Best Reiki Books In 2020 Segmented From Beginner To Advanced

In our craft … you get to evolve and grow more efficiently through practice rather than learning from Reiki books.

Some would say…

I believed this to be true for a long time. It only made sense, so I pushed forward regardless of the questions that kept coming at me.

So what if I was a bit confused? By simply practicing, I should be able to find my answers.

Of course, through self-treatment, Reiki brings to the surface the roots of your imbalances and helps you become aware of them.

After that, follows the process of understanding and accepting yourself and healing what needs to be healed.

And this leads to a gradual and linear spiritual development.

But it won’t happen overnight.

It takes time and patience with yourself first.

Brick after brick things will come together.

Many overlook the fact that this development requires awareness and acknowledgment

You can efficiently reach these values through practice, theory, and information gathered in time. They all go hand in hand and should not be separated.

Personally, I have gained a lot of knowledge and awareness through different Reiki books and articles.

Often times they have offered detailed and different perspectives. This helped me see the bigger picture.

But there’s a trick!

Finding The Right Book For You

In order for a student to benefit from the knowledge that is found in Reiki books, she has to read the ones that suit her level of knowledge at a given time.

Obvious right?

Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done.


Because if you don’t know what those Reiki books are, then you’ll have to spend the time (and money) to go through the ones that apparently suit you.

A long, tedious process, I might add.

The danger: you get tired at one point!

Unless you are really determined, you’ll conclude that either that read was bad, or even worse, consuming Reiki books is not the best strategy.

That being said, I’ve decided to build this guide that should help you make an informed decision moving forward.

This Reiki book guide is created based on my own experience!

More than this, it is segmented using 3 main categories of Reiki practitioners: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.

By no means should you consider it the perfect mathematical formula for finding your next great read!

But then again, I believe it’s a strong starting point for anyone interested in having some directions before throwing themselves out there in the pile of information.

This guide splits Reiki books into three main categories, based on the practitioner’s experience


  • You are curious about Reiki. Maybe you’ve gone to a session or two but are still looking to see if this is something you want to pursue.
  • You had the level 1 attunement and you’re now confused and overwhelmed with the amount of information that has been given to you.

Intermediate Reiki Practitioners

  • You’re now a level 2 or 3 Reiki practitioner. You’re knowledgeable about the hands-on technique but want to progress and learn as much as you can about Reiki.

Advanced Reiki Practitioners

  • The ones who understand the concept of Reiki pretty well and have experience with the first two levels of Usui Reiki Rhoyo.
  • They wish to discover more techniques or go deeper into what a Reiki Master really means.

This way of structuring things helped me better segment Reiki books. It’s also what I’ve seen working with people I talk to at seminars.

Therefore, let’s kick it off with the first category:

Reiki Books For Beginners

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THE ORIGINAL HANDBOOK OF DR. MIKAO USUI – Mikao Usui and Christine M. Grimm

This is a pretty well-guided Reiki book for beginners who wish to learn more about the hands-on method and positions without getting confused.

It is considered to have some of Mikao Usui’s original notes.

This book avoids any modern or “new age” approach to Reiki, and it has pretty straight-forward information, containing only the basics.

It’s easy to read and the Reiki hand positions illustrations, are pretty clear.

YOUR SEVEN ENERGY CENTERS: A Holistic Approach to Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Vitality – Elizabeth Claire Prophet

This is extremely useful for any beginner who activates in any spiritual practice.

It describes each chakra (energy center) in detail, how it works, and how to keep them working properly.

It has a slightly different approach than how I learned the human energetic system but in the end, I found it comprehensive. The details contained within the book are simple to understand and pretty thorough.

I believe it suited for a beginner who wants to understand more about how we function not only on a physical level but also at a spiritual one.

Self-Healing with Reiki: How to Create Wholeness, Harmony & Balance for Body, Mind & Spirit – by Penelope Quest

An amazing read especially for Reiki level 1 student, but also for those who are curious enough to explore the art of Reiki.

It focuses more on healing methods rather than complicated techniques, making it very simple to understand.

Split into 4 sections, this book offers a balanced and gradual evolution of knowledge in the world of Reiki.

The first part focuses on the idea that true healing comes first from within, by acknowledging that everything has a spiritual cause.

The second part explains the notions of universal energy self-treatment.

The third part focuses on explaining the importance of healing at a physical, mental-emotional and deep self-level. 

The last part explores the spiritual idea of healing your life and using Reiki more than just “fun” practice.

The Essence of Reiki 1: Usui Reiki 1 Manual | Practitioner Level (The Essence or Reiki) – by Garry Malone

This Reiki book is ideal for beginners who wish to get more in-depth with level 1.

Although it does offer a comprehensive history, it does not overdo it with boring details. 

This is also a very good read for those of you who want to understand what Reiki is before going through the attunement process.

Each Reiki Master has different ways of teaching. This is a good thing because we get to experience variation in our learning journey.

NOTE: This book might be out of print, but the Kindle version is available. If you do have a local bookstore with a section for “spirituality” then it’s a good idea to ask there as well.

Reiki Books For Intermediate Practitioners

Believe it or not, this is a very large segment of people. You’ve been through the basics, you even practice Reiki on a regular basis, but want to take that next step.

Things get confusing and there is no clear path to choose.

Hopefully, these books will help you make that next step.

