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Boost Your Sanity With These Essential Oils For Depression

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Humanity has used essential oils for centuries for an array of purposes. Their most popular use has always been a medicine capable of treating a wide array of diseases. Their popularity once frayed, but it recently picked up following science’s declaration that essential oils indeed have vast medicinal properties.

Different types of essential oils have different medicinal effects. Some are capable of treating a wide range of mental conditions, including depression. In this article, I will share important information about essential oils for depression. I will also let you in on how we use the oils for treatment in Ayurvedic aromatherapy. It will help you to live a positive life.

The Origin of Essential Oils

It is important to understand how they make essential oils to appreciate how they work so well with our body. Essential oils are extracted from a wide variety of plants and flowers. They are extracted from different parts of the plants depending on the oils. We extract Basil oil, for instance, from the roots while we extract cinnamon oil from the bark.

The exact extraction methods vary, but they have been improving over the centuries. Essential oils are highly refined today thanks to years of research as well as the utilization of technology. Consequently, they have become more effective, and their uses have diversified.

Top Four Best Essential Oils for Depression

There are several types of essential oils proven effective by science against depression. However, some work faster than others do.

Jatamansi

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Jatamansi is revered as the most powerful essential oil against depression in ancient Indian medicine. Modern science supports this too as it has discovered that Jatamansi increases levels of GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid), which has healing effects of depression, anxiety, and a variety of other mental conditions.

The oil also increases the production of monoamines in the body, and these too reduce the effects of depression and anxiety. We use Jatamansi to treat depression by inhalation or ingesting it orally. It is a heavy sedative, and I recommend using it in a relaxed and settled setting.

Holy Basil

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We categorize Holy Basil among adaptogens, a class of drugs that bring balance to the body and mind. It has numerous medicinal properties and it one of the best essential oils for depression.

Holy Basil cures stress, depression, and anxiety by decreasing the production of a hormone known as corticosterone. Science links this hormone with feelings of stress and depression. This essential oil also reduces the production of other hormones associated with stress and promotes the production of relaxing hormones.

Holy basil is safe to ingest orally, inhale, apply around the body, and bath with, hence making it convenient for everyone.

Lavender

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Lavender is one of the most widely used essential oils for depression, and its benefits include overcoming physical fatigue. Researchers especially credit it with potent anti-depression and anti-anxiety properties. In fact, it is so effective against anxiety that government has approved it as an anxiolytic in Germany.

Research conducted on lavender oil has revealed that it contains high levels of linalyl acetate and linalool. These hormones have a potent relaxing and calming effect on the mind as well as the body. This is what makes lavender particularly effective when it comes to curing stress and anxiety. It also works well for the body for those who always feel fatigued.

Lavender is very convenient, and you can apply it in two ways: by ingesting it as capsule drops and through inhalation. I suggest that you complement both applications for quick results.

German Chamomile

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Chamomile is popular as a sleep-inducing essential oil. Its sleep-inducing properties treat depression and anxiety. One of the ways it beats depression is by stimulating the brain to secrete relaxation hormones. The other way it does this is by working through the stomach.

Sandwiched among other organs in the stomach is the Enteric Nervous System, popularly referred to as the body’s “second brain”. This organ contributes to bad moods, stress, and depression when exposed to inflammation. German Chamomile is effective in curing inflammation in the stomach, hence reducing the chances of suffering from stress and depression.

We ingest German chamomile to get the most out of its anti-depressant and anti-anxiety benefits. You can also inhale it just like many other essential oils for depression.

How to Use Essential Oils for Depression

There are several ways to use essential oils to cure depression. The applications depend on the type of essential oil as well as the patient’s preferences. They include:

Inhalation

Inhalation is the best way of using essential oil to cure depression. The nose connects to an important sensory organ known as the olfactory nerve. All scents that pass through this nerve directly transmit to the brain for purposes of smell. This, consequently, hastens the effect of essential oils when it comes to depression (a condition affecting your brain).

We inhale Essential oils for depression directly or burn them with incense. This, again, depends on the type of essential oil as well as the patient’s preferences. They have a calming and soothing effect that is often accompanied by the release of hormones capable of fighting depression.

