Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen Explained

Reiki symbols are basically sacred healing symbols that help in enhancing the flow of universal life force energy (click here for general Symbols info). The primary symbols of traditional Reiki are the Cho Ku Rei or the Power Symbol, Sei He Ki or the Mental and Emotional Symbol, and Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen or the Distance Healing Symbol. These symbols which are given to a Reiki student during the advanced level of Reiki attunement are essentially impressed in the mind and aura of the student and blend with metaphysical energies that they characterize. Thus, whenever a Reiki practitioner thinks or draws or visualizes any of these symbols, they will connect immediately to the energies that it symbolizes.

Meaning of Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen or the Reiki Distance Healing Symbol

Distance is no barrier to Reiki, and this symbol, which means ‘having no present, past or future’ is essentially used for absentee healing and to send Reiki energy across time and space.

Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen – The Reiki Distance Healing Symbol

Example Uses of Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen

Heal the Past: Sending Reiki in the past helps heal “old wounds” that may be affecting you in the present. It will not change the events, as past things cannot be changed; but sending Reiki to the past helps reframe the experience as part of learning process, and it helps heal the pain and move on with your life. Enhance Future Conditions: Using the distance healing symbol for the future helps in storing the Reiki energy like a battery to be accessed at a time when you require it. Sending Reiki ahead of time for doctor’s appointments, interviews, examinations, workshops, or traveling will help you adjust to the unforeseen circumstances of the future and keep an open and optimistic mindset. To Heal across Time and Space: The Reiki distance healing symbol’s primary use is to send healing energy across a room, town, to different parts of your country or just anywhere in the world. To heal people that are not present. it is otherwise called the “absent healing” symbol sometimes.

How to use the Reiki Distance Healing Symbol

The Reiki distance healing symbol is considered one of the most powerful and helpful symbol by most Reiki practitioners. However, when using this symbol, it is important to understand that the energies used in long distance healing work more effectively on the subtle body of an individual like the aura or the chakras rather than working directly on an individual’s physical body. Energies used for distant healing requires time to work on physical body and heal physical pain; sending Reiki energy for a particular problem such as headaches or backaches can limit the energies to a great extent. The recommended practice is to send Reiki to an individual as a whole, and this will allow the energy to reach directly to the part of the body where it is required the most. Periodically empowering the long distance healing on day to day basis plays a vital role in helping the energies work effectively in a successful manner. However, it should be noted that Reiki cannot be used to change an individual or his behavior. The wisdom of Reiki understands what is best for the individual, and the energies act accordingly for the best possible outcome.

How to Send Distance Healing Reiki Using Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen

There are many ways to send Reiki, and different Masters might use different techniques. A lot of practitioners learn one technique, which they then tweak and personalize it to suite their style. The steps below describe one technique which many people find effective. Step 1: Activate the power symbol. Step 2: Write the name of the recipient or the situation you are sending energy to on a piece of paper and hold the paper in between your hands. Step 3: Draw the symbol Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen in the air above the paper and repeat its name three times. Step 4: Repeat the name of the recipient or the situation.Draw the power symbol. Step 5: Allow Reiki to flow to the recipient for the greatest and highest good. Step 6: Finish the Reiki session by either clapping your hands or shaking them vigorously in order to cut the connection. An alternative way of distant healing is to either use their photograph or use a proxy ( a soft toy or any object) instead of writing their name on a piece of paper.

Benefits of Receiving a Reiki Session through the Reiki Distance Healing Symbol

One of the greatest benefits of receiving Reiki energy through Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is the fact that it allows you to receive positive energy just anywhere and everywhere in a quick and easy manner. To receive distant healing treatment, you do not have to spend extra time or go anywhere to receive Reiki treatment. Distance healing treatment also proves to be a perfect tool for all those people who find it uncomfortable to receive hands on Reiki treatment. Reiki sessions are not only affordable but also helps maintain your privacy. Reiki distance healing symbol can be used regularly to help keep your mind, body and spirit in harmon. However, it is important to remember that one of the most significant things in distant healing is the intention of the Reiki practitioner. Thus, formulating the intentions carefully and using the Reiki distance healing symbol to transmit energies only for the highest good, whatever that is and whether it is known to us or not, can go long way in producing positive results.

