“Light on the Origins of Reiki: A Handbook for Practicing the Original Reiki of Usui and Hayashi” – Book review

This is a translation of Tadao Yamaguchi’s book in Japanese. Yamaguchi sensei (“sensei” means teacher in respectful way) heads the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto and travels around the world teaching reiki.

I’m rather biased when it comes to reviewing this book, because I learned reiki from Tadao Yamaguchi, and this book represents the key concepts that are covered in his seminars.

Yamaguchi is a humble teacher who is very pragmatic and tries to keep things simple. He often says people in the West tend to overthink and over complicate matters more than necessary. What he means is reiki is a very simple healing technique, and through practice, anyone can learn this art of healing.

This book has great anecdotes of his late mother, Mrs Chiyoko Yamaguchi, who had learned reiki when she was a teenager from Dr Chujiro Hayashi (one of the disciples of the founder of reiki, Mr Mikao Usui).

The Yamaguchi family has kept the reiki tradition in their family and kept it alive all these years, when the majority of the Western Reiki community had believed that reiki had died out in Japan.

Here is why you should read this book

  1. I liked this book because if emphasis on the importance of the Five Principles of Reiki (see my posts on these principles) which I believe are keys to living a healthy life.
  2. Another thing I liked about this books is his explanations on the “byosen” (sickness accummulation) which can be detected by hand if you are an experienced practitioner (read my post on byosen here).
  3. In general, this book demystifies the history of reiki and does give light on the origins of reiki. I also highly recommend attending Tadao Yamaguchi’s seminars as he travels around the world with interpreters.

If you want to learn more about authentic Japanese reiki from a Japanese perspective, you should read this book.

Title: Light on the Origins of Reiki: A Handbook for Practicing the Original Reiki of Usui and Hayashi

Price: £12.25 from Amazon.co.uk or $14.93 from Amazon.com

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2 thoughts on ““Light on the Origins of Reiki: A Handbook for Practicing the Original Reiki of Usui and Hayashi” – Book review

  1. I will be honest, I had no idea about this method until I found this website, I think it is a new alternative of how we can teach our children to lead a healthier life. Japanese culture has much to teach us and I think this is a very good tool for the education of our children.

    • Hi jairo

      Thank you for your comment! I agree with you and we should always have alternatives to what’s available, that’s healthier and kinder to our body. If you have any questions, please write to me any time!


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