Not for me at all – DNF

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The Reluctant Healer by Andrew Himmel

Book Review:  1 out of 5 star rating

Will Alexander is a young intern at a large law firm.  When he meets Erica, he is immediately drawn to her.  She claims that he is surrounded by color auras and she believes he’s a natural healer.  Erica is a social worker who is beginning to believe she can heal people through energy healing.  Will is very conflicted about his ability to heal, despite evidence to the contrary.

I struggled through over a third of this book but could not take it any further than that.  When I got to the part when Will, Erica and a man who wanted healing all lost consciousness and Will sees them running through a field, suspending themselves in the air and then they were all striking and punching each other.  That’s where I gave up.  It’s not often that I don’t finish a book that I intend to review, but I could not waste any more time with this one.

Let me say that I have a very open mind when it comes to alternative healing.  I’m a Reiki practitioner myself and believe in energy healing and thus the reason I was attracted to this book.  My review is more based on poor writing and a story that I could not find any reason to continue reading.  It seemed very disjointed to me and I had a hard time following it.  Other negative plot points would include the fact that when Will first becomes involved with Erica and for quite some time afterwards, he thinks she’s crazy but he wants her sexually so he continues to see her.  That turned me off from the start.  As for Erica, she may well be an energy healer (and I assume they’re talking about Reiki here though I don’t believe they actually use the word) but she has such a strange way of dealing with people.  When she was trying to convince Will of their healing powers, she grabs the arm of a woman to force her to show Will that her skin condition was healed.  She also worked as a social worker, yet was apparently incorporating energy healing into her work with her clients, which had to be unethical.  There were quite a few instances of strange responses by the characters and nothing rang true to me.

Unfortunately, I can’t find anything good to say about this book so I can only give it one star.  My apologies to the author and Goodreads giveaways but this wasn’t for me.

Not recommended.

This book was won by me in a Goodreads giveaway contest.

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Over-complicates Reiki

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The Art of Psychic Reiki by Lisa Campion

Book Review:  3 out of 5 star review

This is a guide to learning the principles of Reiki and how to develop your psychic and empathic abilities.  The author, Lisa Campion, is a psychic counsellor and a Reiki master teacher.  The book guides its readers through Reiki Levels I and II though stresses the importance of having an attunement by a Reiki master.

Where it goes off the path of most Reiki books that I’ve read is that it also shows the importance of developing your psychic abilities and getting in touch with your empathy.  I understand that in some ways we all have some psychic abilities and intuition about the world around us.  When taught Reiki, I was told that sometimes I would “just know” where to place my hands and where the energy was most needed.  This book goes much more in depth into how to communicate with your psychic “guides”.  I’ve heard many Reiki practitioners talk about spiritual guides but my teachers never stressed that and to be honest, it makes me a bit uncomfortable.  I believe Reiki energy comes from our creator and it’s that creator who “guides” the energy to wherever it’s needed most.

In some ways, I think the author over-simplifies Reiki, especially when she talks about giving self-Reiki while watching TV.  On the other hand, I felt this book over-complicates Reiki in many ways and may actually turn some people off from doing Reiki.  To me, Reiki is very, very simple.  I’m just a vessel and I ask God to help the energy flow to where it’s needed.  This was an interesting read but I don’t think it added anything to my daily Reiki practice.

This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.

 

A necessity for all animal Reiki practitioners

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Healing Virtues by Kathleen Prasad

Book Review:  5 out of 5 star rating

Kathleen Prasad is the president and co-founder of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA).  That Reiki association is the only one of its kind and is dedicated to rescued animals and their caretakers.  I’ve read her book “Reiki for Dogs”, so I knew the basics of her Animal Reiki Practitioner Code of Ethics but wanted to know more.  This book more than satisfied that desire.

I’ve been practicing Reiki for several months and it’s been quite a spiritual journey.  My Reiki teacher is Bill Stevens, who is a past student of Kathleen Prasad’s.  Kathleen put this code together ten years ago and Bill uses it in his teaching of Reiki.  He teaches his students about asking the animal for permission when offering Reiki, which is something I’ve been doing but didn’t have a complete understanding of it as most of the classes I took were devoted to working with humans.  Kathleen does a beautiful in-depth job of explaining the difference between offering Reiki to humans and offering it to animals.  With humans we use our hands to transfer the energy.  With animals, it’s more of a deeper heart to heart connection.  She also reinforced Bill’s teaching that we shouldn’t approach Reiki with the idea that we have to fix something that’s wrong with the animal or heal it but rather just “Be” Reiki and share the Reiki space with the animal.  Simply trust Reiki to do what’s needed.

Kathleen also includes many detailed, step-by-step Reiki meditations that are just beautiful and that I’m looking forward to incorporating in my practice.  I know I’m going to refer to this book again and again as a I strive to learn how to integrate the Reiki principles into my everyday life, not just when I’m practicing Reiki.

Most highly recommended for all animal Reiki practitioners.

This book was given to me by the author in return for an honest review.