What is Reiki Ryoho?



There is a difference between the term REIKI and REIKI RYOHO.

Reiki 靈氣 = Energy of the Universe (Heaven and Earth)


Ryo 療 = Healing / Therapeutic


Ho 法 = Art / Method


Reiki Ryoho 靈氣療法 is the art of hands-on healing by means of channeling the energy of the Universe, and it is a twofold practice, a healing practice and a spiritual practice.

Mikao Usui Sensei, the founder of Reiki Ryoho (healing art or method), attained enlightenment and a healing ability as a godsend was bestowed upon him in 1922 at the age of 57 while he was fasting and meditating on Mt. Kurama in Kyoto, the ancient capital city of Japan. The healing art is named “USUI REIKI RYOHO to improve the mind and body”, and is an inspired art of Usui Sensei, not the outcome of his researches, or discovery, or rediscovery.

Usui Sensei created the hand-on healing art after his enlightenment on the mountain Kurama in March 1922. This method is meant to improve first the mind and then the body (not the body, then the mind); and to guide the practitioner on the personal never ending spiritual path to cultivate and uplift spirituality and the whole being so as to attain the ultimate objective of Reiki Ryoho, i.e., “the absolute INNER PEACE” or “Satori”(enlightenment). This is accomplished by ‘re-membering’ our innate connection to the inexhaustible and unlimited energy of the Universe.

Reiki Ryoho is relatively easy to learn and very simple to practice / use. Anyone can be initiated into Reiki Ryoho and become Reiki practitioner to heal themselves and others. This is done by means of ritual called «Reiju» or «attunement». We begin by rediscovering our natural healing ability. We start by healing ourselves first. We can then share this healing ability with others, developing in us a sense of love and compassion.
There is an ordinary and common misconception that Reiki is something you ‘receive’ during a Reiju (attunement/initiation). It implies that before Reiju, you did not have Reiki, but after Reiju, you have been suddenly given something you did not previously possess. It also implies that Reiki energy is separate from you and that a Reiki practitioner will ‘channel’ Reiki in order to ‘transfer or give the energy’ to a recipient. Since Reiki means the energy of the Universe, you cannot be separated from it, and it cannot be separated from you. You are it, and it is you. This means that you already ‘have Reiki’, it is an inner gift which everyone has been having since their birth. Having a Reiju (initiation/ attunement) simply wakes you up to this fact of your natural ability to heal, from subconscious level to a conscious level. It has always been within you. In a way, it ‘turns on the switch’.
Note: In traditional Japanese way of teaching, Reiju (initiation/ attunement) is transmitted ONLY in-person, not distantly, or by the Internet…

Many people who use the term of Reiki are usually referring to the practice of «Reiki Ryoho» or hands-on healing practice of Reiki.
«Reiki» refers to the inexhaustible energy of the Universe, which can not be defined or confined, while «Reiki Ryoho» is the hands on healing method. This is why Reiki can be said to be a two-fold practice: both the art of spiritual awakening (a path to self-realization) and an energetic healing art.


Gradually, with continued practice, Reiki can guide us to the higher levels of mental clarity, physical wholeness and a harmonious integration of our own being that leads us to experience our true disposition: inner peace, unconditional love, loving kindness, wisdom and compassion for all life.

Information provided by Komyo ReikiDo Association with Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei permission.


Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei:”Reiki Ryoho is the Art of spiritual awakening”


“Traditionally Reiju 靈授 (initiation) is given in person; face to face.

“Touch” (the laying-on of hands) plays a pivotal role in Reiju process; a series of things we do in order to achieve a particular result. Touch in the form of the laying-on of hands is to impart the healing energy and information to Reiki Ryoho students. There is an unbroken succession of Teachers and Shihans, linked by the sacred touch of Reiju ritual, right back to the founder, Usui Sensei.

Reiju with “touch” — a visual symbol of an unseen transmission of not just of the healing energy but also of the information. Touch is a means of communication, an expression of unity, a bonding of people. It is a key to giving and receiving information and to help us bond.

Is “distant (online) Reiju “possible?

Theoretically it seems possible, for there exists a distant healing in Reiki Ryoho systems. And yet we need to understand that sending Reiki energy from a distance to someone and passing (imparting) Reiki energy and the information on to another is a different story, and that the distant Reiju does lack an important and pivotal factor, that is, “TOUCH.” The pivotal factor of a good old tradition: “in person Reiju” and “touch” must be maintained.”
Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei’s statement from July, 2020.
Komyo ReikiDo© All rights reserved.

