Saturday, I completed level 1 & 2 of Karuna® Reiki. It was an all day class, surrounded by 8 other Reiki Masters. It was an amazing experience. Reiki is a Japanese healing technique discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui, a seeker of the healing ability that Jesus passed on to his disciples. Dr. Usui felt that Jesus would not have passed on this ability to folks on earth if He did not want it to continue, so he made it his life mission to discover what happened to it. After many moons of searching.. and fasting on Mount Kurama, he had a divine enlightenment and became a powerful healer, legendary in Japan.
I have been a Traditional Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher for a few years now. That means that I have been attuned to 4 degrees of Reiki, attaining the highest level of the Usui practice, given the ability to attune and teach others, in addition to being taught Tibetan style Reiki for teaching purposes. I have been amazed at the miracles I have witnessed in my Reiki journey, never having dreamt of some of the things I have seen. I am astonished at watching the changes Reiki has created in my students lives and feel supremely blessed to have been given such a gift.
Karuna® Reiki is a system developed by William Rand, a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher who felt led to explore beyond Usui Reiki. When I first heard of it, I felt it was just a gimmick, just a way for Rand to make money, something made up for when students were finished the attunement process. I felt that the Usui lineage was pure, the healing perfect, why try and improve upon perfection? But when a class became available in my area, I was intrigued. I'm a learning nut, perhaps I needed to continue on... why rest on my laurels if there was a possibility of continuing to refine myself? Maybe I was being too judgmental.. or maybe Rand was just crazy. I waffled back and forth, even posting on facebook to get advice from my buddies, who were all united in the feeling of what did I have to lose? (except a couple hundred bucks LOL)
The long and short of it is: it's amazing. Karuna® is referred to as the Reiki of compassion since it uses symbols from other traditions representing peace, love and wisdom. Karuna is a sanskrit word meaning compassion. All Reiki works with symbols, sort of a way to really focus your intentions quickly. Think of drawing a heart in the air.. instantly you feel love, it's a conditioned response. In Reiki, our symbols condition us to hone in on what our client needs. In traditional Usui Reiki, there are 3 symbols in level II, a master symbol in level III and 3 more in the teacher level. Each time you are attuned to a symbol, it raises the vibration of your energy a bit more. On Saturday, I was attuned to 8, that's right, 8 more symbols. Lordy. All in one day. Each one really refines the original Usui 3. They are not meant to replace Usui, in fact, they are quite an enhancement. Usui symbols sort of remind me of the Christian tradition of Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Karuna® reminds me of the Hindu tradition of different gods for different purposes, Karuna® is love, peace, wisdom, grounding, etc. Together they create a full circle of healing.
We had a Reiki Share today that was so wonderful. Our Healers got the opportunity to work on some new brave souls who had never tried Reiki before. They got to work on each other. Everyone was exclaiming all day about how powerful the energy was today, even more so than usual. What they didn't know was that before they got there I had infused the room with both Usui and Karuna® symbols. I think this is going to be a wonderful addition to our practice.
Now if I could just figure out how to shorten my "title". Traditional Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master Teacher & Karuna® Healer seems a bit excessive, don't you think? :)
Love & Peace coming your way...