When I first opened my Reiki studio, I believed that the Reiki symbols were tools for healing clients.
During my training, for example, my mentors had taught me that the purification symbol (Sei He Ki) was meant to be drawn atop a client’s body, helping them to detoxify their organs or cleanse “negative” energy from their aura.
As I continued my learning journey, however, I realized something extremely important.
Reiki symbols are meant to be used by the practitioner—for only the practitioner.
Reiki symbols are not meant to be used on/for other people.
Let me repeat that.
Reiki symbols are tools for healing the practitioner. Not the client.
How did I realize this insight?
I began to understand that how I view my client is vitally important to the amount of healing energy that flows through me.
Back when I began my practice, I had a lot of sadness when clients would come to me with their various woes. I showed sympathy, which may have soothed their egos…but, ultimately, my sessions were not that effective at a core, soul level.
Now when I work with clients in session, things are different. My objective is to see them in all of their Divine purity, strength, light, and perfection. My aim is to see them as already healed. As already brilliantly glowing with high-vibrational energy and free-flowing bliss.
I see what is underneath all the drama. I see my client’s soul.
To put it simply: their issue or “problem” does not exist to me.
This is compassion at the deepest level.
This is healing at the deepest level.
Of course, if my clients feel the need to voice their struggles or heartaches prior to the session—that is fine. I will listen with all my being. Yet, once a session begins, I become a pure channel for the energy and all their stories disappear. All their woes and disease vanish. When this energy is flowing, I see only a Divine Being in front of me, already whole and healthy.
I teach my Level 2 students that one of the most important things they can do during a session is to view their client as already perfectly healed. (Acknowledging during the session that there is anything imperfect about them is a subtle reinforcement of the reasons for them coming to the session in the first place.)
We, Reiki healers, are truly masters of manifestation! And we do this manifestation most strongly when we see others as already healed.
When working with another person (or animal, or plant, or whatever), I recommend you visualize their body as brilliantly radiating with golden light. Visualize them as happy, smiling, energized, joyful, blissful, free. Visualize their prosperity, with money in the bank and money overflowing their wallets. Visualize happy relationships for them. Visualize wisdom flowing to them from the Divine. Visualize them skipping through a field or running on a beach. Visualize them laughing with joy. Gaze at their face and see an angel. See the utter beauty in their ankles and toes and every strand of hair. Worship them as perfect.
In this fashion, we have no reason to use a purification symbol (or any other symbol) on them during a healing session. (Note: An attunement is a different story. If you are a Reiki Master giving attunements, yes you will of course place the symbols in your student’s aura. This is good.)
So, if we are not using the symbols on the clients, what exactly is going on during a session?
During the session, there are three main things that are happening:
- We simply enjoy viewing the client in all their majestic glory!
- We allow our ego to step back and allow the Light to effortlessly flow through us. We breathe, we are present, and we watch the wonders unfold as a witness.
- We monitor our own mental/emotional state and keep it as high-vibrational as possible by using the symbols on ourselves, as needed. For example, we would use the Cho Ku Rei when we are feeling a bit tired or doubtful. Or we would use the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen to help facilitate connecting to the Light during a long-distance session.
They can be spontaneously used to center, ground, and focus our mind. They are wonderful for manifesting the internal states we desire during a session. When I use the Sei He Ki, for example, I choose to think of it as a relaxation technique, rather than thinking there is any “dark” or “negative” energy that needs to be purified.
Even if you were taught to use symbols on clients, it is very easy to make the switch.
It only took me a few weeks to get the hang of the new way—and now I cannot even imagine going back!
I see that my practice has gained tremendous strength since making this transition to using the symbols on only myself. I see more miracles. I feel more joyful and happy now that there is nothing “dark” or “ill” to release from my clients. I genuinely enjoy the process of healing sessions more.
And I am now, more than ever before, allowing the Divine to use me as a vessel where only the eyes of Love exist.