Symbol of Reiki: discover the most Charged with Energy

Reiki symbols are a fascinating subject. It's frankly understandable that they might have piqued your curiosity.

Simply put, Reiki is an alternative, non-invasive form of therapy aimed at healing through energy work. During a reiki session, the practitioner (or therapist, whatever you want to call him) transfers to you the energy of the universe which he collects, concentrates and transforms to make it more “effective”.

Thanks to all this, it is possible through simple contact to energize certain parts of the body, and therefore necessarily act on the ailments that may be present there. Among its many applications, reiki aims in particular to eliminate our internal blockages, to release our healing potential, to relax us, to reduce certain forms of pain, etc.

We're talking about a practice that can help you in a whole bunch of areas of your life, really.

In short, the symbols of reiki constitute in this context one of the most powerful tools, and undoubtedly also one of the easiest to implement. So together we will try to learn more about them.

Contents :

Reiki symbols: really effective?

How to use a reiki symbol?

The Cho Ku Rei

The Dai Ko Myo

Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen


The Sei He Ki

Other less common lucky symbols

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Reiki symbols: really effective?

For some people, the reiki symbols hold no power within them.

More precisely, they would only be educational tools aimed at transmitting certain teachings to followers.

By describing how to work and how to place one's intention, they would then only be a support (effective, but a support all the same) allowing the practitioner not to make a mistake when practicing reiki.

For these people, the only really useful tools would be dowsing pendulums (like these for example) or crystals, due to their ability to directly channel energies.

If you ask us, all this is false: for us, the symbols of reiki hold great powers that they can express regardless of the context.

If, moreover, they were transmitted from loved ones to loved ones, from masters to students, in the greatest secrecy for centuries, it is because there is secret knowledge to be hidden...

If the meaning of certain symbols is only fully revealed after several years of initiation, it is because their innate power cannot be used by just anyone...

In short, you will have understood: for us, the symbol of reiki rhymes, so to speak, with magic or, in any case, with certain effectiveness.

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How to use reiki symbols?

From a purely energetic point of view, a reiki symbol will function much like a sort of gateway or channel.

This gateway therefore allows us to access certain very specific types of primary energy.

Prana, chi, ki, primordial energy, ojas: call it what you want, but the fact is that if so many different cultures and people have noted the presence of this energy, it must exist.

The very principle of reiki (and of most energy medicines for that matter) is therefore to work with this energy to heal and heal.

Thanks to the symbols that we will talk about in a few moments, we can in a way “select a particular essence”, attract it to us and channel it to concentrate its benefits.

In other words, each reiki symbol is connected to a specific vibration with which it works.

When the right one is chosen, the sessions are more effective and address the targeted problems in a better way.

This brings us to an important idea: in reiki, there is no symbol more powerful or effective than another. All this will depend on your needs, your personality and the context in which you practice.

In this sense, a thorough knowledge of the symbols of reiki is an absolutely necessary condition before hoping to be able to use them correctly.

Cho Ku Rei drawn with a large spiral.

Cho Ku Rei: the symbol of power

Uses of this reiki symbol:

  • Gain autonomy
  • Cleanse and purify spaces and beings
  • Protecting ourselves from energy attacks

With Cho Ku Rei, we find the subject directly: to put it simply, it is considered by most practitioners as the most powerful symbol of Reiki.

Drawn by a spiral of which by a sort of inverted “L”, the Cho Ku Rei exudes a particular force perceptible to everyone who lays eyes on it.

As we have already explained to you, reiki does not create anything but draws its power from the forces of the universe. This is particularly true with this lucky symbol which is in direct relation to these energies.

By tapping into the basis of everything, Cho Ku Rei strengthens just about every ritual imaginable and increases the raw power of the practitioner. Its powers are therefore important and must be used with caution.

Typically, this type of pendant decorated with the Cho Ku Rei can be worn, yes, but you should not do anything with it.

Sometimes also, this reiki symbol is used as a sort of “switch” capable of activating certain phenomena, particularly healing. (At the start of the article, we talked to you about self-healing, and that's exactly what we're talking about here).

Treatment sessions therefore quite often include the use of Cho Ku Rei at the beginning, to receive more energy, but also at the end, to potentiate the effects of the therapy.

There are even therapists who like to draw Cho Ku Rei on their hands, claiming that it helps them transmit more intensely.

We cannot confirm this information, but this avenue still remains interesting.

Dai Ko Myo symbol made with Indian ink.

Dai Ko Myo: the symbol of the masters

Uses of this reiki symbol:

  • Development of autonomy, intuition and our innate gifts
  • Personal (or collective) achievement
  • Connection between your body and your mind
  • It is a symbol of empowerment, soul healing and non-dual realization.

In summary, Dai Ko Myo is used when people suffer from a disconnection between their physical being and their spiritual being.

The consequences of this type of separation are numerous. Detachment from reality, lack of empathy or even the absence of emotions are just a few examples.

A reason to use this particular Reiki symbol would therefore be to increase the connection between these two facets of your being.

If you do this while you are not suffering from any problems in this area, you may actually develop some unusual psychic abilities.

This will notably involve developing your capacities for perception and spiritual awareness.

Dai Ko Myo can therefore help you regain a certain balance if you lack it, and to surpass yourself even more if your situation is already satisfactory.

From a purely linguistic point of view “Dai Ko Myo” translates to “great enlightenment”.

When we look at everything that this reiki symbol can bring us, we can only admit that its name is apt...

