Cho Ku Rei
The first symbol of Reiki is Choku Rei. Choku is pronounced – ‘choke’ as ‘u’ is mute. Choke is pronounced with a little pause, i.e., cho-ke. ‘Rei’ is pronounced ‘Ray’. It is generally called the ‘Power symbol’. Takata Sensei translated the word Cho Ku Rei as “put the (spiritual) power here”.
This symbol starts the flowing of Reiki and is uses at the beginning of imparting treatment. The symbol 1 is used to enhance the power of Reiki or to increase the intensity of Reiki at a particular place or for a particular purpose. It is meant for sealing the energy on completion of the treatment. It solves many purposes and is used as a complete symbol in itself or together with other symbols.
Cho Ku Rei is used for protection, cleaning the body off negative energies, empower other Reiki symbols, for manifestation and to charge food, water and medicines. The symbol is used to cleanse a space or an area or a room. It is basically used by practitioners to cleanse an area or room for treatment. The drawing of the symbol is meant for filling the room or area with love and light. It is drawn on the walls, ceiling, corners or the floor. Mentally throw light in the room with the intent that it gets full of light. You need to mark it on the objects you want to clean and work for your highest good. For charging objects with Reiki, draw the symbol on the object and charge it for a few minutes with Reiki.
The Cho Ku Rei symbol is used to focus power selectively. You can use it for more intense and powerful meditation by visualizing or drawing it over your body. Or, you can concentrate over the symbol itself or invoke it mentally. Visualizing it around you is great protection. It is used to concentrate energy on hand or problem areas. The symbol is a type of a guarantee for protection and you can also draw it on something like paper and place it below or above the things you want to be filled with Reiki.
You can use the symbol anywhere you like to cleanse the object or place off any negativity. It clears the negative areas of energy and brings very strong channels of positive energy. You can draw it over food and water before you eat or drink. It can cleanse crystals and you can wear them after cleaning. You can draw them over items of personal care like shampoo or shower or things similar. It overcomes negative resistance patterns and cures pain and other physical ailments.
“It is very simple, but …remember that it is very powerful” – Takata Sensei.