What are Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai

Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai are styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho created in Japan by Japanese Shihans (teacher of high standing/master instructor). 

Through exercises each of these styles guides you to weave the essence of what Mikao Usui created into everyday life, without complications.


Hiroshi Doi founded Gendai Reiki-ho, and Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto founded Komyo Reiki Kai.  I, Roberta Barnes, studied in-person under each Shihan and I honor each by embracing the essence of Usui Sensei’s original method as each Shihan shared in classes.  


While Doi Sensei (honorable teacher) and Hyakuten Sensei each has a different lineage, each has only two Shihans between himself and Usui Sensei.  Through the in-person instructions and exercises in Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai you can learn to weave universal vibrations of love and harmony into all areas of life.   

Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai each embrace the essence of Usui Sensei’s original spiritual healing art that Mikao Usui created in 1922. 

Teaching of Gendai Reiki-ho, Komyo Reiki Kai, or any style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho, is done in-person.  The experience of vibrations directly flowing through the teacher/instructor to the student and exercises in classes cannot be replicated. 


Gendai Reiki and Komyo Reiki each help you not only to weave Reiki into all areas of life, but as Doi Sensei said you can restore your original state of being (a true self full of love and harmony). Hyakuten Sensei said in class, “the magic in life is to be your true self”.


You can read about something, listen to a lecture, or watch a DVD, but to know requires experience. The hours in classes give you the experience of feeling inharmonic vibrations and the universal vibrations of love and harmony flowing through you. 


Hiroshi Doi Sensei joined the Gakkai in 1993. The same as many societies the meetings and anything written is only known to members of the society.  Nothing in any written form has been released to the public; Gendai Reiki-ho was approved by the URR Gakkai as a style of Usui Reiki Ryoho.  

Reiju (initiation, empowerment, attunement) is done in-person with touch. “Touch is a means of communication, an expression of unity, a bonding of people. It is a key to giving and receiving information and to help us bond.” Hyakuten Sensei © international 2020 

Doi-Sensei, Hyakuten-Sensei and the URR Gakkai have made it clear that they have not changed their stance in that Usui Reiki Ryoho cannot be learned from a book, online, a DVD or over distance.  The in-person bond between teacher and student is important. 

For centuries there have been many healers and different healing practices. The original Usui  Reiki Ryoho Mikao Usui created is different from all of them.

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


No material objects, rituals from other practices or symbols are required when practicing any style of Usui Reiki Ryoho.  Being a piece of the source, nothing can make it better. If a person tries to make universal energy better, or direct it, inharmonic vibrations are created, and Usui Reiki does not flow purely.

My (Shihan Roberta Barnes) primary resources come from completing the updated teacher’s levels in Gendai Reiki-Ho in-person from Hiroshi Doi, and Komyo Reiki Kai in-person from Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto.  I have been lucky enough to have connected with other Usui Reiki Shihans who have studied with these same Shihans, done factual research and shared it with me.  

Information shared with me by my guides is the same as the visions I have had/have, they are for my own spiritual growth, and I do not include them when teaching.  

Once Usui Reiki Ryoho left Japan, misinformation was sometimes created by translation errors and other reasons that I explain in classes.  

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


Gendai Reiki-ho, Komyo Reiki Kai and all styles honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho must be taught in-person with a qualified Shihan. Hiroshi Doi wrote books introducing Gendai Reiki-ho, but they are not training manuals.  I know this because having studied in-person with him I have both.

Hyakuten-Sensei stated, © international “Touch” (the laying-on of hands) plays a pivotal role in Reiju process; a series of things we do in order to achieve a particular result. Touch in the form of the laying-on of hands is to impart the healing energy and information to Reiki students.

Usui Sensei taught each student in the way that went with the experience he or she came to him with.  While all learned what was appropriate in each level there was no set way of teaching all students.  Therefore, no teaching manuals or journals were created.  Anything written materials or others things kept in the original Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai were destroyed during the WWII bombing.

A teachers’ lineage shows you who he or she has studied with, but the most important thing is whether he or she honors his or her teachers or has altered the method.  If the method has been altered than the lineage is of no use.

My lineage through Hiroshi Doi, and Rev. Hyakuten Inamotoho is shown in each of my students’ manuals. These copyright manuals are a combination of my Shihans’ manuals and the notes I took in each of their classes; they are only available to my students. 

