Reiki symbols

QUESTION: Masters, recently I was looking for new opportunities of learning about energy and I thought it was a nice idea for me to continue another level of Reiki that I started 5 years ago. But along the way I thought of an interesting question: are Reiki symbols really necessary in channeling love energy? If I just use my hands and my intention to bring love energy from the universe is it effective and have the same amount of energy as Reiki using symbols? ~Regina, Brazil

ANSWER: The effectiveness depends on your beliefs about the needed actions. Anyone can use the universal life force, or unconditional loving Source energy, at any time, for any reason, merely by presenting the intention to the universe. You don’t need symbols or even hand signals unless you believe they are needed.

All healing energy does is balance the physical body back to its original state. It takes two people to accomplish that: the practitioner who is calling on the energy and directing it to the client, and the client having the faith that the energy is going to help them restructure their physical infirmity.

The practitioner must not become vested in the outcome or think that they are the reason for any healing that is accomplished, beyond being the conduit for the energy.

The client must accept that they can be healed and maintain that intention throughout the sessions. If they have doubts about the effectiveness, it diminishes the results. If they have called the imbalance in the first place, like thinking they will get breast cancer because so many of their relatives have had it, they may bring the disease back unless they can accept their own ability to create the reality within which they live.

Some Reiki students believe that the flow of energy cannot begin unless they invoke the Reiki symbols. This initially was taught so that only those chosen by the teacher would be regarded as able to conduct the energy. Intention is the only “tool”
needed to get the energy flowing.

All forms of energy healing, regardless what titles they go by, use the same universal energy. Some have even more symbols and procedures than Reiki – but they too may begin with intention alone.