Karuna Reiki: The Perfect upgrade to Usui Reiki

Karuna Reiki, often referred to as Compassionate Reiki, is a unique form of energy healing that has gained prominence in recent years. The term ‘Karuna’ is derived from Hindu scriptures and signifies compassion, a fundamental aspect of this healing method. Karuna Reiki is not just about healing; it’s about awakening universal compassion and wisdom within one’s soul.

Karuna is only available to those already initiated in Usui.
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What is Karuna Reiki

Karuna Reiki has its roots in the traditional Usui Reiki system, a method of healing that existed long before it was popularized by Dr. Mikao Usui. However, it was only after Dr. Usui started using it as a methodology for healing that it gained some prominence.

Since then, Reiki has evolved into many forms, with Karuna Reiki being one of the universally accepted variants.

What is Karuna Reiki
What is Karuna Reiki

William Lee Rand, a Reiki Master who received his mastership in traditional Usui Reiki as late as 1989, initiated Karuna Reiki. His teachings have been instrumental in shaping the practice and understanding of Karuna Reiki today.

Karuna Reiki® is the next step for Reiki Masters who have practiced for at least 6 months and seek to extend their healing capabilities with compassionate action. In the Karuna Reiki® class, students will:

  • Learn two levels, two attunements, four master symbols, and eight treatment symbols for a potent and transformative healing experience.
  • Prepare clients for deep healing using the first four Karuna I symbols, addressing past life issues and releasing karma on a cellular level.
  • Heal deeply and shatter delusions with the second four Karuna II symbols, breaking negative patterns and restoring balance.
  • Connect more closely with enlightened beings, receiving their guidance and healing energy.
  • Learn to teach all four levels of Karuna Reiki®, both practitioner and master levels, broadening the scope of their healing abilities.

Empowers Master Practitioners

The Karuna Reiki® class empowers Master Practitioners to use the symbols during Reiki treatments and while teaching. The class includes Reiki meditation for healing the Shadow Self and chanting and toning with Karuna Reiki® to amplify the healing energy. Students also have the opportunity to network with other Reiki Masters, creating a vibrant and supportive community.

Upon completion, students receive a certificate and a 45-page manual with detailed descriptions of each symbol and attunement process. Those who wish to become “Registered Karuna Reiki® Masters” with The International Center for Reiki Training can explore this opportunity for further recognition.

Read about all the other types of reiki in this article.

The Practice of Karuna Reiki

Becoming a Karuna Reiki Master is a journey that requires dedication, practice, and most importantly, a deep understanding of the Usui Reiki system. This is because this Reiki is not practiced in isolation but as a continuance of Usui Reiki. Only a person who has been attuned and has been practicing Usui Reiki can proceed with Karuna Reiki as an “add-on.”

Reiki attunement, whether in the Usui or Karuna system, is a crucial part of the practice. It is a process that opens the crown, heart, and palm chakras, creating a special link between the student and the Reiki source. This initiation or alignment is what allows the practitioner to channel the healing energy of Reiki.

Symbols and Techniques

Karuna Reiki is known for its unique symbols, which are a mix of Japanese and Indian traditional meditative techniques. These symbols, often referred to as Reiki signs or emblems, are used selectively, and each one of them has a special sound effect. This is a distinctive feature of Karuna Reiki, setting it apart from the Usui method where all symbols are used for healing and meditation.

The symbols utilized during a Reiki session were channeled by various Reiki Masters, including Marcy Miller, Kellie-Ray Marine, Pat Courtney, Catherine Mills Bellamont, and Marla Abraham. William recognized the value of these symbols but believed they held untapped potential. Through meditation, he was guided to develop the attunement process and name the new system Karuna Reiki.

Chanting and toning are integral parts of Karuna Reiki, adding depth to the healing process. The vibration of the voice acts as a physical carrier wave for the Karuna energy, allowing healing energies to penetrate more deeply into the cells and tissues. This high-energy practice is all about vibrations and compassion, embodying the essence of Karuna Reiki.

