Thinking Of Setting up Your Own Reiki Exchange?
If you have been looking around for a weekly
or monthly gathering of Reiki practitioners in your area, but have had
no success finding one, then perhaps it is time you started your own Reiki
Share. You do not have to be a Reiki Master to do this, just someone
interested in sharing Reiki with others.
A Reiki exchange, Reiki share or Reiki
circle is usually a gathering of Reiki practitioners who come together
to practice Reiki on each other. The exchange may include a meditation,
a distant Reiki session for a specific person or event, a
sample or complete Reiki session for those who wish to try out Reiki,
a Reiki attunement, an exchange of Reiki information, and other items as
the organizers and participants desire. Generally, newcomers to Reiki are
welcome as are all levels of Reiki practitioners.
To get started I suggest the following
Determine what kind
of Reiki share you are interested in. For example, is this
strictly for Reiki practitioners only, or are newcomers to Reiki invited?
Will you have a meditation with your gathering, will you share some Reiki
information and ideas, or do simply wish to have everyone share Reiki with
How large of a group
would you like? This will determine whether the size of your
space, the number of Reiki tables or equivalent (usually 2 to 5 people
to a table), and whether you may need some assistance running the gathering.
Find a place to hold
the gathering. These places are often right in your own area.
Here are some ideas and I suggest you make sure they have washrooms easily
Pick a duration for
the gathering. That is, how long do you want the share to
last? This will affect your choice of time and day (see next).
your own home
a church hall
a local lodge hall
a community centre
a local book store or clinic - these places
may have some room to allow a small gathering and may enjoy the advertising
you will bring to them.
the gymnasium or classroom of a local school.
Here are some places I have used or attended
for a gathering:
the study hall at a Rosecrucian lodge.
A conference room in a local hospital
a room at the local Masonic hall (I used this
for the 1999 URRI workshop).
a large room in a community centre.
the recreation room in a Buddhist church.
in Japan, my friends and one of my teachers
would rent out meeting rooms in buildings that provided such.
Here are some considerations.
Pick a time and day
for the gathering. Depending on your preferences, you can
choose an evening or an afternoon. I have had success with a
Friday evening, a Saturday afternoon, and recently I attended one one on
a Saturday evening. A weekday morning or afternoon might work out
well for a group of seniors or night workers, while an evening or weekend
may be more appropriate for day workers or people going to school.
Consider your expenses
and possible revenues. The main concern is usually the rental fee
for the location, if it is not going to be your own home. Normally I ask
for a $5 donation to cover costs. However if someone is not able to pay,
of course they are most welcome to attend anyway - that's why I say "donation."
The word also explains that I am not doing this for profit, but I do realise
I may need help covering costs. Most people are quite happy to help
out this way.
I suggest you allow a half hour at the beginning
to get set up and for people to arrive. I notice that if I say the
gathering begins at 1:30 pm. people tend to arrive from 1:30 to 2 pm.
Allow a half hour at the end to pack things
up, and especially for people to say their farewells. Often many
participants have such a nice time they do not wish to leave right away.
And it's nice if you do not have to rush to get out of a place you have
Allow time for your meditation and any talk
you might give.
Allow some time for chatting. After
all, when Reiki people meet, they love to share experiences and ideas,
and catch up on news. Sometimes this is simply done right over the Reiki
For the actual Reiki exchange, allow about
20 minutes per person per table. For example, if you are doing group
Reiki and you have allotted 5 people at a table (4 giving Reiki to 1) you
will find that a 15 minute treatment can be extremely powerful. Then
allow 5 extra minutes for the transition between each recipient. In this
case, 5 people at 20 minutes each means 100 minutes or one hour and 40
minutes for the exchange of Reiki.
So here is a possible
30 minutes set up and allowing for people
to wander in.
30 minutes for a meditation and for any short
lecture or sharing of information / ideas.
1 hr and 40 minutes for the Reiki share.
20 minutes of conversation time, spread out
throughout the evening (maybe you have a break half way through the exchange).
30 minutes to close up and say good-byes.
this adds up to 4 hours. This is about the
largest amount of time you will ever need, and it can be trimmed down as
you see fit.
