4 Most Effective Reiki Symbols & How They’re Used

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Reiki Healing And Symbols Used By Practitioners

Reiki ExploredAs the popularity of Reiki continues to grow, with numerous testimonials from the patients who have benefited from this healing energy, more and more people are wanting to know how it works.

To become an official Reiki practitioner you will first have to be attuned by a Reiki Master who will perform ceremonies to open the student up to receiving this energy. This will be completed over a number of lessons.

A Reiki practitioner will also use particular symbols that will add to their effectiveness. These symbols when visualized by the practitioner are said to create a more intense healing energy.

There are numerous symbols used in Reiki therapy each designed to provide a certain type of healing energy.

In this article by Owen Coleman you will find the 4 most popular symbols used in Reiki Therapy.



  1. Cho Ku Rei (Power)CKR

The Cho Ku Rei symbol is considered a power symbol, and it resembles a coil. It is meant to help hasten the healing process, and has been likened to a “light switch.” Most practitioners will use this symbol at the beginning of a healing session as a way to catalyze the curative process. But, the coil can also be visualized as both an expansion and a retraction of the healing powers. In that sense, it may also be visualized at the end of a session to retract the healing energies.


Se He Kei (Mental and Emotional)SHK

The Se He Kei symbol deals largely with the mental and emotional energies of the recipient. It works to meld the “yin” and “yang” or the left and right sides of one’s brain. Practitioners utilize this symbol when their patients are looking for mental and emotional clarity or cleansing. Out of all the Reiki symbols, the Se He Kei is the most effective at targeting emotional and mood disorders like depression, anxiety, fear, sadness, and a host of other problems. It is even said to be effective for curing otherwise unquenchable addictions like:

  • Alcoholism
  • Drug use
  • Smoking
  • Gambling


Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen (Distance and Connection)HSZ

The Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen symbol is commonly referred to as the “Distance” symbol for its ability to be used when not in the presence of the recipient. Reiki healers will use this symbol when they want to provide attunement or energy from a distance. With this type of remote healing, the recipient’s auras and chakras will be affected rather than their physical body. Some teachers believe that the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen symbol can be used to open up the Akashic Records, which can provide information on the recipient’s soul and any past or parallel lives that might be affecting them.


Dai Ko Myo (Master)DKM

The last of the four “sacred” Reiki symbols is the Dai Ko Myo. This is frequently considered the “Master” symbol because of its ability to access a higher or more divine light and energy. It is thought to be equal to the three previous symbols, but, again, operates at a much higher frequency. It is used for general empowerment and can be used during attunement, teaching, and meditation.


Of course, there are many other traditional and non-traditional symbols associated with Reiki, but these four are certain to provide a strong basis for divine healing.




Read the full article here – beneficial-reiki-symbols-practitioners-students

Thanks to Owen Coleman for this article.

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