‘Reiki’(‘ray-key’), is a Japanese noun that has many meanings. When used in the term Usui Reiki Ryoho, it is a piece of universal energy that is the vibrations of love and harmony. Universal energy is beyond matter, it is a pure energy field of the highest dimension.
For centuries there have been many healing practices using different energies. The original spiritual practice /healing art that Mikao Usui created after opening to universal energy during extremely deep meditation and fasting is different than any of them,
‘Usui Reiki Ryoho’, is the name given to the original spiritual practice/healing art Mikao Usui created/founded in 1922, It brings balance and harmony to what is causing an illness/disease/injury/imbalance in mind, body and spirt –what is in-balance and with harmony heals.
Some styles with energy/technique lineage through Hawayo Takata Sensei might say Usui Shiki Ryoho, which is part of the history I explain in classes.
Being without ego at all times and in all places after attaining enlightenment, Usui Sensei (honorable teacher) felt the gift with which he had been blessed to receive during extremely deep meditation and fasting in 1921 should not be kept to himself.
Styles that honor Usui Reiki Ryoho as Usui Sensei created, are not a religion nor a belief system. It does not cause any harm and cannot be directed. No material objects are needed/used, symbols are only training wheels used in classes. Side effects are health and happiness.
Unfortunately, it is sometimes forgotten that the true/original teachings of Mikao Usui were a spiritual practice, and not a healing vocation. The essence of Usui Reiki Ryoho is Spiritual. Developing the ability to allow the energy to flow to promote healing is a byproduct.
The first question asked when a person hears the word Reiki is, what style of Usui Reiki Ryoho are you talking about, practicing, or teaching? In 2002 there were over 300 known styles worldwide.
Many distorted stories have been created since Usui Riki Ryoho crossed the oceans, In classes I explain why Hyakuten Sensei writes Reiki in Japanese Kana instead of Japanese kanji. Knowing this and the original history explains some of the distorted stories that were created. <most common myths>
Any style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho cannot be learned from a book, a DVD, or online. The in-person bond between teacher and student is something that cannot be duplicated.
In Shoden (level one) I cover the life events that lead to Mikao Usui gaining enlightenment, opening to a piece of universal energy, and creating an original spiritual healing method.
Knowing the history allows a student to focus on the beauty of what Usui Sensei connected with while in extremely deep mediation, and then created a method to open others to the piece of universal energy to which he had opened, <learning Usui Reiki Ryoho>
Even though Usui Sensei created an original spiritual practice/healing art, the term “reiki ryoho” is not original. The name used by the society Usui Sensei created, Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, was and is “Usui Reiki Ryoho.” international © Hiroshi Doi 2002
The noun “reiki” was used by spiritual therapists during the Meiji (1868-1912), Taisho (1912-1925), and early Showa (1926-1988) Eras. The phrase “reiki ryoho” was used to refer to hands-on therapy.
Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai are styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho created in Japan by Japanese Shihans. Each embraces the essence of Usui Sensei’s original spiritual practice that brings healing balance and harmony to all cells in mind, body and spirit as needed.
Usui Sensei taught each student in the way that blended with the experience he or she came to him with. If he had written anything it would have been destroyed during WWII when the URR Gakkai headquarters, which was also his dojo where he taught, was bombed.
Anyone asking, what is traditional Reiki, might receive many answers. Two of Usui Sensei’s students raised to the level allowing them to teach Usui Reiki Ryoho changed it to blend into the healing practice they had done prior to studying with Usui Sensei. One of them, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi Sensei was a medical doctor prior to studying under Usui Sensei. Hayashi Sensei combined Usui Reiki Ryoho with his medical practice in what he called a research clinic, and original Usui Reiki Ryoho was not taught.
The other men Usui Sensei raised to the level allowing them to teach Usui Reiki Ryoho stayed within the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, which honors the original spiritual healing Usui Sensei created. In order to keep Usui Sensei’s teachings sacred, only members know what happens within the URR Gakkai
Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki kai were created in Japan. Each embraces the essence of Usui Sensei’s (honorable teacher) original spiritual practice that he first called ‘my method‘, and then ‘method to achieve personal’ perfection (internatinal © 1999).
In styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho there is meaning behind the words that goes beyond translated words. Gendai Reiki-ho translates as Modern Reiki Method for Healing, but the meaning goes deeper. <what are Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai>
One translation that has a deep meaning is Reiki light, which is obvious when you are studying or practicing any style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho.
Usui Reiki brings the balance and harmony that heals in the best way for the life receiving without the need of symbols, material objects or designated hand positions. Where hands are placed is determined by the vibrations of the receiver and universal wisdom. <learning Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai>
Usui Reiki cannot be described in the same way that we describe matter, because it is energy. You know this when you experience feeling inharmonic vibrations from cells in need and the universal vibrations of unconditional love and harmony.
