is an art that I
from my practices with Karuna and the Karuna Symbols.
Karuna Ki is
the Way of Compassionate Energy and a Healing and Meditative practice using the
Karuna Ki energy and symbols to be the Divine Heart of Compassion.
The History of Karuna Ki tries to
be balanced in its understanding of how the Karuna arts came to be, and tries
to give due credit to those who invested time and effort in its development.
Karuna Ki represents my development and practice with the Karuna, the symbols,
Karuna Ki Do meditations and other practices.
Karuna Ki shares the symbols and
early development with Karuna Reiki , and Tera Mai-Reiki. Karuna Ki has new attunements and Karuna Ki
Do meditations, and is a new development apart from either
Karuna Reiki and Tera Mai-Reiki. The basic principle of Karuna Ki is the
connection to (and becoming) the embodiment of compassion both for healing self
and others, and to send healing and compassion to all creation. The attunement
and subsequent meditations link us to the compassion of God (which we all
already are and have!), and it is through this power that we heal. During the
healing we strive to reflect compassion and love not only to those we heal, but
to all creation. For those uncomfortable with the use of "God", this
principle is reflected wonderfully in the Buddhist Goddess of Compassion,
Yin (Kannon in Japanese). This is a "heart centered compassion" and a
heart centered healing. It is sharing in the compassion of God, or the
compassion of Kuan Yin for all the universe. It is only in this perfect love
that one is truly healed.
SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES TO OTHER KARUNA ARTS AND SYSTEMS
Karuna Ki evolved from other
Karuna arts. Similarities include that it shares the Symbols Zonar, Halu,
Harth, Rama, Gnosa, Kriya, Shanti, Iava, Om, Fire Serpent, and the Tibetan
Karuna Reiki uses a process of 4
attunements. In reality there are only 2 attunements. There is a Karuna I and a
Karuna II attunement. When learning Karuna Practitioner
Level I, you receive the first of
the two attunements. When you learn Karuna Practitioner Level II, you receive
the second attunement. When you learn the two master levels, you receive the same attunements
again with the intent that they be master attunements this time. In Tera
Mai-Reiki, there are three attunements. These are Level I, Level II, and Master
Level. There is also a Water ceremony and a Yod initiation.
Karuna Ki is very different. It
has a two faceted attunement system. For those who are already Reiki or Seichim
Masters, there is a Singular Karuna Ki Master Attunement that attunes you to
all the symbols to the Master level in one attunement. For those with less than
master energy work, there is a three leveled attunement system.
The theoretical underpinnings of
this are discussed in more depth in the attunement section of this manual.
It should be noted that I do not
claim anything supernatural or mystic in developing this Karuna Ki system or
these attunement processes. They do not come from Ascendant
Masters, Channeled beings,
"from God" or anything else. They come from a human being who studied
carefully the process, how it worked and what was necessary for it to work. These practices developed
naturally out of my practices. These days, there are many claims by some
systems being "higher frequency", "faster healing" and
"better than Usui Reiki". It must be noted that the Karuna Ki System
makes none of these claims. Honesty and Integrity are more important to me than
self promotion and sales.
Karuna Ki is offered as a healing
art and spiritual practice. No other claims are made than that. As the founder
of this style of Karuna Ki, I acknowledge that meditation and practice of any
energy system or art has the effect of increasing your capacity to handle
energy as well as your own personal vibration. That includes consistent
practice with Usui Reiki or personal meditation.
In developing Karuna Ki, I have
redesigned and incorporated new developments in a manner that I personally feel
resonates better for with the Way of Compassionate Energy.
I have designed new meditations,
developed new uses for the symbols, and designed new attunements. Karuna Ki is
a unique creation that is separate and different from the Sai Baba Reiki and
THE KARUNA KI SYSTEM - TRADEMARKS, REGISTRATIONS AND CONTROLS
The Karuna Ki System respects the
traditional sanctity of the Teacher and Student Relationship, which has stood
the test of time for centuries. It is my belief that the
healing and teaching relationship
should be an individual relationship free of outside controls, conflicting
loyalties, and other requirements. This is the case with the vast majority of
the Independent Usui Reiki Masters. As such, the Karuna Ki system is offered as
an alternative. The Karuna Ki system is free of trademarks, registrations,
conflicting loyalties and external controls. It is a system, like Usui Reiki,
that is for everyone. Teachers of this system are free to add material as they
see fit to address the needs of their individual students.
