Reiki Symbols

Reiki And Karuna Symbols

Some regard Reiki symbols as sacred and secret. The sacredness lives in their energy. Each symbol holds and energy and represents a truth.

The first symbol is Cho-KU-Rei (pronounced cho-koo-ray), which is often referred to as the ‘power symbol. You will normally use this symbol in every healing session, as frequently as you feel is right. Its affect is to channel far stronger healing energy. Some people may feel attracted to drawing it counter clockwise instead. If you experiment, you will usually find which feels better for you.



The second symbol is Sei-HE-Ki (pronounced say-hay-kee) and is used in most healings. It is sometimes called the ’emotional symbol’ because it specifically addresses the emotional healing process and helps release deeply repressed feelings, quickly and easily. It is usually drawn once at the start of a session, and can be used again when you feel drawn to it at any time during the healing.



Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen (pronounced hon-sha-zee-show-nen) “The Distance Symbol” Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is used to send Reiki. You can send Reiki to anyone and anything. It is used to send Reiki over distance and time (such as when using Reiki to heal a past trauma or sending Reiki to a point in the future when you or someone might need it). It is also drawn before sending a distant attunement. You may be guided intuitively to use it in other situations when necessary. If you feel you need to use it but have trouble recalling it exactly, just repeat the name of of the symbol and let Reiki do the rest for you.








The Usui Master Symbol means “Great Being of the Universe Shine on Me”. It can also mean “great shining light”. It is a Zen expression for one’s own true nature or Buddha-nature. Used at the highest level of healing, it expounds the thought that our spiritual body is a template for our physical body. Thus, when we are ill, the dis-ease formed originally in our spiritual bodies. Dai Ko Myo cleanses these bodies and heals our spirit. In Karuna Ki, Usui Dai Ko Myo is used to represent the total connection to compassion of the divine source. The Dai ku Myo is also known as the Master Symbol. This is the energy that the Reiki master activates to do the Attunements that make the Reiki energies permanently accessible to the new practitioner. Several Reiki Masters differentiate between ‘Master’ & ‘Grand-Master’. A master attunement activates the Dai ku myo as the spiritual intuitive energy but does not give the ability to do attunements.


This symbol is pronounced “zoe nar”. It was channeled by Marcy Miller and purportedly given to Marcy from Sai Baba during a meditation. Zonar means “infinity” or eternity. To draw the symbol, first draw the “Z” and then the infinity three times. This symbol is thought to work with past lives. The theory being that the cells carry the memory of trauma, and ideas from both this life and previous lives. This symbols is thought to help us work through these issues and release them and the associated Karma. Because of this it is thought to work well with child abuse.


This symbol is pronounced “hay-lou” It was channeled by Kathleen and Marcy and was given purportedly by Sai baba during a meditation. Halu means love, truth, and beauty. It can also mean harmony. It is supposed to be a deeper ray of healing. This symbol is an amplification of Zonar. To draw this, the Z is completed and the pyramid is added. Halu is thought to be more powerful than Zonar and works in higher dimensions and at deeper levels. Halu is said to restore balance. It is thought to bring about “deep healing” at causal and karmic levels. Like the Usui Reiki symbol, Sei Hei Ki, it is supposed to help dissolve negative patterns in the unconscious mind that we use to keep ourselves from truth, and also to break up delusion and denial. It is also used to open a channel to higher consciousness. It can be used to repel and dispel psychic attack and psychological attacks. To use Halu for this purpose, draw the symbol in the air and connect at your heart center to the divine compassion. Infuse and surround yourself with the symbol and this energy. Know and intent that no psychic or psychological attacks can harm you in the oneness of this love.


This symbol is pronounced exactly as spelled. It was channeled by Kathleen Milner and Marcy Miller. Harth means Love, Truth, Beauty, Harmony and Balance. It is the main symbol of Karuna Ki. It represents the Infinite Love and Compassion of the source. Harth is a symbol for the heart from which healing and love flow. It is used to heal the heart and issues of the heart, and helps one develop Karuna (compassion). It is useful and helpful in healing relationships. Harth restores our love of life and for the things we do. Harth is good to use for addictions of all kinds.


Rama, interchangeable with “Ram” or “God” means abiding joy.  Rama connects us to Gaia, Earth energy, and clears our lower six chakras.   Rama is used to clear negative energy, create determination and revive a person’s chi.




Pronounced, “Know Sa”, the word comes from Gnosis meaning mystical and spiritual knowledge acquired through feeling and prophecies from God.  Gnosa helps release our higher self to communicate more clearly in every day life.  As it increases awareness it uplifts consciousness creating a direct connection with God.  Like Harth, Gnosa is a primary symbol in Karuna reiki.



Pronounced “Kree Yah”, it means perfect balance and action.  The Law of Kriya is that of physical manifestation.  Thought to help to heal the human race. Kriya balances energy, raises awareness and transforms thought into action.




Pronounced “Ee-Ah-Vah”, it balances the four elements.  When drawing the four small loops, say “Earth” with the first, “Water” with the second, “Wind or Air” with the third, and “Fire” with the fourth.  Iava dispels illusion, conditionings and untruths.  Iava aids in acting in the moment from a place of truth rather than re-acting to circumstances.  It also helps heal the Earth.



Pronounced, “Shun-Tee”, it means peace.  Shanti helps heal the past and make way for the present.  We use Shanty to send peace to the past, free our attachments and heal.  It releases fear, anger, hurt while soothing the aura.




Pronounced,  “doo mow”, it represents the swirling heat of the Kundalini.  Also known as Tibetan Master Symbol or Tibetan Dai Ko Mio, it is the heat felt over the spine as the Kundalini awakens.  This heat is the unification of the body and the mind.  Dumo ignites this fire in the root chakra, pulls negative energy and disease from the body and releases it.  Dumo heals on the deepest of levels.



This sleeping serpant awakens during an attunement. It opens the central channel of Kundalini fire. Depending on how it is used, it can either ground energy into the lower chakras or push energy upwards into the higher chakras without allowing it to relase through the crown chakra. It connects and opens all chakras allowing balance & harmony.