topic posted Sat, April 1, 2006 - 7:26 PM by  Eric
I was thinking of getting a Reiki symbol tattooed on my body. Is this a good thing?
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  • Re: Tattoo

    Tue, April 4, 2006 - 12:48 AM
    I personally see nothing wrong with it, in fact I have designed a tattoo which incorporates two symbols and some other stuff that has meaning to me... anyone else looking at it would go "neat tattoo" only those who know what any of the symbology is would be the wiser.
  • Re: Tattoo

    Tue, April 4, 2006 - 4:29 PM
    I had chosen two Reiki symbols (before I ever knew about Reiki symbols) that I wanted to have tattooed. I must have been drawn to them for a reason. I have since had my first and second attunements, and will soon be moving on to master. If you love the symbol and want to have it put on you, then by all means do so. Freedom of expression, baby!
    • Re: Tattoo

      Tue, April 4, 2006 - 6:27 PM
      I believe this is inaprotriate, because of the sacred context
      in which these symbols are given. We are asked to keep them
      confidential. I know that some people have published them,
      but that reflects on them, not the tradition.

      If one is asked to keep them confidential, and doesn't what
      does this say about value of their word? To we publicly
      share "intimate family matters"?
      • Re: Tattoo

        Tue, April 11, 2006 - 10:53 AM
        Some of us weren't trained that way. We weren't asked to keep them confidential and we weren't taught that reiki only works with the symbols. They are symbols, by definition a representation or reminder, not the power, just like someone who uses candles in ceremony does not expect the candle to do the work or deify the candle, it is a focus. If you have reiki training the symbols are used to allow you to release your mind and let the energy flow. If you are not trained and do not know anything about the symbols they are only decoration, though on a non mental level you could recognize them (but that would not be a mental or manipulative use of the symbols). It's too late now to try to keep control over any of it.
        • Unsu...

          Re: Tattoo

          Wed, April 19, 2006 - 9:42 PM
          i wholeheartedly second that, jahara. a symbol has no meaning of itself, it merely points to something.
          • Re: Tattoo

            Thu, April 20, 2006 - 1:26 PM
            As do I (agree with this point). Its the context that makes it sacred.
            Which is why i think its a bad idea to make private things public.

            Even if others do-- its a very dubious "logic" that says:
            I got all this value from a tradition that makes certain requests
            but I'm going to do my own thing and ignore that tradition, follow my feelings,
            intuition, etc. Besides, others don't keep their promises, why should I?

            I'm not saying that everybody was trained the way I was, I know I'm a traditionalist.
            I also know the results I get are comparable to Takata, etc. Then I compare
            what I experience from other more loose and feely groups' so-called reiki
            and well there's no comparison. So that's my experience.

            I don't ask people to accept my views, take them or leave them.
            Have whatever life qualities you want.
      • Re: Tattoo

        Sat, May 6, 2006 - 2:07 PM
        Mark you have a valid point.

        The Reiki symbols are supposed to be treated as sacred symbols and they have become commericalized. Now if you wish to have them placed in a private place where only you can see them..that might be a bit better.

        However, I'm a traditionally trained teacher (don't use the title master) and how we were taught was to maintain the symbols private and to treat them with respect.
  • Re: Tattoo

    Wed, April 5, 2006 - 9:07 AM
    I agree with the majority here in saying I believe there is nothing wrong with it. I have designed my latest tattoo and it incorporates a Reiki symbol. Reiki and it's love have changed me and I think it's only appropriate to have it on me as well as in me. Most people will never know they are Reiki symbols and honestly, it's not that you will be the first person to let "others" see the symbols. I say if it means that much to you, do it.
    • Unsu...

      Re: Tattoo

      Wed, April 5, 2006 - 10:02 PM
      I have seen tattoo's with the sybmols incorporated into them and I thought it was very well done. Everywhere you look these days you see circles, so I don't think anyone would be the wiser to a power symbol. kanji is actually a very popular, someone might ask you what it means and you can say it's something very personal or it may open up to an oportunity to tell someone about Reiki.
      My master teach actually knows a reiki practitioner (master I think) that is also a tattoo artist and does puts reiki into the tattoo it's self. I personally would love to go that route!!

