If you’ve never been to a Reiki Share you are missing out! (At least…that’s my opinion). It’s funny that I enjoy shares, actually it’s funny that I enjoy receiving Reiki from others. I generally don’t like to be touched. In Reiki Shares, or Circles if you prefer, there are MANY hands touching you. Going to a Reiki Share is wonderful in many ways.
You get more people working on you than a 1-on-1 session (haha duh). People are open to talking about what they just experienced. Everyone wants everyone to have an awesome experience. You’ll be relaxed once you get into it. You’ll get experience in your own practice. And so much more.
If you don’t know what goes on in a Reiki Share that’s alright. The first thing to know is that each Share is different depending on who is hosting it and who shows up. The Shares I attend are at a local shop, The Bead Angel. For me (and many others) it’s a sacred space of warmth, love, gratitude, and learning. The atmosphere of the store is always welcoming and the Reiki Shares are always inviting. Each Share has its own different flavor created by the people at the tables. Normally it’s started with a meditation to bring us in the now and allow us to open ourselves to Reiki. Music is always softly playing. Lighting low. Mumbles of happiness escape lips. It’s a wonderful experience. Sounds all fine and dandy, but what do you do?
The cut and dry version of a Reiki Share is this: Reiki tables set up with chairs around them (or not if people prefer to stand while channeling Reiki). You take a seat/find a spot, the people around the table decide who goes first, channel Reiki. Depending on how many people show up and how much time is allotted for the share determines how long everyone is on the table receiving Reiki.
Pretty simple right? It is, but there are some things to take into consideration when you decide to go to a Reiki Share.
- Are you comfortable with the location? If it’s at a store, or other place of learning I wouldn’t worry too much. The space is protected in a way.
- If it’s at a person’s house, make sure you are comfortable with the host, and are assured it’s not going to end up being something that freaks you out. Have them guide you through the process.
2. Atmosphere. Very important. If you aren’t comfortable you won’t be able to enjoy the experience.
I was recently invited to another local Reiki Share and I was pretty excited until I learned that during the entire Reiki Share they read from Conversations with God. I made the decision to pass it up. I knew that I would be extremely uncomfortable in that crowd. Know the atmosphere you want to be in.
- Are they going to do meditation(s)? Play music? Keep lighting low?
- Are they going to be outside?
- Are they going to read from a book?
- Are they going to pray?
3. Touch/no touch. YOU make this decision. If you’d rather not be touched by strangers during your first Reiki share, let them know. Even if they aren’t strangers, still let your table partners know.