This manual is Copyright by
Vincent Amador 1999. It is offered for Karuna Ki Teachers to use, without obligation,
with the exception that if it is used in a class as a student manual that it is
given in its entirety. Karuna Ki Teachers are always free to use their own
materials, develop their own materials, establish whatever requirements for
certification that they wish for their individual students and teach however
they choose. Those who are Karuna Masters from other Karuna traditions finding
themselves disenfranchised due to registration issues are welcome to practice
Karuna Ki, and free to use the name for their practice. It is not trademarked
and open to all.
The manual is a resource for all
to use. It will be updated regularly. Any wishing to contribute to the
development of this manual may submit material. Appropriate credit will be
given to those submitting work, as well as appropriate links to e-mail or web
Karuna Ki and Karuna Ki Do are in
no way affiliated with Karuna Reiki , the International Center
for Reiki Studies or William Rand. Karuna Ki and Karuna Ki Do are in no way
affiliated with Tera Mai-Reiki, or Kathleen Milner.
THE MEANING OF KARUNA KI
Karuna Ki means Compassionate
energy or as it is more appropriately "The Way of Compassionate
Energy". It is healing and spreading the Compassion of the Creator to all,
and all creation. It is "being" the compassion of God, as St. Paul
calls us to be, or as Kuan Yin personifies.
Karuna Ki is a heart centered
healing. It is a loving, heart centered compassionate healing art. It works
best with the focus on the loving compassion of all creation flowing through
you. "Compassionate Heart Reiki" is the term I use to best describe
it. Whether you conceptualize this in St. Paul's words where we are called to
be the "Compassion of God", or the "Compassionate Heart of
Jesus", or in the Buddhist practices of Kuan Yin, goddess of compassion
the net result is the same. The attunements are performed with the Intent of
connecting to and becoming this "Compassion of God". They are truly
loving and a blessing to do and to receive. In this, I think Karuna Ki is very
specific in its understanding of what this compassion is. And it is not just
compassion in healing others, but in spreading it throughout the world and
universe in all that we do. The meditations of Karuna Ki are to foster this
compassion and to spread it throughout the universe.
It needs to be stated here very
clearly that this is not a religion. This is a healing art and meditative
practice designed to cultivate compassion. Spreading love and compassion is
always a worthwhile and wondrous endeavor in its own right.
The practice of contemplating,
developing and spreading compassion is found in many religious faiths
throughout the world. Christian mystics, such as St. Ignatus Loyola used meditation
(contemplation) and Imagery to connect to the sacred heart of Jesus and the
compassion of God, as did St. Francis. This was part of their intimate
connection to God. In Tibetan Buddhist practices there are many practices
designed to cultivate compassion. Three of the most notable are the Tonglen,
the chant "Om Mani Pedme Hum", and the Bodhicitta. In the Tonglen,
one meditates to fill and warm their heart with compassion and then spread it
to all the world. The Om Mani Pedme Hum is a mantra of love and compassion. The
Bodhicitta is a cultivation of compassion based on the idea that since there
are a limited number of souls reincarnating, we have all be mother to another
many times. Therefore since there is no greater love on earth than a mother's
love for her child, we should strive to reflect and share that love to all at
all times. In pure love we are healed, and all are one in the love of God.
KARUNA KI PRACTICES
Karuna Ki is the hands on healing
art of loving compassion, and a way to connect to this compassion and share it
with all creation. There are several aspects of Karuna Ki which include
Healing, Meditation (Karuna Ki Do), and Chanting (or Toning).
Karuna Ki healing uses this
connection to the Way of Compassion to bring compassionate life energy into a
person to heal and balance. As said by Christ and Kuan Yin, it is only in
perfect love and compassion that we are truly healed. This healing love of God
is truly a gift and is wondrous to share.
Karuna Ki Do Meditation is the
embodiment of Compassionate Energy. It is focusing on the connection to the
loving compassionate energy of the source and the sending it out everywhere, to
all that need and to all creation so that all are in the process of healing.
Karuna Ki also uses the practice
of chanting or "toning". The simplest of these practices is In-toning
or chanting the name of the symbol as you use it during meditation or healing.
It is thought that the power and energy of the symbol passes with the breath
into the client, intensifying the effect of the healing. More complex practices
can include focusing on the symbol and allowing the unique personal expression
of the symbol to be express through you as a tone. (Some possible chants might
be Om-Shanti-Om, or Om-Shanti-Om, or
Om-lava-Om. Many patterns are possible using the symbols names and the intent
of the symbol as the guide to what you are trying to accomplish.) For more
information on Toning and Chanting visit the Symbols Section of this Manual,
and the Karuna Ki Do Meditation page.