Direct Application

Just as the olfactory nerve transmits all scents directly to the brain, other organs and nerves all over the body are also capable of transmitting signals and other elements to the brain. However, these take more time and effort. Therefore, applying essential oils to the body also helps to fight and cure depression.

We apply directly through massages to the whole body. The sensation felt during massage also helps to calm the mind and produce relaxation hormones that also contribute to the treatment. However, complement direct application with inhalation to ensure maximum effect, especially in severe depression cases.

Aromatic Baths

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Aromatic baths combine both inhalation and skin application when using essential oils for depression treatment. You simply add several drops of essential oils to warm bathing water and soak in it. The oil runs all over our body, as you inhale the steam generated from the warm water. This method, consequently, is the most effective.

Disclaimer

Please note that this article is purely based on the known effects of essential oils against depression. Do not confuse it with treatment advice. Depression is a serious mental condition, and I advise you to visit a physician for proper medical care.


Katya Ki is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Feng Shui Master, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Shakti Mudra For Reconnecting With the Divine Mother Within

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Shakti Mudra got its name in honor of Shakti. In Sanskrit, Shakti means “power” or “empowerment,” and mudra means “gesture,” “mark,” or “seal.” In the Hindu Pantheon of deities, Shakti is the consort of Lord Shiva. As you may know, Shiva is the personification of cosmic consciousness and the static masculine principle of the Universe. And Shakti is the dynamic feminine principle of the Universe that opposes it. Both of these principles are present in every person, they are equally important for both women and men.

By practicing this beautiful mudra we can reconnect to the Divine Mother within us all.

If you are overly stressed, suffer from anxiety, insomnia or muscle spasms Shakti mudra is what you need!

In this article, I will share with you what Shakti mudra is, what its benefits are and how to perform it.

What Is a Mudra?

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Mudra” can be translated as “seal”, “mark”, or “gesture”. Hence Mudras are symbolic gestures practiced with the hands and fingers.

Connecting the fingers in certain combinations, we can activate the meridians and direct energy throughout the body. Different positions of the fingers have the ability to close or clear the energy channels. In addition, performing this or that mudra, we affect the biologically active points of the palms and fingers.

Mudras are invented for the correct redirection of energy in the body, for the control of prana and for changing the psycho-emotional state. Also, with their help, you can eliminate problems in the body and in the mind by pressing on particular acupuncture points.

Shakti Mudra Benefits

Shakti Mudra is a very powerful practice that has lots of benefits. Here are some of them:

  • cures insomnia by calming and relaxing the individual who practices it;
  • improves the quality of sleep at night;
  • relaxes the pelvic area, offering relief to those with intestinal or menstrual discomfort;
  • calms the nervous system and can be practiced anywhere and anytime an individual is seeking relief;
  • strengthens the respiratory drive in the lower area of the chest;
  • increases the immune system;
  • influences the Sacral chakra (Svadhisthana);
  • deepens the effect of such meditative poses like Padmasana (lotus pose), Malasana (garland pose), Utkata Konasana (goddess pose);
  • helps to reconnect to the Divine Mother within us;
  • deepens meditation.

You should definitely consider Shakti mudra practice if you are overly stressed, suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia or muscle spasms!

How Does It Work?

When the fingers of our hands are connected in a certain mudra, we are in connection with the power of the cosmos and the energy of the Universe. Each of our fingers is a symbol of connection with a certain planet and life-creating elements.

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Thumb represents the Fire element (Agni).

The index finger is associated with the energy of the Air element.

The middle finger is responsible for the Ether.

The ring finger connects us to the energy of the Earth.

The pinkie represents Water.

Each finger of the hand corresponds to certain energy. And each phalanx of each finger is responsible for a specific part of the body.

In addition, each finger is connected with different parts of the body and internal organs. By performing mudras with your hands, you definitely stimulate those parts of the body and organs that are directly connected to the energy channels that pass through the palms and fingers.

How to Perform Shakti Mudra?

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1. Place your palms in front of your chest.

