JAPANESE REIKI refers to styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho created in Japan by Japanese teachers that honor the essence in which Mikao Usui created his original spiritual practice.

There is nothing uncommon or lofty about Usui Sensei’s teachings; he taught that healing mind, body and spirit together with the aid of balance and harmony from universal energy results in a state of well-being that is best for the receiver at that moment in time.  

This balance and harmony that come with Usui Reiki result in health and happiness, without charts, graphs, dozens of symbols, material objects, or complicated rules.  Just as gravity does not require symbols to bring anything down once it has been thrown into the air, Usui Reiki does not require symbols for it to flow. 

This wave of love, or light, from the highest dimensions has a strength to heal at a level we may 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 between himself and Mikao Usui the founder. 


Nothing fishy, nothing odd, nothing difficult”(English translation) © Hiroshi Doi This Japanese Shihan (master instructor/teacher of high standing) 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 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.

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 (honorable teacher) said, there is an inner healer within each life form; 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 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 then 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 entrusting your hands to Usui Reiki to be guided by Byosen and Hibiki (hands feeling inharmonic and harmonic vibrations and universal energy). 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

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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