Symbols and Techniques
Symbols and Techniques

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The Healing Power

This is more than a practice; it’s a healing energy that has the power to transform lives. It assists in healing or facilitating various issues, including addictive behavior, allergies, anxiety, and physical injuries. It also aids in chakra balancing, developing healthy habits, and promoting spiritual growth.

Real-life stories and examples of healing are a testament to its healing power. As a Reiki practitioner, one learns to trust the energy flow and let Reiki’s consciousness guide the healing process. This trust is a valuable lesson learned from the practice of Reiki, both Usui and Karuna.

Benefits of Karuna Reiki

  • Provides a gentle, non-invasive, and calming healing method.
  • Aids in the healing of unconscious patterns.
  • Assists in regulating sleep cycles, beneficial for insomnia.
  • Offers relief for panic, fatigue, and muscle discomfort.
  • Contributes to the manifestation of personal objectives.
  • Extracts negative energy or blockages from the body, alleviating pain.
  • Diminishes and eradicates emotional distress.
  • Utilized for profound healing, extracting emotional suffering.
  • Does not conflict with personal religious beliefs.
  • Facilitates healing at the cellular level of the body.
  • Assists in resolving past life issues.
  • Enhances communication skills.
  • Addresses co-dependency issues.
  • Improves relationships and promotes healing within them.
  • Encourages grounding and being present at the moment.
  • Aids in breaking denial patterns.
  • Promotes acceptance of one’s imperfections.
  • Boosts learning capabilities and mental clarity.

Spiritual Evolution

The practice of Karuna Reiki is closely tied to spiritual evolution. It’s about more than healing the body; it’s about nurturing the soul and fostering spiritual growth and development. The practitioners often report experiencing higher vibrational energies and a deep sense of spiritual progress.

Karuna vs. Usui Reiki

Karuna vs. Usui Reiki
Karuna vs. Usui Reiki

While both Karuna and Usui Reiki stem from the same source of healing energy, they are distinct in their practices and symbols. Karuna Reiki, with its roots in Usui Reiki, is seen as an “add-on” to the traditional Usui method. It incorporates unique symbols and techniques, including chanting and toning, which are not typically used in Usui Reiki.

With this Reiki it is all about vibrations and compassion, making it a more interactive and engaging practice. On the other hand, Usui Reiki can be practiced as a form of silent meditation or healing. Understanding these differences can help practitioners choose the method that best suits their personal and spiritual needs.

Compassion and Wisdom

The practice of Karuna Reiki has a profound impact on compassion and wisdom. It’s not just about healing the physical body; it’s about nurturing the soul, fostering empathy and knowledge, and promoting kindness and insight. As practitioners continue to practice this wonderful healing technique, more insights will unfold, leading to a deeper understanding and enlightenment.


Compassion and Wisdom
Compassion and Wisdom

How many levels are there in Karuna Reiki?

There are three levels in Karuna Reiki: two practitioner levels and one master level. Each level deepens the practitioner’s understanding and ability to channel the Karuna energy.

What are the benefits of Karuna?

Karuna Reiki offers numerous benefits, including relief from anxiety, assistance in healing addictive behavior, chakra balancing, and promoting spiritual growth. It also aids in developing healthy habits and improving mental focus and grounding.

What are the 4 levels of Reiki?

In traditional Usui Reiki, there are four levels: Level 1 (Reiki I), Level 2 (Reiki II), Level 3 (Reiki III or Advanced Reiki Training), and Level 4 (Reiki Master/Teacher level).

How many Reiki principles are there?

There are five Reiki principles, also known as the Five Precepts or Gokai, which guide the practice of Reiki. They are: Just for today, I will not be angry; Just for today, I will not worry; Just for today, I will be grateful; Just for today, I will do my work honestly; Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.

Here you can read about the Reiki Principles

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