Learning Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai

The way your life unfolds is in your hands through which universal vibrations of love and harmony can purely flow. 

The practice of Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai is learning to live in an energetic state of Love and Harmony. In classes I explain why Usui Sensei formed the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (society), which gives a deeper awareness of the spiritual healing art he created.  Through the hours in classes, and continued practice of the Japanese exercises love and harmony blends into more areas of your life.  As you advance in the levels one through three (level four is the teacher’s level) your awareness expands in all areas.

Learning in-person from a qualified Usui Reiki Shihan (master instructor/teacher of high standing) is one of the most beneficial things you can do for you and all those around you. As you move through classes you can recognize the harmonious will of the great universe, and improve the quality of your life.  


 Usui Reiki Ryoho, as Usui Sensei created, cannot be learned on-line, through books, or DVDs.

You can read about something, see it done by others, or watch videos, but to know requires experience. 


In-person classes give you the experience to know how to weave universal love and harmony into all areas of daily life.  The exercises practiced in Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai classes give you the opportunity to experience the healing balance and harmony flowing to your mind, body, and spirit. 

How I teach is best described by my students: 

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. I see the world and those in it differently. The best change has been within myself. I feel more balanced and open to the universe and what it wants to share with me. I feel more happiness and peacefulness then I have felt in a long while. I am finally able to just let go. For me that is a big one.  So hard to put into words when the emotions are so overwhelming. Roberta is understanding and all of so many questions she answered patiently.” –Patty C. 

“Roberta made sure I understood everything before moving on.”–Tami   


The classes were planned and organized well.  They evolved at a good pace, with time to practice and incorporate into daily life. The principles/teachings really          are priceless and something that can be beneficial in all areas of life, regardless if continuing into the Reiki journey/next levels.” — Ashley


“I’m noticing my true nature emerge, more peace, love and harmony. Reiki is truly a gift that we all deserve, Gassho”. Josh after completing the third level. 




Your Ki/Qui. and life force are energies that are totally yours, but they can weaken. Usui Reiki can replenish/strengthen them while keeping your inner healer on track.  Universal energy never weakens, never runs out of stock, or suddenly stops working. Once you have completed even Shoden level (first teachings) that piece of universal energy to which Mikao Usui connected will flow through you at any time and in any place without.   <What is Usui Reiki Ryoho>


When Mikao Usui was asked about the spiritual practice he founded he said“It is love, harmony and healing energy.” © international 2002.


Once your pathway has been opened to the light, a piece of universal energy to which Mikao Usui connected, in-person by a qualified teacher the universal vibrations of love and harmony will flow through you at all times and in all places.  

In each level of Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai you receive multiple empowerments/Reiju/initiation/attunements, so that  as were given in Japan for reason i explain in classes..  However, they are only the beginning, there is much more to learn through exercises, techniques and meditations before receiving your certificate for that level <scheduled classes>

Your life is a journey that contains many journeys. As you advance on your Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki Kai journey you find yourself resonating more deeply with the piece of universal energy to which Usui Sensei connected, and your true universal self. 


Through exercises you can learn to feel vibrations so you can let go training wheels, such as Reiki symbols, or material objects.  Gravity does not need symbols or any matter/material items for it to happen, neither does the piece of universal energy/the source we have come to call Usui Reiki.

In-person classes allow you to experience feeling vibrations, which then guides your hands.  

Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai focus on wellbeing of the whole life, not the disease or injury.  The healing balance and harmony goes to where is needed in mind, body spirit, energy field; this includes  meridian lines, light body centers, chakras, and more.

Hiroshi Doi the founder of Gendai Reiki-ho says it is, Nothing fishy, nothing odd, nothing difficult”(English translation) © Hiroshi Doi 1999. 

As you listen in classes, feel vibrations, and do exercises your awareness expands, so that peace, tranquility, and joy can become your life’s internal GPS. 

In classes you are introduced to how Reiki light does not discriminate; Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai are for all life forms.

My dog Suri received Usui Reiki as needed beginning when he first came into my life as a tiny puppy.  Whenever I patted him, cuddled him, or was near him the healing balance and harmony atomically flowed to him as needed.

As he grew older, he enjoyed a healing session at least once a day.  There are times in everyone’s life when a little extra healing is needed to improve the quality of life. 

Usui Reiki Ryoho is not divided into people Reiki and animal Reiki; in classes you are shown how Usui Reiki can flow to all life forms.

As you progress through the levels you can learn how expansive the healing is with all style honoring the original Usui Reiki Ryoho. 

