Advanced Usui Reiki Ryoho

Your positive creations so not have an expiration dateUsui Sensei said, “This is surely a secret process to bring a good fortune and also a miraculous medicine to remedy all kinds of disease”.                              When you study any level of Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki kai you learn to weave a piece of universal energy we call Usui Reiki into your life without complicated charts, odd ritual,s or material objects. 


Once a person’s pathway has been opened by a qualified Usi Reiki Ryoho Shihan, Usui Reiki (often called Reiki light or Reiki energy) flows through his or hers hands, eyes, breath and other areas to all imbalance including areas of stagnate energy.  This is complete healing, which includes life force energy, ki, inner healer, and all energies centers within the energy field surrounding each life form (aura).

The inner healer within any life form can malfunction and the balance and harmony of Usui Reiki corrects that, enhances it so that healing can begin, and continues to keep it on track in the way that is best for the life receiving at that time.  

It is the light of universal unconditional love & harmony (Usui Reiki) that has the power to heal as needed and not symbols.

Advanced Usui Reiki Ryoho is self-growth; this includes expanding awareness without ego, resonating with the piece o f universal energy we have come to call Usui Reiki, and the ability to allow the universal vibrations of love and harmony to clearly flow. 

Once Mikao Usui attained enlightenment he was without ego at all times and in all places; he was said to have been a furnace of positive healing energy. While in martial arts he went beyond grand master, in the healing spiritual practice he created he did not use a title and did not give titles to his students.

Usui Sensei focused on sharing the gift he had been blessed to receive from the universe, and not promoting himself.   When we bench the thinking mind we allow Usui Reiki to flow through us in its pure form to the core of all atoms in need.

You, or someone else, can fix your car and other machines inside and outside your home.  You are not a machine, nor are your pets or any life form.  Healing is not fixing or removing blocks, it is something you can feel in a way that improves the quality of life.  Healing is returning to the state of well-being best for the receiver at that junction in time.  With machines time does not matter, they can be fixed as long are you have the right part and skill.   When balance and harmony are words to describe an event, then what is best for everyone involved happens. If an event is fixed to be a certain way it can be great for one or two, but not everyone involved.

Your focus and ability to allow Usui Reiki flow through you without complicated rituals and symbols is one of the things that makes the difference in the healing that occurs. “The healing that occurs is a barometer of the practitioner’s or Shihan’s spirituality.” ©international Hiroshi Doi 202.   In classes Doi Sensei pointed out that responsibility of healing rests with the healee and not the healer.  This is one of the reasons why animals, birds, etc who are without judgement, sometimes heal faster and more fully that some people.


Mikao Usui’s simple yet profound original spiritual practice can improve the quality of your life in the way best for you at that junction in time.  Once you fully resonate with the universal love and harmony to which your pathway has been opened you can allow Usui Reiki to flow at any time without any training wheels or teaching tools used by your instructor.  Your manuals for each level are only for your review as needed.


It is common for those following the essence in which Usui Sensei created Usui Reiki Ryoho to refer to Usui Reiki as Reiki Light, Reiki energy, or wave of love. <What is Reiki>

If you are a Reiki practitioner and you feel strongly that you want more powerful ability, mysterious experiences, and more symbols, it is best for you to look within.  When you look within and feel the light of Usui Reiki flowing through you, your awareness expands, which then allows you to see around you things you did not see before.

Advanced Reiki is knowing Usui Reiki will enhance the essence of other positive techniques and support the effectiveness as with scientific medical healing treatments, therapies, and medications. science,

“Some may seek self-realization method or a wish come true method in place of Reiki. The universe allows free will, but these self-realization methods are not Usui Reiki Ryoho”.  international © Hiroshi Doi 1999        

Once your pathway has been opened by a qualified Shihan (master instructor) in a style honoring the essence in which Usui Sensei founded his original spiritual practice you bench your ego and sense the world as either harmonious or in need of the balance and harmony that flows through you.

A you go the through the exercises in the levels of Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai you connect fully with the true you that only you can fully know.  Your positive skills/talents in all areas are enhanced by Usui Reiki as you are guided to develop them to your fullest potential.

