What Is Karuna Reiki – Benefits, Symbols And How It Differs From Usui

Karuna Reiki ® is a system that has a higher vibrational approach than what we’re used to in Reiki Usui.

This Reiki system consists of many meditations with the Ascendant Masters, angels, and Archangels.

There are also meditations for learning how to forgive yourself and others.

As a side note, learning how to accept, understand, and forgive is the core of Karuna Reiki ® and I dare to say of Reiki in general.

Karuna is simply more focused on this aspect and allows the practitioner to go deeper than with other systems.

Who Created Karuna Reiki

The Karuna Reiki ® system was developed in 1995 by Master William Lee Rand with the help of some of his students.

He is the president of the International Center for Reiki Training, The Center For Reiki Research, and The Reiki Membership Association. He also writes as editor in chief at Reiki News Magazine.

Among his many achievements, William Lee Rand is constantly working to promote world peace. One of the highlights was placing World Peace Crystal Grids in Jerusalem and at the North and South Pole.

World Peace Crystal Grids
World Peace Crystal Grids Photo Credit: reiki.org

Students all over the world can send Reiki to this grid structure on a monthly basis to promote world peace.

What Does Karuna Mean

The word itself “Karuna” is of Sanskrit origin. It is related to the generic ideas and meanings of unconditional love, compassion, and spiritual evolution.

To make things more clear, Karuna refers to helping yourself as well as others because we are all one. In helping yourself heal you want to help others too because we are interconnected.

This process will extend even further, influencing many people, and in return, you will benefit as well.

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Karuna Reiki Levels

Most Reiki teachers recommend attending the first levels of Karuna Reiki after mastering the Usui Reiki system

To make things easier and help the practitioner have a more harmonious and discerning development, Karuna Reiki has been split into 3 levels:

  • Beginner – here you will get in tune with Karuna and the way it feels like. Unlike Usui Reiki, at this level, you receive some of the sacred symbols that will be very useful for your spiritual journey.
  • Intermediate – after getting a better understanding of the first degree of Karuna Reiki, the intermediate level will give you access to even higher vibrational symbols and their energies.
  • Advanced – in Karuna Reiki, at the Master Level, you receive access to all meditations as well as the master symbol. 

One of the things I have noticed after being attuned for this level was an increased ability to define situations.

Obviously, I’m not talking about winning the lottery, but rather adapting some situations to your advantage by having a clear, strong intention.

Also, the “karmic debts” that need to be solved, were considerably quicker in manifesting. This is just a possibility, not a certainty, and because each and every one of us is different, we will experience distinct paths.

The Few Systems Derived From Karuna

  • Holy Fire® Reiki – developed by Master William Lee Rand;
  • Tera Mai Reiki – developed by Master Kathleen Milner;
  • Karuna Ki Reiki and Mudra Technique – developed by Vincent P. Amador;

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Karuna Reiki, together with Usui Reiki Rhoyo and other Reiki systems amplify the practitioner’s power to channel the universal source of life force energy.

It also brings many more Reiki spirit guides that can become extremely useful in your life.

What’s The Difference Between Karuna And Usui Reiki

As a general definition, Karuna Reiki is a higher vibrational system than Usui Reiki Rhoyo.

But this doesn’t mean it’s better or more powerful.

It is what is.

Like we evolve through practicing Reiki and we discover new ways of applying it, William Lee Rand and his students took this approach to a whole new level and found a new system that is simply different.

Karuna Reiki has the same fundamental definition as Usui Reiki does.

It’s just the next level in pursuit of spiritual knowledge.

The Path To Spiritual Evolution

I honestly believe this should be a goal for any Reiki practitioner.

Once you have been practicing Usui Reiki for a while and feel comfortable with each level, you can consider exploring Karuna.

Going back and forth from more advanced levels to previous ones, will enhance your knowledge and help you better understand the practice as a whole.

You will see everything through different lenses.

But, as said before, stay with Usui Reiki until you feel it’s time to move on and don’t jump directly to Karuna.

I believe this is the best way to go.

Usui Reiki Rhoyo

In Usui Reiki Rhoyo you get to know yourself at a physical, energetical and spiritual level. You start slow, using just your hands and no Reiki symbols.

You go through each of the Reiki Usui Levels while gradually cleansing yourself and evolving as a person.

However, this is only the first step before moving to a much higher domain. 

Your journey only begins at the Master level.

Karuna Reiki

In Karuna Reiki you learn by working with higher spiritual entities. You receive knowledge on how to forgive yourself and others.

