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Reiki Northern Ireland Symbols
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.

This symbol can be placed under a massage or treatment table, under the bottom of a chair, on the wall, or held against the body, with the printed side facing the area needing healing. Small colored versions may be made to lay on the chakras during a healing or meditation session. Use your imagination. Remember, this symbol has its own consciousness, so it varies it’s healing effect depending on what you need at the time of use. It connects you with your Higher Self, so it always has a beneficial effect and cannot be misused or used to cause harm.


Merka Fa Ka Lish Ma

Mother Energy DNA To be used with Antahkarana

Restores distortion of blueprint to perfection of species and realigns and re-balances chakras middle levels. The original pattern of the individual species. The Antahkarana goes on top of DNA


Palm Master Symbol

The the Palm Master Symbol and the way it can be drawn according to Djwhal Khul.

1. The crown chakra – opening itself to receive

2. The connection that is made between the pituitary gland and the pineal body in the brain

3. The connection to the throat chakra

4. The way through the other chakras down the earth

5. The unity of Mother Father Source and the I AM Presence


Tibetan Fire Serpent

Very Powerful Enlivens each Chakra

You only need to memorize this and it will come automatically.

Useful in grounding and balancing whole chakra system. Use on individual chakras and whole system. Helpful to use on yourself. Use when energy feels depleted. You will know when and where to use this symbol. Link into yourself, you will know what the answer is.

You do not need to physically draw the symbols. The thought (intent) is all you need for the same power. As your power manifests the thought will be as powerful as the drawing of the symbols. It will clear out the patterns on ourselves and others


Further Uses of the Symbols

Now that we have been through what could be called the basics, we can expand on the symbols, their uses and how to use them. First, it is important to memorize the symbols correctly. Learn to draw them on paper and in your mind, also on the roof of your mouth with the tip of your tongue. If you draw the symbols incorrectly while working, don’t go back to correct them. Your Reiki guides will do this for you. But don’t use this as an excuse for laziness. Your guides will support you if you make an effort, but not if you are lazy or sloppy in your work. Effort is always rewarded in spiritual life, even if the content is not 100% correct. Purity of heart and intention should always be the guideline. Intent is a key!

Flower Remedies and Homeopathic Drugs

Cho Ku Rei and Sei He Ki are used in tandem for this. Hold the bottle between your hands. First use Sei He Ki three times to clear the prescription, then use Cho Ku Rei three times to amplify, then finally seal with Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen three times. This will help to make the prescription more powerful and clear any residual energies that are not of the light. Commercially made remedies often hold the vibrations of all the many people that have come into contact with them. This of course will affect the user in a way that was not intended. Using these symbols also helps alleviate any reactions one may have in the form of a healing crisis.

Crystals and Gem Stones

Take the crystal in your hands. First use Sei He Ki to clear the stone. Repeat the Se He Ki at least three times, or as many times as you are guided to. Then affirm that the crystal is now programmed with the Mother/Father’s seed blueprint for Creation. When you have made this affirmation three times, affirm that it will be self-cleansing three times. Then use the Cho Ku Rei at least three times, followed by the seal Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen three times. This will amplify the power of the crystal. Crystals are capable of holding many programs all at once, so experiment with this.

You can also create crystal layouts in the shape of Cho Ku Rei.Lay the patient on the floor and create the symbol out of crystals around and on them. This will increase the power of the symbols hundreds of thousands of times.Be sure to first clear the crystals of any conflicting programs. Planing a person within this symbol will activate their DNA with the divine light codes and the twelve strands will light up. This method of working is very powerful, so use it with guidance and it will take you to freedom. This freedom is your birthright. You can also use crystals in layouts of the other symbols, but place the hands only until you gain more experience in working with this crystal/symbol combination. As I have previously stated, this is a very powerful method of healing and should be treated with respect. Make sure that you always have permission from the healee and work with love. This system will also encode all the crystalline structures of their body with the divine light codes. The human body is after all, mostly crystalline, the sell salts, the blood (liquid crystal), trace metals, trace minerals and the water content, which is also liquid crystal. You can also use the Antahkarana here. Place the symbol under the healee in as many places as you are guided to. Use it under the body or on top. The Antahkarana symbol works well under the head and on the heart. Photocopy the symbol as many times as you wish


Mer Ka Fa Ka Lish Ma

Mother Energy – DNA

Clearing Houses

First go into the house and check it out. Go in with an open mind. Ask Archangel Michael to give you a pillar of light to protect you. To do this affirm, “Archangel Michael, please give me a pillar of light and protection during this work.” This type of work is quite safe as long as you remain without fear. There is nothing to fear but fear. Ghosts or disincarnate spirits cannot hurt you. There might not even be any ghosts to deal with, so have no fear. If there should be ghosts, then just deal with them with love and compassion. But you will probably find that you are only clearing a build-up of energies that have accumulated over the years.

