Reiki for the Heart and Soul: The Reiki Principles as Spiritual Pathwork

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By Amy Z. Rowland

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Amy Z. Rowland

Amy Z. Rowland
Amy Z. Rowland is a certified Usui Reiki Master with more than 20 years of experience. She has taught the Western tradition of Reiki (Usui Shiki Ryoho) since 1994 and also teaches workshops on the Reiki principles and on Reiki and intuition. She is a certified hypnotherapist and has worked More...



How the principles of Reiki can be used not just for healing but also for spiritual growth

• Explores how to practice the Reiki values of peace, serenity, gratitude, integrity, and kindness in everyday life, despite the challenges of constant change and frequent crises

• Provides tools for spiritual growth for practitioners of all levels and lineages

• Includes exercises and meditations to deepen the practice of Reiki using the five Reiki precepts: do not anger; do not worry; be grateful; do an honest day’s work; be kind

Reiki practitioners and teachers recognize Reiki as a gentle and powerful healing method. The path to becoming a Reiki practitioner, however, is more than just a commitment to energy healing. It is also a commitment to personal growth. In Reiki for the Heart and Soul, Amy Rowland details how reflection on the five core Reiki principles presented in both the Western and Japanese traditions--do not anger; do not worry; be grateful; do an honest day’s work; be kind--can be used by practitioners of all levels and lineages as powerful tools for personal and spiritual growth.

Living the five core principles reinforces Reiki’s subtle energy healing: it heals wounded self-esteem and builds healthy self-respect; it demonstrates the creative power of a positive attitude; and it presents a way to peace. Rowland discusses various translations of the Reiki principles, demonstrating how to integrate their practical value through stories and interviews. She also offers specific techniques and exercises for healing anger and fear as well as living with gratitude, integrity, and compassion. These techniques will help maturing practitioners discover a healthy, happy way of being in the world and to see the way forward on their spiritual path with a sense of clear guidance and grace.
"Reiki for the Heart and Soul is a gift to us from a remarkable woman who lives and breathes her work. The book literally loves us into each and every precious principle, weaving its magic as we read, bringing us into a deeper understanding. I feel it should be required reading for all dedicated practitioners and teachers.”
Mari Hall, founder and director of International Association for Reiki and author of Reiki for the Soul: The Eleventh Door

"This excellent book shows how the five Reiki principles can be used for personal development and spiritual growth. Suited to practitioners of every level, it is packed with insights and techniques invaluable to anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and practice of Reiki."
Chris Parkes and Penny Parkes, authors of 15-Minute Reiki: Health and Healing at Your Fingertips

“Amy Rowland’s compassionate journey into Usui’s world offers the reader a catalyst for a deeper connection with Usui the man and his Way of Being. She has captured the very essence of his spiritual teachings, creating a bridge between Eastern and Western Reiki teachings.”
Dave King, Reiki instructor and author of O-Sensei: A View of Mikao Usui

“Amy Rowland elegantly and eloquently shares how we may each ‘walk our talk’ by offering riveting, real-life examples of how present-day Reiki Masters and esteemed Reiki Masters of the past have utilized, and continue to utilize, the Reiki principles in a dynamic and living way, every day. This is a must read for humanity!”
Sensei John King, R.M., D.D., author of Breathology: How To Breathe Yourself To Better Health

“This is a well-written Reiki book that weaves together many important details with a wonderful spiritual sentiment. It grounds one in the here and now and inspires practitioners to look deeply into their own healing and to help others.”
William Lee Rand, author of Reiki: The Healing Touch and director of the International Center for Reiki Training

“A joyful read! Amy Rowland provides a heartfelt guide for living Reiki in our daily lives. This book will help you open to Reiki as a spiritual path.”
Carolyn Musial, teacher/practitioner with the International Center for Reiki Training and author of Communicating with Animals: A Presentation & Meditation

“Amy Rowland has once again written an invaluable and insightful book. Reiki for the Heart and Soul not only provides an excellent overview of the Reiki system but also explores, for the first time, the Reiki principles from a place of depth and authenticity. This book exemplifies the very essence of Reiki and provides us with a map of how we can genuinely use these teachings for the betterment of ourselves and humanity."
Lawrence Ellyard, author of Reiki: 200 Questions and Answers for Beginners and Reiki Meditations for Beginners

“An in-depth book on the principles of Reiki and mindfulness of their values--recommended both to newcomers and established practitioners.”
Tanmaya Honervogt author of The Power of Reiki: An Ancient Hands-On Healing Technique

"As someone who was attuned to reiki almost two decades ago, I was delighted as I read Amy Rowland's discussion of it as spiritual pathwork. . . . Her account of what she learned is written clearly, directly, and with a sense of joy."
Anna Jediziewski, New Age Retailer

" . . . Amy Rowland takes the practice of Reiki to the next level by sharing the secrets behind really integrating the Reiki principles into your personal and professional Reiki practice."
Zach Keyer, author Reiki Marketing, Reiki Leadership, Nov 2008

"Whether you use Reiki only for yourself, or if you have clients, you will treasure this book and the energy it carries. It brings the practice of Reiki to your daily life in a practical and grounded spiritual way."
New Spirit Journal, Vol. 4, No. 8, Dec 2008

"If you are interested in going deeply into the Reiki principles and aligning with them in your daily life, this book is a valuable resource. I haven't seen any other Reiki book that devotes such care and commitment to illuminating these principles and helping us all appreciate their power."
Jed Shlackman, reviewer, Nov 2008

"Chapters cover the five core Reiki principles presented in Western and Japanese traditions which can be used for both personal and spiritual growth. New Age and general-interest spirituality libraries will consider it a winning acquisition."
The Midwest Book Review, March 2009