Updated: Aug 27
Reiki symbols represent spiritual gateways to certain manifestation types of the Universal Source of Life Force energy and Cho Ku Rei (CKR) is probably the most flexible of them all.
What Is Cho Ku Rei And The Meaning Of This Symbol
The meaning of Cho Ku Rei is: "Place the power of the universe here". Cho Ku Rei is also considered as one of the first symbols used in Usui Reiki. Cho Ku Rei works as a “switch” that helps to instantly increase Reiki practitioners’ ability to channel their energies. It can also be used for protection. Cho Ku Rei also gives the other symbols more power when they are used together. The main purpose of using it is to enhance the power of Reiki and draw the energy around and concentrate it on the required purpose. The symbol can be used any time during treatment but it is especially effective if it is used at the beginning of a session. The symbol can be drawn in both counter and spiral clockwise directions.
It starts with a horizontal line which represents a connection with universal energy.
A straight, vertical line follows, which indicates the light flowing through the Soul Star Chakra and continuing to the Crown and to the rest of the primary chakras.
The seven intersections of the circles symbolically indicate the seven primary chakras.
How To Use Cho Ku Rei On Yourself
To activate Cho Ku Rei on your palms simply draw it using the dominant hand on the non-dominant one and vice-versa.
After that, you can draw the Reiki symbol on your main energy centers to cleanse them – (top of the head, third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, navel, and inguinal).
The energy of CKR will then activate and protect them.
Cho Ku Rei can help you get into a better mood by boosting your energy and removing fatigue.
You can use it on the secondary energy centers as well – eyes, ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and feet.
This will create what some practitioners call an “armor of light”.
For even more robust protection you can draw CKR on the whole front of the body and visualize it on your back as well.
This method can be used before and after self-treatment or treatment of others.
The Cho Ku Rei Reiki symbol can remove any blockages or residual energies and cleanse the place on which is drawn.
Also if you draw one small CKR on each finger you create a “hand of light” which can be very helpful in deep cleansing the energy fields of yourself and others.
A Couple Of General Uses
Before you go to sleep, draw Cho Ku Rei on all your energy centers to relax and rest.
When you feel pain in an area use CKR to help revitalize it. For best results keep your hands above that particular region for about 5-10 minutes.
For extra grounding – draw CKR on each foot and visualize how you become more anchored to the ground.
Together with the emotional healing symbol Sei He Ki and Reiki distance healing symbol Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen, they form a sequence that enables you to channel the universal energy in a very efficient manner.
How To Use Cho Ku Rei Reiki Symbol For Cleansing And Protection
You can draw Cho Ku Rei on all of your primary and secondary energy centers, as well as on the front and back of your body. This will cleanse you and activate an aura of protection around you.
Using CKR between you and another person will create a barrier of energy keeping you safe from negative intentions.
But be aware that communicating with the person after drawing CKR between the two of you, can become difficult. The effect will fade away after some time so be clear of your intentions.
The same happens if you draw the symbol between you and an angry animal – it will keep away its negative energy (but not the animal itself). Don’t draw the symbol directly on the animal!
Some Common Uses
I recommend using Cho Ku Rei on the food and drinks you consume.
These can sometimes store a lot of energy, especially the energy print of the person who cooked it.
Even if you’re the one who cooked the dish, I would strongly recommend using CKR directly on the food before consuming it. By keeping your hands above it for 5-10 minutes will have an even deeper cleansing effect.
NOTE: when used on drinks, there is a high probability that the taste might slightly change from the original one. This effect is also likely to occur if you keep your palms around your drink for about 10 minutes or so.
The same concept works when you draw CKR on plants and keep them in your hands, or have your palms around them for about 10 minutes. Reiki supports organic life so this action will help your plants grow healthy.
If you wish to use Cho Ku Rei to protect your house, I would recommend drawing the symbol:
on each wall
at every corner of the room (top and bottom)
on the ceiling and floor
in the center of the room
On top of a guarding effect, this will cleanse the room of old energy prints as well as residual or negative.
You may even draw CKR on any electronic device or any physical object that belongs to you.
This will enhance the object’s use as well as protect it from negative thoughts and even theft.
CKR symbol works very well when cleansing and activating crystals. This will increase their energy field and power.
Using Cho Ku Rei For Blockages
First, we must understand what an energetic blockage is:
Through our body flows energy, more specifically, both universal and our own.
Together they form the vibration of our body.
This amount of energy is filtered at one point through the chakra system. This flow gets interrupted or slowed down, due to our exposure to negative and different vibration energies. That’s when we call that there is an energetic blockage in a certain part of our body.
Cho Ku Rei can eliminate and release these blockages and re-establish the correct flow of energy.
When used on small intensity hemorrhages, that occurred from mild cuts or accidents, it may cause them to bleed slightly more for a very short time. This effect will lead to faster healing and eventually stop the bleeding.
If you are anxious, nervous, or angry, use CKR to calm you down by drawing it on the crown and third eye energy centers. As you visualize the symbol becoming brighter and brighter, you’ll surround yourself with calm and serenity.
Using CKR For Your Career and/or Money
Before an interview or an important job meeting, use CKR on your third eye energy center. It will calm you down, making you more relaxed and self-confident. You will see the “big picture” and help you make the right decision.
Visualize the currency you are most interested in and see it inside the CKR symbol. You may also use this method to send gratitude to all the payments and the products or services you have received.
Using CKR For Gratitude
Think of all the good things, events, and people you have met in your life. Visualize them either on the bright sky or through meditation, and seal everything with a big CKR. Add a feeling of serenity to amplify the effect.
For me, Cho Ku Rei is more than a symbol. It is a way of life because it integrates seamlessly into my daily routine and practice. You can go deep and more specific with other symbols, but you always have CKR.
Use it in therapy or in your daily life, to boost your confidence or cleanse something you interact with. It offers protection and lays a layer of good over everything you may come in contact with.