The Shingon Reiki characters
Shingon Reiki is a word I invented combining four Chinese characters. The Shingon Reiki characters are composed of the Japanese words Shingon and Reiki. The Reiki characters are explained here and mean Spiritual Life Energy. Shingon, however, needs a closer explanation.
Shin means sincerity, factual and truth. In the case of Chinese characters, at the same time, it can also be called sincere, honest and truthful.
Gon means speech, language and word
Shingon really means true words or sincere language. But at the same time, in Japanese it is the term for mantras and Siddham. Mantras are single or stringed syllables that, when pronounced, not only bring a sonority but also spiritual effects. Siddham are the characters of each syllable in the mantras.Strictly speaking, this is a ritual script from which the written Sanskrit has developed over the centuries. Therefore, the Siddham can be described as magic symbols. From one of these Siddham the mental healing symbol, of the second level Usui Reiki, was also developed.
Moreover, Shingon is also the name of the Shingon School of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism. Incidentally, the terms esoteric, tantric and occult are synonyms of Greek, Sanskrit and Latin and always mean hidden or secret.
Mikao Usui was a monk of the Tendai School. Originally from China, it was not until the ninth century in Japan that it adopted the contents of Tantric Buddhism from the Shingon School. Therefore, the Buddhist sources of the Usui are also originally from the Shingon school. A separate lecture could be held on the topic of why Usui was a monk of the Tendai School.
However, we come back again. Now in combination the Shingon Reiki characters signify:
- True words of spiritual life energy
- Reiki with mantras and Siddham (symbols)
- Spiritual life energy with sacred sounds and symbols
If you look at the content, it is easy to see that the term Shingon Reiki is not about the contents of the first and second level Reiki. Namely, this is the Reiki energy transmitted through the hands and the symbols that have a pronunciation at the same time.