Burn some incense, sage or sandalwood, in every room. Then draw/visualize multiple Sei He Ki symbols in every room. Don’t forget the corners of the room. At this stage you may feel or hear something or somebody. If it is the latter then ask them who they are, and tell them that it is inappropriate for them to stay there. They may not even be aware that they are dead. So tell them that there is no longer anything here for them in this dimension, and that they must now move on into the light. They may feel fear at this stage, so ask Archangel Michael and Mother Mary to assist them to move on. This is a very effective system to use. Once they have departed and you will know when they have, use the Cho Ku Rei symbol all over the house. Don’t forget the windows, doors, garden, etc. This will bring good luck, love, truth, beauty and harmony back into the situation. If you feel that the spirit’s presence has a karmic reason behind it, then use the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen symbol as well. Say a prayer of thanks to your guides and all concerned, then think Light and Be Bright!


More on the 352 Symbols of Shamballa

Greetings dear Shamballa friends. It is important that we speak with you regarding the true meaning and usage of the Shamballa symbols and symbols in general. You have a spoken language. Your words are auditory representations of certain items, ways of being, etc. Words are a means of describing what is in your environment (and inside of yourself because everything in your environment is also inside of you). Regardless of whether the words describe actual objects, events or something else, words describe energy because everything is energy. The words themselves are also energy but the power of the words is in their ability to describe what is in your environment. When you hear the word, the item or situation is brought into your mind and you have a response.

The same is true with Shamballa symbols. The symbols are visual representations of specific energy states. Or if you use the name of the symbols, they are spoken words that bring into your awareness the same energy states. The symbols themselves are just reminders or ways of easily accessing the desired state of energy represented by the symbol. There is a tendency among Reiki practitioners to focus on the symbol as having the power instead of realizing the symbol is a reminder of the power that is within them. This is the spiritual version of going shopping for possessions, trying to obtain something believed to be outside of yourself. If only I had a new car, or a new home, or that new outfit or that new whatever my life would be better.

The symbols have the gift of reminding you who you are. When you call upon a symbol, you are "bringing out" from within, the qualities represented by that symbol. It matters not if you are calling upon the symbol for a healing session for others, for yourself or if you are meditating on the symbol. The symbol is just an easy way to connect with, and embody the state of being that it represents. It is like a string tied around your finger saying "remember who you are and what you are capable of."

In a world of duality and separation, it has been taught that the symbols have power. Therefore it is important to understand what each of the symbols represent and the more symbols you have the better off you are. This is the desire to know all 352 symbols of Shamballa and what they "do." We remind you that the symbols are just reminders of what is already inside of you.

When you need the qualities (the energies) represented by the symbols, you can call upon the symbols or you can know that the energies are present and working as needed, whether you call upon them or not, because you are the energies of Shamballa. Sometimes it is helpful to call upon a specific "tool" (energy state) represented by the symbol. It is good to remind yourself that you are an embodiment of the energy and it is helpful to know what state to call upon. There is nothing wrong with using the correct tool and doing so consciously.

On the other hand, when doing so, what is most important to remember is that Shamballa is about claiming and living your Mastery (the Divine Love/Power that you are). Each of the energy states represented by the symbols are states of Mastery which you already embody. Understanding, trusting and living these states is the path to Mastery. It is entirely different from the paradigm of separation in which you need to have symbols which hold the power for you. Shamballa can be a path of Mastery in which you acknowledge the love and power that is you, or you can search for the Holy Grail in the image of symbols, or whatever else you believe holds the answers.

Teaching Shamballa Reiki with symbols has advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that symbols are an easy way for people to call upon and become familiar with energy states that could not be called upon if there were not a way to call upon them. Having a name/label/picture to use is great in helping a person recognize the symbols and feel them inside as a natural part of who they are. Each time you call upon the symbol, you become more familiar and attuned to it, you begin to recognize it as a part of you that you can use. The disadvantage is that many people become lost in the symbols and cannot see the forest for the trees. We believe that the true meaning and importance of the symbols has become lost to many and we thank you for the opportunity to remind you of the importance of the symbols in your Self Realization.


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