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

Well, I don’t know how the Festive season crept up on us again, the past few months seem to have flown by and I’m mindful I’ve not been blogging for a while!  So I’m just writing a catch up to let you know what’s been happening at Reiki Drum and also to wish everyone all the best of the season.

Since my last post I’ve been teaching lots of Reiki and Reiki Drum classes.  We had some great ones in East Herts, South Wales and Suffolk, all well attended and adding to the growing numbers of Reiki Drummers around the UK (thanks to Linda Pollard and Jackie Stevens for helping me to organise these).    I have also run several Reiki Drum Master Teacher classes and it’s wonderful to see the technique working its way around the country with new teachers who are inspired and wanting to share its magic with their own students. I am thrilled that Diana Malone has taken Reiki Drum over to Abu Dhabi and will be running courses there in the New Year.  If any Reiki attuned individual in Dubai or Abu Dhabi reads this and would like to find out more, please contact me in the first instance.  For those Master Teachers who are wishing to teach Reiki Drum, there are assessment days scheduled throughout 2011, but places are limited, so please book as soon as you are ready to avoid disappointment.

We also had a lovely Reiki weekend retreat in Suffolk at the marvellous Phoenix Centre back in October.  Three days completely immersed in the Reiki teachings were just perfect with the teachings centred around Kuan Yin, and the Divine Feminine.  I met some new Reiki friends and it was a joyous weekend, well supported by Spirit.  Thanks to Trish Dent we enjoyed a feast of macrobiotic vegetarian meals every day.  I can really recommend the Phoenix Centre as a great place to run workshops and retreats, magic happens there!    Next year I am running a Sound & Light retreat at the high vibrational Dev Aura in Lincolnshire 24th-26th June to celebrate the Summer Solstice and will be blogging more on this in the New Year (see Retreats section for details).  Places are actually filling up for this retreat so if you are definitely interested in coming along, then please let me know.  Another exciting event will be the Reiki Drum Share taking place 20th March for the Spring Equinox, more details to follow in January (see Events page on Forum).

This year has been a year where I’ve really concentrated on updating my own skills and knowledge.  I was blessed to spend ten days of inspirational teaching with Frans Stiene in Spain at the end of September, but the true blessing was the friendships I made with fellow European Reiki Masters, (I also picked up a few words of Dutch… always a bonus)!  I have also thrown myself fully into my gong studies with Sheila Whittaker and enrolled on the College of Sound Healing’s Gong Practitioner course.  Sound Healing really inspires me and I think it’s the perfect marriage when used with Reiki energy.  This coming weekend I have the exciting opportunity to open up the throat chakra and attend three days of teachings by Jill Purce from the Healing Voice.  We’re going to be concentrating on overtone chanting and other voice work.  As a teaching Reiki Master I feel it is always necessary to continually update one’s own education so it can be shared with our students, and I endeavour to pass on the wisdom from all of these inspiring souls at my own workshops and retreats.  I have sometimes discussed the financing of this study with other Reiki students.  I have personally found that even when my finances haven’t been as shiny as I would have liked, the Universe ALWAYS provides when I have some form of spiritual or self development training in mind.  The Universe wants us to improve ourselves and grow to the best of our abilities and so I always trust now when a course presents itself that will enhance what I do and can do for others.

We had a well attended and wonderful Samhain celebration and Reiki Share in East Herts at the end of October.  I introduced aspects of the Remo HealthRhythms programme into the evening (always fun), we shared stories about loved ones passed and the Reiki Drum journey to meet up with our Ancestors was a powerful and moving experience.  For those students who have trained with me in previous workshops, the next share will take place to coincide with Imbolc on January 31st 2011.

Perhaps one of the most joyous weekends was spent at the College of Sound Healing’s annual conference in November.  Not only was it a lovely weekend of sound with lots of inspirational teachers (Professor Surinder Singh, Danu Fox, Steven Ash amongst many others), but I had the complete privilege to attend Bilal Lukele’s South African Chants & Rhythms workshop.  As is always the case, the Universe guided me to this workshop for its own specific purpose (clever Universe!).   Bilal had promoted the workshop as being a path to happiness and that and the rhythm aspect really appealed to me.  What transpired was a complete surprise!  Bilal was born in South African and due to his political beliefs was expelled from school as well as being one of the youngest people to be imprisoned by the apartheid regime.  He was also hospitalised for four years in appalling conditions.  He was told he would never walk again, but through his own strength of character he turned this around and made himself walk.   His story during the workshop was one that many of us in the West can just not imagine and personally moved me to tears.  The horrors he had endured as a prisoner and hospital patient at that time in South Africa are so far removed from the comfortable, safe lifestyles the majority of us in the UK enjoy. Despite these trials, Bilal comes across as one of the most joyous happy people you could wish to meet.  At the end of his workshop I had to thank him.  I’d been fixating on some perceived minor negative things in my life in the run up to the workshop and hearing Bilal speak reminded me of the “Just for Today Be Grateful” precept.  I’ve blogged on it before but it’s very easy for us to forget exactly how much we do have to be grateful for.  So my heartfelt thanks goes out to Bilal for that reminder.

Thank you to those amongst you who have purchased the “Reiki Drum – A Bridge Between The Worlds” CD.  I’ve had some really positive feedback and it is lovely to hear that people can benefit from Reiki and the Drum in this way.  There is still time to place an order for a copy should you wish to give a healing gift for the festive season.

For those of you who listen to radio, I’m going to be talking with Steve Shephard of Southern Spiritual radio tomorrow evening (Tuesday December 7th) at 20:40 on his Reiki Healing slot “Just for Today”  Tune in if you would like to have a listen.

I am hoping to celebrate Yuletide and the Winter Solstice at Kanti’s Yule/Solstice Drumming evening at the Clophill Centre in Bedfordshire.  Whatever you are doing this year to celebrate I hope it is a joyous and happy time spent with people you love, and let us all get excited about the joys that await us in 2011!

Course and Event dates for the first half of 2011

Reiki One Shoden – January 8 & 9, February 19 & 20, April 30/May 1

Reiki Two Okuden – January 15 & 16, March 26 & 27,

Reiki Masters Shinpiden – May 6-8

Reiki Drum East Herts – January 29 & 30, March 5 & 6, April 2 & 3, May 21 & 22

Reiki Drum Hampshire – February 26 & 27

Reiki Drum Master Teacher Assessment – February 17, May 20

Karuna Reiki® – February 4-6

Reiki Drum Share Day/Spring Equinox Celebration – March 20th

Sound & Light Retreat – 24-26 June

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