The Reiki Symbols
Reiki Masters consider the Reiki symbols holy and persist in the old
Reiki tradition that they must be kept secret. The symbols should only
be available to those who have been initiated at the Reiki 2 level.
Today I feel that this approach is no longer relevant as the symbols
have been described in many books and are freely available on the
Reiki symbols of no value
The Reiki symbols as such and the information that can be read about them are of little value on their own. In different tests it
has been proven that the symbols have little or no use before a Reiki
initiation. Students with no Reiki experience (but with psychic
abilities) have been asked to memorize the symbols and then use them.
The results differ from a control group who had Reiki 2. The conclusion
has been that it is the Reiki initiation as such that gives the Reiki
symbols their power.
Reiki Symbols as keys
Reiki symbols are like keys that open doors to a higher mind. You can
also see them as buttons, when you press the button you automatically
get a result. In my opinion one of the functions of the Reiki symbols
is to instantly override the user's precognition that some things
cannot be done (i.e. distance healing). The symbols trigger a belief or
intention built into the symbols that helps the user to get the results
intended. The different symbols also quickly connect the user to the
universal life force.
When a Reiki Master does an attunement and
shows the Reiki symbols to a student, the form of the symbol is
impressed in the students mind and merges with the metaphysical
energies it represents.
When a Reiki practitioner draws, thinks about or visualizes a symbol it will instantly connect to the energies it represents.
Three Reiki symbols
there are many different forms of Reiki and some have incorporated
their own symbols in their initiations. In "traditional" Reiki there
are three Reiki symbols given during the Reiki 2 Attunement
(initiation). They are: the Power symbol (Choku Rei), the
Mental/Emotional symbol (Sei He Ki) and the Distance symbol (Hon Sha Ze
Sho Nen). You can find more information and pictures on separate pages.
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The form of the symbols
Reiki symbols are partly based on the Japanese writing system, Kanji.
The symbols should be drawn or visualized as they have been taught
during the Reiki 2 Attunement. As more and more people get attuned to
Reiki this will mean that there can be a great number of variations
between the symbols taught by different Masters. This is not really a
problem as there is not a 100% right or wrong way to draw them. The
Reiki symbols given to a student will work however they look as they
incorporate the intention and the connection to the metaphysical
energies it represents. I have added some information about each symbol
and a visual