Cho Ku Rei: Explore The Untapped Potential Of A Versatile Reiki Symbol

Reiki symbols represent spiritual gateways to certain manifestation types of the universal source of life force energy, and Cho Ku Rei is probably the most flexible of all.

It’s why it has the largest number of uses and can harmoniously support other symbols in various sequences by enhancing their attributes.

It can help connect to certain vibration levels and, therefore, encourage your spiritual growth.

Cho Ku Rei Reiki Symbol

What Does Cho Ku Rei Mean

Cho Ku Rei is the “Symbol of Power,” but not literally.

It does not provide any unique abilities, but it does assist you in concentrating a large quantity of universal energy into one area.

That’s why Cho Ku Rei can translate as:

“Placing all the power of the Universe here, now.”

You can access its vibration after the Reiki level 2 attunement.

Cho Ku Rei has the following attributes:

  • Cleansing;
  • Activation;
  • Protection;

The symbol acts as a “light switch” before starting the Reiki treatment and increases your ability to direct the energy where it’s needed.

It can also amplify the power of any Reiki symbol.

Generally speaking, you can use it to enhance the energy flow and cleanse a person, space, or object.

How To Draw Cho Ku Rei

You draw the symbol from left to right and top to bottom, starting with the horizontal line at the top.

How to draw Cho Ku Rei Reiki symbol
  1. The horizontal line symbolizes the connection with the universal energy;
  2. The vertical line represents the flow of light through the Soul Star Chakra, into the rest of the body, all the way down to the root chakra.
  3. Finally, you end the symbol with a spiral intersecting the vertical in 7 places. These indicate the presence of the 7 primary chakras.

This is how you draw Cho Ku Rei in your palm. Keep in mind that you need to preserve the exact orientation regardless of the palm you use.

How to draw the symbol in your palm?

How To Pronounce Cho Ku Rei

Cho Ku Rei Reiki symbol is pronounced: “Cho Koo Ray” [ʧoʊ ku reɪ].

It’s also possible to find the symbol as “choku rei,” an alternative form that’s more popular in the US.

How To Use Cho Ku Rei On Yourself

You can use Cho Ku Rei before and after the Reiki self-treatment and treatment on others.

Here’s how you do it:

  • Activate it on your main chakras;
  • You may also activate it on your secondary chakras: eyes, ears, shoulders, hips, knees, feet;
  • Continue with the major organs as each one has at least one chakra;
  • Draw Cho Ku Rei in front of your body and then on your back for additional protection. The easiest way to do this is to visualize it;

What Are The Benefits Of Using Cho Ku Rei In Therapy

The steps mentioned above will create an “armor of light.”

They will also:

  • Cleanse and stimulate the activation of your chakras;
  • Help boost your energy and overall mood while removing fatigue;
  • Create strong protection for your energetic and physical body;
  • Will also help remove energetic blockages, residual energies, and other negative influences;

All your efforts will be more effective with Cho Ku Rei because it helps increase the flow of energy, leading to better mental, emotional and physical health.

How To Maximize Cho Ku Rei’s Potential

There are many ways to use Cho Ku Rei to its fullest potential, and you shouldn’t limit yourself to only these examples. Feel free to explore and experiment with different approaches to suit your needs and preferences.

Remember that Reiki works mainly on intention and intuition.

Here are a few ideas that emerged from my practice and that worked well for others:

  • Activate Cho Ku Rei on your chakras before going to bed. This will help protect you during your sleep and remove any negative energies. Have a clear intention to rest without any disturbance;
  • Apply Cho Ku Rei on an area to revitalize it. For best results, stay there for about 5-10′ to relieve pain or reduce discomfort;
  • For extra grounding, you can draw the symbol on each foot and visualize how you anchor yourself to the Earth;
  • Use it between you and another person to create an energy barrier and help keep harmful intentions away. Be aware that communication may suffer while the effect lasts;
  • The same is true for animals. The symbol can absorb the negative energy and malevolent intentions but won’t affect the animal. Remember to place the symbol between the two of you and not on its body;
  • Use Cho Ku Rei in the morning for cleansing and to activate an aura of protection. Draw it on your primary and secondary energy centers, as well as on the front and back of your body;
  • Draw one small Cho Ku Rei on each finger to create a “hand of light.” Then, use it to perform deep cleansing to your energy fields. You can do this by combing the residual energy with your dominant hand and placing it in your non-dominant hand. When you’re done, send everything to the ground towards the lower dimensional levels;
Cho Ku Rei meaning and attributes.