2. Connect the pads of the pinky and ring fingers together.

3. Fold your thumbs into the palms and wrap the index and middle fingers around the thumb.

4. Press the knuckles of the index and middle fingers together.

Optional: Lower the hands to just below the navel.

While performing this mudra breathe deep. Try to keep your focus on your breath. Gradually slow down the breath, making the exhalation longer.

Visualization

It’s very beneficial to perform a simple visualization while practicing Shakti mudra. For doing this, simply imagine different images of green color. These can be trees, glades, and landscapes. You can imagine being surrounded by a green forest. Focus on the healing power that this forest charges you with. By breathing deeply inhale the fresh air of this forest and feel how it nourishes your body, mind, and spirit. With the exhale release all the tension, stress, and pain that has accumulated in your body over the years. Let your body heal itself!

Affirmation

During your Shakti mantra practice you can also say the following affirmation:

“My essence is filled with calmness, harmony and deep peace”.

Additional Recommendations

You can perform Shakti mudra in a supine position, including on your side. It is not recommended to practice it for more than 12 minutes three times a day, because there is a great risk of lethargy.

Enjoy your practice!


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Pranic Healing: Overcome Modern Day Ailments with Life Energies

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Often we struggle with conditions that modern medicine finds it hard to demystify. However, Mother Nature is always at hand to heal our minds and bodies with her age-old techniques. One such avenue to tap into nature’s healing power is through pranic healing.

What is it? How does it work? Is it ideal for your situation?

These are some of the common questions that this quick guide seeks to address. Are you ready to unlock what Mother Nature has in store for you? Keep reading!

So What Is Pranic Healing?

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Pranic healing is a non-invasive treatment. It involves a meditation practice that sets the flow of prana energy (also called Kundalini) in our bodies. As a result, it restores our wellness and breathes life to our bodies and minds.

Pranic healing gets its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Prana’. It means a life-giving force or a vital principle. As per Indian belief, this helpful prana energy is all around us. Hence, we use meditation to tap this life force and use it to restore life into our bodies.

Meditation TechniqueAim
Natural BreathingIt is the basic pranic healing technique.
Here, we become conscious of our
breathing patterns. Consequently,
it soothes and relaxes the mind and body.
Basic Abdominal BreathingIt involves learning to breathe with our
diaphragm. This way, we make use of all
parts of our lungs. As a result, our
internal organs gain from improved
breathing.
Thoracic BreathingThis breathing way uses more energy
than the abdominal one. Hence, we
learn the right way to expand
the ribcage and not the diaphragm.
It prepares participants for other
detailed yogic breathing sessions.
Clavicular BreathingIt involves learning how to breathe
under lots of stress. Here, you master
how to allow lots of air into your lungs
and arrest any medical issue. It is
excellent on asthma attacks, blocked
or obstructed airwaves, and emphysema.
Yogic BreathingThis technique is about breathing
using both the clavicular, abdomen,
and chest areas. It works well
to promote optimal inhalation and
exhalation. The participant learns
how to use these three areas in exact
proportions.
Deep BreathingHere, the participant uses a timer
or clock to check the breathing
periods. This way, they learn to take
deep and smooth breaths and hold
them for longer. These gulps of air
assist in massaging the internal
organs. It also helps in lowering
blood pressure, stress, and anxiety.
The participant learns to take in more
oxygen with every breath. In addition,
it relaxes the nervous system and helps
prepare expectant mothers for labor.

How do we achieve this?

The Principle Behind Pranic Healing and Pranayama

Pranayama is a set of meditation habits that are part of a pranic healing session. Here, the persons guide their breathing to raise prana energy through the spine. In turn, when the prana enters the sixth chakra, one gets enlightenment.

Other pranic healing techniques include:

  1. Interrupted Breathing – Anuloma Viloma
  2. Alternate Nostril Breathing  –  AnulomVilom
  3. Cooling Breath – Kaki mudra, Sheetali, Sitkari
  4. Victorious Breath – Ujjayi             
  5. Humming Bee Breath – Bhramari
  6. Bellow’s Breath – Bhastrika
  7. Right Nostril Breathing – Surya Bhedan

How Does Pranic Healing Work?

