Sarah Gregg - The Reiki Drum Technique

Here we are, Summer is at an end, Autumn beckons and another few weeks have sped by – I can totally appreciate the concept that time is speeding up on the physical plane!  I’m still learning the lesson about balancing one’s time between rest and activity, and the last few weeks have been a whirl of exciting activity with a little bit of rest thrown in for good measure!  I remember going to a retreat three years ago and putting the question into the pot as to whether lightworkers and those of us who are striving to raise consciousness in this world would be busy with the run up to 2012 and I have seen many of my colleagues over the past year being kept fully occupied in their endeavours to create a shift in humanity’s awareness.  2012 looks like it is going to be even more so!  I have some really exciting events planned for next year already.  I haven’t really mentioned the wonderful weekend retreat spent at Dev Aura in Lincolnshire back in June to celebrate the Solstice.  What an amazing, high vibrational place.  I was fortunate to be joined by a beautiful group of souls and it was a joy doing the sound and healing practises with them in such a nurturing, light filled space.  I just had to book the venue again for next year, so will be running a Sound & Light Retreat 27th-29th April, this time to celebrate the beginning of Summer and Beltane.  If you are interested in learning more about Sound Healing as well as spending time with like minded souls in a very special space, then this truly is a beautiful weekend.

I wanted to run another Reiki retreat in 2012, it being a special year for all of us in terms of humanity’s history.  We’ve been working towards this period for many years and although I feel the energetics are happening currently and have been for some time, it felt important to mark 2012 in a special way.  As such I’m very excited to be holding a four day Reiki retreat at Glastonbury Abbey Retreat House, Glastonbury, Somerset from the 5th-8th July.  Glastonbury is a very special centre for spiritual seekers, not only for its history but also for the powerful energy located there, thanks to the Mary and Michael lines which pass through the town and its various power spots.  The retreat will give those attending the opportunity to sit and experience the Reiki energy and Reiki practises as well as sampling the many treasures Glastonbury has to offer.  I have advertised this out to students who have trained with me in the past and have been overwhelmed with the positive response and there are only a few spaces remaining.  If you would like to join us for these special few days, then please let me know at the earliest opportunity.

For the third year running, I will be organising a Reiki Drum Share in Sheering, Essex on Sunday 25th March, a few days after the Spring Equinox.  The past two years have been really high energy events and wonderful days for networking with like minded Reiki practitioners.  Open to all Reiki attuned people, anyone is welcome to attend, preferably bringing their own drum.  Please contact us for further information.

For those of you who have been following our cancer journey, we have some positive news.  To update those of you haven’t been aware of the adventure my family have been on for the past year, my mother-in-law June was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of cancer, mesothelioma in December last year after being ill for just a few months.  The prognosis was as bad as it could get and she was told to go home and put her affairs in order.  Because there was nothing the medical profession could do for her at that time we had nothing to lose, so embarked on a natural healing approach with naturopathic diet, herbal and supplementation regimes and intensive natural healing in the form of Reiki and many other healing modalities.   Despite making some incredible advancements in her health (see previous blog posts), at the end of May, June’s health started to deteriorate and we feared the worst.  As a family we pretty much thought we would be spending our last few weeks with her.  What actually took place was that she was going through some intensive healing and bounced back with a vengeance a few weeks later.  She threw a huge party for her friends and family and has been going out with her friends on a regular basis ever since.

If you talk to the other members of the family they are not going to lie and say it’s been easy.  It hasn’t.  It’s been such an emotional strain on everyone, (and the chaotic 2011 energies have been challenging for everyone I talk to!) but what has been achieved has been incredible.  June followed the regime to the letter for six months.  She then started to introduce a few “normal” foods from her old diet back into her daily eating, and continues to also eat the naturopathic diet of juices, smoothies, soups and salads.  She is also taking the herbal remedies, and has dropped her therapy regime down to about twice weekly (she was having treatment almost daily at the beginning of the year).  She has not visited a hospital since January of this year and the only medical attention she has received was for a cut on her leg which needed attention when she bumped into an open dishwasher door a month or so ago (after overzealously cleaning her kitchen!)    Everyone is quite amazed at how well she has been doing.  We are certainly not taking her new found health for granted, and are aware that we need to continue to view each day as a gift, but as a regime, we are convinced this has been the best way to go.  There have been none of the exhausting and stressful hospital visits and June has been surrounded by her family and friends in her own home, living a fairly normal life.

