THE REIKI SYMBOLS
Copyright © 2003/4 James Deacon
The 'Distant' symbol
Symbol 3 is technically not a 'symbol' per se, but
rather is a stylised combination of five kanji characters.
of the four Reiki symbols has an accompanying Japanese mantra/phraze
- frequently referred to as a jumon ('spell' or 'incantation').
In 'western' lineage Reiki this jumon is commonly
used as the symbol's name.
case of Symbol 3, the 'symbol' itself is actually the jumon:
"Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen"
[or "Hon Ja Ze Sho Nen"], written in kanji
the years there have been several suggestedtranslations
of the jumon: "Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen" - including
several very misleading ones. For example, it is frequently
said that "Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen" translates as "no
past, no present, no future".
probably one of the clearest translations of "Hon Sha
Ze Sho Nen" is actually:
Thought (/Correct Mindfulness) is the essence of being"
as calligraphers in the West - when writing a phrase in
the Roman Alphabet - will frequently embellish their artwork
with flourishes and overlaps, and often combine letters
or allow them to run into one-another, this is also the
case with Japanese kanji calligraphy.
are various calligraphic renditions of Symbol 3 - all looking
slightly different depending on the 'brush style' of the
individual 'drawing' it.
example shown here, not only are there overlaps, but also
certain strokes which form part of the individual kanji
have been omitted.
are of Chinese origin, each character has two forms of pronunciation
or 'reading': the on yomi or Chinese derived reading,
and the kun yomi or native Japanese reading - e.g:
the word 'mountain' in its on yomi is: san,
but the native kun yomi reading is: yama.
(Both are in common usage in Japan)
There are many thousands of kanji characters - some
highly obscure & only very rarely used; however, the
five kanji whose stylised interlinking forms the
HSZSN, are to be found amongst the "Jooyoo Kanji"
- that is, characters specified by the Japanese Government
as approved for common use. In fact, they all come under
the category of kanji expected to be familiar to
all Fourth Grade Students.
original five kanji are given below with their on
yomi and kun yomi, and their basic meanings (however
the emphasis is on the word 'basic' - the meaning of
a kanji when in combination with others can be somewhat
different from the meaning of the kanji in isolation.)
source, origin, essence, basis, counter for long things,
book, present, main, true, real
so, this, right, just, proper
justice, certainly, exactly, righteous
tada.su, masa(.ni), oo, kuni, ma, tadashi masashi
wish, sense, idea, thought, feeling, desire, attention, concern
Uses of Symbol 3:
designation: the 'distant' symbol suggests, Symbol 3 is
used to send Reiki at a distance - be it to people or other
animals, places, events, situations; or even across the
'great illusion' that is time itself.
With the aid of this symbol, Reiki can be 'sent' to interact
beneficially with issues or situations long since past,
or alternatively, ones as yet not having manifested themselves.
Some practitioners utilise the symbol when they need to
'connect' (metaphorically speaking) with people.
The distant symbol may also be used as a means of assisting
interaction with, deity, spirits of place, or ancestral
spirits (or as some prefer to phrase it: ancestral energy-patterns)
Japanese forms of Reiki, Symbol 3 is seen as representing
the transcendent 'oneness' within the practitioner, and
the realisation that there is no separation between the
two people sharing the phenomenon of giving-receiving Reiki.
[In yet other Japanese styles - Hekikuu Reiki for example
- Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is taught neither as a 'distant' symbol,
nor as a symbol of 'oneness' but rather as one pertaining
to mindfulness and the mental faculties in general.]
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