Through Gendai Reiki Ho and Komyo Reiki Kai classes you are guided:   

I explain the meaning behind the Japanese names of exercises and techniques in classes as I learned directly from Hiroshi Doi and Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto. 

The meaning is more important than word for word translation.  An example is the name of one exercise means the opposite of the meaning of the English pronunciation of the  word.  <see current scheduled classes>  




While the focus in Shoden (level one) is on self-healing, by the time you receive your certificate you can connect to the light of Reiki within at any time and in any place. While Usui Sensei’s 2nd awakening is well known, in classes I explain the importance of his first awakening.


“Gendai Reiki Ho is the way to live your life healthily, peacefully, and happily in resonance with the Universe” international © Hiroshi Doi 2002

My students best describe how I teach: 

Roberta Barnes 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 of her students would experience profound growth. Gassho”. –Lorraine 

Each level of Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai is important.  In each level as your pathway widens you are guided through exercises, techniques, and meditations to expand your awareness and connect more fully with the true universal you.

As you are guided to know the meaning within the five simple lines of the Usui Gokai (five principles/precepts), you can find balance and harmony weaving into all of your daily life. The three most important techniques in Usui Reiki Ryoho are spread out, with one being in each of the first three levels.  The fourth level, or step as Doi Sensei says, is the teacher’s level.

Styles honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho as Usui Sensei created, such as Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai cannot be learned on-line, through books, or through DVDs.

The in-person connection between teacher and student is important.  You can read about something or watch it being done, but to know requires experience. In-person classes give you that experience. 

If you are looking for scheduled class times <click here>  If looking for fees of each level simply scroll down.

I guide students on how ‘to be‘ one with the universal vibrations of love and harmony flowing through them. As the saying goes, we are not human doings, we are human beings. As exercises guide to resonate with a piece of universal energy you can notice unexpected and often awesome healing. 

Having studied directly under Doi Sensei and Hyakuten Sensei I embrace the essence of the original spiritual practice Usui Sensei created.  This includes bringing your mind, body, and spirt into alignment; once in alignment you can harness your full potential. <What is Usui Reiki>

Shoden (level/degree 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.   When you heal yourself, you heal your family, your group. your community and our world. 

 Once you have completed Shoden in either Genai Reiki-hGendai Reiki-ho is for people and petso or Komyo Reiki Kai Kai you, and often those around you, notice a shift in which your vibration has become higher

Your vibration becomes higher in each level, and the quality of your life can improve.  

Practicing of Japanese exercises expands your awareness of the healing balance and harmony of Usui Reiki in your mind, body, spirit or the complete you that includes your energy field (aura) 

Scroll down for descriptions and fees for each level or <click here for brief descriptions & fees> 


Every person/life form, and illness/injury is unique.  Usui Sensei created (in his words) an original method to achieve personal perfection” © international 1999  

Each level consists of enough time in multiple classes to cover all the Japanese exercises and techniques for that level.  One of the purposes is to weave Usui Reiki Ryoho, in the essence in which it was originally practiced in Japan in the 1920s, into everyday life without complications.  <scheduled classes> 

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. Once a perons’s pathway is opened by a qualified Shihan it automatically flows once a connection has been made, which I explain in classes.<What is Reiki?> 

As you weave this piece of universal energy into your life you touch the lives around you in a positive way. One of the goals in going through the levels of Usui Reiki Ryoho, as originally created, is to live with your mind in a perpetual sate of tranquility, peace and joy.

Many myths/distorted stories have been created about Usui Reiki Ryoho. You can view the most common by <clicking here>.  You can also ask me about them in classes.

There is no turning universal energy on or off.  Usui Reiki does not shut down on holidays, have office hours or is in limited supply. 

Usui Reiki is a piece of ‘the source’/universal energy.  From the moment your pathway is opened in the Shoden level, Usui Reiki flows through you bringing the healing balance and harmony of universal energy in all places at all times without complications. 

There is no worry about Usui Reiki flowing to anyone who does not want it because if the higher self says no, then it simply doe not flow–the universe allows freewill. 

As you move through classes you also can uncover the true universal you. While Carl Jung is separate from Usui Reiki Ryoho what he said reflects the importance of uncovering your true self, “the privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are”.

There may appear to be a lot of text on this site, but it is just a hint of what I present in classes.

 Students wrote “I appreciated your website information” –Karen. 

