Reiki Variations – Other Forms of this Healing Modality

Most of us know Reiki as the holistic healing system founded by Mikao Usui in 1922 when Sensei Usui’s 21-day fast/meditation on Mount Kurama resulted in his receiving this wonderful gift of Reiki. The amazing aspect of Reiki is that it allows one to give healing to others without depleting one’s own energy.

Reiki developed into a wonderful natural healing modality over the course of the years, brought to the West by Hawayo Takata.

However, in more current times, new forms of Reiki healing have evolved.

Komyo Reiki – This form of Reiki has Japanese roots and the word Komyo means “enlightenment.” This Reiki system was developed by, and is currently taught by Hyakuten Inamoto. Sensei Inamoto studied with Chiyoko Yamaguchi (who died in 2003). Sensei Yamaguchi actually studied with Sensei Usui in the late 1930’s. I believe that these original studies were oral, with no written material. Hyakuten was in New York City over this past summer teaching Komyo Reiki.

Karuna Reiki – The word “Karuna” has Sanskrit roots and is translated to mean “compassionate action.” Karuna means actions taken to lessen the suffering of others. In the overall concept of “we are all one” it is a natural action to offer compassionate healing to others — because everyone benefits. Developed by William Rand and the International Center for Reiki Training — and taught since 1994 — this system can be very powerful and effective. The prerequisite is first being a Reiki Master in the Usui healing system. I am currently studying Karuna and am learning and working with the different healing symbols and their “vibrations” that are specific to this form of Reiki.

Medicine Buddha Reiki – In Buddhism, there are many Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and all of them, combined, represent the perfect “Buddha” nature. The Medicine Buddha embodies the healing power of all the Buddhas and is believed to have attained perfect enlightenment. His mind has eliminated all negativity and perfected all positive qualities. One must be Usui Reiki Master to study and receive the Medicine Buddha attunement.

Are there any other forms of Reiki that you know about that I may have overlooked? Let me know!

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