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Dai Ko Myo Meaning – Reiki Master Symbol

What is the meaning of Dai Ko Myo – Reiki Master Symbol?


Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin.

A Reiki session may help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on spiritual, emotional, and physical levels.

The word “Reiki” comes from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” (life energy). 

Its current form was first developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui. Throughout his lifetime, Usui studied healing techniques, martial arts, and Buddhism.

Dai Ko Myo is the Reiki symbol given to the 3rd-degree Reiki Masters. It is known as “The Master Symbol.” 

It is the most complex of the symbols to draw during a Reiki healing session.

The word “dai” signifies „Great,” “ko” signifies “glossy” or “smooth,” and “myo” signifies “Bright Light.” Thus, this healing symbol translates as „Bright Shining Light” or „Enlightened Nature.”


DKM is the strongest reiki symbol, and it can replace (if you want) all the others.

Once you have been attuned to this reiki symbol, it is severely advised to use it with all your Reiki works.

Your energy work will increase, and you frequently draw this strong energy through your energetic (nadis) system.

Though similar to Cho-Ku-Rei in many ways, this symbol operates on a much higher frequency level and provides the use of greater divine power.

It focuses and intensifies the Reiki energy.

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This symbol is used in Buddhism and is found written in Buddhist temples; hence, although it is sacred, it is not a secret symbol.

This symbol is very powerful because not only does it aim the Reiki energy onto the spiritual level, but it also connects to the Soul or Higher Self.

DKM works on the Anahata (heart) chakra and opens it up to healing, cleansing it to allow better healing and communication from the higher vibrational levels of the energy system.

DKM clears the communication channels with the realm of the Guides, i.e., it guides to lift the veil between the 2 worlds slightly so that communication is possible.

READ MORE: What is the Meaning of Antahkarana Symbol?

Reiki Master Symbol assists you with developing and strengthening:

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  • Self-awareness;
  • Spiritual development;
  • Personal growth;
  • Intuition.

READ MORE: Cho Ku Rei Symbol

Dai Ko Myo can be activated in any of the following ways:

  • By drawing the symbol with your palm center;
  • By drawing the DKM with your finger;
  • By visualizing the DKM;
  • By drawing or projecting the symbol with or from your 3rd eye;
  • By intoning externally or internally the symbol’s name 3 times.

You can use whatever method you prefer or wish, but always remember, as with everything Reiki, it is the intent that counts and is of paramount importance.

Featured image credit – Olga Griga/Shutterstock

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Monday 26th of October 2020

All very useful information with no unnecessary speculation. This is a very informative and helpful article, thank you very much.

PS. I am trained to Reiki Masters level but have not been studying for a while, so this was a wonderful "refresher" for me. 💗🙏


Thursday 14th of March 2024


Anthony Madanu

Saturday 22nd of February 2020

Informative and useful.

Thank you.