I’ve also been heartened to hear some really good things the last few weeks about Reiki and it’s role in the community.  Many years ago when I first trained in Reiki, I had a conversation with Sharon, the lady I studied the Western Reiki Master training with, about how Reiki should be practised fully within the NHS, and how it had to be our future.  Shortly afterwards, synchronicity being what it is, she received a call from an Administrator from one of our local hospitals, wanting to learn Reiki.  Several years later there is a wonderful programme available at this hospital. Reiki practitioners offer their services every Monday to both general public and hospital workers.  Reiki practitioners are also employed on a part-time basis as members of the NHS staff at several other hospitals in the area.  In August I furthered my Reiki training by repeating Shoden and Okuden in the Jikiden Reiki lineage with Tadao Yamaguchi (here’s a pic of me receiving my certificate from Sensei).  I was overjoyed and blessed to meet a G.P. on that course who practises in a NHS practise within the UK and also is a Reiki practitioner.  It is obvious to me that Reiki has definitely got a stronghold within mainstream consciousness and the future is looking bright indeed!

Reiki Drum is also going from strength to strength here in the UK.  It’s syllabus and course structure is recognised by  leading practitioner organisations such as the UK Reiki Federation, Embody and the FHT as a style of Reiki in its own right.  Following the teacher Assessment day in August, another Master teacher, Julie Rennie joined the other wonderful qualified teachers who are spreading Reiki Drum around the UK.  For those of you who would like to teach this technique as recognised Reiki Drum Master Teachers and join them in spreading awareness of this magical and deeply healing practice, you will need to attend the Reiki Drum Practitioner Training, already have experience in teaching Reiki to Reiki Second Degree level, complete case studies and successfully attend and pass a Master Teacher Assessment Day.  If you would like to join us, there are a few spaces left on the November Reiki Drum practitioner training being held in East Herts November 5th & 6th.

I also want to mention the UK Reiki Federation in this post.  This organisation does such important work and has been instrumental in raising awareness of Reiki here in the UK over the past few years.  It is highly supportive of its members and if you are looking to join an organisation to support you in your Reiki practise you could find no better.  I think much of our gratitude for Reiki being in mainstream consciousness is down to the incredible work this organisation has done and continues to do.

Maintaining these positive thought, I’m very much looking forward to the next few months with the numerous classes being held and our Reiki Drum residential in Dunwich.  Wishing you a bountiful Autumn!

Reiki Drum Practitioner –   5/6 November

Reiki Drum Practitioner & Samhain Residential Retreat – 28-30 October (Full)

Reiki Share, Sawbridgeworth, 23rd September (Students only)

Reiki One(Shoden) – 1/2 October (Full), 3/4 December

Reiki Two (Okuden) –  22/23 October

Reiki Master Teacher (Shinpiden) 18-20 November

Several people have emailed me over the last week asking about June’s progress and what we’ve been doing with her in terms of treatment,  so I thought I’d update my blog with our current news and also detail the nutritional protocol we are embarking on for the past seven and a bit weeks.  For those of you new to the blog, my mother-in-law June was diagnosed with a very aggressive “terminal” cancer, mesothelioma, in January of this year and told by her oncologist to go home and put her affairs in order.  I personally viewed this as a huge gift from the Universe as it meant we could start her natural healing protocol unhindered.

On the 19th January June embarked on a naturopathic diet, daily healing therapies and supplementation (of which I will blog about in a later post).  The first three weeks were pretty intense for us as a family as she went through some major detox symptoms.  The whole journey has been a huge spiritual growth path for all of us.  There are several things June didn’t want to do (such as detoxification methods like colonics/enemas, liver flushes etc which I would have encouraged and which would have made her toxic load much lighter), but she bravely battled through all the mental/emotional turmoil which detoxification always brings.  If anyone embarks on this type of healing regime and is willing to follow these other methods, they do make the detoxification lows that much easier.  As your body starts breaking down all the old cells and toxic debris of the past, strong emotions and thoughts will come to the surface to be processed and let go of.  I’ve personally found these quite overwhelming when I’ve done my own detoxification, but found huge relief in liver flushing, kidney cleanses, bentonite clay and psyllium shakes, colonics and enemas which allow the body to get rid of the toxins so much quicker and allows peace to reign once again on the emotional front.  During this time, the therapies that we were practising were also detoxing June’s body and helping the emotions to pass through.

