The following is an
explanation of why we decided to trademark Karuna Reiki®:
First of all, it is important to understand that we at the International
Center for Reiki Training support and encourage all Reiki practitioners
regardless of lineage or organizational affiliation. It is our experience
that Reiki can do no harm and therefore anyone who practices it
will be benefiting themselves as well as those they work with. Also,
we do not claim to be the best or only Reiki group for everyone.
We feel that each Reiki student will be attracted to the Reiki group
or teacher that is right for them and we encourage each student
to follow their own inner guidance in deciding who to study with
including studying with more than one teacher if that is what the
student is guided to do. We also feel that each Reiki practitioner
has the right to decide how much to charge for their service or
to charge nothing at all.
The word "Reiki" is a Japanese word and is used to describe several
things. It is used to describe the healing energy that is all around
us and is free for all to use. The word "Reiki" is also used to
describe the technique(s) that are used to attract this healing
energy and to administer it to oneself or others. There are several
such techniques such as Usui Reiki, Tibetan Reiki, Seichim Reiki
and Karuna Reiki® etc. They each use different methods to attract
and administer "Reiki" healing energy. The purpose of the different
names is to differentiate between the different techniques. This
is similar to the various schools of yoga - each having a different
name to designate the differences in the techniques and also the
differences in the focus or purpose of each school etc.
One of the problems that has developed over the past several years
is that there have developed many modifications in each school of
Reiki so that when one states that they are doing "Usui Reiki" or
"Seichim Reiki" as an example, one never really knows what technique
is being described. In many cases the techniques have become completely
different from what was originally developed and so the name no
longer serves a useful purpose. Also, the quality of some teaching
has deteriorated so that people are receiving very low quality training
that is given in a few hours instead of a few days leaving the person
with little understanding of what "Reiki" is or how to use it. Ethical
standards have declined as well.
After practicing and teaching several different "Reiki" techniques
for many years, I was encouraged to develop a new technique based
on my experience and the many additional symbols and attunement
methods I had been exposed to. After experimenting with these new
ideas for a while and testing them and observing the unique value
they created in the way they improved healing, I was guided to call
this new technique "Karuna Reiki®."
Having seen what had happened to the other techniques over the years,
as describe above, I did not want this to happen to "Karuna Reiki®."
Therefore, to prevent the name of this new technique from losing
meaning, I decided that it would be better to trademark it thus
making it easier to preserve its value including the maintenance
of high ethical and teaching standards.
One thing we are working toward at the International Center for
Reiki Training is the acceptance and integration of "Reiki" healing
within hospitals, doctors offices etc.. If this is going to be possible,
then high ethical and teaching standards need to be maintained.
Fees for "Reiki"
do charge a fee for our "Karuna Reiki®" training and other
"Reiki" trainings , but we do not require those who take our training
to charge any particular fee. They are free to charge whatever
fee they feel is right or to charge nothing at all.
When we charge a fee for a "Reiki" session or a class, we are
not charging for the "Reiki" healing energy which is all around
us and is free for anyone to use, we are charging for the time
it took to develop the healing skills as well as the time it takes
to administer or teach those skills. This is similar to growing
food; the sunlight is free, yet a farmer still has to go through
a period of learning to be a good farmer by studying good farming
techniques and also has to do the work - both of which he/she
deserves to be paid for. So while "Reiki" energy is free, the
time involved in learning one or more "Reiki" techniques as well
as the time involved in practicing or teaching "Reiki" and in
maintaining high ethical and teaching standards is what we are