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40 comments… add one

  • Ana Herrera June 30, 2013, 6:47 pm

    Thank you for giving us all this!!! It is great!!!

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  • tessie June 30, 2013, 11:25 pm

    Thank You !!! XXXXX love and peace .

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  • Maria Mendes July 1, 2013, 5:22 am

    Como ter a tradução?

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  • Julie Glassco July 10, 2013, 3:37 am

    remove this symbol. it is NOT ALLOWED to be shown to anyone without training.. you have no Reiki master symbols, so I assume you are not a Reiki Master. Maybe you did not know, Reiki is sacred and is forbidden to be “taught” this way.

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    • Sathyananda July 27, 2013, 6:57 am

      Let it be, Julie. We’re all energy. And, we are each divine and sacred. Those who are meant to see it, will. Trust in what is unraveling. As a Reiki Master, I trust in The Cosmic Universe…..which resides within me. :) Om

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      • Vassiliki Papakyriazi August 23, 2013, 6:28 am

        ♥*⁀`•.¸¸.*❥

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      • mand November 9, 2013, 9:18 pm

        Sathyananda–I follow your free lessons —My view on what the troubled lady is getting very upset about is –Reiki is a beautiful energy that can do no-one any harm ,it is for the highest good of all–and when give or sent the higher self of the other person will accept only what is good and right for them–As for displaying the Sacred Symbols – well we must live and let live and not judge what others do -we must do what our own conscience lets us do–personly I do believe to keep them quietly sacred and only seen by us as Reiki Healers- but I do not get so angry and judgemental as it seems the Lady does –sorry just one more thing —Reiki symbols seem to have different forms of interpretation when drawn –there again I believe and trust that it is intention when using them –thank you for your time

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      • Patricia February 1, 2014, 1:50 pm

        Thank you Sathyananda for your beautiful reply to Julie…I am a Reiki Master Teacher and I say let this beautiful energy flow…it is to be shared it is a gift from the Universe…it is Universal energy thaat we may all channel freely and lovingly…Blessings and love…

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    • sue August 23, 2013, 1:27 pm

      I am a reiki master, and was taught, as you have commented, that this symbol is solely a master symbol; however, after extensive research, i find that there are various thoughts on this. Some masters believe that anyone that has been attuned can use any symbols, after all it is the same energy that flows through everyone. Some believe that you need to build up the energy levels before using master symbols to prevent “harm”. I am of the school of thought that ‘if it feels right do it’. No one has the right to say what is or is not wrong. It is universal energy, and available to all

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    • Jodie November 25, 2013, 12:56 am

      Wow Julie! So much anger! To start a sentence by telling someone what to do on their own page is simply not going to work. If you don’t like it, don’t follow the page, simple really :)
      Remember our mantras! Just for today I will not anger…

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    • tina March 15, 2014, 10:52 am

      of course reki is to be spread, who says its not allowed julie… you should share Reki as much as you can and teach more people so they can share the love

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  • Julie Glassco July 12, 2013, 2:59 am

    I have talked with other Reiki Masters.. this is so wrong on so many levels. Do you even realize what happens when you are giving people without training the means to manipulate others energy fields!! what if they are supposed to be “in that space”— now us lightworkers have to deal with this on top of everything else. You are making things very difficult. Empathy is lesson #1 as a healing facilitator.. Where is yours for the teachers of this healing art, those that practice it, or those this may influence. ? this website is self serving.

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    • Kris Gates September 29, 2013, 1:01 pm

      If one is not attuned to the specific symbol, one cannot use it. I believe all can send forms of energy healing for anyone’s highest good. Some call it praying and send for a variety of reasons. No one can give someone symbols to manipulate others energy. It appears that you are very upset, actually angry. Just for today do not anger. As a Reiki Master I find it best to first send Reiki to myself, as I cannot change the world or manipulate another with energy, only send for someone’s highest good. Information is available to all. How it’s used is up to that individual.

