Reiki Symbol 1. Cho Ku Rei: How to Draw and Say it

Cho Ku Rei – The Power Symbol

Chokurei how to draw and say

This is the first symbol that is taught and often the one that is most used during a Reiki healing session – either directly on the client’s body or during a remote session.

The interpretation/Anglicisation I learnt from my Reiki Master, Leonard Keen, was “I call for 100% power here.” Takata Sensei, one of the early Reiki Masters, who brought Reiki to the West, translated it directly as “Put the [spiritual] power here”.

As you draw the symbol, you recite Cho Ku Rei three times – once for each time you circle back to the vertical line.

Unless you are already speaking a tonal Asian language such as Japanese, or wish to learn it, it best to accept that you are going to pronounce this phrase wrong. Here it is properly pronounced: 直霊 with the tongue tip curled back against the ridge of the palate.

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But never mind that. Just say it with the intention to mean “Focus Divine Reiki energy here,” and you’ll be doing the right thing. it’s a good idea to learn to say Cho Ku Rei while drawing the symbol and to practice every day so that it becomes a muscle memory.

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