The last point to raise, and arguably the most important as well, concerns the healing abilities of Dai Ko Myo. We are indeed talking about the motif most appreciated by healers!

According to some, this would result from a particular vibration that it emits.

For others, it is more a matter of special work done on certain chakras.

Either way, one thing is certain: Dai Ko Myo has a lot to give us.

Hon Sha Ze Sho Non composed of several superimposed Japanese kanji.

Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen: the symbol of distance

Uses of this reiki symbol:

  • Repairing emotional wounds
  • Overcoming past failures
  • Developing a more positive vision for the future

Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is the only reiki symbol capable of going beyond the conventional limits imposed by time and space.

In this sense, many practitioners of Reiki associate it with a fairly pure essence of the universe.

In short, Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen will be used as when we seek to (re)connect with the past or the future.

The first scenario allows for example to relieve certain traumas and heal the emotional wounds that life inflicts on us all one day or another, but also to reconnect you with some of your previous lives.

The second will help you better anticipate the future and ensure that you do not make bad decisions in the present.

Speaking of Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen as the symbol of distance in Reiki actually amounts to talking about a distance that is more temporal than geographical.

In Japanese, “Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen” would give something like “ having neither present, nor past, nor future ”.

This heavy-handed sentence in any case leaves us thinking about our lucky symbol…

Another thing to raise about this reiki symbol is its connection to “ Akashic memory ”.

Behind this very mysterious term lies in fact the idea according to which all human consciousnesses find their origin at the same source.

Accessing it would allow us to connect to others but also to the world as a whole.

To learn more, here is the Wikipedia page which will teach you everything there is to know about it.

Raiku symbol drawn with a kind of lightning.

Raku: the symbol of completeness

Uses of this reiki symbol:

  • Realignment of chakras and energies
  • Elimination of negativity
  • Unlocking our potential

The Raku symbol looks like a kind of lightning bolt. As we will see, this may have been intended by its creators.

Also known as the "fire snake", Raku is undoubtedly the most effective reiki symbol when it comes to eliminating bad energies.

This nickname actually gives us a pretty good description: we are indeed talking here about a fiery, almost incandescent symbol of power... a bit like lightning!

The other idea hidden behind the image of a snake is that of a living animal. Although we cannot say the same about Raku, the fact remains that he will know how to defend himself from evil entities who want to get too close to him.

Although it may not have healing abilities per se, these characteristics make it a tool capable of making us feel better.

In fact, Raku has the power to realign and reharmonize us through additional work done on our chakras.

You should know that unbalanced chakras can be the source of a whole host of ailments, ranging from simple annoyance to other things with much more serious impacts...

In short, our “fire snake” could very well correspond to one of the many representations of kundalini, the spiritual energy that Hinduism describes as rising in the spine (where most of the chakras reside).

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The Sei He Ki, a symbol of reiki very appreciated for tending towards harmony.

Sei He Ki: the symbol of harmony

Uses of this reiki symbol:

  • Powerful emotional releases
  • Soothing of soul and spirit
  • Development of forgiveness, empathy and kindness

If you think that some of your emotions may have remained blocked within you, the Sei He Ki symbol is very clearly the one that we advise you to use.

A simple way to know if this is your case is to gauge your average level of emotional distress or, conversely, your relative absence of feelings and empathy.

These are in fact two different consequences of the same cause: emotional wounds.

Concretely, the healing energy of this particular reiki symbol will speed up your recovery and heal your inner wounds.

Another common use of Sei He Ki consists of developing the qualities of forgiveness (towards oneself and towards others) and kindness.

More than for the patients, it will undoubtedly be the practitioners of Reiki who will benefit the most from this aspect.

Yes, the symbol of harmony primarily describes inner harmony, that which makes us feel good or bad and which dictates our mood every day.

Let us also point out: as is often the case with reiki symbols, extra-sensitive, extra-lucid or extra-whatever-you-want people will be able to find something to develop their talents there.

With Sei He Ki, it serves in particular as a question of emotional transmutation and energy sharing.

Two tables containing dozens of different Japanese symbols.

Other less common lucky symbols

Perhaps one of the most important (and most interesting) elements of reiki is the great multitude of symbols that we can find there.

Here we have described five of them, the five main ones, the ones that are most obvious when you are looking for which reiki symbols to include in your practice.

You will have understood: the reasons we have just talked about will allow you to develop your psychic, energetic and spiritual abilities (provided you use them wisely of course).

Given the great powers hidden behind the symbols of reiki, it seems important to us to seek to acquire as much knowledge as possible.

To finish this article, we will therefore look at a few other reasons, undoubtedly less widespread, but which may still be of some interest.

So here is a list of some other symbols:

  • Shika So Reiki : This is mainly used to help you with your communication problems and everything related to relationships.
  • The Shika Sei Ki : By removing certain forms of negative energy, this reiki symbol will help you with your heart problems.
  • The Dai Ko Myo : This symbol actually replaces the Dai Ko Myo in Tibetan culture.
  • The Nin Giz Zida : Some masters use this to conclude healing sessions.
  • Kriya : The main characteristic of this reiki symbol is its ability to influence matter.

In conclusion, we can say that Reiki is a rich and complex practice. As such, it could be interesting to complete the reading of our article with this file dealing with reiki in a more global way.

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Cyril Gendarme is a writer whose website "The Lucky Door" ("La Porte Du Bonheur" in French, his native language) has become a reference in the field of esotericism. Born in Belgium, Cyril has been attracted to the mysteries of the world since he was a child. When his interest in occultism was awakened, a particular subject caught his attention: lucky charms.

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