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”.© Hiroshi  Doi 1999  

Advanced Reiki is not learning new symbols and hand positions; advanced Reiki is understanding the meaning within the 5 short lines of the Gokai (5 principles/5 precepts) and living them while trusting in universal wisdom to guide your hands.    

Only positive comes from styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho that honor the quintessence of Mikao Usui‘s original spiritual practice/healing art. <what is Reiki>


When you study any level of Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki kai you step away from distorted stories and you can learn to allow Usui to flow without Reiki symbols.

  • Each style honors the essence in which Usui Sensei created his original spiritual practice/healing art.
  • Each guides you to weave the piece of universal energy we call Usui Reiki into your life without complicated charts, odd rituals, symbols or material objects.
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Usui Reiki is a piece of universal energy/the source. As you think about universal energy, think about gravity.  If you step off a roof, gravity will pull you down without the aid of anything.  The speed of the fall and impact all depends how high the roof is and your weight. 

When you throw a ball into the air, it will come back to earth without you saying or doing anything. Once a person’s pathway has been opened by a qualified Usui Reiki Ryoho Shihan, and he or she takes the required hours to study and practices the exercises Usui Reiki flows without symbols, material objects or prearranged hands positions. 

Usui Sensei (Usui Mikao) create only 3 symbols, in 1925, to help those of his students who needed something visual to represent energy.   <what is Reiki>


One of the purposes of Gendai Reiki-ho is to uncover the true universal you/your dharma; that allows you to move forward in the best way for you.  Uncovering the true universal you and melting any minus energy you may have collected helps you to livie life to its fullest.

When your mind, body and spirit are aligned then you can harness your full potential 

As the saying goes, “You are the captain of your soul and the skipper of your fate”.

Experience natural healing energy

Your body is 73% to 90% water; molecules of water receive, hold onto vibrations and change shape according to the vibration as proven by Dr. Emoto. Your thoughts are vibrations, and the water within you has an inner readiness to resonate and immediately responds to all types of vibrations.

 Imagine the molecules in your mind, body and spirit when they are filled and surrounded by unconditional love and harmony, which is one of the reasons why in Shoden (first teachings) the focus is on self-healing.


Shihan Keiko Fukuda’s description of Japanese Judo, strong/gentle/beautiful can also be applied to Usui Reiki Ryoho.  In classes I explain the connection the founder of Japanese Judo had to Usui Sensei.  


Advanced Reiki is more than being the vessel through which universal vibrations of love and harmony flow.  As your ability to resonate with an actual piece of universal  increases through Japanese exercises and techniques and you learn to trust in the universal wisdom, you see the quality of your life and the lives around you improving. 


Usui Reiki flows to where it is needed and when those moecules have received all the energy they can hold at that time Usui Reiki will stop flowing. Usui Reiki will not cause any harm to any life form. 

The universe allows freewill so regardless of how many levels you have completed, Usui Reiki will not flow if for some reason the higher-self of the receiver does not want universal love and harmony to flow to him or her.  No one can ever force Usui Reiki on any life form or into any event. 

Experience natural healing energy


As you advance in your studies and practice of Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki kai your awareness expands as you allow Usui Reiki to flow purely without complications at any time and in any place.  You begin to see miracles, which are often overlooked, that you simply did ot see before. <learning Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki Kai)  


 You, or someone else, can fix your car and other machines inside and outside your home.  You are not a machine, nor are your friends, your pets or any life form, you cannot fix any life form. Letting go the need to fix and simply knowing Usui Reiki will bring wellbeing as needed, allows Usui Reiki to flow without hindrance of the analytical mind.  When the analytical mind or emotions are involved inharmonic vibrations are created. 


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>


Light is energy, life is energy.

 Life is love, which is also energy.

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


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. Your ability to allow Usui Reiki flow through you without complicated rituals or symbols 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 2002.

Usui Reiki is complementary, it enhances other positive techniques and supports the effectiveness of healing modalities such as scientific medical healing treatments, therapies, and medications.  Each person feels energies differently and each life-form heals differently at different moments in time, which is why there are no charts that can show wellbeing for everyone. 


“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        


You advance on your path by:



If you want to learn more symbols, think of clocks. Clocks are symbols that measuring  time as we have come to know it; they are not time and cannot create nor change time.   <What is Reiki>



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.



No one can master universal energy or Mikao Usui’s spiritual practice, but you do have complete control over your own mind.   Mastering the mysteries of self is one of the wondrous things you learn through Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai.  



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”.


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 he said (through a translator) in 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 is Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai>


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 the mysterious category, if’ I did not have the piece of universal energy we call Usui Reiki always flowing through me.Advanced Usui Reiki

The photo to your left 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,  The only light was afternoon Western sunlight and light from the tea candle in my hands.  My camera was on self-timer.


Different colors have different vibrations.  However, colors, the same as Reiki symbols, have no power, in this photograph they simply represent something in my reality because it was a visual for me.  In classes I explain more about this color appearing in a vision I had, and how you can feel vibrations from colors.


Opening the envelope of photographs in my car I did not expect to see anything like this.  The photograph at the top of  Reiki healing sessions 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 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.



I strongly suggest that you do not combine your hands with any flames. Instead 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 mind, body and spirit.



Reiki removes the negative


You take away from that block what is not needed, such as complicated and negative beliefs.

Continue taking away until all those things preventing you from seeing/revealing the beauty that is within are gone.


Usui Reiki Ryoho allows you to be free Once the negative such as anger and worry are gone, self-growth begins and your true universal self can take flight.©

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, as well as all your other cells. On the other hand, when you know something it is within that place commonly referred to as the heart center, which is the place of true knowledge.


This is why taking the time in classes to know the feel of vibrations and the reason behind the exercises and techniques is important.



Living by the essence of Mikao Usui’s  first awakening and the Goaki written after his  second awakening and then learning the quintessence of his spiritual practice/healing art is advanced Reiki.  <what is Reiki>




 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, but once you learn how to move with the universal rhythm of love and harmony your life and the lives around become more harmonious.


Once Usui Reiki Ryoho left Japan various people changed the original method, resulting in hundreds of styles.  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.


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.


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.  



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.”

 In the hours of study in a style that has not been altered from Usui Sensei’s original method/practice you may see his essence shining 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.



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





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.© international 1999

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.© international 1999 

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.”© international 1999


uncovering your authentic skills



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.  Nevertheless, blending rituals from other practices into Usui Reiki Ryoho can stop the universal love and harmony from flowing purely. 


Usui Reiki can 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 takes 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, etc. 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 deep 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.   Today we can all enjoy the journey as we toss aside obsolete training wheels and props.©


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Roberta R. Barnes, Gendai Reiki-ho Shihan, Gendai Reiki Healing Kyokai Shihan, Komyo Reiki Kai Shihan, Master Herbalist, Author and Speaker.


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