Part of Reiki training involves the learning and use of Reiki healing symbols. The symbols themselves hold no special power, but were created as teaching tools for those training in Reiki. It’s the intention that the practitioner focuses on which energizes these symbols.
There are several Reiki healing symbols, however the following five are considered to be the most sacred with Reiki training.
Five Power Symbols of Reiki Training
The five sacred symbols can either be referred to by their Japanese names of their intended purpose. The purpose of each symbol is to help improve the life force energy flow. These symbols had been kept secret for many years and were only taught to student who had began their 2nd degree of Reiki training. Of the five sacred symbols, the following three are the most important.
Cho Ku Rei – The Power Symbol
(Choku Rei is pronounced: “Cho-Koo-Ray”)
The general meaning of Choku Rei is: “Place the power of the universe here”. It is usually taught to level 1 practitioners upon receiving their first attunement.
The power symbol can be used to increase the power of Reiki. It can also be used for protection. Drawing or visualizing the symbol in front of you and you will give you instant access to more healing energies. Choku Rei also gives the other symbols more power when they are used together.
The symbol can be used any time during a treatment but it is especially effective if it is used in the beginning of a session to empower the Reiki energy or when used at the end of a session to close the session and seal off the Reiki energies.
The horizontal line represents the Reiki source. The vertical line symbolizes the energy flow, and the spiral that touches the middle line seven times represents the seven chakras.
Sei He Ki – The Mental/Emotional Symbol
(Sei He Ki pronounced as: “Say-Hay-Key”)
Sei He Ki has a general meaning of: “God and man become one”.
The Mental/Emotional symbol brings together the “brain and the body”. It helps people to bring to the surface and release the mental/emotional causes of their problems. It is usually taught to level 2 Reiki practitioners.
Many people, including doctors are starting to realize that many of our ailments can be traced back to our mental and emotional imbalances, some of which we may not even be aware of. The symbol works to focus and harmonize the subconscious with the physical side.
This symbol can be used to help with emotional and mental healing. It balances the left and right side of the brain and gives peace and harmony.
It is also very effective when used on relationship problems. The Sei He Ki symbol can also be used on diverse problems like nervousness, fear, depression, anger, sadness etc.
Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen – Symbol of Distance Healing
(Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is pronounced as: “Hon-Sha-Zee-Show-Nen”)
The symbol has a general meaning of: “No past, no present, no future” or it can have the meaning of “The Buddha in me contacts the Buddha in you”. It is taught to Level 3 Reiki practitioners.
The Distance symbol can, as its name implies, be used to send energies over a distance. Time and distance is not an issue when using this Reiki symbol. Many practitioners consider Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen as the most useful and powerful symbol.
The use of the symbol gives access to the “Akashic Records”, the life records of each soul and can therefore be used in karmic healing. Trauma and other experiences from this life, previous or parallel lives that affect and mirror peoples’ behaviors can be brought to light and released.
When doing distance Reiki, the energies will work on the receiver’s subtle body, the Chakras and the Aura, and not as much on the physical level (i.e. it can take some time before the energies seep down to the body and eases for instance pain).
The person you are sending Reiki to is likely to feel it happening. If he/she has an open mind he/she can usually tell what you have done and when you have done it.
Dai Ko Myo – The Master Symbol
Dai Ko Myo is pronounced as – “Die- Koe- M’Yow”)
Dai Ko Myo holds the highest vibration and is the most transformative symbol at the spiritual level. It is used in enhancing the healing of the soul, with its energies flowing into the subtle layers of our upper chakras and aura.
It is said that, when the spiritual soul is healed, the physical and mental aspects are automatically healed.
Dai Ko Myo can be used during a Reiki attunement and can attune those who wish to become Reiki practitioners. It works to enhance the link between practitioners and universal energies.
It works to heal the aura and chakras, and can bring enlightenment.
Raku – The Fire Serpent Symbol
(Raku is pronounced as – “Ray-Koo”)
The Raku symbol is learned when you become a Master Reiki practitioner and used during the final stage of the Reiki attunement process. Its purpose is to ground the receiver once Reiki has been received.
Its said to symbolize a lightening bolt sent from the heavens and represents the chi, or life force energy that runs down our spine and through our chakras. It settles the body and seals the awakening healing energy within.
As you can see, Reiki healing symbols and Reiki hand positions play an important role in Reiki sessions. They help to focus and channel the energy, as well as to invoke feelings of balance, peace, tranquility, love and courage.