The Reiki card represents the connection to one’s spiritual self – or “Higher Self.” This card encourages you to listen to your intuition and then act on your heart’s knowingness. It tells you to learn to recognize the effects of your beliefs, perceptions, interpretations, attitudes, expectations, desires, fears, judgments, feelings, intentions and consistent or persistent thoughts about your experience. Turn everything over to your Higher Consciousness and let the universal energy flow through you. The Reiki card represents getting in touch with the Light within you. The quickest way to get in touch with your higher consciousness is to meditate (prayer can be a form of meditation).
The Onna> card represents female energy. It also represents the physical body of the inquirer, if the inquirer is female. If the inquirer is Otoko, the Onna card represents the most important female energy in his life (but not children), or his expression of female energy. Children are represented by the Kazoku card. The Onna card can also represent feminine energy, such as compassion, stillness, vulnerability, remaining calm, and all things related to feminine energy.
The Otoko card represents male energy. The Otoko card also represents the physical body of the inquirer, if the inquirer is male. If the inquirer is Onna, the Otoko card represents the most important male energy in her life (but not a child), or it could represent her expression of male energy. Otoko can also represent male energy such as change, movement, strength, chaos and all things related to male energy. In addition to representing male energy, the Otoko card can represent a decision-making role, self-assertion, taking charge of a given situation, and the role of giving ourselves permission to make choices.
The Kazoku card represents the family, or one particular member of the family, of the inquirer. This card can also represent extended family (persons not related by blood, but with whom you have a close relationship). “A family that prays together, stays together,” is an old adage, but in today’s society there isn’t usually enough time spent as a complete family. Always take time out to spend with the family – eat together, take a walk together, socialize together, etc. Send loving energy and blessings to the family members without thought of return.
A separate reading would be required if the inquirer wanted to know the status of one particular family member.
The Cho Ku Rei is one of the sacred Reiki healing symbols. The Cho Ku Rei card represents “turning on the light,” increasing your spiritual powers, and connecting you to the Divine healing light. Spiritual power comes from within and is the ability to utilize your higher-self in all you do in life. Allow your higher-self to rise above and watch your human existence. It will bring you a new and more peaceful and complete perspective. Nothing outside of you has any power over you unless you give it power. Don’t turn over your personal power to anyone or anything. You can empower or disempower anything anytime you choose. There is one source of power and that power is in all things. It is this power within each one of us that wants us to realize our utmost spiritual potential. Confident authority is the key to all conscious creation and manifestation. You are powerful at each moment. We all decide our destiny in every moment with our thoughts.
The Dai Ko Mio card represents harmonizing and balancing the life force energies. It is the triune of love, light, and harmony. It enables the inquirer to live his life in service to others with open hands, an open mind and an open heart. This symbol is attained by the Master of Reiki and it is used to enlighten others on the path to wholeness. It signifies staying connected with all that is. To the degree that you are happy with yourself, with people, with the world around you, your life is in harmony with all that is.
The Danshingu Tatsu card represents dancing with the dragon. This card represents sovereignty, authority, wisdom, skill, and storms. Japanese dragons are believed to be serpent-like creatures that have the ability to alter their size at will, or become invisible. This could mean the inquirer has the abilities of a Shaman, that he can alter his consciousness at will or throw his consciousness into another form. It is a symbol most aligned in Reiki with the attainment of the Reiki Mastership. The Reiki Master becomes a living Master Alchemist who is capable of transmuting energy with the sacred power of the breath.
Storms or trouble in any part of our lives is a natural part of our being human. Choosing how to weather our storms is the key. If we are indeed masters of ourselves, weathering storms is academic.
The Enaji Ekusuchenji card represents energy exchange. When a person gives something, he should get something of equal value to keep his life in balance. The old adage “it is better to give than to receive” is simply not true. If you don’t have a fair energy exchange for things you do in your life, your life will become unbalanced. A person does not pay for the energy; he pays for another’s time and expertise. One can barter as an energy exchange if it honors both parties. To barter is to exchange one thing for another. If you help someone who is too ill to help you in return, that person can pray for your good fortune in exchange for your help. The exchange can be whatever honors the giver and the receiver, but both need to be honored.
The Tomodachi card represents a person who has a close friendship with the inquirer (not Onna, Otoko, or Kazoku). This can be one person, or several people, depending on the nature of the reading. It could represent someone in the inquirer’s work place, his social network, or his neighborhood. Being a friend involves caring, listening, sharing, learning, and growing with your friend. True friends never judge, and will always be there to cheer you on, or to pick you up when you fall. Life hands all of us many changes, but strong friendships adjust and grow. If your friendship is superficially-based, you’ll probably find it to be temporary.
