Meet Roberta Barnes-Shihan

Natural Healing & learning Center is what I call where I most commonly teach and practice. 

All the years I have spent studying, practicing and teaching have blessed me with being Gendai Reiki-ho Shihan (master instructor/ teacher of high standing), Komyo Reiki Kai Shihan, and  Gendai Reiki Healing Kyokai Shihan,

I enjoy helpRoberta R. Barnes master instructor Japanese Reiki ing others to not only return to, or maintain, his or her natural state of wellbeing in their whole/complete self, but to uncover his or her true universal self.  We are each Born with skills, but in some cases those skills are not uncovered. 

I have a curious nature so I completed courses in other healing modalities and did extensive reading about healing down through  the centuries. Nevertheless, my focus is on Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai, styles founded in Japan that embrace the original Usui Reiki Ryoho as Usui Sensei created. 

I first completed the teacher’s level (called master) in styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho commonly practiced in North America. Then I was blessed to be able to complete the Shihan level in Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai in-person with the founder of each style. I have awareness of Western Reiki styles, but I do not add any of those practices or symbols into Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki Kai.  <read what is Reiki

 I completed the Gokuikaiden level (teacher’s level) in Gendai Reiki-ho in-person with it’s founder Hiroshi Doi in 2002.  Doi Sensie joined the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in 1993.  Because I teach Gendai Reiki-ho as Doi Sensei taught me (except in English), I am also Gendai Reiki Healing Kyokai Shihan, and my healing studio is certified by Gendai Reiki Healing Kyokai.  I am also a mem bet of the Gendai Network at this time. 

In 2003 I completed the teacher’s level in Komyo Reiki Kai in-person with it’s founder Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto.  Hyakuten Sensei is also a Japanese Buddhist monk. Some people since 2004 have changed the name to Komyo Reiki Do (Do means path), but my certificate says Komyo Reiki Kai. 

I honor Doi Sensei and Hyakuten Sensei by teaching Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai in the essence in which I learned in-person from each of them.   Each of these Shihans has only two Shihans between himself and Mikao Usui.  The manuals, only available to my students, are a combination of each of my Shihans’. manuals (in English) and the notes I took in their classes.  A with my Shiihans’ not everything I teach is in the manuals, so I leave space in the manuals for notes to be taken.  

The original spiritual healing art that Usui Sensei created can heal in amazing ways that beyond what can be listed because each healing is unique to the life form receiving at that junction in time. 

The 3 Japanese names between Mikao Usui and me in my technique and energy lineages is in each of the manuals my students receive in classes. These manuals are a combination of my Shihans’ manuals and the notes I took in their classes/  Thes manuals are available only to my students who I trust to honor my copywrite.  <what are Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai> 

Lineage explains the path a person has traveled.  If a teacher alters the ways of his or her teachers, then the lineage is not useful. I have no reason to alter either Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki Kai.

 Following are how some of my students describes me; when they say she, they are referring to me, Roberta Barnes.  

“You are very knowledgeable about the history of Reiki and the empowerments you gave were powerful.”  Lynn


 “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   

“I appreciated Roberta Barnes’ understanding, clarity, extensive knowledge and ability to share it.” Rockie 

“Roberta is very knowledgeable, makes lessons easy to understand and she has great energy.”  Joshua 


My healing studio Natural Healing & Learning Center is nestled in nature. In the years since I began leaning Usui Reiki Ryoho I have seen how nature and Usui Reiki complement each other. <read more>

Because Gendai Reiki-ho, Komyo Reiki Kai and meditation are taught and practiced in my healing studio, people often feel the positive energy as soon as they enter the building.  

Many medical practitioners add Usui reiki into their practice.  As one doctor said to me after he completed a level with me, “My patients may not know Usui Reiki flows through me, but I see that I am now giving them that little extra that I never could before”.  As always, if one of his patients does not want Usui Reiki to flow to him or her, the universe allows freewill and Usui Reiki simply will not flow.

My original guided meditations, as well my herb consultations and published children’s book What Tail? by Roberta R. Barnes are enhanced by Usui Reiki that flows through me at all times and in all places.


The following is a client’s evaluation of my original guided meditations.

