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Reiki Symbols


Reiki symbols are an important and very interesting part of Reiki practice. They allow one to focus the energy of Reiki for specific purposes. There are a total of five symbols in the Usui system of Reiki. Three are given in Reiki II and two in Reiki III. There are other symbols that people are using, but they are not a part of the Usui system.

In the Shamballa Multi-Dimensional Healing system there is a total of 352 symbols.

Usui Reiki symbols are not as mysterious as they might seem. They are actually Japanese kanji, which means they are simply words from the Japanese language. Their names can be found in a Japanese/English dictionary. The first two symbols vary from this somewhat. While the names of the Power and Mental/Emotional symbols are Japanese, the symbols themselves may be Shamanic or a combination of Sanskrit and Japanese kanji. It is a practice of Japanese Buddhists to sometimes combine ancient Sanskrit with Japanese kanji in their sacred writings and symbols, so the way these first two symbols are drawn may have been influenced by this practice. The Distant and Master symbols are completely Japanese kanji; both in their names and in the way they are drawn.

It is interesting to note that the name of the Usui Master symbol can be found in "The Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion," and is translated to mean "treasure house of the great beaming light." It is said to be "a Zen expression for ones' own true nature or Buddha-nature of which one becomes cognizant in the experience of enlightenment or satori." This is quite a profound definition. Perhaps it is called the Master symbol because it gives us direct connection to the Master within, which is the real source of Reiki. Also, since the Usui Master symbol is a powerful symbol from Zen Buddhism, one wonders how much help Dr Usui received from the Zen Buddhists he was staying with when he re-discovered Reiki.

The above information indicates that the Usui Reiki symbols are not exclusive to Usui Reiki. They existed prior to Dr Usui's use of them. Also, because they are Japanese, it is not likely that he discovered them in a Sanskrit sutra as some have thought. It is much more likely that Dr Usui received the symbols in his mystical experience on Mt. Koriyama, or that he had prior knowledge of them from the Zen Buddhists he was staying with. Since the symbols are Japanese and we know that the Master symbol is from Zen Buddhism, perhaps the sutra in which he discovered the formula for healing was Zen Buddhist rather than a Sanskrit sutra, (even though there is a Sanskrit sutra that contains a formula for healing). In addition, the Usui Master symbol also appears as part of the symbol on the Goshintai, which is the sacred scroll of the Johrei Fellowship. These are all interesting ideas to contemplate.

The Reiki symbols are transcendental in their functioning. Whereas most symbols have an effect of the subconscious mind of the user, causing a change in one's internal state, the Reiki symbols access the source of Reiki directly and signal a change in how the Reiki energy functions, independent of one's internal state. There are many ways to activate the Reiki symbols. They can be activated by drawing them with the hand, or visualizing them, or by saying the name either out loud or to oneself. The symbol may also be traced on the roof of one's mouth with the tongue. Intention is the main ingredient in activation and it is possible with awareness to activate them by intention alone.

The power and effectiveness of the symbols comes from the Reiki attunement that is given during a Reiki class. Before the attunement, the student is shown these symbols and given time to memorize them. During the attunement, the energies of each symbol come down and enter the student's mind/body, linking themselves to the appropriate symbol in the student's mind. Afterwards, whenever the student uses the symbol, the same energies that they were linked to during the attunement are activated and begin flowing. This linking or activation of the Reiki symbols during the attunement process makes use of the stimulus/response mechanism, which is a dynamic part of the human mind. The Reiki symbol becomes the stimulus and the particular energy the symbol represents is the response. However, because the attunement is guided by the Higher Power, and functions at a higher level of awareness, the stimulus/response mechanism doesn't require the repetition normally necessary to establish a relationship between stimulus and response. It happens immediately.

