Reiki symbols are basically Sanskrit derived Japanese forms that help improve the flow of Life Force Energy (see this article for details). These symbols are an essential part of Reiki practice and they used to be secret and revealed only to Reiki students who are initiated into the advance or master level. However, with the technology available today it’s hard to keep anything secret :), so information about them can easily be found on the internet.
Although these symbols do not have any special power in and of themselves, using them after attunement helps a practitioner focus the Reiki energies. The primary three symbols used in traditional Reiki are Cho ku Rei or the Reiki Power Symbol, Sei He Ki or the Emotional and Mental Healing Symbol and Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen or the Distance Healing Symbol.
Meaning of Cho Ku Rei or the Reiki Power Symbol
Cho Ku Rei, which is considered one of the first symbols used in Usui Reiki essentially means “Placing all the powers of the universe here”. The Reiki power symbol basically works as a “switch” that helps to instantly increase Reiki practitioner’s ability to channel the energies. The main purpose of using it is to enhance the power of Reiki and draw the energy around and concentrate it on the required purpose. The power symbol looks like a coil.
The symbol can be drawn in both counter and spiral clockwise directions. Some Reiki masters draw it counter clockwise when applied in areas or places where there is excess energy – but others believe that the Reiki energy always works for the highest good and there is no need for us to try to influence it by telling it what to do.
Reiki Symbols Infographic
We’ve created a one page PDF infographic (or "cheat sheet") with the most important information about each of the four main Reiki symbols. Download it here.
How to Use the Reiki Power Symbol
The Reiki power symbol is used primarily to connect with Reiki energy at the start of a session and also to help boost the Reiki power whenever it is required during a session.
Some practitioners use it on their own palms and chakras before treating others, to help clear the channels and empower their hands. Using the power symbol over the client’s crown chakra helps create positive energy around them, while using it on the lower back and behind the heart chakra helps seal the energy at the end of the treatment.
Example Uses of the Reiki Power Symbol
Cho Ku Rei is an all purpose symbol that can be used anywhere and everywhere for anything. Here are a few ways that it can be used.
Empower other Reiki Symbols
Using the Reiki power symbol before other Reiki symbols such as Mental or Emotional Symbol or the Distance Healing Symbol has an empowering effect on those symbols and boosts their effectiveness.
Helps in Spot Treatment
Drawing Cho Ku Rei on a specific part of the body helps in focusing the Reiki energies on that particular spot, helping cure or heal especially acute injuries, but also chronic conditions that have localized effects in the body.
Clears Negative Energies
Using this symbol mentally is useful in clearing all the stagnated energies during a Reiki session. Similarly, drawing it on the walls of a room clears the negative energy in the room, and drawing it in the atmosphere around a physical space aids in cleansing the area. Drawing can be physical, such as with paint or a pen, or symbolic with the hand in the air.
Drawing a large Power Symbol in front of a person or on each of their chakras works as a shield and protects the person from negative energies. Reiki works on different levels (physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually) and Cho Ku Rei will naturally provide protection on all levels.
Makes Meals Healthier and More Nutritious
Using this symbol over your meals before you start eating helps remove the negative energies present in the food, thereby making it more healthy and nutritious.
Increase Effectiveness and Reduce Side Effects of Medication
Drawing the Reiki power symbol on your medication goes a long way in reducing the side effects of the drugs. It also helps them work in a more effective manner.
Empowering greetings, gifts and business cards with Cho Ku Rei will enhance both personal and professional relationships, bringing about the highest good for all the involved parties.
The Reiki power symbol helps in connecting to the universal energy instantly, and using it can help prevent misfortunes or a bad events. Misfortunes essentially happen because of the inharmonious energies around; using Cho Ku Rei helps purify the energy system, making accidents or bad events less likely to occur.
Activating the Law of Attraction
Cho Ku Rei proves to be an amazing law of attraction focusing tool. Empower your affirmations with it, and to make it even more effective, end all your affirmations with <i>for the highest good of all</i>. Doing so will help ensure that you don’t get attached to a particular outcome and remain open to new, creative solutions and experiences.