Penelope Quest has been a Reiki practitioner since 1991 and a Reiki Master and teacher since 1994; she did further training in the Japanese lineage in 2000 and 2003. She has been a consultant on Reiki for both the Open University and Britain's NHS. Quest currently teaches all levels of Reiki and runs occasional retreats in the United Kingdom. Living the Reiki Way offers six Reiki principles adapted from Dr. Mikao Usui's original Reiki healing system:

1. Live "in the now."
2. Live without anger
3. Live without worry.
4. Live with gratitude.
5. Live with kindness.
6. Work honestly and diligently.

These positive principles are found in nearly every religion or spiritual path. Quest amplifies her explanations of these essentials with materials on meditation, developing a more spiritual lifestyle, giving gifts (of service, listening, laughter, solitude), listing your blessings, understanding thoughts and the power of words, and living the Reiki way as a daily practice.