Reiki Support Groups
Our 'Healing Space' Support Groups now incorporate the following:
2nd Degree Okuden Development Classes
Empowerment & Share Groups
Pure Share Groups
Distance Healing Practice Groups
We also hold
3rd Degree Shinpiden Support Groups
Inner Peace Meditation Groups (3rd year running)
The support groups enable students to strengthen their Reiki practice, learn new techniques and practice known ones, make new friends with like-minded people, have the opportunity to give, receive and practice Reiki in a safe, warm, friendly environment. It also gives students the opportunity to arrange healing exchanges with each other either for practice, to complete requirements for certifiation at Level 2 or 3, or simply to give out of a space of love and compassion.
Sensitivity, Diagnosis and Confidentiality
During any of our Reiki support groups, a healing release always has the potential to take place. This healing can bring up a lot of hidden emotions, so it's important to always be sensitive to each other. Remember to keep everything that happens within the group as confidential as you would expect with a doctor/client relationship. None of us are trained Doctors, therefore never try to diagnose each other.
Creating the Atmosphere
During our sessions, it is important to have a relaxed, quiet, calm atmosphere before, during and after sessions, as we are creating a space for healing to take place, one that continues way after the group has finished. If possible, during our sessions, do not discuss the day’s events that have been on the news or any discussions that have any negative connotations. By doing this, we are keeping the energy as pure as possible, which will aid everyone in the group to a deeper level of healing.
Our 'Healing Space' support groups incorporates a variety of techniques and practices we use to work with the energy, to heal ourselves and others. By bringing the groups together under one 'umbrella' allows for each group to be open to students practicing at all levels of Reiki training and from all lineages, as we now gain a better understanding of Reiki healing. By offering this support group we are also able to offer support to those students who find themselves without a support group Network. A week prior to the group students are informed as to what will likely be practiced on that occasion.
A typical 'Healing Space' support group will look like this: We start with the practice of Hatsurei, before students 'receive' an Empowerment, and then we move onto a healing circle, this may be in the form of chanting with the energy of one of the symbols, or it may be pair work, healing each other in chairs, or trying out different techniques, ie 'radiating reiki' from your whole body to the person sitting opposite. On other occasions when small groups of a max of 6 are booked in, we may practice distance healing, allowign the students to become more confident with this practice, and perhaps using the practice towards the students 'requirements for certification' at 2nd or 3rd degree. Another time we will enjoy a 'Pure Share Group' where the whole time is spent with students taking it in turns to lay on a therapy bed, whilst the other students practice their 'Reiji ho' (intuitive Reiki) technique, whilst holding a healing space for the student.
Below gives a bit more information on each type of group most likely to be held.
A Pure Share Group (all levels)
A Reiki share consists of many healing hands on one person at a time. One person lays on a table while the participating Practitioners gather around that person, laying their hands upon him/her facilitating a large flow of Reiki energies. The time on the table depends on the number in the group. Everyone gets a turn on the table. Everyone gives and receives healing. Group energies are often very strong and can be more penetrating than individual sessions. This type of Reiki treatment is a wonderful and often profound experience!
Okuden Development Group (2nd degree) - these groups were previously only for those that had completed their 2nd degree courses - believing at the time that only these students and above could send 'distance/remote' healing - we know better now!
This class gives students the opportunity to practice working with the first 3 symbols of the system of Reiki, from drawing them correctly to sitting in the energy of each symbol. Distance healing and harmony healing techniques are often practiced and students have the opportunity to arrange to swap healing sessions with each other. These sessions can then be used to complete some of the student's requirements for their Okuden Certificate if they have not already completed them.
On occasions we also 'chant' using the symbols 'mantra', which is the name associated with each of the symbols. Chanting is in fact a very powerful way to connect with the energy, it changes it's vibration. It is a wonderful experience to see the faces of students when they first feel the difference in the energy when using this technique. Whilst most students initially shy away from chanting, once experienced, they usually cant wait to come back and try it again!
Empowerment/Reiju with a Share Group (all levels)
In Japan the Empowerments/Spiritual Blessings are actually called Reiju. This Reiju is performed by a Reiki teacher on a student and is one of 'The Five Original Elements of the System of Reiki'. Whilst the student sits upright in a chair, the teacher completes a physical and energetic ritual around the student.
The teacher works with Reiju in order to communicate with individual students on an energetic level. This is completed with the intent that the student will remember his or her connection to the Universe. As the student draws this Ki, the benefits to the energetic clearing process will also occur.
After this students have the opportunity to both give and receive Reiki in a Share Group. This can be either on a therapy bed or for larger groups in a healing circle.
Other Support Groups
Shinpiden Support Group (3rd degree}
This group supports those that have trained at 3rd degree Shinpiden Reiki. A variety of practices and meditations will be practiced enabling the students over time to build on past techniques and practice new ones. Students will also have the opportunity on a regular basis to practice Reiju Spiritual Blessings and Western Attunements.
Inner Peace Meditation Workshops (all levels)
This group will further support the meditations learned, allowing time to experience them once again. To really benefit from the meditations, you would need to practice them in your own time between groups, and attend the majority of the sessions, ideally all 6.
The Session will consist of:
1. Hatsurei practice