As you learn in Shoden (first teaching) when you heal yourself you heal your family your group, your community, our world.  


AS you advance you let go the worry of allowing Usui Reiki to flow to another life that does not want to heal its mind, body or spirit. You also let go the worry of having to place your hands on another as you learn the best way for you to connect over any distance or time. The universe allows freewill.  If the higher-self of any life form does not want Usui Reiki flowing to him or her, it simply does not flow. 

Once you learn to fully resonate with the universal vibrations of love and harmony flowing through you, allowing it to flow to another of you is not difficult.

In each level/degree you advance on your path by:


While tool is not a word we associate with a spiritual practice, Usui Reiki Ryoho following the essence in which it was created by Mkao Usui is a powerful tool for healing mind. body and spirit together.

 There are only four levels in Gendai Reiki Ho and Komyo Reiki Kai; while the fourth is teachers level, each of the other levels is important and honorable when practiced in the way they were in the 1920s and 1930s in Japan. <read more>

 It is good to remember that Mikao Usui created three symbols in 1925 to help those students who required something visual to connect with energy.  Clocks are perfect examples of symbols. Clocks are symbols of our measuring of time; they are not time and cannot create nor change time. Reiki symbols are only training wheels to use until you have developed Byosen Reikan-ho.

The next time you feel you need to learn a new symbol think back to the 1960s when the peace symbol appeared around the world.  If symbols had power we would all be experiencing world peace. What have become know as Reiki symbols are training wheels used to help students until they can recognize vibrations and trust in universal wisdom.


How Usui Reiki (universal love and harmony) flows, depends upon pureness of mind, and if the Usui Reiki practitioner’s or Shihan’s  pathway has remained clear. Discipline, no-ego  and practice, practice, practice, and more practice are important. 


 If your focus is on personal gain you bring in the ego; if your focus is on self-growth you bring in gain. 

We all have an inner healer that we see evidence of  through such things as the healing of cuts, broken bones and bruises. Usui Sensei created a way for us to use Usui Reiki to work with the inner healer realigning it when it is malfunctioning,enhancing it as needed and keeping it on track.


 As you develop the awareness to embrace the piece of universal energy we call Usui Reiki you connect with your reservoir of courage and kindness.  As you move through the four levels this connection not only allows you to help people and other life forms, but increases your self-growth.

  “When you see others and yourself healing it is not a measure of how well you are using a tool, but is a barometer of your spirituality”.  international ©. Hiroshi Doi 2002


Usui Reiki Ryoho is a blissful journey on which you are constantly learning.  During the hours in classes the path to achieve Daianshin (a state where your mind is perpetually filled with peace, tranquility, and joy) becomes clearer <learning Usui Reiki Ryoho>

Usui Sensei created the perfect recipe for healing mind, body and spirit in the best way the life receiving.  This is why Usui Reiki Shihans (master instructor) do not add in rituals from other practices, material objects or new symbols.   <read more>



I remind you of the quote I have on my What is Reiki page . . .

The word “reiki” is used often by spiritual therapists during (the) Meiji (1868-1912), Taisho (1912-1925) and early Showa (1926-1988) Era.  Many people used the phrase “reiki ryoho” to refer to their therapies, and “reiki ryoho” is not original with Usui Sensei.  The name Usui Sensei used was “Usui Reiki Ryoho, which is origiankl with Usui Sensei .” © 2002 Hiroshi Doi.



The universe is timeless and has no need for instant anything. Traveling in your vehicle at top speed you may reach your destination much quicker, but think of all the things you missed along the way that might have made your journey more worthwhile. Learning the spiritual practice Usui Sensei founded takes time and cannot be learned in just a few hours from a book, DVD or instant download.  <read more>


No one can master universal energy or Mikao Usui’s spiritual practice, but you can master youself.  Mastering the mysteries of self is one of the wondrous things you learn through Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai.  


No one can tell you how Usui Reiki feels; each person feels energies differently and each life-form heals differently at different moments in time. 