Hyakuten Sensei stated in 2020 that “The pivotal factor of a good old tradition: “in person Reiju (opening of one’s pathway to Usui Reiki)” and “touch” must be maintained.”


The spiritual practice Usui Sensei created is a journey and how far a person travels varies with each person.  Doi Sensei says in the third level, “You come to know why you exist at this time and this place.” © international 2002     The third level is spiritual and the person completing it is not a teacher.

What is Gendai Reiki Ho 

Gendai Reiki Ho is the way to live your life healthily, peacefully, and happily in resonance with the Universe. 

While it translates as Modern Reiki Method for Healing. The meaning behind the words is much deeper as it embraces the essence in which Usui Sensei created what he first called “my method” (international ©) . 

As a Canadian Reiki Shihan said, Gendai Reiki-ho is one of the fastest growing styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho coming directly from Japan.

The Japanese Usui Reiki Ryoho was passed on to Hiroshi Doi by the 6th president of the URR Gakkai, Koyama Kimiko and other elders of the Gakkiai  as I explain in classes. 


Gendai Reiki Ho employs the standard of four levels on the condition that all the repeated follow-up practices are completed.

  • Shoden (level one) is to attain self -healing ability and to learn how to utilize Usui Reiki to bring balance and harmony. It is also to learn the importance of self healing in the way of being in-balance and with harmony.
  • Okuden (level two) is to boost the ability, resonate more fully with universal energy/Usui Reiki and learn how allow to flow over time and distance.
  • Shinpiden (level three) is to learn how to transform oneself into your guide of the higher dimensional ways.
  • Gokuikaiden (4th level) is to increase your self-growth and vibrational level so that you can teach others.  


Doi Sensei created Gendai Reiki Ho as a way for people to weave Usui Reiki Ryoho, as Mikao Usui founded in 1921- 1922, into everyday life without changing the essence in which it was founded in 1922.

“When you take the time to study Usui Reiki Ryoho as a spiritual practice, and not a technique to satisfy an egotistic purpose, you learn what cannot be symbolized in any language.” © Hiroshi Doi 2002

One of the things Mikao Usui said in his humble way, “For achieving my teachings, training and improving physically and spiritually and walking in a right path as a human being, first we have to heal our spirit. If your spirit is healthy and conformed to the truth, body will get healthy naturally.”  international © Hiroshi Doi 2002– thank you for respecting copyright. 


Because Doi-Sensei joined the URR Gakkai in 1993 Gendai Reiki-ho is not only greatly influenced by what is practiced in the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, but was approved of by elders in the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai.  However, it is not what is taught in the URR Gakkai. 

The style taught within the Gakkai, and any written materials that survived the WWII bombings are not shared with anyone who is not a Gakkai member, No one except Gakkai members know what goes on inside the Gakkai as they keep their meetings sacred.  Too many distorted stories have been created since Usui Reiki Ryoho left Japan.  <common Reiki myths>

The ultimate goal in Usui Reiki Ryoho is to reach enlightenment, which is the state of oneness with the universe that Mikao Usui Sensei achieved.  Even if you do not reach enlightenment, the journey is blissful not only in experiencing healing but in self-discovery.

In my classes I share what Doi Sensei explained is the essence of the great universe. 

 Hiroshi Doi’s dojo in Japan is called Gendai Reiki Healing Kyokai. He presents the spiritual practice Mikao Usui founded as it was understood and commonly practiced in the 1920s and 1930’s in Japan. 

 I first completed the level allowing me to teach Gendai Reiki ho under a Canadian Gendai Reiki-ho Shihan who studied with Doi Sensei.  I then completed the highest level again directly under Doi Sensei.  I wanted to make certain I understood what Doi Sensei was teaching, so that I can teach in the true essence in which Usui Sensei founded his spiritual practice/healing art. 

At one time the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai was called Usui Shiki Ryoho Gakkai as I explain in classes. Names can change but the essence of Usui Reiki Ryoho does not, if embraced in the original way in which Mikao Usui Created his original spiritual healing art.   

  As you have noted on the Reiki training page the levels to be a Shihan of Gendai Reiki Ho are Shoden, Okuden, Shinpiden and then the teacher’s level Gokuikaiden.  Gokuikaiden is the Shihan (teacher of high standing or master instructor) level; titles such as master and grand master are in martial arts, not Usui Reiki Ryoho.

