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Probably most people have now heard the often-repeated story of how, supposedly, in the beginning Usui-sensei did not teach the use of symbols to his students - that the symbols were something he added to the system later in it's development, in order - it is suggested - to help students feel and differentiate between certain aspects of the 'energy'.

Of course the story could be true. [And this would be a very short article.]

However, it has on occasion been suggested that this story is simply a modern fiction - an attempt at creating a piece of 'supporting testimony' intended to lend weight to the views held by some within the Reiki Community who would wish to eradicate use of the symbols from the discipline entirely.

Usually the thinking is expressed something along the lines of "Well, if the symbols weren't part of the original system they can't be that important - can't really be all that relevant -can they? So lets just ditch 'em!"

[- and, I feel, comments to this effect are probably often followed by the silent thought: "Afterall, I never could quite get the hang of remembering how to draw them complicated little *****ers!]

Strangely, several of those people in the pro-"ditch the symbols" camp, also claim that Reiki has its origins strongly rooted in Esoteric (Mikkyo) Buddhist practice. [It would seem such people are completely oblivious as to the essential and empowering role of symbols (to effect both 'this-worldly' and 'other-worldly' healing and transformation) within the Mikkyo traditions...!]

So, the story that the symbols were something Usui-sensei added to the system later in it's development: Truth? Fiction?

There is of course another option - that the story has its basis in some sort of fact, yet due to a mild case of 'Chinese Whispers' (or in this instance 'Japanese Whispers' !) it has become ever so slightly confused on its journey down through the years to us.

What if the original story - the fact behind the whispers - rather than stating that the symbols were something only introduced to the system later in it's development, simply actually spoke of how the symbols were something only introduced to the student at a later stage in their development?

We often hear how, in Takata-sensei's day, the symbols were considered something to be kept secret.[1]

However, it may be more correct to say that rather than it being just a matter of simply not letting non Level 2 Reiki folk see the symbols - it was a case that even the very fact that there were symbols at all was to be kept secret.

Not only were the symbols not shown to, or even discussed with, Level 1 students, the very existence of symbols was not even mentioned.

While the symbols were obviously used by Takata-sensei as part of the Reiki initiations (though, of course, not all symbols were used in every level initiation), it was not until Level 2 that the symbols, their form and usage, were introduced to the student as part of their training.

It may well be that the primary reason for wanting to keep the symbols (/their very existence), secret from those doing Level 1 training, was to keep the student's focus 'in the present moment'; rather than fueling their curiosity, imagination, and impatience to move on to 'higher' things - when they had not yet even learnt and integrated the basics of what the system had to offer at the earliest stages of training

Likewise, the Level 2 student, having been introduced to the three symbols at that level, was not informed about the fourth symbol.

It was only on being accepted as a level 3 [2] student that the existence of this final symbol was revealed.

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