THE TRUTH IS""
- as Yoda might say...
[Copyright © 2011James Deacon]
[While certain angles in each of the symbols shown on this page may vary, in effect they are actually
the same symbol, the differences
being essentially down to
styles of different individuals]
people refer to this symbol as: "Kumo" (雲
others call it "Un" (also written 雲
meaning 'Cloud'). Yet others call it: "Zui-un" ( 瑞雲
- 'Auspicious Clouds') . And it has another, older, name also, perhaps
hinting at its non-Reiki origins ...
Kumo / Un symbol is claimed by some to be a symbol taught by
Hayashi-sensei at a period during the late 1930's. It is claimed that
he taught this symbol to at least one student, instead of the more familiar 'CKR'
as to why Hayashi-sensei supposedly decided to drop Usui-sensei's
CKR from the Reiki teachings (after having taught it to Takata-sensei
a few years earlier) and replace it with the Kumo / Un symbol, has
never been adequately explained.
Unlike the CKR, the
Kumo / Un symbol has a very limited application, and is often referred
simply as the “Byosen symbol” - a reference to its primary usage.
in recent years, several 'Independent' Reiki practitioners in Japan started using a version of this symbol; not in place of the CKR,
but rather as an additional Reiki symbol, with a significance and function quite different to that assigned to Kumo / Un.
Commonly, it is
drawn like this:
in this particular usage, the symbol is not called 雲
( Kumo /
Un) but rather:
(variously written as: Jō,
Jo, Joh or Jyo).
This Jō symbol is used specifically and solely for the release /
toxins from the body.*
Japanese syllable 'Jō' used here is
the same Jō
as in 'Jōrei'
healing system created by Mokichi Okada)
“cleanse”, “purify” or “exorcise”.
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.
happens to be the term for a 'focusing amulet' worn by Jōrei healers]
And so, this
particular version of the symbol, with its accompanying jumon-phrase, and its specific
function / significance, would seem to lead us in an interesting circle, as, the Kumo / Un
('cloud') symbol first came to light in connection with Reiki
practitioners who had also been involved for some time with the teachings of
It is, I feel, particularly significant that, in Jōrei,
illness is often perceived in terms of the build-up of “clouds”
- negative energies polluting the spiritual body.
the 'clouds' are dispelled (via the Jōrei
healing process), toxins in the physical body dissolve and can then
I cannot help but wonder:
Johrei "clouds" to a modernday Reiki style's "cloud" symbol -
merely a co-incidence, or perhaps something else ...
* * * * *
the Jō symbol:
is how it was explained to me:
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.
symbol is called "Jō", but this is just its descriptive name.
drawing the symbol, repeat the jumon-phrase "O-hikari", Twice.
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.
treat the kidneys for a few minutes.
So, in order to use the symbol, do you need to receive initiation/attunement for it?
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:
you would do with any of the 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.
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: