Learning Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai

In Shoden (level one) you learn to feel vibrations (Byosen Reikan Ho), which frees you from having to memorize hand positions, and allows you to go deeper into the Japanese exercises and techniques. Once you are aware of the differences between life force energy, Ki , universal vibrations of love and harmony, and inharmonic and harmonic vibrations, there is no need to use any symbols or hand positions. 

I teach all classes in Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai in the essence I learned directly from Doi Sensei and Hyakuten Sensei.  This is the essence in which Usui Sensei founded his original spiritual practice in which you resonate with the healing universal vibrations of love and harmony flowing through you without training wheels. 

I show suggested hand positions, but as your awareness expands you have no need for them. Through Japanese exercises and techniques, peace, tranquility and joy become your internal GPS guiding you to improve the quality of your life.

Doi Sensei said, “The practice of Gendai Reiki-ho is learning to live in an energetic state of Love and Harmony rather than living by manmade rules, symbols, materials”© Hiroshi Doi 1999.   <What is Usui Reiki>

As you read on you will see all that you gain by studying these Japanese styles that follow the essence in which Usui Sensei created his original spiritual practice. 

You can also go directly to the description and fee of each level by <clicking here.>


When Usui Reiki Ryoho left Japan names of the levels were often dropped and identified by the number of the level one through four, or five depending upon the instructor.

Levels 1 through 4 in Gendai Reiki-ho are as follows (the names in Komyo Reiki kai are clightly different):

The number of Japanese exercises and techniques in each level require hours of instruction.  Each level (except Pre-shiden for children) requires at least 12 hours, and a detailed manual for that level; my manuals are a combination of Doi Sense’s or Hyakuten Sensei’s manuals and the notes I took in their classes.  

The meaning behind the Japanese names of exercises and techniques is explained as I learned in-person from Hiroshi Doi and Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto.  The meanings are important as evident in one exercise when the English pronunciation is the opposite of the Japanese word’s meaning.

I remember the smiles on other students’ and my faces as Hiroshi Doi and Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto shared with us the quintessence of Mikao Usui’s teachings.  <What is Usui Reiki Ryoho >

Because I was blessed to be lucky enough to study Gendai Reiki-ho directly under Hiroshi Doi and teach in the way he taught me, Natural Healing & Learning Center is certified by Gendai Reiki Kyokai 

 Through Gendai Reiki Ho and Komyo Reiki Kai you learn to . . .  

When you listen and follow the guidance in Gendai Reiki Ho or Komyo Reiki Kai  classes you will be able to easily allow Usui Reiki to flow purely at any time in any place. <see current scheduled classes>  


 Classes in Japanese Usui Reiki

  from a qualified Usui Reiki Ryoho Shihan (master instructor), in a style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho, is one of the most important things you can do for you and others. 

The empowerments (attunements) are just the beginning; through Japanese exercises and techniques you learn to weave universal love and harmony into all areas of your life. As your vibration raises and the quality of your life improves you touch all around you in a positive way.  

I teach as my Japanese Shihans taught me,Learn Reiki levels 1,2,3, & 4the only difference being I explain in the way we commonly think in North America. The certificates I give reflect those of Doi Sensei and Hyakuten Sensei.

Gendai Reiki Ho and Komyo Reiki Kai model Usui Sensei’s essence in easily weaving universal love and harmony into your daily life . The only things required to learn these Japanese exercises, techniques, and meditations are listening with an open mind/heart and a desire to learn.   

I break down the hours required for each level into multiple classes so that you obtain the full benefits without being overwhelmed.  I am available to ask questions as needed between classes and after you have completed any level. I hold a monthly Koryukai  (gathering) and I offer a monthly newsletter to my students.

 Usui Sensei said “that by mastering the mysteries of self we learn to affect the mysteries of life” international © Hiroshi Doi 1999  . 

How I teach is best described by my students: 

To those of you who are thinking of enlightening your lives for the better, I would recommend taking classes from Roberta R. Barnes. I have taken Shoden (level 1), Okuden (level 2), and just completed Shinpiden (level 3), in Gendai Reiki-Ho.   It is hard for me to express to others what has happened within me and around me after completing each level. I see the world and those in it differently.  The best change has been within myself.  I feel more balanced and open to the universe and what it wants to share with me. I feel more happiness and peacefulness then I have felt in a long while.  I am finally able to just let go. For me that is a big one. So hard to put into words when the emotions are so overflowing. Roberta is understanding, and all of so many questions she answered patiently.”—Patty C.  


