How to Use the Reiki Master Symbol

Updated: Apr 4


The Reiki Master Symbol is also called the Dai Ko Myo symbol. It is considered one of the most powerful symbols used in Reiki. Before we go over some how to use the symbol, let’s cover some basics...


How does Reiki energy work?


Reiki is universal life force energy. Reiki energy goes to the place in the body that is imbalanced and requires healing.


Reiki energy works with the law of attraction to help balance your chakras (energetic centers). When your chakras are balanced, you are better able to raise your vibrations.


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.


How to Reiki symbols work?


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.


According to the Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual, the Reiki symbols represent aspects of healing and enlightenment.


When someone 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.


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.


Reiki Master Symbol: Dai Ko Myo


The Dai Ko Myo (DKM) is known as the Master symbol. It is considered one of the most powerful symbols used in Reiki. This symbol combines the power of Cho Ku Rei, Sei He Ki and Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen.


The Master symbol can access the highest vibration and have a significant effect on the energetic aspects of the body and mind. Using the symbol can help to address imbalances that the soul is carrying that are ready to be transmuted.


By healing at the energetic level, the mental and physical aspects of the body and mind are then balanced as well. The Dai Ko Myo symbol represents the source of Reiki energy and can be translated as enlightenment.


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According to the Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual, Reiki energy is effective with or without the symbols. You can choose to use all four symbols in a session or none at all as these symbols are a tool to help you focus your energy.


Become familiar with the symbols but there is no need to rely on them. With time and practice, your energy will be focused with your intent and the symbols will not need to be an integral part of your session.


Empowering Connection to Soul


The Dai Ko Myo symbol represents empowering the connection to the soul. It enables recognition and clarity about your true path in life.


The Reiki Master symbol is used in the attunement of others to Reiki. Once attuned to the energy connected to the Master symbol, it can be used for yourself and others each time you perform a Reiki session.


The Master symbol can be a catalyst for creating dramatic changes in the personal and professional life. To help manifest goals, draw, project or intone the symbol.


Then visualize what you intend to manifest with the intention that you will receive what is in your highest good.


According to the Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual, the Master symbol resonates at a high frequency and can have a positive effect in most situations. The symbol can also be used for protection and to clear away negativity.


Ways to Activate the Master Symbol


• Mentally beam a white DKM through your hands as you work with a client

• Visualize a white DKM on the palms before your session

• Draw the DKM on your hands with your index finger before you begin your session

• Draw the DKM in the air and beam it in the direction of your hands


Where To Use the DKM in a Session


Draw or project the DKM symbol on your palms and then draw or project the DKM on to the recipient’s:

• Crown chakra

• Areas that are symptomatic (if known)

• Hands/palms


Intention is key so intoning the DKM silently is just as effective as any other method of activation.


According to the Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual, the DKM can be used in any situation you would want to use the other Reiki symbols. You can use the name of it to meditate, while concentrating on the ultimate source of all.


Ready to incorporate more Reiki healing techniques to achieve more peace and balance in your busy lifestyle?


Apply healing positive Reiki energy to help heal the past, ease the present, and enhance the future. Reiki energy healing has been used successfully all over the world to heal emotional, physical and energetic imbalances.


The Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual provides detailed support as you learn how to perform Reiki on yourself and others.


The manual is also 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 the manual helpful.


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


Interested in Reiki self-care 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. Ready to learn more too?


Start reading the Reiki: Level I, II, and Master Manual here!

Prefer to learn Reiki Master techniques from an online course?


Learn Reiki I, II & Master techniques in a self-study course. This course covers Reiki Level 1, 2, & Master healing techniques. Here is an overview:


Module 1: Reiki Principles

  1. Introduction to Reiki

  2. Chakras

  3. How Does Reiki Work?

  4. 5 Reiki Principles

  5. Reiki for Self-Treatment

  6. How to Treat Yourself

  7. Hand Positions for Self-Treatment

  8. Combining Reiki with Other Disciplines

Module 2: Empowerment

  1. 3 Pillars of Reiki: Gassho, Reiji-Ho, Chiryo

  2. Reiki Symbols

  3. Cho Ku Rei - The Power Symbol

  4. Sei Hei Ki - The Emotional Healing Symbol

  5. Hon Sha Ze Nen - Distance Healing Symbol

  6. Empowering Your Goals

Module 3: Treating Others

  1. Preparing for a Session

  2. Setting Your Intention

  3. Using Reiki with Others

  4. Beginning the Treatment

  5. Full Body Hand Positions

  6. Ending the Session

  7. Rapid Reiki Treatment

  8. Distance Reiki Healing Techniques

  9. Intuition and Intention

Module 4: Attunement

  1. Preparing for the Attunement

  2. What Happens During the Attunement

  3. What Happens After the Attunement

  4. Meditation for After the Attunement

  5. Ways to Use Reiki After the Attunement

Module 5: Reiki Master Techniques

  1. Reiki Master Symbol

  2. Conducting In-Person Attunements

  3. Conducting Distant Attunements

Module 6: References


At the end of this course, you will have the knowledge you need to begin using Reiki for self-healing and helping others. Most of all, enjoy using it as an empowering tool for your own spiritual growth!


Access the Reiki Master Course today!