Out of curiosity, a friend showed me a Reiki symbol she recently started using. The symbol is called “Tam A Ra Sha,” and looks like a circle with three straight lines which more or less divide the circle into thirds and a horizontal line with curved ends at either side through in the middle.

I can’t find much about it on the internet… The pages I do find all say the same things: the symbol is for balancing or grounding energy and is for relieving pain. My opinion on the symbol is that it doesn’t appear to do anything which the other traditional Usui symbols don’t already do.

All arguments about the actual efficacy of the symbol aside, what I’m interested in is the history of this symbol. How old is it? Where did it come from? Who first began using it? When did it first appear in contemporary awareness? What styles or schools of Reiki traditionally use this symbol?

I can’t find anything about the actual history of the symbol, so if anybody could help me out with that, I’d be really grateful. Thanks!

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  • stephen eden is 100% correct. The Tamarasha Symbol is from the KOFUTU Healing System which is very different to Reiki. The Tamarasha Symbol was introduced to Reiki (The actual name of the branch is ‘Usui Shiki Ryoho’ from lineage Takata – Phyllis Lei Furumoto and on) by Reiki Master A. J. MacKenzie Clay (deceased). In his earlier controversial books (early 90’s) about Reiki he discussed some different healing systems. It was A.J. MacKenzie Clay who introduced the Tamarasha Symbol to Usui Shiki Ryoho (Reiki) and those who went on to learn Reiki and received the Reiki Master attunement from him have continued to include and teach the Tamarasha Symbol as part of Reiki. This is also how it entered the Seichim realm. I know this because I know his attuning Reiki Master and I am also part of the same Reiki & Seichim lineage. I hope this info clears up the mystery for everyone.

    • As for the actual use of the Tamarasha Symbol most of the claims made on the internet about it are simply not true.

      This is the ACTUAL USE OF TAMARASHA (Tam A Ra Sha) from the book “Kofutu Touch Healing” (Published 1982 – YES 1982!!)

      The use of Tamarasha in meditation enhances a person’s intuitive understanding of spiritual awareness and spiritual consciousness. Regular use of Tamarasha will help establish a connection between one’s physical/material identity and intuitive/spritual identity. Use of Tamarasha in healing is to guide the healing toward it’s greatest spiritual potential.

      The use of Tamarasha in Reiki (and Seichim) is much the same. In Reiki/Seichim the Tamarasha is the spiritual/Material/Physical connection. It is used for grounding. It is useful to use to help manifest things/concepts. Drawing the lines downward helps ground into the physical. Drawing the lines upward helps ground into the spiritual. Grounding is extremely important, as the higher spiritual ideas, energies and concepts come into out hearts and minds and need ‘anchoring’- rather like bringing heaven to Earth.

      Namiste

  • TAMARASHA IS A BEING, WHO GUIDES THE KOFUTU
    HEALING PATH. TAMARASHA IS NOT A REIKI SYMBOL.
    THERE IS A 2-D SYMBOL WITHIN THE KOFUTU HEALING SYSTEM WHICH IS CALLED TAMARASHA. PLEASE DO RESEARCH , AND YOU WILL KNOW THAT TAMARASHA
    IS A DISCARNATE BEING.
    REIKI PRACTITIONERS MAY BE USING THE TAMARASHA SYMBOL, WITH EXPLANATIONS AS TO THE FUNCTION OF THE SYMBOL. THIS MAY SUIT THEIR NEEDS , TO EXPLAIN
    TAMARASHA IN SUCH WAYS.
    I REMIND YOU …CONTACT JIM PELTIER, KOFUTU FORMULA MASTER TEACHER, IN THE U.S.A….
    HE WILL HAPPILY DISPEL ANY MISINFORMATION YOU
    MAY HAVE REGARDING TAMARASHA.
    STEPHEN EDEN.
    U.K.

  • It comes from Seichim Reiki. It is an off shot from the original Usui Reiki lineage. Seichim (pronounced “say-keem”) is Egyptian in origin. It can be spelled Sekem, Seichim, Seichem, SKHM, and other similar variations:

    Seichim Reiki Master manual Text:http://www.scribd.com/doc/53008/Reiki-Master-Handbook

    TAM-A-RA-SHA
    Sounds like “tam ara sha”
    Alias – The Balancing Factor
    Summary- Ground and balances the energy, Helps unblock the energy chakras allowing the energy to flow.
    The Tam-A-Ra-Sha is a blanacing/unblocking symbol. To completely unblock yourself sign it over or around your feet. Signing this symbol over pain helps reduce the pain or dissipate it altogether.

    http://reikiforhealth.blogspot.com/2009/05/tam-ra-sha-he-balanicg-factor.html

    Ripples of the Mind – Reiki Symbols
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/8895597/Reiki-Symbols-Strength-Symbols

    “Tam A Ra Sha helps to balance and ground the energy of the practitioner or the
    client. Sometimes it is used in reiki healing to sign over an area of pain to help
    heal it faster. It is pronounced tam-ara-sha
    Holding this symbol in your mind keep energy flowing.
    TAM -A-RA-SHA (anti clock wise Top Diagram) -Balance and ground energy to
    Your physical body.
    TAM -A-RA-SHA (clock wise Bottom diagram) – Balance and ground the energy
    to the spiritual body.”

    Seichim or Seichem or Sekhem
    Origins: Patrick Ziegler
    http://www.reiki-seichem.com/reikihistorys-z.html

    TAM-A-RA-SHA – Mackenzie Clay
    http://www.reiki-seichem.com/reikihistoryl-r.html

  • Like this?
    http://www.holisticshop.co.uk/products/tam-sha-pendant & http://www.redbubble.com/people/rain-dogs/t-shirts/3972545-3-tam-a-ra-sha

    I’ll be honest, I looked. I googled and such. but I found nothing on the history of that specific symbol, just what it did.
    I’m sorry.
    However, this is the first time I’ve ever even heard of Reiki symbols and I’m very interested in learning more now, so thank you! <3
    ~Learn something new every day!
    Good luck with your search!

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