Reiki Healing for Beginners: Unlocking the Secrets of Aura Cleansing and Reiki Self-Healing. Learning Reiki Symbols and Acquiring Tips for Reiki Meditation and Reiki Psychic – by David Filipe

This Reiki book fits quite well with the practitioner who “mastered” the first degree of Reiki and is knowledgeable about the second one.

It’s designed to take you from that point on, offering detailed explanations on Reiki origins, the symbols as well as some techniques.

The book teaches you how to have a better connection to the universal source of life force energy and yourself as well.

As the title suggests, it offers “tips and tricks” for practicing and meditating with Reiki for a better spiritual understanding of its essence.

Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art – by Diane Stein

Controversial as it may be, if you focus on the “essential” as the title suggests, this is a must-have for any Reiki practitioner.

It explains the concept of Reiki from a more modern point of view, with some elements of “new-age” spirituality.

This is simply a different perspective which I believe should be at least considered.

This Reiki book goes through all the symbols and their specifics while helping you focus on your mind, body, and spirit.

It’s especially suited for those who are Reiki level 2.

Reiki for Life (Updated Edition): The Complete Guide to Reiki Practice for Levels 1, 2 & 3 – by Penelope Quest

If I were to describe this Reiki book in one sentence, that would be:

The essential information to becoming a better Reiki practitioner.

This book is quite straightforward, getting to the point quickly without too much esoterism.

If sometimes you find Reiki complicated, I trust this will clear out any of the confusing material.

I highly recommend this book if you are at a crossroads, and if you want to crystallize your Reiki level 2 knowledge.

Reiki Books For Advanced Practitioners

I honestly have to start this section with one of my personal favorite Reiki books:

Magick of Reiki: Focused Energy for Healing, Ritual, & Spiritual Development – Christopher Penczak

This book has a more mystical approach than other Reiki books out there. 

At first, you might think that the author mixes up magical rituals with Reiki. 

That’s not the case. Not at all!

He rather explains the differences and describes Reiki for what it is: a healing art and a method of spiritual development.

This book will not take you from scratch.

It will help you understand how to use Reiki and therefore you must already have a foundation of understanding and knowledge.

I truly recommend this book for all Reiki advanced practitioners and even masters or teachers. It will definitely bring value to your life by providing answers to many questions.

The Art of Psy War – Protection by Ovidiu Dragos Argesanu 

Although controversial and only available on Kindle, I believe this book offers a new insight over what can be done and how to protect yourself at an energetic and spiritual level.

“I wish the world would be only sunshine and rainbows”. – I guess many people can relate to that.

Truth is, it never is, even at those levels.

I’ve seen people who oppose this, and honestly, in my opinion, they are either inexperienced or manipulative.

This Reiki book contains extensive information about how to protect yourself with Reiki and other methods against black magic, psychological attacks, and other negative influences.

REIKI, Usui & Tibetan, Level III/ART Certification Manual, Advanced Reiki Training – by Gail Thackray

By far one of the best Reiki books out there that offers advanced, comprehensive and detailed information about Reiki.

As some reviews would suggest: “this takes it to a whole new level”, and I absolutely agree.

You need to master the first two degrees in order to fully understand and enjoy it.

One of the things I like most about this book is that it teaches you how to solve some issues from your past in a harmonious way.

It also offers good information about one of the most important subjects in Reiki: your Reiki spirit guides.

Keep in mind that not many books do that, and only for this reason alone, it’s worth its money.

Reiki Master Manual: Including Advanced Reiki Training – by William Lee Rand

Finally, I should mention the great manual of Mr. William Lee Rand.

He is the founder of Karuna Reiki and the International Center for Reiki Training.

This is more than a Reiki book. It’s rather a comprehensive manual.

You can find a lot of details about what are the responsibilities of a Reiki Master and it really means. This can come in hand when you’re ready to teach Reiki students or simply to extend your knowledge.

Either way, this Reiki manual has some very interesting details that an advanced Reiki practitioner who desires to become a master/teacher should take into account.

One Last Word

Obviously, there are many Reiki books out there to choose from.

As mentioned in the beginning, this list is made according to my own experience and it’s a way for you to save time if you’re not sure where to start.

I know I have gone through quite a few books in my life, and I’m sure that this type of segmented recommendation would have benefited me a lot.

I’m sure some will make a difference for you as they did for me.

In the end, what matters most is to understand, practice and apply.

Don’t forget about the work you put in for yourself as well as others.

Be aware of the healing that takes place when you do self-treatment.

By combining the knowledge with practice you are on the right path to a higher potential spiritual growth.


About Vlad and ReikiScoop

Vlad is an Usui Reiki Grand Master/Teacher who has also gained the Master/Teacher Level in Karuna, Shamballa MDH, and Gendai Reiki, with 15+ years of experience. He now shares his knowledge through ReikiScoop. You can always read more about Vlad and ReikiScoop in the about section.

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    2 thoughts on “Best Reiki Books In 2020 Segmented From Beginner To Advanced”

    1. Just to say a hearty thank you ,am working through a whole heap of stuff and you have given me hope and good information. Blessings to you and yours.

      • Hi there Jan.

        Thank you for your feedback and I am very happy to know that the presented information was useful for you.
        If I am able to help with more information regarding Reiki, I would be more than happy to offer support.



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