Advertise your Reiki
share. Here are some ideas.
snacks - always useful when doing energy work.
This can simply be a bag of cookies, a plate of veggies, or something small
and light. Instead of a donation, some of the participants can bring
water and cups. Sometimes the hall can provide
one or the other.
optionally, some tea or other beverage.
Some halls might have tea pots and kettles you can use, or a small urn
for hot water dispensing. Then you only need the individual tea bags.
paper towels or napkins - I use these mostly
for the pillows on the tables - I will explain more further on.
hand sanitizer lotion, or baby wipes - I will
explain more further on.
name tags and pens. This is so people can
get to know names. Newcomers can put a smiley on theirs. I use blank
mailing labels for these.
What to bring for the
gathering. Here is everything you normally will need, but you can
add or remove from the list as you see fit.
You can use your friends and contacts to get
the word out.
The internet is great for this - announce
your gathering o your favorite Reiki email list, bulletin board or your
own web page.
Make up a flyer and post it at bookstores,
health food stores, laundromats, nutrition oriented or vegetarian restaurants,
community centers, your child's school bulletin board, the city market,
telephone posts (remember to take them down afterwards).
Put the gathering info and dates on the back
of your business cards.
||Either for the meditation or sitting around
the Reiki tables. The hall or place you use may have these but you may
need to bring a few extras. I always keep some inexpensive folding
chairs on hand at my place and they sometimes come in handy this way.
|Reiki or massage
||for the exchange, or something that will
serve just as well. In my original gatherings I asked friends to bring
their Reiki tables, but lately we have noticed that the halls usually have
tables that are sturdy enough to lie on. The newer tables
like this are actually made of heavy duty plastic and have a metal tube
running around the inside underneath the table, and across the middle for
added support. They are fairly inexpensive at places like Home Depot.
However, even the wooden ones can be quite sturdy - in fact in the early
days of Western Reiki I noticed that many Reiki practitioners would use
these for their home table before massage tables came down in price.
|blankets, foam pads
or sleeping bags
||if using normal tables, you may need these
for the tops to lie on. Ask people to bring these.
||for the heads. These can be very small
pillows, and optionally you can bring some for under the knees. Again,
ask people to bring these.
|paper towels or
||for the pillows. This is just a
way to be more hygienic and replaces the need to change pillow cases for
|hand sanitizer lotion,
or baby wipes
||or at the very least people can wash their
hands in between Reiki sessions (the persons working exposed areas should
|portable Cd or cassette
player and some soft soothing music
||for your meditation and as a background
for your Reiki exchange.
|Water and cups
||people get thirsty and so I bring some
bottled water if there is nothing available at the hall. Disposable cups
make cleanup quick and easy.
|Tea or other beverages
||this is optional
but it does help to foster conversation as people stand around and drink.
but mostly for those moments when the odd person or two may experience
some tears from the treatment.
||these are optional,
but it is nice to have something light to eat and it helps to foster conversation
- people like to stand around and chat and chew.
|Basket or container
|Labels and pens
||for name tags. Get newcomers to
put a smiley or happy face on theirs so you can know who they are and give
them special attention.
|Signs and tape
||to tell people to make out a name tag,
ask for a donation ($5) and to explain the agenda and any guidelines for
Also, if you are using a room in a larger
building, have a sign pointing the way at the entrance, and one at the
door to the room.
||perhaps advertising the future dates of
the share, or explaining what Reiki is for newcomers, or again, to explain
the gathering procedures. You might also have information printed from
a Reiki web page.
Note that if you are sharing a new idea
at each gathering, it encourages people to come back for more.
|Reiki business cards
||I have always invited people to promote
themselves when they come to the gathering. They can bring any information
they wish to share that relates to Reiki. I am never worried about someone
stealing my students as I feel that the student will go to the teacher
who is right for them at any time. And of course, if you worry about
this, you are probably not doing a good job with the Usui Precepts (smile).
|Reiki books or manuals
||you might want to tie these down (smile)
but these can help explain how you teach Reiki or how you have learned
it (if you are not a teacher). And they can inspire conversation
among your participants.
|Update this list
||after each gathering make a note as to
what you felt was necessary, and what was not.
