I appreciate his choosing to share the history of Reiki as well as the now disproved story behind Reiki’s roots. Many texts written about Reiki after the false history was shown to be erroneous will allude to the history but not share it. I found it interesting to read and agree with his theory as to why this story was created. I also appreciate his choosing not to share the symbols, which some Reiki texts will do. Although these symbols are not considered sacred, there is something to having them not revealed until the right time.
Unfortunately, the erroneous information shared is frustrating. On page 121 Vennells says that the Reiki practitioner can do a distance healing after the First Level Attunement. However, this not traditionally taught until the Second Level and I am surprised that Vennells suggests that this is taught so early.
But more frustrating are the numerous grammatical errors. Here are just a few examples:
• Sometimes when we are setting intentions, . . . it may helpful to say or think the intention three times (172).
• You may find it helpful to practice while treating yourself sitting in a chair, as it easy to fall asleep when laying down (174).
• A mantra is a special word or group of words that, when spoken or thought, have a positive effect on the mind and body (175).
• Buddha Avalokiteshvara had such a great wish to help others that he blessed his own name so that when anyone one said it three times they should receive relief from fear (176-77).
So what am I going to do with this book now that I have finished it? I am going to throw it away. After all, it is missing pages (publisher’s fault), is filled with grammatical errors (editor’s fault), and does not explain Reiki correctly (author’s fault).
(The book cover I used is not the same volume because the one I have is apparently out of print. This is possibly a good thing and hopefully the new edition makes up for the mistakes in the previous one.)
Quotes from the book that I found interesting enough to want to remember:
Reiki Intentions (based on Reiki Principles)
Today I am peaceful.
Today I am relaxed.
Today I am grateful.
Today I work hard (meditative/spiritual practice).
Today I am kind to others. (139)
How do you relate to each principle, and what do they communicate to you? Which are particularly challenging and which particular situations or people come to mind with those principles? Regular meditation on a particular principle, and self-treatment with the appropriate Reiki intention, are the best ways to develop the qualities we need to transform our personal issues (141).