Sarah Gregg - The Reiki Drum Technique

I love Turkey.  Its Earth energy is strong and powerful giving way to rugged but beautiful landscapes and it fortifies you….   Although the UK has been basking in temperatures of the high 20s this past week, I had decided to go somewhere hot with guaranteed sun to celebrate the Summer Solstice and ended up on the Lycian Coast, southern Turkey.  I had deliberated about taking one of my buffalo drums, as it is mandatory for me to drum now as the sun rises on the morning of the Solstice, but I decided I’d hunt out a drum whilst I was there.  I came across this beautiful Djembe which was perfect for the job in hand and made for a rhythmic start to my Solstice day, it is a essential tool  for the workshop I’ll be attending next weekend which I’m looking forward to sharing with you.

I also managed to spend the day at Pinara for a truly magical experience.  Pinara is an ancient Lycian town, now ruined, set in the most magnificent scenery.  It has hundreds of rock tombs carved into the cliffs and Spirit is felt very keenly there.  It was quite an amazing experience visiting this truly beautiful site as my husband and I were the only people there all day.  As you walk through ancient olive trees which are probably hundreds if not thousands of years old, you may meet the odd tortoise or two, and you are accompanied in all that you do by the singing of the crickets.  This is typical of Turkey, it has so many ancient ruins, that people tend to visit the easily accessible ones so it’s quite common to find yourself in a place where it feels as if you’ve discovered it for the first time!  Pinara was a religious centre dedicated to the worship  of  Apollo, God of Sun, Light, Medicine, Healing and Prophesy amongst many things;   Athena, the Warrior Goddess, incarnation of Wisdom, Purity and Reason and Aphrodite,  Goddess of Love and Beauty.  What better place to enjoy the energies of the Solstice.  We made our way up to the temple where I gave myself a very special Reiki Self Attunement and spent time meditating and chanting along with the crickets.    It truly was a magical, mystical experience.

I was staying right on the coast overlooking the sea and spent a lot of time apologising to her and sending her love and healing for the atrocities she is experiencing in the Gulf of Mexico  On my return this weekend, my friend Louise Page had sent out an email with information which reinforced the work I had done with the Ocean this week.  Created by Masuro Emoto, this beautiful video provides us with a prayer which if said will connect with the world’s waters and bring healing to them. 

For those of you who have not come across Masuro Emoto’s work before, I would highly recommend his Messages From Water series of books.  His work is based on the premise that water can be affected by thoughts and words on a vibrational level, as is everything else in the Universe. When I was in Arizona some years ago I went into a Korean restaurant which had lots of Masuro Emoto’s books and which was running its own experiments on vibration and I decided to do a similar one of my own when I returned home.  Unfortunately I don’t have the photographic evidence to prove it as it was a few years ago now, but several of my students of the time saw the proof of the work.  I took two organic red onions from the same source and put them in identical glass jars filled with tap water.  I thanked the Spirit of the Onion for sacrificing itself to this experiment prior to starting and labelled one jar  (A) “You are Deeply Loved”, whilst the other (B) was labelled “You Fool”.  Over a period of six weeks, I watched as Onion A grew a strong root system and lots of greenery, and just continued to grow tall and strong.   Onion B had a very poor root structure and weak, straggly greenery and after the set period it actually collapsed into the water in a soggy mess.  This was quite a powerful way of proving  thoughts and words are things and give off a positive or negative vibration.  I also found it very symbolic that if we are loved and supported, especially as children and our roots (family) are strong, then our potential is without limits.  If however, we are berated and criticised, then our thought processes can often hinder our growth, which was reflected with Onion B.

Again, continuing the theme of the last few blog entries, this last week has reinforced my awareness of the need to take time out to recharge one’s batteries.  Whenever you have the opportunity to take time away from your usual routine, in my own experience, it’s often a pivotal time for transformation and to prepare you for changes that are on their way.  Having absorbed lots of Solar energy this past week, and the strong power of the Turkish Earth energy, I’m feeling ready for the new experiences that are coming my way over the coming months.

That said, I have just one space left on this year’s Annual Reiki retreat being held at the beautiful Phoenix Centre in Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast if you yourself would like to take some time out to be quiet, reflect and meditate in an environment which is specifically geared towards healing.   The Phoenix Centre has been especially built and designed in an area of outstanding natural beauty on a series of ley lines and the energies there are extremely magical and powerful for the healing work we intend to do on a Reiki retreat.  Caroline Weatherby, the proprietor has even had all of the electrical cabling of the properties specially insulated so that we do not get any electrical interference with the work we do.  The Barn room is a great space for healing and meditation and the surrounding area has stunning walks along the beach and in the Suffolk countryside for any outdoor work we may do.  The cottages where retreatants stay are very special and extremely comfortable.  The whole aura of the Phoenix Centre is a holding, nurturing energy, just perfect for retreat work.

Because of the in depth nature of the work, Reiki II level or above is a requirement for the weekend. All Reiki lineages and styles are welcome. This year we are blessed to have an experienced vegetarian chef catering for all of the meals.  All rooms are shared.

This year’s retreat programme will include

•    A variety of Reiki Healing Techniques
•    Other forms of energy work
•    Reiki Sharing
•    Reiki Kotadama work
•    The Reiki Drum Journey
•    Meditation
•    Reiju Empowerment
•    Reiki Gong Bath
•    Fire Ceremony (weather permitting)

If any of you reading this would like to snap up this last position, then please email me at or telephone 01279 600104.

So on that note, wishing you all joy, love, happiness,  with strength and determination for your goals from the Solstice.

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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