Dai Ko Myo Reiki Master Symbol And Reiki Level 3 | SHINPIDEN

Dai Ko Myo or the Master Symbol is introduced at Reiki level 3 where you start focusing on the spiritual aspects of Reiki. The third degree is considered to be the Master Level and it’s also known as “Mystery Teachings Level”.

At the first degree, you get introduced to Reiki and learn to work at a physical level. 

With Reiki Level 2 you discover the mental and emotional fundamental teaching.

And now, at Reiki 3rd degree, you move to spiritual awakening as well as significantly increase your ability to channel the universal life force energy.

But we will get into that in a minute…

Let’s go first through Reiki level 3 and understand the importance of this master level.

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What Is Reiki Level 3 And What To Expect

Why do some schools teach and attune 3 Reiki levels plus one extra Master level while others only teach 3 levels, with the last one being for Master?

That’s simply because some Reiki Masters wanted to obtain the last degree but not attune students, while other masters desired to go further and evolve through others and attune them.

Therefore, you can be attuned for Reiki level 3 in 2 ways:

  • The first attunement is for the Master Level and the advanced techniques.
  • The second attunement incorporates the Master Level and you are also given the training and information to pass on attunements.

I would personally consider that a “fulfilled” Reiki Master/Teacher who has the ability to attune and offer students the necessary knowledge, wisdom, and guidance.

At level 3, we can expect a larger spectrum of what Reiki is.

If you were attuned for this level it means that you have high capacity as well as the considerable potential to teach others and evolve at a fast-paced rhythm.

Why is that?

Because it’s truly a much higher level of understanding and vibration.

It can only be acknowledged if you have practiced long enough or if you already had an inclination towards spiritual practices and teachings.

What Happens At Reiki Level 3

This level requires a certain amount of work. Some Reiki practitioners, in order to achieve that, dedicate their entire life to it.

Reiki slowly takes you through Reiki level 1, where you learn how to work with yourself, and detoxify from a slightly more physical approach.

You then progress to Reiki level 2, where you learn the mental and emotional healing. 

At Reiki Level 3 you get involved in a process of self-growth and self-awareness.

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Although the third level of Reiki is focused around the master symbol, Dai Ko Myo, the values of this advanced level do not depend on the symbol itself. What’s important is what it represents in relation to the new vibration.

Symbolically, the same as Dai Ko Myo, Reiki level 3 means enlightenment, positive power, and evolution.

You get to be more in tune with the world around you and the energy that surrounds us.

You get to understand that we are all “under the same roof”. We are all interconnected and we all have the universal energy flowing through us.

What matters is what you do with this energy and how you are going to use it in your evolution process.

What Does Reiki Level 3 Mean And How Is This Master Level Different From The Rest

First and foremost we need to acknowledge a more “technical” fact.

Obtaining Reiki Level 3 can be achieved in less than two years if the practice is continuous.

Difference Between Level 1, Reiki Level 2 and 3

One of the key differences is that you have to “wait” longer compared with the previous two. That’s because you need time to assimilate the learnings from the first and second degrees to be “ready” for the vibration present at this third degree of Reiki.

Even when you get to that stage, you may receive the written diploma, thus confirming that you had the attunement and picked up the teachings.

But are you really a Reiki Master?

Reiki’s 3rd degree may gradually awaken the student to a new state of being. Nevertheless, becoming a Reiki Master does not necessarily make you an enlightened person.

Especially not overnight.

“A true Master should be the representation of the mirror of the Universe and should pass through a series of qualitative transformations”, said one of my teachers.

In the “true sense”, a Reiki Master should be a mentor, professor or trainer. An entity that offers knowledge and wisdom and always seeks the path to enlightenment.

You should always seek to work and improve yourself.

Receiving the Master level attunement in Reiki is only the beginning of a new potential spiritual evolution that lies before you.

Sorry, but you won’t be able to fly or levitate! 🙂

But you will be able to guide yourself and others to do what’s right.

You should first understand and work with yourself and then there for others.

This reminds me of an interesting emergency feature from when I was a flight attendant. 

“In the unlikely event of cabin depressurization, secure the oxygen mask on yourself first and then help others.”

It makes sense, doesn’t it?

The responsibilities of a Reiki Master

  • Bring light where there is darkness, love where there is hate;
  • Spread the truth and knowledge as best as possible;
  • Guide people on the right path and in their rhythm;
  • Help humanity in the slow, continuous process of spiritual evolution;
  • Always seek to enlarge the spectrum of knowledge of one’s domain;
  • Learn from others;
  • Have a positive attitude and to be capable of improving on all levels;
  • Be kind to all living things;
  • Know the Reiki knowledge, meaning, symbols and purpose;

“Be the change you would like to see in the world” 

Mahatma Gandhi

Just bear in mind that Reiki is more about your connection with the life force energy and spiritual evolution than it is about symbols.

At this level you gain access to the most powerful symbol. Dai Ko Myo has the highest vibration and is considered the master symbol.