You can read about Usui Reiki Ryoho or watch a video, but to know you have to experience. In-person classes with a qualified Shihan give you that experience through exercises, techniques, and meditations.
‘Usui Reiki’ is what we have come to call the piece of Universal Energy from the highest dimensions/the source to which Usui Sensei (honorable teacher) opened/connected during extremely deep meditation and fasting after attaining enlightenment. It is the vibrations of love and harmony.
Usui Reiki comes with universal wisdom; Usui Reiki flows to where it is needed create a healing rhythm in the entire life form receiving and heals in the best way at that junction in time. <learning Gendai Reiki Ho & Komyo Reiki Kai>
The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai is a society founded by Usui Sensei in Japan for the beautiful reason I explain in classes. The same as with many societies around the world, the URR Gakkai does not make public what happens within its meetings. What is said and done within the URR Gakkai being kept sacred has created distorted stories.
Any journals that survived the WWII bombings have not been released to the public; what is shared within the URR Gakkai is known only by members of the URR Gakkai.
Each of the 2 Shihans (teachers) between Doi Sensei and Mikao Usui where members of the URR Gakkai. Even though Doi Sensei prior to joining the URR Gakkai studied a style of Usui Reiki Ryoho that had bounced back to Japan from other countries, he has kept Gendai Reiki-ho pure to the essence of the original Usui Reiki Ryoho. He has not added anything into Gendai Reiki-ho from other practices. <What is Gendai Reiki Ho >
Doi Sensei description of Gendai Reiki-ho is, “Ayashiku-nai, Okashiku-nai, Muzukashiku-nai”. © international 1999 Hiroshi Doi. Translated into English it is, “nothing fishy, nothing odd, nothing difficult”. <learning Gendai Reiki-ho>
Usui Reiki Ryoho Practitioners and Shihans (master instructor/teacher of high standing) who have spent many hours/days in classes and practicing exercises and meditations, can allow the vibrations of unconditional love and harmony to flow to all forms of life, and events at all times and in all places.
Dr. Usui was Mikao Usui’s bother, who had nothing to do with Usui Reiki Ryoho. Some confusion in Usui Reiki Ryoho’s history was caused by Usui Sensei’s bother being a MD when it crossed the oceans.
Mikao Usui chose a different healing path than his brother.
That path Mikao Usui chose resulted in him sharing a beautiful healing gift with the world. Being born into a Samuria family MIkao Usui was advanced in martial arts and earned the titles of master, grand master and O’Sensei in martial arts. As I explain in classes, he did not claim to be a master of the original practice he created/founded, and no one can master universal energy.
Breaking Reiki down into rei and ki for a meaning is the same as breaking down kidnap into kid and nap to get the meaning of meaning of kidnap or breaking down understand into under and stand. As I explain in classes there is another Japanese noun beginning with Rei that has a translated meaning often confused with Reiki.
Ryoho is best translated as healing method. Usui Reiki Ryoho is a healing method that brings the healing balance and harmony to all cells in need in mind, body and spirit together.
It is important to know the resources of any person teaching or writing about any subject.
In 2002 I studied in-person under Hiroshi Doi. In 2003 I studied in-person under Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto. Each Japanese Shihan lives in Japan, has only 2 Shihans between himself and Mikao Usui, embraces the pure essence in which Usui Sensei created Usui Reiki Ryoho, and knows the Japanese dialect that Usui Sensei spoke. <Shihan Roberta R. Barnes>
Over the decades science has broken down healing into categories such as emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and many acronyms. With Usui Reiki Ryoho it is simply healing of the whole/complete life, which cover all of those categories.
Usui Sensei said that the Five short lines of the simple Usui Reiki Gokai (5 precepts/5 principles) he brushed in 1921, are the key to health and happiness.
The translated words that begin each line, Just for today or Now, have a much deeper meaning. The translated Japanese poem I share in classes helps to explains the depth of the true meaning.
The Usui Gokai (five precepts) is said from the heart, the place of true knowledge.
One English translation given by a Japanese person living in Japan is as follows.
- I let go of anger
- I let go of fretful worry
- I give thanks for what I have
- I do my work honestly/diligently
- I extend kindness
Beginning in Shoden (first teaching) classes I explain the depth of the meaning within each short line and why each line begins with just for today. One of the goals in Usui Reiki Ryoho is to live the Gokai <Learning Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki Kai>
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Note that arigatou is a Japanese word for thank you. Gassho used frequently in styles honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho has a deeper meaning, which I share in classes along with how to pronounce it.
