There is nothing uncommon or lofty about Usui Sensei’s teachings. He taught when allowing a piece of universal energy to flow to bring balance and harmony to mind, body and spirit together the result is the life receiving returning to his or her natural state of Well-Being that is best at that moment in time.


This wave of love, or light, from the highest dimensions has a strength to heal at a level we sometimes do not recognize as healing because rather than masking symptoms it flows to the core of what is causing the symptoms. © international 1999 <What is Reiki>

I wrote the following for an April 2015 issue of Maine Women’s Magazine.  I studied directly under Hiroshi Doi Sensei and Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei, each is a Japanese Shihan living in Japan with only two Shihans (master instructor or teacher of high standing) between himself and Mikao Usui the founder of Usui Reiki Ryoho. 

 Nothing fishy, nothing odd, nothing difficult”(English translation) © Hiroshi Doi 1999.  Doi Sensei (honorable teacher), who is Japanese and jined the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in 1993, was referring to the style of Usui Reiki Ryoho that he created to teach others the original spiritual practice Mikao Usui founded in 1922.

Usui Reiki Ryoho, is a simple yet profound method that uses a piece of the source of all energy. This piece, called Usui Reiki, is the vibrations of unconditional love and harmony.

This spiritual practice, or healing art, is neither a belief system nor a religion. It is a method of allowing universal love and harmony to flow to the core of all cells/atoms in need in mind, body, and spirit in all life forms. Rather than masking symptoms Usui Reiki flows to the core of what is causing the symptoms and helps those learning to align with universal harmony.

I use the term method because between 1921 and 1922 when Mikao Usui first created a way to open other people to the light (translated term referring to the piece of universal energy we call Usui Reiki) he called what was later called Usui Reiki Ryoho, my method to achieve personal perfect, or just my method.

Usui Reiki brings balance and surrounds with harmony; what is in-balance and surrounded with harmony heals in the way best for the receiver at that junction in time. No one can receive too much Usui Reiki or have it flow to the wrong place as no human can direct universal energy; when a person tries to direct universal harmony inharmonic vibrations are created. 

As Usui Sensei said, there is an inner healer within each life form international © 1999.  Usui Reiki supports and enhances the healer within forming a restorative rhythm in mind, body and spirit—integrated healing at its best.  All styles honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho are complementary, respecting and enhancing professional medicine and other positive healing modalities.

The hardest thing about learning a style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho is shutting down or benching the thinking mind.  In 1925 Usui Sensei saw that some students were having difficulty in feeling energy without something visual; he created three symbols for them to use as training wheels. Since Usui Reiki Ryoho crossed the oceans various teachers have created more than the original three symbols to help their students.

The easiest thing when learning a style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho is trusting Usui Reiki will flow as needed as your hands are guided by Byosen and Hibiki (inharmonic and harmonic vibrations and universal vibrations of love and harmony). Once you know the differences between life force energy, Ki energy, and universal energy, and inharmonic and harmonic vibrations, there is no need to use any symbols or hand positions.

Tools used in other healing modalities are not needed in Usui Reiki Ryoho; the Practitioner or Shihan simply becomes the tuning fork. Once your pathway has been opened and you learn Usui Sensei’s spiritual practice, it is just you, the knowledge in your heart, and that beautiful piece of universal energy we call Usui Reiki flowing through you. Simple yet profound. © Roberta R. Barnes 2015

To learn more read What is Reiki or What are Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki kai. 


Written by Roberta R. Barnes Gendai Reiki-ho Shihan, and Komyo Reiki Kai Shihan, Master Herbalist, Guided meditation therapist, Author and Speaker.

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