A Reiki Circle Step-by-Step Guide: Starting a Healing Circle
Are you curious about the possible benefits of energy healing through Reiki? Have you realized your body and mind have the incredible ability to heal yourself and others? There’s currently no better time to start a Reiki healing circle than right now, considering the practice can be done without ever having to leave your home. And with the advent and widespread availability of video conferencing apps, you never have to leave the comfort of your home.
What is a Reiki Circle?
A Reiki Circle is typically a small group of healers who gather, either to practice reiki healing modalities or to concentrate and direct a group’s healing energy toward a particular person or group of people. Reiki circles allow for group healings and group attunement to a target’s needs.
In today’s world, reiki circles are being increasingly performed over zoom calls, as the beauty of energy healing is that it can be practiced from any distance.
10 Steps to Starting a Reiki Share
Got a dream or a passion for traditional Reiki energy healing? We’re so glad to hear you have a compassionate heart and willingness to spread your positive energy with others! Reiki healing transcends self-healing and can be practiced within big or small groups. If you want to grow your practice, you might want to consider starting a Reiki Circle to reach more people. It’s really not that hard or intimidating, once you learn the right steps to starting a healing circle.
1. Do Your Homework
A great place to start learning about reiki is through the reiki.org website, where you can take classes and become a certified practitioner. There are various levels of programs starting at basic certification classes for a few hundred dollars to full-on reiki master courses.
Learn everything you can about how group Reiki sessions work. In general, Reiki practitioners simultaneously practice Reiki on a recipient for a set amount of time, usually 15-20 minutes. The recipient then exchanges places with a practitioner until all in the group have received their Reiki treatment. It’s a very loving communal act, as it breaks down boundaries in a safe, compassionate manner and allows individuals to help each other.
2. Set the Circle’s Tone
Figure out how you want to facilitate these sessions, such as if you want to give out refreshments like tea or snacks. You also need to decide on music or no music. Pick your lighting…do you want natural light? Candles? Regular light bulbs? Your goal is to create a safe space for the group healing exploration, no matter where it takes place.
Living rooms, furnished basements, community centers, and practitioners’ treatment spaces can all become circles. As you get more attendees, you can also start a rotating cycle going from home to home. Some recommendations to consider: live music, healing lights, healing pets (make sure no one has allergies), incorporating other healing traditions (Shamanism, crystals, and aromatherapy).
3. Clear the Space
It’s important to keep the energy flowing and to make the space sacred. Have both rose water and sage to smudge. Rosewater is usually not as offensive an aroma as sage and can quickly be sprayed in and around the group. Chimes, bells, and ting-shaws (Tibetan cymbals used to mark the beginning/ending of a ritual) are sound instruments that can be used at the end of each session. These sounds not only mark the closing but also gently cleanse the space.
4. Set Boundaries and Expectations
Setting healthy boundaries for the circle creates an optimum healing space. Make sure everyone is aware of what will go on, and what the other healers will perform ahead of time so there aren’t any awkward or uncomfortable surprises. You may want to create guidelines, a website, or a Facebook group so that everyone is on the same page.
5. Let the World Know
There are a lot of ways to get the word out. You can make flyers and put them at the corner metaphysical bookstore or other alternative shops. Send a press release to the local paper and explain your healing intentions. Use Reiki networking websites, who knows maybe you’ll get a response from a local reiki master. CraigsList allows you to post events for free. Start a Facebook group and encourage your members to share and RSVP.
6. Stay in Close Communication
Keep in touch with your members. Email, Facebook, or a physical mailing list work. Make sure there is a place for people to ask their questions and feel like they know what’s going on.
7. Educate the Community
Welcome to the world of self-promotion as a certified Reiki practitioner! Facilitating a Reiki circle is an excellent way for you, as a budding practitioner, to build your public relations skills as well. You must organize the event, market it, and then facilitate with grace and ease. Each circle gets easier and easier, but in the beginning, you might feel overwhelmed, so shadow another facilitator for a while.
Ask to co-facilitate a session and get a feel for the flow and for what details they have to keep track of. Take notes! Reiki circles require grass-roots community organizing. But it’s important to keep a regular and posted schedule for your circles. Don’t be afraid to fail, try new things, or make mistakes, but make sure you are as consistent as possible.