Another part of the Karuna Ki
experience is to practice the energy use consistently so that the true nature
of the loving compassionate heart of Karuna develops. The practice of connecting to your spiritual
guides who are connected with the Karuna Ki Do is also a legitimate path to
explore. People I know have experienced guides like Jesus, Mother Mary, Kuan Yin (Kannon), St.
Germaine, and angels and archangels, spirit guide animals and others.
It is my opinion that the guides
we connect to most likely will be directly related to our personal beliefs.
People who are Christian are likely to see Jesus, Mary, or angels.
People with more new age beliefs
might see ascended masters or St. Germaine.
You may experience Spiritual
guides such as these, or none at all. Both are acceptable and "right"
All Karuna systems can trace
their roots to the early work of Kathleen Milner. What is now referred to as
Karuna Reiki and/or Tera Mai Reiki was previously known as
Sai Baba Reiki. We begin by examining
the early foundations of Sai Baba Reiki and continue on with Karuna Ki in our
The Early Work of Kathleen Milner
All the Karuna Systems started
off their life in the early work of Kathleen Milner. It's initial beginnings
were from Usui Reiki. From reading Kathleen's books she reported that she
learned Reiki, and began to feel that what she was taught in Reiki and Raku Kai
was incomplete. I believe that she later learned Seichim at the whole life Expo
in California, most likely from August Star (a student of Phoenix Summerfield).
This would appear to have been several months before she began her work on the
remodification of Reiki (later to be known as Sai Baba Reiki and/or Tera
Mai-Reiki). From Seichim she would have learned the "seed" symbols of
Seichim including the Infinity, the story in the pyramid that Patrick Zeigler
experienced, and other elements of the Seichim Reiki (7 facet system).
Additionally, it should be noted that one very common experience of learning
Seichim/SKHM, is (according to Patrick Zeigler - the founder) seeing sacred
geometry or seeing symbols. Indeed T'om Seaman, Dave Lowry , and Phoenix
Summerfield all saw many symbols as they expanded Seichim. The most basic seed
symbols of Seichim involve the Infinity symbol, which is a part of both the
Zonar and Halu, as is the Pyramid that is part of Halu. Because of this some
have recently questioned whether Sai Baba Reiki was really a form of Seichim.
My opinion is that the Seichim was a formational part, but that the intent was
different and thus it was a unique connection to the source energy. To my
knowledge, I am not sure that there is much acknowledgement of the contribution
that Seichim had upon the development of the early foundations of Sai Baba
Reiki. (Author's Note: Sai Baba Reiki no longer exists and was transformed by
William Rand into Karuna Reiki .)
According to Kathleen's books,
she felt Reiki was "incomplete" and missing parts of the attunement
process as passed by Hawayo Takata. According to Kathleen's writing she began
to ask Father/Mother/God for the missing parts. As our story continues to unfold,
after asking for this information from god, the Indian Guru Satya Sai Baba appeared
to her (in a bi-located form - Sai Baba was purported to do this miracle) and
to Marcy Miller (one of Kathleen's Reiki Students). It was reporte that Marcy
(who has since broken ties with Kathleen) reported that Sai Baba, gave her
another symbol and additions to the attunement. Then Sai Baba appeared to
Kathleen on the "inner planes", reviewed the attunement process and
gave her a name for the symbol. Several months later Kathleen and Marcy were
given the other symbols with additional instructions.
Kathleen was told to tell people
she was working with Sai Baba. When teaching Tera Mai Reiki, She uses the new
symbols, the modified attunement process any additional symbols necessary.
(Again remember Patrick Zeigler's observation that people can tap into the
sacred geometry of the universe and it is common to see symbols. Also it is my
observation that people tend to conceptualize this spiritual force in whatever
schema that is most comfortable to them. Christians see Jesus and Mary and
Angels, New Age believers see ascended masters, Kathleen and Marcy would appear
to have been interested in Sai Baba, and coincidentally enough they saw him.)
This "New Reiki" system
was originally channeled by Kathleen Milner and Marcy Miller in 1991. What
needs to be pointed out here is that Kathleen and Marcy did not talk to Sai
Baba in person or on the phone but thought they connected with him psychically.
So at this point, we have Kathleen and Marcy channeling an afro hairdo being in
Orange Robes believing it to be Sai Baba. No one contacted him in person or
attempted to at this time to my knowledge. Later, when contact was sought out
to confirm Sai Baba's involvement, the Sai Baba organization stated publicly
that they knew nothing about Sai Baba Reiki. So it would seem that this is
something that has come purely though channeling. The first three symbols
(Zonar, Harth, and Halu) was given by "Sai Baba" to Kathleen and / or
Marcy. The Attunements were given to Kathleen by "Sai Baba". The Rama
symbols was given to Kellie-Ray Marine. Other symbols were added by others (see
the section on Symbols in this manual).
