Advanced Usui Reiki Ryoho

Your positive creations so not have an expiration date

Once you have completed any level and focus on wellbeing instead of illness and disease, the result is wellness. 


The piece of universal energy we call Usui Reiki is the healing vibrations of universal unconditional love and harmony that requires a body to flow through whose pathway has been opened by a qualified Shihan.  Material objects are not required.  

 The universal vibrations of love and harmony are what flows through a person who has had his or her pathway opened to the piece of universal energy to which Mikao Usui connected.

As practitioners or teachers of a style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho, such as Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki Kai, move their hands over the life receiving they can feel where balance and harmony is needed.


With there being over 300 practices called Reik, the first question everyone asks when he or she hears the word Reiki is, What style do you practice or teach?”   I teach and practice Gendai Reiki Ho and Komyo Reiki Kai, each created in Japan by teachers living in Japan with close lineage to Mikao Usui. 

What is in balance and harmonious either begins healing or healing is enhanced in the best way for the life receiving at that moment in time.  Diagnoses, symbols, mantras, or material objects are not required. Usui Reiki Ryoho as created by Usui Sensei is simple yet profound <read more>


When asked about his method Usui 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 


It is human nature to want to make things better. 

Nevertheless, Usui Reiki is a piece of universal energy/the source of all energy, which cannot be made better. 


The word Reiki is simply a Japanese word as you read on the page What is Reiki

You can recognize while sitting in classes with a qualified teacher that becoming the vessel/conduit/instrument through which the universal vibrations of love and harmony, we call Usui Reiki, flow is a state of being.

Advanced Reiki (Advanced Usui Reiki Ryoho) happens when a person who has had his or her pathway opened to a piece of universal energy, is resonating fully with the universal vibrations of love and harmony, and practices Japanese exercises daily.  The third level goes deeply into the spiritual aspect, which prepares the student to onto to the fourth or teacher’s level. 


Through symptoms you might know the name of the illness or injury you have, but the cause is not always known.  With Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai the focus is on trusting in universal valance and harmony to flow to core of the cause of an illness.  Healing that begins at the core creating the wellbeing that is best for the life receiving at that junction in time.


Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai are styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho that help you to weave this piece of universal energy into all areas of life, without complications. <what are Gendai Reiki Ho & Komyo Reiki Kai>

In the first class you are shown the Usui Gokai (5 principles /five precepts).  Knowing in your heart (place of true knowledge) the meaning within the 5 short lines of the Usui Gokai  allows you to live the Usui Gokai, and trust in the universal wisdom that comes with the piece of universal energy we have come to call Usui Reiki. 



Gendai Reiki Ho and Komyo Reiki Kai also help you to connect with the true universal you, which is one of the most wonderful gifts you can receive.  


Healing the spirit/true self is overlooked in some practices. Translated words of Usui Sensei, “If our spirit is healthy and conformed to the truth, body will get healthy naturally.” © international 1999 

Advanced Usui Reiki Ryoho can best be summarized as belief in Mikao Usui’s original spiritual practice and trust in universal wisdom.

When it is only the true you and a piece of the source of all energy, you can enjoy the blissful state of mind, body and spirit healing in the way that is right for you or the life receiving at that moment in time.  

Gravity does not require symbols to bring anything down once thrown in the air or pushed off a building.  Usui Reiki does not require symbols to flow. Once a person’s pathway is opened (empowerment/reju/attunement) by a qualified Shihan (master instructor) Usui Reiki naturally flows without any assistance, as I explain in classes. 

2020 was a year of challenges. I included the following in one of my monthly newsletters that I send to my students, “While you are doing what is best to keep others and yourself safe, take time throughout the day to focus on positive things. Disasters happen, but disasters do not define our lives unless we allow them to”. 2020 © Shihan Roberta R. Barnes   That is something that applies to many things that happen in life. 


 Doi-Sensei, Hyakuten- Sensei and the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (society Mikao Usui founded in Japan) have made it clear that Usui Reiki Ryoho cannot be learned from a book, through DVDs, online, or over distance.


