Confused About The Reiki Symbols?

Article by Taryn Walker, Reiki Rays

The Reiki symbols are taught and passed on from teacher to student through a Reiki attunement. Usually students first contemplate the meaning and then practice drawing the symbols until they feel familiar. During the attunement the teacher transmits the energy of the meaning of each symbol so that each time the student uses the symbol the same energy is activated. This is why it’s good to find a teacher you resonate strongly with.

You can think of the symbols as additional tools to support and enhance a Reiki session. Traditionally they were kept secret but nowadays the internet has made this impossible. Secrecy is a special way of honouring the sacredness of the symbols. It is also believed that knowledge kept secret holds greater power than public knowledge. Although real secrecy is no longer an option it is still recommended only to share the symbols privately in a Reiki course to maintain the sacred connection. Even if shared carelessly, the symbols have no real power without an attunement.

A lot of new practitioners feel confused or unsure about the Reiki symbols. There are so many symbols to be found online and in books and as many variations on how to draw these symbols. Should I learn ALL the symbols out there? What happens if I draw a symbol in the wrong way?!!

There’s really nothing to worry about. Use the symbols transmitted to you by your teacher. If you stay connected to your teacher it’s likely that you’ll receive new symbols over time. When it comes to drawing the symbols stick to the way you were taught unless it feels totally uncomfortable, in which case it’s totally okay to make adjustments that suit you better. It is known that Hawayo Takata, the woman who brought Usui Reiki to The West, drew the symbols in slightly different ways to suit different students. How you draw a symbol is not nearly as important as connecting to its meaning. This is why meditating with the Reiki symbols is so helpful.

Confused about the Reiki Symbols
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Here is a simple meditation to connect with the Reiki symbols:

  1. Consecrate the meditation to the highest consciousness and connect with Reiki in your preferred way.
  2. With eyes closed draw a Reiki symbol in your mind’s eye.
  3. Repeat the name of the symbol slowly and deliberately while maintaining the visualisation.
  4. Invoke the energy of the symbol by contemplating its meaning.
  5. Allow your entire being to come into resonance with this energy.
  6. Continue to repeat the symbol’s name like a mantra to keep the mind from wandering.

Make adjustments to this meditation according to your temperament. You may be more visual or more kinaesthetic in the way you interact with the world and this will affect the way you connect with the Reiki symbols.

Over time many interesting and wonderful revelations about the symbols may come to you. Keep practicing and trust your intuition when it comes to which symbols to use, how to draw them and when to use them. Allow your connection to Reiki to guide you and you’ll understand more and more that there is no wrong way to practice.

Taryn Walker
Taryn Walker

Taryn Walker is a travelling Reiki Master Teacher who wishes to inspire people to realise that they are miraculous! She believes that Reiki can reveal our natural ability to heal ourselves and this empowers us to take responsibility for our lives. She works a lot with distant Reiki and loves the way it allows people to experience the illusion of separation. Taryn is grateful for being able to connect with her Reiki clients even while travelling. She usually lives on a little island in Thailand, where she practices and teaches Reiki, but finds ‘home’ wherever she is. Taryn enjoys yoga, nature, creating art, cooking and finding magic in “ordinary” places. Follow her here:,, and


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