 You made sure I understood everything before moving on.”Tami  


       Roberta Barnes is non-judgmental. She creates as atmosphere of safety and acceptance where by a student can express innermost experiences and truly benefit from the Japanese Usui Reiki work. She brings her experience of life, which is extensive, to the work.  Coupled with this and her complete trust in Reiki, any student of hers would experience profound growth.  Gassho” — Lorraine

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Continuing Education ProviderIf you are a massage therapist imagine Usui Reiki flowing to the mind, body and spirit of the receiver while you are doing the massage just as you have always done.  Usui Reiki blends easily into all positive healing modalities.  I am approved by the National Certification Board for therapeutic Massage & Body work (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider; while you are filled with love and harmony and have more to offer to other, you receive credits.



ANIMAL REIKI is simply Usui Reiki Ryoho flowing to an animal that is not a human being. Unlike modern medicine, Usui Sensei’s method is not subdivided into People Reiki, Animal Reiki, etc.  You might say it is all-life Usui Reiki for animalsReiki Ryoho.  There are no limits to the healing; through exercises you experience Usui Reiki flowing to the mind, body and spirit together of all life forms.  

 To your left you see a Scottish terrier enjoying a mini Reiki Healing session. People often bring their dogs in for healing sessions; dogs are so open to receiving that the mini Reiki healing session is most commonly used.  If a dog, or other, is not open to hands-on you learn how to let flow from a distance that is best for both of you.

In Okuden you learn that neither time nor distance present obstacles to the healing balance and harmony of this beautiful piece of universal energy we have come to call Usui Reiki.


Once you receive your certificate and have assimilated Usui Sensei’s (in his words) “Method to Achieve Personal Perfection”international ©.


There are no short cuts to self-healing or self-growth, but both Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai journeys are blissful.  


universal healing energy

The way your life unfolds is in your hands through which universal unconditional love and harmony can flow. 

There are no Reiki secrets; Hiroshi Doi described Gendai Reiki-ho as, “there is nothing odd, nothing fishy, nothing difficult”. © Hiroshi Doi 1999.    <What is Reiki>    


Knowing the lineage of a Usui Reiki Ryoho practitioner or Reiki Shihan (master instructor), seeing certificates puts you in control of what you want to add into your life<my lineage>  


 Grass does not grow from a download or by reading a book–it just grows.  Birds that fly do not do so from a blueprint in a book–they just do. Once you have been opened to the piece of universal energy Usui MIkao connected with, and spent hours studying and practicing, Usui Reiki simply flows through you.



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 “Everyone is born with the right to be healthy and live with happiness, and the path of Reiki helps us to fulfill that right”. © Roberta R. Barnes 2002

Usui Reiki helps you to enjoy now  Studying Gendai Reiki-ho or  Komyo Reiki you will not be ‘doing‘ Reiki, you will ‘be’ the vessel through which universal love and harmony flows to wherever is needed. You are a human being, and not a human doing.    

Usui Reiki is not something you turned off and on with symbols or other training wheels.  Once your pathway has been opened that wave of love and harmony gently weaves into all areas of your life without harming anyone or anything. 

Students’ reviews on my classes: 

You are very patient and understanding – a precious find in this world.” – Marty

“It really has changed my whole life.  I thought I was pretty versed before; now I know there is so much more:. — Lindy

She is truly the Real Deal, unpolluted and pure — a fountain of love and harmony.  If you are truly looking for a pure honest and factual learning experience, then you need to spend time with Roberta. Her personal emanates Love, Harmony, Knowledge and a Deep respect for all.” -- Nerine

 “The way you teach Reiki has made such a positive difference in my life.”– Jason

It is not whether the glass is half-full or half-empty that matters; it is what is done with what is in the glass that matters.  

Call 207-445-5671or Contact Roberta R. Barnes by Email for more information and to register for  classes. 

Pre-registration with a $50 non-refundable deposit is required  for all levels. The fees listed below can change without notification, so please check when registering.



universal healing energy

 Learning Usui Reiki Ryoho is a blissful journey, and how far you travel is your choice.  Each level is honorable.

As you learn to resonate with Usui Reiki you can find yourself being more sociable, productive, energetic, more likely to be in satisfying relationships, generally live  longer and your awareness without ego expanding.   


Beginning Reiki classes

This level/degree is a powerful beginning to in these Japanese styles that honor the essence in which Mikao Usui created his method to achieve personal perfection . Shoden translates as first teachings.  This level is reflected in the article I wrote,  It may appear small, but it is powerful”. 

