Sei He Ki – Discover The Reiki Symbol For Mental And Emotional Healing

By having a slightly higher vibration than Cho Ku Rei, Sei He Ki is a beautiful symbol for opening dimensions, for harmony and emotional healing.

Esthetically it has more of a symbolic representation of the brain hemispheres, rather than a traditional Japanese Kanji one.

How To Pronounce Sei He Ki And What Does This Reiki Symbol Mean

Sei He Ki Reiki Symbol is pronounced: “say-hay-key” [seɪ-heɪ-ki].

It represents mental-emotional healing, harmony, and balance.

Drawing, invoking and meditating on it, SHK will empower affirmations, overcome mental obstacles and it has the possibility of releasing you from addictions.

By using Sei He Ki as a gateway to the subconscious, it helps bring to the surface the roots of our problems, insecurities, fears, and imbalances. Only then we can truly study our deep selves.

From this point on we have to learn to gradually understand, accept and eventually love ourselves. Not in a narcissistic way, but rather in a harmonious, peaceful way. These are only the first steps in self-healing.

The fact that we learn to love and understand ourselves means that we are willing to improve certain aspects of our lives and our true, inner-selves. Perhaps not everything can be changed so easily but it can certainly be balanced.

Although using the SHK brings out the aspects that need healing, it also brings to surface the inner emotional qualities of ourselves. It helps us be aware of them and by acknowledging their true potential, we can use them for our spiritually awakening.

Through the self-treatment with SHK, a deeper understanding of our true inner-self will come to life.

How To Use Sei He Ki On Yourself

Before and after self-treatment draw SHK on your palms to activate it and after that on each of the primary and secondary energy centers.

This will have a liberating and cleansing effect for those energy centers, releasing any trapped residual energy at every level.

Drawing it together with Cho Ku Rei before therapy will offer you a better flow of energy and protection while amplifying the effect.

SHK acts as a “gateway” opener. When we have a deep pain or an energy blockage, using SHK will free the negative energy from the affected area.

Adding CKR after that will help regenerate the area.

By drawing a double SHK on top of your head (one for each) hemisphere will balance the energetic field of the brain, removing any energetic instability or feeling of dizziness.

If you find yourself in the middle of a conflict, tensional discussion or atmosphere, by drawing Sei He Ki in the middle of all, it will bring a vibration of harmony and understanding. You will gradually see before your amazed eyes how everything becomes more stable.

Sei He Ki And Depression

SHK can easily fight feelings such as anxiety, fear, depression. It has an even stronger effect if used together with Cho Ku Rei and Shika Sei Ki.

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CKR will “switch” on the energy, SHK will open the dimension and free any latent negative energy. If additionally, we draw Shika Sei Ki, it will bring its specific cleansing energy for the heart and will “repair” what is called the noesic substance (the soul).

When it comes to depression I recommend using Cho Ku Rei and Sei He Ki for the head chakras as well. Depression settles in when negative thoughts and the general thinking is present. This leads to lower vibration, which in turn gives way to low energy feelings, such as.. You guessed it… depression.

So by strengthening the energy field of the brain hemispheres and raising the vibration, you create protection through which negative energies and thoughts cannot enter.

Differences In Vibration

I am sure that at least once in your life, you arrived at a place which you couldn’t enter. Something happened to you, a feeling of being out of place, or perhaps it was just fear.

Regardless of the feeling, you either could not pass the entrance door or felt like leaving in a hurry because something felt wrong.

This is an example of the difference in vibration. One rejects the other or cannot stay close to another.

By raising our vibration we remove (or at least considerably reduce) the possibility of residual and negative energy to exist near us.

Using Sei He Ki for the second energy center (front and back) will have an activating effect over your Kundalini energy.

Keeping your hands at the sacral area (sacral chakra or Svadhishthana) together with SHK will purify the Kundalini energy, and it will give you a sensation of empowerment.

If practiced for a long time this action has the potential of raising the Kundalini energy which comes with its benefits and a strong awareness.

REMEMBER: Do everything in your own optimum rhythm and do not rush.

Using SHK To Treat Others

I would like to point out something very important:

If you draw the Sei He Ki symbol between you and a person, most of the energies the other person has within her will transfer to you. This can be either good or bad. It all depends on your intention. This basically means you’ll need to cleanse yourself afterward.

If you find yourself in a situation in which time is of the essence, and you feel strong enough, perhaps you may choose deliberately to place SHK between you and the other person to transfer all the undesired emotions and energies to you.

