Reiki Symbols

There are many Reiki symbols or “Kanji” that are incorporated into the practice of Reiki, and each of them is thought to possess a unique vibration of energy.   At one point in the history of Reiki, the symbols did not have names and were simply numbered.  But later on, it was understood that each one of them meant something and they were given names.

The Role Reiki Symbols Play.

One of the significant concepts that a person who is planning to learn the practice of Reiki must understand is the use of Reiki symbols.  The reason is because these symbols play a very important role in understanding and recognizing the energies in this unique form of Biofield Therapy .

Known as cryptic symbols that were used in early practices of the traditional Reiki, these symbols were in the shade of controversy for a long period of time.  They were also a source of confusion, especially for new initiates of Reiki because they were not taught to students until they had progressed to the second level.  In fact, it took researchers a very long time to define the original Reiki symbols because different Reiki Masters had many variations.

Aiding Effective Practice of Reiki.

Today, there are still many variations of Reiki symbols depending upon the school where it is being taught.  However, four symbols remain the standard for all Reiki classes:

  • ChoKuRei

    The Power Symbol or the “ChoKuRei”.

Translated as “put all the power of the universe here,” this symbol allows the Practitioner to draw upon universal energy which then allows the recipient to focus that energy where it is needed.  ChoKuRei is used by many Reiki Masters because it increases the focus or the power of Reiki.

ChoKuRei is usually used at the beginning of a Reiki Session because it increases the flow of Reiki.  The ChoKuRei can be used to aid in manifestation, cleanse negative energies, empower other Reiki symbols, for spiritual protection, spot treatments, and to seal the energies after the treatment.

  • SeiHeKi

    The Mental-Emotional Symbol or the “SeiHeKi”.

Primarily, SeiHeKi is used to aid the recipient in balancing mental-emotional energies.  Practitioners will often activate this symbol with clients who are seeking balance within relationships, emotions, memory and addictions.  Reiki Practitioners use this symbol to balance Yin and Yang energy as a means achieving peace and harmony.

Sei He Ki means “God and humanity become one”.  This symbol is thought to activate Kundalini energy during meditations, balance energy, clear blockages and aligns the upper chakras, and provide psychic protection.

  • The Distance Symbol or the “HonShaZeShoNen”.

HonShaZeShoNen is the distance symbol that is activated to enable the Reiki Practitioner to effectively channel Reiki at any distance regardless of past, the present or the future.

In Kanji, the phrase “Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen” can be interpreted in many ways including:   origin or source, person, just or right, certainty or correctness, and an idea or thought.  It is also known as a Buddhist chant, meaning “consciousness is the root of everything”.

Although it is primarily used to send distance Reiki, this symbol is used by Reiki Masters to send the power of Reiki into the past or even into future events to be retrieved when needed.

  • The Attunement Symbol or the “DaiKoMyo”.

This symbol is primarily used in aiding the student to achieve different levels of Reiki.  It is used to initiate a student into various initiatory Reiki degrees.  This is considered to be the most powerful symbol and can only be used by Reiki Master/Teachers.

Also known as a symbol for wisdom and gift of insight, DaiKoMyo is considered as an effective tool to assist the recipient in achieving cleansing and self-healing on a soul level.  It is thought to allow the recipient to address illness from the original spiritual source in the aura or energy fields.   It may assist in bringing enlightenment and peace by awakening intuitive or psychic gifts.

How Are the Symbols Used?

Each of these symbols is activated by drawing it into the palm of the Reiki Practitioner’s hand, visualizing the symbol or silently speaking the symbol’s name.  The Reiki Practitioner may place or draw the symbol(s) on the client’s chakras, within the aura or wherever the Practitioner is intuitively guided.

Symbols have power and even if it isn’t drawn perfectly, recalling the meaning and purpose of the symbol sets the intention and still harnesses it’s energetic frequency.  With practice, symbols become second nature to the Reiki Practitioner and they are quickly able to harness a specific energy when needed.

The Evolution of “New” Symbols.


As a way to clear the controversy that followed Reiki symbols, early Reiki Masters came out with texts containing the original Reiki symbols that were used.  This seemed to “clear” the air of confusion among many Reiki students.  However, it degraded some Reiki Masters who held a higher standard of practice.  Now, with all the books in print and online, even newcomers and curious souls are able learn the once deep-held secrets of Reiki practice that took years before they could truly be mastered.

As the practice of Reiki evolves, more and more Reiki Masters develop their own understanding of Reiki, thus leading to many variations in the symbols.  New systems of Reiki are being created, and many of these systems are believed to advance the Reiki Practitioner to even higher levels or degrees of Reiki.

Usui Reiki II

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