Roberta is a very caring and enthusiastic teacher. I am more in tune now with universal energy.” –Susanne

Doi Sensei said in the classes I (Shihan Roberta Barnes) attended, The practice of Gendai Reiki-ho is learning to live in an energetic state of Love and Harmony rather than living by manmade rules, symbols, materials” © Hiroshi Doi 1999. <read more>

I remember the smiles on other students’ and my face as Hiroshi Doi and Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto stepped away from symbols and hand positions to share with us the quintessence of Mikao Usui’s original teachings. <read more >

Before I continue, Gassho (thank you with respect for you) for not copying anything from this website.  Once you register for classes you will have this and more in your students’ manual.

The detailed manuals I give in each level of Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai are a combination of my Japanese Shihans’ manuals and the notes I took in their classes.  The certificates I give relfect those of my Japanese Shihans. 

Hiroshi Doi’s translated book Modern Reiki Method for Healing is a wonderful introduction to Gendai Reiki-ho, but is NOT a training a manual.  I was given both in his classes so I know the difference. Any style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho cannot be learned from a book or DVD. <what is Usui Reiki Ryoho>   

Beginning in Shoden you are introduced to feeling inharmonic and harmonic vibrations, which erases the need for symbols and standard hand positions.  As your awareness expands in Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai classes you can uncover the true universal you; as your mind, body and spirit come into alignment you can connect to your full potential.  

Scroll down for descriptions and fees for each level or <click here for brief descriptions & fees> 

Usui Reiki flows to mind, body and spirit together as needed.  Exercises take you beyond what is commonly thought of as healing; when your mind, body and spirit are aligned you can harness your full potential. <schedules classes>



There are no limits to who or what can experience healing; Usui Reiki flows to the mind, body and spirit together in all life forms.  



 Because I was blessed to be lucky enough to study Gendai Reiki-ho directly under Hiroshi Doi and because I have not changed the way he taught me, Natural Healing & Learning Center is certified by Gendai Reiki Kyokai<read more Shihan Roberta R. Barnes>



 There are no shortcuts to self-healing or self-growth; one of the lessons in life is that each moment, and awareness. are important in improving the quality of your life.   


universal healing energy

Hiroshi Doi described Gendai Reiki-ho as,“there is nothing odd, nothing fishy, nothing difficult”. © Hiroshi Doi 1999. <What is Reiki>    


Knowing the lineage of a Usui Reiki Ryoho practitioner or Reiki Shihan (master instructor/teacher of high standing), and seeing certificates puts you in control of what you want to add into your life. I,Shihan Roberta R. Barnes, teach and practice as I learned directly from Hiroshi Doi Sensei (honorable teacher) and Rev. Hyakuten Hyakuten Sensei. <meet Shihan Roberta R. Barnes>

Grass does not grow from a download or by reading a book–it just grows. 

 Birds do not fly from a blueprint in a book–they just do. 



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 “Everyone is born with the right to be healthy and live with happiness, and the path of Reiki helps us to fulfill that right”. © Roberta R. Barnes 2002

More Students’ reviews on my classes: 

You are very patient and understanding – a precious find in this world.” — Marty

“It really has changed my whole life.  I thought I was pretty versed before; now I know there is so much more:. — Lindy

“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

 “The way you teach Reiki has made such a positive difference in my life.”– Jason

Pre-registration with a $50 non-refundable deposit is required  for all levels. The fees listed below can change, so please check when registering.

Call 207-445-5671 or Contact Roberta R. Barnes by Email for more information and to register for  classes. 

It is not whether the glass is half-full or half-empty that matters; it is what is done with what is in the glass that matters. 


universal healing energy

When your mind, body and spirit are aligned

you can harness your full potential 

Beginning Reiki classes   Shoden translates as first teachings.  It focuses on self-healing, self-cleansing, and self-growth.  It is the base for the essence in which Mikao Usui created his “method to achieve personal perfection” © international.  This level is reflected in the article I wrote,  “It may appear small, but it is powerful” <click to read>. 

Self-healing is important; when you heal yourself, you heal your family, your group, your community, and our world. 

This is a $210.00 investment you make to improve the quality in your life. This fee covers all classes and a detailed manual available only to my students. 

Click here to see current scheduled classes.  For other times or levels/degrees not shown at this time on the calendar page Call 207-445-5671 or Contact Roberta R. Barnes by Email today and begin your healing journey

   In classes you come “to know why you exist at this time and this place”. © international   The five short lines of Usui Gokai, the key to health and happiness, can guide you to the importance of Now/present moment and being aware of what is new to you. 


