Sarah Gregg - The Reiki Drum Technique

Well the Water element is certainly making itself known here in the UK and how welcome it is when drought restrictions were imposed just a few weeks ago.  Water brings with it energies of love, purification, psychic awareness, receptivity and insight, so despite the fact that the heavens have truly opened and we are encountering a deluge of rain currently, I like to think that those qualities are raining down upon the Earth and all of its inhabitants.  These energies seem particularly apt with the Beltane and May day celebrations coming up over the next few days.

It’s been a while since I last blogged.  2012 is a busy year for me this year with lots of wonderful events being held, so I may not be as prolific on the writing front as previous years, and in fact this blog post is more of an update of what’s taking place this year.    I finally got round yesterday to editing the video footage from the Reiki Drum Share we held last month in Sheering, Essex.  Wow, what a day!  The video has got me buzzing all over again!  Check it out here:  Reiki Drum Share March 2012 It was such a high energy event, with 55 Reiki Drummers all in one space.  We enjoyed sacred ceremony, Reiju, shared drum healing, an amazing community healing for two people, journeying, power animal work and some rhythmic creative drumming and dance.  If you haven’t yet experienced the magic which is Reiki Drum, I’m running a four day Reiki Drumming retreat at the end of October at the wonderful Phoenix Centre in Suffolk.  The earth energies here are very condusive to the work we will be doing and it is being held around the time of Samhain, the Celtic New Year and an auspicious time to be working with Reiki and  the Ancestors.  The two day Reiki Drum practitioner course can be life changing, so to have four days as a residential will be a true blessing for those who join us.  Spaces are limited, so if you would like further details, please email info@reikidrum.co.uk at the earliest opportunity.

In April I started to run chant/mantra and Kirtan evenings in Sawbridgeworth, East Herts.  The first one was a really lovely evening, working with some powerful Goddess energies such as Durga, Kali and Tara.  We made good use of my wonderful new Monochord Sound Chair which arrived in February.   I’m planning on rolling out more of these evenings and the next one is being held on Thursday 7th June.  Places again are limited, but I have a few spaces remaining.  If you are interested in joining us to use your voice and chant in a group, then please let me know. The evenings cost £8 and run for about two hours.    I am still running regular gong baths in East Herts and have some plans for further evening events which I’ll be rolling out later on in the year, so watch this space!

This weekend I’m blessed to be holding the Sound & Light Beltane Retreat at the very special Dev Aura, Lincolnshire with a fantastic group of people.  We’ll be doing lots of voice work, playing the gongs, drumming, ceremony, meditation, movement and enjoying some silence!  I always feel so lucky when I run events at the very special centres I hold my events at.  Last year when I arrived at Dev Aura, I ran around for about half an hour in raptures and full of gratitude to be able to hold the retreat at such a special place.

I’m no less excited to be holding a Reiki retreat at the Glastonbury Abbey retreat centre in July.  For those who’ve been following my blog, you’ll know how much I love Glastonbury, my spiritual home,  and despite the four hour journey, I try and visit there at least four or five times a year.  This year Sarah Baker has kindly agreed to lead the participants of our retreat on a Tor labyrinth walk.  Sarah and I did the Labyrinth walk back in February this year in preparation,  joined by the wonderful Lucy Baker and Sue Jones.   It’s really a magical and spiritual experience.  The labyrinth is on seven layers to which has been attributed much myth and legend.  One of the beliefs is that each layer corresponds to one of the seven chakras.  As we walked around the specific layer/chakra the environment spoke to us communicating what we needed to see in terms of our own life paths.    For energy centres I know I needed to do some work upon, I found the walk on that particular layer a little challenging, whereas for those centres which I knew were in balance, the walk was easy and no effort at all, as if I was walking completely in the flow!  Sarah has told me today that another belief is that each layer corresponds to the elemental realm, the bottom layer working with the earth elementals such as the gnomes and the dwarves, working with undines, salamanders, sylphs and to the celestial realms culminating in the Archangel at the top of the tor.  Whilst walking the labyrinth, we find ourselves at the Egg Stone, reputed to be the entrance on the Tor to the elemental realm.  We sat there for a while in February and the energy was extremely powerful.   We were also joined by a beautiful blue orb (blue orbs are said to be Archangel Michael energy!).

Besides the tor walk in July,  I have booked the Chalice Well gardens especially for our group so that we can have Reiju blessings and private meditation time, and there are lots of other wonderful things planned.  Just staying at Abbey House on the Michael leyline can be intensely healing in itself.  As I write I have four spaces remaining on this retreat, so if you would like to experience the magic of Glastonbury and immerse yourself in Reiki practises for a few days, then please consider joining us.

I’ve had lots of you enquire after June, my mother-in-law,  whose story I blogged about this time last year.  I’m pleased to say that June is doing well, in fact she is still enjoying an active life both inside and outside of the home.  June was given weeks to live in January 2011 following a cancer diagnosis and was dying.  Her doctors said nothing could be done for her allopathically and for her to put her affairs in order, but she has been following a natural health regime with lots of Reiki and body work over the past 16 months and is proof that the work we do actually DOES work!

