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Reiki Books & Energy Work Manuals

These are some of Melissa’s favorite titles on the subject of Reiki and energy work; they range from experiential to scientific.  For absolute beginners, she recommends The Reiki Manual and Anatomy of the Spirit. Click on the toggle for more information; click on any of the book covers to search availability and pricing on Amazon.

Reiki Books

Reiki books: The Original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui

Reiki Handbook

Perhaps the closest written material on original teachings. Great for covering the basics as well as specific treatment protocols; however it is not fully clear to me where the author’s commentary ends and the “original” book begins.

Reiki books: The Reiki Manual

Reiki Manual

Reads like a course workbook, helpful in including questions at the end of chapters to help readers test and absorb information. Straightforward, well laid-out.

Reiki books: The Reiki Sourcebook

Reiki Sourcebook

Fantastic read for learning the facts about Reiki practice over the years through different lineages. Very thorough, exceptional citing of sources.

Reiki books: Sacred Path of Reiki

Sacred Path of Reiki

A blend of pagan practice and Reiki; chock full of fantastic exercises! I really appreciate this author’s unique approach to the material, raising the reader’s awareness of Earth energy. Helpful for those who might need more help getting/staying grounded.

Reiki Books: The Reiki Tutor

Complete Reiki Tutor

A beautiful, full-color work great for those interested in specific protocols for different conditions.

Energy Work Books

The Healer's Manual

Healer's Manual

A good survey of the many ways we can work with energy, from sound to light to essences, etc. Quite informative and easy to read.

Energy Work Books: Anatomy of the Spirit

Anatomy of the Spirit

This work explores each chakra thoughtfully, and includes a helpful overview table so you can see everything at once. Review questions at the end of each section make for a helpful resource in exploring the issues associated with different chakra dysfunction.

Working with Your Chakras

Working with Your Chakras

I love the playful guided-meditations in this work. She also has helpful tables listing associations for each chakra. A useful resource, especially for auditory learners.

Aura Reading Through All Your Senses

Aura Reading

A *lot* of exercises and Q&A sections – so if you learn best from hearing about others’ experience, this book could be quite helpful. It’s great to explore energy from so many different angles!


Hands of Light

The most scientific of the lot; being a physicist, Brennan works hard to elucidate the science behind metaphysics. Illustrations are fantastic and for a visual learner, this book might be just the right pick.