      I say... more power to ya!!!
      love and light
  • Re: Tattoo

    Sat, April 8, 2006 - 11:38 AM
    i have a healing symbol tattood on me. it is sacred to me and it gives me joy that other people can see it and ask me about it. it gives them an idea of what i am about.
    there are many folks who think that tattooing healing symbols such as the reiki symbols is wrong and inappropriate. and well they are entitled to their opinions. their opinion does not matter, its your body so your opinion matters most.
    so that question really is do you think its a good thing to tattoo a reiki symbol on your body?

    i am personally planning on getting more symbols tattooed on my body and for me it is a good thing.

    people can say all they want about keeping the symbols private, but we are living in the age of aquarius where there are no secrets, where you can easily find the symbols online doing a google image search. there was a time when these symbols had to be secret. we are not living in such times right now. there are no secrets and all "secrets" are being rapidly uncovered.

    ultimately you must decide what is good for you.
    • Unsu...

      Re: Tattoo

      Sat, April 8, 2006 - 2:01 PM
      As a tattooist and 3rd level reiki who works and walks in a sacred context with my arts, I have used and tattooed the symbols into myself and others. Tattoos, though veiwed by others, are ultimately a personal act and reflect your own spirituality. For me, all my paths, though perhaps from different contexts or traditions, unify in me and all become one. Tattoos and reiki are one for me, there is no division except in the minds of otheers who seek to judge....
  • Unsu...

    Re: Tattoo

    Thu, April 13, 2006 - 1:19 PM
    For me I feel the symbols in Reiki at one time maybe needed to be gaurded but I feel things have changed and the need for secrecy within spiritual systems is now over. The Reiki symbols were first published in 1992 and are all over the internet if someone wants to find them they will. I think what is important to remember that the symbols have no power unless someone has been attuned to Reiki.
  • Re: Tattoo

    Fri, May 5, 2006 - 4:18 PM
    To keep things simple, Reiki symbols are designed to be focusing tools. Regaurdless as to weither or not a symbol is used you can achieve the same effects with Reiki on pure intent alone. For example, the distance symbol, in the beginning of learning Reiki it's difficult to conceive the notion that all time, all places, and all things are happening NOW. Once the idea starts to become more understood you can send Reiki via distance without using the symbol anymore, it's purely transmitted through intent.

    If recieving a Tattoo of a Reiki symbol is what you are intuitively drawn to do then by all means you might want to do it, as long as the intent is pure. Who knows perhaps one day you will meet someone who will ask you about it then the next thing you know, they are someone you help heal with Reiki, all because you decided to get a tattoo of a symbol.

    My conclusion: it's your experience, your choice, and ultimately your decision. Good and bad are just a Yin and Yang, dualistic and beside the point when viewing the larger picture of how your decision will enhance your personal experience.

    Love & Light with whatever your choice is Mr.
    • Re: Tattoo

      Sun, May 7, 2006 - 7:12 AM
      we are forgetting that Tattooes are at least to me not just a fashion statement
      infact a tatto would imply commitment or initiation in ancient times
      so IMHO it depends what a Tattoo means to you ....
      I have only a very small self made tattoo and I made it with an intention
      a silent declaration ... and commitment to a principle [not Reiki ]
      in my view all symbol;s are sacred ....or not depending on the intention behind it !

      PEACE !
      • Re: Tattoo

        Sun, May 7, 2006 - 7:15 AM
        P.S. Mr.
        the fact that you posted this question
        brings me ,naturally so ,to think you are in doubt
        one good say of oldd goes :when in doubt don't !
        so wait and let the answer come to you !
        • Re: Tattoo

          Sun, May 7, 2006 - 9:27 PM
          I am Reiki II and perhaps it was the time I became attuned (over 10 years ago) but I was told not to share the symbols with anyone and I was not allowed to write them down.