This is actually the core of any spiritual practice.

By doing so, you release yourself of any negative strings that hold you from walking your sacred journey.

All types of Reiki promote this concept but in Karuna Reiki, you dive even deeper.

Another important difference is that at Karuna Reiki level 1, you do receive some symbols.

Therefore you get into advanced practices right from the start.

This is why it’s important to start with the Usui system. There you learn about symbols at Reiki level 2, once you’ve been through a cleansing and introductory phase.

Learn the ABC first before trying to write novels.

Karuna Reiki Attunement Process

Any Reiki system has an attunement process that helps the practitioner get to the appropriate frequency level.

In Karuna Reiki, things are slightly different.

As said before, you are introduced to symbols right from the start.

These are mostly related to deep healing, breaking old negative patterns and restoring balance at a higher level.

The Karuna Reiki attunement could take the initiated through experiences with their spiritual guides and higher selves.

It’s a more intense process that brings deeper healing and eventually grounding with the help of other enlightened beings.

What Are The Karuna Reiki Symbols And Their Meaning

The Karuna Reiki symbols are quite different from Usui Reiki Rhoyo.

While we do have the traditional Dai Ko Myo, the Tibetan Dai Ko Myo and the Serpent of Fire, that’s where the similarities stop.

They connect to different manifestations of the source of life force energy and are extremely efficient for certain deep spiritual cleansing situations.

Here’s a brief description of each Karuna Reiki symbol:


It represents infinity, infinite love, and evolution.

zonar karuna reiki symbol

Zonar is in tune with the energy of Archangel Gabriel, who is considered to be the bringer of Divine messages. It helps you with a deep level of healing, reaching cellular and DNA layers.

This Karuna symbol has the ability to dissolve any negative patterns, replacing them with positive, pure energy.


The Karuna symbol that represents “global protection” and is able to create a protection field under the form of a pyramid of energy.

halu karuna reiki symbol

It connects to Archangel Raphael, the protector of all doctors and healers. 

Halu can heal the energetic structures of your body and helps you raise your consciousness making it in tune with your spirit.


This Karuna Reiki symbol connects to the highest and purest forms of energy.

harth karuna reiki symbol

It teaches us the concept of true unconditional love and can free yourself from emotional blockages.

Harth also enhances your love for yourself and others.


Represents grounding and balance.

rama karuna reiki symbol

It is in tune with the energy of Archangel Michael. This symbol helps eliminate energetic blockages and has a deep effect when activated for protection in a room.

Exceptionally good at keeping away dark energies or entities.


The “knowing way” or the symbol that helps you free your energy path to intuition and learning.

gnosa karuna reiki symbol

Gnosa is in tune with the energy of the angels of wisdom. It helps enable your connection to your higher-self and to higher awareness. 


A Karuna symbol which supports a harmonious way of material manifestation though the angels of creativity.

kriya karuna reiki symbol

This is applicable for both healing, therapies, goals and material wishes.

It helps you free yourself from negative and old mental patterns, releasing a clear path for the energy of creativity and determination. 

By being in tune with the Divine will, almost anything can be achieved.


Removes the shroud of illusions through the angels of harmony.

iava karuna reiki symbol

It can dissolve the deceitful conditionings implemented by society or through manipulation and opens the path to clear reality.

That is why Iava offers strong protection against negative energetic influences and forced techniques of control.


Peace in a true word. It is in strong tune with the angels of peace and harmony.

shanti karuna reiki symbol

By activating it on ourselves, it can help bring spiritual harmony and relaxation within an environment.

Shanti brings positive energy and harmony to the superior chakras if activated on their projections as well.

AUM (OM) – The Karuna Reiki Master Symbol

It represents the vibration of Divine essence and purity.

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AUM contains the substance of unity, compassion, and spiritual ascendance.

It is used in attunements and it opens the main energy channel to receive the purest energy and light from the universal source of life force energy.

The Karuna master symbol can surface our deep and unknown potential of our inner and higher-self.

AUM symbol belongs to a very high-frequency mantra called Om Mani Padme Hum through which deep cleansing can occur.

How To Practice Karuna Reiki And What Are The Benefits

The “technical” part of the self-practice of Karuna Reiki is very different from Usui Reiki. That’s because you activate your palms and the 7th, 6th, 5th, and 4th chakra while using Zonar and Halu for the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st chakras.

The reason you do not place higher vibrational symbols on the first 3 chakras, is because there is no need to do so.

The symbols such as Shanti, Aum, Gnosa, Harth are efficient for the superior chakras.