After spending hundreds of hours studying and even more practicing a person can call her or himself Shihan (master instructor or teacher of high standing).  Note that while Usui Sensei was a martial arts master, grand master and O’Sensei he was called by his students Sensei (honorable teacher).  He was a teacher and referred to the healing he did as blessings, even though they did heal. <what is Reiki> 

Hiroshi Doi teaches to do your best, and then allow the universe to take care of the rest.

As Hiroshi Doi wrote, “Gendai Reiki-Ho is not a new school of Usui Reiki, but a new way to practice Usui Reiki Ryoho by bringing Mikao Usui’s teachings into modern daily life”.  


Many of Gendai Reiki-ho’s philosophical concepts are Japanese, mainly coming from the Usui Reiki Gakkai; they not part of Western Reiki. Many people who have completed any level of Western Reiki often go on to study Gendai Reiki-ho.

Learning Gendai Reiki Ho

In one of Hiroshi Doi’s books translated into English in 2000, by those who know Doi Senesi, he writes, “Usui Sensei taught regular members healing for themselves and other, like joy of life and enhancement of happiness.”  © Hiroshi Doi 2000  

Komyo Reiki Kai

Komyo Reiki Kai also comes directly from Japan and like Gendai Reiki Ho embraces the essence of the spiritual practice Mikao Usui founded. Hyakuten Sensei and Doi Sensei are friends.  Hyakuten Sensei speaks English very well and sometimes translates for Die Sensei:  I saw/heard this at the international conference I attended in Toronto, Ontario Canada in 2002. 

Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto (Hyakuten Sensei to me) says “Komyo Reiki presents Usui Reiki as it was understood and commonly practiced in the 1930’s in Japan”. 

It is from the teachings of Dr. Chuujiro Hayashi as learned by his student Mrs. Chiyoku Yamaguchi 1938 to 1940.  Hyakuten Sensei (honorable teacher) studied directly under Yamaguchi Sensei. 

Being a Buddhist monk of the Pure Land sect Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto places emphasis on spiritual unfoldment through the practice of Reiki Ryoho, aiming for “satori” or enlightenment.

“Komyo Reiki Kai is a “keep-it-simple” Reiki system and practice while recognizing the depth of true healing in mind/body/spirit together. 

When teaching I embrace the essence in which I learned from Hyakuten Inamoto in 2003. Because I respect the wisdom of Hyakuten Sensei, and Doi Sensei my Shihans I honor each by not changing the styles.

Learning Komyo Reiki Kai

The more peace and balance we cultivate in our lives through Usui Reiki practice, the more we directly experience what Mikao Usui called “the miraculous medicine of all diseases.” © international 2003  

Komyo Reiki Kai’s purposes are . .

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Gendai Reiki Ho and Komyo Reiki Kai each teach as Usui Reiki Ryoho was understood and practiced in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s; as each was created, they have not been altered by other practices. 

Usui Sensei never claimed that his method was better than any other; after attaining enlightenment he was without ego at all times and in all places. <simple yet profound>

If suggested that Doi-Sensei changed the essence in which Usui Sensei taught his original method I reflect on Shakespeare’s thinking when he wrote,A rose is still a rose by any other name”.

While Doi Sensei he stated that Usui Reiki Ryoho heals better and faster, and without the others’ complications.

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

Nothing fishy, nothing odd, nothing difficult” (English translation) © Hiroshi Doi 1999.  Doi Sensei (honorable teacher) was referring to Gendai Reiki-ho, which has not been altered from the spiritual practice Usui Sensei founded in 1922. 

Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai each guide you live in an energetic state of Love and Harmony without relying on material objects, or training wheels such as symbols, material objects, and set hand positions. 

Not only do the healing universal vibrations we call Usui Reiki flow to all forms of life, but Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai can help you uncover your true universal self so that you can define yourself.

When you define yourself you can move forward in the best way for you. The true universal you goes beyond the meaning of the Western self-realization.

Through Japanese exercises your awareness expands so that you can allow the healing balance and harmony of the universe to flows into your daily life.

Hiroshi Doi  has only 2 teachers, each a URR Gakkai president, between himself and Mikao Usui.   