In styles that honor Usui Reiki Ryoho as it was created in 1922, there is an unbroken succession of Teachers/Shihans, linked by the sacred touch of empowerment/initiation/Reiju (attunement), directly back to the founder Usui Sensei. <What is Usui Reiki Ryoho> 

It is good to remember that Usui Sensei was advanced Martial Arts, and it was in martial arts that he was known as master, grand master and O’Sensei.  He did not refer to himself as master of the original spiritual practice, Usui Reiki Ryoho, which he created.  It is unknown who first called him or herself a reiki master, which could have been a simple translation error.  The Japanese noun Shihan can be translated as teacher of high standing or master instructor. <read more What is Reiki> 

Being blessed to have been able to study in-person under a member of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai and a Japanese Buddhist monk I learned much about the true history of Mikao Usui and the gift he gave to the world. Each of my Japanese Shihans who live in Japan has only 2 teachers between himself and Usui Sensei.  I share with my students in classes things I learned from my Shihans in-person classes. When appropriate I share things I learned during my meditations, and visions for my personal growth.   

Symbols go back to drawings on cave walls. Usui Sensei created only 3 symbols in 1925, to help those of his students who needed something visual to represent energy. There is a 4th symbol that represents all, but it is unknown who created that.  Once Usui Reiki Ryoho left Japan and crossed the oceans various teachers created more symbols for their students needing something visual to help them understand something that is beyond matter. 

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

Usui Reiki is one of the unseen forces in the universe. Using gravity as an example, if you step off a roof it pulls you down without any assistance. Nevertheless, how do you describe the force that pulled you down?    Gravity, the same as Usui Reiki in that it does not require human thought, an on/off switch, or symbols; it simply is.  

If you have a magnet, it simply attracts without you saying anything, drawing any symbol, or painting it any specific color.

Distorted stories can come from translation errors or simply hearing things differently than they were said.  Miko Usui said all life forms have an invisible inner healer, which is different than universal energy.   He recognized that at times the illness or injury was too great for the inner healer to handle alone, and at those times Usui Reiki supported and gave strength to the inner healer.   <Reiki myths>

One of the purposes of Gendai Reiki-ho is to uncover the true universal you.  The true universal you/your dharma that allows you to move forward in the best way for you.  

         When your mind, body and spirit are in alignment you can harness your full potential. <learning Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai> 

An example of the power within the stillness is after years of meditation and then 3 years of daily disciplined Zen meditations Mikao Usui attained enlightenment, opened to an actual piece of Universal Energy, and created his original Usui Reiki Ryoho.

Experience natural healing energy

Your body is 73% to 90% water; molecules of water receive, hold 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 respond to all types of vibrations.

No one can ever force Usui Reiki on any life form or into any event because the universe allow freewill. .

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.

 Usui Sensei did not create a way to fix things. Usui Sensei created a spiritual practice/healing art that allows universal vibrations of love and harmony to flow to bring the wellbeing that is best for any life receiving at that moment in time.  

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; while people and other life forms cannot be fixed, they can heal in the way the universe knows is best.  

Experience natural healing energy

You advance on your path by:

   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”. © international 1999 Hiroshi Doi.  Translated into English it is, “nothing fishy, nothing odd, nothing difficult”.

No one can master universal energy. No one can master Mikao Usui’s spiritual healing art practice, but you do have complete control over your own mind. 

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 masters, or 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.

I 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.

While colors, the same as Reiki symbols, have no power they do have vibrations.  These colors 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.

  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.


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, spirit and everything in your energy field (aura).

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 or place of true knowledge.

 This is why I give time in classes to know the feel of vibrations and the importance of each of Usui Sensei’s first and second awakening. 

Experience natural healing energy


Introduced in the first class, in the first level of styles honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho, is that healing happens when cells are in-blance and surrounded with 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) everything around you look much different.  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


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, mind, or spirit display.  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 human logic. With Usui Reiki Ryoho your awareness expands and each time you look out your window you can see that the way in which nature unfolds is magical.


 Learning and embracing any style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho as created by MIkao Usui takes time.  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.  Actually, the word ‘should’ is best tossed.

At second glance, what appears above my upward turned palms and me being out of focus makes it a perfect photograph.

This photograph was taken with 35mm film, with no retouching.

 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 can happen. © Shihan Robeta Barnes 2002


Take a moment and think about the various people who 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

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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. 

On the other hand, 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 spiritual healing art in that it flows without any preconceived form; energy takes many forms and that which Mikao Usui created takes the best healing form for that moment.


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

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 than another, simply different and once all the training wheels, material objects, etc. are put aside the unencumbered universal energy is the same.

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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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last updated  08/26/2022

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