Reading list

Some days I dream of slipping off to a Reiho den on Mt Kurama again… or finding a quiet spot to just sit and immerse myself in my favourite Reiki books… Bliss! 

When you look online or in a book shop, there are So Many Reiki books out there… but which do you choose?

Which ones will help you grow and understand Reiki more? 

After reading “Light on the Origins of Reiki” by Tadao Yamaguchi in 2009, I left behind the new age style of Western Reiki I’d previously learnt and became a Jikiden Reiki practitioner… Almost within weeks of reading this! 

The purity and simplicity of the original Reiki techniques, along with the credibility and clarity of the teachings passed down to and on by the Yamaguchi family, have truly transformed my life for the better… which led to me wanting to pass all this on to you... In 2011 I began teaching traditional Japanese Reiki after further training with Tadao Yamaguchi, head of the Institute.

Here are some of my favourites, filled with amazing facts and accurate historical background. Have you noticed how we see new things each time we re-read a book?

Books are great for deepening our understanding, but they can't make you into a practitioner... that only happens in person, teacher to student... just as in the days of the founder Mikao Usui. 

Anyone can join Jikiden Reiki Course…  Then you will receive Reiju and feel Reiki flow through your hands… 

Light on the Origins of REIKI

A Handbook for Practicing the Original Reiki of Usui and Hayashi

Tadao Yamaguchi

ISBN: 9780914955658

Kindle version available



Transformation of Body, Mind and Soul from the Origins to the Practice

Frank Arjava Petter

ISBN: 9780940985018

Kindle version available


One with Reiki

Love, Devotion and Being Present

Frank Arjava Petter

ISBN: 9798559320984

Kindle version available 


Reiki in Clinical Practice 

A science-based guide

Ann Baldwin

ISBN: 9781912085361

Kindle version available


The Hayashi Reiki Manual

Traditional Japanese Healing Techniques from the Founder of the Western Reiki System

Frank Arjava Petter, Tadao Yamaguchi, 

Chujiro Hayashi

ISBN: 9780914955757

Kindle version available


Women in Reiki

Lifetimes dedicated to healing in 1930s Japan and today

Silke Kleeman, Amanda Jayne

ISBN: 9783754307533

Kindle version available


The Essence of SHINTO

Japan’s Spiritual Heart

Motohisa Yamakage

ISBN: 9784770030443