Reiki symbols are Sanskrit-derived Japanese forms. Sanskrit is the mother-tongue of all other languages. It is the language of the Vedas, the oldest writings known to man. The Vedas say that Sanskrit is the language of the spirit world.
Reiki symbols are shown to the student prior to being attuned, and an imprinting takes place that links the image they are shown to the metaphysical energies the symbol represents. Then the Reiki attunement actually empowers the symbols so that they fulfill their intended purpose. This process has been created by a Divine covenant or sacred agreement between the Creator and those who have been attuned.
The symbols have their own consciousness, and it is possible to meditate on them and receive guidance on how to use them directly from the symbols themselves.
The three Reiki Symbols for Reiki 1 & 2 certification are…
Cho Ku Rei – This is the Power Symbol. Reiki Energy will flow without it, but when you use it, it is believed that the energy increases significantly. It would be as if you had changed the bulb in a lamp from 50 watts to 500 watts. Use at the beginning of the healing session and at any other time that additional power is needed. It is geared specifically for healing within the physical body. The meaning and translation of the symbol: The power of the Universe, the divine light, is accessible to me, to focus. It is the divine creation symbol.
The manifestation of the light (the divine energy) on earth. The energy frequent, which you produce with the strengthening symbol, is one of the highest spiritual powers, which you can send out. The clear universal divine Power of light and unconditional love. Every energy application will get stronger when using this symbol. During the whole body application, draw in your hand palms, to stronger the energy To balance the chakra in all positions, draw it in your hand palms If you draw it in your hands, it always stronger the place where your hands are laying on. If you feel, there is no energy in your hands, or just less (you can draw the symbol more than once) You can draw the symbol on groups of people, a single person, single body parts or on a road to make travel safer, a bed where a sick person lies or any object.
Draw in your thoughts (you can use your hands also) on the corresponding place, person or action, where you like the energy of the symbol to effect. Draw the sign in one piece without stopping.
Sei He Ki – This symbol is used for mental and emotional healing, protection, purification, clearing and balancing. It works with the cause of the disease, which is often hidden in the subconscious mind (the emotional body) and/or the conscious mind (the mental body). When the body manifests dis-ease, it is often attempting to deliver a message that there is something that needs tending, that needs attention within the mental or emotional patterns we carry. The mental and emotional healing symbol balances the right and left brain. This symbol: Is especially helpful for healing relationship problems and the issues that stem from them: It’s used for any sort of emotional or mental distress such as nervousness, fear, depression, anger, sadness, etc. It can enhance one’s memory, as it connects with the subconscious mind, where all memories are stored & can be used to enhance the effectiveness of affirmations, causing them to enter more deeply into the subconscious and manifest the results you desire more quickly.
Sei He Ki Is also used to purify food or water, or to clear a room of negative energy, followed by the power symbol. If, during a treatment, a person begins an emotional release, use this symbol to assist in drawing it out and clearing it.
Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen – This symbol transmits Reiki energy across time and space often called the distance symbol. Using this symbol you can send Reiki across the room, across town, to other parts of the country or anywhere in the world. Distance is no barrier. You can also use this symbol to bridge time.
You can send Reiki into the “future,” where it will store up like a battery, to access at the time you or others will be needing it. Likewise, you can send Reiki into the “past,” to heal issues from earlier in this lifetime, or to past life issues that affect you or others now.
The essential message of the symbol is “The Buddha in me greets the Buddha in you.” (Another word for Buddha is “The Awakened One or Awakened Heart.”) And so when you use this symbol you are saying “The Awakened Heart in me greets the Awakened Heart in You.”
And when that connection is declared and honored through your hearts, you and the recipient are in a state of Divine Union, and Reiki can be shared regardless of the physical distance between you.
This symbol connects to the Akashic Records, the life records of each soul, and so it can be used to heal karmic patterns or tendencies that have manifested as dis-ease in the body or that have resulted in mental or emotional pain or distress. It can also be used to send Reiki attunement energy to students.