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Our spines have an energetic nerve channel that runs on either side of the spine. The prana energy sips upward through this channel. As it does so, our breath draws to the lungs, resulting in a reawakening of the senses.

Even so, as the prana energy shifts downward, it becomes Apana energy. This new life force induces the person to exhale. In turn, he detaches from the conflicting forces of the outside world.

Through inhalation, we get happy and excited about prana energy. Meanwhile, we conquer depression, anxiety, or any other emotional disturbance with every exhalation. 

What Should I Expect To Gain From A Pranic Healing Session?

Attain Inner Peace

Prana energy cleanses our emotions and thoughts. That way, we experience quietness and harmony. Eventually, we become mindful of our being.

Happiness and Better Health

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Pranic healing clears and activates our heart chakra. It is the heart chakra that determines our feelings of joy and happiness. In the process, our bodies respond by becoming healthy in mind and body. 

Higher Intelligence Levels

When prana energy enters our upper chakras, it revives our high intelligence. These upper chakras connect to our spirituality. They define our concentration, abstract thinking, and brain activity levels. In addition, when free, they have a ripple effect on the lower chakras like the sacral chakra.

We Heal Ourselves

By learning breathing meditation, we develop healthy habits that discourage diseases. Instead, taking good care of our minds and bodies becomes a standard routine.

We Impact Health to Others

It is not easy to sample the benefits of pranic healing and keep them to yourself. You will have the urge to want to help others restore their health as you did. Hence, in a way, pranic healing creates a ripple healing effect on those around us. That’s why you find beneficiaries start breathing meditation classes in their neighborhood.

Discover Other Positive Energies In and Around You

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As you go through a self-awakening, you become aware of how the energy in and around you spins. You’ll see how these forces impact your life. Then, you can come up with strategies to avoid the negatives and attract the positives only. 

Appreciate Your Chakras

As discussed earlier, Pranic healing works through our chakras. Therefore, as you see the results of the therapy, you’ll learn to appreciate how this anatomy of energies works.

Get Your Life Back

Pranic healing makes us aware of how our bodies react to external forces. We gain charge over many aspects of our lives. These include finances, relationships, spirituality, and health. 

Better Intuition

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A clear Third eye chakra helps us to horn our intuition. Hence, we can trust our sixth sense to direct us out of any imminent dangers or tricky situations.

Conclusion

Prana energy gives us a chance to clear our chakras and recover from common ailments. Moreover, pranic healing can become a lifestyle habit. You’ll heal and stop any sickness or emotional imbalances without using any drugs. Besides, the rounds are quite straightforward and free. Yet, the gains are priceless. Use pranic healing to awaken you today. 


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Reiki Symbols: Meanings, Purpose, and Practice

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Reiki symbols are both a visual and auditory focus, although in the Western tradition the main importance is given to the visual aspect. Thus, the Symbols not only increase the power of Reiki but also serve as the focus for our intentions.

In this article, I will share with you the basic Reiki symbols, their meaning, purpose, and the sacred energy that each of them expresses.

Symbols in Reiki

Reiki symbols have always been surrounded by mystery and have been recognized as Sacred Symbols of great power.

In the Reiki system, the symbols are taught starting with the Second level. These symbols have always been the subject of controversy among the various Reiki schools.

A turning point in the history of the Western Reiki school was the publication of Diane Stein’s book “Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art“. Teachers of the traditional Reiki school DO NOT recommend to read this book as it violated the Reiki traditions. Diane Stein published all the Reiki symbols in that book, and this is how they became public.

The fact is that the teachers of the Traditional Reiki school teach to keep the Reiki symbols in secret in view of their sacredness.

In addition, only a person who has never experienced the Power of Reiki Symbols is able to share these symbols with the uninitiated. Those people who really understand and feel the Reiki Symbols understand the huge responsibility of keeping the Reiki traditions that prevent them from sharing the Reiki Symbols and mantras to the uninitiated.

