Dr. Mikao Usui experienced the divinity of Reiki in the form of a brilliant light on the last moments of his 21-day meditation. It was the Reiki attunement process that brought about an understanding of the significance of the basic and most important Reiki symbols. Earlier Dr. Usui had received knowledge on the Buddhist worship corresponding to the worship of trinity of power, love and light, which also corresponded to the Hindu tantrik worship of Ichha Shakti (love), Kriya Shakti (power), and Gyan Shakti (light).
Dr. Usui termed his experience at Kuramayama in his native language as “Dai-ko-myo”, which literally translates in Japanese to “big brilliant light”. The literary manner in which Dai-ko-myo is written in Japanese came to represent the symbol depicting descent of divine light to the human energy body.
He then devised a technique to impart the process of attunement to others. The technique is no different from the Hindu and Buddhist tantrik tradition of transmitting energy, except that some mantras or symbology was used. Apart from Dai-ko-myo, he also devised other important symbols, all in Japanese. These symbols were Sei-hei-ki, and Hon-sha-ze-sho-nen. Another symbol, Choku-rei, not corresponding to the Japanese language too was devised. These four symbols came to depict the power of the brilliant white light.
Dai-ko-myoFor better understanding, the symbol is split horizontally into five parts. The top portion of the symbol represents “the one”. The second part of the symbol looks like an inverted “Y”, which represents the human being with two legs. The third part of the symbol formed by a vertical line flanked on either side by two inward slanting lines and supported by a horizontal line represents the fire element. The fourth part depicts a line slanting to the left with an adjacent curved line bent outwards to the right, more like the English letter ”L”. The part with a strong and wide base represents support. The fifth and final part represents the sun and moon.
Sei-hei-kiSei-hei-ki literally means the real peaceful spirit. Sei means real, Kei means peaceful, and Ki is the spirit, the vital life force in all living beings. It represents the absolute. The world is said to be a creation of the divine mind created merely as a sport. Some say, creation has no meaning except an intention to fill the huge void in the universe. The whole process is represented by the Japanese word “na”. So, sei-hei-ki came to represent the creation of the universe. Since sei-hei-ki is a creation of the mind, it is said to heal the maladies of the mind. Once the mind is healed, it turns the human being into a real peaceful spirit.
Another important Reiki symbol is the symbol of Choku Rei, which stands for ‘direct spirit’. The word Choku represents direct and Rei represents spirit. Choku Rei, as a symbol, depicts a short horizontal bar connected by a long vertical line culminating into a three and a half coils around the vertical line. It looks like a coiled serpent with its hood raised. It is so similar in description to the “kundalini” – the power lying dormant in all human beings depicted by a coiled snake having three-and-a-half-coils. So, choku rei is the innate energy that needs to be awakened to experience divine oneness.
Choku Rei dispels darkness while bringing light to the human spirit. The brilliant white light that Reiki spreads in the human energy body helps get rid of the dark energies.
Hon means: real, root; Sha means: to be; Sho means: real created; and Nen means: feelings, intentions. So, together hon-sha-ze-sho-nen means a “real person with true intentions”. The use of this symbol expresses and strengthens the true intentions of the healer to heal. In other words he expresses his true intention to accept divine will in healing. The hon-sha-ze-sho-nen symbol is not only to be invoked at the beginning of a distant healing but also all kinds of healings.