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Although the Reiki sections are great the rest leaves to be desired.
on 18 April 2010
Like many people who buy this book, I too was pointed towards it by my Reiki teacher. Had I known it was concentrating on approaching Reiki from a Wiccan and feminist point of view I would not have bought it.
I am a Reiki Master but am a Christian too. The fact that she claims that Jesus not only survived the cruxifiction and then became a Budhist, led me to take her book out of the recommended reading section in my handbooks when teaching, I mention it and put it on the table for people to look through but will not recommend it for the reasons I will state.
I believe that it would put some people of Reiki. Reiki is not supposed to disrespect any religion and anyone can be included, even someone who does not believe can be taught Reiki. The book concentrated too much on the Wiccan approach and talked about Reiki as a woman to other women, a man would probably think that they are not suitable or that it is a 'woman thing' when of course that is far from the truth, Dr Usui was very much a man. The sexual nature of some of her treatments, read the migraine one, I think I stick to an asperin! is also too far removed from my comfort zone, I am not a prude but I draw the line somewhere.
The positive side of this book is that the sections that deal with Reiki alone, are indeed very good. She manages to teach us a symbol for those who just cannot master the master symbol and is a very good teacher that much is obvious. It is that part of the book that I think, makes a lot of teachers keep the book on the recommended reading list.
If you can use the book, solely on the Reiki chapters, it is a very good book, the thing that lets it down is the author seemingly trying to influence you with chapters that have nothing to do with Reiki and everything to do with her faith and her beliefs.