I am a representative of the Traditional Reiki school, so in this article, I will talk about Reiki symbols without naming them or showing them. I think that this article will be useful primarily to those who have already been initiated into the Second level of Reiki, but for the rest, it will be only introductory information.

The traditional Reiki school teaches the Symbols according to the Hawayo Takata method:

Stage 1: the students memorize the symbols;
Stage 2: the students practice drawing the symbols on paper;
Stage 3: the students destroy the paper with the symbols.

Now Reiki practitioners use many additional Symbols, but most practitioners use the four basic Reiki symbols.

Reiki students get introduced to the Three Reiki Symbols when they get attuned into the Second level of Reiki. And the fourth Reiki symbol they learn when they become Reiki Masters.

Originally, the symbols were not part of the Reiki system. Mikao Usui started using them when he began introducing Reiki to people unfamiliar with spiritual practices. In other words, he was using symbols to help people in spiritual development. Reiki symbols were supposed to be a focus for the mind, as well as mantras.

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The Use Of Reiki Symbols

The Reiki symbols that Dr. Usui used in the initiation process have tremendous energy that can awaken certain areas of consciousness and teach us how to create the material out of the immaterial, whether it’s healing the body, building relationships, or coping with life situations.

Reiki practitioners should be well prepared before beginning to learn the art of Reiki symbols. Because the symbols are sacred, they are revealed to a practitioner only at the right time. To comprehend their true meaning is possible only after preparation. The practitioner should have a strong spiritual background and at least a couple of years of regular Reiki healing practice based on Reiki Level 1 before he/she gets introduced to the Reiki symbols.

The Reiki symbols are carriers of very powerful sacred energy and in various combinations are able to awaken creative intelligence. They help us to make a qualitative leap to another level of consciousness. The Symbols reveal the universal truth, and we gain deep knowledge when we start interacting with their energy.

Moreover, Reiki symbols contribute to the strengthening of the human energy body, which makes the process of awakening irreversible. They also help to accelerate karma, increase endurance, and eternal vigilance.

Traditional Reiki Symbols

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When our thoughts are concentrated, we can put them into action. That’s what the Sacred symbols are for.

As already mentioned, the second level of Reiki opens access to the three Reiki Symbols. And the third Reiki level opens access to the fourth – Master symbol.

Each Symbol corresponds to a mantra, which is the sound vibration of the Symbol and some Masters also say that the mantras are basically the names of the symbols. By chanting the mantra, you focus on the intention, and the form turns into the essence.

So, the traditional Reiki symbols are:

1st symbol – CKR

This symbol activates the process, leads the energy in the right direction for achieving the desired result. The energy of this symbol moves in a spiraling direction from limitless potential through thought and essence. CKR symbol focuses on physical body healing.

2nd symbol – SHK

This symbol takes the practitioner to the mental and emotional energy levels. It focuses on the emotional body healing and works through our subconsciousness.

3rd symbol – HSZSN

This symbol creates a so-called “bridge” between us and the person and/or the situation in which we want to heal or harmonize. It focuses on the mental body healing and works through our consciousness.

Understanding the Reiki Symbols

Every Reiki practitioner should establish a connection with each Symbol and the aspect of Reiki energy that is embodied in them. Having an inner understanding of the vibrations accompanying the Reiki symbol’s mantras, we can completely abandon them and concentrate immediately on the manifestation of the energy associated with the particular symbol.

You should understand that it’s not easy. It may take years of meditation before you can achieve this. But with regular practice, you will achieve the desired results!

In most Reiki schools, the Masters teach the four basic symbols. However, there are many other symbols obtained through channeling by the creators of the new Reiki schools. In this article, I will share with you only those symbols that are traditionally used in Reiki, their characteristics, as well as the energy that is expressed through them.

Now let’s go deeper into the understanding of each of the four Reiki symbols.

Symbol 1: CKR

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The shape of the First symbol (also known as CKR symbol) is at least partly found outside Japan. This symbol is also found in Indian and Celtic culture. Partially it’s expressed in the SO and CHA symbols of the SOLANCHA system.

