What is the Reiki Symbol?

The Reiki symbol is written in Shinjitai Japanese.

Japanese characters make the word ‘Reiki’. The top character says “Rei” and the bottom character says “ki”.

They are usually translated in the West as meaning ‘Universal Life Energy’, but the characters can be translated as meaning ‘soul energy’, or ‘aura’ or ‘mysterious spirit’, or even ‘spiritually guided life force energy’; Japanese characters can be interpreted in different ways, on different levels.

Interestingly, a recent interpretation of the word ‘Reiki’ is that it can mean ‘a system that has been arrived at through a moment of enlightenment’.

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