Sarah Gregg - The Reiki Drum Technique

A winter sceneWell year of the Horse has certainly lived up to its name here at Reiki Drum.  I’ve travelled extensively both here and overseas with this fabulous work in 2014  and am looking forward to resting in the bosom of Winter as the wheel of the year slows to its end before it picks up speed again with the coming Spring. 

We started a new Reiki Share in East Herts this year, the Herts & Essex Reiki Share.  Having completed its first year I can wholeheartedly say it’s been a success. We’ve always had a great turn out, thank you to those of you who have come along and supported it, there has been a lot of beautiful Reiki shared, but also camaraderie and stories from those who have come along.   We have had amazing community healings, beautiful distant healing, deep Reiju empowerments and lots of different types of meditative techniques, both Reiki and other.  If you haven’t yet managed to join us for our monthly event, it would be great to see you in 2015 to add your beautiful energy to the mix.

Reiki Drum ShareMarch 2014 saw probably the best of our annual Reiki Drum Shares to date with the addition of our beautiful gathering drum which has been played by many of you by now and created some fabulous energy.  See our fun and happy smudging ceremony here Reiki Drum Share Smudging Ceremony  Next year’s event on March 22nd looks like it is going to be just as much a high energy day as ever.  At the time of writing there are around 15 places remaining for those of you who would like to come and enjoy some Reiki and drumming with sixty other Reiki attuned practitioners.  We always leave on a high after sharing Reiki drumming, sacred ceremony, group drumming, journeying and much more.  The love in the room is tangible!  It is an event to come to if you want to leave behind any worries for the day and just focus on being present and joyful as well as meet up with old friends and of course make some new ones.  You don’t have to have completed your Reiki Drum practitioner training, but you do need to be Reiki attuned to join us. 

In April I facilitated the fifth Sacred Sound & Light Immersion, which again seemed to be the best yet in terms of high energy.  This weekend is a fabulous opportunity to dip your toe in the water for many different sound healing techniques.  From here students often go on to explore different aspects of sound healing at a deeper level.  We tone and chant mantra, chant ancient sacred chants, use rattles, drums and many other forms of percussion,  partake in crystal and Tibetan bowl meditations, and possibly the piece de resistance, each participant gets to play the gong and give those attending a gong bath.  Some students have said this is one of the best two day workshops they have attended.  It’s certainly fun, insightful and deeply healing.  I am taking bookings for next year’s event which is taking place April 18th & 19th in East Herts.

Due to the effects of last year’s Usui Reiki Kotodama day which is the first time I had run the event, and the positive feedback from many of the people who attended, we held it again in 2014.  Gathering a large group of Usui Reiki practitioners in one space to chant the sacred Usui Reiki chants is quite phenomenal.  Again this event is running again in June 2015 and is attracting many who have already completed the day as the energy we create is truly beautiful.  It also gives students the opportunity to learn and work with different sacred Buddhist Chants which can be used for a variety of healing purposes. I would invite any practitioners who have completed Level II or Okuden and above to join us in this powerful day because not only will you experience great shifts during the event but you will have a new tool to incorporate for your clients, but principally for your own spiritual practise.  Chanting the Kotodama for 20 minutes a day can be a deeply healing experience.

Cornwall Retreat Coastal WalkAlso in June we returned to Cornwall and Tintagel for the special Reiki Retreat, Exploring our Divine Potential.  Not only did we spend time amongst the beautiful Cornish scenery exploring sacred sites, beaches, caves and coastal paths, but we also explored what made us tick, what skills we had, what our passions were and how these were propelling us into our future paths.  The group of people this year were such a lovely group of old souls and strong bonds were made by those who attended. There was a lot of love and a lot of laughter!  The weather was absolutely stunning, and because of the incredible temperatures it almost felt Mediterranean.  We had such talent amongst us and one of the highlights was the poetry that one of our participants  graced us with each day themed and based around our day’s activities.  Next year we are returning to Glastonbury for our annual retreat July 13th – 17th and at this current time there are five places remaining for what is always an incredible week.  I will write more about next year’s retreat over the coming weeks as I am going to showcase various events which are coming up with their own blog write up which they are all worthy of.

In July I took a sabbatical and spent time overseas following some beautiful teachings and connecting with incredible souls, part of my soul family I feel, making friendships that I feel will last for ever.  How important it is for us as teachers and practitioners to take time out for ourselves at least once a year to work on our own development.  The experience did indeed feed my soul and gave me the energy boost I needed to meet the demands of the latter part of the year.  I try and undertake some form of retreat myself at least annually.  I am always grateful when experienced and practised Reiki and metaphysical teachers find their way to my events.  Sometimes it’s not necessarily to learn a host of new things, but to immerse oneself in old and familiar teachings to gain the practise from them rather than learn them as new.  Our Reiki retreats are one event in particular where participants with a wealth of teaching and healing experience mix with students who have just been attuned to Reiki and make for a really interesting blend of lovely people.