The focus is on self-healing; when you heal yourself, you heal your family, your group, your community, and our world 

Click here to see current scheduled classes.  For other times or levels/degrees not shown at this time on the calendar page Call 207-445-5671or Contact Roberta R. Barnes by Email today and begin your healing journey

When your mind, body and spirit are in-balance and with harmony, a healing rhythm begins that can make all areas of your life take on a magical glow. 

  Paracelsus said, “Unless I know the arrangement of his inner harmony, how can this man be made healthy? 

The Usui Reiki Goka is the key to Health and Happiness; in class I explain the depth of its meaning in those 5 short lines. 

This is a $175.00 investment you make to improve the quality in all areas of your life. 


Usui Reiki level two

The meaning of Okuden is deeper teachingsChuden follows the same essenceAs your vibrations raise and you practice the exercises your ability to resonate with Usui Reiki is enhanced so that you can allow it to flow over time and distance.

You are guided to let balance and harmony flow to vibrations from your past that might be bringing your vibrations down today. What lies behind you and what lies before you is nothing compared to what lies within you now.

After having completed the first level in a style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho, and taken the time to practice you are ready for this level/degree as you go deeper into the spiritual practice Usui Sensei founded. 

  • Your training expands to what is some people refer to as psychological and emotional healing.
  •  You are introduced to the second of the three important deep healing techniques in Usui Reiki Ryoho.

A certificate for the first level for a style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho is required when registering for this level. 

 This level is $275.00 if you have completed the Shoden level in either Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki Kai with me.   If you have not completed Shoden in either Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki Kai with me you will receive a Shoden manual along with the manual for this level/degree snd I allow extra time after classes if needed.   I ask an extra $25.00 for this; many students find it most beneficial to take the Shoden (level one) first.

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 This spiritual practice Mikao Usui founded is a personal growth journey; you can uncover the true universal you while you are healing in the best way for you as well as those around you.  Gendai Reiki-Ho and Komyo Reiki Kai helps you to strengthen your ki/chi as well as your life force energy. 

One of my students wrote –I just don’t even have the time to write down all the ways that Reiki is pouring into my life and those around me.  I feel so blessed and grateful.  Each day is like an adventure deeper into Love and Light.” — Jenny

After each level you can resonate more fully with the vibrations of love and harmony.  Your awareness and self-growth expands as you:


Level three in Usui Reiki Ryoho

This is the level/degree of deep spiritual growth, it translates into teaching of the mysteries. In those early years when Usui Reiki Ryoho was first taught in Japan this level was extremely difficult for anyone to reach This requires at least 12 hours in classes and completion of the second level/degree in a style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho. 

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If you have completed the second level in Gendai Reiki Ho or Komyo Reiki Kai with me,  the fee is  only $375.00. 

If you have completed the third level in another style of Usui Reiki Ryoho you might find that moving away from depending upon symbols and charts of hand positions difficult.  Understanding this I offer you extra time after class and copies of the Shoden and second level manuals, and ask an additional $100.00.  Many past  students have found more beneficial to complete the Okuden or Chuden level/degree with me first so that you are ready to fully embrace the Japanese exercises and techniques included in this level/degree.


Usui Reiki training for children

The younger we are the less filters we have put in place to block out new ideas.  Young people easily open to Japanese Usui Reiki, which makes their path in life smoother from the age they begin.

  • I tailor the manual and classes to the age of the child or the group of children learning together.

  • This level is a combination of Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai.

  • Because Usui Reiki cannot be directed and symbols have no power.  The open minds of children allow them to never require the sue of symbols or other training wheels.  As Hiroshi Doi said in class, symbols can slow a person down and cause them to loose their balance.

  • This is basic 4 hours of instruction and only includes only one empowerment (attunement), but for a child this is perfect.

  • Some of the exercises for self-growth, given in Shoden are included.

  • A parent or parent approved adult or older child must accompany the child, which is nice because while she or he does not receive an empowerment or certificate they do get the benefits of the instruction.

A certificate of completion is given  along with the manual.  This is a  $115.00  ($90.00 for children age nine and under) investment in our child learning that with balance and harmony everything goes smoother. 


 To know more about Japanese styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho and the benefits of  Japanese exercises and techniques you can read about Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo /reiki Kai on this site or contact me at 207-445-5671.





Teacher level in Japanese Usui Reiki Ryoho

This is the level when you combine all your studies together into a rhythm that allows you to invite others into the light (Usui Reiki). There are two purposes for completing this level.

You are shown the importance of teaching what translates as Right Reiki, which is not having to use symbols, odd rituals or material objects.  It is teaching to resonate with the profound beauty within the pure flow of Usui Reik.

