Article by Tracy Morrow
The Reiki symbols are a beautiful rite of passage for many as they progress through each level in order to practice Reiki at the highest potential. These symbols can be truly powerful according to individual beliefs. With that said, this article is in no way meant to be dismissive of the benefits of their utilization. At the same time, they can put you at risk of failing to gain the deepest levels of union to the ultimate essence of Life Force Energy. Because of this, I urge you to reflect on the question of whether or not you are being disempowered by the Reiki symbols.
Consider for a moment that when Mikao Sensei began the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, he originally did not use symbols. It was actually quite some time before he added the symbols to his training. He chose to do this because he realized that those who had no previous energy work experience needed an effective method to help them reunify with Life Force Energy. In this sense, the symbols were a means to an end. Simply, a method to focus intention, thereby helping to increase capacity for connection to Reiki.
In Master Sensei’s training, sitting in Hatsurei Ho meditation was considered the crucial ingredient to connecting with the energy and increasing the capacity for greater connection, along with attunements to help one break through the blocks and expand their ability to connect to healing energy. The symbols were a secondary training tool.
The powers granted to the Reiki symbols were purely for the use of developing intention. In this sense, and especially for those who have challenges with concentrating focus, the symbols are a tremendous tool. The combination of Sanskrit and Japanese Kanji symbols from which they were created were thoughtfully done in order to contain meaningful messages for those who would make use of them.
As the Hayashi-Takata lineage of Reiki developed, commonly known as Usui Shiki Ryoho, the symbols gained significantly in importance. In this style of training, they are considered to be sacred and highly esteemed keys that allows access to Reiki energy. Because this system was designed as a “fast-track” course for practitioners, the hand positions were also created and used as a teaching instrument.
The Reiki symbols and hand positions continued to gain an elevated status in the Usui Shiki Ryoho practice. This alleviated the original requisite of Reiki practitioner’s capacity to sense the energy of their clients, which was given in-depth guidance and time to develop in Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. With the newly elevated status, practitioners became sworn to secrecy when the symbols were exposed to them.
When you reflect on the history of the Reiki arts, it is important to realize that this energy work was tremendously effective and practiced without symbols from the beginning. This way of practicing requires a deeper union in regard to spiritual connection, and stronger skills of focus. Unfortunately, many Reiki trainings today do not provide the time for full development of these qualities.
When the Reiki symbols are taught as sacred keys needed to connect to Reiki, instead of being used for a training method as originally designed, on over-reliance on them is created. This taught dependence on the symbols leads to disempowerment and can put even the best intentioned Reiki practitioner at risk for symptoms of disconnection.
Certainly, if the symbols help you, then they are of great value. At the same time, it is essential to encourage yourself to move past any dependence you may have on them. You see, you are already Reiki or you would not exist. Therefore, it is the deepening of your connection to the Life Force Energy that sparks from deep within you that will allow you to become fully empowered in your Reiki practice. This Life Force Energy is your True Source, and nothing outside of you was ever truly needed.
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In passionate pursuit of timeless living, Tracy Morrow is an NLP Master Practitioner, Certified Meditation Teacher, Certified Reiki Master Teacher, Trainer and Writer. Tireless in her commitment to service, she is currently invested in helping create better lives by opening minds and resources in order to improve wellness and recovery for families living with behavioral health challenges. You can find more about Tracy at Inspir3.com