I just finished reading an issue of Reiki News Magazine from William Rand's ICRT, and while it was quite interesting and informative, there were some articles that seemed to me to stretch the definition of reiki a bit too far. For example, I cannot recall any of Usui's work including the use of Power Animals or even Reiki Guides at all, and the Guides are definitely presupposed in most of the practices outlined in the magazine.
So this leads me to wonder how we can separate traditional Usui Reiki from these other spiritual constructs without lowering the esteem of either. I believe that they all can coexist happily, but that for people who are not comfortable discussing saints & animal totems pure reiki can suffice. Any thoughts?