Learning Japanese Reiki

Hiroshi Doi, who joined the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in 1993,  summarized the style he created, Gendai Reiki Ho (Modern Reiki method for healing) by saying —  “Ayashiku-nai, Okashiku-nai, Muzukashiku-nai”.   Translated into English it is, nothing fishy, nothing odd, nothing difficult”.

Your higher-self connecting with that piece of the source of all energy that makes you become the tuning fork, so no material tuning fork or other objects are needed.

The most advanced techniques in Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai depend upon pure connections void of any intended out-come other than what the universe knows to be best for the receiver at that moment in time.  .

Learn Komyo Reiki Kai.

Komyo Reiki Kai’s motto summarizes the balance and harmony of that Japanese Reiki style ,“Go Placidly in the midst of Praise or Blame“.



 When I studied with Hiroshi Doi Sensei, through a translator, he said in the class  “There are Reiki teachers that can be great teachers, but there are no grand masters in Usui Reiki.”  There are grand masters in martial arts, and Mikao Usui was a grand master in martial arts; he did not refer to himself even as a master in the healing art/spiritual practice that he founded. 


What appeared in several photographs I took in my healing studio, two of which are shown on this page, was unexpected.  As was what appeared in another shown on my What are Gendai Reiki-ho and Kmoyo Reiki Kai page .

These photographs might fall into that secret category, if’ I did not have the piece of universal energy we call Usui Reiki always flowing through me.Advanced Usui ReikiThe photo to your is a visual the universe gave to me to show me that universal energy is present even when we are not aware of it.  This was before digital cameras and photo shop.  I was using my Canon 35mm (old fashion film camera) with average color print film.  I was using the afternoon Western sunlight and holding a tea alight candle in my hands while my camera was on self timer.

The visual to your left is only a finger pointing to the infinite cords (as in music)  contained within the universal vibrations we call Usui Reiki. The colors, like Reiki symbols, have no power, they simply represent something in my reality because it was a visual for me.  In classes I explain more about this color appearing in one vision I had.

Opening the envelope of photographs in my car I did not expect to see anything like this.  My intention was to take a photograph of my hands in such a way as to show a visual representing the light that flows with universal love and harmony. 

The photograph at the top of  Reiki healing sessions page <click here to see this page>  came from that same roll of film, and as you see there are no colors. The colors also appeared in one frame when I was taking photographs of me allowing Usui Reiki to flow my Scottish Terrier.  Both photos were taken in my healing studio (Natural Healing & Learning Center) with the same Canon  film camera and average Kodak film.

 As you may have read in other places, while our eyes may capture over 400 billions bits per second we are only aware of a few thousand bits per second. Even though I was certain the camera had captured what my eyes had not, my left brain planted the seed of doubt.  The local lab that processed the film and printed the photographs checked the negatives, prints, and my camera for light leaks.  The only explanation for the colors is the piece of universal energy we call Usui Reiki.


 On  another page you will see a photograph I took inside my healing studio when my dog slipped in the photo.  This photograph was intended to only show the arch leading to the hall I had recently added.  When you look to the left of my dog you see energy circles showing that Usui Reiki also fills the air’s atoms. In classes you are introduced to much ore then I show or talk about here.


I strongly suggest that you do not attempt creating photographs combining your hands and flames, but rather resonate with your reality of universal energy and see where that takes you.



You can think of learning Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai in much the same way as I create my sculptors.


Open up to Reiki

First you begin with a block or form–such as the whole you, which includes your body, all levels of your consciousness, and your spirit.

Your reality is included, which is your beliefs that are formed by your view of your experiences.



Reiki removes the negative

You take away from that block what is not needed; complicated and negative beliefs from too many possible sources to list.

All Those things that can be preventing you from seeing/revealing the beauty that is within.



Usui Reiki Ryoho allows you to be free Once the negative aligned with anger, worry and the need to achieve a by-the-book desired outcome are let go, self-growth begins and your true universal self can take flight.

 With Japanese Usui Reiki taking away all the complicated unneeded things brings the balance and harmony that creates a healing rhythm in the whole life form or event.