Sometimes it’s hard to go back and forth and browse all of its uses. That’s why we decided there’s a genuine need for a more actionable and straightforward format. It’s how the “Ultimate Reiki Symbols Guide” came into existence and the one we use every time we seek a specific answer.

The Most Important Sequence Of Symbols Using Cho Ku Rei

This sequence includes the emotional healing symbol Sei He Ki and the Reiki distance healing symbol Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen.

Together with Cho Ku Rei, they form one of the most important sequences in all types of Reiki.

Cho Ku Rei + Sei He Ki + Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen enables you to access the universal life force energy in almost any situation, while amplifying its flow and power.

  • Apply it above your crown chakra to enable a continuous flow of energy;
  • Activate it on the ceiling to create a cone of light that will help cleanse the room;
  • Use it to send healing at a distance for your past, present, future, or a person (with their consent);

As said before, Reiki works on intention. That’s why it doesn’t matter how you place the symbols. You can activate them in the reverse order, and they will work just fine.

How To Cleanse Your Food And Support Life With Cho Ku Rei

Food stores the energy of the cook. That’s why it’s advisable to cleanse it before you consume it, even if you’re the one who created the dish.

Simply activate Cho Ku Rei above your food and drinks to remove any negative energies. Obviously, if you’re surrounded by people, it might feel uncomfortable to do this for too long or even draw “imaginary” signs in the air. But, in that case, you can visualize the symbol while having a clear intention.

If the environment allows it, you can perform a deeper cleansing. – Activate your palms, draw Cho Ku Rei as described above, and then hold your hands above the food for about 5-10 minutes.

NOTE: The taste of the drinks might slightly change. Liquids are, in general, more “sensitive” to energy fluctuations and may adjust their molecular structure quicker than food.

Reiki supports life, and it will only help it thrive. That’s why you can use the symbol to make your plants strong and healthy. – Draw a large Cho Ku Rei on each plant or hold your palms around them while having the intention of helping them to bloom.

Cleanse And Protect Your Home Using The Cho Ku Rei Reiki Symbol

We influence a room’s vibration according to our mood or by bringing different types of energy from the places we’ve traveled.

Apart from cleansing ourselves, it’s good practice to consider taking care of the space we rest or work in. The more we do this, the better the energy will be. This should improve our performance on all levels because the environment will also support us.

NOTE: If you’re sharing your home with others, have their consent before taking any action. Still, you have no restrictions in your own space.

Start by drawing Cho Ku Rei:

  • On each wall;
  • At every corner of the room (top and bottom);
  • On the ceiling;
  • On the floor;
  • In the center of the room;

There are a few things that will happen:

  1. You will create a layer of protection;
  2. You’ll also dissolve old energy prints and existing negative energy;
  3. It’s also possible for some stagnant feelings to arise. This is a good thing because it means you’ve cleared part of the emotional baggage and negative issues you didn’t even know existed. If this happens, take some time for yourself, meditate, or practice Reiki to slowly heal and reinstate balance;

“Secondary” Uses That Can Prove To Be Quite Helpful

  • Activate Cho Ku Rei on any electronic device or physical object that belongs to you. This will help protect it from theft and misusage. Also, the process may reveal new uses;
  • You can do the same for crystals. It will enhance their effect, cleanse them from residual energy, and even add a layer of protection;
  • If you activate Cho Ku Rei in front of you, parallel to the ground, you’ll clear the path towards your destination and protect yourself and those traveling with you on their journey;
  • Apply Cho Ku Rei on small bleeding areas to heal them. A brief burst of blood may occur, but the effect can lead to a quicker recovery;
  • If you feel anxious, nervous, or angry, use Cho Ku Rei to calm down by drawing it on the crown and third eye chakras. Visualize as the symbol becomes brighter while engulfing you with calm and serenity;

How To Handle Energetic Blockages

Before anything, it’s crucial to define energetic blockages in order to recognize them.