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    • Patricia February 1, 2014, 1:51 pm

      Julie…trust and let go…

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    • Jezebelle April 16, 2014, 3:03 pm

      If you are indeed a Reiki Master Julie, you will know that Reiki goes only to serve the highest of good. It can not be misdirected or misguided or manipulated. Let it go.

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  • LT August 6, 2013, 7:12 am

    I think traditions were meant to be broken for the greater good. I appreciate websites like these because they give people who know Reiki already some inspiration on how to use it. For those not attuned…the symbols won’t work, but it will spark curiosity. If everyone in the world knew Reiki…imagine how much better the world would be. I think you’re on the right path. Namaste.

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  • Margaret Ann Elson August 11, 2013, 7:26 am

    Sathyananda I am with you on this one!
    Julie we all share differing beliefs so respect has to be given to a.n.other when they believe what they are doing is to help others to find their true pathway in life.
    In truth these symbols are just that, symbols. It is the power of the intent/thought that kick starts this beautiful energy to flow for the greater good of all.
    As Reiki Masters/Teachers we are not here to dictate to what should and should not be, we are disciples of Reiki here to help our fellow man find their way in life with the help of Source!
    Anger along with ego plays no part in Reiki!
    Fear shows in the words that you use, and that equals ego, a no go when using the gift so freely given, not only for our greater good but also for our fellow man!
    Namaste, may each and everyone of you be blessed with Love, Light and Reiki

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    • cabianne August 23, 2013, 7:37 pm

      Well said true sister of the path of Reiki Blessings.

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  • Raphael Holistic August 23, 2013, 2:41 am

    All symbols are given to us because of how the human brain works. We have to believe that we are doing something, when in reality we are just here and allowing to be the channels of the divine love. Reiki can be done easily without the symbols but we create algorithms, little programs that help us strengthen the trust in reiki.
    Reiki is not sacred. We forgot that we were all connected and with reiki we are just remembering who we are.
    There is no harm in sharing the symbols with anyone and giving attunements to all who ask for it. Divine forces want us to awaken as fast as possible and reiki is one of the tools given to us. Since it is not a religion we should not treat it as one. Reiki can not be abused. It just stops flowing if our intention is not aligned with love. That’s all. You can not send reiki with a bad intention. Some teachers are creating this whole midterm around reiki to potentially feed their ego and need to be special. No one is special and we all are.

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    • Lenee February 7, 2014, 7:26 pm

      Yes… I agree Raphael!
      Nicely said. :)

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  • Vassiliki Papakyriazi August 23, 2013, 6:34 am

    It’s a great page!!!
    Thank you! Love and peace!!!
    ♥*

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  • Lesley August 24, 2013, 10:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing all that you do, I find it very helpful.

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  • Sandra Panek August 25, 2013, 7:14 pm

    Publishing this is against our sacred teaching. If you were a real Reiki master you would honor the teachings. This goes against it. Remove these symbols.

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    • Kris Gates September 29, 2013, 1:05 pm

      Sandra, showing the symbols or not, is debated by various lineages and changes with the times. Why are you able to sit in judgment of others? As I read these posts, I feel much passion for the sacred words but not always compassion that is essential in any type of energy healing, especially Reiki.

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  • Rosalynne September 16, 2013, 5:04 am

    Instead of comment: After my Reiki attunement I was sending Reiki to everyone especially to disable people on the street. Ones I asked my self ”Who I am to interfere in people’s life”. I spoke with my Reiki master and he told me that this is not wrong-if one’s higher being wants to received-it will received it and opposite. Reiki can not harm and Reiki will not be active where is unwanted. Then in our time there is a grate need of Reiki and any other positive practice . I have friends who are not attuned but can achieve results as if they were Reiki attuned. Who have ears to hear will hear, who nave eyes to see will see. Namaste

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  • Jeannine September 16, 2013, 12:38 pm

    I am a Reiki II energy healer. In my class, we went over so many things and ways to use the symbols and I came home with so much information and forgetting so much too. It was so wonderful to be able to go back over everything again with this website and be able to take the time to memorize and figure out what everything means again. I do not take anything lightly and neither does my instructor. I have 100 hours of Reiki to do before I am attuned to Master. Thank you so much for all the information!