It may take hours of sanding and polishing, but the end result is a beautiful form that is uniquely yours.


Your brain has various sects in which to store memory, and all your other cells store memory, but when you know something it is within that place commonly referred to as the heart area, which is the place of true knowledge. This is why taking the time in classes to learn to feel vibrations and understand the reason behind the exercises and techniques is so important.


As you read down on this page you will see how some of my students have blended Usui Reiki into their lives as they found their authentic self through Gendai Reiki Ho or Komyo Reiki Kai.  This page will continue to update as more students of all levels give me their permission to have their stories appear here.  A few of my students have wonderful skill, but for now only friends and family know of them.


Living by the essence of Mikao Usui’s  first awakening and then being opened to what he connect to in his second awakening is advanced Reiki. 

In Shoden (level/degree one) you learn to accept/be at peace with your present moment.  The empowerment (attunement)  is the beginning from which you move forward.

 One of the beautiful things that comes with Mikao Usui’s spiritual practice is balance and harmony. When every corner of this world is in-balance and with harmony there will be World Peace.  


When you recognize harmonic and inharmonic vibrations, and trust in Usui Reiki (universal wisdom) the ground on which you stand looks much different then it did before. Life does throw curves balls at everyone from time to time. Once you learn how to be aware of curved balls, and how to move when you see one, your life and the lives around become more harmonious.


When you surrender to the wave of universal unconditional love and harmony you can uncover your universal self that may have laid dormant.  Mikao Usui said, “My Reiki Ryoho is an original method based on intuitive power in the universe”.


Since Usui Reiki Ryoho left Japan various people have changed the original method, resulting in hundreds of styles of Usui Reiki.  Nevertheless, no Usui Reiki teacher or practitioner  of any style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho will ever claim to be better then another, know secrets, or claim to know more than Mikao Usui.

Usui-Sensei was said to have taught each person with the experience he or she came to him with, so perhaps no one person will ever know all of his method. Then again only members of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai know what is taught within the Gakkai. What we all do know is that Usui Reiki Ryoho improves the quality of life.


Mikao Usui said, “My method is an original, there is nothing like this in the world. So I would like to release this method to the public for everyone’s benefit and hope for everyone’s happiness.”

When you take the time to learn the factual history surrounding the method Usui-Sensei created, you erase the word secret from your mind and replace with ‘amazing’ or ‘awesome’, or ‘humbling’, or ‘astonishing’, or similar adjectives.  Allowing Reiki to flow to anything organic or inorganic over time and distance simply feels natural as you understand that time and distance are human creations not recognized by the universe.


We can all have negative reactions to drugs, various herbs, materials such as latex, dyes, and other things.  I have not met anyone who has had a negative reaction to universal unconditional love and harmony.

King Solomon’s words reflect those of many other wise people through the centuries, “That which you know in your heart is that which you are”.  This also reflects the basics of Mikao Usui’s spirituatl practice being the Gokia said from your heart.


Advanced Usui Reiki is actually cultivation of the mind. It may take time and practice to bench your mind and ego, but when you do this you will find yourself in that warm, harmonious, safe place, which becomes your reality.


Letting go your ego allows the “true universal you” to surface, and your skills to unfold and bloom.  When you authentic-self shines you might be amazed The positive way in which Reiki has touched many of Roberta Barnes’ students and clients falls into the category of amazing.



Uncover your authentic skills with Reiki

The photograph to your left was taken in the Natural Healing & Healing Center of Patty Caldwell, when she was living In Maine.

She is an accomplished quilter who watched her talents unfold in a new exciting way during that space between completing the Okuden and Shinpiden levels of Gendai Reiki Ho.

At a monthly Koryukai she brought in a few of her current quilts to show those attending.

These are just a few of the elegant quilts that Patty created as her quilting skills bloomed.


When Universal love and harmony is allowed to flow uninterrupted, what occurs in mind, body, and spirit can be amazing.


Light is energy, and life is light.

 Life is also love, which is also energy.

Usui Reiki is universal energy , which is the light and unconditional love that gives a glow to life.





