Reiki Symbols and Meanings

Reiki Symbols and MeaningsReiki is a popular form of holistic healing that brings balance back to the physical body, the mind, and the emotions by aligning the chakras, or energy centers, of the subtle body and by strengthening the vital life that flows throughout a person. Through Reiki healing sessions, especially when performed on a regular basis, many individuals are able to find relief from a variety of ailments that were otherwise not subsiding with other forms of medicine. If you are interested in learning more about this Japanese healing art, and if you are interested in healing others naturally, consider taking this course that will train you to be a Reiki practitioner.

Symbols Within Reiki

There are several symbols that are used during a Reiki healing session. Each has a profound meaning and power of its own, and every symbol is unique to Reiki. These symbols used to be passed down in secret from one master healer to the next, but today they are widely available and are not as hidden as they used to be. Nevertheless, they should be approached and used with a high amount of reverence and respect, and only advanced Reiki practitioners should use them after they have learned how to do so appropriately. 

In the same way that you focus on specific mantras, colors, and stones to align your seven chakras (as described in this blog post), Reiki healers use special symbols to open up and balance these energy centers and to increase the strength of the vital life force that flows through an ailing receiver. In doing so, the receiver’s immune system is stimulated to action and a natural defense system is built up that can combat both present and future disorders and imbalances. From digestive problems to chronic headaches, fatigue, insomnia, and more, any condition can be treated with Reiki, and its many symbols are used to increase the potency and effectiveness of each healing session.

These tools are meant to shift an individual’s consciousness towards the particular meaning behind each symbol. And they are only effective when used properly by healers who have been extensively trained to do so because, otherwise, they hold no power. This is because they merely represent certain energies on their own but they are not the energies themselves. Instead, the energy they represent is released when a practitioner knows how to use the symbols effectively.

The Power Symbol

The power symbol is known as the Cho Ku Rei, and it translates to “place the energy of the universe here.” It is used when more powerful flows of energy are required to heal a receiver. Plus, the energy can also be focused within a specific area of the body to promote healing there. This symbol can even be used to create a protective energy field around an individual when s/he is exposed to a lot of negativity.

This symbol is drawn with a horizontal line at the top that symbolizes Shiva, who is representative of the male energy within all of creation. A vertical line represents the energy that moves down the spinal column or, more broadly, down to the earth. The spiral that is found at the center of the symbol represents Shakti, who embodies the female energy of creation, as well as the earth energy. This spiral crosses over the vertical line a total of seven times, representative of the seven chakras.

The Emotional/Mental Symbol

Sei He Ki is the emotional and mental symbol, so its purpose is to cleanse and purify the mind and the emotions. Because the mind affects the emotions and vice versa, this symbol can be used to bring balance to these areas and promote harmony and healing. It is generally translated to “God and humanity become one.” This symbol can also be used to heal relationships and to release negative emotions that can lead to blockages in the energy centers. Feelings like fear, depression, anxiety, and anger can be released with the help of this symbol.

This symbol is drawn with very sharp lines on the left side, which are representative of the male aspect of the brain that tends to be logical and linear. The female side of the brain, which tends to be creative and intuitive, is represented by the curves drawn on the right side of this symbol. Therefore, it can balance both sides of the brain, which are associated with the mind and emotions. Like other Reiki symbols, you can learn how to utilize the emotion/mental one by taking a course to become an advanced Reiki healer.

The Distance Symbol

Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is known as the distance symbol, and it is primarily used when long-distance Reiki sessions need to take place. It can be translated to mean “oneness” because it brings the energy of the healer to the energy of the person who is unwell, no matter how far apart they are from one another. Therefore, this symbol can be used to send healing energy to anyone anywhere, and it is able to cleanse the past, present, and future, knowing no boundaries of space and time.

Advanced Reiki practitioners will be able to use this symbol to unlock the Akashic Records of collective consciousness and really tap into an individual’s soul and all that it has been through, even through its past lives, in order to determine the source of that person’s present ailments.

The Balancing Symbol

Tam A Ra Sha is known as the balancing symbol in Reiki. By unlocking the energy centers, it opens up all of the chakras and allows the vital life force to freely move throughout the entire body, bringing strength and healing to wherever it is needed. However, in addition to opening up the flow of energy, this symbol is also very grounding and balancing, which means the energy will be equal between all of the chakras to ensure inner equanimity and calmness. Plus, it can be used specifically for alleviating pain in the body.

The Communication Symbol

Shika So is the communication symbol, and it is used primarily to unlock the throat chakra, which is the seat of expression. Use of this symbol not only encourages communication, it also helps heal metabolic problems and thyroid issues that are also a result of a blocked throat chakra.

The Heart Symbol

The heart symbol is referred to as Shika Sei Ki. It is, of course, associated with the heart chakra, and it is used to heal this energy center by cleansing it and removing negative energy from it. Emotional disorders can be cleared away with proper use of this symbol. And even though anger, heartache, and sadness are some of the most common emotions that can be removed by using this symbol during a Reiki session, it can also be used on the physical level to bring healing energy to the heart muscle itself if a patient is suffering with any cardiovascular issues. Opening up the heart chakra also allows unconditional love to flow freely from it while attracting more unconditional love from others.

The Completion Symbol

The Raku is also referred to as the completion symbol in Reiki. It is used at the end of each healing session, as well as at the completion of an attunement, during which a student is initiated as a Reiki healer. It is used to ground the healer and receiver and protect them. The symbol will also effectively seal the powerful energy that was transferred from the healer to the receiver within the seven chakras.

This symbol is drawn quite simply in the form of a lightning bolt, representing the transfer of energy down from the heavens to the earth, or from the healer to the receiver.

The Master Symbol

Dai Ko Myo translates to the master symbol, which is the most powerful one in all of Reiki. Therefore, it can only be used by the most advanced practitioners. It is associated with intuition, peace, and enlightenment. Plus, this symbol is able to tap into the aura of a human being, right down to the level of the soul. By getting to this deep level, a practitioner can heal a person in a variety of ways, thanks to the ability to access the source of all physical, mental, and emotional ailments. If you are interested in being able to get to this advanced level of healing take the next steps and learn with others.

The many symbols that are employed during a Reiki healing session are simply tools that are used to bring more power and balance into the practice. These symbols are infused with positive energy, love, and light so that a field of protection can surround the healer and the receiver and so that the session can be as beneficial as possible. Once you become a level 1 Reiki practitioner, will be ready and confident enough to learn how to use these symbols in a more advanced Reiki course.