Practitioners SHARING REIKI - Organizing a Reiki Exchange

If, as a Reiki practitioner or teacher, you feel a strong commitment to your students to share in the wonderfulness of the practice of Reiki, then hosting a Share or EXCHANGE might be just the project for you!

This can be a new and rewarding way to practice Reiki, keep friends and practitioners enthused and create an opportunity to socialise with like-minded people ~ not always possible in our hurried world. Reiki shares would surely have been talked about in your Reiki classes and here are a few more thoughts.

               (please check the calendar at bottom of the home page and see when we are having the next Exchange)

Some students of Reiki feel that they may have become "rusty" and this gets them back into the swing of things. Questions about what may be happening during a session and chatting about the finer points that have been forgotten, by some, will automatically flow from this afterwards.

If you are a recent arrival to energy work, then organising a Reiki Share is a good way to stay enthusiastic after your recent initiation. You may wish to team up with a veteran. Ask a more experienced person to be there, too, as there may be some sticky wickets ~ people bringing advertising, people talking incessently, willy-nilly attunements being handed out, etc. Focussed, quiet and powerful Reiki Healing should be the focus. The requirement for you is merely to provide space, time, clear intention and persistence. And this is where the experienced guide helps the host, the captain as it were, who keeps the group on-track, positive and focused.

Planning ahead is good ~ you need to know the anticipated number of massage tables you will need and the physical space that is required. You don't want more than 5 people to a massage table (one lying down and receiving Reiki and four people standing or sitting around the massage table doing the Reiki). Each participant enjoys about 20 minutes and then there is still time for some socialising, Q & A, a meditation - a break and a discussion (sharing of experiences and Reiki stories) and those in a hurry can leave before this and after the sharing so that every receives equally.

I once went to a Reiki Share where ten people shared one table (very awkward physically and uncomfortable energetically) and I suggest you stay away from that kind of bunched-up arrangement.

People without any Reiki teaching may want to come to an Exchange as a way to satisfy their curiosity. The best way to accommodate this is to give them a group treatment first and then that person can leave, feeling very well treated. Joining in would be strange and leave that person with many questions and needing guidance and you may feel the responsibility to teach an instant mini-class in order to be able to include someone into the Reiki Share. Unfortunately that's where "fake it till you make it" comes from!

At a Reiki Exchange I once attended, a kind and curious person without any Reiki was invited for the duration and he had to spend the entire time 'faking' it. One of the participants decided that this person needed "a quickie attunement" too, in front of us all, no less, and the grand-standing that ensued was uncomfortable for all and certainly would not give Reiki a good name.
Another visitor at a Reiki Exchange was left with the true feeling that there really was nothing to it if after all, if one can just join right in without instruction, then why not just go to a bunch of Reiki exchanges and then hang out your shingle?

Evenings and weekends are the easiest times to gather people. When I was hosting large healing circles, I took a vote and Saturday was by far the favourite day and the time of day of 3:00pm won out over 10:00am!
Coming on time is important and starting on time gets people to arrive on time. After a Reiki Share / Exchange is over, some people like to sit and chat and connect and socialize and ask questions. It's always nice to share juice/tea/healthy snacks and good conversation (no gossip). Those remaining may wish to send long-distance healing to loved ones, fellow participants, pets, or situations. I always have a guided meditation on hand - and that tends to signal that we are wrapping up.

The snacks and drinks are not a great expense and just providing them (as little as several $'s per participant) is easiest. When people are all asked to bring snacks then there is a resulting bottle neck and fussing in the kitchen with this pot-luck snack business. So I suggest it just gets "handled" by you. I believe that the snacks should be high quality - it reflects how you feel about the people who have gathered and the Reiki - respectfulness all round. And so if money is tight, you can ask for a donation of, say, $5 or $10, or whatever the expense is, per person, then all is covered. If room rental is also to be covered then a double digit dollar donation is surely appropriate.

I believe that the effort that is involved in keeping these exchanges going is priceless and is part of being in service and as a way to help us grow and experience. Some shares start on a gentle note with a guided meditation, a prayer of intent or an energy exercise for the chakras. You can also call upon your guides, angels, Ascended Masters (not Reiki but might make some people more comfortable). Not all studenrts of Reiki are trained in the same manner - so we leave things open.

Leaving the daily frustrations and negative thoughts outside and having positive healing thoughts in the Reiki circle is important and we need to do whatever feels best to bring this about, usually by setting an example. (I have the Tibetan gongs of Richard Hite playing in the background for the first while.) One person can be designated as being on "latecomers watch" and can make sure that the openin meditation is not disrupted. And experimenting with different ways to end the gathering is fun! And some of us just can't do without candles and special music!

Any place to host a gathering is good - the cosier and quieter, the better - best when there are no pets and children passing through, unless they are part of the healing circle. Decent parking and near-ness of public transportation are also a bonus. When it is a residence, you will need a room to work with that allows people to move around easily and then a room to sit and chat (living room, maybe). When a public place is your choice, then make sure that the next generation of U2 is not practising in the room next-door! No kidding - it happened!

The biggest unseen element in the creation of an energy work Exchange is persistence. The host has to make a commitment to invite, invite, invite! And to stick with it such that Teflon gets new meaning! People sometimes tell others; people sometimes remind friends; people sometimes remind themselves; people sometimes are too tired or feeling too miserable to get up and go; people have a lot on their minds. The host will have to stick to the emails / phoning / flyers routine very diligently. Flyers and advertising can be placed in appropriate places, bulletin boards, in your everyday email signature, many on-line calendars over and over.
Always ask where a new person saw or heard about your gathering. And the best part is that usually the host doesn't have to drive to get there!

If you ever wonder if it is worthwhile to expend the energy on organizing Reiki Shares - then just step up to the plate! It is an amazing gift to offer - a gift that all share in: healing, knowledge, guidance and love.

More Reiki Healing articles at http://www.reflexologyreiki.com/Reiki

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