Learning Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai

Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai take you beyond the need for hand positions and Reiki symbols.

 The Japanese exercises, techniques and meditations introduce you to becoming comfortable with feeling and knowing vibrations.  Classes guide you to weave the essence of Usui Reiki Ryoho as it was originally practiced in Japan in the 1920s into everyday life, and to all forms of life, without complications. 


As I  guide you  to weave universal love and harmony into your daily life, you can see clearly that Usui Reiki Ryoho is not subdivided into People Reiki, Animal Reiki, Bird Reiki etc. Usui Reiki brings the needed balance and harmony to all forms of life. 


The multiple  empowerments (attunements) you receive in each level are only the beginning as you lean connection, intention and trust in universal wisdom as universal love and haramony flows through you. 


Usui Reiki does not shut down on holidays or have office hours. From the moment your pathway is open in the Shoden level, Usui Reiki flows to you, other people, animals, etc.  There is no turning it on or off as with you electrical appliances.  <read What is Reiki> 


In Shoden level (first teachings) you learn Usui Sensei purposes in what he originally called “my method”, then “my method to achieve personal perfection”, and then Usui Reiki Ryoho which I explain  classes.   <read more >


As you progress your awareness expands you can, as many do, find your creativity and efficiency improving, and following an illness or injury healing happens faster and better than expected.  

There may appear to be a lot of text on this site, but it is just a hint of what you will be introduced to in my classes.  A detailed student manual for each style, is included in each level.  A monthly newsletter and monthly Koryukai (gathering) can give you more support.  <Scheduled Classes>

 One student wrote “I appreciated your website information and background (thorough)–Karen. 

Doi Sensei said in classes, “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 & honoring you) for not copying anything from this website.  



Classes in Japanese Usui Reikifrom a qualified Usui Reiki Shihan (master instructor/teacher of high standing), in a style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho as created by Mikao Usui, is one of the most beneficial things you can do for you and those around you. Usui Reiki is the beautiful vibrations of universal unconditional love and harmony that flow through you at all times and in all places once your pathway has been opened by a qualified Usui Reiki Shihan,  

Once you have completed Shoden  you, and often those around you, can notice that your vibration is higherUsui Reiki healing When your vibration raises the quality of your life improves and all around you is touched in a positive way; with each additional level your vibrations goes higher.  Mind, Body and Spirit healing together includes all the such categories such as mental, physical, emotional and aura. 

Classes in Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai give you the opportunity to experience the gentle yet strong healing beauty of Usui Sensei’s original spiritual practice


Whenever Usui Reiki is flowing only the best will happen; it will stop flowing if the higher self does not want healing and when the cells have all the energy needed at that present moment. . This relieves you from any fretful worry.  The certificates and manuals I give reflect those I received from Hiroshi Doi Sensei and Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei.


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In the Shoden (first teachings) classes, through Japanese exercises you can learn to resonate with the piece of universal energy we call Usui Reiki. Through other exercises you cleanse negative vibrations and allow balance and harmony to encompass and fill atoms in need. The self-growth and self-healing experienced take you to a new positive awareness of life.   


Ihe second level takes you in deeper and guides in healing life forms and events over time and distance. You are introduced to the symbols Usui Sensei created in 1925 to use as training wheels if needed. 


When completing the third level, which at one time was called the secret level, it is obvious why you often hear this referred to as a spiritual practice, and can easily transcend all symbols and other training wheels. Advanced exercises help you to more fully alalow balance and harmony to flow where is needed, and complete uncovering your true self while erasing  imprints of past negative experiences .


To cover all of the exercises, techniques, meditations, etc, in each level requires 12 hours in classes.  I break this down  into multiple classes so that you obtain the full benefits without being overwhelmed.  <schedules classes>

Continuing Education ProviderI am approved by the National Certification Board for therapeutic Massage & Body work (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider.  These Japanese styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho not only improve the quality of your life, but it adds that gentle and beautiful healing touch to each massage you give.  



ANIMAL REIKIAnimal Reiki is simply Usui Reiki flowing to an animal that is not a human being. Unlike modern medicine, Usui Sensei’s spiritual practice/healing art is not subdivided into People Reiki, Animal Reiki, Bird Reiki, etc.   

 To your left you see a Scottish terrier enjoying a Reiki Healing session. People often bring their dogs in for healing sessions; dogs are so open to receiving that the mini Reiki healing session are most common.  <Healing Sessions>

  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.  


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 overflowing. Roberta is understanding, and all of so many questions she answered patiently.”—Patty C.  


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


       “Roberta Barnes is non-judgmental. She creates as atmosphere of safety and acceptance where by 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


Because I was blessed to be lucky enough to study Gendai Reiki-ho directly under Hiroshi Doi and because I teach in the way he taught me, Natural Healing & Learning Center is certified by Gendai Reiki Kyokai   <read more Shihan Roberta R. Barnes>

 Through Gendai Reiki Ho and Komyo Reiki Kai you can learn to . . .  

When you listen and follow the guidance in Gendai Reiki Ho or Komyo Reiki Kai  classes you will be able to easily allow Usui Reiki to flow purely at any time in any place.

I explain the meaning behind the Japanese names of exercises and techniques in classes as I learned directly from my Japanese Shihans Hiroshi Doi and Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto.  The meaning being most important as evident in one exercise where the English pronunciation is the opposite of the Japanese meaning. <see current scheduled classes>  



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


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

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 Shihan Roberta R. BarnesI teach and practice as I learned directly from  Hiroshi Doi Sensei (honorable teacher) and Rev. Hyakuten Hyakuten Sensei. <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. 

