Sarah Gregg - The Reiki Drum Technique

Well, how did it get to September and I’ve not blogged since the beginning of the year!  It is an indicator of the year Reiki Drum has had in 2013 perhaps, a time when teaching, clinic, community events and residentials took priority over “creating”, and a time also to spend a little more quality time with family after we experienced changes to our family structure due to bereavement in the New Year.

And what a year it has been!  I’ve had the pleasure to meet some truly wonderful new people at different events and classes who have brought new experiences and energy into my life, and like many of us at this time, have felt like life since 21st December truly did take on new meaning and was a new beginning for mankind.  That’s not to say it has all been an easy flow of energy.  These years were always meant to bring up challenges as we shift into higher states of awareness.  It’s not always easy to let go of past conditioning and behaviours, which really is what higher consciousness asks one to do, and on a personal and global level, there can be a stubborn clinging to doing it as we always have done in the past.  But fortunately the new energies won’t allow one to cling too stubbornly to our old self and we are all being challenged to meet our new self and experience great growth on many levels as a result.

One thing which has again been apparent is that globally, mankind is shining a light on their Shadow.  This can be on a personal level, but is also seen on a larger scale too.  This too can be challenging, but is necessary for us to realise the potential we have as human beings.  One of the courses I teach is Karuna Reiki®, a beautiful system of healing which not only supports students in realising their potential during their current incarnation (and remember our potential is limitless), but also allows them to look very closely at their own Shadow Self, acknowledging it, accepting it and working with it to realise greater benefits for one’s own growth.  The more I work with the Karuna energy and the Shadow, the more I realise the Shadow holds great gifts for a person.  In the Usui Reiki Gokai “Okoru-na” recommends we “let go of anger”.  Letting go is the operative word, and I don’t believe it was ever meant for us to suppress our anger into our Shadow where it can make us ill or come up at a later date and cause havoc. However, it is worth noting that the energy of a “negative” emotion which has been stuffed into our Shadow in the form of anger can actually be used constructively to spur us towards change.   And it is an individual’s own anger and sense of personal boundary which will not allow them to be pushed into situations which are not healthy for them or be a doormat.  

For the first time in many years I seem to have been made aware of global current affairs this year.  Since working with Reiki over the last few years, I’ve opted to limit the amount of national and international news I’ve been exposed to, and am mindful that the things that have been brought to my attention are what I have needed to be aware of, and anything else has fallen within the remit of me not needing to know.  But this year many different things have come to my attention and what I have noticed more than anything, is that mankind’s collective unconscious Shadow energy in the form of anger is saying “enough”, and is pushing to the surface of the conscious.  It is this energy which is allowing different groups to stand up and say no to injustices which are taking place all over the world.  After all it was collective anger which sought to put an end to the injustice of apartheid.   

 If you would like to start to explore and work with your own Shadow energy to help you realise its gifts and your own potential, I run Karuna workshops throughout the year for any student who has been attuned to the Reiki Master energy in the form of the Dai Ko Myo.  Please go to the Karuna Reiki page under the Courses section for more information.  

 There are lots of interesting and transformational courses coming up in the next few months.  Next weekend is the first of the Sacred Sound & Light Immersions, and I’m really looking forward to rolling out this two day workshop which is based on the Sound & Light Retreats I ran for a few years in Lincolnshire.  We have all levels of Usui Reiki including Reiki Drum from now until the end of the year.  All of next year’s classes have been added to the website Courses section.  For those of you who are coming along to the Honouring The Ancestor’s Sound Evening at Samhain, the Celtic New Year, I look forward to catching up with you in a few weeks for what is always a very special occasion.

Hoping it’s not another seven months until we catch up again.

Forthcoming Courses and Events

  • 28 & 29 September – Sacred Sound & Light Immersion (Full)
  • 5 & 6 October – Reiki Drum Practitioner Workshop (2 places remaining)
  • 26-27 October – Reiki Two Okuden (1 place remaining)
  • 1 November – Celtic New Year Honouring The Ancestors (Full)
  • 9-10 November – Reiki One Shoden (spaces available)
  • 15 November – Reiki Mastership Advanced Practitioner (Full)
  • 16-17 November – Reiki Master Teacher Class (3 places remaining)

Today has been a consistently sunny day, with snowdrops peering through in my outdoor space promising a new start to the year and hinting at better times ahead.  The snow of the past week or so froze things physically and metaphorically… it was almost as if everything was put on hold until the thaw and the New Year had been a false start, but the sunshine of the past few days seems to have woken everything up again and 2013 has kicked up a gear!