Many have noticed differences in the way that the symbols are drawn when compared to the symbols from other Reiki Masters. These differences are there for a number of reasons. First, it is known that Mrs. Takata did not always draw the symbols exactly the same for every student she taught. After her transition, there was a meeting of the Reiki Masters she initiated. At the meeting they compared their symbols. The Power symbols of all the Masters present were basically the same. The Mental/Emotional symbols of the Masters had some slight differences. However, the Distance symbols were quite different - especially with the strokes at the bottom. They did not compare their Master symbols. So, even at this early date, there were differences, which apparently came from Mrs. Takata. Perhaps she deliberately drew them differently to give a little distinction for each student, or perhaps at other times because of age or from having taught for over 30 years, she accidentally drew them with some differences. Also, there are different ways to draw the Japanese kanji figures and in fact, Mrs. Takata did have two ways she drew the Master symbol. One way was more of a flowing style, called "running hand" with the main difference at the bottom part of the symbol. The other way she drew the Master symbol was a printed or block style called "normal." Both ways of drawing the Master symbol have exactly the same meaning.

So starting out there were already changes in the symbols from one student to another. Add to this the fact that students were not allowed to make original copies of the symbols, and were to keep them only in the mind. When it came time to pass them on, the teachers had to draw them from memory and since few people have perfect memories, some changes were bound to occur. This process has continued over and over, thus allowing more changes to take place. What is surprising is that for most students, the symbols still look fairly close to the original.

So, the question arises about whether there is a perfect or correct way to draw the symbols. From the above example, it can be seen that even those who learned from Mrs. Takata did not draw the symbols in exactly the same way - so there must not be a perfect way to draw them. It has also been found that everyone who has received the attunement for the symbols has symbols that work. So, the power of the symbols does not come from drawing them perfectly. It comes from the link that is made between the symbol the student receives in class and the attunement energies entering the student during the Reiki initiation. The correct way to draw the symbols is the way your Reiki Master drew them for you before you received the attunement. It is the link between the symbol and the Reiki energy that takes place during the attunement that empowers the symbols. (With this principle in mind, some Masters have chosen to deliberately make slight changes in some of the lines of the symbols to give distinction to their particular school of Reiki.) The symbols that you receive from your Master are the right symbols for you to use, even if they are different than those others are using.

The Reiki symbols are a wonderful, beautiful way to connect to the higher power. Their use does not require that we are able to meditate or have years of spiritual practice. Their power and effectiveness comes to us by grace, which allows us to humbly accept the value we receive as a gift from the Creator. We are grateful for the efforts of Dr Usui and all the others who have lovingly worked to make this system of healing available to us.

Reiki Symbols

The traditional way of giving these symbols to people meant that they were not allowed to draw them on paper and take them away with them. I think that the time for that has now gone. If we don’t allow our students to have symbols on paper, they will have forgotten how to draw them in no time at all. There are many different representations of these symbols in use. It is known that Mrs. Takata drew these symbols in many different ways. They all seem to work. I am giving here various representations of the symbols. The symbols from my Reiki Master are the first ones given. Once we have worked on the meaning of these symbols, I will go into other variations of them and how to draw them. If you look at the Level One materials, you will know that there was once over three hundred symbols in the full system, with twenty-two in daily use. We are now down to five in the traditional system today. The five seem to work well, but I am in possession of many more. Some say they are not Reiki symbols, but who knows? Most of this system has been lost. Many of the symbols still exist in Tibet, because they were also used there, but it is hard to get access to them because of the Chinese. They are in remote monasteries and inaccessible to most of us today as are you not allowed to roam around Tibet as a tourist. So, after we have looked at and discussed the Reiki II symbols, I will include some of the others I have access to.


Working With Symbols

In my own experience I have found that working with the Reiki II symbols also makes it easier to “tune in” to the Reiki Guides. Each person is assigned a Guide during their first Attunement to Reiki I. Using the symbols seems to bring the Guides closer. You may find at this stage that you might even start to hear them talking to you. This of course takes your healing into a whole new dimension. Using the symbols boosts up the Reiki energy; it is just like turning up the power from fifty watts to five hundred watts. When you take your Master attunement it takes the energy from alternating current to direct current.

