One might wonder why Reiki
masters would want to keep these symbols a secret from the rest of society and what they mean. So what are the closely guarded Reiki symbols and what do they mean? Several generations ago it would be next to impossible for one to know the answer to this question unless they themselves were a Reiki practitioner of the third degree. Now, the answer to this question is easily obtained by reading books on Reiki or simply by searching the internet. These symbols which were once shrouded in mystery have been revealed to the world for a Reiki practitioner of any level to use. There are three Reiki symbols that are used by Master practitioners. The Choku Rei, the Sei He Ki and the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen are the traditional names for each of these special symbols.
Choku Rei (Reiki Power symbol) -
The Choku Rei simply means "Place the power of the universe here". This Reiki symbol is frequently utilized to assist a Reiki practitioner in focusing their energy for a specific purpose. If a Reiki master visualizes or draws the symbol of Choku Rei temporarily increases the power of the practitioners capacity for healing. Choku Rei can also be utilized to increase the power of any of the other Reiki symbols as long as it has been put into use prior to calling on the powers of the other symbols. In addition to these uses the Choku Rei symbol is often called upon for its protective capability. Simply visualize this symbol and direct its energy towards a particular person or group of people and they will be protected.
Sei He Ki (Mental or Emotional symbol) -
The Sei He Ki symbol is one that is used to help align the body and the mind. Many ailments and other health issues stem from psychological problems. This symbol is most often translated as the phrase "God and man become one". Sei He Ki is the symbol that is most widely brought into use when one is healing someone who is suffering from an addiction such as those suffering from alcohol or substance abuse problem. This symbol can also be used when one has lost something important and it needs to be found. If a reiki masted visualizes or draws this symbol the item can be easily found.
Hon Sha Ze Sho (Distance Healing symbol) -
The meaning of Hon Sha Ze Sho in English is "No past, no present, no future" or it can have the meaning of "The Buddha in me contacts the Buddha in you." This symbol is primarily used to for distance healing in which a Reiki master will focus their positive healing energies towards a person so that they may be healed of all of their ailments. The person does not have to be near the practitioner during this time. A Reiki master can simply first visualize this symbol and then begin to concentrate their energy towards the afflicted person.
Reiki symbols can be utilized to assist Reiki masters in their craft. Masters in this field believe that the symbols not to be used by those who are not advanced practitioners as they are not effective if used by those who do not have their advanced knowledge. Reiki masters of healing have ascertained that the usage of these precious Reiki symbols is best left to the masters of healing as those who are inexperienced cannot and will not be able to harness their awesome powers as they may create more harm than good.