Book Reviews Reiki — 16 December 2012

A review on Arjava Petter’s latest book – by Punya.

This Is Reiki by Frank Arjava PetterFifteen years ago, Frank Arjava Petter had, quite unwittingly, made a big stir in the Reiki world with his first publication ‘Reiki Fire’. As a Reiki Master and by chance living in Japan, he had started to research the historic source of Reiki – and the results he published did not go down well, in particular with those Western schools who claimed unique descent (lineage) from the originator, Dr. Mikao Usui.

After publishing further books and touring the world giving seminars about Reiki techniques used in Japan, in ‘This Is Reiki’ he is giving a summary of his findings (to date!). In the likes of an investigative journalist he continues to dig into the history of Reiki.  In the first part of his book Arjava re-writes the life story of the founder of Reiki (beautiful the understanding that he became enlightened on Mount Kurama!) and of the School he had founded. He calls the chapter ‘The Reiki History in Detail’ because it also features a new translation of the engravings on the Usui memorial, interviews with Japanese Reiki masters, detailed biographies of the Presidents of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, a chapter dotted with lots of historic photographs. It does not read easily due to fact that it draws information from all these various sources, but somehow the facts need to be expounded as historically sound!

But his second chapter, about the Sacred Reiki Sites, is such smooth sailing and so appealing that you would want to book your ticket to Japan immeditately (you will eventually!) and to get to know Arjava in person. His easy-going, uncondescending way of writing, and teaching, is so very endearing.

Only because he has lived in Japan for so many years, together with his first wife Chetna who was instrumental in introducing him into the ways of life there, Arjava gains access to vital information and understanding of Japan. This shows mainly in ‘Part Three: Historical, Cultural and Religious Backgrounds’.

‘Part Four: The Practice’ turns the book into a bed-side Reiki Manual. You discover the new concept of the Byosen and how to find it, and many more Japanese Reiki Techniques. It was interesting to see how many of the techniques were ‘borrowed’ from other practices, something which in art history is perfectly acceptable and is called ‘influenced by’.

The book immerses the reader into the mysteries and the ‘feel’ of Japan, deepens the understanding of Reiki, not only historically, and invites to experiment with new Reiki techniques. It is definitely a ‘must-read’ for every Reiki practitioner and lover of Japan.

Punya (Osho Neo-Reiki Master), Osho News

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Frank Arjava PetterArjava grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany, and in the late 70’s, at eighteen, he came to Pune where he worked in the ashram. He also participated in the Ranch experiment and after several years in the US he lived for twelve years in Japan. He studied Japanese, embarked on his Reiki journey and published his first book. From 1997 he travelled the globe teaching Reiki and in 1998 he began to study Family Constellations under the guidance of Bert Hellinger. After writing many more books, he is now enjoying the Greek sun with Bhakti and their children on the island of Lesvos.