Reiki Symbols: to Show or Not to Show?


A lot of people get angry when they see the Reiki symbols displayed on Facebook, on websites, probably even in books, on clothes, or jewels.

It’s because they were taught that the symbols are secret and sacred, and it’s disrespectful to display them in public.

Many Master Teachers are adepts of this line of thinking, and are teaching their students accordingly.

Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen - The Reiki Distance Healing Symbol
Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen – The Reiki Distance Healing Symbol

However, there is another school of thought, and the Reiki Masters adhering to it teach that the symbols are sacred, but not necessarily secret.

To Show or Not to Show

Personally I’m an adept of the second school of thought, whose Masters Teachers see nothing wrong with the symbols being displayed and popularized. Here are a few things trying to clear out the confusion.

Displaying something on Facebook or on a website does not mean you disrespect that thing.

There are already millions of internet pages displaying the symbols. This is a fact that we can’t ignore, and its meaning is very, very simple: the symbols are no longer a secret. Pretending they still are is unbecoming.

Cho Ku Rei - The Reiki Power Symbol
Cho Ku Rei – The Reiki Power Symbol

Technology helps us learn, and helps us spread the word about Reiki. For all its advantages, it also has this slight impediment: it has made it impossible to keep anything secret :), especially something of this consequence.

That being said, regarding the two schools of thought, even though they have divergent opinions on this topic, it does NOT necessarily mean that one is right and the other is wrong. It is simply a matter of choice, and a very personal one too.

Your National Flag

If you think that displaying something is a sign of disrespect to that thing, think of your national flag.


Reiki Emotional / Mental Healing Symbol Sei He Ki
Reiki Emotional / Mental Healing Symbol Sei He Ki

Would you display it on your Facebook page? Would you wear it proudly on your t-shirt? Would you feel pride to see it raised at the Olympics when your country’s athletes have won gold medal? You probably would.

Does it mean that you disrespect the flag by showing it? No! In fact, it means the exact opposite. Displaying the Reiki symbols does not mean a lack of respect, but a sign of love.

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