Reiki Symbols and Meanings by Rahul Thadani

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 in parallels

It is not uncommon for letters, pictographs and symbols to have deep hidden meanings—even magical power, for cultures around the world have rich histories and stories connected to symbols, letters and written words. Other countries and cultures too have symbols and writing systems that were multi-dimensional, that is, their writing systems in application could not only be read as words and every day messages or chronicles, but also could convey that meanings that were profound, sacred or even used as divination. 

Reiki symbols have more than just deeper meaning, they have healing qualities. Reiki practitioners use several symbols to facilitate healing for others.

In other energy healing practices, such as healing touch, a practitioner may rub his/her hands together to generate heat and energy within their hands, then hold their hands over a recipient in need of healing and then transfer the heat and energy from their hands gently to the area that needs healing on a recipients body.

Within a reiki healing session, these symbols concentrate healing energy in the form, written in the air over a recipient, and then the energy is transferred to the recipient.


Reiki is a form of therapy that makes use of the transfer of energy between human beings and objects. An integral part of any reiki therapy session are the various reiki symbols and meanings that form a part of the rituals. These reiki symbols are said to aid in the process of transferring energy, and any reiki therapy session would be incomplete without the presence of these reiki symbols and meanings.

Reiki symbols and meanings have gathered a large following around the world, and many people actively believe in the powers of reiki energy healing therapy. The origins of these reiki symbols and meanings can be found in the Sanskrit language, the language of spirituality and meditation. At the start of any reiki session, the practitioner will concentrate all of his/her energy to these symbols and then use that energy to heal a patient.

There are primarily 4 reiki symbols that are significant to this practice, and all of them have to be applied for some particular purpose.

The effectiveness of reiki is said to be more mental than physical, but patients regularly claim that it has solved their problems completely. Arguing with someone who says reiki works for them is pointless, as they have all the rights to maintain their belief system. Reiki symbols and meanings are well known all across the world now, and you’ll find many reiki masters from all corners of the globe.

Reiki symbols and meanings are said to possess a great amount of power and energy, and it is said that they open doors to higher levels of awareness. There are cynics who regularly discard reiki as an effective healing technique, but the truth is that they work only for those people who genuinely believe in them.

To view the symbols and their meanings please click on the full online article, by Rahul Thadani, here: And more information at this page:

The International Center for Reiki Training also explains the symbols’ possible origins:

Usui Reiki symbols are not as mysterious as they might seem. They have actually been created from Japanese kanji which means they are simply words from the Japanese language. Their names can be found in a Japanese/English dictionary. The first two symbols vary from this somewhat. While the names of the Power and Mental/Emotional symbols are Japanese, the symbols themselves may be shamanic or a combination of Sanskrit and Japanese kanji. It is a practice of Japanese Buddhists’ to sometimes combine ancient Sanskrit with Japanese kanji in their sacred writings and symbols so the way these first two symbols are drawn may have been influenced by this practice. 

For more info go to this article “Usui Reiki Symbols” by William Lee Rand.

More examples of writing symbols with deeper meanings:


  1. Interesting article. However, a note: Most reiki symbols are not from the Sanskrit. They are Kanji.

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