This item is from the Millennium Edition of the alt.healing.reiki FAQ, by Scott Maxfield (v2.001).
The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the author or of the posters to the newsgroup alt.healing.reiki
No guarantee or warranty is expressed or implied in any form and no liability is accepted for any harm arising from use or misuse of this information. In medical matters always seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner.
The Reiki symbols are pictorial/written symbols that are used in the attunement processes and in the healing processes. They are said to be based upon or even identical with written symbols used in certain Buddhist practices.
There are those who consider the symbols to be secret and who will not pass them on except to students of the appropriate levels. There are others who term them "sacred" and who will let others see them without being attuned. Many of these people cite that seeing the symbols confers no advantage if one does not know how to use them, and they can do no harm anyway. The sacred/secret debate arises from time to time in AHR.
I do not propose to give specific details about individual symbols as they will be made available to you if you are attuned.
Also take a look at Reiki Treatments in Vancouver if you are in the area.