Cho Ku Rei

This symbol vibrates at the seventh level. This symbol is drawn counter-clockwise in some systems. I have been given guidance by the Ascended Masters that both ways work, counter and clockwise. I have also been told that drawing counter-clockwise over tumors and inflamed areas draws the energy out, so wait for guidance on which way to draw it during your sessions. Using it once clockwise and once counter-clockwise can be used for manifesting what you need in life. It should also be born in mind that an energy vortex in the Northern Hemisphere often circulates in a clockwise manner, while the same energy in the Southern Hemisphere will circulate in a counter-clockwise direction. Just think about the way in which water drains down the sink plug hole.

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How to Use

This symbol relates to the spirals of DNA. DNA channels the light codes. At the present time most people have only two strands of DNA active. For us to experience full consciousness we need to have twelve stands activated. I will give another symbol later to help activate DNA. It should be used at the beginning of every treatment on the Head. Repeat it every time contact is broken with the body.

When to Use

Cho Ku Rei has general applications for:

· Food

· Friends

· Family

· House

· Work

· Animals

· Traffic, traffic jams, accidents

· Electrical appliances

· Correspondence

· Gardens

· The Third Eye

· Minor health uses

· Increases the power of crystals and remedies etc.

Earth Healing Application

Cho Ku Rei may also be used in activating vortices of energy, in stone circles or on ley lines etc.


Sei He Ki

This is the symbol that heals the mind and emotions. It means: “I have the key” or “greatest peace.” This is a subconscious key and protects the subconscious mind

How to Use

This symbol should be used when treating the solar plexus. Repeat Sei He Ki three times then repeat Cho Ku Rei three times to seal.

When to Use

The general applications for Sei He Ki are:

· Addictions

· Mental disorders

· To change past events

· Past life recall

· On houses

· Crystals

Earth Healing Applications

This symbol may also be used, together with Cho Ku Rei, on stone circles, ley lines, the earth and vortices


Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen

This symbol is traditionally used for absent healing and is known as “the bridge between heaven and earth.” It ensures that the receiver has proper consciousness and is the connector symbol to the entire nervous system and chakras. It has its origin in proper thought. Interpreted it means “The Christ in Me acknowledges the Christ in You.” Hon Sha Ze Sha Nen is a Buddhist chant used for releasing karmic debt. Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen works with both karmic issues and healing.

How to Use

In order to send long distance healing, first do a personal cleansing. Then call the person in to mind, through a photo, letter, visualization, with their record card, or however else feels appropriate to you. In a settled meditative state, affirm and visualize the person as whole. Repeat Cho Ku Rei three times, Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen three times, Sei He Ki three times. Repeat the earlier affirmation, then seal the treatment with Cho Ku Rei three times and Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen three times. Release the person and perform a personal cleansing. When sending a long distance healing always make sure that you have the recipient’s permission. It can also be helpful to arrange a mutually agreed time when you will be sending the healing and they can then be aware and in a more settled and receptive state. This also allows them to participate in their own healing.



Alice Bailey and several other authors of Tibetan philosophy have some knowledge of Antahkarana, which you can find in a number of books. They describe the Antakarana as a part of spiritual anatomy. It is the connection between the physical brain and the Higher Self. It is this connection that must heal and develop if we are to grow spiritually. The Antahkarana symbol depicted here and described represents this connection and activates it whenever you are in its presence.

The science of Radionics indicates that lines drawn on paper create a psychic effect on the space surrounding the drawing and will influence the human aura and chakras in various ways depending on the pattern created. This validates the age old practice of yantra meditation which makes use of visual images to purify and evolve the consciousness.

The Antahkarana is an ancient healing and meditation symbol that has been used in Tibet and China for thousands of years. It is a powerful symbol and simply by having it in your presence, it will create a positive effect on the chakras and aura. When doing healing work, it focuses and deepens the actions of the healing energies involved. When meditating with the symbol on your person or close by, it automatically creates what the Taoists call the great microcosmic orbit wherein the psychic energies that would normally enter the crown chakra enter the feet and travel up the back of the body to the top of the head and then down the front to the feet again, thus grounding the person to the earth and creating a continuous flow of energy through the chakras. It will also neutralize negative energy that has collected in objects such as jewelry or crystals simply by placing the object between two symbols. In addition, it will enhance all healing work including Reiki, Polarity Therapy, Chiropractic, Hypnotherapy, Past Life regression, etc. These positive effects have been confirmed over and over by the improved results noted by those using the symbol and by clairvoyant observation by those trained in sensing changes in the aura and chakras.