Usui Reiki level two After having completed Shoden (fist level) and taken the time to practice exercises, feeling vibrations and living the Gokai you are ready for this level/degree as yout pathway opens wider and exercises guie you to go deeper into the spiritual healing art Usui Sensei founded. 

The meaning of Okuden and Chuden in Usui Reiki Ryoho is deeper teachings. 

The three symbols Usui  Sensei created in 1925 are introduced to use until you no longer need training wheels.

In classes you are guided to allow Usui Reiki to flow to over time and distance. What lies behind you and what lies before you is nothing compared to what lies within you now.

In this level 

  • You are introduced to the symbols/kotodamas/jumons that Usui Sensei created in 1925, which you can use as training wheels. 
    • trough exercises you can feel confident enough with Usui Reiki flowing through you that you step away from symbols, and comfortably allow the healing balance and harmony of universal energy flow.
    • the Reiki symbols make you aware of all that Usui Reiki can help to heal, and exercises make you aware of unnecessary they are.
    • Symbols are not required to make gravity function as it naturally does on Earth, so why would you need Reiki symbols to make a piece of universal energy flow? In level three you learn to transcend all symbols because they can stagnate the flow pf pure Usui Reiki.

A certificate for the first level for a style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho is required when registering for this level. 

This level is $330.00, which covers all classes and the detailed manual based on my Shihans’ manuals and notes I took in their classes, available only for my students. 


 Click here to see scheduled classes, or call 207-445-5671, or Contact Roberta R. Barnes by Email today and begin your healing journey today. 

 This spiritual practice Mikao Usui founded is a personal growth journey; you can uncover the true universal you while you are healing in the best way for you as well as those around you.  Gendai Reiki-Ho and Komyo Reiki Kai helps you to strengthen your ki/chi as well as your life force energy. 

One of my students wrote —I just don’t even have the time to write down all the ways that Reiki is pouring into my life and those around me.  I feel so blessed and grateful. Each day is like an adventure deeper into Love and Light.” — Jenny


When your mind, body and spirit are in alignment

you can harness your full potential.  


Level three in Usui Reiki Ryoho

In this level Japanese exercises take you very deeply into spiritual growth, your vibrations become even higher, and our spirituality and awareness expand.  Shinpiden translates into English as teaching of the mysteriesIn those early years when Usui Reiki Ryoho was first taught in Japan this level was extremely difficult for anyone to reach and referred to as the secret level because of the level of awareness you had to reach before being accepted into this level.   

As one student wrote, I’m loving all the new exercises and techniques.  I feel myself connecting to Reiki more fully”.  Josh 

Go to Japanese Reiki classes & workshops page to see currently scheduled classes  Call 207-445-5671or Contact Roberta R. Barnes by Email today and begin your healing journey

When you have completed the second level in Gendai Reiki Ho or Komyo Reiki Kai with me, the fee is $495.00. This covers all classes and a detailed manual for my students only. 

If you have not completed the second level in either Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki Kai with me but have completed the teacher’s level in another style honoring the essence of Usui Reiki Ryoho the fee is $695.00. You will receive the first manuals and a class before you begin the classes in the third level. 

As you learn to resonate with Usui Reiki you find healing goes beyond just physical.  Most people find that they are more sociable, productive, energetic, more likely to be in satisfying relationships, generally live  longer and their awareness without ego is expanding.   

Usui Reiki training for children The younger we are the less filters we have put in place to block out new ideas.  Young people easily open to the depth of Usui Reiki Ryoho as it has come unaltered from Japan.

Ages are generally 2 – 12: past twelve most children know there is much more than a basic four hour class, so they ask to take Shoden.  Pre-teen and teenagers have said Shoden helped them to focus in classes, which made  homework easier.  

  • I tailor the manual and classes to the age of the child or the group of children learning together.
  • This level is a combination of Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai.
  • Because Usui Reiki cannot be directed and symbols have no power.  The open minds of children allow them to skip over symbols or other training wheels.  As Hiroshi Doi said in class, symbols can slow a person down and cause them to loose their balance.
  • This is basic 4 hours of instruction and only includes only one empowerment (attunement), but for a young child this is perfect.
  • Some exercises for self-growth are included.
  • A parent or parent approved adult or older child must accompany the child.  This  is nice because while she or he does not receive an empowerment or certificate, they  have the benefits of the instruction.

A certificate of completion is given  along with the manual.  This is a  $135.00 investment in your child learning that with balance and harmony everything goes smoother. 


