Traditional and Non-Traditional Reiki
Both forms of Reiki involve a "laying on of hands," are bestowed by an "attunement," and are based on the symbols Dr. Usui found in the Sutras. Non-traditional Reiki differs from traditional Reiki in the number of attunements needed to create the first and second degrees, and in the amount of secrecy surrounding both the symbols and the attunement process. They also differ in the amount of money charged. I am among a growing number of non-traditional Reiki Masters who believe that healing and well-being are a birthright and that the energy needs to be shared. To this end, non-traditional Reiki Masters charge affordable fees for their services.
"Karuna" is a Sanskrit word often translated as "compassionate action." Karuna Reiki was developed by a team of Usui Reiki Masters assembled by William Lee Rand. Like other forms of Reiki, Karuna is bestowed by attunement and is built upon the use of symbols to activate various frequencies of healing energy. It uses a total of 11 symbols: the three learned in any second-degree Reiki training and eight others specific to Karuna Reiki (levels I and II). These additional symbols can enhance the benefits of both hands-on and distance healing.
Karuna Reiki works primarily by opening and healing the heart chakra. It strengthens self-esteem and helps to heal abuse, dependency and/or co-dependency issues, to ease anxiety and insomnia. As the heart chakra heals, there is an increased capacity for love, acceptance and -- most importantly -- compassion both for self and others. Karuna also encourages the energy to rise through the heart into the upper chakras to increase one’s facility for inner truth, for clear communication to others, and for vision, insight, creativity and artistic manifestation.