Rand, William
William Rand, prominent teacher of the Reiki system of
healing and founder of the Center for Reiki Training in suburban
Detroit, Michigan, was a professional astrologer and hypnotherapist
living in Hawaii in the 1970s at the time that the
existence of the Reiki healing system became known. Reiki, a
Japanese healing system, had been developed early in the
twentieth century by Mikao Usui, a Buddhist layman. He
passed his teachings to several students, among whom was Dr.
Chujiro Hayashi. In the 1930s Hayashi passed his succession to
a Ms. Hawayo Takata (1900–1980), a Japanese-American who
resided in Hawaii. Takata practiced Reiki quietly in the Japanese-American
community until the 1970s, when she began to
teach non-Japanese for the first time and made the Anglo
world aware of its existence.
Rand took his initial Reiki class from Bethal Phaigh in Hawaii
in 1981, the year after Takata’s death. Phaigh was one of
the first Reiki Masters, who had the knowledge to pass on the
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teachings initiated by Takata. He took the second intermediate
degree from Phaigh in 1982 and subsequently studied with
other Reiki teachers. He received his own Reiki Master training
from Diane McCumber and Marlene Schilke in 1989, and repeated
the course with Cherie Prasuhn (1990) and Leah Smith
(1992). Meanwhile, he met and studied with Phyllis Furumoto,
Takata’s daughter and one of the two people she named a
Grand Master.
In the mid-1980s, Rand moved to Michigan and in 1988
opened the Center for Reiki Training (now the International
Center for Reiki Training). Shortly after receiving his Reiki
Master attunement, Rand created a virtual revolution in the
larger community when he challenged a practice followed by
Takata and both Grand Masters she initiated, of charging
$10,000 to become a Reiki Master as a means of emphasizing
the value of what the students were learning. At the center,
Rand dropped the fee to a mere $600.00. He also authored
Reiki The Healing Touch First and Second Degree Manual, a textbook
that included most of Reiki’s heretofore confidential
teachings, though he refrained from revealing the unique Reiki
symbols, a key esoteric element in the technique that the Reiki
practitioner acquired to gain the initial attunement to the chi
energy. In setting up the inexpensive training courses, Rand
challenged the assumption that a Reiki practitioner Master
should turn to one of the Grand Masters for Master training.
His action would, in fact, stimulate the spread of the movement
in the manner he envisioned.
Among the early students to take Rand’s Master class was
Kathleen Milner. Milner in turn became an associate of a channeler
through whom she began to develop an expanded version
of Reiki. Milner soon became a channel for some spirit entities
known only as ‘‘Higher Beings,’’ and under their
guidance developed what became known as the Tera-Mai Reiki
System. Rand began to work with Milner’s system and then
began to further alter it. He eventually experienced a new shift
in energy and developed a further variation of the traditional
Reiki system which he termed Karuna Reiki. He claimed that
in his system the energy seemed ‘‘much more definite and focused’’
and helps release karma and deeply seated issues that
are often stored at the cellular level. This difference seemed
sufficient to demand he trademark the name Karuna Reiki to
insure the quality of its transmission to students.
Rand heads the International Center for Reiki Training,
now located at 21421 Hilltop, No. 28, Southfield, MI 48034.
He has also founded Vision Publications, which issues books
and the quarterly Reiki News. His second book, Reiki for a New
Millennium, appeared in 1998. The website is http
www.reiki.org.
Sources
Rand, William. Reiki for a New Millennium. Southfield, Mich.
Vision Publications, 1998.
———. Reiki The Healing Touch First and Second Degree
Manual. Southfield, Mich. Vision Publications, 1991.

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