It’s also been an interesting challenge guiding someone through the whole process.  As a therapist and healing practitioner I have learnt over the years that one can only advise different health regimes with one’s clients, as ultimately they have to go there own way.  One of the Facebook applications is called Message from God, and several times the same message came up over the last few weeks:  “Yes, of course, you want to control so everything happens in just the way you want it. But at the end of the day, we control nothing, – it’s all in God’s hands, – has always been, and will always be. So, do what you can, and then let go, and let God handle the rest”,  and that really is the way we have gone.  There were also some things June did want to do which were contraindicated in the normal scheme of things.    Having her hair cut and coloured at the end of week five was not in our detoxification protocol, our concern being with the chemicals and fumes in the hair dye, but we came to the realisation that the mental boost this gave her may outweigh the damage from the chemicals, so we acquiesced.  As far as toxicity is concerned however, I’d encourage people to avoid synthetic chemicals in all of their forms, especially in hair and body care products, as well as household cleaning products, the least toxic the environment, the better.

After the third week there was a huge shift.   Not only did June’s outlook shift dramatically to an “I can do this and I’m going to survive this” attitude, but her physical health started to fall in with her improved mental/emotional outlook.  The diet she is having is calorie restrictive, so our main concern was weight loss as the cachexia from the cancer had been severe.  But we soon realised after the sixth week when her weight stabilised that her energy levels were increasing week on week, and she had stopped losing, so our concern diminished greatly.

So as we move into the eight week on this healing regime, June is coping relatively well.  We’re still not taking things for granted though and know we have lots more milestones to pass.   We still encounter many different emotional states on a daily basis.  However, her weight has stabilised, her energy is on the increase, the pleural effusion in her lungs has gone and she is looking to the future.  Two weeks ago she took a small walk, the first time she had left the house for anything except hospital visits since Autumn last year.  Today as we’ve had such a beautiful day in our part of the UK, she went on a short trip to her local garden centre.  If she had accepted her prognosis in January, she may well not even have been with us today.  Once again, thank you to all of you who are sending distant Reiki, look at what it’s achieving!

The diet she is undertaking is a high raw vegan diet with some cooked soups.  A daily menu looks something like this:-

Breakfast: Green Smoothie (mixture of green leaves, spinach, kale or similar, with two pieces of fruit plus an avocado, 2 tablespoons of  bee pollen, 2 tablespoons of Dr Schulze’s Superfood, 2 tablespoons Udos Oil, apricot kernels.

There are many raw vegan websites which give delicious recipes for green smoothies.  The green leaves  balance out the glycaemic load of the meal and prevents sugar spikes.  Ordinarily fruit should be limited when looking at cancer nutrition, as cancer loves sugar in all of its forms, but we felt the fruit sugar was necessary for  energy as well as calories and also taste.  Fats are also often restricted, but as she had dropped to six stone, we had to have a certain level of fat in her diet.  We introduced bee pollen in the third week after I found several references online to a scientific research study where mice that had developed lung  cancer in laboratory conditions were fed bee pollen versus mice that were fed normal feed.  The mice that were fed the bee pollen lived twice as long as those that weren’t.  The Dr Schulze Superfood has been a staple food in my diet for several years.  It’s a wonderful combination of foods such as seaweeds, green grasses and algaes, and is amazing for sustaining one’s energy.  Apricot kernels have a certain amount of B17 in them which is believed to target cancer cells.

Throughout the day: A mixture of vegetable juices, predominantly carrot, ginger and apple.  The carrot is high in beta carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body, mopping up free radicals, and is good for many organs of the body.   The malic acid in the apples helps to release the minerals in the carrots and the ginger is a warming circulatory booster as well as being an appetite stimulant.  Again if you plan on embarking on such a regime, green juices are actually also very beneficial, but June prefers the carrot mixture so we are sticking with that for the present time.  She is only drinking about one litre of this juice daily, sometimes less.  It would be advantageous if she could drink so much more.  The Gerson Diet which is similar in many ways advocates 8oz of fresh vegetable juice hourly throughout the day.  June’s appetite has always been small, so she is only managing the one litre.

Lunch: Vegetable soups of different varieties, made from scratch.  Occasionally we add a yeast free stock cube, but often they are made just with vegetables, herbs and water.

Evening Meal: Soups, green smoothie or raw salads.

