“This is Reiki: Transformation of Body, Mind and Soul from the Origins to the Practice” – book review

This is one of many books Frank Arjava Petter has written, and it is one of the best (in my opinion) as it’s extremely informative, factual and “human” book.

Petter is one of the most well-known reiki teachers and healers today, and he is highly respected by fellow teachers and those who have attended his seminars. He is very experienced both as a healer and a teacher.

What is great about this book and why I recommend it?

The book discusses in detail the life of Mikao Usui sensei (the founder of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. Petter has visited Usui Sensei’s birth place in Gifu Prefecture, and he has made numerous trips to Mt Kurama and the Kurama Temple where Usui sensei sat in meditation for 20 days before he received the reiki knowledge through a form of enlightenment.

Petter’s research is extensive and thorough, but he is very human. His love for reiki and Japan is expressed between the lines and he writes with a lot of passion for this healing technique and his compassion for humanity.

He is very thorough in his research, and explains the origins of reiki, including the characters (靈氣), which is really important to understand how the word reiki derived and what the characters represent and mean. I’ve written a separate post on “Reiki in kanji”. Click here to read the post.

When I learned reiki from Tadao Yamaguchi, who heads Jikiden Reiki Kenkyukai in Kyoto, Yamaguchi sensei often spoke of Petter-san and how he spoke passionately about writing books together with Yamaguchi sensei.

Here is why you should read it:

  1. It is easy to read and fascinating to learn about the life of Mikao Usui from his birth in 1865 until his death in 1926. There are historical facts which put perspective on Usui sensei (sensei is a respectful term for teacher in Japanese) who actually existed. In Western Reiki because there was so little information until this book came out, Usui sensei had been portrayed as somewhat of a romanticized wizard-like character who had attained enlightenment. But with the historical facts, you’ll see that Usui sensei actually existed and worked hard to heal people from their illnesses.
  2. Excellent reference for practitioners on subjects such as “byosen”, “five principles”, “anjin ryumai” and much much more, which are fundamental to understanding and practicing Japanese reiki.
  3. It is not just a factual book, but it is very much “human” book, in the sense that Petter talks about his own treatment experiences, and his encounters with Mrs Chiyoko Yamaguchi from whom he learned Japanese reiki. There is a lot of compassion and unconditional love permeating throughout this book.

So if you haven’t got a copy of the book, I highly recommend that you get a copy.

Title: This Is Reiki: Transformation of Body, Mind and Soul from the Origins to the Practice

Price: £16.00 from Amazon.co.uk

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

5 Comments

  1. Hello, I am not familiar with Reiki, but it is fascinating to read about people who through meditation, have received divine knowledge that they then shared with the world. That knowledge always seems to raise the human race to a higher level of understanding. Whether that understanding is spiritual, scientific or other, it has always enhanced us.

    I enjoyed reading your post, and I am interested in learning more. I saw many more posts I want to. Maybe this will take me down another path. Thank you for posting it.

  2. Hello, I am not familiar with Reiki, but it is fascinating to read about people who through meditation, have received divine knowledge that they then shared with the world. That knowledge always seems to raise the human race to a higher level of understanding. Whether that understanding is spiritual, scientific or other, it has always enhanced us.

    I enjoyed reading your post, and I am interested in learning more. I saw many more posts I want to read. Maybe this will take me down another path. Thank you for posting it.

    • Hi Sahar,

      Thank you for your great comment. Reiki has definitely brought me to a higher level of understanding our physical and spiritual body and continues to improve my health and lifestyle. Please do check out my other posts and if you have any questions, please write to me. I’d be happy to hear your thoughts!

      Ayako

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