Reiki symbols seem so mysterious and somewhat intimidating, but they’re actually very easy to grasp. They actually do not hold any special power in and of themselves; instead, the intention behind the Reiki practitioner is what gives them their power and significance.
Devised as mere teaching tools for Reiki students to use while giving treatments and passing attunements, there are five symbols used in the Usui Reiki attunement process. The first four of the five symbols are also used when Reiki treatments (both hands-on and absentia) are being done.
The symbols are partly based on the Japanese writing system, Kanji. The symbols should be drawn or visualized as they have been taught during the Reiki 2 Attunement. Because Reiki is becoming more widespread, a number of variations is entirely possible, as different Masters are teaching them. However, this causes little issue, as there isn’t a 100% right or wrong way to draw them. The Reiki symbols given to a student will work however they look as they incorporate the intention and the connection to the metaphysical energies it represents.
As some practitioners describe them, the Reiki symbols are like keys that open doors to a higher mind. You can also see them as buttons, when you press the button you automatically get a result. One of the functions of the Reiki symbols is to instantly override the user's precognition that some things cannot be done, like distance healing. The symbols trigger a belief or intention built into the symbols that helps the user to get the results intended. The different symbols also quickly connect the user to the universal life force. This makes them very powerful tools, indeed!
Here are the symbols and a little about each one:
1. THE POWER REIKI SYMBOL
Cho Ku Rei
Manifestation, increased power, accelerated healing, healing catalyst
The Cho Ku Rei, or power symbol, is used to increase power, or to decrease power when used in reverse. This symbol looks like a coil. The coil is meant to expand and retract, regulating the flow of "ki" energies. Sometimes a subtle energy flow is needed, where as other times a blast of energy is better. Praised for its manifestation power, this symbol is a wonderful law of attraction focusing tool.
2. THE HARMONY REIKI SYMBOL
Sei Hei Ki
Cleansing, protection, mental and emotional healing
The Sei Hei Ki symbolizes harmony, and it’s something of a peacemaker. The Sei Hei Ki will refuse to negotiate an unfair outcome. It truly is a protective shield of armor. It gives courage to the disheartened and helps to level the playing field when life is getting challenging. It scorches addictions and expels negative energies. Making this symbol your ally is an investment that will repay you over the course of your life. Sei Hei Ki is “loyal friend,” especially whenever you are facing difficulties.
3. THE CONNECTION REIKI SYMBOL
Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen
Distant healing, past/present/future, healing karma, spiritual connection
Best known for its extension powers, the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen symbol is used when sending Reiki long distance. It symbolizes a shapeshifter that can slip through time and space. Another name for this symbol is "Pagoda" because of its towe- like appearance. Elastic in texture it is a fun symbol to play with during your healing visualizations. Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen can also transform itself into a key that will unlock the Akashic Records. For this reason this symbol is an essential tool for the Reiki practitioner when working on inner child or past live issues with their clients.
4. THE MASTER REIKI SYMBOL
Dai Ko Myo
Empowerment, soul healing, oneness
This Master symbol represents all that is Reiki. Dai Ko Myo is the heart of Reiki. The symbol is seldom used for any particular purpose other than as a reminder that Reiki is love and available to everyone.
5. THE COMPLETION REIKI SYMBOL
Kundalini healing, hara connection, chakra alignment
The Raku symbol is used solely during the final stage of the Reiki attunement process. Its intention is to ground and seal the newly awakened Reiki energies. The striking lightning bolt symbol is drawn downwards from the heavens to the earth.