Sarah Gregg - The Reiki Drum Technique

It has been six months since my last blog post and this post is well overdue.  2012 has been such a wonderful year for my work and Reiki Drum and there has been little room for creative expression in terms of blogging.  However, I thought it time to communicate what’s been happening in the world of Reiki Drum and future developments, especially as we have moved so far around the Sacred Wheel of the Year and Samhain and The Celtic New Year approaches.

We’ve had two marvellous retreats so far this year.  The Sound & Light in April which was beautiful and an incredible few days in Glastonbury in July celebrating the return of the Divine Feminine in the beautiful energies of the Abbey, Tor and Chalice Well.  So many wonderful moments (some of which have been captured on our Gallery page which is a new addition to the Reiki Drum Site – please check it out, it gives you a flavour of our work).  I’m now preparing for the forthcoming Samhain Reiki Drum residential in Suffolk coming up at the end of this week which will be another incredible few days supported by Spirit as we honour our Ancestors for the Celtic New Year.  We’re in for an amazing time.  The Phoenix Centre is a very high energy space and we have some magical things planned.

2012 was always going to be a jam packed year here at Reiki Drum.  It is such a monumental year in terms of our civilisation’s spiritual growth and transformation, that all of the events have been marked as a way to commemorate this.  Next year I am at present only planning one retreat and that will be held at the beautiful, inspirational Bluff Centre on the Cornish Coast amongst the myth and mystery of the land near Tintagel.  Already this retreat is filling quickly and there are only five places remaining.  Should you be interested in celebrating the Summer Solstice in a magical place with likeminded immersing yourself in the Reiki energy and visiting Sacred Sites,  then please visit our Retreats page and download the Annual Reiki retreat brochure – you will be in for a real treat!  This retreat has been two years in the planning, so I’m expecting good things from it!

Another development this year was the setting up of different sound healing groups in East Hertfordshire.  I am now running regular Sacred Drumming evenings in Sawbridgeworth, East Herts.  These are open to anyone who has an interest in sacred drumming and are run as a development circle. It allows non Reiki attuned people to experience the power of the drum, as well as our community of Reiki practitioners.   We journey, do group drumming, ceremony, chant and drum healing as routine practise.  The next one is going to be 31st October, a special Samhain drumming event.  There are four spaces available should anyone wish to join us.

I have also been running sacred chant evenings.  During these evenings we take a particular theme (some of the ones to date have been Solar chants, Goddess chants, Gratitude, Opening the Heart) and we take sacred chants from around the world and concentrate on those themes.  They are beautiful evenings and we often finish by doing some sound healing by using toning and chanting for some of the participants.  The monthly gong bath also continues and is into its second year.  I have added a wind gong and crystal bowls to my sound family which have enhanced the sound baths even further.  I have set up an Events page on the Reiki Drum site which is updated regularly and has all of the sound healing evenings listed.  These evenings tend to book out very soon after advertising, so if you would like to come along, please drop me a line and I’ll add you to the priority mailing list.  In the meantime, you can always check what is going on by visiting the Events page.  You’ll notice we are advertising spaces for next year’s Reiki Drum Share on March 24th.  Half the spaces for this event have already been filled, so if  you are planning to come along, please book early.

I have been inspired by above to recognise 12.12.12 as a day of interconnectedness around our planet and will be holding a special Ascension evening in Sheering, Essex to commemorate the occasion. All the components of the evening have been given to me by Spirit, and we will be holding an evening of sacred drumming, ceremony and gong baths to recognise the powerful transformation we as a race are going through at this time.  The evening is full but if you would like to be notified of further events, then please let me know.

Reiki Drum continues to become more high profile in the public awareness.  I am practising it on a regular basis now from my private clinic, and try and slip it into many of the other treatments I offer, as it is such a wonderful adjunct.    It is a powerful healing modality and I’ve seen such marvellous healings over the past few months (and years) purely through the work of Reiki and the drum.   There are quite a few teachers in different areas of the UK now spreading this wonderful work, and it is just going to keep growing as people start to recognise its efficacy.  It seems like yesterday I was in Arizona practising this wonderful therapy but a lot has happened over the past five years and I feel very privileged to have been there from its infancy here in the UK.