The Fushinkou card represents lack of faith. Faith is the confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. Faith is belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. It is based upon the interpretation of the intangible instead of the physically tangible. Faith can build confidence in self and others. Faith can also be adherence to an obligation of loyalty to a person, organization, or idea. Faith is the development of pathways through doubt. The source of our lack of faith is our excessive conceit, i.e. when we think more of ourselves than of our Creator, or rely more on our conscious mind than our higher consciousness. Lack in faith makes people afraid of meeting challenges in life. We must have faith in what can be done rather than in what cannot be done.
The Gassho card represents prayer. Prayer is spiritual energy and prayer can heal. Prayer has power to the degree it is spoken with gratitude, love and purity. Pray in a grateful manner, i.e.; thank you Divine creator for my new job, new love, miracle-of-healing etc., as if it is done. However, if our prayers are not answered in the manner in which we want – we have to trust the Divine that these experiences are simply meant to be as there are times when there are lessons within the adversity to be learned or a different outcome is necessary. We may not always understand the “whys” until much later. Prayers can be answered on a whisper if the right intention is attached to the prayer.
The Goo Hage Me card represents putting heart in your work. The key to happiness is to love who you are and what you do. There can be spirituality in any type of work. If you are happy with the type of work you are doing, keep doing it. If you unhappy with your work, or work environment, try to find work that will make you happy.
The Hatsurei Ho is a method of receiving spirit and soul energy. It is a ritual cleansing action, and is used to enhance the flow of the Divine so that one is more receptive, in balance, and “ready”. It strengthens and purifies the connection to the Universal Life Force. While the mechanics of the Hatsurei Ho are different, this would be akin to visualizing Divine white/gold light coming down from above, through the crown, filling you from top to bottom, as you visualize each part of your being, with each in-breath, "lighting up" with the Divine Light. As it is a meditative act and state, the Hatsurei Ho will help lead to a deep understanding of the world, how it works, how Divine all things truly are, and especially the insight into how the Divine is working in all/through things. The practice of Hatsurei Ho inspires that feeling within that prompts one to act without thought of reward. It is that inspiring, vitalizing, propelling power that takes possession of a person and causes him to lose himself in that which he is doing – truly “being in the now moment.” An enlightened being exists only in the Now, never in the past, nor the future, just Now. The results of practicing Hatsurei Ho can be measured in terms of increased physical vitality, greater intellectual buoyancy, moral stamina, and a deeper understanding of the realities underlying all human action.
Hawayo Takata is the Reiki Master Teacher that brought Reiki to the West. The Hawayo Takata card represents a female who is the master of her trade. She excels in whatever occupation she chooses, whether it be healing, teaching, or whatever field she chooses. She has learned how to obtain oneness with all that is. She is a helper and a giver. She is also a pioneer – willing to extend what she’s learned and share her discoveries with others, regardless of their positions in life. This card can also represent someone who is a healer, one who is kind, peaceful, filled with love, and yet humble. It can represent a person who is well connected to her Higher Self and the Creator. This card could indicate that the inquirer already has a ministry, or she is ready to create one. It can also mean that a female teacher is coming into the inquirer’s path. We must remain open to learn from those who cross our paths – even masters have more to learn on their journey.
The Hito Ni Shinsetsu Ni card represents being compassionate to yourself and others. Love yourself and love your neighbor as yourself. Take time out to listen to others. Really listen. Listening with no judgment can be a great form of compassion. There is a difference between feeling sorry for someone and showing compassion for someone. If you feel sorry for someone then it appears that you are superior. With compassion there is only love, not judgment. Others’ circumstances are what they are due to the lessons each person came to learn. Those lessons may be harsh indeed, and may appear to affect you adversely. Learn to see through the immediate to have compassion, not pity, for the individuals involved in those circumstances. Realize we are all perfect creations of the Divine and are here to interact with each other for spiritual growth. Seeing others, no matter the circumstances, as the perfect beings they are will aid you in becoming compassionate.
The Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is one of the sacred Reiki healing symbols. The general use of this symbol is for distance healing – imparting the means to connect to another over space and time. Such a connection can facilitate the healing needed to release karma. It also represents origin, back to the Akashic Records (the life records of each soul). If you are unsure of what healing action to take in a given situation, rely on the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen to connect you to your Higher Consciousness and give you the correct answer. Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen can also represent clarity of mind – “right-thinking.” Provided you keep your mind and thoughts on the truth of any situation, and the proper course of action, you will experience positive results for all involved.
The Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen can also represent resolving karmic issues and revealing past life connections.
The Kansha Shite card is about showing gratitude. When it comes to soul-stirring feelings such as love, joy, admiration, relief, and devotion, showing gratefulness for the gifts we receive, especially those that aren’t requested or we think may not be deserved, enhances our whole being. Research has shown that the happiest people are the ones who have gratitude for all that they have despite their circumstances. When things go poorly gratitude enables one to get over those situations and realize they are temporary. A grateful spirit can overcome bitterness, discouragement, depression, worry, selfishness, and loneliness. Learn to appreciate the unfolding process of life.
The Kenkou card represents the inquirer’s health. Kenkou is the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or medical condition. Health is being able to feel good and having a life of mobility, enjoyment, social relationships, optimistic expectations, and optimal individualized fitness so that one lives a full, creative, life. Our mental health is just as important – keep your thoughts positive and learn to discipline your mind. Keep your body in good health by sending it love and gratitude every day. Remember, it is the temple in which your soul resides in this lifetime.
The Kenshou Guriddo card represents a manifesting grid. A manifesting grid is a powerful tool used to visually aide in manifestations. To create a manifesting grid, begin by drawing a circle which represents Mother Earth. Within that circle, draw yourself, and all of your desires. Bear in mind these pictures need not be accurate – as long you understand what they are (intention is what counts). For Reiki practitioners, draw a Cho Ku Rei symbol over the entire picture and invoke it; for others, simply invoke the Light.
If you want something to manifest in your life, then you have to keep your attention focused on it. Focus on what you want - not on what you don’t want. Manifestation may not come as quickly as you would like, hold the positive thoughts on what you want and know it is on the way.
The Kenyoku card represents removing negative energy. Being attuned to Reiki or receiving any energy work may assist you in your release work. As the blocks that are preventing your progress are brought forward, they are released by your physical, mental (including emotional), and spiritual bodies. The effects that you may experience are widespread, and could range from irritability and crying to the inability to eat low vibration foods (like red meat). You may also be unable to tolerate negativity of any kind. In order for spiritual vibration to be raised there has to be a clearing of old patterns and thoughts that inhibit the growth of consciousness. Please keep in mind that this process is detoxifying your life. This “clearing” or “cleansing” cycle creates more space for transcendence.
The Kotodama card represents the power of sound and words. Using kotodama causes different sounds, or tones, to be sent to different parts of the body for healing purposes. A common way of using words for effectiveness and problem solving is reciting affirmations. Affirmations are statements you make that sound like facts, but which may or may not be so in the present moment. The objective is to say them in such a way that they become facts, or to reinforce facts that are only weakly believed. Criticism can kill someone’s spirit, or praise can heal someone’s spirit, so choose your words carefully. Use sounds (chanting, beautiful music, etc.) to help yourself and recommend that others use them to heal themselves. This card may be a message to speak your truth. Only speak affirmations that are true and helpful, focusing on what you want as if it is already manifested. When you talk about negative things, you are affirming those things. Think, write, and speak affirmations out loud, with confidence and power.
The Makoto card represents love, integrity, sincerity, tolerance, compassion, trust, devotion and dedication. The key solution to all problems, whether they concern an individual, a nation or the world, is Makoto. Love knows neither passion, nor lust, and love can never be defined as anything more or less than love. Remember we all want to be loved unconditionally and this starts with loving ourselves. Have compassion and understanding of your own human issues and quirks and accept them in all you encounter. Give love – bless everything and everyone that has what you want. When we fill our heart with love there is no room for fear, negative judgments, criticism and anger. Love is the fundamental motivating force behind the energies of the universe – feel that flow and be part of it. Love is the most powerful healer.
The Menkyo Kaiden card represents initiation and attunement. In the energy healing method of Reiki there are three attunements. These attunements increase the connection to the Divine incrementally. As one attains each level of attunement, the connection to the Divine is both reinforced and the strength of the connection increased. With any attunement to higher energies our soul remembers that we are all connected to source energy (the healing light of the Divine), as we are the source. As above, so below – it is time for an attunement or time to become the Master and pass the attunements so as to awaken others to what our higher purpose is here on the Earth plane. Initiation can also be the action of beginning or starting something new. To be initiated/attuned means to walk a straighter and stronger path to all that is. Each initiation/attunement creates greater spiritual enlightenment for the initiate.