The Sai Baba Attunements and
subsequent Tera Mai-Reiki and ancillary techniques of the Water Ceremony, and
the Breath of the Fire Dragon seem to be primarily taken from Reiki Kai Reiki.
It would seem, upon final inspection and in my opinion, that Sai Baba Reiki was
a hybridized modification of Raku Kai Reiki, along with Seichim and the
infinity symbol, traditional Usui Reiki, and the symbols and attunements
received by Kathleen and Marcy. Karuna Ki retains the use of the Hui Yin, and
the Breath of the Fire Dragon (Violet Breath).
It should be noted that both
Marcy Miller and Kathleen Milner now admit the being who gave them the Tera Mai
attunements was not Sai Baba but "a higher being." (This is my caveat
with all channeled information, it is influenced by your intent and desire and
conceptual framework. Ask and you may truly receive, as it were. Be careful
giving your power away to anyone, physical or not.)
THE REWORKING OF SAI BABA REIKI INTO KARUNA REIKI
The Sai Baba Reiki lineage
started with Kathleen Milner receiving the new symbols and attunements. From
Kathleen it was taught to Elizabeth Amazon, Isabelle Dussault and to Glenn
Derrick. Glenn taught William Lee Rand who re-worked the system and developed
Karuna Reiki . What I find particularly interesting is that in the Karuna
Materials I have seen, (and I have by no means seen all the materials out
there) is that there is little or no mention of this previous history, Kathleen
Milner or her contribution to the development of Karuna Reiki . (My
understanding is that there was legal action involved between the two, although
at present I have not heard what the outcome is. (I am currently in the process
of finding the court records, unless they are sealed, to see what the actual
litigation was about and who won.)
From Rand's information, he
reports that he, and other Reiki Masters who were initiated into these new
symbols (Kathleen's system before she called it Tera Mai-Reiki), began
experimenting with the symbols. He stated that the masters who had these
symbols "saw the value of the system", and began teaching it as Sai
Baba Reiki. It was reported that legal difficulties came about from using the
Sai Baba name, and so the name Karuna Reiki was taken and used. The name Karuna
Reiki is trademarked by William Rand. There is information available about the
Karuna Reiki System on Rand's Site at the International Center for Reiki
William Rand says the following
about the origin of Karuna Reiki (from the Rand Website): "The Karuna
system of Reiki has come from a number of sources. The first three symbols were
channeled by Marcy Miller in 1991. It was originally thought that these first
three symbols were channeled from the Eastern Indian Guru, Sai Baba. However,
after checking with the Sai Baba organization, I was told that this was not the
case. After working with several top clairvoyants, it has been determined that
these first three symbols came directly from God. These symbols and attunement
processes were passed on to me by Glenn Derrick in the fall of 1993. The system
was very powerful and effective. However, at that time, there was some
confusion about the origin of the system. Some thought it had come from Sai
Baba, while others were stating that it contained the original Usui symbols.
Research has proven both of these ideas to be inaccurate. Further research
indicated that the attunements were a combination of other attunement
processes. Meditating on what to do, I was guided to make several small changes
in the attunement processes. I was also guided to give the system a new name
that would more accurately reflect the purpose of the system. Most people feel
a significant difference between energies of Usui Reiki and those of Karuna
Reiki. Once you have both, it is simply a matter of using whichever system you
are guided to use or feel is appropriate for the situation."
It would appear from the
preceding paragraph, that the involvement Kathleen Milner had in the
development of the system is negligible or non-existent. Personally I find thin
add, since the root material obviously comes from her.
At this point, a discussion of
the term "Reiki" in Karuna Reiki is in order. Reiki is a term used
generically for both the "system" Reiki in Usui Reiki, and for the energy.
These days there are more Reiki's
than I can even name. The connection to Usui Reiki and these systems is both intimate
and diverse. The connection with Usui Reiki and these systems, as previously
outlined, has come via Usui Reiki, Raku Kai Reiki, and Kathleen and Marcy's
Channeled Symbols. The attunement processes are modified Reiki attunements. The
Breath of the Fire Dragon technique is modified from the Breath of the Fire
Dragon in Raku Kai (Rand's modification is the Violet Breath).
There is little similarity to
Usui Reiki past these techniques. Usui Reiki is the ultimate in simplicity,
which is its greatest strength. There are few symbols because, quite frankly,
no more are needed. It is my opinion
that when you are attuned to the master level of Usui Reiki, you have a total
connection to the source. All these symbols wil work, and so will any others you can think
of. It is a question of intent, and simply using the symbols. You do not even
need to be attuned to them to use them. (If you doubt the veracity of this
statement I suggest you try using them. Also keep in mind that no one attuned
the developers of these systems to these symbols Having said that, one might
wonder of what necessity it is to learn additional "Reiki" systems.
