Article by Isabella Dove, Reiki Master
Just a quick Internet search on Reiki will give a long list of results on Reiki practices, forms of teachings and even schools. A beginner’s mind may find itself lost in translation when merely searching for Reiki and finding so many various forms of practice and expressions! No matter how the cake of Reiki looks large and bright, it still revolves around one form of pure energy: Reiki. Then one can add its own style and form of teaching, but essentially Reiki is one and only one. Out of the many practices, Karuna® Reiki holds a special place in the heart of many Reiki Masters. So let’s introduce Karuna® Reiki one more time without any debates on the value of the practice and its forms of teachings. We are strongly rooted in inclusiveness and we fondly respect all schools of Reiki. Here the purpose is the clear the bush a bit on the origins of Karuna® Reiki and its basic forms.
What is Karuna® and What is Karuna® Reiki?
Although Karuna® is a Sanskrit word widely used in Hinduism and Buddhism it is also found in other languages under other forms such as “Kahuna®”in Hawaii or Kahuna® in Thai and Lao as words meaning “Excuse me, Sorry”. In its Hinduist and Buddhist form its meaning carries the purpose of “ending the suffering of others”. It is an action taken to diminish the suffering of others or “compassionate action”. So Karuna® is an intentional and motivating quality of all enlightened beings to cease suffering on Earth, a compassionate action. Often attached to the existence of ‘Boddhisattva’ developing Karuna® in yourself helps you heal yourself and others through radiating Karuna® energy and send unlimited amount of healing energy and guidance. Most widely known entities as boddhisattva there is the Medicine Buddha, Avalokitesvara, or its female correspondent Kuan Hin or Kannon in Japanese. All of these enlightened beings are represented as a Buddha ith eleven heads and one thousands arms. The connection between compassion and Oneness is expressed with “parjna” or wisdom and is essentially a multi directional attitude: heal others as you would heal yourself, heal yourself as you heal others. It is natural to extend compassionate action or Karuna® to everyone without distinction because of the Oneness connection. Karuna® Reiki opens you to work more closely with all enlightened beings, both in physical forms and in spirit. Intention is key in Reiki regardless of the form of Reiki that is practiced. Compassionate action is at the root of Reiki Healing With Karuna® Reiki, this intention is set on a higher path with a deeper journey into the cellular body.
Karuna® Reiki was born from research by William Lee Rand and other Reiki Masters back in 1989 on various forms of Reiki Healing, the origins of the various Reiki systems. The process of understanding and researching Reiki healing energy drew them to receive a number of non-Usui symbols and attunement techniques which were claimed to have benefits. These Reiki Masters were set to uncover quite a few esoteric links within the Reiki healing system. Indeed, in 1993 William noticed he had collected quite a few of these symbols and techniques and with the help of some of his most sensitive masters-students, started to experiment the symbols to identify their frequencies and the best use for each of them. The intention was set and with it also the opportunity to experiment some attunements processes coming along with the symbols. The process resulted in the creation of an evolved form of Reiki now known as Karuna® Reiki or Reiki of Compassion.
How does Karuna® Reiki work?
Karuna® Reiki uses symbols which may also be used by other schools and system. However as the attunements and the intention are different, the energies that are connected to Karuna® Reiki are unique to the system. Karuna® Reiki is a registered name and the only school teachings are certified by the International Centre for Reiki Training (US). To become a Certified Karuna Reiki Master Teacher a Reiki Master has to receive his or her teachings from the ICRT.
Karuna® Reiki is often said to be more powerful than Usui Reiki. Somehow this can be true at least from our experience as Karuna® Reiki Master we have observed how intuitively we can be drawn to the use of specific symbols most appropriate and as a result observed deep healing originating from the use of Karuna® Reiki symbols. According to experience there may be a few reasons for this. Firstly, Karuna® Reiki is taught to already Reiki Masters coming for various schools of Reiki and as such gains from their experiences. Secondly, the feedback received from these Masters-students is that Karuna® Reiki triggers healing at a much deeper level than Usui Reiki without however substituting Usui Reiki or any other kind of Reiki. Some symbols of Karuna® Reiki access information stored at deep cellular level. Karuna® Reiki presents eight symbols with specific energetic frequencies for specific conditions. A Karuna® Reiki treatment includes the use of specific symbols. Chanting the symbols is also practiced if required to resonate to the frequency of the symbol as the vibration creates a channel of energy penetrating the body more deeply. The chakras and auras of both the practitioner and client are also opened more completely allowing a wonderful vibrancy to take place within and around them. Those who have experienced this process report a feeling of becoming more awake, more alive and more completely healed.
The term Reiki means ‘Universal Life Flow Energy’ and was in use prior to Dr. Usui using it therefore is not exclusive to the healing system he rediscovered. Usui Reiki is just one form of Reiki. A Karuna® Reiki healing is a wonderful opportunity to experience love and light instantly. Having the opportunity or simply feeling the call to access deeper energies and become a Karuna® Reiki Master is, from our point of view, a call for celebrating compassionate healing in our lives and the life of those around us and those who receive treatments from us. There is so much intuition at work within Karuna® Reiki that some symbols may just come as flashes of lights at any given time of a treatment or simply or any life’s situations. Karuna® Reiki is the quintessence of Reiki Universal Life Force. It gives the Reiki Master a strength comparable to a Medicine Buddha. We encourage you to explore it if you have a chance!
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Isabella Dove founded Healing Mudras a small studio acting as a hub for holistic artists and healing arts in Vientiane, Lao PDR. She practices Reiki since 1999, lived in 15 countries over 4 continents and brought Reiki as an ally to experiences several realities. After becoming a Usui Reiki Master Teacher in 2008 she travelled to Hawai’i and studied directly with William Rand, Founder & Director of the International Center for Reiki Training (US) and trained as Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher in 2010. This was a breakthrough and a further leap in the practice as Karuna® Reiki brings a firmer alignment and synchronicity with grounding bodhisattva energies. Isabella is a Certified Personal Integral Coach and teaches Reiki, Yin Yoga and DancEnergetics. Visit Healing Mudras at http://thehealingmudras.blogspot.com or http://www.linkedin.com/in/healingmudras