The Mikao Usui card represents male energy in the life of the inquirer. It represents someone who is the master of his trade, the adept. This male energy excels in whatever occupation he chooses whether it be healing, teaching, or any other field. The Mikao Usui card represents bringing the physical, mental and spiritual bodies into complete harmony; someone who has learned how to obtain oneness with all things. This card can represent someone who is a healer, one who is kind, peaceful, filled with love, and yet humble. It can represent a person who is well connected to his Higher Self and the Creator. This card could indicate that the inquirer already has a ministry, or he is ready to create one. It can also mean that a male teacher is coming into the inquirer’s path. We must remain open to learn from those who cross our paths. Even masters have more to learn on their journey. We all are students and teachers honoring each other’s gifts and wisdom.
The Mokuso card represents meditation. Mokuso is the gateway between the physical and spiritual realm. There are many kinds of meditation – active, passive and guided meditation. Find out what works best for you and use it. It is wise to harmonize yin (calm, quiet) with yang (movement), so it is good to perform a few exercises before entering meditation. Meditation is a key to connecting with the Divine Source and receiving guidance. This daily spiritual practice will ensure your transcendence.
The Okolu Na card indicates not to get angry at others and not to make others angry with you. Anger is actually a cry for love. It is OK to get angry, but just don’t direct the anger at another person because then it boomerangs back to you. Discern if it is your issue or someone else’s. Underneath anger is always hurt and it is better to express your hurt feelings than the anger. Anger should never be held in, but should be expressed by acknowledging it and then releasing it in a non-hurtful way to others or yourself. You can't get rid of, or avoid, the things, or the people, that enrage you, nor can you change them, but you can learn to control your reactions.
The Ryouchi Kidzuki card represents intuitive awareness, or “going within” to find answers. Intuition is about trust and surrender – simply let the answer “come.” Language is inadequate to express one's intuitive knowledge. Learn to trust your intuition so that your life’s journey will flow smoothly. Each of us has a predominate form in which we receive intuitive information. It may come through feelings, images, body sensation (gut feelings) or through thoughts. When one is making a decision, pay particular attention to all of these ways that your intuition communicates with you. To be effective, put one’s ego aside as ego tends to want its own answers. We want to be pure channels of light, love, and wisdom – and an out-of-control ego can get in the way.
The Sashikaeru Ishiki card represents needing a change in consciousness. The higher consciousness suggests viewing life from your soul’s perspective of unconditional love, understanding for self and others, compassion, acceptance, and striving to be pro-active instead of re-active in all situations. Are you viewing your life through old filters?
The Sei He Ki is one of the sacred Reiki healing symbols. The Sei He Ki card represents the state of the inquirer’s emotions. Emotions get stuck somewhere in the body and then we may feel pain. Feel the pain and release it, don’t let the emotions get stuck inside. Figure out better things to say to yourself; learn attitudes and self-affirmations that will allow you to accept and release your emotions. To master your emotions, learn to accept the feelings you have relative to any given event – learn to see things from a higher perspective.
The Shinpai Suna card represents the act of worrying. Worry doesn’t provide any benefit to any given situation. It doesn’t help get rid of problems. It only causes stress and tension in the body and mind. If you worry about someone else, the blueprint goes out and the blueprint comes back. Worry is a waste of time and effort. Pick a ten minute window per day and for 10 minutes allow yourself to worry. When the time is over do not worry. Only you can control your worrisome thoughts. See your life as smooth, peaceful and serene.
The Shokkan card represents a loving touch. Touch is our first sense that we experience in our mother’s womb. Touch is an essential part of wholeness and love. From studies we know that without touch babies cannot thrive. We know from other studies that a mother’s touch can relieve pain in children. Touch can be a sign of affection and/or a non-verbal communication to another. Have you hugged someone today?
The Tomi card represents wealth and fortune, both in the physical world and in the spiritual realms. What matters most to you in your life? We all need the stability of food, clothing, and shelter. After that, where do you put your values? Are you envious of another’s wealth? Always focus and be grateful on what you have and not on what you don’t have. In other words, become a spiritual millionaire first. Realize that the universe provides a never-ending supply of wealth and fortune and you only have to tap into it by applying the Law of Attraction.
The Ware card represents one’s ego. The unhealthy face of the ego is pride, arrogance, vanity, self-importance, and self-infatuation – it truly is all about “me.” An unhealthy ego is the unrelenting enemy of all that is truly wholesome in the human experience. However, without a healthy ego people would have no desire to live, and no desire to continue the species. If the ego is controlled then it can be a motivator to thrive and achieve greatness. While transcending the ego during meditation, the conscious mind spontaneously identifies with deeper, more expansive states of consciousness, until we're left experiencing our true, Higher Self. To use ego from the perspective of Higher Self, the key is being aware of your motives – “am I doing this solely for my benefit?”