What Is DAI KO MYO (DKM) The Reiki Master Symbol And What Does It Mean

Dai Ko Myo is also known as the Reiki Master Symbol because of its vibration and power. Therefore you can’t really access it before Reiki level 3.

Great Shining Light” or “Treasure House of Great Beaming Light” – these are some of the many translations and you can use this master symbol as often as needed for any positive outcomes.

It represents the pure light, the highest level of wisdom and energy that a person can aspire to.

Dai-Ko-Myo connects to the Divine unconditional love which surrounds and sustains us.

DKM is the pinnacle of high, positive vibration and the force that keeps our souls whole, radiating with life and happiness.

This is the level we truly have to reach in order to enter the realm of peace and love.

How To Draw And Pronounce Dai Ko Myo

Like with all the symbols, the intention is what matters, not the way you draw or pronounce it. Just keep that in mind.

The Master Symbol Dai Ko Myo is pronounced: Dai Kou Mio [daɪ koʊ Mio]

dai ko myo reiki symbol

The Dai Ko Myo Reiki Master Symbol Is Strongly Connected To These Elements

  • Life 
  • Love
  • Existence 
  • Light
  • Wisdom
  • Happiness,
  • Success 
  • Positive power
  • Enlightenment
  • Spiritual evolution

It is the Divine energy that manifests through us and the healing hands.

When And How To Use Dai Ko Myo

Used in all Reiki attunements, Dai Ko Myo has the capacity of filling with light both a place or an object.

But it can go beyond that and influence in this way crystals, living organisms, and human beings. 

Any therapeutic action that implies the use of the Reiki master symbol becomes enhanced through it.

Activate it in your palms, the same way you do with other symbols. You can draw it on your energy centers and body.

Whenever you draw it on your crown chakra it will create a veil of protection around you. When activated inside a room (or space). It can fill it with bright, positive energy.

Also, visualizing it within your head creates powerful psychic protection.

DON’T FORGET: You are the channel through which the light, love, and energy flow, to reach their final destination.

If I were to describe Dai Ko Myo in my own words it would be: 

“The Embodiment of Light”.

Visualize and meditate on it because it will change your life!

How To Do A Meditation In Motion Using The Reiki Master Symbol Dai Ko Mio

One of the most important uses of this symbol is meditation in motion.

Its purpose is to cleanse, energize and recalibrate your energy fields anytime you use it.

You can do this when you wake up, during the day, before or after self-treatment. 

Anytime is a good time.

It’s not a static type of meditation. “Motion” comes from the sequence of movements that take place during this procedure.

This Is How To Do The Meditation In Motion

Activate your palms with Cho-Ku-Rei, Sei-He-Ki, Hon-Sha-Ze-Sho-Nen, and Dai-Ko-Myo.

Do the same for the seven chakras and their back projections. You can also make a big Cho-Ku-Rei on your whole body, front, and back.

Visualize a small Dai Ko Myo in front of your heart chakra.

With both hands, take the energy of the symbol and spread it around you with both hands meeting at the belly area (where the second chakra is). Do this 3 times while pronouncing its name in the process.

Again, you do the same, only this time instead of finishing at the second chakra you spread the energy to the ground saying: “I declare my Divine presence here and on earth”. You do this three times and each time you say the same thing.

The simple visualization of it in meditation will cleanse you and refresh your structures at all levels.

Usui Reiki Symbols Chart

The Tibetan Dai Ko Myo

This is also considered a Reiki Master Symbol. You can use it in attunements to open the main energy channel.

It has more ancient positive energy and very high vibration.

These are the two versions of the Tibetan Dai Ko Myo:

tibetan dai ko myo reiki symbol v1
tibetan dai ko myo v2

It can be used when things get “tough” in terms of removing residual energy from a physical place or removing energetic blockages in therapy.

Tibetan DKM has the capability of realigning chakras with the corresponding necessary vibration that your body needs.

Some Reiki schools say that this has even higher power and vibration than the traditional Dai Ko Myo. 

Either way, I must confess that I do not abuse it.

That’s because, in an attunement, it’s responsible for the “dragon breath”, or “violet breath”, which opens the main energy channel to the universal energy.

You can draw it above your head for a cleansing of the main energy channel as well as in the room (corners and center) for protection. This will cleanse it and also raise its vibration.

The Serpent Of Fire (Nin Giz Zida)

You can use it at the beginning of the attunements and for deep healing sessions.

Drawn on the back of the person to align her chakras. It also opens and clears the energy on the main channel.

the serpent of fire

This symbol is considered reminiscent of the so-called “Kundalini serpent”, coiled at the root chakra.

This symbol can raise the physical energy level when we feel depleted, removing the sensation of fatigue.

If used on the front part of the body, it may induce a state of inner peace and calm before receiving Reiki at deeper levels.

Used together with Cho Ku Rei and Sei He Ki, in front of us and parallel to the ground, it clears the energetic path to our destinations.

The Fire Dragon

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This symbol is similar to the Serpent of Fire as a drawing structure.