That is a legitimate question that needs answering. (And boy do I not have a
good answer!) My response is that each "system" represents a slightly
different way of conceptualizing, connecting to, and using this universal life
energy that comes from the divine source. Different systems give us different
ways of using and experiencing this energy. Karuna Ki and Karuna Ki Do are
methods to access the total loving compassion of the source. It is no better or
worse than any other method of doing this. It is, however, different. You might
ask, "couldn't I do this with plain old vanilla type Usui Reiki?". My
answer is absolutely. When using or meditating with Usui Reiki, concentrate on
compassion and love and do this focusing on the Dai KO Mio Symbol. Try it and
you will understand what I mean.
In summary of our History (and
remember history doesn't repeat itself, Historians merely repeat each other!),
we have examined the evolution of this unique system of "Reiki". We
see that it evolved from Kathleen Milner in what appeared to be a hybrid of
Usui Reiki, Raku Kei Reiki, and Seichim, along with her and Marcy Miller's
channeled symbols. William Rand learned this system from Glenn Derrick as
Baba Reiki and developed Karuna Reiki .
In the Karuna Ki System and
Karuna Ki Do Meditations, I have redesigned and incorporated new developments
in a manner that I personally feel resonates better with me and the Loving
Compassionate Energy. I have designed new meditations, new uses for the
symbols, and new attunements. Karuna Ki and Karuna Ki Do are a unique creation
that is separate and different from the Sai Baba Reiki and Karuna Reiki that
came before it. These days, there are many claims by some systems being
"higher frequency", "faster healing" and "better than
Usui Reiki". It must be noted that the Karuna Ki System makes none of
these claims. Karuna Ki is offered as
a healing art and spiritual practice. No other claims are made than that. As
the founder of this style of Karuna Ki, I acknowledge that meditation and
practice of any energy system or art has the effect of increasing your capacity
to handle energy as well as your own personal vibration. That includes
consistent practice with Usui Reiki or personal meditation.
Karuna Reiki is trademarked by
William Rand. I have been told that the trademark was to insure that the
attunements and symbols stay the same, are taught the same to all students and
do not suffer the splintering that Usui Reiki did. In my opinion, of late
William has become quite proprietary in his licensing of the Karuna Reiki
system. The new registration requirements are available for viewing at New
Karuna Reiki Registration.
At this point in time, it would
appear that a "splintering" of Karuna Reiki is occurring as happened
in Usui Reiki following the death of Mrs. Takata. From what I have observed
some practitioners now openly call what they practice "Karuna (pre-Trademark
Style)", "Karuna Ki", or simply "Karuna". I have also
heard a number of masters talk of being quite annoyed to shocked that they must
register and follow these new practices. I would imagine that they would feel
betrayed that they are now told they cannot teach something they were certified
in and paid for in the manner that they choose. I am not registered with the
center, and in no way am affiliated with the center. For those who wish to be
Center Certified in Karuna Reiki , then Karuna Ki and Karuna Ki Do might not be
for you, and I encourage you to visit the International Center
for Reiki Studies Website for further information.
Mudras endow the practitioner with benefits like improved meditation and calmness of mind. It also addresses a host of health concerns and infuses greater self-reliance and self-discipline. Mudras are easy to practice, because they are free hand body gestures, that gradually lead you to spiritual rejuvenation.
There is, perhaps, nothing better in the world than the practice of mudras for success and wellbeing.
Mudras and Reiki
Combining mudras with Reiki seems to strengthen their healing powers further. Try using Reiki [with, or without symbols] with the mudras and watch your energy levels soar. To do this, sit in a chair with a straight back, connect to Reiki by intent, draw the symbols mentally on your hands, and join the fingers in "key mudras" relevant to the goal. In Reiki, the most commonly practiced mudras are the Hakini, the Gassho, the Rin, and the Sha mudras.
When you join the tips of the five fingers of the right hand, with those of the left, it forms the Hakini. This mudra is helpful in balancing the right and left sides of the brain; it also benefits the "third" eye, and the lungs.
This is a prayer position. It is performed by holding hands in namaste position before the chest.
Interlace the fingers and clasp your hands together, keeping the middle fingers joined and extended. This strengthens our mind and physical body. It is useful for good emotional health.
This is obtained by interlacing the fingers and clasping the hands together with the index fingers joined and extended. The mudra is used to direct and focus energy to a particular area in the body to provide the healing effect.