          What I'm wondering is if the people who have the symbols and other healing symbols tattooed on them have noticed any type of different energy from them that is different for you than using Reiki and calling on or drawing the symbols in the air?!?!
        • Re: Tattoo

          Wed, May 10, 2006 - 4:27 PM
          "to think you are in doubt one good say of oldd goes "

          I'm not doubting, I'm all in favor of doing it, I am wondering about the repercussions. I don't jump into the pool without asking how deep it is.
          • Re: Tattoo

            Fri, May 12, 2006 - 2:39 PM
            Keep in mind the reprecussoins which you will experience will be what you are accepting to draw to yourself...Imagine the pool you are thinking about diving into can be as shallow as a puddle and as deep as an abyss. The depth and temperature of the pool will automaticaly adjust to the perfection of your liking and what you are able to tolerate.

            True, some individuals have been taught sharing the symbols is 'forbidden', but from where I stand I think having a symbol tattooed would help spread Reiki energy everywhere you went and if someone was curious about it perhaps it would inspire another to be a reiki practitioner. I guess my real point would be if another Reiki practitioner came up to me and said I have betrayed the healing arts of Reiki in some way by getting a tattoo of a symbol I would simply reply, 'It's a better choice of a tattoo than an image of hatred and fear, besides the I think the world could use all the Reiki I can facilitate at any given moment.' then I'd end it with a :-P
            • Unsu...

              Re: Tattoo

              Sun, May 14, 2006 - 8:19 PM
              Greetings to All !
              I too am w/Kimba in questioning/requesting any response from those that may have a tattoo and using it specificly as your own personal healing tool.

              It made me wonder what effects you may have had with a tattoo on a specific place of your body where you might experience prolonged discomfort/pain. What if the tattoo is not visible to the public ?
              • Re: Tattoo

                Wed, June 28, 2006 - 11:56 AM
                I am a non-trad who has tattoos. The energy of any symbol is multiplied when etched into your skin. It is like a power up.
                Sometimes I will just draw symbols on my body if I need the boost. Try doing this with a sharpie, and see how it affects you.Many different religions use tattoos as a prayer, and it will work in much the same way.
                I had been thinking alot about doing this very same thing. There are different tranes of thought on this, but what is your intent? If it is powerful for you, then do it.
  • Unsu...

    Re: Tattoo

    Tue, July 18, 2006 - 2:01 PM
    Personally, I'm not one for keeping symbols private. I was not asked to during my training and I feel that, Reiki energy, being the beautiful blessing to us that it is, should be shared and enjoyed by as many people as possible.
  • Sam
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    Re: Tattoo

    Thu, April 10, 2008 - 3:59 PM
    Hey, I am a Reiki II student.
    I was also considering getting a Reiki symbol tattooed on my body. I understand that the traditional stance has been to keep the symbols private. However, Reiki has been a major part of my life since I was in high school, and has been the diving force in much of the personal growth I have undergone since then. I want to get a symbol tattooed on my body to as a reflection of my life long commitment to what it represents. It will be my first and most likely only tattoo. My intention is to further my personal experience with Reiki not to advertise the symbols to others, or to offend other practitioners.

    Under this context do others feel there is something wrong with getting a symbol tattooed? I would like to know what the motivation for "secrecy" regarding the symbols really is (are we somehow corrupting them by allowing others to view them?) and why some think that the traditional secrecy is no longer necessary in the context of our modern culture.

    For anyone who already has a Reiki tattoo, any recommendations on placement? Dose location of the tattoo have energetic consequences?
    • Re: Tattoo

      Thu, April 10, 2008 - 10:17 PM
      There is talk here of tradition. What tradition I ask? A "tradition" that is less than a century old when reiki is older even than our star ancestors and reiki guides are able to remember? Don't get me wrong... I am extremely grateful for those who have come before me and were able to bring the reiki energy back into the flow. It would though be difficult to say who in the past deigned the symbols to be held in secret, available only to initiates. Since the ability to channel reiki energy was far more universal amongst humans before it was lost, and since it is the path of reiki to become that widely held once again... isn't keeping the information "private" counter productive to the advancement of this goal and the advancement of all our fellow humans? I urge you to consider that you may be making the (incorrect) assumption that "sacred" and "available to all" are contradictory concepts.