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  • Amudhan November 9, 2013, 10:32 am

    I am afraid to say that step 4 and step 5 need correction. In step 4 Energy must be allowed to flow and in step 5 only we must apply CHO KU REI in order to seal, this is how my Reiki master taught me

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  • Aaron November 20, 2013, 8:15 pm

    Reiki Masters and Practioners, please be careful here when you refer to something as “sacred”. Merriam-Webster Dictionary, defines sacred as, “dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity” and “devoted exclusively to one service or use (as of a person or purpose)”. Clearly, Reiki is not dedicated for the service or worship. Reiki is Energy Healing. It is the channelling of Universal Healing Energy for the Highest Good. It is no more simple or complicated than that. We are in the Information Age, “Age of Aquarius”, “End of Days”, etc. What these terms all mean is that the old World or old Way is giving way to a new Age. We are now in an Age where ancient secrets are being revealed at a time when humanity needs them most. The number of Energy Healers and Faith Healers is evidence to this. I am a Reiki Level II Practitioner. For any Reiki Practitioners and/or Masters who have forgotten, Reiki cannot be missued. Our Universal Energy, God’s healing and most Intelligent Energy can only be used for the Highest Good. Revealing the symbols will only educate the masses not empower them to wrongdoing. We are not disciples of energy, we’re made up of it. Those who can appreciate the external beauty of the symbols may want to learn more about their inner meanings. They may seek to become healers as a result of seeing them. Practicioners may try a new technique, tweak one they’re using or politely offer a correction for Reiki Ray’s technique. So much good may come from this Reiki Ray’s posting, such as this discussion, which like the symbol crosses space and time, i.e. the original post was over a year ago and people are still commenting on it! Great job. Peace to All!

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    • Kay January 13, 2014, 8:21 pm

      Thank you, exactly what I felt and thought. It’s a great web-site – one that taught me a lot about Reiki and convinced I need to learn more. Thank you to website owners – amazing job!

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  • Vittoria November 23, 2013, 8:28 am

    How do i go about setting up a future healing treatment for someone?? What do i say and do?
    Many thanks
    Vittoria

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  • Brenda November 24, 2013, 8:02 pm

    Since i practice biotherapy and reiki i used the distance healing sessions and i found it the most efficient method. I love HO SHA ZE SHO NEN symbol because it works with time and space and heals and solves many imortant situations. I used to hear that the personal healing is better but I kept using long distance healing and I also used it on the past events to heal present situations or sent it in the future and the results were remarkable. Thank you very much for this article!

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  • selina November 29, 2013, 7:45 pm

    People can find reiki symbols anywhere on the internet so what odds does it make?reiki is a universal energy available to all. Somebody being attuned doesnt mean everything. People are on different levels of consciousness regardless and like everything its our intentions that count.people need to chillout because ultimately reiki is about ones self so its nobody’s business whether somebody is attuned or not. Stop creating unnecessary drama because that actually defeats the object of reiki in the 1St place!

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  • Angel January 5, 2014, 10:44 am

    Julie, I am a Reiki Master too & I am shocked by your vehemence on here. Any Reiki Master will tell you that what you reap you sow. Should you choose to misuse any master symbol or any symbol with ill intention, it will come back to you. The energy will always go where it is needed most. I would recommend you get an attunement in love & light to be more loving & light. It will open you up to the opportunities you seek. Good luck!!

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  • Penny February 7, 2014, 8:11 pm

    Why isn’t Hon Sha Ze Sho Nem pronounced in the Japanese pronunciation similar to what Sei He Ki and Cho Ku Rei is?

