COLE'S THOUGHTS ON REIKI SHARES

GHRS Founder explains the importance of and the intention behind hosting monthly Reiki Shares for Certified Practitioners.

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When I was first starting my journey as a Reiki Practitioner, I found myself a little lonely in the process. Although I had friends and teachers I could call on with questions,  I found myself at a loss when it came to connecting with others over the practice. It was reading Diane Stein's Essential Reiki that turned me on to the concept of Reiki Sharing. The idea is to meet up with other Reiki Practitioners to exchange group healing, as well as to create an on-going conversation about our journey with Universal Life-Force Energy. 

Over the last few months, I've been hosting Reiki Shares at Awakening NY in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Like most things that are infused with Reiki, they have been slowly transforming to better serve the groups that have been attending. What we are finding is that participants would like to go deeper into the practice and to show up more consistently. This desire will leave room to develop a better understanding of the group healing practice and hopefully lead to something even bigger. I have found that all of the participants get a lot out of their group healing gatherings. As a result, I have linked up with Sarah Rayne to host Reiki Shares on a more consistent basis. From now on, you should have the option to participate in a Reiki Share at least once if not twice a week. 

Here are some FAQ that might serve you if you are still on the fence about attending a Reiki Share!

Q: What is a Reiki Share?
A: A reiki share is a gathering of 3 or more Reiki Practitioners with the intention to connect with Reiki energy and offer each other energetic healing. Usually these gatherings also include a circle where participants will share intentions, obstacles and the like that they would like Reiki's support with. The intention of each Reiki Share is to support the Reiki Practitioners in their process of welcoming Reiki's Healing Energy into every area of their life. 

Q: Who can participate in a Reiki Share?
A: Anyone who has attending and completed at Reiki Level 1 or higher Certification Course. 

Q: Why does the Reiki Share cost money?
A: In alignment with the Reiki Principals we must do our work honestly, let go of worry & anger and practice compassion and kindness to ourselves and others. As a result, it is important that the facilitators feel supported in their offerings, otherwise Reiki will not allow them to continue. A portion of all the fees for Reiki Shares are also used to pay rental fees for spaces, and to cover other expenses that might come up. 

Q: Are people from other Reiki Lineages allowed to attend your Reiki Shares?
A: YES! Although these reiki shares tend to mostly consist of my Reiki Grads, I want these events to be open to Reiki Practitioners from other Reiki Schools as well. In this process I am hoping that my students will understand that my practice is only one of many and for them to open their hearts to the wide depth of the practice. I also think its incredibly healing to be as inclusive as possible, especially when it comes to something as beautiful and uplifting as Reiki. My lineage of Reiki is based on the idea that no one owns the rights to Reiki and that there is no perfect way to practice (although, I do prefer my students practice with the traditional hand positions for at least 6 months after their trainings). My school of Reiki does however take the principles very seriously, and it is asked that whoever is participating in these Reiki Shares do so as well. 

Q: What are the Reiki Principles?
A: The Five Reiki Principles are guidelines that everyone can live by, to promote a healthy, loving way of living.

  1. Just for today, I will let go of worry.
  2. Just for today, I will let go of anger.
  3. Just for today, I will be grateful for my many blessings.
  4. Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
  5. Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.
     

Q: How do you apply these to something like a Reiki Share?
A: 

  1. Just for today, I will let go of worry.
    Examples:
    -Not worrying too much about doing things correctly
    -Not allowing yourself to worry about outsiders participating in the group
    -Not worrying about the cost of the event *this is why most are set up asking for suggested donations*
    -Knowing that everything you need will be provided for you
  2. Just for today, I will let go of anger.
    Examples:
    -Releasing any judgements or fears about yourself or others,
    -Not allowing yourself to get annoyed during the process of shared giving or receiving,
    -Allowing obstacles to come up and meeting them with ease. 

    -Noticing any competitive tendencies and letting them go. 
  3. Just for today, I will be grateful for my many blessings.
    Examples:
    -Phrasing your opening share in a way that expresses gratitude for Reiki, the Gathering and any obstacles or blessings that are coming up for you.
    -Showing gratitude at the end or beginning of the share by offering your financial contribution.
    -Offering genuine gratitude to the participants and facilitators in a way that feels authentic for you. 
  4. Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
    Examples:
    -Expressing to the group what you need at the shares to better support your process
    -Showing up with the intention to serve the Highest Good
    -Showing up sober
    -Releasing any competitive thoughts
    -Asking for help or guidance when it is needed
    -Offering insights to the group that you think will be helpful, healing and kind. 
  5. Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.
    -Making sure you position yourself comfortably will giving Reiki
    -Offering your support to the participants and facilitators
    -Making sure you are nourished well before arriving
    -Drinking plenty of water before, during and after the gathering
    -Practicing compassionate loving thoughts for yourself, others and surrounding environment throughout the session (and in general).

Q: How many people can attend a reiki share?
A: So far we have the space for about 8-12 participants. 

Q: How much is a Reiki Share?
A: Typically the exchange is about $20. 

Q: What can I get out of participating in a Reiki Share?
A: You will receive a low cost and very powerful group healing treatment. You will become more and more confident in your Reiki Practice and you will meet like minded people who are or hoping to become more dedicated to Reiki. 

Final Thoughts:
I am so thrilled that Reiki Shares are becoming a new norm for me . Every time I attend/host one I find myself in disbelief of how lucky and blessed I must be to have manifested such an incredible experience into my life. In my heart, Reiki and the community based around Reiki is a silent revolution that is creating a new paradigm where people have been awakened to the seen and unseen magic in their daily lives. This awareness is truly what creates heaven on earth. I am so thrilled to get to share this experience with like minded souls!

by Cole Hooley
This post was originally shared on ROOTMAMMA.COM

About R O O T  M A M M A:

Root Mamma was founded in early 2017 by Sarah Rayne & Cole Hooley.

Both naturally connected to the earth, spirit, and the desire to help and serve others, Nicole and Sarah have worked on many community projects over the years. In early 2017, after an evening of exchanging Reiki with loved ones and each other, the idea to embark on a high vibe professional endeavor was created. Sarah's desire to focus more on her artistic, handicraft, and healing gifts, along with Nicole's desire to create an avenue for female empowerment, and to offer her services independently, came together to birth the concept of ROOT MAMMA. 

R O O T  M A M M A ' s  M I S S I O N

Root Mamma is a soul project with the intention to hold space for powerful women (all those who identify as women) on the healing path to live their truth independently. Our intention is to create a grounded home base for women to plant their roots, and to support them in thriving in every way that we can. We believe that the unique desire to serve our community with healing and heart centered offerings should be rewarded with abundance and ease. Root Mamma intends to create support, root chakra healing, and a sense of belonging for those in service, as well as those served. If you are a kindred spirit and are interested in joining our team, please contact us at rootmammabk@gmail.com.

hile our focus is to celebrate the feminine, we also welcome male and non-binary collaborators and practitioners, and hope to build an inclusive community with the intention of serving the highest good.