Again, this doesn’t mean that lower vibration is “bad”.

It simply indicates there is a different frequency and therefore a different role for each chakra and symbol.

Like in Usui Reiki, you place your hands using the traditional Reiki hand positions. Also, you can go through the 21 days of self-healing, as a best practice, to fully comprehend Karuna’s power and different energy level.

And here is where things start to change. You will have noticeable and particular results using Karuna Reiki.

It is considerably more powerful in vibration. The emotional and spiritual healing will be much deeper.

Words can only describe so much. You have to practice in order to feel and fully understand Karuna Reiki.

In time, your conscious together with the power of determination will substantially increase, leaving room for a whole new spectrum of healing.

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What Is Karuna Reiki Master

At the Usui Reiki Master level, your performance is related to a comprehensive knowledge of the physical and energetical parts.

With Karuna Reiki, the master is linked to the concept of being in tune with true spiritual awareness and the pure energies brought down to Earth by Archangels.

That is why symbols such as Harth and AUM have a very strong vibration.

By combining the meditations and levels of Karuna with Usui Reiki, you will reach a new level of understanding.

You’ll be able to learn more about this world as well as other spiritual realms.


Vlad and ReikiScoop

Vlad is the co-founder of ReikiScoop, a spiritual brand that supports those eager to tap into the universal life force energy through specialized courses, an actionable newsletter, and inspiring resources. He is a dedicated Reiki enthusiast and spiritual seeker who has reached the master-teacher level in Usui Reiki, Karuna, and Shamballa MDH.

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21 thoughts on “What Is Karuna Reiki – Benefits, Symbols And How It Differs From Usui”

    • Hi there Nikhil.

      Well, first you need to get an attunement from a Reiki master/teacher. From there on I can guide you step by step towards everything you need to know at the beginning and after. You can have the attunement face to face or at distance.

      I don’t perform distance attunements for the time being.


    • It’s depends on the type of class u take, group class or 1 to 1 class, which is a bit costly. I charge group classes 1000/ – per class, total 5 days course + Attunement of basic and advanced level Of Reiki and karuna reiki. 1 to 1 class it is 7000/- total coarse.

    • It’s depends on the type of class u take, group class or 1 to 1 class, which is a bit costly. I charge group classes 1000/ – per class, total 5 days course + Attunement of basic and advanced level Of Reiki and karuna reiki. 1 to 1 class it is 7000/- total course.

    • There are many Gurus in India and they are good, meet them, feel the connection and then choose which best suit you. I had 3 different Gurus for my Levels but they all are amazing and based in Ahmedabad. Email me menkadave11@gmail.com for their details, I also teach reiki from Australia

    • Hi Ruby,

      In order to benefit from the full energetic and spiritual potential of a symbol, you need to be attuned to that system and level. Even so, you can still bring at least a part of the energy of that symbol through meditation and constant practice, even if you are not attuned to it.


  1. Hi there,
    I am attuned to karuna reiki level 1&2 also angelic reiki master/teacher.
    I can most definitely agree that the karuna reiki does really hit different.
    After being attuned and doing the self healing for those following weeks I had massive releases of emotion and after it was as though something had been lifted. I felt more connected than I’d ever been.
    If anyone is already attuned and was thinking of karuna as a next step I’d definitely say it’s something different. Be ready to work through your own blockages and experience a bit of a soul purge.
    I suggest some journalling to help if there are more trying blocks that you’ve been through in life. Don’t be scared the only way over is through. So worth it. 😊

  2. Hi, thank you for this very comprehensive article 🙂
    I am attuned to Reiki 2 and Arolo 2 and have been searching for Karuna Reiki masters/teachers so I may get attuned. I live in New Zealand and there does not seem to be anyone here I can find. I am traveling to Romania in October however and would be willing to attend an attunement course there it available. Do you or someone here know of any Karuna Reiki teachers either in NZ or in Romania who would be willing to do this?

  3. I’ve been a Reiki Master for 18 years. I already work with the Archangels an have been long before my journey with Reiki. What kind of Attunements would I need if they are already assisting me in my Reiki Practice?

    • Hi there Martha.

      If you have been working with Archangels for such a long time, then that means that you already have established a solid connection with them.

      Normally, you don’t actually “need” (per se) other attunements. However, attunements to other Reiki systems such as Karuna will enhance that connection and help you tap into new manifestations of the universal life force energy.

      That’s because each level and system of Reiki offers access to different levels of this manifestation.

      It’s really up to you and to how you feel in regard to this approach.


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