How to Use Reiki Symbols to Increase Energy Flow

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Different types of symbols are associated with a unique set of beliefs regarding the nature of their symbolic forms. Reiki symbols are a part of a group of symbols that enable you to connect with and harness energy. The symbol itself does not possess any power of its own but is used to access the power.


The Reiki symbols facilitate a connection with different aspects of Reiki energy. There are many different ways to draw a particular Reiki symbol, but they are all equally effective in connecting with Reiki.


Rather than getting caught up with the most effective variation of a symbol, it is better to focus on the intention and purpose of the symbol.


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The Reiki symbols represent aspects of healing and enlightenment. When someone who has received the Reiki attunements visualizes, draws or intones the names of any of the symbols, it can help them to connect with Reiki energy and activate the function and specific purpose the symbol represents.


The distance attunements activate the ability to work with different levels of Reiki through intention.


Although intention alone can activate the power connected with the symbols, it’s best to understand the meanings of each symbol. It is not necessary to completely understand the meanings of the symbols before using them.


But, a basic understanding will enrich your experience when using them. The symbols are reminders that there are ways to focus on different aspects of the Reiki energy when used correctly in our Reiki practice.


Symbols have been used for centuries to convey messages and when used by large groups, can hold a specific vibration. Although practitioners can effectively utilize Reiki energy without the use of the symbols, the symbols help to amplify the energy during a session.



There are four commonly used symbols.


Like being attuned to Reiki, once a student has been attuned to the Reiki symbols, they will be connected at a conscious and subconscious level to those symbols for life.


As your understanding of the Reiki symbols deepen through use, you will be able to determine for yourself how you use the symbols in your practice.


The symbols can be used when working with others or self. The intention that is held when using the symbols is very important. You may find it helpful to visualize the symbols as live energy.


You may see colors when using the symbols such as white. You can draw the symbols in your mind and see them placed above various parts of the body of the recipient.


Cho Ku Rei - The Power Symbol


Cho Ku Rei (CKR), pronounced cho-koo-ray, means “placing all the power of the universe here.” It is the power symbol and considered an amplifier. This symbol is sometimes referred to as the “light switch” because it powers on and activates the other symbols.


CHO – To remove illusion in order to see the truth.

KU – Penetrating, like a sword slicing through.

REI – Universal and present everywhere.


The Cho Ku Rei symbol cuts through and releases resistance. The esoteric meaning of the symbol is dis-creation, illness and disease are creations being constantly recreated. The Cho Ku Rei symbol can help to unravel these progressions.


The Cho Ku Rei symbol ‘turns on’ the second degree energy. Without this symbol, the practitioner is still channelling only first degree energy. It can be used alone or as an activator for all the other symbols. Reiki’s infinite wisdom will bring about whatever is needed.


When using the symbol you will want to silently intone the words Cho Ku Rei three times as you draw it. If you have a difficult situation, you may find it helpful to write the problem down on a piece of paper and draw the Cho Ku Rei symbol over the top of the writing. Then place the paper in the palm of your hands for a few minutes.


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Use the Cho Ku Rei Symbol For:


  • Activating other symbols

  • Protection

  • Cleansing

  • Balance

  • Food, drink, plant, animal, etc.

  • Career (under desk, telephone, computer, etc.)

  • Home (under doormat, furniture, etc.)


Sei Hei Ki - The Emotional Healing Symbol


The second symbol is the Sei He Ki pronounced say-hay-key. This is the emotional and mental symbol used primarily for emotional and mental healing. Sei-He Ki balances the right and left brain.


SEI – means birth, coming into being.

HE KI – means balance.


Reiki Sandwich (Yum!)


To activate the Sei-He Ki symbol, draw the Cho Ku Rei symbol while intoning the words Cho Ku Rei three times. Then draw the Sei He Ki on top of (or beside) the Cho Ku Rei and intone the words Sei He Ki three times.


Finally, draw the Cho Ku Rei on top of (or beside) the Sei He Ki symbol. Remember to intone the words Cho Ku Rei three more times.


A Reiki sandwich can be used to release any mental or emotional blockages in a person and allow the healing process to begin.


Visualize the Reiki sandwich beaming from your third eye chakra and entering the third eye chakra of your client. As you intone the words, add the intention that it will be used by the bodymind of the client if it is for their highest good.


