Can I Change the Reiki Symbol Names?


Hi, I’m Judith Conroy from Chikara-Reiki-Do and I’m answering your questions on Reiki.

So, question:

You mentioned that the symbols don’t really mean anything, that they simply give us focus.

Could I substitute symbols or words that are simpler for me to understand.

For example, instead of the Power symbol and name, substitute the word power and a lightning bolt, or is it important to use the ancient pictures and words.

I realize the ancient symbols would be more impressive or mystical to use in the healing of someone else.

But I’m not a real mystical person.

Just someone who is pulling out of 30 years of stagnant Christianity than trying to actually become spirit filled.


I’ve been asked this same question several times before.

And I know my answer confuses a few people, but you are right.

The symbols are just that, symbols.

They have no power or meaning other than that which you give them.

But the more people who assign a meaning to a symbol, the more powerful it becomes.

Just think of the cross or the swastika and you’ll get my drift.

So, I would suggest that if you wish to do Usui Reiki, then you need to be familiar with the use and names and drawing of the given, and generally accepted, Usui Reiki symbols.

Yes, I know there are many variations of all these generally accepted symbols too, but mostly they are fairly similar and represent the generally accepted given meanings.

This builds a belief, fine tunes your focus and then…

…if you see the Power symbol or hear its name or just think about it, it will pull from within you that particular facet, of energy because…

…you believe it to be so – as does everyone else working with Usui Reiki.

The symbol is linked intrinsically to that vibrational frequency.

You see, when you start anything new, you draw immense benefit from the structures and instructions already in place.

Much like using a new cake recipe or knitting pattern.

If you closely follow the instructions, you will get a similar result each time.

So, first get into the habit of using the symbols and by the time you’ve done that, by the time that they are second nature to you, you will not need them.

It’s one of those dichotomy things again.

By the time you are at one with your Reiki all you will need to be, is you – a steady, strong, calm, and assertive energy that brings comfort and confidence to all that you meet.

I feel the Reiki symbols are practical tools, not mystical symbols.

But, never forget that whatever the signs and symbols you decide to use, it is you who assigns them their power.

For you are the source of the power behind it all, never the other way around.

Once you understand and know this about the Usui Reiki symbols, then you can go on to devise your own, which will then become your own brand of Reiki.

Get the hang of one system of Reiki first, and then your own variety will be even stronger.

Thanks for listening.

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