Article by Reiki Master Sunetra Dasgupta

Raku also known as the “Fire Serpent” is a symbol used in Master Level. It is a beautiful symbol which is used to ground the student after the attunement. The symbol is drawn from head to the ground, allowing the body and the chakras to receive and adjust the newly received energy and so that it stays there. It is said to represent the Chi or the Life Force Energy that runs down the spine through the chakras.

Origin of Raku is unknown to people as it was not originally a part of the traditional Usui Reiki. There are many theories surrounding it, one being it is a Tibetan symbol which was used by Reiki Master Iris Ishikuro in her Reiki practice which she named Raku Kei Reiki. It was Arthur Robertson – student of Iris Ishirkuro, who got this healing practice to the west.


This symbol apart from grounding and sealing the attunement is also used to separate the energy of the student and of the master after the attunement process is complete. It is also a good idea to use this symbol after one has finished a healing session with a patient, so that once energy does not get drained. I personally have used it to cut off from people who would bother me for a very long time. I drew Raku on them and they are out of my life forever!

This symbol has a beautiful healing technique too. It is a beautiful technique for removing kidney stones. It can be imagined in pink or violet colour and act as a laser for the affected area or the spot. It can be also used to remove blood clots from one’s body. But one should be attuned to this symbol before using it.

Sunetra Dasgupta

When she is not a professor teaching undergraduate students Mathematics, Statistics, and Business Communication, Sunetra Dasgupta is a Reiki Teacher. She is emotionally attached to Reiki as she feels, when she was nowhere, Reiki came to rescue her. She has channeled Gajanan Vinayak Reiki, and heals and teaches Traditional (Usui) Reiki, Karmic Reiki, Karuna® Reiki, Soulmate Reiki, Fusion Reiki, Wagle Reiki, Angel Reiki, Tiger Reiki, Lavender Flame Reiki, 30 more types of Reiki, Magnified Healing, DLA, Akashic Records, Access Consciousness, Aura Brushing, Cord Removal, Hypnotherapy, Past Life Regression, EFT, Psychic Surgery, Angel and Tarot Card Reading, Runes, Tasseography, Violet Flame, Herbs and Oils, Candle Magick, Signature Analysis, Vastu, Numerology, Feng Shui. She is also an Angel whisperer. She lives in India and can be followed on her Facebook Reiki Page: Soniele Daniel Healing Miracle https://www.facebook.com/SunnyDReikiPractice. Her Tarot Page which she has formed with 2 other members https://www.facebook.com/Tarotmaniacs/ and her crystal page https://www.facebook.com/Tara-Crystals-697708507039195/. She has also written a book “Lessons I learned from Reiki” which can be bought from Pothi.com, she can be also followed on Instagram Instagram.com/sonieledanielhealingmiracle.


  1. Beautiful explanation about Raku, dear Sunetra. Thank you for sharing your knowledge about this symbol, which was never explained so well to me!

    Many Bright & Divine Reiki Blessings!

    RN 🙂

  2. Raku definitely has more uses than only during attunement.. The symbol deserved to be written about.

    Thank you Sunetra For sharing this with us.

    Love and Light 🙂

    • vEDANT : CAN you tell me if you know how to use Raku ( lightning bolt ) from feet to Universe, as Diane Stein uses it, to give her students a quick out of body experience ?

      I have made out of body experiences seven days in a row years ago, easily, no problems.

      Please leave an answer



  3. Never knew so much about this symbol. .was using it at the time of attunement. .Thanks a lot sunetra for this enlightenment. .
    Lots if love light reiki

  4. Thank you for writing this.
    How is it used to for treating kidneys, blood clots etc? I would like to use it for my lymphedema.

  5. Hi :
    Can you tell me if you know the detailed technique, step by step, to use Raku ( lightning bolt ) as Diane Stein in her book ” Essential Reiki ” explains…( she says not much )…to draw the Raku from feet to universe on a Reiki student so the student will experience a quick OUT-OF-BODY experience ? I took already Reiki III, and ART ( Advanced Reiki Training ).
    I did in the past seven days in a row astral projection. Now I need the Raku to exit my physical body anytime I wish.



  6. This is not classed as a true Reiki symbol, as it came much later. I personally don’t use it as the early Masters never used it.

  7. Thank you for the history of this symbol. I was taught this in our Reiki 1 course work. I use it for grounding myself before and after Reiki sessions, clearing rooms of lower energies/attachments, grounding the room, and to lift negative karma. I was taught to draw this symbol from head to feet, always.

  8. Great article…. but I am reluctant to call my clients “patients” as I am not a trained health care professional although…. I am a healer. It’s so conflicting. Thanks for your information about Raku, I always enjoy your topics. Thank you!

  9. Hi Sunetra :

    Do you think I was attuned to Raku when I took Reiki Usui Level III ?

    Or is this attunement to Raku ( lightning bolt ) a specific attunement ?

    Where do you teach ? In what country ? City ?



  10. Raku and Fire Serpant are DIFFERENT symbols! They have DIFFERENT uses! Wow! I teach and attune to over 100 symbols of different styles.

  11. I thought the Fire Serpent was a Teacher symbol??
    People run away with their own renditions and it is so confusing to me. I believe I am done with this reiki!! There is NEVER a right answer.

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