I was blessed that three of her Usui Reiki Shihans impressed upon me how important it is to blend Reiki into my life 24/7.


A quote from Abraham Lincoln, a United States president, reflects on Mikao Usui’s meditation that allowed for his second awakening , “If you want something you’ve never had before, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done before.”

If you want universal love and harmony to emanate from you it is easy.  You simply allow a form of energy new to you to freely flow through you once a qualified Usui Reiki Shihan who has opened your pathway to the universe.


Mikao Usui connected to Universal energy in 1921, created his method in 1922  and passed on in 1926, but the wisdom he shared is ageless.  In the hours of study with your Reiki Shihan you see Usui Sensei’s essence in the words of  Dr. Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Hunter Patch Adams, Dale Carnegie and many more.

Dale Carnegie gives a perfect example of trusting in the universe when a young blind boy was asked to find a mouse that was lost in the classroom. The teacher asking him to do this recognized that the universe had given Stevie Morris something no one else in the class had, a remarkable awareness of hearing, to compensate for his lack of visual sight.

That teacher’s trust in the universe seeded that young boy’s trust and he came to be known as one of the great pop singers and songwriters of the seventies–Stevie Wonder.


Usui Reiki Ryoho allows those people with physical challenges that medical science lists in the ‘cannot be cured’ category to experience happiness in the manner best for him or her. Curable from within can take many forms, and Usui Reiki helps those forms to be uncovered.



We cannot visually see all that is within each of the zillions of atoms within the mind, body, and spirit. We cannot know the source of all symptoms the body chooses to show. The nice thing is that we do not need to see or know; Usui Reiki directed by universal wisdom knows where to flow and what to do when it arrives. If this sounds a bit magical, it perhaps is because universal energy is one of those things beyond logical reason. Actually each time you look out your window, you can see that way in which nature unfolds is magical.


One of the things that helps with assimilation is knowing in your heart that you are being opened to that which is new to you and being grateful for the shifts that take place in your mind, body or spirit.

The ability to allow Reiki to flow through you begins as soon as you receive your first invitation/empowerment/attunement. This ability improves not only by each level you complete, but by self-purifying, self-growth and lots of practice.


Advanced Usui Reiki is recognizing that it is a spiritual practice.  The further a Usui Reiki practitioner or Shihan grows spiritually the purer universal love and harmony flowing through them becomes.

It takes time to form actual knowledge, and there is no instant download for the essence of universal love and harmony to be embodied by your jing.   In spite of this, each step of the Usui Reiki Ryoho journey is blissful, if you allow it to be so.

The photograph to you right was taken by one of  my students.  It shows something neither of usReiki energy circle  expected.  At first glance, this photograph looks like it should be tossed.  As always, the word ‘should’,  is best tossed.

At second glance, what appears above my upward turned palms makes it a perfect photograph.

It is the message within the photograph that makes it perfect.

This photograph was also taken with 35mm film, and appears here just the way it developed.

 I am out-of-focus even though settings on the Canon Rebel camera were set for me to be in-focus.  The white circle  that clearly appears above my hands is an energy circle.


Many forms of energy create visuals. I never expected energy circles to appear in any photographs taken of me  Universal energy does not go by human expectations. This photograph shows that the balance and harmony that flows through a person outshines physical appearance and clothing.


 The focus of life is not on a person’s features, skin, hair, or the clothing worn.

The focus is on the energy that flows through her or him;

when balance and harmony flows the unexpected positive can happen.


Take a moment and think about the various people that impressed you throughout your life. Do you remember the clothing he or she wore, or the hair style?  Or do you remember what he or she did or said. It is the energy flowing from a person that makes the biggest impression.

Regardless of what molecule you examine, energy is at the core.

Usui Reiki flows to the core to bring healing balance & harmony



Rituals only require, an intention, a plan that can be remembered, something material or visual that has meaning to you, a designated space, and an ending meaningful to you.

The next time your family has dinner or friends have tea, make it a ritual and enjoy.

