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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Book Review: Reiki - A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II by Marianne Streich

By Beth Lowell

Although her book covers a lot of territory, Marianne Streich’s Reiki – A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II is written clearly and concisely and is a pleasure to read. Infused with Streich’s passion for Reiki and down to earth style, the 8" x 10” comb bound book is chock full of illustrations, diagrams and photographs that make it visually appealing and easy to understand.

The book is organized by chapter and can be broken down roughly into four sections:

Reiki and its history
The treatment – what happens before, during and after
Self treatment and distant Reiki
Looking forward

Detailed information includes the pillars of Reiki, the human energy field, the chakra system, variations in hand positions and space clearing.

Because of her understanding of Reiki, Streich easily navigates topics like inner wisdom and calling in Reiki to assist in every facet of life. She has developed her own style of teaching and intuited several techniques. She includes  information on how and when to use these techniques, along with other visualizations, mantras and prayers she’s learned from her teachers throughout her spiritual journey.

A robust Appendices section includes the Code of Ethics, handouts, resources, music and meditation CDs, articles and books, Japanese pronunciation, handouts and FAQs.

Reiki A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II will be useful to practitioners of all levels and will make a great addition to your Reiki library. You can purchase it at


Anonymous Sue Purdy said...

I really find Marianne's book "Reiki: A Guide for the Practice of Levels I & II" to be top notch. I have been teaching Reiki for several years but only recently became aware of this book.

After reading it, I quickly came to the conclusion that it needs to be right at the top of my recommended reading list for my students and so I have revised my list accordingly.

I actually took the book to my last Reiki Circle for everyone to look at. I read a portion to the group that Marriane wrote about 'Willingness and Intention" on page 12. We had quite a discussion around that topic.

The pictures of the hand positions with the explanations are fantastic. I also like the section on scanning. This is often hard for students to grasp but it is laid out very clearly.

This really is a book packed with important information. Straight forward and to the point. I am so glad to have found it to increase my knowledge and so that I can share it with others.

Thank you Marianne. Bright Blessings

7:26 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Marianne's book is near perfect in form and content, plus her writing is top-notch. I have never found another Reiki manual to equal it, and i never leave home without it.

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Tom Tessereau, Reiki Master/Teacher said...

I have been a Reiki practitioner for 20 years, back when there were very few Reiki books published. I think I have read almost every book since then. As a Reiki Master/Teacher since 1993, who still gives hundreds of attunements every year, Marianne's book is the first and only book I have been recommending for my beginning practitioners. It is easy to follow, yet deeply embraces many of the most important, and sometimes overlooked, aspects of Reiki that everyone needs to know. Practitioners and teachers can benefit by owning this book.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Tara Silicio said...

From my perspective Marianne's book is one the best Reiki books that I've come across.A solid, practical guide & supplement for an on-going or just as a beginning Reiki study or practice.It's very clear,concise material supports important,basic fundamentals to Reiki.The illustrations are easy to follow and understand.
Thank you Marianne!
In Joy!
Tara Silicio

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Deb Irby said...

I use Marianne's book as my go-to guide for Reiki. I was forntunate to have studied both Levels I and II with Marianne, and this book is like having her right at home with me whenever I have a question or need to refresh my memory on a particular point.

All of the information is well organized so I can easily find what I'm looking for, and the photographs illustrating all of the hand positions are wonderful.

I'd definitely recommend Marianne's guide - it's been an invaluable resource for me on my Reiki journey.

Thank you, Marianne!

2:31 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Marianne's book is a work of visual and spiritual art. It is an elegant expression of Marianne's commitment to healing through the gentle, compassionate, unconditionally loving expression of Reiki!

Joy to you!

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought Marianne's book a couple years ago at a Reiki retreat and have used it many times, in particular, the section on "What is Reiki". It is so well written and the perfect introduction to people not aware. "The client must be willing to claim healing..." Says it all doesn't it!
Theresa Ford

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Luminita said...

Whether you are a novice or a Master, Marianne's book provides the detailed knowledge you are seeking.The material is presented in an understandable and flowing manner and the writing style reflects the author's wisdom, reverence and vast experience with Reiki. Beautiful compliment to the Reiki practice!
Thank you, Marianne!

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Barbara Pastie said...

I was fortunate to be one of the first to own a copy of Marianne's beautiful Reiki book. It is not only visually appealing, but also very well organized and easy to use. Marianne includes the traditional Usui Reiki as well as so much that she has received from her own spirit guides. The Rainbow Light meditation has become a part of my regular Reiki practice. I have over 25 Reiki books and find Marianne's to be the most comprehensive and useful. I recommend it to all my Reiki friends and to students. Many thanks, Marianne!

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Pearl said...

I am very grateful to Marianne for this book. I love and appreciate her wisdom and experiences in this comprehensive guide to Reiki. The book is perfect for me as a beginner as it lays out all the basic information that one might need to review -- and as a bonus, the extra explanations, meanings and suggestions associated with the practices and symbols are so very valuable.
I keep this book by my bedside and it is of great comfort to me. Thank you Marianne for all your love and wisdom.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Linda Stroh said...

I feel much gratitude for receiving Marianne's book. It is beautifully illustrated with clarity and understanding of each hand placements. This has been a wonderful learning tool, and has deepened my understanding while doing Reiki. The book has been a blessing and a gift for me on my Reiki journey. Thank You, Marianne.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Roman Delgado said...

I have been practicing and teaching Reiki for 8 years. I had the pleasure of meeting Marianne at a Reiki event a couple of years ago and I got a copy of her book. It was a beautiful read. Her joy for Reiki shows in her work. It truly was a pleasure to read and learn about Reiki from a new perspective and with wonderful techniques that both the novice and experience practitioner can benefit from!

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Bernie said...

I have MS and the information in Marianne's book has been extremely helpful in assisting me in relaxing in order to keep my life centered both physically and spiritually.

4:52 PM  
Blogger cherita said...

I had the good fortune to study Levels I, II and Master with Marianne. As you will see after reading her beautiful book, Marianne explains and illustrates Reiki in a simple yet eloquent style that is easy to understand. The information is very well-organized and thoughtfully presented. Marianne has been blessed with the gift of receiving divinely-inspired meditations and prayers, which she has generously shared with her students and readers. Meeting Marianne and receiving the gift of Reiki has truly changed my life. I would recommend this book to anyone who desires a comprehensive guide to the beautiful practice of Reiki.

Marianne, thank you so much for sharing your compassionate nature and intuitive understanding of Reiki with all of us.

In love and joy,
Cheri Leavitt

1:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

What an accomplished piece of work. Marianne has written this Reiki manual with such love and dedication it is a joy to read . She has been generous with her knowledge,sharing her deep love and understanding of this wonderful healing therapy. We are proud to have met and worked with her in Glastonbury UK and honoured to own a copy of her work,it is our favourit Reiki book. Can't wait for the master manual.
Reiki Blessings
Jenny and Graham

6:17 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

I just taught Level I and Level II using Marianne's book as the guide for my students. They commented on how well written and interesting it was. It is filled with great information and presented in a straight forward organized way. Every time I re-read it I learn/absorb something new. I have taken Level I, II, and Master classes from Marianne and it was like having her right there with me as I presented it to others. Besides being a gifted Reiki Master, Marianne is a gifted writer! I am forever grateful.

4:32 PM  

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