 To know more about Japanese styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho and the benefits of  Japanese exercises and techniques you can read about Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo /reiki Kai on this site or contact me at 207-445-5671.


 Teacher level in Japanese Usui Reiki Ryoho

This is the level when you combine all your studies together into a rhythm that allows you to invite others into the light (Usui Reiki). There are two purposes for completing this level.

You are shown the importance of teaching what translates as Right Reiki, which is not having to use symbols, odd rituals or material objects.  It is teaching to resonate with the profound beauty within the pure flow of Usui Reik.

The first purpose is to complete the circle allowing for continued personal growth. The second purpose is wanting to be able to teach Gendai Reiki-ho as Hiroshi Doi created or Komyo Reiki Kai as Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto created, with no alterations. Both Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki are spiritual practices as Mikao Usui intended.

The prerequisite for this level is either a certificate of completion of Shinpiden in Gendai Reiki-ho, or Okuden in Komyo Reiki Kai (third level/degree),

Hiroshi Doi-Sensei said, “It is more proper to call it a training course for Reiki teachers than another step.”  You should have already learned to transcend symbols and other such supports prior to beginning this level.

At this level you do not “do” Reiki, you have the goal of becoming Usui Reiki for personal growth.   There are no known recorded documents of anyone reaching this goal, but each step of the journey is blissful. Usui Mikao in his humbleness rated himself as a two rather then a one even though he was described as a furnace of energy; since that time no one in the Gakkai has rated themselves higher than a three.  This is the reason why this is the master instructor level and not master of the piece of universal energy we call Reiki level.

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This includes many hours of instruction, exercises, practice, integrated empowerment, Reiki Shihan manual, and completion certificate. A certificate for Shinpiden (Level III) in Gendai Reiki Ho or Okuden (level III) in Komyo Reiki Kai is required before taking this level — $1,695.00.  



Advanced Usui Reiki techniques

Some styles have come to call an empowerment Reiju simply to stay away from the word attunement. 

As Hiroshi Doi (who joined the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in 1993) explains Reiju is not an empowerment; Reiju is a strong focused form of Usui Reiki that depends upon the Usui Reiki Ryoho Shihan’s intent.

What I do and teach in the fourth level is Gendai Reiju and not the Reiju that the society Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai currently uses or has used in the past.  Reiju used within the URR Gakkai is only shared with members of the URR Gakkai.

The prerequisite for this workshop is to have completed the highest level in Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki, and spent time practicing.  It is said that Usui Sensei used something similar to Reiju when he originally opened students to the universal vibrations of love and harmony.  Some call empowerments in Komyo Reiki Kai Reiju, but Gendai Reiju is not an empowerment (attunement).

It requires an understanding of direct connection with universal energy, without any training wheels being used.  No training wheels/supports such as symbols or kotodamas are used. At gatherings it is customary for a Reiki Shihan to give Reiju to all those attending; this clears any blocks that may have formed in one’s channel and is a wonderful rejuvenating energy flowing through the whole you.

A person will never loose his or her connection to Usui Reiki, but things such as the ego or trying to direct universal energy to do what the human mind thinks is best can taint the universal energy flowing through your pathway.

Tainting of energy reduces the purity and thus we can feel what might be described as a loss in strength.

Gendai Reiju is a technique of Usui Reiki Ryoho that has a unique history, which is shared at the workshop.


Call 207-445-5671 or Contact Roberta R. Barnes by Email today and begin your healing journey today.


Disclaimer –While you are learning this healing spiritual practice it is good to remember that Usui Reiki does not replace professional medical care. Neither Reiki practitioners nor Reiki Shihans can diagnosis or prescribe anything, unless he or she is also a licensed professional medical provider. Usui Reiki never interferes with the treatment of a licensed medical professional but complements all healing modalities. No Usui Reiki practitioner of any level or Usui Reiki Shihan diagnoses any illness at any time.

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I also offer

Various workshops during the year, such as Down the Rabbit Hole, and Raising Your Vibration. In the warmer months of the year, Connecting with Nature workshops are offered in the area surrounding the Natural Healing & Learning Center. <see currently scheduled classes & workshops>


If you have any questions, or would like me to speak to a group  Call 207-445-5671 or Contact Roberta R. Barnes by Email.

Roberta R. Barnes, Gendai Reiki-ho Shihan, Gendai Reiki Healing Kyokai Shihan, Komyo Reiki Kai Shihan, Master Herbalist, Author and Speaker


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