Through our body flows both universal and vital energy. Together they create our body’s vibration.

The chakra system filters this energy at one point, but sometimes blockages occur due to increased exposure to negative influences. These can manifest as an interrupted or decelerated flow.

You can add Cho Ku Rei to unclog this funnel and stimulate the energy stream when you practice self-treatment. This can lead to better physical health and focus.

Support Your Career And Manifest Abundance

Before we share the details, it’s important to note that “abundance” may refer to money or other types of wealth, such as love, health, or happiness.

There’s always the possibility that certain gaps exist between you and a goal you may want to reach. These obstacles occur for various reasons, and you can only ask to move closer to that outcome “for your greater good.”

We never know what the end result will look like. It can be totally different from what we initially imagined.

That’s why it’s essential to be flexible even if you actively work to achieve something.


When preparing for an interview or important meeting, you can activate Cho Ku Rei on your third eye chakra. This will bring calm and clarity to your mind, enabling you to focus on what matters. This confidence will increase your chances of seeing the “big picture,” not getting lost in details, and eventually making the right decisions.

If you wish to manifest money or physical abundance in general, visualize a large Cho Ku Rei blending with that image. Still, you may use this method to send gratitude to all the payments, products, or services you have received.

Using Cho Ku Rei For Gratitude

To be grateful and show your appreciation to the Universe, it’s important to be in a state of openness and love.

Save some time for yourself, relax, and remember all the positive things, events, or people that have contribute to your well-being.

Visualize them surrounded by a bright, white light.

Seal everything with a large Cho Ku Rei and offer a feeling of serenity at the end of this meditation.

Reverse Cho-Ku-Rei

This version is rarely used in therapy or self-treatment because its role is to flush out energy from a person or an object.

That’s why it’s advisable to use it occasionally, only for therapeutical purposes and with the patient’s consent.

Reverse Cho Ku Rei

Applying a reverse Cho Ku Rei can help calm someone and even induce a feeling of sleepiness.

NOTE: Some practitioners use reverse Cho Ku Rei as the normal one. I don’t believe this is a wrong approach as long as the intention is to benefit from the correct type of energy. For example, suppose you have difficulty visualizing the regular one, and the reverse comes to mind. In that case, your intention will dictate the results.

3D Cho-Ku-Rei

You can generally consider using this version for protection.

3 dimentional

Visualize the symbol as a coil surrounding your body from head to toes, intersecting your energy fields and chakras.

This will create a shield that will protect you from residual and negative energies.

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For me, Cho Ku Rei is more than a symbol or technique. It’s a powerful ally that I can always rely on. Moreover, it’s part of my daily life because it integrates seamlessly into my routine and practice.

Regardless of the sequence you may choose to apply in different circumstances, it is there to give you confidence and support.

Through its continuous use, it has the potential to trigger self-realization and the need for spiritual growth.

Cho Ku Rei will become stronger over time. As long as you use it consistently, you will understand why this symbol deserves thorough understanding.


Vlad and ReikiScoop

Vlad is the co-founder of ReikiScoop, a spiritual brand that supports those eager to tap into the universal life force energy through specialized courses, an actionable newsletter, and inspiring resources. He is a dedicated Reiki enthusiast and spiritual seeker who has reached the master-teacher level in Usui Reiki, Karuna, and Shamballa MDH.

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28 thoughts on “Cho Ku Rei: Explore The Untapped Potential Of A Versatile Reiki Symbol”

    • I to am reiki master of many years but only how have the time to further develope in this area of healing and find your information valuable thanks

      • Hi Mike.

        You are not alone.

        People who are looking to refresh their knowledge and bring Reiki back into their lives are a big part of our audience.

        You’re in the right place.

        Feel free to send us an email anytime you have questions or need a bit of guidance.

  1. Great article. Thank you for sharing this info.
    I got my master level some years ago. And I know I would not be living if it weren’t for its benefits. I then had an accident that left me in a very dark place for a long time. Without a good support system I lost my way.
    I would like to start practicing again. Is there anything special I need to do or is my intention good enough.
    Thankyou again for the article and any advice you can give me.

