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Some Western Styles of Reiki
What are Tera-MaiTM and KarunaTM Reiki?

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This page is one of a series where I relate some Reiki experiences, or give my ideas on aspects of Reiki and/or energy work.  The pages are intended to give some "food for thought" and some are only my viewpoint.  While a number of facts are included, you should decide for yourself how much (if any) of the content feels right to you.

During the 1990's there were many Reiki systems that had grown out of what Mrs. Takata brought out of Japan. Two unusual systems I have been exposed to are Tera-MaiTM Reiki and KarunaTM Reiki

After I became a Reiki Master in 1994 I began hearing of a different version of the Reiki energy. According to some of my sources, this energy was supposed to have been retrieved by Sathya Sai Baba from the “inner planes” (later it was revealed to be NOT Sai Baba -- see * below). Intrigued, I decided to contact the source of this information (K. MIlner), and find out for myself. She told me that a fellow Reiki master and friend had traveled to India in January of 1991, to see the Indian avatar, holy man, and guru, Sathya Sai Baba. He is reported to have had many psychic abilities including incredible healing skills, the ability to bi-locate and multi-locate, and the ability to manifest holy ash. Her friend stayed at his ashram and in a meditation a “highly evolved being“ appeared to her. He told her that over half of the initiation procedure, as well a symbol had been left out for each of the Reiki initiations. He said he would go into the "inner planes" to retrieve them.

Her friend came back to Los Angeles and they met at a conference in February, 1991. During this time, the “highly evolved being“ appeared to them “as brown skinned, dressed in orange, and wearing an Afro hairstyle”.  They believe that he “had found the same Universal Empowerment, Universal symbols and Universal knowledge that (Mikao) Usui had when he made his conscious raising journey into the inner planes” This being suggested modifications to their current Reiki attunement system and gave them an energy (symbol) called Zonar. He then instructed them to initiate each other. They went back home re-initiated all of their interested students who also discovered an increase in energy.

In May, 1991 the being appeared again  and told them that the guides wished to increase the vibration of the Reiki ray. To this end, the spirit being gave them two more symbols (Harth and Halu), and again told them how to modify their attunements.  In 1995, this Reiki process was trademarked in the USA asTera-MaiTM Reiki. 

Gradually, over a period of months, the spirit guide introduced other elemental healing rays; Sakara (fire) and Sophi-el (water), which are also found in Buddha's original Sutras, and Angelic Light (air & spirit). These are presented in 3 sets of additional attunements that make up a system called Tera-MaiTM Seichem.

On March 25, 1995, I was attuned to all 3 levels of what is now called Tera-MaiTM Reiki by the system originator, and I learned how to pass this system onto others (including updates presented in Fall, 1996).  A couple of years later only registered masters were allowed to use the trademarked Tera-MaiTM name for their training.  Since they are allowed to teach and use only the Tera-MaiTM  attunements, to the exclusion of all other Reiki attunements, I decided not to register. 

Many people write me and ask how Tera-MaiTM Reiki differs from Karuna ReikiTM, and why they have similar symbols. Unfortunately I have not yet taken the Karuna training, but I have received the KarunaTM  attunements, and talked to Reiki Masters who have taken the training. Originally, William Rand (founder of The Center for Reiki Training and of KarunaTM  Reiki) periodically held an advanced class for Reiki Masters that assisted them in improving their skills as a teacher and in improving their Reiki practice. When William was shown the Tera-MaiTM  process (in 1992, I was told) he was guided to create his own attunement process using the primary Tera-Mai symbols and a couple others used in the classes. Since William already had a standardized process for Reiki training, he added this enhanced energy to this post-master level class.

Another Reiki Master/Chi Kung Master, Glenn Derrick, told me he found other uses (and names) for some of these symbols. A friend of mine attended a June, 1994 Karuna class(it was then called Sai Baba Reiki) in which William invited Glenn to teach these additional symbols to the class. William added these to the second Karuna attunement process, and has since added a few more symbols.

Reiki Masters who have taken both the Tera-MaiTM  and KarunaTM  training report a different feel to the energy of each attunement process, indicating that it is not just the symbols that makes each process unique. I have found this to be true as well.

Which one is best? Well if all energy were ice cream, and Reiki was the flavor chocolate, then perhaps Tera-MaiTM  is chocolate mousse while KarunaTM  is chocolate mint. Which one is better depends on the individual's preferences. 

Both schools require registration with the respective owners in order to be a licensed user of their Reiki name.  Note that Tera-MaiTM Reiki does not allow it’s masters to use any other Reiki energy, nor to give or receive attunements in another style.  This automatically negates your Tera-MaiTM Reiki use.

Personally I prefer the Threshold Reiki energy <smile>.

In 1996,my Tera-Mai teacher (K. Milner) said that a Dutch friend of hers was recently visiting India and along with a group of people she was granted an audience with Sai Baba. She was allowed to ask a question so she asked him if he was indeed the being who had appeared to my teacher and who had been sharing energies with her.  Sai Baba meditated for a short time and then said that no, it was not him, but it was a much higher being she was working with.  In effect, Saya Baba validated the energy work my teacher was experiencing from this higher being.

When the lady returned to the Netherlands she met up with my teacher and told her what Saya Baba said.  My teacher then meditated and asked the spirit being working with her to reveal himself. He then changed his form from Sai Baba to another high being that she recognised.

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