So it only remains for me to wish you all a wonderful Beltane and May Day, may the Spring and Summer bring your ideas and inspirations into manifestation.  Sending love xx

Forthcoming Events and Classes

Regular Gong/Sound Bath evenings – please enquire to be put on the mailing list

Evening of Chant/Mantra & Kirtan – June 7th – Open to all, please contact me to reseve a place

Karuna Reiki –  23rd-25th June, 3rd-5th August

Reiki Drum Practitioner –  21/22 July, 8th/9th September

Reiki One (Shoden) – 2/3 June, 1/2 September, 3/4 November

Reiki Two (Okuden) 14/15 July, 24/25 November

Reiki Master Teacher 18-20 May, 9-11 November

Sound & Light Retreat 27th-29th April

Glastonbury Reiki Retreat 5th-8th July

Reiki Drum Residential & Samhain Retreat – 26th-29th October

Happy New Year (Chinese of course)!  It’s lovely to be able to honour the year of the Dragon, one of my favourite companions during the Reiki Drum Journey and for many of my students too. A Dragon year is thought to bring in good fortune, celebration, great things, the chance to realise our dreams and new opportunities.   Well 2012 has been a year many of us have been waiting for.  I’m personally feeling very excited about the changes 2012 will bring to humanity’s consciousness and the world in general.  I held a gong and sound evening last night and after the sound session those who attended discussed how humanity is going to be shifting into the new consciousness in the coming years.  How we will start to realise our thoughts create our reality, leaving behind the world of duality and blame and slowly embrace the fact that we are powerful creators of our personal existence and all that is in it.  I’m always personally mindful that the human race are “mighty manifestors” in their own right, but that fortunately there seems to be a time buffer in terms of when our thoughts do actually manifest, so that we have room to change the things we have asked the Universe for.  I  feel however, that when we become Reiki attuned the time delay between thought process and manifestations is less, so it is important to be clear in what you wish for and keep your intent pure and as higher consciousness as possible.

Reiki Drum has some wonderful things planned to commemorate this year.  Our Reiki Drum Share is coming up in March and is going to be very well attended by many Reiki practitioners from all around the UK.  At the end of April we will be celebrating at beautiful Dev Aura at the Sound & Light Retreat.  In July, Glastonbury beckons and a heart opening Reiki retreat is planned.  I have also recently finalised details for the annual Reiki Drum Residential being held at Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast in October.  Last year’s weekend was enjoyed by everyone who attended, so much so that I have extended the retreat by an extra day this year.  The long weekend retreat is planned for 26th-29th October and not only will students study the core syllabus of the Reiki Drum Practitioner training; it will also give us the opportunity to celebrate Samhain, the Celtic New Year in a very conducive environment.  The retreat gives us the opportunity to go so much deeper into the Reiki Drum teachings and if you’ve been considering learning Reiki Drum, this truly is a fabulous weekend to do so. Further details of all the retreats can be found in the Retreats section of the website.

All of these wonderful events are taking up a lot of my time in organisation, but before I sign out for a little while I wanted to share the Reiki technique Genetsu Ho, a technique which possibly may come in handy for some of you at this time of year when people succumb to illness and flu.  Genetsu Ho is a remarkably effective technique both my family and some of my students have used to reduce a high fever.  Several years ago my husband had a fever and high temperature which left him almost delirious.  The weekend prior to this event I had been discussing Genetsu Ho with a group of Okuden students, and had mentioned I did not know how effective it was because I hadn’t had the opportunity to practise it… be careful what you wish for… anyway, the Universe gave me that opportunity literally a few days later.   The following technique brought his temperature down to normal straight away.  One of my recent Okuden students had the same results with a member of her family.  She documented her findings for one of her case studies and measured her daughter’s  temperature both before and after Genetsu Ho.  Before she started the treatment the thermometer registered 37.9 C, and straight after the treatment, it measured 36.9 C!  It’s always nice to have some sort of proof these things we do work!

Genetsu Ho

  • Apply Reiki to the following hand positions for a total of around 30 minutes – forehead, temples, back of head, neck/throat, crown of head.  You can do longer if your intuition tells you to, remember Reiki should always be an intuitive process.
  • When you feel enough Reiki has been applied to the head and neck area, then apply Reiki to the stomach and intestines for around 15 minutes.
  • We know that Reiki should always be applied for the highest good of the recipient, but I tend to set my intention that Reiki will in this instance also help with reducing the high fever.

I hope that you won’t have the near opportunity to use this technique, but if you do, then I’d love to hear if you have any profound healing results.

Forthcoming Events and Classes

Reiki Share to celebrate Imbolc (Students only)

Karuna Reiki – 10th-12th February, 3rd-5th August

Reiki Drum Practitioner – 3/4 March, 5/6 May, 21/22 July

Reiki One (Shoden) – 10/11 March, 2/3 June

Reiki Drum Share – 25th March

Reiki Two (Okuden) 31 March/1 April, 28/29 July

Reiki Master Teacher 18-20 May

Sound & Light Retreat 27th-29th April

Glastonbury Reiki Retreat 5th-8th July

Reiki Drum Residential & Samhain Retreat – 26th-29th October

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