    • Hi Coral,

      There are quite a few meditations that can help you re-balance yourself from an emotional, energetic and spiritual point of view. One of them can be found in my Reiki levels 1 and 2 courses. But in the end what matters is your will, initiative, and intention to get going. You are the only one who can re-create your life. Rise and just get your intention aligned with your inner self! That’s when the good things will start manifesting in your life.


  2. Thank you for sharing this wonderful information. I was taught to use this symbol in both forms at all times. This new information sits very well with me and I will be using it now on a daily basis for my own self healing.

    • Hi Margret and thank you so much for your feedback.

      I am really grateful that you will benefit from the offered information!

      Blessings to you!

  3. Thank you for sharing this information about Cho Ku Rei. Reiki has opened up such a positive force in my life over the last 8 months. I use the symbols from my Reiki II certification almost everyday. It has taught me acceptance, healing , self compassion and the appreciation of grace each in my life. Your articles and insight are so inspiring! Thank you!

    • Hi there Dana and thank you so much for your kind words!

      I am really grateful that the offered information was useful to you and I trust that everyone who reads it will try to get the most out of it.


  4. thank you for sharing this.
    I took Reiki many years ago (20+) because I was so drawn to learning about it after receiving treatments and feeling so incredibly light. (can’t explain it really) I just loved how I was feeling (inside) – mine was more of a mental / emotional healing–
    I purposely chose 3 different teachers for each level and I’m glad I did. Hindsight – I was exposed to 3 different perspectives. I went on to open a space where I was hoping to be with like minded people – to teach and offer many holistic modalities of healing and to grow spiritually with others and learn as well. (not well accepted back then) so I had to close the space and unfortunately stopped practicing . Also, I want to mention that, in my experience, there were many curious people who wanted answers and Reiki was something very spiritual and I had no promising answers that they were looking for. ( It was my belief that IF the client was open for the healing, the possibilities were endless) And some practitioners and teachers that I came across, had many rules / limitations/beliefs that conflicted, so I eventually just moved on and stopped something I Loved.
    Sorry for the lengthy post.
    My point to this is, I really appreciated stumbling across your post today and wanted to thank you. after reading it I felt the Light within me Re-Igniting to reconnect with the Energy available to all of us. I just had to let you know the impact it had … Keep sharing your Light….

    • Hi Denise. I am so grateful that this was useful to you! Thank you for sharing your story and your kind words. I really appreciate your feedback!

      Blessings to you!

  5. I really appreciate all your articles. This one will especially assist me in a class that I am offering in September to open the crown chakra. I will use all three symbols thanks to you. With light and love. Kathy Feiner

  6. I am reiki master but I am not using reiki on my health ,I want to becomes grande master.but how much you are charging kindly inform me.

  7. Am a Reiki Master and just about launching a new venture. Can I use the Cho ku rei symbol as part of my logo? I will be helping multiple businesses succeed as part of my marketing advisory efforts and am drawn to this symbol while I was working on my logo design.
    Will it be disrespectful in any way to use it for a logo?

    • Hi there Shenaz,

      Well, the Cho Ku Rei symbol has no copyrights attached to it, so it’s your decision if you wish to place it as a logo. Personally, I wouldn’t use it as a logo for marketing purposes but rather present it in its splendor and place its spiritual, sacred value upfront. You may also use variations of the Cho Ku Rei symbol and create a unique logo.


  8. I am a Reiki Master Teacher in the Southern Hemisphere. For over twenty years I have used Reiki almost daily. Today I met, on the internet, the clockwise Cho Ku Rei. It was stated that this had the energy flow going spirit to matter. With counter clockwise the opposite, matter to spirit. So I tried it. Not true for the Southern Hemisphere. It works opposite to that. But please can some of you try it and report back. Its fascinating how much more we can learn

    • Hi there Lesley. As far as my knowledge goes, symbols work on intention in connection to the manifestation of the universal life force energy they bring. Even though there are two main types of CKR – clockwise and counter clockwise. One allows the energy flow to become abundant, while the other one allows the energy to be “pulled out”. Still, some practitioners used it vice versa.

      Personally I believe that it matters less where you are positioned on the Globe as to the clear intention of using a Reiki symbol.


    • Hi there Omaima. You take the symbol exactly as you see it in the picture and place it on the left palm. Remember that intention is key.


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