Sarah Gregg - The Reiki Drum Technique

Wishing all my Reiki friends around the Planet a very happy 2011.  This year already feels like it’s going to be a good one.  I had a very alternative Christmas at the end of 2010.  The snow and ice here in the UK postponed it for a few weeks as my family were prevented from travelling, so I took the opportunity having  booked two weeks from work,  instead of over indulging and having a frenetic Christmas, to partake in a water and then a  juice fast with lots of  detoxing, yoga and meditation and have bounced into 2011 feeling squeaky clean and raring to go.  It was an insightful time, fasting always is, made all the more important as my dear,  lovely mother-in-law June who had been ill for the past six months of 2010, finally received a diagnosis of lung cancer at the end of December.  The quiet time allowed me to look at what is truly important, gauge how I was feeling and also put a very spiritual perspective on the whole matter.  I remember when my father was diagnosed with the same condition many years ago,  how following all the spiritual and cleansing practises really allowed me to walk with him on his journey in harmony, in complete acceptance and coming from a place of pure Love, and I fully intend to repeat this on June’s journey.  For those of you who have distant healing lists, if you’d be happy to include her in your healing, as a family we’d all be very grateful.  All those Reiki practitioners who have used distant healing before will know what an amazing and powerful tool it can be.  I’ve  been reading the Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart the last few weeks which includes lots of research and scientific evidence on how distant healing can have a profound effect on an individual, so the more light, the better my friends!

All this detoxing worked on my house too… as I started to clear the clutter from my mind and body, I also cleared it from my cupboards; a fantastic side effect of body cleansing.  The more space one creates, the more we are leaving room for wonderful things to enter, so I’m really interested to see what new opportunities 2011 will bring.  I spent a fun day on New Year’s Eve creating a Vision Board for the year and it was interesting looking back at the one created for 2010 as all had come to fruition.  I always write out my intentions for the New Year, but I’ve found the Universe seems to respond more instantly to my Vision Board, perhaps because it is in pictorial form.  One of the insightful gifts of being attuned to Reiki is that it has made me realise that whatever we can see and visualise we can bring into the physical realm, so there are no limits to our goals, aspirations and intents.  We truly can be all that we were meant to be, so I hope you achieve all that you wish in 2011 whether it means bringing more love into your life, spreading more love around to others, or having an abundant, joyous year like no other.

There are lots of special classes and events scheduled for the first half of 2011.  Firstly I’d like to remind any Reiki practitioner who is interested in the work we do with Reiki Drumming, that there is a Reiki Drum share being held in Sheering, Essex on Sunday March 20th 2011 to celebrate the Spring Equinox and also to coincide with the Global 8000 Sacred Drums Ceremony.  This global event was started several years ago by  The Otomi Toltec elders of Mexico.  They have been holding annual ceremonies on the Spring Equinox and other occasions to gather as many sacred drummers together all around the globe to continue the fulfilment of their 500-year old prophecy which decreed that when 8000 sacred drums sounded, it would be the start of world peace and planetary healing for Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants.   Our first share took place in 2010 and was a very special event, and given the interest we’ve had so far, I think 2011 will surpass 2010.  Further information can be found on the Events page on the Reiki Drum Forum and if you want to take a peek at the things we got up to last year have a look at our You Tube video  Reiki Drum Share 2010 We were very supported by Spirit last year and it was a fantastic day for like minded souls to get together and create joy, deep level healing and harmony.  2011 will be even better, so if you are Reiki attuned and would like to join us, then please email me at to register.

Besides all the usual Reiki and Reiki Drum classes scheduled, I would also like to bring your attention to the Sound and Light Retreat I’m running 24th-26th June.  I’ve been really fortunate to have been able to book the very special Retreat Centre Dev Aura in the Lincolnshire countryside.  For those of you who are aware of the beautiful metaphysical healing system Aura Soma, Dev Aura is the home of the training centre for Aura Soma.  Dev Aura means House of Light and this very high vibrational spot truly embodies all that is light.  Coinciding with the height of summer we will be celebrating the Summer Solstice as well as combining sound and energy healing techniques incorporating sacred drumming, gong baths, meditation, visualisation, voice work and silence.  It’s going to be a memorable weekend and the light of midsummer combined with this wonderful centre and the special work we will be undertaking will all add to create joy and harmony for those who attend.  This retreat is not a pure Reiki retreat and is open to anyone whether they are Reiki attuned or not. For those of you who are Reiki attuned and have wanted to introduce friends or family to self development and healing techniques, this will be an excellent opportunity to do so.  There are a few spaces still remaining so please get in touch if you would like to join us for this beautiful weekend.  Further details can be found on the Reiki Drum Retreats page.