  Roberta’s meditations are wonderful. They have brought me a lot of insight and understanding”. — Paula 


One form of meditation I teach and mention in my Finding Your Solutions CD, I learned  from my father when I was just a little girl. He also taught me that if you are always looking behind, you can miss the best of things that are happening right in front of you Now. <read more>


Long before the law of attraction became popular my mother taught me that the vibrations you put out will come back to you in some way.  My Godmother showed me how positive vibrations from the heart (place of true knowledge) are more valuable than any material items.  My childhood and then the years I lived in Canada were the steppingstones to the Japanese styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho I now teach, practice, and live today.

I began learning about and using herbs in the 1970s and 1980s while living in Canada.   I completed my Family herbalist, Consultant herbalist, and Master Herbalist each with high honors early in this century in United States.  Herbs are another complementary natural way of healing, which can be enhanced when Usui Reiki is flowing to them. <Healing Herbs>  


Shortly after I opened my healing studio a local newspaper published — “Roberta R. Barnes practices Traditional Japanese styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho, which have not been altered by adding in things from other practices. She has been teaching Usui Reiki Ryoho for over sixteen years, and helps students understand that a piece of the source requires only that you bench your thinking mind and ego and trust in universal wisdom.
She has been teaching meditation and giving original guided meditations  journeys for discovery and healing since 2003.  In 2010 she began offering unique guided meditation workshops such as Down the Rabbit Hole. Usui Reiki always flows through her, so offering a Reiki healing session while doing a guided meditation for healing was a natural progression for the guided meditations she offers.”


Living in both the United Stated and Canada, I was introduced to various ways of healing mind, body and spirit. When reviewing my notes and all the books from other healing modalities, I find myself constantly saying, Japanese Usui Reiki Ryoho does that except without any props or fuss. <simple yet profound>


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My students and clients are important to me.  Following are a few more of their comments.  

 Roberta is non-judgmental. She creates an atmosphere of safety and acceptance whereby 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


 “You are a joy to listen to.  Knowledgeable, compassionate and light hearted”. Karl


  “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 . . .  <read more of what Patty says on my page learning Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai >



I was also fortunate to be able to attend the URRI 2002 international conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with approximately eighty other Usui Reiki Shihans from around the world. At that conference Doi Sensei and Hyakuten Sensei shared with me those three powerful words that I repeat in my manuals and verbally in my classes.  I sense Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai as yin and yang, which is the beautiful balance that surrounds me.

Shihan Roberta R. BarnesThe photo of me to you left was taken by one of my students in the herb garden beside my healing studio. Healing herbs in their various forms enhanced by Usui Reiki can naturally heal in amazing ways. <read healing herbs> 

Besides the universe helping me to connect with the three Reiki Shihans perfect for my Usui Reiki Ryoho journey, I was first given a reason to search for natural healing modalities that led me to Usui Reiki Ryoho. Reiki. 

When I had begun those beautiful years of enjoying the wonderment of my son’s and daughter’s early years my life was put on hold by an accident. My body stopped functioning but I was blessed to have the right person happened by at the right time to do what is needed when a “bloody body is not breathing or anything” (his words), emergency surgeries, and months in different hospitals.   

In those months in the hospitals, I learned the importance of determination, focusing on solutions, and opening to a new way to look at life. <finding your solutions

Medical professionals went as far as they could, and I then turned to natural healing that included Usui Reiki Ryoho to heal. Years after my accident I was told by very knowledgeable doctors that I function beyond what medical science says is possible for a person in my condition. While I am not able to run marathons, Usui Reiki helps each life to heal in the best way for him or her at that junction in time.   

It is good to remember what Hippocrates said “the physician treats, but nature heals”.  Usui Reiki Ryoho, meditation and healing herbs are all part of nature.


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Life has taught me that learning to again do those things sometimes taken for granted, such as walking, requires tapping into resources of your whole-self and beyond.  Exercises in my Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai classes help students to do that.  <read more>


The awareness you can gain through Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai allows you to experience those small yet powerful rays of sunshine, and smiles tucked beneath leaves that in the fast lane of life are often overlooked. One of my favorite Japanese words I introduce in classes is best translated as awareness without ego. 


The same as most other Usui Reiki Ryoho practitioners and teachers I have those certificates I am most honored to share hanging on the walls of my healing studio.  <What is Reiki>


I  will travel to teach Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki to a group of people. The size of the group depends upon the distance of travel; contact me for more details. Call 207-445-5671 or Contact Roberta R. Barnes by Email for details.  

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last update 09/16/2023