Reiki shares provide a wonderful forum for students to practice Reiki and to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Reiki. Sometimes Reiki shares are a student’s only way to receive a chance to do Reiki on someone other than themselves. There are many key factors to consider when offering a Reiki share that will make a positive impression on everyone who participates.
I offered Reiki shares in different places for over 25 years. The locations the shares were presented in included a business’s education room, my home, a senior recreation center, and two churches. I have hosted Reiki shares that including only Reiki students as well as those that included the students and non Reiki people coming in to have group Reiki sessions for healing or to find out more about Reiki. In this article, I will share with you many important lessons that I learned in hosting Reiki shares.
No matter how big or small your group is you may want to begin with a short list of ground rules that everyone will be made aware of before you begin working. This will ensure that the flow for the event runs smoothly and that you as the facilitator for the share do not have to correct problems generated by misunderstandings or ambiguity. Before you begin your share, review the ground rules. Have a copy for new practitioners joining your group to take with them to read. Do not take anything for granted. We have received training by different people and may perform Reiki differently or never experienced a group situation because a training may have been one on one with a Master. You want everyone to feel comfortable, those who come on a regular bases as well as those who are joining you for the first time. At the end of the article is a list of ground rules that I developed because our shares grew to be so big it became necessary to provide detailed guidance.
Reiki shares that include just your Reiki students or Reiki students in your area are fairly easy to handle. The group pretty much understands how the share is handled because you taught them in Reiki I or II. When you have other Reiki practitioners join your group, it is important to review the flow of the evening and how your share is run. Believe me, I have attended a lot of shares and they are many styles and philosophies about how to run them.
I always begin each share by having everyone including those just coming to receive a session make a large circle holding hands. I would make announcements, welcome everyone, explain the flow of the evening, and lead a short centering meditation to synchronize our group energy and to release the stress and tension of the day. After the meditation, I would do tell those coming to just receive a session what they can expect from their group session. I then would assign a Reiki Master to head each of the tables and then send practitioners to join each of the Masters. Each table would have between 2-4 Reiki practitioners depending on how many practitioners attended and how many tables were present. After each group has energetically connected by holding hands in the silence, I would send over someone who came to be worked on.
This might not sound like a big deal; however, I had groups of up to 30 practitioners attend along with 28 people coming to be worked on for 20 minute group sessions in a two hour time period with seven tables going in one big room. Everything was set up in advance so we could begin on time and end on time. I had those coming just to receive a session sign in so that I could make sure that they got on a table in the order that they arrive and so that I got their email address for my newsletter database. It might have looked effortless but a lot of time and energy went into making sure that it seemed effortless.
As our group size began to grow I found that I needed to step back and focus on timing the sessions, keeping the flow of people on and off of the tables moving, and making sure the music continued to play. We had a gentle chime that I would ring at the 15 minute point to let folks know that the session was ending in five minutes. Then I would ring it again at the 20 minute point. This for the most part keep all the groups moving together. After a while, I found that I had to have someone do the timing because the people who had just been worked on wanted to know more about Reiki. I would assign someone this duty and they would send Reiki to the whole group while they sat with the timer, chime and CD player.
I would then facilitate the flow of people. When everyone was assigned to a table I would go into a lobby area to answer any questions about Reiki. I developed a handout for those non practitioners attending the share so that they could learn more and I have flyers available for my upcoming classes.
When the group size grew really large of just those coming just to receive Reiki, it cut down on the time allotted for the Reiki practitioners to work on each other. Also, with the large number of people coming to just receive a session the group grew to where we no longer knew all those who came to participate. We had two incidents of practitioner’s having money taken out of their purses that were in the back of the dark room sitting with their shoes and coats.
This made me decide to limit the number of those coming to just receive a session to 12 and they had to call me or email me ahead of time to sign up for a session. This way I could plan ahead of time the flow, could manage the group size better, and this allowed more time for the practitioners to work on each other after the first twelve were completed. This arrangement was like a breath of fresh air. Also, at this time I put together a wavier form for those who were coming just to receive Reiki. They had to sign one when they signed in.
So a review of the flow: set up, circle up for group meditation and explaining how the evening will flow along with a review of the ground rules for the practitioners, divide the practitioners into groups each having a Reiki Master if possible, have the groups connect, get the first person onto each table whether they are there just to receive or a practitioner (I always took those coming just to receive first), at a timeframe of 15 or 20 minutes let groups know that the session is over, get the next person on the table.
At the end of each night, we would make a circle and send absentee Reiki to anyone who was on our hearts and minds. We would say their names silently or out loud into the energy of the circle. We would then give thanks to our guides and angels for assisting us. Then we would take down the tables and clean up our space.
Some of our group guidelines. I am sure everyone has an opinion about this. This is what worked for me in working with large groups.
Come earlier to help set up and please help clean up. If you can’t be early, be on time. If you have a table, bring it with a clean sheet.
Leave the ego at home and center your space in love. Make sure you are grounded.
Determine how the long sessions are going to be. Have someone be mindful of the time.
Each table, if possible, has a Reiki Master. Each person choose an area on the body that they would focus on and use hand placements in that area. This keeps practitioners from jumping all around the group. If there is three to four people working there is enough places on the body for each person to focus.
After introductions to the person getting on the table. The work is done in quiet. There is nothing more distracting than a room full of chattering people when you are trying to hold a sacred space for healing.
Reiki is the only modality practiced. Even if you do massage or think you can do massage, I do not have insurance to protect anyone from someone doing massage and I am not licensed for it. Also I do not want someone on the table thinking Reiki is massage or some other modality.
A short time is allotted between sessions for feedback. Then the next person gets on the table. If you need more time for a longer discussion, wait until the share is over or take it into another room.
Reiki Master, Dawn Fleming