General considerations on diversity between Reiki Symbols

The Traditional Reiki symbols according to Mikao Usui are four. No more, no less. All other symbols related to Reiki HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH MIKAO USUI!

Often the four traditional symbols are represented in a different way depending on the teacher.

Choku Rei - Reiki Symbol
Sei Heki Reiki Symbol
Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen Reiki Symbol
Dai Ko Myo Reiki Master Symbol


Why does this happen? There are different possibilities, among which the most realistic are:

1) The Reiki method according to Usui has been spread in western countries chaotically and without a strict definition of its theoretical and practical methodology. After passing through Chujiro Hayashi – Usui’s pupil who allowed Reiki to be known in western countries - the Reiki system was divided in 1980-1982 by MONOPOLISTIC CLAIMS of Furumoto (Reiki Alliance) and Weber-Ray (A.I.R.A. - T.R.T.I.A.). Both claimed to be the only person in the West knowing the REAL Reiki method! That’s a good start, yeah, right... Today there is no clear definition of the Reiki practitioner, and learners often find a low-quality teaching, if not exaltation and fanaticism.

2) Graphical imprecision. It appears that Ms. Takata, a pupil of Hayashi who brought Reiki to America – a critical element in the lineage of most Reiki practitioners in the world – was never really precise in the representation of Japanese Kanji. Each of her learners/masters received slightly different symbols, and it appears that this diversification was not deliberate, but rather an imprecise graphical representation, further amplified by each subsequent learner. Such poor graphic qualities are especially related to the symbols consisting of Japanese Kanji, i.e. Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen and Dai Ko Myo, whereas with Choku Rei and Sei Heki (graphically simpler) the damage has been lighter.

3) Senseless secrecy. Quite often, during Second Level seminars by some teachers, symbols were shown and the task was given to draw them for 2-4 hours until the pupil learned them. The learners were not allowed to take a copy home, only their memories of the hours spent drawing them. This debatable practice was and is sometimes maintained also for the master course, so that new Masters only have a memory of symbols. Little alterations on top of each other can, after a few passages, become noticeable differences, even in good faith.


Clic here to open the page with the downloadable Takata's drawing of the Reiki Symbols




In conclusion: when symbols are not much different from those presented herein or from Ms. Takata’s are good, since small defects are “corrected” within the practitioner in connecting to the correct symbol, regardless of the imprecise representation.

When symbols are too different, though, there is no guarantee as to what energy they tap into. A well defined form taps into a well defined energy!

As far as Reiki Masters are concerned, things get disquieting: a vast number of teachers use a less than precise Dai Ko Myo master symbol, while many teacher use a Tibetan master symbol (Dumo) which does not belong to Usui’s tradition. Click here for more information about this.

General considerations on diversity between Reiki Symbols
General considerations on diversity between Reiki Symbols
General considerations on diversity between Reiki Symbols
General considerations on diversity between Reiki Symbols


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