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  • ruth February 18, 2014, 10:07 am

    Judging the 16 years of coping with ex-husband, who wanted to kill me. I learned that 03/11/2014 is to be a judgment, and I know that the judge is at hand So far ex-husband. What could I do to make it a fair judgment?Help mee the distant symbol?

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  • ruth February 18, 2014, 10:09 am

    Judging the 16 years of coping with ex-husband, who wanted to kill me. I learned that 11.3..2014 is to be a judgment, and I know that the judge is at hand So far ex-husband. What could I do to make it a fair judgment?Help mee the distant symbol?

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  • Carly March 12, 2014, 4:40 am

    Hi everybody,

    I think reiki symbols are showed to people who do not have training, just because the people who got reiki training could not hold the secret. It is understandable. It’s is like little kids get new toy and want to show it to everybody in the world. I think it is a spiritual development issue. Some people learned reiki without any spiritual awareness. They do not realize that reiki is a spiritual practice, not just for simple healing. Then they become reiki master, and teach others the surface things about reiki. It is really sad. Even some reiki master do not know the deep inside of reiki. Maybe what reiki is today is meant to be changed into. The source of the universe arranges everything for all beings.

    God bless the earth with peace

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  • juliebuteyn March 15, 2014, 7:28 pm

    Not that it is a secret anymore, but I don’t know why anyone publishes the actual words to the symbols. “The long distance symbol” would suffice. I see others disagree with showing the symbols,
    I feel they are just Japanese words. Not secret to the Japanese fluent therefore not sacred. This is all over YouTube and in all kinds of publishings but we can be part of that or decide for ourselves whether we want to follow the original intention of keeping this “sacred”. What higher power would want to hold this away from anyone? Though Few if anyone can practice Reiki without at least the first course. I teach it to everyone I can for free. That is partly why I learned it in the first place. Let people become their own healers and to heal their pets and loved ones as many and as often as possible. Makes this world a better place and cuts down on suffering and pharmaceutical or other ways to medicate the physical as well as the emotional/mental health and balance or lack of.
    Practitioners have taken the courses and know the words. People who have not taken the courses don’t need to know the words. If practitioners need this article (great article btw) in order to do a treatment, they didn’t have a very good teacher.
    It is not mentioned that these symbols act together, at least at first. Then the power symbol can re activate the treatment after this.
    And there’s a mis spelled word that spell check would have picked up… “to keep Mind Body Spirit in “Harmon” vs HarmonY.
    Healing people THAT (people are not things, so it is “who”)
    Reiki indeed can change a person and their behavior through their highest good. After a few treatments, issues arise with new perspective, light shines on situations that wouldn’t or had not prior to the treatments. With new information, we change. We heal, we forgive, therefore our behavior changes.
    Not to critisize, I’m just giving free editing advice.

    Thank you for a clear and concise explanation of the long distance symbol. It’s hard to find anything straight forward online. This is as clear as it gets! I’m always trying to deepen and broaden my understanding of what I do, why I am doing it and making sure I am maxing out the potential to benefit others through long distance Reiki.

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  • Jean-Jacques Gosselin April 5, 2014, 9:23 pm

    Sorry for my English been from Quebec and my maiden language is French….
    My comment, I am practicing Reiki for almost 20 years now….not even master yet….I have been though by multiples Master up to level III, I have also been though that Reiki symbols are to be sacred….and kept from students not yet initiated to the the level required…And I do believe that there are reasons for that… Anyhow, for that been said, I I also believe that it is not my place to judge someone who does and/or think they should do so. I read these articles frequently and appreciate them very much… One more thing before I leave this Post…Master Takata was severely blamed for introducing Reiki to the American continent….by her pears…If she would have obliged her teaching rules…we would have never taught these sacred healing methods….this has probably saved my life many times….please be respectful with theses Symbol and people…please be respectful to the proprietor of this Post….respectfully….JJ

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  • kathryn April 7, 2014, 3:25 pm

    Thank you cvery much My daughter is a practioner and this is so nice to get this mailed to me so i can catch up..Peace and love ..now to figure out how to save it to my documents..LOL

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