Today a friend asked me what the Reiki shares I mentioned on Facebook were all about. Although I had never heard of them before I studied Reiki, I now host my own and attend my teachers’ shares regularly.
Reiki shares (sometimes called “Energy Shares”) are a fabulous opportunity to give and receive Reiki healing. Depending on the organizers, they can have many formats.
I prefer to have Reiki as the only modality being shared, mainly because I open my shares to everyone, practitioners and non-practitioners alike. Although I use a few different modalities, for the benefit of Reiki “newbies”, I like to focus the time entirely on Reiki, so that people attending can come to understand what it’s all about without other (awesome) distractions. Anyone can receive Reiki and anyone can learn to give Reiki. An attunement process is what helps practitioners channel the energy to share, and is received during formal training. At my shares, if you are new to Reiki, you get to go on the table first! But I’m getting ahead of myself….
We start off the evening with a round of introductions, with the help of my beautiful talking stick. Borrowing from a Native tradition, everyone has a chance to speak – until they are done – with no interruptions from the rest of the group. We share our stories, our successes, and our struggles. And we start making connections with each other. Many times, we have short discussions about Reiki itself.
Next, we all take part in a guided meditation. Let’s face it, we all lead busy lives, so it’s nice to have some help to wind down, clear ourselves, and be grounded to receive some healing.
We divide up into groups, depending on the number of people attending. For large groups, I can set up three Reiki tables, and we work in groups of 3-5 people per table. One person lays on the table, and the others give Reiki to them, usually for about 15 minutes. With up to four people working at one table, we are all free to start anywhere we feel guided, and work intuitively for the most part. Stools are provided for anyone needing them for comfort.
There are a few minutes in between turns, when experiences and observations are shared, and we proceed until we’re done. Everyone gets their turn on the table….even me!
A beautiful “tradition” I first saw at Debra Jones’ energy shares was an opportunity to give Reiki to those who couldn’t attend, or for people or situations that could use some healing. Debra has a beautiful statue of an upturned hand, where names are placed. I have a hand-woven little basket, with a Reiki-charged Rose Quartz in it, and attendees are encouraged to put as many names in as they like. After the sharing is over, we sit together as a group again and send distance healing to everyone and everything in the basket.
I hold Reiki Shares twice a month, one evening the first week of the month, and then a morning share the following week. If you are at all interested in attending, please join my Meetup Group, “Loving and Living Reiki”. Once you’ve joined, you will receive email notices of upcoming shares and classes. By RSVPing, you are helping me to set up the appropriate number of tables, so that we can work comfortably. As well, if I am expecting you, I can try to wait until you have arrived before starting. As I said, no experience is necessary! Come out to learn more about Reiki!
Sometimes new friendships are formed, certainly new insights and understandings are achieved….and we all end up with this fabulous Reiki “high”. Feelings of love and gratitude, acceptance and belonging, and peace are often the norm. If that appeals to you, won’t you join us?