The first purpose is to complete the circle allowing for continued personal growth. The second purpose is wanting to be able to teach Gendai Reiki-ho as Hiroshi Doi created or Komyo Reiki Kai as Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto created, with no alterations. Both Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki are spiritual practices as Mikao Usui intended.

The prerequisite for this level is either a certificate of completion of Shinpiden in Gendai Reiki-ho, or Okuden in Komyo Reiki Kai (third level/degree),

Hiroshi Doi-Sensei said, “It is more proper to call it a training course for Reiki teachers than another step.”  You should have already learned to transcend symbols and other such supports prior to beginning this level.

At this level you do not “do” Reiki, you have the goal of becoming Usui Reiki for personal growth.   There are no known recorded documents of anyone reaching this goal, but each step of the journey is blissful. Usui Mikao in his humbleness rated himself as a two rather then a one even though he was described as a furnace of energy; since that time no one in the Gakkai has rated themselves higher then a three.  This is the reason why this is the master instructor level and not master of the piece of universal energy we call Reiki level.

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This includes many hours of instruction , exercises, practice, integrated empowerment, Reiki Shihan manual, and completion certificate. A certificate for Shinpiden (Level III) in Gendai Reiki Ho or Okuden (level III) in Komyo Reiki Kai is required before taking this level — $895.00.  



Advanced Usui Reiki techniques

Some styles have come to call an empowerment Reiju, but as Hiroshi Doi (who joined the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in 1993) explains Reiju is not an empowerment but a strong focused form of Usui Reiki that depends upon the Reiki Shihan’s intent.

This is Gendai Reiju and not the Reiju that the society Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai currently uses or has used in the past.

Reiju used within the Gakkai is only shared with members of the Gakkai.

The prerequisite for this workshop is to have completed the highest level in Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki, and spent time practicing.  Reiju was the term used at one time as the way in which people were originally opened to the universal vibrations of love and harmony.  Some call empowerments in Komyo Reiki Kai Reiju, but this is not an empowerment (attunement).

It requires an understanding of direct connection with universal energy, without any training wheels being used.  No training wheels/supports such as symbols or kotodamas are used. At gatherings it is customary for a Reiki Shihan to give Reiju to all those attending; this clears any blocks that may have formed in one’s channel and is a wonderful rejuvenating energy flowing through the whole you.

A person will never loose his or her connection to Usui Reiki, but things such as the ego or trying to direct universal energy to do what the human mind thinks is best can taint the universal energy flowing through your pathway.

Tainting of energy reduces the purity and thus we can feel what might be described as a loss in strength.

Reiju is a technique of Usui Reiki Ryoho that has a unique history, which is shared at the workshop.


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Disclaimer –While you are learning this healing spiritual practice it is good to remember that Usui Reiki does not replace professional medical care. Neither Reiki practitioners nor Reiki Shihans can diagnosis or prescribe anything, unless he or she is also a licensed professional medical provider. Usui Reiki never interferes with the treatment of a licensed medical professional, but complements all healing modalities. No Usui Reiki practitioner of any level or Usui Reiki Shihan diagnoses any illness at any time.

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I also offer


Meditation classes that give you the opportunity to gain perception and wisdom in the inner calm. Peace through Meditation is for people beginning meditation and those that have let their daily meditation slip.  I also offered classes in outward meditation, sometimes referred to as channeling. In each class she gives guided meditations that are right for the people in that class at that time. Going to the  Meditation & Beyond page you can experience my Bluebird guided meditation, which helps you to see the good luck that has always been with you.
Various workshops during the year, such as Down the Rabbit Hole, and Raising Your Vibration. In the warmer months of the year, Connecting with Nature workshops are offered in the area surrounding the Natural Healing & Learning Center.
Guided meditation Journeys into Your Past, often called past life regressions take you into forgotten times in your current life or in past lives, depending upon your beliefs. These are useful healing tools in changing how you view the past in order to heal the present. These are also often done for self-discovery. My CD, “Finding Your Solutions”, contains 2 of my original guided meditations I offer at a discount to clients in students at my healing studio as part of their healing journey.Herb consultations— provides you with a written report tailored for your challenge at that time.   These reports do not replace prescribed medications or licensed medical professionals. The report lists herbs that have helped others with the same challenges, and includes known herb contraindications and drug interactions.


If you have any questions, or would like me as Gendai Reiki-ho Shihan, Komyo Reiki Shihan (master instructor/advanced teacher), Master Herbalist Consultant and Author to speak to a group  Call 207-445-5671 or Contact Roberta R. Barnes by Email.


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