It May Appear Small, but It Is Powerful

by Roberta R. Barnes © 2003

This is the perfect description of Shoden, the first level or degree, in Usui Reiki Ryoho. Something seen as simple and small can look quite differently when you step back and view the whole thing that shows the depth within the meaning.

Usui Reiki is the name given to the vibration of universal unconditional love and harmony that Mikao Usui connected to in 1921 when fasting in deep meditation; in 1922 he created an original spiritual practice, which included a method to open others to these amazing vibrations. 

Take a minute to think of the strength contained in love, then think of what can manifest from harmony.  This will give you an idea of what can come from the combination of these two universal energies when used in a way honoring the essence of Usui Reiki Ryoho.

Reiki is just a Japanese noun. Usui Reiki Ryoho is a healing art using universal vibrations that come with universal wisdom. Balance and harmony travel to the core of those cells/atoms in the mind, body or spirit where imbalances exist; once an imbalance is brought back into balance and surrounded with harmony healing begins. <read What is Usui Reiki>

The appearance of small comes from the Reiki practitioner or Shihan (master instructor) not using any material objects, mysterious symbols, set hand positions, or directing in any way.  The powerful comes from the healing that happens as mind, body and spirit heal together to bring the receiver back to a natural state of well-being.

Universal energy cannot be directed and trying to do so creates inharmonic vibrations. Nevertheless, once your pathway has been opened by a qualified Usui Reiki Shihan it naturally flows through you to where it is needed in mind, body or sprit of yourself or another. 

Being a piece of ‘the source’  Usui Reiki needs nothing to increase its strength, and once a clear connection has been established this piece of universal energy can flow into and enhance everything in your life.

Reiki-ho(method) is often called a hands-on healing, because it is usually done by allowing Reiki to flow through the palms of the hands.  As you learn in classes it can flow in many ways through many areas and to many places.

Anyone of any age can benefit from Usui Reiki.  Anyone who is willing to take the time to learn something new to him or her can have his or her pathway opened to the vibrations of universal unconditional love and harmony by a qualified Usui Reiki Ryoho Shihan. 

There is nothing strange about Japanese Reiki  and their are no odd or difficult rituals. When I refer to Japanese Reiki I am referring to styles such as Gendai Reiki Ho and Komyo Reiki Kai, which have come directly from Japan. <read what are Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki kai> 

The first level or degree in Usui Reiki Ryoho is the first step on the path of self-discovery, and enhancing all positive in your life. This level focuses on self-healing and self-growth; when you heal yourself your heal your family, your group, your community, our world. <Usui Reiki Ryoho classes>


To identify with an energy most people cannot see, hear, taste, or smell requires hours of study with a qualified Usui Reiki Shihan, and  a lot of practice, but the healing that results is worth it all.

Usui Reiki Ryoho is not difficult to learn, but requires time and discipline. No level of Usui Reiki can be learned in one afternoon, by a quick download from the internet, or from a book Nevertheless, the Usui Reiki Ryoho is leads to tranquility, peace and joy; it is the key to health and happiness.

The Usui Gokai (the five precept or five principles) is only five very short lines, but the meaning within those simple lines is powerful.


 The way in which a Usui Reiki Ryoho Shihan opens another person’s pathway to Usui Reiki appears to be very simple and happens without music, material objects or any odd rituals. Once your pathway is opened, it stays that way for the rest of your life; with each level you complete it opens wider and the only thing that can interrupt the flow of universal love and harmony is such things as living by the ego.


The universe does not discriminate, so not race, religion, sex, formal education, or wealth will stop a person from learning, if he or she wants to learn, or make learning easier.  Also because the universe allows free-will no one can force Usui Reiki on anyone, if your higher-self says no than Usui Seiki simply does not flow to you.

I have known through experience since 1996 that there is no way of knowing how much wider your pathway can be opened until you complete the next level.  While exercises, techniques, meditations and the opening a person’s pathway is passed from Shihan to Shihan, there are not charts and graphs. Each person on this earth is unique and the universe recognizes and honors that; different levels are right for different people and each level is honorable.

Mikao Usui invited his students to try to achieve going beyond what he had achieved, showing that to let go of ‘thinking you have all the knowledge’ is an important step in achieving a pure connection to universal love and harmony.  Since Usui Sensei passed on no one in the URR Gakkai (the society Usui Sensei founded in Japan) has claimed to have gone beyond his. 

As you learned in science studies energy can be neither created nor destroyed, but it can change into many forms. Usui Reiki being a piece of universal energy, not a form, reinforces and replenishes Ki/Qi (a from of life force energy that defies definition) and all other forms when needed.

If you would like to know the Usui Reiki Ryoho journey I have traveled since the mid to late 1980s click here


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