I’ve also trained a lot of new Reiki practitioners this year and am running regular Reiki shares in East Herts.  In the past I have included lots of different things within the Reiki share such as the sound healing, but I am now trying to run more of a traditional Reiki Share concentrating on healing and Japanese and Western Reiki practises.  These evenings are currently open to students only due to space constraints.

It seems a long time since I blogged about my mother-in-law June and her alternative approach to her cancer diagnosis.  It’s over two years since she first became ill, and I’m pleased to say that she is still with us, leading a good quality of life, not having had to endure trips to hospitals and surrounded at home by the love of her friends and family.  It’s been quite some journey for all of us as a family and has definitely been a time of spiritual growth for each one of us.  We have had many occasions when her health has dipped and we’ve thought that she would be making her transition very soon, but this appears to have been when she is going through a cycle of deep healing and she has bounced back to health again, and defied all the odds.  She really is a miracle in action and demonstrates that natural therapies, sound healing, Reiki, and the naturopathic approach can give someone real quality of life when the medical profession can no longer help.  Given only weeks to live in January 2011, she has outlived her prognosis many times over.  She is on no medication and is in no pain.  Thank you to all of you who have enquired about her health and have been sending Reiki to her.  Whenever she does have a dip, I request people send distant healing and she really benefits from the extra energy, it is quite tangible.

So more of a newsletter than a blog post, but I will endeavour to update this blog a little more frequently over the coming months with news and inspirations.  I am aware that the new energies are affecting many Sensitives at this time as we all endeavour to move into higher states of awareness and shift into the space of the heart.    Some inspirational people are passing over at this time, to assist us from the other side in our journey here on Earth.  I was sad to hear today that Gabrielle Roth had made her transition.  She contributed greatly to this world and will be missed by many.  Something I keep hearing myself when I meditate and from what I am hearing from other people’s experiences, is that we are being encouraged to detox  as much as possible to help us with the shift of energies we are experiencing here on Earth.   There are some very dense energies having to be processed and we are all being forced to look our Shadow selves squarely in the face – never an easy process, but a courageous journey on the spiritual path.  Spending quiet time alone in nature, meditating and being gentle with ourselves at this time will also help with the shift.  I do hope it’s an easy process for you all.

Sending love and wishing you all joy, Sarah x

Forthcoming Events

  • October 26-29 – Reiki Drum Residential and Samhain Retreat, Suffolk (see Retreats Section) (Full)
  • October 31 – Samhain Sacred Drumming Evening, 0730-0930 hrs, Sawbridgeworth. Fee £8 payable on the night
  • November 3-4 – Reiki One First Degree Course – Shoden
  • November 12 – Gong /Sound Bath, 2000 – 2130 hrs, Sawbridgeworth. Fee £16 Paypal, £15 cheque or cash payable in advance. (Full)
  • November 9-11 – Usui Reiki Master Teacher (Shinpiden) Class
  • November 23 – Reiki Share (Students only) 1930 hrs (donation).
  • December 6 – Christmas/Yule Sacred Chant Evening, 0730-0930 hrs, Sawbridgeworth. Fee £8 payable on the night
  • December 12 – Ascension Evening 12.12.12. A magical evening of sound commencing with sacred drumming, a special group Ascension Ceremony and a hour long gong bath meditation. Sheering Village Hall, Sheering, Essex.  Doors open 07:00 pm, last entry 07:25 pm.  Gong Bath  ends at 10:00 pm.  – Fee £20 payable in advance.  An evening to celebrate our interconnectness with like minded. (Full)
  • January 26 & 27 – Reiki Drum Practitioner Class, Sawbridgeworth
  • February 2 & 3 – Reiki One Shoden
  • February 9 & 10 – Reiki Two Okuden
  • Sunday March 24th 2013 – Reiki Drum Share, Sheering, Essex to celebrate the Spring Equinox 10:00-16:30  Fee £20 payable in advance.

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

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