In August due to many different synchronicities and prompts from the Universe I revisited my Karuna Reiki Master training to complete Holy Fire Karuna Mastership which appears to have opened up my world even further.  This will be the first of the courses I am going to dedicate a piece to in the next few weeks, needless to say the new energy channelled is I feel an ancient energy, revisiting us to impart its love, wisdom and power.    I ran the first of the Master courses in September and will be rolling out both a practitioner training in February and August and Master course in March and September for any Usui Reiki Masters who are interested in taking their training to the next level or for Karuna practitioners and Masters who would like to incorporate the new Holy Fire energy.

Autumn Equinox EventIn September our Autumnal Equinox Celebration of Gratitude Event was an incredibly beautiful affair.  Many of us met to celebrate the many blessings this lifetime has graced us through sacred chant, gong baths, dance and drumming.  We all left with open hearts full of gratitude and joy.

October was the icing on the cake for the trainings I had delivered.  From spiritual guidance and channellings in 2013 I had put together a new system of healing called The Ancestral Resonance Process™ which was rolled out for the first time during the Celtic New Year Honouring the Ancestors Retreat in Suffolk.  Again, a more in depth piece will be dedicated to this amazing retreat.  It attracted hugely gifted individuals and the healings that took place were profound, supported by our ancestors through the medium of sound.  I am looking forward to running this again October 30th through to November 2nd in 2015 and have started to take bookings.  If you feel you may have inherited not only family personality traits and characteristics that sabotage your life but also see yourself repeating circumstances which have occurred in the family lineage time and time again, this process sheds light on the original source of the issue along with creating a space for deep healing.

Not forgetting our regular offerings of Reiki Drum practitioner workshops, and Usui Reiki workshops, all of which were well attended in 2014.  Reiki Drumming is practised so widely now throughout the UK and draws such interest nowadays that I decided to offer only two trainings in 2015, in March and September, so if you have not yet added this fabulous healing modality to your Reiki toolbag, take the marvellous opportunity to do so in 2015.

I have been guided to introduce several new projects for 2015, news of which will be coming out in due course, needless to say they are all very exciting and will include several new events and a powerful life changing workshop which I’m hugely excited about, which I have been working on for a few years and is now looking like it finally near fruition.  Many of the offerings I now teach and facilitate are purely sound healing based, and as such I have set up a sister organisation to reflect these teachings called Sacred Sound Inspirations which works in tandem with Reiki Drum for many of the events.  If our paths have not crossed in 2014 I hope it was a great one for you and if we haven’t yet met, perhaps some of the offerings coming up in 2015 will appeal to you.

In terms of the global reality.  2014 seemed to be a year of cleansing, chaos and conflict.  Many of the global conflicts  I felt deeply and had to do a lot of personal practise to release emotional attachment to some of the things that were happening around the world, which appear so senseless and violent originating from fear as opposed to love and which touch Sensitives like us so profoundly.  But cleansing it was and through the pain and misery that many souls suffered through the global shadow, growth and hope will always endure.  When we work with the Reiki consciousness, it is hard to witness the heartless ego driven actions of others and some of us may find it difficult to understand these actions. There is a need like never before to continue to raise consciousness on the planet through the work we do through our healing and teaching, stay strong in knowing that the work we do matters and contributes to facilitating great change for people and protect ourselves from those lower vibrational energies who would try and sabotage our endeavours  through continuing our own personal practise and also through the joy we find in our communities of like-minded.

Just writing this has made me realise what a full year it was for the teachings shared with so many wonderful people.  I often wonder if things will slow down but 2015 looks like it holds many more beautiful opportunities to connect with like-minded adventurous souls on their spiritual quests and I believe when one holds passion for what one does, the Universe will keep providing fantastic opportunities to explore that.

I would like to thank so many of you who made 2014 such an incredible year of joy for me.  At a recent Master class I was asked what drove me and I can honestly say seeing the transformations that this work I have been blessed to be part of, creates for individuals, has to be my driving force.  Seeing people come to Reiki shares and workshops or sound events looking slightly grey around the gills and world weary when they arrive, often weighed down with the burdens of life, but leaving so much lighter and with radiant smiles on their faces having experienced the healing effects of the Reiki energy or the profound shifts sound healing can create.    This is something that cannot be taken away or destroyed in my mind or memory and inspires me to continue this work.

Solstice Blessings beautiful ones, may the end of the year draw to a gentle close for all of you giving you time to reflect on your 2014, the dark and the light, and may 2015 bring you new growth in all areas of your life.

