Self-acceptance is at the center of this well-written guide


Living Reiki by Melissa Tipton

Book Review:  4 out of 5 star rating

This isn’t the type of book that you can sit down and read through and have a complete understanding of it.  This is the type of book that I know I will return to again and again along my Reiki path.  The book is chock full of meditation exercises to use in breaking down the energy blockages within us.

In reading the book through once, I know there were areas that just didn’t sink in so I’ll have to return to them again.  One thing that really stood out for me is how we can contaminate Reiki by using our own personal energy (which may well be messed up yet) or if we impose our ego on the energy.  We need to spiritually heal ourselves in order for healing energy to flow well.  Self-acceptance is at the center of this well-written guide.

While I’ve been thinking of the five precepts of Reiki on a daily basis for almost a year now, Ms. Tipton gave me new insight into those precepts.  There’s even a Divine Scavenger Hunt that I’m looking forward to embarking on.


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

Over-complicates Reiki


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


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.