Used mostly on the back of a person it can treat back pain, menstrual pain, and affections related to the female genital organs. 

It has a very important role in establishing our connection with the earth and balancing the higher, celestial energies with the telluric ones. 

the fire dragon

Personally, whenever I am about to engage in physical activities, such as sports, I use it on the back of my body simultaneously with the Serpent of fire.

Together they offer a boost of physical energy.

While drawing it, think of the main arch that goes from the left shoulder to the right one. Then visualize it down the spine.

The symbol ends at the sacral area, Svadhishthana, where we find the main spiral, symbolizing the Kundalini energy.

Like “Nin Giz Zida”, you can draw it as you see it here, full-body length and “bring” it to your back with your energetic hands. The other option is to simply visualize it directly on your back, with an energizing effect. 

About Vlad and ReikiScoop

Vlad is a Usui Reiki Grand Master/Teacher who has also gained the Master/Teacher Level in Karuna, Shamballa MDH, and Gendai Reiki, with 15+ years of experience. He now shares his knowledge through ReikiScoop. You can always read more about Vlad and ReikiScoop in the about section.

19 thoughts on “Dai Ko Myo Reiki Master Symbol And Reiki Level 3 | SHINPIDEN”

  1. As expected, my soul feels satisfied with the complete knowledge on the Master symbol and it’s uses. You explained it so well. You have set an example for the Reiki Masters of the future. Thank you for inspiring me on how to impart knowledge in written form.

  2. Hello Vlad,
    I am glad that i got this information online. I really appreciate your efforts for this article. God bless you!!
    Could you answer my question please. How we can check ourselves that we have received Reiki attunment of any level (1,2,3)


    • Hi there Sushil and thank you for your feedback. I am grateful that the offered information was useful to you.

      Well, if you don’t recall being attuned before, then probably one of the best ways of checking is by using the Reiki sacred symbols. If you are able to feel their energy to its fullest, especially DKM, and if you are able to use the meditation in motion, then you were most likely attuned. However, this is not a complete certainty. You should reach out and receive an attunement from a Reiki teacher/master in order to be sure you receive it.


  3. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and love about Reiki.

    I would like to ask your opinion: do you think distant attunement has less or same strength as done in person?
    Love & light to you & your followers.

    • Hi Edita.

      Well, considering that we are just channels through which the energy and spirit guides manifest, (and therefore the attunement is done), both of them work. It depends on the Reiki master to channel the energy towards a distance attunement in the correct way.


  4. Hi there,
    I have been an attuned Reiki Master for many years now .
    I found your information very intersting ,although I would like to know to enable one to establish these other symbols into a healing if one has to be attuned ,or through having the Master it is not neccessary.
    look forward to your reply

  5. I am so sorry that you did not understand my question .I will put it another way.
    I am an attuned Master ,and I have been healing for many years now.
    The teachings I received from my Master at that time was that I could connect with any symbol through Hon Sha Se Sho Nen and intention , now reading your article ,I am confused .Who is right ?
    I have used one or two symbols ,but only through this method.
    I look forward to your reply

    • Hi Gillian

      If you are attuned to the Usui Master level, then you can use/activate the Reiki symbols (Cho Ku Rei, Sei He Ki, Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen, and Dai Ko Myo) with your intention and with the use of your fingers or hand. As mentioned, you are already attuned to them and you don’t need to connect through the distance symbol to them. You just activate them normally.

      If you want to connect to a symbol that you are not attuned to, you can do this through Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen. The difference is that with this method, you access that symbol’s energy print and its vibration. Because you are not attuned to the level/ Reiki system that offers that symbol, you are not able to completely use it to its full potential. That’s why you can use the sequence CKR + SHK + HSZSN and connect to a symbol that you were not attuned to.

      Let me know if this explains your question.


  6. Dear Vlad,
    I find your information very useful for me. I am attuned with Reiki -2nd degree (1998) and recently got master -teacher attunement in Lama Fera. Post that, since both the modalities are from the Tibetan tradition, I got myself self attuned with Dia-Ko-Myo and have started using it frequently along with CHKR-SHK-HZSN. It is wonderful and amazing. God bless!

  7. Hi Vlad
    I’m enjoying catching up with all the articles on this site.
    Interestingly, your Usui Dia Ko Myo looks very different to mine.
    I guess as Hawayo Takato ( My 2nd Master was attuned by her daughter) never wrote anything down, it’s a bit like a game of Chinese Whispers.
    I think it’s probably more important to “feel” the energy of the symbols, and develop a relationship with them, rather then focus on getting them drawn correctly. Especially when there are so many variations and systems out there.
    I like to ask ” What does this symbol signify to me?” and sometimes, surprisingly ( or not…lol) it can change on a daily basis.

    • Hi Carl,

      Yes, you are absolutely correct. What really matters is what the symbol represents and the energy it brings. Moreover, this symbol summarises a whole spiritual concept within itself so that we can benefit from its vibration. The attention we pay in drawing it “correctly” is significantly less important than what it represents and out connection to it.



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