This symbol is multi-dimensional. From one perspective, it appears to be two dimensional, being made up of three sevens on a flat surface. The three sevens represent the seven chakras, the seven colors and the seven tones of the musical scale. These three sevens are mentioned in the book of Revelations as the seven candle sticks, the seven trumpets and the seven seals.

From another perspective, this symbol appears as a three dimensional cube. Its energy moves up from two to three dimensions that can be seen and also continues up through unseen dimensions all the way to the highest dimension – the dimension of the Higher self.

Historically, the use of this symbol can be traced back through a number of Reiki Masters to an ancient Tibetan meditation technique. The few Tibetan meditation masters who knew of the symbol tended to keep it to themselves so that the increased value it created for their work would add to their status. For this reason, its use has not been widely known.

The Tibetan meditation practice that used the Antahkarana took place in a room lit with candles. In the middle of the room was a large earthenware vessel shaped in an oval which symbolized the cosmic egg of the universe. The vessel was filled with several inches of water and in the middle was a stool. On the seat of the stool, inlaid in silver was the Antahkarana symbol. One wall was covered with copper, polished to a mirror finish. Tapestries were hung on the opposite wall which displayed Reiki symbols. A Tibetan Lama meditator would sit on the stool and gaze steadily at the image of the Reiki symbol reflected in the polished copper mirror. This yantra meditation would create one pointedness in the mind of the meditator, uniting the consciousness with the transcendental energies of the Reiki symbol while the Antahkarana symbol on the stool would focus the energies generated and cause them to evenly flow through all the chakras and to connect with the earth.

It is clear that the Tibetans did not originate the symbol, and there is no written record as to its true origin. However, through clairvoyant perception, Michelle Griffith, a talented clairvoyant healer has been able to tune into the symbol and read its psychic history. According to Michelle, the symbol was first given to the people of earth during Lemurian times over 100,000 years ago. The Antahkarana was created by a counsel of Ascended Masters who are watching over the evolution of the Galaxy. They saw that the people of the earth were in trouble and needed help in re-establishing their connection with the Higher Self. they created the symbol and using a decree, imbued it with its own consciousness. Now, anyone who uses it will have the connection between the physical brain and the Higher Self strengthened. It is the Higher Self that creates and guides the benefits of the symbol and that is why it can never be used for harm.

This sacred symbol has been kept a secret for thousands of years, being known and used by only a few. Now it is time for all to have access to this ancient and sacred symbol of healing.

Directions for Use

The Antahkarana is a special symbol that has its own consciousness. It works directly with your aura and chakras and varies its healing effect depending on what you need at the time of use. Since it is directed by the Higher Self, it always has a beneficial effect and can never be misused or used to cause harm. The symbols can be placed under a massage table or under the bottom of a chair. They can also be placed on the wall or they can be held against your body with the print facing the area needing healing.


This very ancient symbol is said to have been given to Earth during Lemurian times, over 100, 000 years ago. It was created by a council of Ascended Masters, who are watching over the evolution of the Galaxy. They saw that the people of the Earth were in trouble and needed help in re-establishing their connection with the Higher Self. They created the symbol and using a decree, imbued it with its own consciousness. Now anyone who uses it will have the connection between the physical brain and the Higher Self strengthened. It is said that it is the Higher Self that creates and guides the benefits of the symbol, and that is why it can never be used for harm.

Simply having this symbol in your presence will create a positive effect on the chakras and aura. When doing healing work, it focuses and deepens the actions of the healing energies involved. When meditating with the symbol on your person or close by, it automatically creates “the great microcosmic orbit” of the Taoists, wherein the psychic energies that would normally enter the crown chakra instead enter the feet and travel up the back of the body to the top of the head and then down the front to the feet again. This grounds the person to the Earth and creates a continuous flow of energy through the chakras. It will also neutralize negative energy that has collected in objects such as jewelry or crystals, simply by placing the object between two symbols. It enhances all healing work.