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the Jo shirushi
The Jō symbol *

(The Japanese kanji character can be written variously as: Jō, Jo, Joh or Jyo).

In recent years, several 'Independent' Reiki practitioners in Japan started using the Jō symbol as an additional Reiki symbol; and more recently still, the symbol and it's method of application has gradually began to be accepted by many practitioners in the West as a highly effective Reiki Technique.

The Jō symbol is used specifically and solely for the release / flushing of toxins from the body.

The kanji character: can imply:
cleanse”, “purify” or “exorcise”.

The symbol is called "Jō", but this is just its descriptive name. The Jō symbol has its own accompanying jumon-phrase: "O-hikari".

"hikari" means light, the "O" is a term of reverence or respect.

"O-hikari" can, in a Reiki Ryoho context, be understood as the" Spiritual Light" of Reiki.

Using the Jō symbol:

First, perform a 'general' treatment (at least, cover: the head, upper back, spine, and abdomen) then, when ready, draw the symbol over the liver area.
While drawing the symbol, repeat the
jumon-phrase "O-hikari", Twice.
Then place your hands - right hand on top of the left - over the liver area, and let Reiki flow for as long as you feel appropriate.
Finally, treat the kidneys for a few minutes.
That's it!

So, in order to use the symbol, do you need to receive initiation/attunement for it?

Strange as it may seem, the majority of practitioners find that they do not actually need to be 'attuned' to the symbol (at least not in any formal sense).

Simply working (as outlined above) with the symbol and - importantly – its
jumon-phrase, on a regular basis seems to build a deepening energetic affinity. (The jumon-phrase seems to bring its own 'power' with it)

You might like to meditate on the Image/Sound.
As you would do with any of the more regular Reiki symbols, let Reiki flow and draw the symbol in the palm of each hand. Visualize and feel it pulsate with the Light; and, as you breathe out / intone the
jumon-phrase into the symbol, visualize and feel the Breath of Reiki intensifying the symbol's resonance.

You might also choose to seek your own creative ways of developing your personal deepening bond with the symbol. : )

How to pronounce: "O-hikari":

As is the way with all mantras/jumon, correct pronunciation of "O-hikari"is very important.

Here are links to two sound files, giving the Japanese pronunciation:


*  The actual shape of the symbol may look somewhat familiar to practitioners of certain popular modern-day forms of “Japanese” Reiki.
 Instead of the familiar CKR, a few modern Japanese styles teach a symbol with a visual form similar to that of the Jō symbol.
it must be stressed that it is solely the visual form of their symbol which shares similarities with the Jō symbol.
Their symbol names, significance and function, etc. are quite different.



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