I am running most of the Reiki Drum classes in Sawbridgeworth, East Herts this year, but for those of you who live in the Hampshire area or Surrey/Berkshire/Wiltshire borders, I have two spaces remaining on the Reiki Drum Practitioner class being held at the Serenity Centre, Tadley on 26th-27th February.  Other Reiki Drum workshops are filling fast, but there are still a few spaces left on the March 5th-6th class in East Herts for those of you who would like to move into Spring with a big leap and a bound!

Before I sign off with our programme for the next six months, I just thought I’d share a recipe for Cayenne Tea given the subzero temperatures we’ve been experiencing here in the UK and Europe the last few weeks. Cayenne is an amazing herb, one that is revered by medical herbalists and I feel fortunate to have discovered its wonders a few years ago. I personally start to drink two to three cups of Cayenne Tea a day when the temperatures plummet as it really helps to warm the body, keeping the circulation going and the extremities from freezing.  Just add quarter of  a teaspoon of Cayenne to a mug of hot water, stir and then drink as you would any herbal tea.  It does pack quite a punch, but you really do feel it’s healing power shortly after you drink it.  You can work up to one whole teaspoon of Cayenne as you become used to it according to personal preference and reactions.  Cayenne is also known to  positively affect:  heart health, circulation, sinus problems, arthritis, stomach ulcers, candida, the immune system, fatigue and has many other benefits.  When drinking this tea throughout the winter I rarely feel the cold, even when I’m water fasting.  As an energy healer, Cayenne can be used for when we need a little bit more motivation, drive and inspiration.  It is also good for stagnation of spirit when we feel we are stuck and need to make changes, lethargy and dull thinking and for feelings of insecurity.

I’m starting this year’s teaching schedule this coming weekend with a full house of Reiki One Students, which I think is a very symbolic and beautiful way to introduce the New Year.  I do hope to see and meet more of you during 2011.  For students who have trained with me before, a Reiki Share will be held 31st January in Sawbridgeworth to coincide with Imbolc.  Please let me know if you plan on attending.

There have been a few changes to the Reiki Drum diary, so forthcoming dates for the next six months are as follows:

Reiki One (Shoden) – 8 & 9 January (one space available) •19 & 20 February •30 April & 1 May

Reiki Two (Okuden) – 15 & 16 January  (two spaces available)• 26 & 27 March

Advanced Reiki Training and Reiki Master Teacher (Shinpiden) 6-8 May

Reiki Drum  –  Hampshire 26 & 27 February (2 spaces available)
Reiki Drum  –  Hertfordshire 5 & 6 March •2 & 3 April •21 & 22 May

Karuna Reiki – 4-6 February

Reiki Share, Sawbridgeworth (Students only) – 31st January

Reiki Drum Share, Sheering, Essex – Spring Equinox 20 March

Sound & Light Retreat, Lincolnshire – 24 – 26 June

Clearing Out The Old – Making Way For The New

Posted June 5th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Filed under Detoxification Healing

It all started with some concentrated treatment.  Over the course of the past few weeks I’ve had a variety of different energy and bodywork treatments.  It wasn’t really planned this way, so I can only presume it was on the cards.  Letting GoTalking about cards, Death keeps popping up his head in my Rider Waite deck, so I feel I’m in the process of change and transformation and energy work and body work certainly do that.  Synchronicity resulted in me having about nine energy and bodywork treatments in the space of eleven days!  I ran several Reiki classes during that time with odd numbers and when this happens, I willingly step in to partner up with one of the students so that they can get practical experience.  Coupled with some osteopathy, reflexology, Reiki Drumming, massage and acupuncture, the treatments started to mount up.  By about treatment seven I was feeling it!  It can get quite intense doing so much energy work.  I wouldn’t recommend it on the whole, but having been in this field for so long now, I know what to expect and when it comes, although it can be unpleasant on both mental/emotional and physical levels, I tend to ride with the punches as I know I’m going to come out the other side in a much better space.  So the Herxheimer reaction started after receiving Reiki from one of the Shoden students.   I had flu symptoms that night and just had to retire to bed, although I didn’t sleep, just going over and over the old stuff of the past year or so… that’s what a healing crisis will do.  It allows you to evaluate all the old mental/emotional clutter which has been weighing you down, and let it go.

