Karuna is a Sanskrit word that means ‘compassionate action’, and this is the essence of Karuna Reiki™. It is offered to those students who are Advanced Reiki Training practitioners and Usui Reiki Masters. Karuna Reiki™ energy differs from Usui Reiki, but it should really be experienced as most people feel that it is more powerful than Usui Reiki.
Karuna Reiki™ is a non-traditional form of Reiki which was developed by William Rand of the Centre for Reiki Training (based in the US), and is based on symbols and information received from various channelled sources. The following is William’s own explanation of the origins of Karuna Reiki™:
“I did not originally intend to create a new system of Reiki, but starting about 1989, I began being given non-Usui Reiki symbols and attunement techniques which were claimed to have benefit. I filed these symbols away along with the attunement processes that were included with some of them and also begin experimenting with some of them. After a number of years, I had quite a collection and many of my students began asking me about these “additional symbols” and wanting to know if they should use them. In the winter of 1993, I gathered together a number of my best students many of whom were spiritually sensitive, to experiment with the additional symbols, try them out and decide which were the most useful. We asked for guidance and through this process came up with a set of symbols that seemed to have the best energy. We also experimented with an attunement process to go with them. Later I was guided in the further development of the attunement process and this eventually evolved into a new system of Reiki. Throughout the process, I prayed for help from the Higher Power and asked that I be connected to a healing energy that would be of greater benefit. I did not channel any of these symbols myself. They came from other Reiki masters. In 1995, I was guided to more clearly define the system and to name it Karuna Reiki® which can be defined as the Reiki of Compassion. While some of the symbols in Karuna Reiki® are the same as those used by other schools and systems, because the attunements are different and the intention is different, the energies that are connected to Karuna Reiki® are unique to the system.”