Reiki Symbols

I first encountered Reiki during a stay in Korea many years ago. A Japanese master was teaching young practitioners in Seoul and I was able to benefit as a practice case for a student called Ha-Neul (Sky). It was a powerful experience and since then I have always enquired into this practice whenever I have the opportunity. This is what I have learnt about Reiki Symbols- with special thanks to the Master Shin.

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Reiki is a Japanese healing art developed by Mikao Usui in the early part of the twentieth century. His great talent was as a teacher. He took ancient and very difficult Buddhist traditions of healing and simplified them for the benefit of practitioners while retaining their power. There are now many thousands of Reiki practitioners across the world.

As is traditional in Japan, Usai used lessons from many threads of healing and spiritual practice. He was able to create a unique synthesis which has helped hundreds of thousand people achieve health and inner harmony as it has grown in popularity across the world.

Although Reiki practitioners mainly use their hands to achieve energy attunements in the body there are also symbols at their disposal which enhance treatments. The use of symbols for meditation is common in Japanese forms of yoga such as Dharma and Ki-Ko of which Usui was also a practitioner. The symbols that Usui chose for Reiki come from the Tendai sect of Tantric Buddhism which has an extremely rich artistic tradition and which influenced Usai more than any other.

There are three symbols of light that can be used by a practitioner of the second degree and two symbols in the Usui tradition that are used by a Master. The practitioner symbols are called Cho-Ku-Rei. Sei-he-Kei and Hon Sha-Ze-Sho-Nen.


These symbols are all ideograms- a form of writing which encompasses more than simple words but also include thoughts and feelings. Reiki Masters who have followed Usai have used these ideograms in different ways and the meanings have evolved over time.

Ways to Use Reiki Symbols


Often when drawn or printed during a treatment the names of the symbols will be spoken out loud and used to create mantras which add to the resonance, power and significance of the symbols. Individual practitioners can use these symbols in very personal and unique ways by employing these resonances.

Not only can the symbols be drawn during treatments they can also be projected imaginatively to work at a distance- but only by enlightened practitioners.


The Correspondences of the Symbols.

The symbols have the following associations.

• CHOKUREI, empowerment
• SEIHEKI, purification
• HONSHAZESHONE, pipeline (conduit for Reiki energy)

• CHOKUREI, physical / vital
• SEIHEKI, emotional / mental
• HONSHAZESHONEN, causal / karmic

A practitioner of the second degree can use these symbols in an infinite number of ways and intuitively shape their expression to achieve any goal- whether it is to cure or heal, protect, attract, magnetize, increase, dominate, appease, merge or harmonize.

Everyday Uses of these Symbols

Protection of a Home from Outside Influences

The Seiheki symbol is drawn in a document along with a statement such as 'this house is protected from disharmony'. The document is sealed in an envelope and placed on the inside of the front door.

To Promote Harmony inside the Home.

The Seiheki symbol is traced on each wall of a room with the finger tips while mentally or verbally affirming that peace, love and harmony will prevail in the house.

To Improve a Relationship

If disagreements arise in a couple, the names of each partner can be drawn inside a circle. The Seiheki symbol is then drawn around the circle. A statement such as 'May our hearts and minds be purified and may we find love and harmony in our union' should be written.

When there is love and there is a desire to strengthen that love, write the names of both in a circle then inscribe it in a triangle whose vertices are each a drawing of a Chokurei.
Write: "Our love is constantly renewed and grows larger for the good of all."

To promote and enhance sexual harmony, draw a picture of a couple in sexual union and write the names of each person. Draw the Seiheki and Chokurei symbols with a statement that harmony will be achieved.

How the Symbols can be Used during Physical Treatments

Before beginning a treatment, a practioner will visualize the Seiheki chakra in the patient's chest to protect the aura and prevent any vibration disharmony.

The honshazeshonen can be projected from a distance on the aura of the receiver, before starting direct physical treatment. The symbol is drawn in the air and sealed three times.
At the end of direct physical treatments,the Chokurei symbol can seal and harmonize the aura.

Symbols in the Development of Human Potential

Some of the most important uses of Reiki symbols are in the development of human potential and the spiritual self. For example, the energy channeled using the Honshazeshonen symbol acts on the karmic level and purifies and dissolves negativity. Seiheki releases energy and allows karma to be enhanced and Chokurei energizes the luminous power of joy and accomplishments.

Reiki Symbols for the Master

These are passed only from a Master to a practioner who is thought worthy to be a Master.