When one has any energy work done, there is obviously a clearing of the energy body, chakra system and meridians.   Normally, I would recommend to my own clients to space out such work, so that they may adjust to the things that come up and physical reactions are less severe.  What has happened to me is that the work has been intensive and really done some major clearance of all the energetic sludge which had accumulated over the last year or so.  On a physical, emotional and mental level I’m feeling clearer than I have done in a long time.  It’s also kick started me to do some body detoxification.

Introducing Reiki Drum to the UK has had many challenges over the last few years.  They’ve been wonderful challenges, but challenges none the less, coupled with long hours and late nights, and as a result I’m definitely not as chipper and physically healthy as I was three years ago.  But as I’m training more and more Reiki Drum Master Teachers, it has allowed me to let go a little from the intensity of it.  So here I am today not in my optimum physical condition and it’s time to practise some of what I preach to my clients on a regular basis and make use of the many detox techniques I think are so effective.

I’ve been a huge proponent of naturopathic techniques for many years.    For those of you who think only energetically you might start to switch off now when I talk about body cleansing, but we have to remember the mind body connection which is a fundamental thing with detoxification.  As a therapist and practitioner of the healing arts, I have seen in the last twelve years of clinical practise how important it is for a client to take responsibility for their healing on all levels.  Energy and body work tends to give them the impetus to make the necessary changes for their own healing processes, but it’s nothing more than fire fighting if someone receives a treatment but repeats all of the old negatives patterns and lifestyle choices on a physical level as well as their stubborn toxic thoughts and emotions.  It has to be a combined effort. I believe given the kick start on an energetic level and with bodywork, a person can then make the necessary changes to other areas of their life.  Right nutrition/diet, supplementation, exercise, drinking enough water, having enough rest, meditation, detoxification techniques, spiritual/mind/body discipline such as yoga/tai chi/chi gung, counselling, and a healthy dose of fun, all of these factors can bring about optimum health  in someone, but there often needs to be a combination of  several of them at the same time.

The art of purificationIn the past I have tried many detoxification techniques.  This is often my first stepping stone to wellness when I have any problems myself.  In Japan, the practise of misogi or purification is a very important part of the Shinto religion.  We adopt some of the misogi techniques in our Reiki practise.  The Kenyoku Ho technique (dry bathing) which involves clearing the meridians prior to commencing attunements or any other spiritual work is a misogi technique on an energetic level.

When I started detoxing about twelve years ago, I soon realised that as I cleansed my body on a physical level, so my mind and emotions would change.  Over the years I have come to know that certain body organs hold on to different types of emotions and as such clearing congested organs clears congested thought forms.  I’m currently cleaning up my diet and as such have also embarked on a Bowel Cleanse.  There are lots of different ways of doing this.  I’m presently following the Bentonite Clay and Psyllium Husk Shake cleanse, which involves drinking liquid Bentonite and Psyllium over a period of time which gently, but powerfully clears out the whole of the digestive tract, in particular the small and large intestine.  We hold so much energetic rubbish in our large intestine.  It’s amazing the old thought forms and emotions which come to the surface during such a cleanse.  Normally it is things you haven’t let go of and can often present itself in very old issues from the past.  As you clear the waste on a physical level, you let go of these old resentments, cluttered thinking and concerns and make way for clarity and a new, more positive way of thinking.

Already I have made some big life changes.  To add a free day to my life, I have “let go” of one of my clinic days, which is probably about a year overdue and will allow me to concentrate on things that are important to me on a non work level.  I know that if I pursue the physical detoxification over the next few months more opportunities, new experiences and a more positive way of thinking and feeling will once more be a part of my life.  Over the next few weeks and months I will document the different methods I will be using and how they have an effect on the mind and emotions, not just the physical.  So if you are interested in clearing out the old and making way for new in your life, watch this space!

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