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Alternatively, draw the symbols on your hands and then place them over the client’s third eye chakra. This is often helpful when you are working with a person with addictions, wanting weight loss or to release unwanted habits.


The Reiki sandwich can be applied with all of the normal hand positions. If you are working with a person who has an imbalance such as cancer, leukaemia or other immune system disorders, you can visualize thousands of Sei He Ki symbols penetrating every cell in the body of the recipient.


When you have an issue you need more clarity on or you are seeking a solution, write it down on a piece of paper and draw the Reiki sandwich shown on the previous page over it. Your answer will come to you intuitively.


Use the Sei Hei Ki Symbol For:


  • Anger

  • Depression

  • Mental Illness

  • Drug/Alcohol abuse

  • Memory/Attention

  • Relationships

  • Finding lost items


Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen - Distance Healing Symbol


The third Reiki symbol is the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen (HSZSN). This symbol is known as the distance healing symbol, and is used to transcend time and space. Like all of the other symbols, the Cho Ku Rei symbol is used first to activate the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen.


The HSZSN gives the Reiki practitioner the ability to channel Reiki across space. Reiki can be sent to a person across the room or in another part of the world.


The HSZSN also allows the practitioner to bridge time from the present to the past or future. Reiki can be sent back to heal a childhood problem or even further still to a past life.


Future situations such as operations, interviews or business meetings can be improved by sending Reiki in advance. Time has no relevance when the HSZSN symbol is used.


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To activate the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen symbol you must first draw the Cho Ku Rei intoning the words Cho Ku Rei three times.


Then draw the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen on top of the Cho Ku Rei and intone the words Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen three times.


Finally, draw the Cho Ku Rei on top of the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen, and intone the words Cho Ku Rei three more times.


You can also incorporate the HSZSN into the Reiki sandwich. This complete sandwich would include the CKR, then SHK, CKR, HSZSN, then CKR.


Use the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen Symbol For:


  • Healing the past

  • Enhance future conditions

  • Heal across time and space

  • Preparation for upcoming events


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Reiki Level I, II and III Techniques


There are many ways of practicing Reiki. I learned Reiki from an inspiring Reiki Master, Lisa Powers. Lisa is the author of Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual.


The Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual is a helpful and easy to read guide for anyone who wants to learn Reiki. Whether a beginner or advanced practitioner, this guide shows how to perform Reiki on yourself and others.


According to the Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual, by incorporating Reiki into your busy lifestyle, to include your self-care routine, you can achieve emotional and physical wellness…even if you only have minutes to spare.


We are all born with the power to heal ourselves.


Many different people are drawn to Reiki. They may seek Reiki to heal physical imbalances or when searching for answers to life’s mysteries.


Regardless of your reasons for pursuing Reiki, you will benefit most from this healing modality by being open to it. Fears and doubts can create blocks that prevents a clear view of what is possible.


When you are ready to work with the universal life force, it is key to realize as with every profession, there is a need to first practice and master the skills associated with healing.


With time, practice and experience you can master the skills and techniques.


Treat the early months as a learning experience as this allows you the time you need to develop your confidence and skills. The more you work with Reiki, the more intuitive you will become. You allow your vibration to be raised and will experience a more balanced lifestyle.


Healing emotional, physical and energetic imbalances.


According to the Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual, Reiki energy healing has been used successfully all over the world to heal emotional, physical and energetic imbalances. With this guide you will have detailed support as you learn how to perform Reiki on yourself and others.


This guide will be helpful for individuals wishing to explore Reiki before taking a formal class. It can also be used as a manual within Reiki courses. Those wishing to review their understanding from their Reiki courses will also find this manual helpful.


Check out the Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual here!


Interested in Reiki self-healing techniques?

Me too! I love learning about energy healing. There are so many different Reiki styles and techniques to learn!

Although I’m already a certified Reiki Master, I continue to attend Reiki workshops just to learn about the different styles of Reiki.

In fact, I received my Reiki training from several Reiki Masters.

Simple Reiki Level 1, 2 and Master energy healing techniques.

Incorporate Reiki into your self-care routine and learn to help others through Reiki healing too!


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It's simple to learn but requires daily practice! Learn Reiki I, II & Master techniques at your own pace.


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