Do a ritual just for you to end your day in a pleasant relaxing way.  Run a bath, do the Reiki technique to cleanse the bathroom (or the whole house), then do Hatsurei-Ho or a similar exercise, light some scented candles, allow Usui Reiki to flow into the bath water, and soak away all imbalances of the day while repeating the Gokai.  Once you do this you are doing Advanced Reiki.


Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki , the styles I enjoy teaching, are often called Japanese Reiki.  At URRI 2002 in Canada, I  met approximately eighty other Reiki Shihans (master/teachers) from around the world, each with their own chi/qi/ki/prana going along with Usui Reiki to share with others.  No style honoring the tradition of Usui Reiki Ryoho is better then any other.


Following are the words of one of  my Japanese Reiki Shihans, Doi-Sensei, Hiroshi Doi.  These words are copyright 1998, 1999 Hiroshi Doi.   He speaks Japanese, but one who understands the meaning behind the words translated this.

We are not Reiki, we are not the author of Reiki, we are simply and always the empty vessel (flute, tube, whatever) through which Reiki flows into another.

We cannot control it, we cannot demand it, command it, or even deny it as it comes for the Universal Author (Authoress) of Life & God/Goddess.

We are truly the instruments and as such we cannot claim to be better, wiser, or anything else than any other practitioner or teacher. That determination is left up to those who come to us for assistance or teaching, and to Creator who knows all.”


uncovering your authentic skills


Usui Reiki is energy from the timeless universe and cannot be rushed. Each person’s pathway will only open as much as he or she is ready for at a given junction in time regardless of age, sex, educational level, or religious background.


It is good to remember that while different combinations can be an excellent synergy in one situation they can be inappropriate in another.

Massage therapists, all other medical professionals, and artists of all mediums blending Usui Reiki into his or her practice is perfect.


If you indulge yourself in Japanese history you will see the factual history of Usui Sensei is much more intriguing than the numerous canards.  While Usui-Sensei became one with the light and lived in higher dimensions spirituality his body, relatives, and friends were still subjected to follow the political rule of the day.

You will also see why the receiver laying down and receiving through hands-on was added into the practice of Usui Reiki Ryoho after Mikao Usui’s passing.

Stories are a wonderful way to get one’s point across, and the imagination is a wonderful gift.  Each person has the right to believe whatever he or she wishes.  Whatever a person chooses to believe about the history of Usui Reiki Ryoho it cannot take from the fact that the gift of connecting to the universal vibrations of love and harmony that Mikao Usui passed on is among the ultimate of gifts.


When Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki Kai becomes a part of your life you will feel that welcome relief as the worry of where to place your hands is let go. Hand positions like symbols are teaching tools.

Trusting in Reiki to guide us, we do not need to know medical details, pressure points, the recognized 32 chakras, meridian (nadia) channels, colors, or other details used in various healing modalities.


Usui Reiki can be allowed to flow into everything, even hobbies you may have. Sculpting is one of the things I enjoy doing    At the bottom of this page are photographs of one of my sculptures that appeared when I focused  on Usui Reiki only.


When I stepped back and looked at the form the words of one of my college professors came to mind, form does not have to resemble details of life. Form flows, that is art.”

Usui Reiki Ryoho is a healing art in that it flows without any preconceived form; energy can take many forms.


Daily practice allows Usui Reiki to flow in a pure way that can enhance all your skills and relationships, even those in the work place.

Universl energy is in everythingAt first glance, these might look like two separate sculptures. Love and harmony

However, they are shots taken of the same sculpture from different sides.

The vibrations of love and harmony are always the same. Different Usui Reiki practitioners and teachers go into the light and connect to the energies within in his or her own reality.

No way is better then another, simply different and once all the training wheels and personal aids are put aside the unencumbered universal energy is the same.


It is good to remember that Mikao Usui went so deeply into meditation that one could say he lost consciousness.  When he discovered what he had connected to during his extremely meditation, he continued to expand his connection and practice to the extent where it is possible that centuries will pass before another person gains the knowledge that he did.   In the meantime, we can all enjoy the journey as we toss obsolete training wheels and props along the way.


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