Styles honoring the essence of Usui Reiki Ryoho as it was created can be thought of as integrated healing. When all parts of the whole are healing together, well-being naturally happens. <Usui Reiki Ryoho is simple yet profound>
In Doi Sensei’s classes many things were shared with us that are not shared in his books. One example of these things is the truth surrounding Hayashi Sensei’s passing on (death); when I share this in classes students say it makes sense considering what was happening in the world at that time.
My Canadian Usui Reiki Shihan, prior to Doi-Sensei and Hyakuten-Sensei, was an excellent source because of the years he spent researching factual history through Japanese sources. He also studied under Doi-Sensei and Hyakuten Sensei as did some others who I communicated with at URRI 2002. <Shihan Roberta R. Barnes>
What you see here is an introduction similar to the introduction of Hiroshi Doi’s book ‘Iyashion Gendai Reiki-ho’ written to introduce Gendai Reiki-ho. As first translated into English in June 2000, it is an excellent book, but it is not a training manual. Hiroshi Doi autographed a copy of this book for me, and I received his training manual in classes so know the difference. <what is Gendai Reiki-ho>
One of my student’s comments about my classes: “It was a joy to learn the history of Mikao Usui. Roberta was incredibly clear and concise. Incorporating the simply practice of Shoden level had immediate and lasting benefits. I very much look forward to continuing study with Roberta. She is a true Ray of Light!”– Karl
Once you know the factual history, you are able to see the life-time of events, mindset, beliefs, abilities and knowledge you would have to have/experience to teach yourself Usui Reiki Ryoho.
Over the centuries many other healing modalities have been created; they are simply different than the original method Mikao Usui created.
There is nothing uncommon or lofty about Usui Sensei’s teachings; once he attained enlightenment he was without ego at all times and in all places. Therefore, you will not find any teacher of any style that honor Usui Reiki Ryoho who claims their style is the best or he or she is a master.
On Usui Sensei’s memorial he is referred to as simply Sensei, which gives the meaning of him being ‘the’ honorable teacher.
Weaving universal vibrations of love & harmony (Usui Reiki) into your life after putting in the many hours of study with a qualified Shihan helps to improve the quality of your life, which automatically invites health and happiness. <learning Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai>
When mind, body, and spirit are in-balance and with harmony you can return to your natural state of wellbeing. That allows you to experience the health and happiness that is best for you at that time.
Wildlife doesn’t search for ‘state of art’ ways to make things better, they simply are in-harmony with the natural world/universe around them and follow their dharma (A sanskrit word with a simple meaning I explain in classes). <in harmony with nature>
There is a fine line between fact and fiction; if a person does not hear all that is being said he or she sometimes fills in the banks with thier own facts form there memory. Three words you just read were not spelled correctly, but you may not have noticed because the mind can automatically rearrange things as you have seen or herad in your past.
Styles honoring Usui Reikio Ryoho as created by Usui Sensei do not use complicated rituals, material objects, charts of hand positions, many symbols or anatomy/biology studies. Once the student learns to feel vibrations and resonates with the piece of universal energy we call Usui Reiki nothing else is needed. <read Reiki myths>
Practitioners and teachers of styles honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho do not focus on treating the disease or injuries. We focus on wellbeing of the whole life receiving.
Shihans or practitioners practicing pure styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho often say Reiki light. The same as words used by most good translators, it represents the meaning behind the words. Reiki light can be visualized as a beautiful and nourishing light that goes beyond description because it is not the same as any light on this plane.
Scientific medicine is subdivided into many mental and physical forms; each having its own diagnoses and prognosis. Usui Reiki Ryoho healing the mind, body and spirit is healing of the whole life form.
Usui Sensei recognized that there is an inner healer within all people and other life forms. Usui Sensei created a way to teach others how to allow Usui Reiki to awaken, realign, and enhance the inner healer while bringing the healing balance and harmony of universal energy to all atoms in mind/body/spirit together.
Due to an abundance of canards/distorted stories and translation errors this beautiful spiritual practice/healing art we call Usui Reiki Ryoho might seem complicated and mysterious. As you can learn in classes, it is beautiful gentle path to health and happiness <read more>
When Usui Reiki is added into mainstream medical practices, including massage and acupuncture, the result can be unexpected healing of the whole life form receiving. As one doctor said to me after completing a level, “it gives that extra I could not give before”.
Usui Mikao (correctly written) spent many years in Buddhist and other studies for his self-growth, before he attained enlightenment and opened to a piece of universal energy during deep disciplined meditation while fasting.
When you know the factual history it is easy to see what it would require to teach yourself Usui Reiki Ryoho, and why you cannot learn Usui Reiki Ryoho through a book, DVD, or instant download.
