At second degree Reiki/Reiki Level II a Reiki healer is taught Reiki symbols created from Kanji, the Japanese writing system. These symbols give him the power to focus the energy of Reiki for particular purposes and even heal others without being physically present. There are four Reiki symbols found in Mikao Usui’s system. But with the passage of time, people added many more symbols. Actually, Reiki symbols do not possess any power in themselves but they are tools which can be used by a second degree Reiki practitioner or a Reiki master.

Many Reiki healers are of the view that Reiki symbols are sacred and must be kept secret except from those Reiki practitioners who are at Level II or Level III. On the other hand, some modern practitioners believe that they should keep the interested people fully informed about the whole healing process including symbols. However, Reiki symbols are now freely published in the books as well as on the internet.

Hawayo Hiromi Takata was a Japanese-American who was born in Hanamaulu, Hawaii. She has the credit for bringing Reiki healing to the Western hemisphere from Japan. It is generally assumed that she altered Reiki symbols in order to make them easier for Western Reiki practitioners to understand and draw.

Following are the four basic Reiki symbols. First three symbols are taught at second degree while fourth is taught at third degree. It is believed their aliases in English have the same power as their real names.


cho ku ray CHO KU RAY, also known as “The Power Symbol”, is pronounced as “choh-koo-ray”. The popular translation of CHO KU RAY is “Put all the power in universe here.” Its basic purpose is to upsurge the power or Reiki. This symbol may be used for anything that falls under Reiki, including on-the-spot treatment, cleansing negative energies etc.


sei hei ki SEI HEI KI, also known as “The Emotional/Mental Symbol”, is pronounced as “say-hay-key”. The popular translation for SEI HEI KI is “God and humanity become one.” It is primarily used for mental and/or emotional healing and relaxation.


hon sha ze sho HON SHA ZE SHO NEN, also known as The Long Distance Symbol or The Distance Symbol, is pronounced as “Hanh-shah-zay-show-nen”. The popular translation for HON SHA ZE SHO NEN is “May the Buddha in me connect with the Buddha inyou to promote harmony and peace.” Its basic purpose is to deliver Reiki regardless of time or distance i.e. it can even send Reiki to past or future or to a person in another place.



dai ko myo DAI KO MYO, also known as “The Master Symbol” or “The Reiki Master Symbol”, is pronounced as “dye-ko-me-o”. The popular translation for DAI KO MYO is “Great been of the universe, shine on me, be my friend.” It is the strongest symbol and creates a bond between physical self and emotional self. It usually brings permanent results and reinforces everything done in Reiki. It opens healing channels wider and allows the practitioner to work at a much higher frequency.

Just like any other aspect regarding Reiki, there exist several variants of these Reiki symbols.

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