This format works so well for those who are thinking of experiencing reiki for the first time, be it by receiving it or by training for their reiki 1 &/or 2. It lays out the basics you may need to know to make learning it that much easier & clears any fear you may have had about receiving it. The pictures are very clear & help enormously with the specific hand positions you will need to know as a practitioner. It could not be any clearer if it tried, it's like a words & picture book for the grown up "spiritual traveller" on their path to fulfillment. This was the first book on the subject I bought when I began my training & now I am a qualified Reiki 1 &2 practitiooner & I still have a flick through to reaffirm a few points every now & then. So overall, very clear, very instructive & a great guide to the gentlest form of healing.