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The symbols are in a sense sacred, which is to say worthy of respect but that is not the same as secret. The Reiki symbols were never actually secret. The characters known as Reiki Symbols are terms that are used in some esoteric Buddhist sects (Nicheren and Tien Tai, probably others) to represent certain principles of Buddhist Theory.
I was already familiar with three of the meanings of these symbols as Buddhist terms. I was working with the interpretations of these terms for almost 20 years before ever hearing of Reiki. They are displayed in temples in Japan and the power symbol is used as a protective emblem. People do need to be attuned to Reiki before they can use these symbols to activate Reiki energy functions. These were not images and mandalas which were only revealed to initiates of Esoteric Buddhism. Though the use of these particular symbols to access healing energies is specific to Reiki and Reiki does not require belief or practice of any particular religion or philosophy.
I should also probably "warn" you before you look at the symbols, that in some Esoteric Buddhist sects which consider all writing about spiritual matters to be sacred teach that being shown any of those writings will plant a seed that will increase the probability that the person seeing them will become enlightened in the same lifetime.
The symbols are drawn and taught somewhat differently by different Reiki teachers The differences in the form of the symbols does not seem to make a perceptible difference in the ability to connect with and use the Reiki energies . The variation is in probably mainly a difference in styles of kanji , just as there are different styles of handwriting in English, there are different ways to write kanji . Also some early students in the US were not allowed to keep written copies of the symbols and may have miss remembered some parts of them. There are also older and newer forms of Kanji writing.
The symbols are used to help people focus to connect to Universal Energy. When you have raised your own energy frequency sufficiently you may no longer need to use the symbols to connect with and use Reiki energy . Some people make the error of assuming that the symbols embody the power of Reiki and completely rely on the symbols . They may end up almost worshipping the symbols . Symbols serve a purpose but may in some cases retard progress in rising to true proficiency. when you have developed the ability to use the symbols well enough you can connect to Universal energy directly by intention and may choose to move away from always drawing symbols and invoking the mantras mentally on every occasion . The study of the wealth of meanings of the words indicated by the kanji symbols can be very valuable for spiritual evolution.
The attunements I give include automatically the ability to use the Reiki functions with or without using symbols consciously. Different people have different needs and abilities when working with energies. For some people actively working with symbols is easiest and for others direct intention or Kotodama (sounds) or gesture may be easier no method is innately better than another.
Traditional Japanese Reiki sources including Master Hiroshi Doi refer to the symbols and activate them by number and a name relevant to their use . I think the English translations of the terms the Japanese Teachers use is more helpful than the terms that have become common in the West they areNo. 1. Focus. = Power Symbol = Cho ku ReiThe names most used in the West are the Mantra's that go with the symbol The symbols are only considered as tools and once mastered need not be used This is also in accord with the information I had previously from numerous Buddhist texts and from a large number of Japanese teachers of Spiritual philosophy.
No. 2. Harmony. = Mental Emotional = Sei he ki
No. 3. Connection. = Distance=Hon sha ze sho nen
No. 4. Empowerment. = Master = Dai ku Myo
1. FOCUS The Power boost Symbol Cho Ku Rei
Cho ku rei (cho koo ray) (long o in cho ) is the Usui power boost mantra and symbol to increase the power of Reiki . This energy calls in higher universal energy and accelerates Reiki from low to high and gives greater power and focus to the energy .Power boost is used with the other energies as well as by itself during all treatments hands on or distance. This energy has been used to clear rooms and crystals and to charge food and water.
As a Buddhist term this refers to the nature and organization of reality and to the emergence of substance from the void of potential.
2. HARMONY The Mental and Emotional Healing Symbol Sei He Ki
The mental emotional healing function Usui mantra is sei he ki (say hay key) . The mental emotional function is used to facilitate emotional and mental healing and to assist self programming and treating addictions and habits as well as all other mental and emotional concerns, it is said to work on the subconscious. Some teachers use it on the first 4 chakras only and some use it on all positions The mental/emotional healing shakti or function helps to balance the right and left sides of the brain, and is often used for healing unwanted habits or for programming in desired habits.
3. CONNECTION The Distance Healing Symbol Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen
The Usui distance function mantra is hon sha ze sho nen (hawn shaw zay show nen). and it is used for sending the energies hands off , for absentee healing and treating Issues from the past including past life issues distant healing can bridge time and space, allowing you to send healing energy across a room, or around the world to heal past wounds .(yes the number eleven is missing though the entire symbol is shown. One problem with images of this symbol is that some people have mistaken the number eleven for part of the symbol.}
The Distance energy attunement also gives you the ability to use all the Reiki energies for hands off treatments at any distance at all .. you can use this energy long distance and to beam the energies to someone in the room , this is especially useful in treating children and animals , in treating yourself on areas you can not reach and when in public or anyplace where a hands on treatment might be impractical.
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