Once you have been opened to the piece of universal energy that Usui-Sensei  connected with, and spent hours studying and practicing, Usui Reiki just flows.




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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

Usui Reiki helps you to enjoy now  

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

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.  

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

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

 As you listen in classes and practice, peace, tranquility and joy become your internal GPS to improving the quality of life.

Levels one through four in Gendai Reiki-ho are as follows (the names in Komyo Reiki Kai are slightly different but still only four levels):


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 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.   

 The benefits with each progressing level are more rapid and lasting with much left effort as you by-pass the need for training wheels.


Beginning Reiki classes Shoden translates as first teachings, and focuses on self-healing and self-growth.  This is the powerful base in creating healing balance and harmony in 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>. 

The focus is important because,  when you heal yourself, you heal your family, your group, your community, and our world. Usui Sensei said “that by mastering the mysteries of self we learn to affect the mysteries of lifeinternational © Hiroshi Doi 1999   

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When your mind, body and spirit are in-balance and with harmony, a healing rhythm in formed that can make all areas of your life take on a magical glow. 

  Paracelsus said, “Unless I know the arrangement of his inner harmony, how can this man be made healthy? 

The Usui Reiki Goka is the key to Health and Happiness; in class I explain the depth of its meaning in those 5 short lines. 

This is a $175.00 investment you make to improve the quality in all areas of your life; paid in cash or by check. 


I was once asked why is my aura dirty?  That was in response to me explaining that Japanese  Usui Reiki exercises  includes activating and cleansing your chakras, light body centers and all that is in your energy field (aura).  

In Okuden and Chuden you are introduced to the symbols Mikao Usui created in 1925 as training wheels to help some students learn, but once you have practiced all the exercises in Shoden and in Okuden or Chuden you have no need for training wheels.

 Think for a moment — Usui Reiki is universal energy; you do not require symbols or material objects to make gravity work so why do you need symbols once you have learned to feel vibrations and resonate with Usui Reiki? 

In Okuden/Chuden it is the expansion of your connection to universal energy and learning the Japanese exercises, techniques and meditations  that give you a deeper understanding and raise your vibration.


Usui Reiki level two After having completed the fist level in a style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho, and taken the time to practice exercises, feeling vibrations and living the Gokai you are ready for this level/degree as you go deeper into the spiritual practice Usui Sensei founded. 

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

This level takes you deeper into the light. Symbols 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.


  •  You are introduced to the second of the three important deep healing techniques in Usui Reiki Ryoho.                                                                           .

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

 This level is $275.00 if you have completed the Shoden level with me.   If you have not completed Shoden with me you will receive a Shoden manual along with the manual for this level/degree and I allow extra time after classes if needed.   I ask an extra $25.00 for this; many students find it most beneficial to take the Shoden (level one) with me first.

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 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

After each level you can resonate more fully with the vibrations of love and harmony.  Your awareness and self-growth expands as you:





Level three in Usui Reiki Ryoho

In this level  Japanese exercises take you very deeply into spiritual growth so that your wave of consciousness becomes even higher.  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 you had to feel oneness with all before being accepted into this level.   

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When you have completed the second level in Gendai Reiki Ho or Komyo Reiki Kai with me, the fee is  only $395.00. 

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 $600.00.  You will receive the first manuals and a class before you begin the classes in the third level.  Many people find it more beneficial to first complete the second level in either style with me.



Usui Reiki training for children

The ages are generally 2 – 12: past twelve most children know there is much more after the basic four hours so they ask to take Shoden, which young people have said helps the with all areas in their public or private schools. 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 directly from Japan.

  • 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 never require the sue of 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 child this is perfect.

  • Some of the exercises for self-growth, given in Shoden are included.

  • A parent or parent approved adult or older child must accompany the child, which is nice because while she or he does not receive an empowerment or certificate they do get the benefits of the instruction.

A certificate of completion is given  along with the manual.  This is a  $115.00  ($90.00 for children age nine and under) investment in our 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 then 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 — $895.00.  



Advanced Usui Reiki techniques

Some styles have come to call an empowerment Reiju, but as Hiroshi Doi (who joined the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in 1993) explains Reiju is not an empowerment but a strong focused form of Usui Reiki that depends upon the Reiki Shihan’s intent.

This 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 Gakkai is only shared with members of the Gakkai.

The prerequisite for this workshop is to have completed the highest level in Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki, and spent time practicing.  Reiju was the term used at one time as the way in which people were originally opened to the universal vibrations of love and harmony.  Some call empowerments in Komyo Reiki Kai Reiju, but this 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.

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 todayand 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


Meditation classes that give you the opportunity to gain perception and wisdom in the inner calm. Peace through Meditation is for people beginning meditation and those that have let their daily meditation slip.  I also offered classes in outward meditation, sometimes referred to as channeling. In each class she gives guided meditations that are right for the people in that class at that time. Going to the  Meditation & Beyond page you can experience my Bluebird guided meditation, which helps you to see the good luck that has always been with you.
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>
Guided meditation Journeys into Your Past, often called past life regressions take you into forgotten times in your current life or in past lives, depending upon your beliefs. These are useful healing tools in changing how you view the past in order to heal the present. These are also often done for self-discovery. My CD, “Finding Your Solutions”, contains 2 of my original guided meditations I offer at a discount to clients in students at my healing studio as part of their healing journey.Herb consultations— provides you with a written report tailored for your challenge at that time.   These reports do not replace prescribed medications or licensed medical professionals. The report lists herbs that have helped others with the same challenges, and includes known herb contraindications and drug interactions.


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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