Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen — the Connection Symbol
The Reiki Connection symbol is the third symbol taught to Reiki initiates. The Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is best known for its use in distant, or absentia, treatments. This symbol has a long reach; it extends beyond time and space. This symbol is also called “the Pagoda” because of its towerlike appearance. Multiple kanji characters are used to create it. More variations have been shown of this symbol than any of the other Reiki symbols.
From a visual point of view, the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is a cosmic shape-shifter. This symbol is extremely adaptable and feels elastic when you work with it. Its form collapses and stretches, as needed, in any application. More so than the other symbols, the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen seems to exhibit extra flexibility.
All the Reiki symbols are flexible. Working with these symbols could be described as handling modeling clay. Clay sculptures express what the artist feels. In this same way, the Reiki symbols emulate intentions put forth by the Reiki practitioner.
The Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is always used in transmitting absentia, or distant, treatments. It possesses the power of telepathy and is comparable to the electrical wiring that connects telegraph operators on each end of a communication. You can read more about this symbol and distant treatments in Chapter 8, which describes absentia treatments in more detail.
The Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen can assist you in making a connection with your inner child. Unresolved childhood traumas and issues tend to get buried inside our subconscious minds, contributing to our adult fears and concerns. Reiki treatments can bring about balance and will sometimes bring these issues to the surface for healing. When practitioners encounter hurtful memories that were formerly locked up inside a recipient but are suddenly beginning to surface, it is appropriate to apply this symbol to assist the ki movement toward balance and healing.
The Connection symbol serves as the key to accessing information recorded in the Akashic Records (see Appendix B for more information on the Akashic Records). This information is included for individuals who believe in reincarnation. If you believe that you have lived many lifetimes, you probably also believe that when you entered your current incarnation, you brought in talents and knowledge that you attained during previous incarnations. Also, any emotional backlash from pains or sufferings that were not completely healed would also have been carried in at birth.
There's one school of thought that teaches the belief that all of our lifetimes (past, present, and future) are being lived out simultaneously in different dimensions. The Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen symbol can extend to past and future lives and treat all dis-eases from all our lifetimes. Applying Reiki to ailments that originated from previous lifetimes will treat the physical dis-ease during that lifetime, and, as a bonus, it will also treat any lingering emotional repercussions that were carried over into your present lifetime.
When visualizing the Reiki symbols, pay attention to whether or not they appear balanced. A symbol that appears askew is signaling an imbalance. For example, if you're conducting a distant treatment and the Cho Ku Rei appears lopsided, it could mean that the recipient's personal power is diminished. Or, if the Sei Hei Ki appears squashed, it could indicate disharmony. In these cases, ask your Reiki guides to bring balance to the misaligned symbol before sending it off to the recipient.