Komyo ReikiDo dis-allows on-line Reiki classes with distant Reiju & will not recognise certificates issued by these classes.

Komyo ReikiDo follows, preserves and keeps IN PERSON Reiju tradition alive with the highest respect to the Founder of the Japanese Healing Art, Usui Mikao Sensei.

Online Reiju is not allowed by Inamoto Sensei and is not recognized in the Komyo ReikiDo standards of teaching and practice.

Komyo ReikiDo Ukraine
Victoria Romanova

During Reiki Ryoho (Japanese Healing Art) sessions, some practitioners can be more sensitive than others, some may even feel byosen before a treatment starts. Some have psychic abilities and are able to hear, see or sense things that most people do not. If we experience all that, naturally we are tempted to think that we are doing the healing. We start to analyse what we feel, hear and see. We try to work out where the energy should go and what would be the best way to cure a disease or malfunction of the recipient – all because we sincerely want to help.

Often the question arises: What should we do when we became so sensitive, when we see and hear things, or feel pain in our body or strong hibiki in our hands?

Inamoto Sensei says: “It is all very personal, some people are more gifted than others, more sensitive or skilful. Not everyone has to have such gifts or abilities. It can be very helpful to sense imbalances or health disorders in recipients, but basically, we don’t need anything like that. We are here just to place our hands.”

Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei reminds us that: “Japanese Healing Art of Reiki Ryoho is not about doing or thinking. It is about SURRENDER 100% to the Universe. As Reiki Ryoho practitioners, we DO NOTHING and THINK NOTHING in the way of healing. Reiki knows where to go and how to heal for the highest good of the person. We need to be the purer (cleaner) Reiki channel (conduit) possible. Less ego, more room for love — the healing energy of the Universe.”

Inamoto Sensei’s advice to us is: “Do not get attached to your sensations. Your ego and self-clinging are an obstruction in the channel for Reiki healing energy to travel through. Keep your practice simple: Place your hands, surrender and smile. Reiki Ryoho is the art of surrendering.”

Author: Victoria Romanova
Certified Komyo ReikiDo Teacher / Shihan
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To learn more about the Japanese Healing Art of Reiki Ryoho or to sign up for seminars with Inamoto Sensei, please contact us directly by email: komyoreikido@ukr.net ; komyoreiki.ua@gmail.com
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Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, people all over the world have been struggling with all kinds of health issues and mental, emotional and spiritual disorders. Naturally, as Reiki Ryoho (Japanese Healing Art) practitioners, we want to do all we can to serve and support others. We may now be offering distant Reiki healing more often, individually or as part of a group.
Questions often arise around permission and distant healing. Are we allowed to do distant healing without permission? Should we inform recipients? Is it appropriate to send Reiki to someone without asking them? Could it cause bad karma?
Actually, the answer might be quite simple. Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei always says: “Reiki is the energy of the Universe. It is Reiki that does the fine job of healing. Reiki always works for the highest good of recipient”.
Inamoto Sensei reminds us that we do nothing in the way of healing. As Reiki Ryoho practitioners, we put our ego aside and just surrender to Reiki.
When asked about his own practice, approach, Inamoto Sensei usually answers: “I do distant Reiki healing with permission and without permission. Sometimes we cannot get it, especially when the person is in a coma or emergency room or just simply uncontactable”.
His advice to us is: “Follow your heart — your kokoro. If you feel more comfortable with permission, please ask for permission. But if it’s not possible to get a permission, remember that Reiki always works for the highest good with permission or without permission. Trust Reiki”.
Author: Victoria Romanova
光明靈氣道 Komyo ReikiDo© Ukraine
To learn more about the Japanese Healing Art of Reiki Ryoho or sign up for seminars with Inamoto Sensei, please contact us directly by email: komyoreikido@ukr.net; komyoreiki.ua@gmail.com
and/or mobile: +380683167077 (WhatsApp/ Viber)
Sincerely and Gassho,
Certified Komyo ReikiDo Teacher / Shihan — Victoria Romanova
The Founder of Komyo ReikiDo® Ukraine, official representative of Inamoto Sensei.

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