Reiki uses symbols to represent certain energies, chakras, mantras, and power. The Reiki symbols are usually shown to a student by a Reiki teacher or master, along with the concepts required in using them. Using these symbols at the right time can greatly benefit the practitioner and others around them.
These symbols are part of the Reiki training system. Every symbol has its own meaning, requiring a certain set of qualifications and abilities in order to be used effectively.
The Power Symbol
The Reiki power symbol, or the Cho Ku Rei, is one of the key symbols of the Reiki art. Its main purpose is to increase a person’s Reiki power. The symbol can draw the energy from around you and subsequently allow you to focus the same energy on anything you want, anywhere you wish.
The Japanese word Cho Ku Rei can mean several things when translated in the English language. However, it basically infers that the Reiki practitioner is amassing all powers available to him and then directing these powers into one spot. As such, this Reiki symbol can be used for protection, as well as for increasing strength. It can also boost one’s ability to pass on or to channel energy from one point to another.
The Mental / Emotional Symbol
Also known as the Sei Hei Ki, this symbol signifies the union of God and man. It also brings the brain and the body together, to help people release their emotional and mental concerns. Sickness may be due to a person’s emotional and mental imbalances.
With the help of this Reiki symbol, these two elements are synchronized, achieving harmony and peace from the inside. This is the symbol most effective for healing disorders such as depression, fear, panic, sadness, anger, and nervousness. It can also be used for cleansing the mind and spirit, being very effective for eliminating bad habits or addictions.
The Distance Symbol
This Reiki symbol signifies the absence of past, present, and future. The concept of Reiki transcends time and distance. With the help of the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen symbol, it is possible to heal any person from any place in time. You can send energy over a distance and throughout time. This symbol is used for healing traumas and repressed emotions brought about by events in the past. This is also very useful in planetary or global healing.
The Balancing Symbol
Known as the Tam A Ra Sha, this symbol unblocks energy and balances it so it can easily flow through a person. When used to heal pain, the symbol can reduce the intensity of the pain, and slowly cause the pain to completely disperse.
The Master Symbol
This is the most popular symbol in Reiki.
It can be used only by Reiki masters and it has the power to heal the soul. Referred to as the Dai Ko Myo, this symbol can provide peace and enlightenment to the user. It also improves one’s psychic and intuitive abilities, among its many other uses.
In Reiki, these symbols are visualized in the mind, hands, or the crown in order to be activated.
Chanting the symbol’s name several times helps when summoning their powers. With proper training, Reiki practitioners can become proficient in the use of these symbols to heal themselves and others.