Question: Will the symbols still work if I draw them the wrong way?
Short answer is: Yes!
Now to elaborate, as we mentioned before, one of the cornerstones of Reiki is that it’s guided by intent. And if we focus our intent to invoke HSZSN, or any other symbol for that matter, it will be activated whether we draw it or not, and if we do, whether it’s correct or not.
Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen in particular has a lot of versions and is being taught in different ways by different Reiki masters. That definitely does not mean that only some practitioners, who draw it “correctly”, can invoke it.
When you invoke the symbols, what you’re actually doing is connecting to the energetic signature of that symbol, and to the metaphysical energies associated with it, and this connection will be established based on your intent, not on the way you draw.
It does help to “formalize the process” or “handshake the connection” by consciously drawing the symbols. After all, that’s what they’re meant for. But remember that the correct way to draw them is the way you personally draw them.
So don’t worry about it. Even if you draw it wrong, it will still work!
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