Either way, it’s up to you how you decide to help others in their moment of need. I just wanted to make you aware of the utility and power of this great symbol.

Just be sure to cleanse yourself after therapy.

On the other hand, using SHK with CKR between you and another person will filter out any residual energy creating harmony between the two of you.

Using Sei He Ki For Cleansing A Room

It is always good to have a spiritually cleaned space where you can practice Reiki.

Sometimes without being aware, we gather residual energy from the places we go to and the people we meet. Therefore, why not make sure that our environment is kept free and cleaned?

You start by activating Sei He Ki:

  • on each wall
  • on the floor and ceiling
  • in the center of the room

Using CKR together with SHK, in the same way, will enhance the vibration and the energy of that particular space.

Not only this sequence will cleanse your room, but it will have a harmonious effect as well. It can be felt by anyone who enters the space.

How To Cleanse The Mental Field And Remove Addictions And Self-Induced Negative Programs

One of the most interesting uses for SHK is that it protects and amplifies the mental energy field. This is attributed to the Ajna chakra.

When this energy field is not working properly, we feel mentally tired and have a decreased capacity for accessing our memory. This usually manifests itself through a lack of concentration.

By drawing Sei He Ki on the third eye energy center, it will gradually free the energetic field of these negative effects.

Don’t forget that this energy center has a back-projection as well situated on the lower back of your head.

Activate Sei He Ki in your palms and place one on the front and one on the back part of the chakra.

Stay like this for 10 minutes, sending light. Notice how your energy centers and fields will start cleansing and expanding.

NOTE: You may do this for any chakra and energy field generated by it.

Considering that your life is strongly influenced by your mental energy field, SHK can help remove unhealthy addictions. These can be anything from excessive coffee consumption and unhealthy eating to smoking or even alcohol.

By placing our activated palms using the self-treatment positions we eliminate the negative information that constructs these bad habits.

I especially recommend spending 10 minutes on each position for the head, heart, and navel. Your intention should be to cleanse and free yourself from addictions and bad habits.

It won’t take long to see results. Within a few weeks, you will notice considerable changes.

The same works with self-induced patterns and unhealthy mental conditionings.

Any negative affirmations within your mental spectrum can be eliminated with the help of SHK and intention.

The good and interesting side is that you can replace them with positive affirmations like: “I can…”, “I am able to…” or “I am 100% convinced it will be great if…”.

Reiki is meant to fill us with light and positivity; use it with this intention.

Don’t forget that practice is the seed of Reiki. Once you plant it, it will start growing.

SHK has an amazing ability to enhance and optimize our energetic mental field.

Therefore you can use it to remember certain things or spot the nuances for certain situations. It can reveal information we weren’t aware of before.

Used together with Cho Ku Rei and Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen, SHK efficiently helps open the dimension towards the Universal Source of Life Force Energy.

There are many other uses for Sei He Ki but it is up to us to find them. We can do this through clear meditation but also experience.

How To Draw Sei He Ki

There is not a popular description of how this symbol takes its form. Some interpretations characterize Sei He Ki as the brain hemispheres, while others see it as a symbolic human face.

Like any other symbol, you preserve the original orientation, regardless of your dominant hand.

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This is how you draw Sei He Ki on each palm, and the scale you should consider.

how to draw sei he ki on left hand
how to draw sei he ki on right hand

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Regardless of these meanings, the important thing to remember is its orientation, that it’s drawn from top to bottom and left to right. Of course, the intention is key so keep that in mind when you draw the Sei He Ki Reiki symbol.

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Sei He Ki has 3 main roles:

  • opening (releasing residual energy and allowing the positive, universal energy to enter);
  • it brings harmony when drawn and visualized to a person or place;
  • the symbol has the power to heal at a mental and emotional level; it brings to the surface imbalances while healing them in a harmonious way;

I like using Sei He Ki together with Cho Ku Rei and Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen to amplify the flow of universal energy. This is because I’ve done so for many years and it only comes naturally.

But when starting, or when you’re first introduced to the symbols, I would always advise mastering one at time.

Therefore try it on yourself first and then in combination with CKR. See what it does and how the two experiences feel like.

I simply wanted to give my take on this and would love to hear your thoughts!

If you’re looking for a good beginner’s guide, from a more mystical approach, check-out Christopher Penczak’s book – Magick of Reiki.

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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.

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