Symbol Uses

All traditions agree about the use of Reiki Symbols as a way for the practitioner to connect with the subtle variations of Reiki Energy.

Eastern traditions place a lot of emphasis on the importance of meditating on these energies, either as visualisations or as mantras, to the point where the practitioner feels himself or herself merging with the energy and becoming one with it. This enables the practitioner to make a much stronger connection with the energy when treating clients, but precludes the use of ‘symbol sandwiches’.

Western traditions teach a more formal approach, prescribing set hand positions and symbol combinations for different treatments.

In addition to their use in client treatments, symbols are also used by some practitioners for chakra balancing, space cleansing, protection, and positive affirmations.

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Symbol Energies

Reiki Symbols are used as a way to connect to the different subtle types of Reiki Energy.

One of the biggest difference of opinion between Eastern Reiki Masters and Western Reiki Masters centres around the question of whether or not students need to be attuned to Reiki Symbols for them to work. Eastern Reiki Masters say it is unnecessary, Western Reiki Masters say it is essential.

Speaking from personal experience, I have not received attunements to any Reiki Symbols – my lineage follows the Eastern tradition of Empowerments – yet I am able to meditate on, experience the energies of and use in treatments all the Reiki Symbols with no problems whatsoever.

Another difference concerns whether Symbols should be used alone or together. Eastern Reiki teaches that they should always be used individually; Western Reiki teaches its students to use them together and make ‘Symbol Sandwiches’.

Traditional Japanese Reiki did not have any symbols. The subtle energies were connected to using Kotodamas or Sacred Mantras. This would make it virtually impossible to mix the energies.

Again speaking from personal experience, I have tried changing symbols for different parts of the body while treating a client and compared it to using a single symbol throughout the treatment. Both my clients and I have experienced far more powerful healings using just one symbol throughout.

Differences aside – both methods work. Reiki energy follows intent. Providing the practitioner intends for the treatment to be for the highest good of the client – it will be! It is up to the student to decide which tradition they wish to follow.

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