In Reiki, we use symbols to empower and expand our treatment. They were brought to us by Dr. Usui, the founder of Reiki. In his search for a complete healing system Reiki symbols were revealed to him on Mt. Koriyama at the end of his 21st day of prayer and meditation. The Reiki symbols sharpen our focus and intention and facilitate such things as increasing, calming, or sending energy. They also have a vibration which resonates with physical, emotional or spiritual bodies.
Some symbols are branded "occult" conjuring up images of "devil worship", but this couldn't be farther from the truth. Occult actually means "hidden or obscure. "In times of religious oppression, knowledge that was counterdoctrine to the ruling church had to be kept hidden or secret. Due to the churches desire for singular power, occult was redefined as "evil" burning or hanging those who practiced it. Consequently, "mystery schools" were driven underground where healing information could be passed from teacher to student, protecting sacred data so beneficial and self empowering for every day people.