      -and MR., as far as your original question is concerned, I submit that, although you opened up a good discussion with your query, you already know the answer to your own question.
      • Re: Tattoo

        Fri, April 11, 2008 - 9:04 AM
        Two Points:

        Keith suggests that "tradition" means something ancient.
        That's not so. I'm a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, I belong to
        the Ancient school meaning that it is based on 2500 years in
        India, BUT only 1200 years in Tibet, The newer schools are
        as recent as 600 years ago. Within that "Ancient" tradition, there
        are new cycles of teaching and practice discovered. The most
        RECENT are considered to be the most powerful and relevant for
        these times, so I practice a lineage discovered as rently as the
        1940's. Reiki looks ancient by comparison. There has always been
        Qi healing in China and Japan, Reiki is a part of that.

        Sam: Maybe one way to honor tradition, and your personal commitment
        is to use the Chinese Characters "Ling Qi" as you tatoo. I personally
        prefer the complex character set, to the simplified Japanese form.
        But you could use that to.
  • Unsu...

    Re: Tattoo

    Sat, April 12, 2008 - 1:20 PM
    i see nothing wrong with getting a Reiki symbol as a tattoo. i don't have one but i do have lots of symbol tattoos. i was not taught traditionally and have no problem sharing the symbols. others will disagree. if it feels right in your heart than do it!!!
    • Re: Tattoo

      Sat, April 12, 2008 - 9:01 PM
      I guess I was taught in the traditional sense. But I was never told to not share the symbols. I was told that they should be held sacred, but never told to keep them secret. I think their is a big difference there. Sacred from merriam-webster
      Pronunciation: \ˈsā-krəd\
      Function: adjective
      Etymology: Middle English, from past participle of sacren to consecrate, from Anglo-French sacrer, from Latin sacrare, from sacr-, sacer sacred; akin to Latin sancire to make sacred, Hittite šaklāi- rite
      Date: 14th century
      1 a: dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity <a tree sacred to the gods> b: devoted exclusively to one service or use (as of a person or purpose) <a fund sacred to charity>
      2 a: worthy of religious veneration : holy b: entitled to reverence and respect
      3: of or relating to religion : not secular or profane <sacred music>

      part of me sees nothing wrong with getting a tattoo of the symbols as long as they are held sacred. I have an om on my forearm that many have protested against. I think that it is fine as long as it is held true and sacred to your heart. I wouldn't get an anchor with an reiki symbl on, but hey, that is just me.
  • Re: Tattoo

    Sat, April 12, 2008 - 10:28 PM
    Lot of debate on a pretty old thread. Hey Mr. did you ever end up getting the tattoo.
    • Re: Tattoo

      Sat, April 12, 2008 - 10:29 PM
      My two cents on the question. I think a tattoo is fine.Getting ink on your own body isn't the same as publishing the symbols.
  • Re: Tattoo

    Wed, May 28, 2008 - 1:43 AM
    Hey neat,
    I too have been thinking of having a Reiki tattoo... I thought I could go with the character for Reiki itself and therefore bypass any of the 'keep it secret' issues. I know after my level two training I felt a deep need to paint the symbols, which I did, but I was worried I had done something to offend while it felt right for me to do them. I keep the paintings in my room and when asked what they are I just ask them to interpret what they think they are...and if they are still not satisfied I tell them it is a healing symbol and that is all I say (not many ask to that point) I do have a thought one point there was a belief westerners wouldn't put enough value into Reiki Training unless it cost a fortune, now it is cheaper and often free so as to spread this gift around (and still keep practicioners fed) I think that may also have been the point to the secrecy. Worry that they may be held without sacred regard. But hey, all those crucifixes out there haven't lost their power, nor have the pentagrams, spirals, triangles etc. I am just glad I'm not the only person wishing to tattoo a symbol on my body!
    Peace, Love and Light to all!
  • Re: Tattoo

    Wed, May 28, 2008 - 11:22 AM
    Hi The symbols are nothing without the intention behind it, however, I think a tattoo of a Reiki symbol(s) is a inappropriate use of the intention
    Amber Dawn
  • Re: Tattoo

    Tue, July 15, 2008 - 6:18 PM
    I know this is an old feed, but thought I would share my learnings for the next person whom has the same question about a tattoo.... Getting a tattoo altogether is not a good thing, as it damages your Aura. Here is some great information that I found while researching this topic......Hope someone out there finds this a great read.........

