What is Karuna Reiki®?

This explanation of Karuna Reiki® was written by William Lee Rand as the forward for the book “The Book on Karuna Reiki, Advanced Healing Energy for Our Evolving World” by Laurelle Shanti Gaia

By Laurelle Shanti Gaia

“The love that comes from the Creator is unbounded and because of this, there is no limit to the good that can come to those who seek.  The potential that lies within us and around us is waiting to unfold and is always available to reveal more and to take us to greater heights.  No matter how much we have accomplished or how wonderful something has become there is always the next step, the next lesson, the next development.  This is especially true with healing and with Reiki. If we accept this, it makes it possible for us to open to a greater experience of what healing can be.

Karuna Reiki® has its roots in Usui and Tibetan Reiki and developed from experimentation with new symbols and attunement techniques.  During this process, a knowingness awakened that there was something greater waiting to be uncovered.  It was out of this understanding that Karuna Reiki® began to manifest here on Earth.  I say it in this way because everything that could exist exists now, either in our physical world or on a higher dimension.  It is just a matter of seeking something better and being willing to actively follow our inner guidance in order to ground it into our lives.

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I did not channel any of the symbols used in Karuna Reiki®, but simply began to experiment with non-Usui Reiki symbols that others had channeled.  Working with some of my most sensitive students, we allowed ourselves to be guided to the symbols that were best for us and prayed that the Creator would direct our process.  Following our guidance, we began to change the way we were doing the attunements.  After this, the healing energies began to increase in frequency and strength.

I wondered if we were channeling a new system of Reiki, and after other sensitive healers confirmed it, I slowly came to accept that this was the case.  I thanked the Creator and asked what to do next.  I was directed to give it a name and the name that came was Karuna.  I had not heard of this name before, but found it in a spiritual book and knew it was the right name.

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Karuna presents wonderful possibilities for our lives, but to follow this path we must make a choice.  In order to fully enjoy the benefits of Karuna, we must be willing to let go of old ways of doing.  So often we approach life and its responsibilities with a sense of struggle.  Out of fear we assume that we must diligently focus on our worries including being ready to defend ourselves against those who we imagine oppose us.  Yet, the reality is that most of our worries are based on false assumptions.  They usually never happen, so our energy is dwindled away by needless worry.  At other times, because we believe they are real, without knowing it, we end up actually creating what we fear or making existing situations worse.  Because of this, a great deal of our time and resources are wasted on worries that never happen or that didn’t exist until we acted on our fear.  This leaves us in a far less resourceful state and reduces our ability to create the happy, healthy life that we really would like to have.  This process has become so habituated into the thinking of many that it is not questioned. It is assumed that mastering this method of doing is the only way to be effective and that there are no alternatives.

Yet, there is a better way.  Karuna is an energy that can lift us up to a higher understanding and a healthier way of living our lives.  Karuna is an energy that comes from the Creator and also flows through those higher beings that have become liberated from the illusion of the material world.  This wonderful energy is filled with compassion for all those that suffer and its intention is to heal.  It is all round us and all we need to do is to be attuned to it and invite it in for it to begin its loving work in our lives.

Karuna is also a spiritual quality that develops within as we progress on the spiritual path.  It creates a gradually developing awareness that we are all one.  This feeling of oneness brings with it a power that goes beyond all earthly power.  It is not a competitive power or a power that can be used for selfish gain, but a power directed by the Creator.  It is the power of love and can be felt in the heart.  It heals us and joyously reaches out to help all those around us.  It releases all fear, doubt and worry and fills us with hope, peach and grace.  It is here to guide us through life and to help us accomplish our spiritual purpose.  It lets us know that we are not alone and that we are loved and cared for by the Creator of the Universe.  With this comes an open-ended feeling of magnificent self-worth and a new way of being.

In studying and practicing Karuna Reiki® it is my hope that you will keep this higher potential in mind and remain open to the unlimited possibilities that await you within the depths of your own heart.

I thank Laurelle for taking the time to write this wonderful book.  It is filled with many techniques and ideas that will help you to use Karuna Reiki® more effectively.

May you be deeply blessed.”

William Lee Rand

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, has thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest…a kind of optical delusion of consciousness.  Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

Albert Einstein

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