In Japanese teachings, on which relied Mikao Usui, Symbol 1 is connected with Earth energy. And as we know, Earth energy is necessary for grounding. It is also associated with the Hara.

Connecting with this symbol while meditating on it will help you increase your energy level and straighten your Hara.

CKR symbol focuses energy on what you direct it to and amplify it.

Symbol 1, like all the others, can be used alone or in combination with others.

In order to activate the Symbol, it is necessary to say its mantra three times.

Mantra CKR

The mantra of this symbol translates as “power increase” or “placing all the powers of the universe here”.

Symbol 1 (CKR) Characteristics

Meaning: power, energy.

Purpose: directs energy towards desired results.

Tasks:

  • serves as a catalyst;
  • activates and enhances energy.

Possible Benefits:

  • the physical body healing;
  • gives other symbols extra energy;
  • concentrates energy on a particular goal;
  • energy protection;
  • purifies and energizes water and food;
  • cleanses and charges crystals and any other healing stones;
  • purifies and energizes any material objects.

So, Symbol 1 is used to increase power. When you visualize Symbol 1, your access to Reiki energy increases several times. CKR focuses energy on one point, calling for the Divine help in healing.

Symbol 2: SHK

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In Western teachings, Symbol 2 is associated with physical and mental well-being. In the Japanese tradition, it is associated with harmony. I support both of these associations since SHK energy grants calmness of mind and emotional balance.

Unlike Symbol 1, Symbol 2 uses the energy of Heaven, which is also called “Light”. Working with this energy helps to develop intuition and psychic abilities because it is related to the mind. Moreover, Symbol 2 helps us to make contact with the energy of the Higher Self, or Spirit.

You can draw or visualize this Symbol when you need to better understand the situation. In traditional teaching, practitioners draw this symbol on their Third eye chakras during the Reiki healing sessions. In distance Reiki healing, it is recommended to focus on this symbol when the patient is experiencing psychological or emotional distress.

Symbol 2 has very subtle energy. Therefore, usually, it takes more time for a Reiki practitioner to feel it. However, regular meditations on this symbol will eventually help you to start feeling it and then you will discover its great power. Symbol 2 can be used in a combination with Symbol 1 to enhance emotional cleansing.

Mantra SHK

This mantra translates as “Earth and Heaven become one”. Or some Masters may translate it as “God and man become one”.

Symbol 2 Characteristics

Meaning: healing, harmony, happiness.

Symbol: embryonic state, the beginning of the external form.

Purpose: to bring harmony and healing.

Tasks:

  • calm and relax the mind;
  • open direct access to the subconscious levels.

Different Ways to Use the SHK Symbol:

Reiki energy penetrates where healing is needed at any level: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. When we use Symbol 2, we direct energy to the emotional level, and this is the key to effective healing. Painful emotions or trauma that are deeply hidden in our subconsciousness, come to the surface. Only after emotional relief, can we expect that healing from physical illness will occur. Anger, despair, rage, grief are the most common root factors that create disease.

Reiki Animal Healing with SHK Symbol

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Pets cleanse houses and people from negative emotions. If the family is in crisis, the pet takes the hit and is not always able to cope with it. One way or another, your pet’s health is a reflection of your energy or the energy of the environment you live in.

Reiki practitioners use Symbol 2 to help relieve emotional pain in pets as well as in humans. When I use SHK in my healing sessions for pets, along with the healing, the emotional blocks of the owner of the pet get released. I often receive information about the root problem of the pet’s disease during the Reiki session. Usually, this information comes through the SHK symbol. And its always connected to the emotional problems of the owner of the pet.

Example of Reiki Animal Healing With the Help of SHK

I’ll share with you one example from my practice. I was healing a cat who accidentally damaged his back. This severe damage affected his paws so he couldn’t walk. When I was giving a healing session to the cat, the information about his owner came through the SHK symbol. The information was about his owner.

The owner’s daughter just a month ago moved out of the house and went to college. So the mother (the owner) was suffering a lot because she didn’t know how to live without her beloved daughter always being around. She was afraid of thinking about the future and moving forward. So, her cat took this emotional block on himself and he couldn’t move because of the fears of his “mom”.