Rev Hyakuten Inamoto also has only 2 teachers between himself and Mikao Usui.  Most importantly i focused on everything each Japanese Shihan shared with us in classes.   


Science has flue and other virus prevention and computer virus prevention;  Usui Reiki Ryoho is the prevention for negative thought virus that causes physical, mental and spiritual illnesses.


What is written here is an introduction to Gendai reiki-ho and Komyo Reii Kai.   What I share in classes goes far beyond what is written here and in the translated book Doi Sensei wrote to introduce people to Gendai Reiki-ho. 

Hiroshi Doi  wrote ‘Iyashion Gendai Reiki-ho’ to introduce Gendai Reiki-ho to the general public; it is only a basic introduction of what he taught in his classes.  The original 2000 translation, with blule cover, of his book is excellent, His actual training manuals are only available to his students, and are different than this book.   

Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai are often referred to as Original Japanese Reiki because each was created in Japan by a Japanese Shihan who has only two Shihans between himself and Usui Sensei. 

Most importantly each embraces the quintessence of what Mikao Usui Sensei created after he attained enlightenment and opened to an actual piece of universal energy during his second awakening, At the same time it is recognized the difference in thinking between the East and West and many of the exercises blend Eastern with Western following the universal law of harmony. 

In the first class of Shoden I, Shihan Roberta Barnes, explain both of Usui Sensei’s awakenings and the importance of his first as well as the second. <learning Gendai Reiki-ho and KOmyo Reiki Kai> 

Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai guide you to weave the piece of universal vibrations of love and harmony that we have come to call Usui Reiki into your life without complications.  <Classes in Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai>

When you decide you have assimilated all that is taught in the first two levels and are ready to go on to the third level that prepares you to go to the fourth or teacher’s level you can experience a wonderful shift in your mind, body and spirit.

In those early years when Usui Reiki Ryoho was taught in Japan the third level was extremely difficult for anyone to reachWhile the fourth symbol is introduced and you are guided to resonate fully with universal energy and live the Usui Gokai more fully, you can feel the freedom of transcending all  symbols and simply connecting the Reiki light (translated from URR Gakkai text) within.

Pure Usui Reiki being a piece of universal energy cannot be measured, manipulated, or touched, but it is as real as the air you breathe. <read What is Reiki>


Hiroshi Doi, who joined the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (the original society founded by Mikao Usui)  in 1993, created Gendai Reiki-Ho as a way to practice Usui Reiki Ryoho in everyday life.   In Gendai Reiki-ho we focus on the true mysteries of life and the healing beauty of universal love and harmony.

I met Hiroshi Doi the founder of Gendai Reiki Ho and Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto the founder of Komyo Reiki Kai at URRI 2002 in Canada.  Each introduced us to the way in which Mikao Usui founded Usui Reiki Ryoho. <what is Reiki> 

The three powerful words I was told after asking Doi Sensei and Hyakuten Sensei a question on a break at 2002 URR international, I repeat to my students in classes and are repeated in the student manuals for each level. 

Please note that when I state that Usui Sensei said it is © Universal Copyright 1999.  Gassho (thank you with honoring you) for respecting the copyrights shown here.

Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai are blissful journeys on which your awareness, without ego, expands and the quality of your life improves.

The purposes of Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai follow Usui Sensei’s essence. 

Each level is honorable and consists of a complete cycle that returns to the point of origin.

 You know each cycle has ended when you are in-balance with the mysteries of self, and the thinking mind is not involved in allowing Usui Reiki  to flow. 


“The word “reiki” was used often by spiritual therapists during (the) Meiji (1868-1912), Taisho (1912-1925) and early Showa (1926-1988) Era.  The name Usui Sensei used was “Usui Reiki Ryoho.”© 2002 Hiroshi Doi <read more>

Doing the exercises in Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai classes students often feel what is beyond description.  In classes you can come to understand the importance of mind, body, and spirit healing together as these Japanese styles  guide you to go beyond what your five senses can identify.   

Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai are each complementary to modern professional scientific medicine; the emphasis placed on spiritual is because when the spirit is healed the body will follow.


