Article by Kriss Erickson
Reiki practice groups provide the opportunity to hone our skills and learn to work in cooperative ways as a group. Two important things that Reiki share groups help us learn are to have a clear intent and trust the energy flow. At Reiki share groups, we generally have 15 – 20 minutes to share with each person instead of an hour as in private sessions.
This is beneficial in several ways:
1. Instead of a single practitioner, the recipient is receiving the clear intent for the highest and greatest good, from several Reiki practitioners. What is received in 15 or 20 minutes is comparable to what is received in an hour-long private session.
2. No matter how long or short the session, we can always trust the energy flow. The energy that the recipient needs to move will move.
3. The energetic process will continue after the session. This is true for longer sessions as well, but especially so when several practitioners share with a single recipient. Even if you or the recipient sense that there is more to be done, trust that the needed adjustments will continue after the session is completed.
Remember, when we share Reiki, we are like a hollow reed. We open a channel and are a human conduit for the energy to flow through. That is why Reiki benefits the sender as well as the receiver. This is also why we do not have to be concerned about being “in charge” of a session.
Reiki Practitioners Are Facilitators, Not In Charge of Others’ Healing
As Reiki practitioners, we are conduits, or facilitators, not in charge of the healing process of anyone else. It is important to remember that we do not have to ‘move’ anyone else’s energy. We do not have to ‘clear’ energy or ‘make’ anything happen.
All we need to do is offer universal life force energy to the recipient and be aware of the process that is occurring so that we may be of assistance in supporting their process. I like to think of this as “cheering them on”.
Another example of the effectiveness of shorter sessions is that of Sensei Makao Usui. Sensei Usui only spent a very short time with each person and was able to assist others in creating more balanced energy in his short sessions. While hour-long sessions are common for us when sharing a private session, the energy exchange can happen much more quickly than that. In my observation, most of the energy that needs to shift, does so within the first 15 – 20 minutes. The remaining session time is useful for sharing presence, validating and supporting the recipient’s healing process.
Working in Cooperation at Group Reiki Shares
It is important to remember that Reiki is an energy of self-empowerment, which in turn reminds us that we are each our own healer. When we work with others, we do so as a support, not as the doer.
Supporting each other as practitioners when we share Reiki as a group is also very important. For example, if you are, holding someone’s feet and you get a strong, even intense, urge to move to the person’s head, please look to see if someone is already there. If someone is already there, you do not need to do anything. The strong message to move to the person’s head was most likely the Byoki of the recipient’s body sending a message to the group that all have heard.
The intensity does not indicate that you need to make something happen. Just be aware: name the energy as intense, then take a breath, step back and see—how much of the intensity are you creating? How much is coming from the recipient?
If someone is not at the head, consider asking someone who is closer to hold the head, or sending Reiki with your eyes, rather than shifting your position.
Other ways to show cooperation at a group Reiki share:
1. Create a ‘Reiki chain’. To do this, go to an area where you are feeling led and ask the person who is already there if you may place your hands on their shoulders. This creating a more intense sense of support.
2. You can also send Reiki with your eyes while continuing to hold the feet or whatever area you area you are holding.
3. Be polite and respectful to all participants.
4. Be calm. Even if a recipient has an urgent need, you do not have to respond with urgency. Simply be present.
Sharing Reiki in a group setting can be a positive and empowering experience for recipients and practitioners alike.
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Kriss Ericksonn is an Usui/Tibetan, Atlantean. Crystal, Karuna®, Ra-Sheeba and Lightarian Reiki Master Teacher, a certified Acutonics Practitioner and the founder of the Elemental Frequencies Dragon Reiki system. She teaches and shares Reiki from her home in Everett, WA. Kriss also creates energetic art that she sells at art fairs, composes original music and is a published author. Reach Kriss at www.risingspiralsreiki.com/ and at firstname.lastname@example.org.