Beverages: Water and Redbush tea.  June was used to drinking normal caffeinated black tea with milk, so we initially added almond milk to the Redbush tea, but gradually she has adopted a preference for the tea on its own.  She probably isn’t having as much water as would be liked (two litres) and this can potentially compromise kidney function, but she is getting liquids from the tea and juices.  We are using bottled spring water as we do not have a distiller or good filtering system. Tap water is just NOT an option as it has far too many chemicals and contaminants in it.    The smoothies are made with a Vita Mix blender which was the first thing which we purchased.   It is a fairly expensive piece of equipment at £439, but worth its weight in gold for preparing foods/smoothies/soups.  You can even juice with them, but fortunately I have a Green Star juicer which is a heavy duty juicer and makes really nutritious juice.

The only true discomfort June experienced was due to her weight loss.  Her sitting bones were no longer covered with any body fat and she found it really uncomfortable to sit for periods of time.  A trip to “Toys r us” and one child’s rubber swimming ring later (decorated with fairies of course), problem solved!    Currently she has some mild throat congestion and these are the only two physical symptoms she is experiencing.

I will blog some more at a further date about the rest of this protocol.  I do feel her improved health is due to ALL of the things we are doing.   However, food and nutrition is hugely important when looking at health, we are what we eat after all.   June’s diet is currently high raw vegan, the aim being to have her blood pH as alkaline as possible (cancer thrives in an acidic pH blood).  From a Reiki and energy perspective, this is the highest vibrational diet she can have.  On an energetic level the foods she is having are very nourishing for her mental/emotional state due to their low level of toxic load as well as being full of vitamins and minerals.  And because of this, she is progressing well.  You will notice the diet is devoid of animal proteins.  On a physical level these would add toxicity, but from a Reiki energetic perspective, animal products also retain the energies (think emotions) from the animals concerned.  That’s not so bad if people are eating organically reared free range animals, but think of all the fear and other negative emotions you would be ingesting by eating a factory farmed animal. Dairy products not only clog up the physical body (you just have to look at their consistency to realise that) but on an energetic level they are believed to clog the nadis and meridians and cause victim consciousness.    Three years ago when I lived just on vegetable juices for three months, I found my consciousness was very elevated, my thoughts were pure and my emotions were very balanced.  What we eat has a profound effect on our psyche.  Dr Gabriel Cousens’ book “Spiritual Nutrition” is a must read for all of you who are interested in finding out more on how food affects the way we feel and think.

On the Reiki Drum front, I’ve just had two marvellous weekends teaching practitioner classes.  Thanks to the Serenity Centre in Hampshire for hosting the first class and the second was held in East Herts.     On a lighter note, two of my students from the most recent class commented on how their Reiki drumming has attracted both their cats and dog.  Apparently their animals won’t leave their side when they start drumming, obviously drawn to the Reiki energies!  I couldn’t resist posting a photo from one of last year’s classes which was run from my home in East Herts.    My two Tonkinese cats love Reiki in all its forms and although very sensitive are happy to receive the drumming.  They are also always very keen to get in on the Reiki action if students are amenable to it.  As you can see from the photo, this is one very chilled out cat and the drum was large, and the drumming was loud!

Most of the practitioner classes will be held in East Herts for the remainder of 2011, except for the very exciting opportunity to incorporate the Reiki Drum practitioner training with a residential retreat and celebrate the Celtic New Year in October at the beautiful Phoenix Centre for which I’m currently taking bookings.

Next weekend we have our Reiki Drum Share being held in Sheering, Essex.  To date the response to this day has been phenomenal and I know we are in for one very special event.  Here’s a link to the Youtube video we took last year Reiki Drum Share 2010 .   I’m off to Dorset this weekend for a four day shamanic drumming retreat with the Sacred Trust, the UK representative organisation for the Foundation of Shamanic Studies.  After teaching and all of my healing work with June and my clients, I’m looking forward to concentrating on my own soul healing for a few days.  And just a reminder that there are still some spaces on the June Summer Solstice Sound & Light Retreat at the beautiful Dev Aura Retreat Centre in Lincolnshire.  This is going to be a beautiful few days working on inner harmony, joy and peace by using sound and light healing techniques in a very special location.  Please get in touch if you’d like to spend a special weekend with like minded souls.

Forthcoming Events:

Reiki Drum Share – 20 March

Reiki Drum Practitioner – April 2/3, May 21/22, 2/3 July, 3/4 September, 5/6 November

Reiki Drum Practitioner & Samhain Residential Retreat – 28-30 October

Sound & Light Residential Retreat – 24-26 June

Reiki One(Shoden) – 30 April/1 May,  16 /17 July, 1/2 October, 3/4 December

Reiki Two (Okuden) – 26/7 March, 23/24 July, 22/23 October

Reiki Master Teacher (Shinpiden) 6-8 May, 18-20 November

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