two other levels of training if you wish to learn more. At Reiki Second Degree (Reiki 2) level, three symbols (sacred shapes and mantras) are taught, as well as some special techniques that intensify the Reiki and enable people to carry out effective distant (absent) healing. Reiki Third Degree (Reiki 3) is the level of a Reiki Master, someone who has committed his or her life to learning the mastery of Reiki, and who is qualified to teach others this amazing and powerful healing system.
Reiki for Life is out on the 5th of April. It is also available to download as an ebook from all the major ebook retailers, so you can add this title to your Kindle, iPad, Kobo or Sony Reader.
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