Conducting your Reiki share.
Here are some ideas as to how a typical share might proceed. Please feel
free to remove anything that does not fit in with your desires or understanding
of Reiki. And do add to it if you wish to. It is only a
After the gathering,
take time to think about how things went, and to decide what you might
change for the next one.
A great bonus to conducting a Reiki share
is that people will become more familiar with you and your Reiki work.
This can lead to more students and Reiki clients. You will also gain more
self confidence and you might even move onwards to having your own Reiki
booth at a local healing fair. All of this helps to get the experience
of Reiki out to more and more people, and that alone can bring great satisfaction.
When you arrive at the meeting room,
set up the chairs for the meditation or talk, Reiki tables (if there is
room), the sign in table (signs, pamphlets and business cards can go here),
water and beverages an munchies, paper towels and hand cleaners, and your
allow about a half an hour for people to greet each
other and then start the gathering
explain anything about the gathering that you feel is
useful or necessary, mainly for the benefit of those who are new, and especially
those new to Reiki. You might want to ask people to raise their hands if
they are, and if the gathering is small enough people can introduce themselves.
you can either play a guided meditation tape or you
can lead the participants on your own meditation.
during meditation, you can optionally have Reiki
masters present go around and give simple reiju or attunement to each person.
This suggestion may surprise some experienced Reiki practitioners but this
is actually what the original Reiki society in Japan still does (Usui
Reiki Ryoho Gakkai) after 80 years, even with newcomers to the meeting
(you can leave that part out if you wish). Consider this one way
of giving back to the community or tithing yourself.
A simple way to do this is for the Reiki master
just to place their hands on the recipient's shoulders and imagine they
are performing their Reiki 1 attunement on the person. This requires
less than a minute to do and the person now has Reiki.
If newcomers are involved in this, during the exchange
portion the person can be guided as to how to apply Reiki in a simple way,
but if they wish more detail we suggest they come and take a class with
a master. I have found that those who cannot afford a class or find
time for one, will simply return to the Reiki share each month to gain
You might want to explain this to people first, and
if any do not wish to receive, they can indicate this - especially the
newcomers Another way to do this is to offer free reiju or attunement
of to the side during the exchange portion; newcomers could receive
after they have sampled Reiki on the tables.
at the end of meditation, you can suggest people send
Reiki to world situations, or to a list of people who need healing.
I would sometimes suggest people imagine the person who needs healing as
being in the center of the circle and then we would all send Reiki to the
If you are sharing Reiki information, you can bring
some Reiki books along to discuss. Or you might print some pages
from a Reiki web site and hand these out for discussion. Always remember
to give credit to the author and the web site.
begin the Reiki exchange part - if you need room, push
the chairs back and set up the tables if they are not ready. Assign newcomers
to individual tables and make sure there are several experienced Reiki
people at each to guide them.
let the newcomers receive Reiki first.
have up to 4 people surround them and apply Reiki.
have someone monitor the time and after 15 minutes revive
the recipient, help them sit up, and offer some water to help ground them.
Do not let them get off the table too quickly - let them sit a minute so
they can ground some more.
afterwards, if newcomers received reiju or attainment
in the meditation, they can help out giving Reiki to the next person.
This is their chance to practice hands-on. Someone can guide them
in applying this. Or, if reiju is offered afterwards, you can ask
them if they would like this energy. I used to let them help out
with the next recipient but first
suggested they simply call on the highest Light they could imagine and
flow that out their hands. Then I would ask them if they wanted to receive
the Reiki attunement. It is fine if they do not want to do either
you can call a short 5 minute break somewhere
during the exchange if your time allows it, or just let people do this
as they feel the need to..
when everyone has receive a treatment, you
can have a closing meditation, or just tell people the gathering is over
and say your farewells.
try to leave the hall in the condition that
you found it (smile).
Pat yourself on the back for presenting a
successful Reiki Exchange or Share.