A Reiki Share is a gathering of Reiki practitioners who congregate for a combination social/healing session. A share can last anywhere from 3 to 4 hours or be an all day event. It depends on who is hosting the share and how many people are in attendance on how long a share lasts.
The primary purpose of having a "share" is for practitioners to participate in giving and receiving Reiki within an atmosphere of friendship and love. Participating in a share is also a beneficial way of honoring one another as healers.
- Reiki Shares are also commonly referred to as Reiki Circles
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Five Tips for Hosting a Reiki Share:
- Choose Time of Day to Host Your Share
Morning, afternoon, evening, or all day.
- Set a Date / Invite Your Guests
Invite your guests at least one week prior to your share date. This allows them time to fit the share into their personal schedules. Ask each guest to bring one or two pillows. If you are having a larger group (more than 8) you will want to ask someone to bring along an extra portable massage table so you can have two tables set up for treatments. If your share is recurring (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly) get the word out on community bulletin boards, take advantage of free Internet postings such as Tell About Your Circle. During your shares have a sign-in sheet where you can collect email addresses and other contact information of the participants so that you can send out reminders for future gatherings.
- Offer Refreshments
It is a good idea to have some simple yet healthy foods and drinks on hand for everyone to snack on between sessions. Example: Fresh or dried fruits, nuts, bran muffins, fruit juices, and herbal teas. At the very least have plenty of water on hand. Most healers know the importance of drinking water so it is likely everyone will come with their own bottled water anyway, but just in case have some available. If you are having an all day session you may choose to have a potluck luncheon. Instruct each guest to bring a dish along to the share. Break for a rejuevenating lunch midday.
- Set the Mood
It is important that you have a space dedicated to healing to host your share in. Clearing the space beforehand with a ritual sage smudging is recommended. After clearing this space feel free to set up the room to meet your personal preferences. Select soothing sounds and scents using candlelight or dim lights, gentle music selections, gurgling water fountains, etc. You may choose to turn off the ringer to your telephone after everyone has arrived so the share will not be disturbed unnecessarily.
- Speak Your Rules
There are no set rules for Reiki shares, but it is up to the host to set the pace and flow of the session. To help your share to go smoothly giving some instruction is appropriate. In order for everyone to have their turn on the table it is good to count heads and divide the table time accordingly. For example: If you have eight people and your share is set for three hours then you would likely set twenty minutes table time per person. This allows a few minutes between sessions for bathroom breaks. Assign someone to be the the clock watcher. In my shares I normally designate the person sitting at the head placement of the person receiving the Reiki to track the time. I also like to allow one guest to opt out of one session during the session rotations. This allows each person in turn a chance to sip on a cup of tea and relax outside of the circle.