Reiki shares have been an integral part of my spiritual development and quite honestly I do not know where I would be today if it were not for them. I met like-minded people, expanded my mind to new horizons, opened my heart to unconditional love, learned about various energy healing techniques that go with Reiki, learned cool tips to use when giving a treatment, and how to improve my self-healing.
Whilst some may be wary or not quite see the point, all who regularly go to Reiki shares find them a great help. Reiki First Degree healers join with Reiki Masters and Reiki Second Degree healers, and in some groups, they also join with healers of other modalities and total newcomers exploring their spiritual path. It is an amazing energy gathered in one place. And you also make friendships with regulars and get great support from kindred spirit.
Different Reiki shares are run in different styles. So you can try a few and choose one that suits you. Or you can go to a few each month and enjoy the different experiences at each!
Most groups start with introductions, with everyone saying their name and what they wish to get out of the group.
Then some shares get into groups, say of three people, with one lying on a massage couch and the other two giving them a healing. The Reiki Master running the share monitors the time and asks them to switch after, say, 20 minutes, so that everyone gets a chance to heal and be healed. Some groups also have chairs and couches, and the same happens at the chairs. The chair healing gives great experience of giving a healing in the setting most usually experienced at home, and the couch setting gives a nice treatment and gives the professionals more experience and a taste of what they give! It is really something to be given a healing by two or more people; absolutely heavenly!
Some groups focus on self-healing, where the Reiki Master leads the group into meditation, reflection, and self-healing. Some Reiki Masters incorporate a question-and-answer session or use that time to give supervision and guidance to their students. Most Reiki Masters accept healers from other Reiki Masters and some accept Reiki healers attuned in any discipline. It is a good idea to enquire about whether this is OK when you find investigate the shares in your area.
Some shares also do a Reiki healing circle where they hold hands or heal the person in front train-fashion, linking up as a big circle. This works especially well for the bigger groups. And some healing circles channel healing to others outside the group who have either requested a distance healing or for example to a part of the world that needs healing.
Other happenings at Reiki shares include the Reiki Master leading through a Hatsurei-Ho or simply through the Reiki Principles. Other Reiki Masters use the chakra system and incorporate Reiki through the chakras. Both are balancing and centering. The former is based on ancient Japanese wisdom, whereas the latter borrows from the ancient Indian traditions.
You may be a small-group person or a big-group person, and you may have your preferences, foir example what Reiki discipline the Reiki Master is from. A good group is supportive and friendly, regardless of how big or small it is or its main contents. Most important is that you feel comfortable and that you can grow and develop. Everything else is the Reiki. And that is truly amazing.
Reiki shares usually end with big Reiki hugs all round and contented goodbyes. If you have not been to a Reiki share yet, try one; you can be pleasantly surprised.