After explaining this to my client she took the responsibility and started working on healing her emotional trauma along with Reiki healing sessions for her cat. In a couple of months of our “teamwork”, the cat was able to walk again!

How Does SHK Work?

Symbol 2 focuses energy on the emotional body and thus enhances its effect. This helps the patient to focus on the specific emotional blocks and quickly get rid of them.

Use the SHK symbol at the beginning of the healing session or when it’s necessary.

I noticed that sometimes Reiki practitioners (including myself) forget to use the SHK symbol. And this is totally ok! The thing about this symbol is that you should always trust your intuition whether you need to use it or not. If you remembered to use this symbol during your Reiki session – it’s great! But if you forgot about it, then there was no need to use it. When you’re performing intuitive healing, the intuition should lead the process.

SHK and Kundalini

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Many Reiki practitioners use Symbol 2 as a tool for helping the Kundalini awakening. You may notice that this symbol makes Kundalini practices and meditations go much easier and smoother.

Symbol 3: HSZSN

Symbol 3 is composed of 5 Japanese hieroglyphs (Kanji) that can be read as a phrase.

In western Reiki schools, HSZSN is used for distant Reiki sessions. Japanese Reiki system uses this symbol as “a connection tool”. And it makes sense. For performing distant Reiki healing, we have to establish a real connection with the Universe and with the patient. From a certain point of view, when we send healing, we do not act as if we are separated from the patient. We become one with him/her so that he/ she can heal himself/herself.

Meaning: connection, unity, purpose.

SHK Mantra translates as “No past, no present, no future”. Some Masters use another translation – “The Buddha in me contacts the Buddha in you”. Or you may also hear another translation of this mantra – “God in me recognizes God in you’.

When we are using the SHK symbol we go beyond time and space. This is how we are able to send energy distantly and even to the past (for example, when we’re performing past trauma healing) or the future (for example, when we performing manifesting of the goals or harmonizing the situation).

Tasks:

  • establishing the connection with a person/event/situation beyond time and space;
  • creating unity between the beginning and the end;
  • building “a bridge” between “the Divine in me” and the Divine in another person or situation;
  • cleansing the space.

Different Ways to Use the HSZSN symbol:

The HSZSN Symbol Is a Portal to the Akashic Records

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The symbol 3 is often used as a portal to the Akashic Records. By meditating on the 3rd symbol you can get access to the information about your karmic goals, lessons, agreements, and debts which can help you to establish your karmic healing.

Past-Present-Future Healing

When working with Symbol 3, the lines between the past, present, and future are blurred. This symbol shows you that your past, present, and future exist in the same time-lapse. So, the first step in working with this symbol is learning how to feel this.

When you keep working with the HSZSN symbol you will discover that now it’s much easier for you to receive information about the future through this symbol. Let me share with you one helpful trick on how to see the future timelines easier. You simply need to tap into the feeling of unity of the present and the future moment. And then draw the HSZSN symbol two times. The double HSZSN symbol will create a “gate” into future timelines.

Though you’ll be able to see future events, keep in mind that there is an unlimited quantity of possible timelines in the future. So, you never know which one you’ll be able to see. You may see the one that is the closest to the one you’re on right now. But keep in mind that if you change your behavior or make different choices then you may switch the timeline to another one. And it’s possible to see that timeline through the HSZSN symbol too.

Symbol 4: DKM

When a Reiki practitioner becomes a Reiki master, he/she gains access to the 4th Reiki symbol which is also called the Master symbol. This symbol also consists of hieroglyphs.

Symbol 4 is rooted in Buddhist traditions. It is found in the sacred text of Mikkyō – a part of Tendai Buddhism teaching followed by Mikao Usui. This symbol is also used in an esoteric Buddhist ritual in which the follower becomes one with the Buddha’s true nature and reveals his inner light. That is why Usui chose this symbol as the highest symbol of development in Reiki practice.

In the Western Reiki system, this symbol is associated with the mastery of spiritual practice. In Japanese tradition, it is associated with the acquisition of power.