    Some tattoo artists are into low level witchcraft,. A lot of the tattoo artists I've met were dabblers in the dark arts (as opposed to working with positive or "white" magic.") So there can be problems when you've received a tattoo from someone who is plugged into negative entities, because some of their residue can end up associated with your tattoo. On the positive side, if a tattoo artist is invoking positive energies and is in harmony with the tattoo recipient's energy, the ritualistic side of the tattooing won't be so bad. But you'll still have a rip or hole in the etheric body to deal with even if somebody nice gave you a really pretty tattoo.

    How to Heal the Aura From a Tattoo or Piercing
    So, first off, I'd say start working on focusing on the following:

    1) Invoke (or receive healing from someone whose healing energies resonate with you) to close up the hole in your auric field - because there will be a hole in your energy body at the site of each tattoo or piercing. You can use various tools from prayer to energizing with a color like electric violet (electric violet is very powerful for sealing up auric holes and expelling negative critters,) to energy work like Reiki.

    But trust your own guidance about how to close up those holes. You'll know how to do it if you take some time to tune in about it.

    2) Invoke spiritual help to "stand guard" to keep the hole from reopening. Think of this as "applying stitches" or "putting on the bandage." You need a little extra help keeping the hole closed while your etheric body heals. Your etheric body will gradually be healing over the next months, and your spiritual "posse" can keep the wounded area clear.

    3) Also invoke or set the intention that you permanently expel all negative entities, spells, demons, elementals, ET implants, and other negative energies that may have been associated with the tattoo -- because even if these things were only active at a subconscious level in the tattoo artist, you'll still need to clear them. Who knows what he or she was plugged into? It's best to be safe.

    I've found that tattoo sites on the body are often places where implants later turn up on a person's body, so you should set the intention to have any negative ET implants expelled, too. You'll perceive some dark, cloudy stuff lifting off the tattoo (or piercing area) and clearing off. Set the intention that all of that stuff be taken off to the Light and permanently removed from your energy field and your sphere of influence (your environment and all you connect to.)

    4) Another technique that can be very helpful is soul retrieval - reclaiming the fragments of your personal energy which were lost or fragmented off when you received the tattoo or piercing. Soul fragmentation happens whenever we experience trauma, either emotional or physical, throughout all timelines and lifetimes. Physical injuries and death blows (violent injuries that cause a person's death) leave the most traumatic impact on a person's auric field and can carry into this life. But even smaller things, like the tattoo situation I mention about in my own past life, can resonate through many lives and create ripple effects of negativity.
    • Unsu...

      Re: Tattoo

      Fri, July 18, 2008 - 1:45 PM
      As is very apparent in the replies, there is a controversy on the topic of getting a tattoo with a Reiki symbol on it. From my understanding, it is not appropriate to have it printed in any shape or form if you are coming from the William Lee Rand standpoint, aka Traditional Usui Method. If you are following the non-William Lee Rand method, "Non-traditional," it can easily be argued that you are allowed to print it. What I would do is enter meditation and ask your Guides if it is appropriate. Because YOU are the one who has to look and deal with it every day, not anyone else. Can you live in your own skin if you get the tattoo and know your Guides said it's not ok? It doesn't really matter, in the grand scheme of things, what anyone else says or thinks. It's your body and your Reiki. It would be like me getting a picture of a nude woman or a crucifix on my body. It may be perfectly fine with me but certain people will be offended. So it again comes down to you and your Guides and if you can live in your own skin.
      • Re: Tattoo

        Mon, July 21, 2008 - 6:04 AM
        Some people are offended by tattoos in general, regardless of the image. My mother, for instance, finds my lovely kestrel tattoo offensive and trashy, but for me it's a powerful symbol of freedom and a connection to my guides.

