'Training Wheels' or Essential, Deeper 'Spiritual Tools'?
© 2003/5 James Deacon
one theory is that the symbols were not originally a part
of Reiki; but that they were introduced to Reiki by Usui-sensei
at some relatively early stage in the system's development in
order to help students feel and differentiate between certain
aspects of the 'energy'. i.e: the phenomenon that is Reiki itself.
mistakenly, this has led some people to conclude that the symbols
therefore were not really all that important to the Reiki system;
and as a result some practitioners have been taught to view the
symbols in a very superficial light - considering them to be little
more than 'training wheels' - something to be worked with initially,
then to be discarded once the student has progressed a little
way along the path that is their 'journey with Reiki'.
others would say that taking this attitude is to have completely
missed the inner significance of the essential and empowering
role of symbols in relation to Japanese spiritual-transmission
traditions (of which, in its deepest sense, Reiki is a prime example),
and that in fact it is only when we have begun to feel
and differentiate between certain aspects of the 'energy', when
we have progressed a little way along the path that is
our 'journey with Reiki' - that the symbols truly come into their
Perhaps it is that we should keep using the symbols until we no
longer need them - until we truly no longer need
them: until we have reached beyond attachment to them [i.e.
achieved the ego-less state of 'non-attachment' to them].
it is indeed then that, if we are wise enough to still continue
using the symbols, their true worth will be revealed to us.
different forms of Symbol 1
'Power Symbol' and its 'secret Shinto jumon'
Choku Rei Trail -
the terms 'Choku Rei', 'Dai Ko Myo'
and 'Reiki' in Japanese 'New Religions
'Mental-Emotional Healing' Symbol
different forms of Symbol 2
different forms of Symbol 3
Master Symbol part 2 - The Reiki symbol that (supposedly) never
different forms of Symbol 4
Introduction of the symbols into Reiki
Reiki Symbols - Unsubstantiated Associations
Symbols from a Japanese Buddhist Perspective
Wheels' or Essential, Deeper 'Spiritual Tools'?
Kurama Kokyo Sect and the Reiki Symbols