The Purpose

Reiki Master Cosmos Image

The main purpose of the Master symbol is to establish a direct connection with one’s inner Master.

Your Inner Master is the part of you that has already reached enlightenment. This part is hidden from us, but we gain it through consistent spiritual practices.

The master symbol attracts the energy of the higher vibration, which enhances the healing result.

The DKM symbol can be used in combination with other Reiki symbols to strengthen them and purify the intent behind the Reiki practice. This Symbol sheds light on any situation; physical, mental or spiritual condition. In addition, it clears all obstacles in the way of solving problems, even the most profound ones.

Meditation on the DKM Symbol

When we are meditating on this Symbol it helps us develop self-awareness and promotes spiritual development.

One way to meditate on this symbol is to draw it in front of you and enter it as if it was a hologram. During meditation, it often takes some color, most often it becomes violet. You can intuitively visualize it in a specific color to enhance the energy.

The DKM Mantra

This mantra translates as “Great Enlightenment” or “Bright Shining Light”. There are many other translations of this mantra. However, all translations refer to “the Light”. Therefore, when pronouncing this mantra, we should visualize the Light.

Alignment With Reiki Symbols

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Before you start using Reiki symbols in your healing practice, you should make sure you’re aligned with each of them. To achieve it you need to perform the alignment practice with each symbol. This practice will make you capable of using Reiki symbols effectively. Also, it will increase your visualization abilities, improve your healing power, harmonize your life, and balance your spiritual path.

Usually, the alignment practice is performed daily for at least 30 minutes for 21 days after initiation. However, I noticed that not all Reiki masters teach this practice. And many Reiki practitioners use Reiki symbols without being aligned with them. Some masters explained to me that it’s due to the fact that along with the attunment you get automatically aligned with the symbols. However, I cannot agree with this.

You see, Reiki attunement is the initiation into the Reiki system. And the alignment with the symbols is the result of your consistent spiritual practice. A Reiki Master doesn’t have the ability to align you with the symbols. This is your own responsibility and your path.

After I tell people about the alignment practice and they start consistently performing it, they see how much easier it is for them to feel the Symbols’ energy and how much more effective their Reiki healing sessions are. Therefore, if for some reason your Reiki Master didn’t introduce you to the alignment practice, you can do it now. I’m sure very soon you will see amazing difference in your Reiki practice.

The Alignment Practice (Meditation)

Here are quick instructions on how to perform the alignment practice. But keep in mind, that this practice is designed only for those Reiki practitioners that have already received the Level 2 (and up) Reiki attunement.

  1. Take a sitting posture for meditation. Make sure that your arms and legs are not crossed. Take a couple of deep breaths until you feel that your body completely relaxed.
  2. Invite the Reiki Energy with the intention of aligning with the Sacred Reiki Symbols.
  3. Raise your hand in front of you with the palm open and directed away from you. Draw in the air in front of you Symbol 1 (CKR) and say its mantra 3 times. Alternatively, you can draw the symbol in the air in front of you with your index finger or with your index and middle fingers folded together. Visualize the Symbol where you drew it. Now enclose it between your palms.
  4. Close your eyes and continue holding the CKR symbol between your palms. Keep saying the CKR mantra for at least 10 minutes (preferably aloud, but if not possible, then whisper or say it mentally).
  5. Raise your hands with the CKR symbol between them above your head and place the symbol in your Crown chakra. Visualize the CKR symbol entering your Crown chakra, spreading throughout your body and merging with it.

Perform the same actions for aligning with other symbols.

The Bottom Line

There are lots of misleading information about Reiki symbols all over the Internet. You can also see lots of books about the symbols and their interpretation. Obviously, this article is just a summarized guide to Reiki symbols but doesn’t include the full information about them. How can you recognize the true information about Reiki symbols? I always follow one simple rule – if the book or Internet article includes the pictures or names of the symbols, then I can’t fully trust the information in it. The main rule about Reiki symbols is that their images and mantras should be kept secret and if the author doesn’t follow this rule, then he/she probably doesn’t really understand the sacredness of the information he/she shares.


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