  Once you resonate with universal vibrations of unconditional love and harmony you have the freedom to let go negative emotions and feel the tranquility of balance and harmony. Have you ever noticed that harmonious people are the healthiest? <learning Japanese Reiki>


Mikao Usui founded his spiritual practice around his connection with the piece of universal energy, which is the source of all energy, so there is no way to make the energy we call Usui Reiki any better. When a person tries to make universal energy better or tries to direct it, he or she creates inharmonic vibrations. 

You go to a medical doctor because there is something wrong with you and he gives that wrong a name.  With Japanese Usui Reiki you go to  a practitioner or Shihan to have your mind, body and spirit return to its natural state of well-being for you at that junction in time.  Usui Reiki Ryoho complements professional medical care and all other positive healing modalities. <what is Reiki>

Knowing your true-self is the true magic in life.  <learning Gendai Reiki-ho and Kkomyo Reiki Kai>.

The Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai that I teach is complementary healing.  In the hours of study you discover that the spiritual practice Mikao Usui founded goes far beyond what is commonly thought of as hands-on-healing.  

After Reiki energy circles adding a restroom to my healing studio I decided to take a photographs to send to a friend.  As you can see, my dog slipped into the photo. 

The camera also captured something else. If you look closely you can see what is felt but not always seen with the human eye The circle are universal love and harmony  that has joined with the air atoms from the years of Usui Reiki flowing in classes and healing sessions.

This is not unique to my healing studio, when negative is cleared and Usui Reiki sills the air circles can sometimes be seen on flim. 


While the mind, body and spirit are best when in balance and surrounded by harmony, we are also at our best when our environment in balance and with harmony.  In the Shoden  (beginning level)  you are introduced on how to remove any inharmonic vibrations from any material item or space, and replace with universal love and harmony.


 Vis medicatrix naturae (the healing power of life) is naturally inside all of us, it is affected by all that is around us, and like Ki is stronger in some then in others.  Your Ki and all your authentic abilities are enhanced through the study of Japanese Usui Reiki Ryoho.  <learning Gendai Reiki-ho and Kkomyo Reiki Kai>


 Many things can be learned from a book or in a one-day class, but the spiritual practice of Usui Reiki Ryoho is not one of these things. The empowerments (attunement) you receive are just the beginning.   

Each level in Usui Reiki Ryoho requires time for your mind, body and spirit to assimilate with that which is new to you. Universal energy will begin to flow as soon as your pathway has been opened by a qualified Usui Reiki Shihan (teacher), but to resonate with this energy new to you and embrace Byosen Reikan ho takes time and practice. 

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The Principal of the universe is vibrations and everything in our world gives off its own vibration. The form of universal energy commonly called Usui Reiki contains the universal vibrations of unconditional love and harmony, the most powerful of vibrations.  Consequently, Reiki that is pure can enhance everything and requires nothing to increase its strength. 

Some factual history of this gentle yet powerful energy commonly called Reiki appears on the What is Reiki page 

If your personal experience tells you that the saying, “another door opens when one closes” is not true, perhaps you were so focused on the door that closed that you did not even notice the one that opened.  

Learning this spiritual practice that Mikao Usui founded can help you to focus on the now, so that you are aware of the opening doors.

In the hours of studying in classes and practicing you can discover the natural healing beauty of what some may think of as old fashion; Gendai Reiki Ho and Komyo Reiki Kai each embrace what is simple yet ‘profound’

In my classes we focus on the healing that comes with the piece of universal energy Usui Sensei opened to in 1921. I guide students to recognize the difference in vibrations and to uncover his or her true universal self.

Gassho (thank you and honoring you) to you for respecting that what I am sharing here is copyright and understanding this is just hint of what I teach in classes.

 I (Shihan Roberta Barnes) was raised to the level allowing me to teach Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai by the creator of each style and embrace what each taught me. Manuals I have written are a combination of my Shihans’ manuals and the notes I took in their classes are for my students only. 

In the second level the three Reiki symbols Usui Sensei created in 1925, as training wheels, are shown. There is no need to add in any more symbols (training wheels). In Shoden (level  one) I guide students to feel the vibrations that guide them to where the healing is needed in the receiver at that junction in time.

If you have decided you would like to study either Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki at my Natural Healing & Learning Center, certified by Gendai Reiki Kyokai, located in Windsor Maine, USA, visit either the Learning Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai  page or classes and workshops page .   I will also travel to various locations to teach if there is a group of people wanting to learn.

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