How Reiki Symbols Can Change Your Life

How Reiki Symbols Can Change Your Life

Reiki is a spiritually guided life force energy used as a non-physical healing practice. Developed by Mikao Usui, Reiki is not a religion nor is it taught in the usual sense – rather it is transferred from the master to the student during an “attunement.” But don’t get too excited just yet – there’s still plenty to study.

Reiki With Intention

While in order to become a Reiki master one must live in a way that promotes harmony, Reiki is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development. In fact, you don’t even have to believe in Reiki in order for it to work. However, the intention behind the practitioner is what gives the practice its strength and therefore must be cultivated.

Five Reiki Symbols to Open Your Mind

To help with this harmonious cultivation, five Reiki symbols were developed as teaching tools for students and are meant to be keys that open the door to a higher mind. These symbols may seem mysterious and somewhat intimidating at first, but they’re actually very easy to grasp. The Reiki symbols are based on the Japanese writing system, Kanji and should be drawn or visualized as taught during the Reiki 2 Attunement. By visualizing these symbols, the user is quickly connected to the universal life force and all negative predispositions are overridden.

In the old Reiki tradition, it was believed that these symbols are holy and must be divulged only to those who are initiated at the Reiki 2 level. As Reiki becomes more popular and widespread, there are multiple variations of these symbols. However, this is cause for little concern as the true power in Reiki symbols lies in their intention.

Here are the five Reiki symbols you should know if you’re ready to take your spiritual journey to the next level.

The Power Reiki Symbol

Japanese Name: Cho Ku Rei

Intention: Light Switch

Purposes: Manifestation, Increased Power, accelerated healing, healing catalyst, protection

Cho Ku Rei, or the power symbol, generally means “Place the power of the universe here.” This symbol can be used at any time during a treatment but is especially effective at the beginning or end of a session. It is most often related to a light switch as its intention is to instantly boost your abilities.

The coil-like structure of this symbol is incredibly telling. The coil can expand and contract to regulate the “ki” energies and can also be used as a funnel of sorts to intensify and focus power or to decrease and release energy when used in reverse. The coil can also be used to close a space around the receiver or an area in order to block out negative energies and to keep energies received from leaving.

The Mental and Emotional Reiki Symbol

Japanese Name: Sei Hei Ki

Intention: Balance

Purposes: Improve memory, Emotional Healing, Mental Balance

Also known as the Harmony symbol, Sei Hei Ki (pronounced “Say-Hay-Key”) brings together the brain and the body. Generally translated to “God and man become one,” Sei Hei Ki releases deep-rooted emotional negativity from the body and into the universe. 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.

The Connection Reiki Symbol

Japanese Name: Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen

Intention: Timelessness

Purposes: Distant healing, past/present/future, healing karma, spiritual connection

Also known as the “Distance Symbol,” Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen (pronounced “Hon-Sha-Zee-Show-Nen”) means “No past, no present, no future” and is to extend powers and send Reiki energies over a long distance. It symbolizes a shape shifter that can slip through time and space. However, do not focus its efforts on a specific problem – rather you must send its Energies Without Limitations and they will go where they are needed. Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen also gives access to the “Akashic Records,” or the life records of the soul. Because of this, it can be used to dispel trauma from past life experiences for deep karmic healing.

The Master Reiki Symbol

Japanese Name: Dai Ko Myo

Intention: Enlightenment

Purposes: Empowerment, soul healing, oneness

One of the most powerful symbols, Dai Ko Myo is only to be used by Reiki Masters as it combines the power of the first three symbols, Cho Ku Rei, Sei He Ki, and Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen. The symbol generally means “Great Enlightenment” or “Bright Shining Light.” It represents all that is Reiki and is believed to be the heart of Reiki. Though seldom used for any one specific purpose, this symbol instead enhances the healing effects of every form of Reiki and serves as a reminder that Reiki is love and available to everyone.

The Completion Reiki Symbol

Japanese Name: Raku

Intention: Grounding

Purposes: Kundalini Healing, hara connection, chakra alignment

The Raku symbol is the final symbol learned by Usui Reiki Masters and is used solely during the final stage of the Reiki attunement process to seal energy into the seven chakras. Its intention is to ground and seal the newly awakened Reiki energies. Also known as the “Fire Serpent,” the striking lightning bolt symbol is drawn downwards from the heavens to the earth and represents the life-force energy that runs down the spine, through our chakras. The origins of this symbol are less clear as it was not originally taught by Usui. Instead, it is speculated that Raku is an ancient Tibetan healing art of self-mastery and brought to the west by Arthur Robertson, a student of Reiki Master Iris Ishikuro.



Clairvoyants Able to 'See' Energy Healing in Action, Study Finds

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An important new scientific study shows that energy can be both channeled to produce healing, and “seen” through extended perception, beyond the five senses.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences, or IONS, has been studying the nature of reality through rigorous scientific exploration for nearly 50 years. In their latest study, IONS scientists set out to validate both the practice of reiki and the phenomenon of clairvoyance or “extended seeing.”                                                                                                                                                                                         

Dr. Helanè Wahbeh is the head of research at IONS, and has been studying energy medicine for decades.

“People who are energy medicine practitioners might call energy this system that runs throughout the body that they experience as energetic, magnetic, tingling, etc. around the body,” Wahbeh said. 

“One type of energy medicine that is commonly used around the world is called Reiki, and Reiki is a technique that originated in Japan. It’s based on the principle that the therapist can actually channel energy into the patient and activate their natural healing process — their innate ability to heal themselves, often releasing obstacles and allowing an optimal flow throughout the body.”

Reiki is one of the best-studied energy medicine modalities, having been shown in clinical studies to be effective in conditions including pain, anxiety, depression, cancer, and others. 

In this IONS experiment, researchers wanted to study the effect of Reiki on people with a variety of physical and mental health conditions to test the principle that the modality uses a universal life force energy and can therefore be applied to anyone for any condition.

“We had six Reiki masters with extensive experience give 30-minute sessions to 40 participants. The participant would come in, they would lay down in this reclining chair, and the Reiki practitioner would say that they were going to start their session, they would place their hands on different parts of their body and direct the Reiki energy for 30 minutes,” Wahbeh said.

The results were profound.

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