As originally created Usui Reiki Ryoho does not create a need for anything. Drinking extra water or eating certain foods before or following a Usui Reiki Ryoho healing session or classes is not required <most common Reiki myths>
Each Usui Reiki Ryoho teacher or practitioner is pleased to show his or her energy and technique lineage back to Mikao Usui, certificates from his or her teachers, and most importantly tell you if he or she has changed the way in which he or she was taught.<Shihan Roberta R. Barnes>
Looking to see what it was I saw an actual hummingbird hovering and looking directly at me. When I looked back at what I had been trying to photograph I saw it was a moth often called a fake humming bird.
The hummingbird seemed to be reminding me that there is a difference between the actual and the mako (created from what is wanted not what actually is)– even if they are both cute. I still enjoy seeing the Clearwing Moths, but I no longer think they are related to the hummingbirds that visit my gardens
We all know how powerful love is; as a visual Dr. Emoto showed us the visuals of water molecules changing shape when exposed to various emotions; the water molecules exposed to love changed to a beautiful shape/form.
Mikao Usui passed on in his sleep after a long day of giving blessings (healings) on March 9th, 15th year of Taisho (A.D. 1926). He was born August 15, 1865.
While Mikao Usui’s brother, Dr. Usui, was a Medical Doctor, Mikao Usui, Usui Sensei, chose a different path.
Usui Sensei’s path led to a spiritual healing art that even today is a blessing to people around the world.
Just as a baby is not born with an instruction manual, the piece of universal energy Usui Sensei opened to did not come with instructions. Being able to create a way to share what had been bestowed upon him in only a year shows Usui Sensei’s intellect, his compassion, and his want to share with others.
Usui Sensei’s compassion caused him to create 3 symbols in 1925 for those students who needed something visual to understand energy/vibration. Prior to that he had not used symbols. When you learn that Reiki symbols are only training wheels, you can recognize those 3 symbols represent so much that there is no need for any more. When you reach the third spiritual level that prepares you to go on to the teacher’s level, you learn to transcend all training wheels.
While Usui Sensei’s second awakening has been told in various way, the depth and importance of his first awakening is one of the important things explained in the first Shoden (level one) class. <learning Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reii Kai>
One of the ways Usui Sensei (honorable teacher) first referred to his simple yet profound teachings was a ‘Method to Achieve Personal Perfection‘ international © 1999.
Usui Reiki Ryoho is a blissful journey that you travel at your pace. With each level your vibration raises and you are connected more fully to universal unconditional love and harmony.
What I am sharing here are only some of the basic facts about this amazing man and the beautiful gift he shared with the world. With so much to learn no level can be done in just one day and then it takes weeks, months sometimes years of practice before a students knows he or she is ready to move on to the next level.
Dr. Chujiro Hayashi Sensei in his research clinic, where he combined Usui Reiki Ryoho with his medical practice, had those receiving healing lay on a table for a healing session. Nevertheless, you can receive from a qualified Usui Reiki Ryoho practitioner or Shihan at any time in any place. <healing sessions>
While medical care should never be ignored or stopped without consulting the attending medical care professional, adding Usui Reiki healing sessions into the recovery process allows healing to happen faster and better than expected. I can state this without reservation as I personally have experienced it.
When you take the time to study Usui Reiki Ryoho as a spiritual practice, and not a technique to satisfy an egotistic purpose ” © Hiroshi Doi 2002, you learn what cannot be symbolized in any language.<learning Japanese Usui Reiki Ryoho>
More and more hospitals welcome qualified Usui Reiki Ryoho practitioners with certificates from qualified Shihans (master instructor) coming in to assist in the healing process of those patients who have requested it.
There remain many things that are currently kept sacred by Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai members. I explain in classes the reason Usui Sensei created the Gakkai, which reflects his want to share the gift he was blessed to receive with the world. <Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai>
The next time you hear something new about Reiki, stop and remember the world’s history from Usui Sensei’s birth year to the year following Hayashi Sensei’s passing on (death). Also ask where that information came from; it is not yours to judge, but it is yours to believe or not to believe. Usui Reiki Ryoho is the original spiritual practice Mikao Usui created in 1922; in his humble gentle way he never claimed it to be better than any other healing modality.
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Resources for this article and sources of quotes are; Hiroshi Doi-Sensei and his Gendai Reiki Ho Healing Kyokai class 2002 (Hiroshi Doi jioned the URR Gakkai in 1993), Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto-Sensei and his Komyo Reiki Kai class 2003, Richard Rivard Reiki Shihan I studied with from 1996 though 2001. Interviews and research done by Usui Reiki Ryoho colleagues Richard Rivard, Tom Rigler, Dave King and Don Beckett.
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