Cho Ku Rei – Spiritual meaning

Direct Access to Divine Source

· When we use the Reiki power symbol Cho Ku Rei, it is usually fairly directly, to increase and focus the flow of Reiki energy into a particular area, or through a particular part of the practitioner’s body – for example through the palms of the hands. You can also infuse it into a song, or your gaze. It is also a good standard practice for beginner practitioners to use this symbol to help them tune in and channel Reiki.

However, the symbol has a long heritage and a deeper spiritual meaning. Knowing it’s deeper meaning can help you to access the pureness and power of this healing lineage.

There are various spiritual and religious schools that use this symbol – Cho Ku Rei, or read differently with the same pictographs, naohi or naoto (according to google translate).

The words mean literally direct and spirit.

Frans Stiene, a Reiki Master in Holland writes that you can use the symbol as a mantra or activator for connecting to one’s true self.

He quotes Masahisa Goi, (1916 to 1980) who founded the Shūkyō Hōjin Byakkō Shinkōkai Shinto sect with an emphasis on world peace and the common ground of all religion. both central doctrines of the older Omoto lineage.

“The term chokurei 直霊. Choku (直) means ‘direct and rei (霊) means ‘spirit’. Chokurei is the light emanating directly from God to from the origin of humanity. Chokurei could be translated as ‘God in the human world,’ ‘Direct Spirit,” or ‘Divine Self.’” – From Masahisa Goi’s book, “God and Man, Guideposts for Spiritual Peace and Awakening”

“People who need not to be reborn into the physical world have experienced the awareness that human beings are one with God, and that awareness is manifested through their actions. Since they are unified with their original, divine Self. [the expression used for divine Self is Choku Rei 直霊]” – From Masahisa Goi’s book, “God and Man, Guideposts for Spiritual Peace and Awakening”

“There I encountered my own divine spirit [Choku Rei 直霊] ” – From Masahisa Goi’s book, “Living Like the Blue Sky – 5 talks by Masahisa Goi

I would also add that it can be used to create a direct connection with God. As in – I call for God’s presence here (in this moment, in my consciousness, in my body, in whatever you are working on at that time.) You can use any word for God that you feel comfortable, or Divine source – anything that your mind feels comfortable with so you can focus on the connection rather than getting drawn into an intellectual debate in your head.

Sources: Article by Frans Stiene Deeper Insights Into Choku Rei 直霊 (Nao Hi)

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