Bronwen and Frans Stiene have done it again! Following on from their encyclopaedic 'Reiki Sourcebook' they have now written what is probably the most up to date exposition of the roots of Reiki. The book offers much information that is not readily available elsewhere, thanks to their own research and contacts with original students of Usui Sensei (through Chris Marsh) and a student of Eguchi's Palm Healing System,(Eguchi was another student of Usui).
The Stienes cover the emergence of Reiki, including its cultural background and other healing systems around at the time of Usui, the Three Diamonds, The Five Elements of Reiki, the Five Precepts, Mantras (jumon) and symbols (shirushi), Reiju, choosing a Reiki course, developing a regular routine of self-practice and a comprehensive glossary of Japanese terms and further reading.
I can heartily recommend this book to any Reiki Practitioner, or general enquirer, who is interested in what Reiki is really all about. For practitioners of any level, it will bring a new dimension to your practice and heralds a welcome return to the simplicity of the original system of Usui sensei.