        My Reiki I teacher did tell me to keep the symbols secret because they were sacred, although at that level, I wasn't actually taught any of the symbols. However, my teacher for levels II and III did not place the same prohibitions on me, and I have come to realize that symbol-free Reiki is very powerful.

        As others have said, you are the one to make the decision. If it is right for you, then do it. And you may be pleasantly surprised by the responses. And keep in mind, also, that many of the symbols are not, in fact, particular to Reiki; they are borrowed symbols.
    • Unsu...

      Re: Tattoo

      Mon, July 21, 2008 - 5:39 PM
      I like allot of what you said but I just want to point out that there isn't good and bad magick, it is the intent of the wielder that makes something "good" or "bad". :) As a long time Witch, and knowing many elders in many traditions, young and old, and practicing for a good 18 years, I just wanted to make that distinction. There is to much social-spiritual violence and negativity associated with words like Witchcraft, Witch and Magick and that needs to be healed within each of us.

      Be well,

      • Re: Tattoo

        Wed, July 23, 2008 - 11:59 AM
        Interesting thread, many issues here. As for the symbols, I was trained in a very disciplined way by a non-traditional instructor and not told to keep the symbols secret. There is a difference between secret and sacred. I am well aware of the controversy but I believe that keeping sacred knowledge a secret that is only accessible to the elite is a dangerous thing whish was much of the intent in the Traditional way charging the eqivalent of $10,000 to gain access ot the information. The symbol is not where the power is anyway. I look at the symbol as a musical note that represents a frequency and the attunement as a way to hear the note like a tuning fork to tune your instrument to that frequency and to recognize when you are resonating with it. The symbol is just a way to recognize and call on the frequencies that exist beyond our names for them and representations of them, just as sound exists without written music.

        As for the traditional poster who said that his experience with "looser" Reiki practioners was less effective. Perhaps it had less to do with the openness with the symbols and more to do with either being attuned without training or their not being clear vessels. I run into people in my practice who come to me to re-take reiki training that they had received from other instructors that left them feeling unprepared to do the work. This has nothing to do with the sharing of the symbols. Reiki is something I hold very sacred and has saved my life in addition to helping me to avoid several surgeries. I have witnessed many of my clients receive great and deep healing. On my path as a healer, I am constantly studying and researching, praying and meditating, practicing on others and receiving myself striving always to be a clearer and clearer vessel for the energy to work through. I can assure that my clients receive a session every bit as good as the clients of those more traditionally taught. It is not I, after all that does the work but the energy that flows through me.

        As for tattoos and bad energy from a tattoo artist, tattooing is a personal choice, some are offended by it some are addicted to it, most lie somewhere in between, you choose what is right for your body. Also choose your artist wisely. Check out a variety of local tattoo studios ask to see their health permits, their autoclave, etc. Look at the portfolios talk to the artists. Chose the one you feel most comfortable with. O had a client for several years who was a tattoo artist and a very kind and gentle spirit. He never received any Reiki training and I never showed him any symbols but at one point in his healing journey he began bringing me photos of his work because he felt like something was happening in his work and his clients seemed to be receiving healing and he was noticing stranges images appearing in the details of his tattoos.

        I looked at the pictures and sure enough in the details of the tattoos were little reiki symbols. He did not know what they were but he noticed that the shapes has begurn reoccurring in his work. When I told him what they were, he was so happy to know that he was permanently etching healing energy into his clients. For many people tattoos are a casual thing taken on without thought, in a drunken stupor. This is clearly not what you are doing or you would no be having this discussion. For other people it is a sacred rite. The choice is yours.
  • Unsu...

    Re: Tattoo

    Fri, July 18, 2008 - 2:22 PM
    Do what thou will, an harm none.

    Turn away from the negative-talkers, the "Grand PuBAH's" and do as your intuition guides you.

    Enjoy life, you know how to hold something sacred, with love, be moved by that.