A lot of my friends and acquaintances found the energy towards the end of last year hugely transformative with many starting completely new ventures in 2013 after the energetic changes of 21.12.12.  I felt around 12.12.12 that there were some changes taking place at the level of our DNA and two of my Reiki and Shamanic Friends verified they were getting the same message during their meditations.  It will be interesting to see how this manifests on a mind/body/spirit level.  The energy of the whole of 2012 to me reinforced the concept of our physical world being illusory, a dream of our imagination, and as we come into our power co-creating with the Universe, we shall start to accept this into our consciousness as a Spiritual Truth. One of my new intentions for 2013 is to run larger group events to consolidate the new energies which we are now working with and to celebrate our Oneness.    On February 4th we move into the Chinese Year of the  Water Snake which bodes well for people coming together for the greater good in community and friendship.  It also is significant for a more peaceful year than has been the past few years (many limped into 2013 licking their wounds from 2012!).  There should be a definate improvement in most people’s lives, which again coincides with the new era which is upon us and the idea of a new beginning.

Our fabulously high energy event, the annual Reiki Drum Share is taking place on March 24th.  I am waiting to see if we have any places left as the event is as always pretty much full.  If you haven’t yet booked but would like to come, please let me know as we sometimes get last minute cancellations.  This day just gets better year on year and very much reflects the energy of the times.  As we all have so much to look forward to in 2013 and beyond, I am anticipating the energy will be very high spirited and joyous.

One of my ventures for 2013 is a one day Introduction to Sound Healing workshop in Weedon, Buckinghamshire on Sunday 14th April.  If you are curious about sound healing and would like to find out some more, please see booking form to reserve your place.  Intro To Sound Healing Workshop Flyer and Booking Form The fee for the day is £55.   The day is both an experiential and practical day using drums, rattles, crystal bowls, percussion, gongs, monochord sound chair and our natural instruments, our voices.

For those of you who are Level II Reiki attuned and above, I’m running an Advanced Training Usui Reiki Kotodama and Buddhist Chant workshop in Sheering, Essex on Sunday 12th May. The workshop will be a practical and experiential day working with the Usui Reiki Kotodama for deep and insightful personal healing.   Kotodama (the spiritual power of words) are the sacred sounds used with the various different Reiki energies.   The majority of the day will be spent working with the Kotodama in many different ways and there will be other Buddhist chants which will be introduced to during the day which can also be used for personal healing.   Some of you may have already been taught the Kotodama in your training, and this will give you the opportunity to work with a larger group energy and use them for different applications. For those of you who have not worked with Kotodama before, working with these powerful sounds in this way for a whole day along with other sacred chants will be hugely transformational.  As always it will be a bonus to be in the company of like minded. Your investment for the day is £55 and is open to Level II Reiki Students, Masters and Teachers. Please email me should you wish to reserve a place, as spaces are limited and I already have had a great response for this day.

And finally but by no means least, I have a few places left for the Annual Summer Solstice Reiki Retreat in Cornwall June 17th-21st.  I must say the venue for this particular retreat is really something very special.  The Bluff Centre is a beautiful centre, lovingly run by Marianne and Charlie Tapper.   The energy of the centre is made up of a very refined energy with a lot of the air element (being at the top of a cliff overlooking the sea has a lot to do with this!) and is perfect for the practises we will be doing.  We will be staying just outside Tintagel overlooking Trebarwith Strand, a marvellous stretch of golden sand overlooking the fabulous Gull Rock.  I have stayed here several times and every time I come back completely rejuvenated and inspired.  We will be visiting Tintagel Castle and St Nectan’s Glen as part of the retreat activities.  Tintagel is reputed to be the birthplace of King Arthur and is a majestic site in its lofty perch overlooking the Atlantic.  Weather permitting we will be visiting Tintagel by way of a stunning coastal walk.    St Nectan’s is one of the ten most important Sacred Sites here in the UK. The excursion to St Nectan’s will involve a beautiful walk through a magical valley leading to the Waterfall which is a place of incredible elemental energy.  People from all over the world visit here to bathe in the water and take photographs to capture the beautiful and amazing orbs which show up.  If the centre and the other locations weren’t enough, we will be celebrating the Summer Solstice and doing wonderful Reiki practises for the entire stay, coupled with the fact we will be amongst like minded Reiki practitioners… I’ve been planning this retreat for over two years, so it is going to be quite some week!  Don’t miss out, there are only a few places left and it will be a very special few days.  You can download a brochure with lots of photos to whet your appetite from the Retreats page of the website.

Besides these large group events, I am running the normal Usui Reiki classes, Reiki Drum Practitioner Workshops and Karuna classes, as well as holding regular sound events.  I hope to see some of you during 2013 and wish you all joy for all of your New Beginnings.

Sending love, Sarah xx

Forthcoming Events & Workshops

February 2/3 – Shoden Reiki First Degree

February 9/10 – Okuden Reiki Second Degree

March 1 – 3 – Karuna Reiki Master Class

March 24th – Reiki Drum Share, Sheering, Essex

April 14th – Intro to Sound Healing, Weedon, Buckinghamshire

April 27-28 – Reiki Drum Practitioner Class

May 4/5 – Shoden Reiki First Degree

May 12th – Kotodama Workshop, Sheering, Essex

May 17-19 – Advanced Practitioner/Master Healer and Master Teacher Training

June 1st/2nd – Okuden Reiki Second Degree

June 17-21 – Summer Solstice Reiki Retreat, Tintagel, North Cornwall

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