What are Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai

Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai are beautiful styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho created in Japan to help people  weave the essence of what Mila Usui created into everyday life without complications.

 I was raised to the level allowing me to teach each of these styles by the creator of each style.  I teach as each Shihan (teacher of high standing) taught me.

Once Usui Reiki Ryoho left Japan misinformation was passed on through translation errors and other reasons.  In Gendai Reiki-ho we focus on the true mysteries of life and the healing beauty of universal love and harmony.

In the second level the three symbols Usui Sensei created in 1925 as training wheels are shown. I have not added in any other symbols because they are not needed.  Once students learn to feel vibrations in the Shoden (first teachings) level they have no need for symbols or hand positions.

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

 In 2020 COVID make many changes in life,  Some things are best not changed.

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, a DV D or online.  Gendai Reiki-ho, Komyo Reiki Ksi and all styles honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho must be done in-person with a qualified Shihan (master instructor/teacher of high standing)  

Usui Sensei taught each student in the way that went with the experience he or she can to him with.  While all learned the appropriate level of the spiritual practice he created, there was not set way of teaching all students, and there was no teaching manual or journal. Anything written by Usui Sensei of others in the original Gakkai was either destroyed during WWII bombing or has been kept sacred.

Traditionally the initiation/Reiju/empowerment (some say attunement) has been, and is, given in-person, face to face by a qualified Shihan who was also taught face to face.  In 2020 due to COVID19 I began holding my hands a few inches away from students and wearing a mask but there was still the merging of energy fields while usui Reiki flowed firectly from me to the student.

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.

“There is an unbroken succession of Teachers and Shihans, linked by the sacred touch of Reiju ritual, right back to the founder, Usui Sensei.

My lineage through Hiroshi Doi who created Gendai Reiki-ho is Shihan Roberta R. Barnes– Hiroshi Doi who joined the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in 1993–Kimiko Koyama the sixth president of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai –Kan’ichi Taketomi the third president of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, and Mikao Usui who created/founded Usui Reiki Ryoho

My lineage through Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto who created Komyo Reiki Kai is Shihan Roberta R. Barnes — Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto who is also a Buddhist monk — YAMAGUCHI Chiyoko Yamaguchi who began her studies in 1938 at the age of 17–Chujiro Hayashi who was a MD before studying with Mikao Usui, and Mikao Usui who created/founded Usui Reiki Ryoho

I give more details about all of those in my lineages in classes.

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 travel 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 word-for-word translation of Gendai Reiki-ho is Modern Reiki Method of healing. The meaning is how to weave the spiritual practice of Usui Reiki Ryoho as Mikao Usui founded in 1922 into daily life into today’s world.

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

Gendai Reiki-ho guides you to embrace Usui Reiki Ryoho as created by Mikao Usui even though the world is different than it was in 1921. If suggested that Doi-Sensei changed the way 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”.

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


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 and set hand positions. 

  • Each style honors the essence in which Usui Sensei created what his first called “my method” international © 1999
  • Each style 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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  • There are three important techniques for Usui Reiki bringing the balance and harmony that heals in the best way for that moment is time.  One is taught in each of the first three levels before moving on to the fourth teacher’s level.

Not only do the healing universal vibrations we call Usui Reiki flow to all forms of life, but they help you  to uncover your true universal self and 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.

As Doi Sensei said, “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 © 1999 


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.

My primary resources come from completing the updated teacher’s levels in Gendai Reiki-Ho directly under Hiroshi Doi, and Komyo Reiki Kai directly under Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto. 

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>



Gendai Reiki-ho 

       Gendai Reiki-ho translates as Modern Reiki Method for healing, but the meaning behind the words shows it embraces the essence in which Usui Sensei created his method. It is one of the fastest growing styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho coming directly from Japan.. The Japanese Traditional 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.. 

The ultimate goal is to reach enlightenment, which is a 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. 

I teach Gendai Reiki Ho in the same way as I learned it from Hiroshi Doi who joined the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in 1993.  I explain in classes why and how he came to teach Gendai Reiki-ho to those wanting to learn the original spiritual practe Mikao Usui created. 


In classes I share what Doi Sensei said 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 updated Shihan level directly under Doi Sensei because I wanted to make certain I was able to teach in the essence in which Usui Sensei founded his spiritual practice. 


Gendai Reiki-Ho is a teaching style approved of by the Usui Reiki Ryoho 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, and no one except Gakkai members know exactly what goes on inside the Gakkai.  All that is known is that the essence of the strong yet beautiful healing art Mikao Usui created has been preserved.  At one time this society was called Usui Shiki Ryoho Gakkai; names may change but the essence does not, if embraced,   


  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 or master instructor level. 


After spending hundreds of hours studying and even more practicing a person can be call her or himself Shihan (master instructor or teacher of high standing). 


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


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, which is why many people who  have completed any level of Western Reiki go on to study Gendai Reiki-ho.


Learning Gendai Reiki Ho


In one of Hiroshi Doi’s books translated into English in 2000 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 details the essence of the spiritual practice Mikao Usui founded.   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 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. 


I teach as I learned from Hyakuten Inamoto in 2003. Because I respect the wisdom of my Shihans I honor them 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.”  

Komyo Reiki Kai’s purposes are . .


How to raise your energy level



Both Gendai Reiki Ho and Komyo Reiki Kai are styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho as it was understood and traditionally practiced in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s, without being altered by other practices.  Usui Sensei never claimed that his method was better than any other as after attaining enlightenment he was without ego at all times and in all places. <simple yet profound>


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.  

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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