There are five symbols used in the Usui Reiki attunement process. The first four of the five symbols are also used when Reiki treatments (both hands-on and absentia) are being done. Reiki symbols have traditionally been shrouded with mystery and secrecy. These sacred symbols do not hold any special power in of themselves. The symbols were devised as teaching tools for their Reiki students to use while giving treatments and passing attunements. It is the “intention” the practitioner focuses on when using them that energizes the symbols.
1. The Power Reiki Symbol
Intention: Light Switch
Purposes: Manifestation, increased power, accelerated healing, healing catalyst
The Cho Ku Rei (power symbol) is used to increase power, and decrease power (when used in reverse). This symbol looks like a coil. The coil is meant to expand and retract, regulating the flow of "ki" energies. Sometimes a subtle energy flow is needed, where as other times a blast of energy is better. Praised for its manifestation power, this symbol is a wonderful law of attraction focusing tool.
2. The Harmony Reiki Symbol
Purposes: Cleasing, protection, mental and emotional healing
The Sei Hei Ki symbolizes harmony. Call it peacemaker or harmonizer if you like, but the Sei Hei Ki will refuse to negotiate an unfair outcome. It truly is a protective shield of armour. It gives courage to the disheartened and helps to level the playing field when life's hard knocks is kicking your butt. It scorches addictions and expels negative energies. Make this symbol your best bud and it will not let you down. Sei Hei Ki is loyal friend, especially whenever you are facing difficulties.
3. The Connection Reiki Symbol
Purposes: Distant healing, past/present/future, healing karma, spiritual connection
Best known for its extention powers, the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen symbol is used when sending Reiki long distance. It symbolizes a shapeshifter that can slip through time and space. Another name for this symbol is "Pagoda" because of its towerlike appearance. Elastic in texture it is a fun symbol to play with during your healing visualizations. Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen can also transform itself into a key that will unlock the Akashic Records. For this reason this symbol is an essential tool for the Reiki practitioner when working on inner child or past live issues with their clients.
4. The Master Reiki Symbol
Purposes: Empowerment, soul healing, oneness
This Master symbol represents all that is Reiki. Dai Ko Myo is the heart of Reiki. The symbol is seldom used for any particular purpose other than as a reminder that Reiki is love and available to everyone.
5. The Completion Reiki Symbol
Purposes: Kundalini healing, hara connection, chakra alignment
The Raku symbol is used solely during the final stage of the Reiki attunement process. Its intention is to ground and seal the newly awakened Reiki energies. The striking lightening bolt symbol is drawn downwards from the heavens to the earth.