With love, Sarah xxx

Forthcoming Highlighted Events

  • 31 January/1 February – Reiki One (Shoden) – Sawbridgeworth
  • 5 February – Monthly Reiki Share (no booking required) Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall 7-10 pm £5
  • 7 & 8 February  – Reiki Two (Okuden) – Sawbridgeworth
  • 21 & 22 February – Holy Fire Karuna Reiki  I & II Practitioner – Sawbridgeworth
  • 5 March –  Monthly Reiki Share (no booking required) Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall 7-10 pm £5
  • 7 & 8 March – Reiki Drum Practitioner Training – Sawbridgeworth
  • 13-15 March – Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Master Teacher Training – Sawbridgeworth
  • 22nd March – Annual Spring Equinox Reiki Drum Share, Sheering, Essex 10:00-16:30 pm £20
  • 2 April – Monthly Reiki Share (no booking required) Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall 7-10 pm £5
  • 11 & 12 April  – Reiki One (Shoden) – Sawbridgeworth
  • 18 & 19 April -Sacred Sound & Light Immersion Training – Sawbridgeworth



I’ve spent a beautiful day today in the company of a like minded soul who is embarking on her journey as a Reiki Drum Master Teacher and was completing her teacher training.  We discussed the role Reiki Drumming had in terms of the Collective Consciousness at this present time.  I have always realised since doing my own training in 2007 that Reiki Drumming has an important role in raising consciousness on the planet at this time.  It may sound lofty but I truly believe this healing modality is a bridge between mainstream and metaphysical and esoteric consciousness.  During the teacher training it’s not uncommon for Master students to attain this same awareness and understand the importance of their role in sharing and teaching this healing modality during an attunement or through some of the advanced Reiki Drum techniques we practice during the class.

 I’ve also come across people from different traditions who have perhaps judged Reiki Drumming as just another slant on an old theme.  Is it shamanic drumming with a twist or Reiki with some added extras?  I believe not, I feel that Reiki Drumming is a healing modality all on its own which introduces a variety of amazing healing practises through the power of Reiki energy.  Reiki Drumming is a sound healing modality in that it harnesses the magic of the drum.  Reiki Drumming uses the high frequency energy of Reiki as its medium.  Reiki Drumming works with Shamanic, Buddhist, Shinto, Native American, and Celtic practices.  Reiki Drumming incorporates gifts from many different traditions from around the globe.  Reiki Drumming utilises Meditations, NLP and affirmations.  So as you can see it doesn’t sit only in the Shamanic camp or the Reiki camp.  It is too diverse.  It brings people back to ancient practises and techniques which are part of their spiritual, energetic and healing birthright.

keep-calm-and-be-mainstream-2I personally have studied different shamanic practices from a variety of cultures and revere and respect the techniques and their origin.  I am aware however that there are many people, especially in the mainstream who find the word “shaman” a bit daunting.  This is where Reiki Drumming comes into its own as a “bridge”.  Reiki Healing sits comfortably in the mainstream nowadays.  It is practised in a wide variety of organisations such as hospitals, hospices, rehabilitation units, animal rescue centres etc.  You can go into many salons, spas and therapy centres around your own country and you will find a Reiki practitioner.  Because of this it attracts people from all walks of life.  I’ve also found that most people are happy for the practitioner to incorporate the drum as part of the healing therapy.  This is when it acts as a bridge.  When recipients start to experience the deep healing effects of Reiki Drumming it can open up and raise their consciousness.  My colleague today recounted several stories of her case study clients who would never have experienced some of the powerful healings they received during Reiki Drum healings or journeys if it hadn’t been for Reiki Drumming.  They were not the type of person who would seek out a shaman for some soul retrieval work, but they were comfortable in coming to a Reiki treatment which incorporated these aspects from other different traditions.

 I’ve personally found in my own practise that most people love the drum.  They associate with it at a deep level and I have treated a wide spectrum of people from those with an awareness and interest in healing practises, to young children and old aged pensioners, cancer patients, maternity clients etc.  All have been comfortable with this gentle but powerful healing modality.  They trust the Reiki energy so they also trust the techniques introduced through Reiki Drumming. 

If you haven’t yet experienced this marvellous healing modality, why not seek out a practitioner local to you and try it.  The fact that it is spreading through the UK like wildfire is a sure sign that this is something important at this present time in our evolution, and a healing modality which is helping to raise humanity’s consciousness.  And for those of you who are Reiki practitioners and would like to learn a little more, we run regular classes throughout the year.  You can find further details in our Courses section

With love and blessings, Sarah x

Forthcoming Highlighted Events

6 March– Monthly Reiki Share, Sawbridgeworth, Herts (repeated first Thursday of every month)

23 March – Reiki Drum Share, Sheering, Essex (2 places remaining)

5 & 6 April – Sacred Sound & Light Immersion, Sheering, Essex (1 place remaining)

3-4 May – Reiki Drum Practitioner Training

8 June – Usui Reiki Kotodama Workshop

17-21 June – Summer Solstice Reiki Retreat “Exploring Your Divine Potential” – North Cornwall

31 Oct-3 Nov – Honouring The Ancestors & Healing The Ancestral Line Retreat

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