8. Take It Global
Start some special events! Hold monthly circles for global healing. Instead of having clients lie on tables, reach out to groups of people in crisis and put them in the center of your circle where you are seated, and send healing energy from a distance. You can also coordinate internet events with not only your group but larger, global groups.
For example, a group out of Seattle, Global Earthsend, apparently has over 50,000 Reiki practitioners connected worldwide via the internet who send healing energy to a particular part of the world each Friday night. What a beautiful way to showcase community and love.
9. Understand the Social Significance of Circles
Empathy is a definitive part of a circle. Circles are places of deep healing and self-discovery. Their main purpose is to provide a safe environment of support and love reminiscent of being held by a universal mother. The circle becomes the receptacle for a recipient’s self-discovery and healing: “How do I feel about being held by those I had perceived as strangers? These people are now coming together to help me on my path. They have never met me, and yet they hold me.”
Each one in turn receives from the group in an equal balance of giving and receiving. There are no expectations. There are circles being held all over the world, in many different environments. As time goes on, we will see more of them in places like hospitals, corporate spaces, and educational institutions because circles offer immediate stress-reduction and relaxation.
10. Be Mindful and Aware of Progress
Keep doing your work. Hold a circle. Build your practice. Reiki circles as social healing phenomena are beginning to reach their potential. Continue to watch the world transform through the building of healing communities and the sharing of universal energy.
5 Methods for Energy Healing
The one thing that is undoubtedly universal amongst all of us is energy. It is the pervasive force that allows for life to exist and flourish, yet our Westernized minds are often reluctant to embrace it as something that should be considered in medicine. Meanwhile, it is the focus of many ancient Eastern health practices and remedies for the things that commonly ail us, and it can be used as a supplement to the prescribed medicine that we know to be tried and true. So what is energy healing, and how can you implement it into your life to benefit your health and wellbeing? These five different methods should give you a good idea.
How Does Energy Healing Work?
Depending on the method, energy healing focuses on the life force that flows through all of us; that force that dictates our mood, health, energy, and ability to connect with other beings. In Chinese and Japanese culture that force is referred to as ki or qi (pronounced: chi). In India, it is known as prana the energy that spins and flows through the chakras, an intangible force that cannot be comprehended in the materialist sense.
Although the perspective of western science and medicine often labels energy healing as pseudoscientific, the perception is starting to change as scientists and academics begin to understand the principles behind the techniques and benefits that have been known to eastern cultures for centuries. The learnings and breakthroughs in quantum physics have brought the understanding of the pervasiveness of energy to the forefront of western thought. Not only do our bodies consist of and run on energy in every aspect of their function, but there is an omnipresent field of energy throughout the universe that is now being studied via quantum field theory. This universal energy known to eastern cultures and the newly discovered quantum field are talking about the same thing, disagreeing simply over semantics.
Influencing this flow of energy by implementing physical and mental awareness and intention, can bring about profound and replicable results. Through meditation, physical touch, and exercise our energy bodies can be altered to provide higher states of health, consciousness and, you guessed it, energy. These energy healing techniques can help you find an approach that is right for you and lead you on a path to healing and sustained health, either as a primary or supplemental modality.
One of the fundamental practices of energy healing and exercise based on the Chinese concept of qi, qigong is concerned with balancing the flow of energy throughout the body. Much like Tai Chi or yoga, qigong cultivates the life force through a series of body postures, breathing, and meditation. It is also used as a foundational practice for martial arts, as it develops balance, agility, and muscle strength.
Qigong practitioners aim to develop higher levels of awareness, reduced anxiety, and a clearer vision of one’s purpose in life. It is often used as an effective practice in sports medicine, particularly with the elderly, due to its slow and controlled movements that aim to develop stability and ease tension. It has even been endorsed by the Harvard School of Medicine for its therapeutic benefits.
Qigong works by opening up blocked meridians, or the routes through which qi flows, in order to allow for unimpeded movement of energy throughout the body. The philosophy of qigong posits that blocked energy is the cause of illness and disease. By opening up these passages, we can prevent ailments or reopen the flow of energy to begin the healing process when we are sick.
Chinese Meridians and Acupuncture
The meridians are a map of routes within our body, through which qi energy flows. These meridians correspond with the connections and routes of muscles, endocrine glands and the nervous system. There are over 600 points on the body that acupuncture targets with thin needles that are directly connected to major organs and bodily systems. These connections are made through the meridians and collaterals, the vessels associated with meridians.
Knowledge of these meridians and collaterals is thought of very highly in Chinese culture and is considered equally as important as a doctor’s knowledge of our anatomy. Acupuncture is thought to promote the release of certain adrenal hormones like ACTH and cortisol that can help with certain bodily pains and organ function. It is even thought to have the potential to cure or help with overcoming addictions.
Of all of the different types of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture has gained the most notoriety, specifically as a complimentary modality to modern medicine. It has been widely embraced by doctors and patients throughout the western world, and could be one of the keys to a broader acceptance of eastern alternative medicine. Though needles are involved, the process is virtually painless and often relaxing.
Acupuncture has been found to treat a number of mental ailments like depression, anxiety, and negative moods. It has also had a positive impact on deeper physical issues like digestive problems and chronic pain.
Reflexology finds its roots in the Chinese focus on balancing the flow of qi, but primarily targets the hands, ears, and feet. Different locations on our feet and hands are thought to have direct connections through the meridians to different organs and systems in our body that can be detoxed and positively influenced. Through a targeted and sometimes intense massage, reflexology frees up blocked energy through stimulation, muscle relaxation, and the encouragement of lymph flow.
Reflexology is said to cleanse the body of toxins, boost the immune system, balance energy, and increase circulation. After a reflexology foot massage, one might feel like they are walking on air or feel lighter in their stride. Though these immediately noticeable effects can be fleeting, the unseen, internal effects can provide a longer lasting benefit.
The Chakras are the ancient Indian conception of our body’s primary energy centers and are very similar in nature to the ancient Chinese conception. The word chakra translates literally to wheel and is thought to be one of seven spinning centers of energy found in our bodies. Our chakras, based on their location, are connected to key endocrine glands and areas of nervous system function throughout the body, much like the Chinese meridians.
The seven Chakras are located in alignment from the top of our head, to the base of our spine and, when functioning in synchronicity, allow for a steady flow of energy throughout the body. Much like the Chinese yin-yang balance of qi, the energy in our chakras must be properly balanced. It doesn’t make sense to have an overabundance of energy in one chakra and a deficiency in another. Chakras also have the ability to open and close, allowing for the outward and inward flow of energy. Our chakras tend to close when we experience negativity, sadness and anger. In order to open up chakras we use breathing techniques, meditation and intention to eliminate negativity and open up to the flow of positive energy.
The seven chakras are as follows:
- Muladhara or Root Chakra: Base of Spine (tailbone)
- Swadhisthana or Sacral Chakra: Two inches below the navel
- Manipuraka or Solar Plexus Chakra: Three inches above navel
- Anahata or Heart Chakra: Located at Heart
- Vishuddhi or Throat Chakra: Located at Throat
- Sahasrara or Third Eye: Center of Forehead/Middle of Eyebrows
- Brahmarandra or Crown Chakra: Top of Head
This Japanese technique was developed in the early 20th century by Mikao Usui based on the five principles of Japan’s emperor, Meiji. They are:
- Don’t get angry
- Don’t worry
- Be grateful
- Work diligently
- Be kind to others
Reiki is also based on the idea of the flowing life force known in Japanese as ki. The practice was developed to help people realize the importance of making an intentional effort to heal and be conscious of their health. This concept of self-improvement and self-discipline, that is a characteristic of Japanese culture, encourages Reiki practitioners to incorporate energy healing into their lives, but to also take an active role in healing oneself.
Reiki is a spiritual practice with its root word, Rei, roughly translating to “God’s wisdom” or “a higher power’s wisdom,” though it is not religious. Rather, it is based on this recurrent concept of the unseen life force that flows between us that can be channeled and used for beneficial means. Reiki uses palm-healing or hands-on-healing to transfer, balance, and realign energy from the healer to the recipient. Some universities throughout the US have even begun to incorporate reiki classes into certain curricula.
There are many commonalities that can be seen between these different methods of energy healing and it makes sense that they are all so similar. Though these time-tested traditions varied semantically, they all understood the flow of energy throughout our bodies and its importance in our health and wellbeing. Which one of these methods have you had success with and which will you implement in your life?