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Understanding Karuna Reiki

Updated: Mar 10




Karuna Reiki means “an action that is taken to diminish the suffering of others,” it can also be defined as the Reiki of Compassion. Karuna Reiki is healing energy which assists us in awakening universal compassion and the wisdom in one’s soul. When combined with energy, our state of consciousness in compassion has a great transformational power. Karuna Reiki is derived from a collection of “additional symbols” where some came along with attunement processes. Although many of the symbols used in Karuna Reiki are similar as those used in other systems and schools, the intention and attunement of Karuna Reiki is different, and the energies connected to it are unique to the system.


Chanting and toning is included in Karuna Reiki in order to deepen the healing process. As a physical carrier wave for the Karuna Reiki, the vibration of the voice is an energy for it to travel on causing healing energies to penetrate more deeply into the cells and tissues. Karuna is the motivating quality of all enlightened beings who are working to end suffering on Earth. When one develops Karuna, not only are they helping and healing themselves, they are sharing in the healing and helping of others on this Earth as well. As we help others and aid them in their healing process, all beings benefit.


Healing Properties

Karuna Reiki techniques assist in healing or facilitating: addictive behavior, allergies, anxiety, chakra balancing, chemotherapy, developing healthy habits, karmic issues, mental focus and grounding, physical injuries-emergencies, resistance to healing, and spiritual growth. What Karuna Reiki does for us in part is help our energy system become more fully activated.


Reiki treatments are wonderful to give and have taught me many lessons. One lesson is the value of trust. I have learned when giving a treatment it is best to just let the energy flow on its own and not try to control it. Reiki has consciousness of its own and knows where to go and what to do.


Another lesson I have learned is the use of prayers for guidance to receive help from the universe and guides at the beginning of a treatment and to give thanks for the help received at the end of a treatment. For the most part, I ask that the Reiki treatment be used for the highest good of the person receiving the energy. I do this because I do not know what is for the highest good of the person, nor do I know what they most need to heal at the time.


I am grateful for the lessons learned during my practice of Reiki and am certain that more insights will unfold for me as I continue to practice this wonderful healing technique.


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