Sarah Gregg - The Reiki Drum Technique

It’s been an interesting few weeks since I last blogged.  Things are pretty much the same since I last wrote about June’s progress.  She has the odd old symptom which comes up now and again, but her health is pretty much the same as it was in April.  We are feeling blessed that due to the natural approach we have been fortunate to have this extra time with her.   Sadly the EU pushed through the bill which blocked the sale of many herbal medicines here in the UK.  As a family we are unsure as to how this will affect our treatment protocol and are currently investigating whether we will be able to continue to give June life-saving herbs or not.

Avaaz have had an incredible response for their petition to oppose this ban.  At the time of writing they have received over 826,000 signatures.  They are hoping for more than a million signatures so if you have not signed this as yet and would like to register your concern then please sign it at http://www.avaaz.org/en/eu_herbal_medicine_ban/ and forward the link to all your email contacts.  Avaaz are a wonderfully proactive organisation whose campaigns for human rights and other major issues are often successful.  I have noticed most of the signatories are European.  If any of you are reading this from countries outside of the EU, if herbal medicine can be banned in Europe, it can be banned anywhere, so please support us in our mission to get this ban overturned.

I wrote to my M.P. expressing my concern, but the answer I received was not positive.  It has made me realise how many of the people who make decisions which affect the majority of  us are ignorant of the holistic, spiritual approach.  It has made me even more determined to continue to teach Reiki to as many interested people as I can, so that I can help to raise consciousness amongst the general population.  Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure and privilege to teach six new Reiki Master Teachers whose light shone very brightly and who I know will go out into the world and achieve many wonderful things in their role as Reiki Master Teachers.  We discussed our responsibility at this time in human evolution as spiritual teachers, in that the Reiki energy really does raise the consciousness of people who become attuned to it.  I see dramatic and positive changes for everyone on their Reiki journey as they bring more light into their being and shine it brightly in their own lives with the people they interact with.   The Reiki energy allows people to let go of practises and lifestyle choices which are detrimental to their wellbeing and encourages them to make choices which support a more positive, loving and higher consciousness life.

Despite all the chaos in the World, I hear heartening things on a daily basis and there is always a reason to celebrate life on this beautiful planet of ours.  We have had Beltane in the past month, a time of celebrating Spring and all the abundance she brings to us, and this week I had a birthday and decided to celebrate it down at the Avebury Henge.  Here is a video of some Reiki Drumming I did in the Stone Circle.    Reiki Drumming at Avebury Henge The energy in a stone circle is extremely powerful.  Used for spiritual purposes by many seekers over the years, the energy of such places can provide healing and insight for those who visit them.  You don’t need to make the trip down to Wiltshire to visit a stone circle, there are many of them dotted all over the British Isles, so if there is one near you, why don’t you spend some time and treat yourself to their amazing energy.   I found a quiet place to do my drumming when it appeared there were not many people about and let the Reiki do its magic.  During the ten minutes or so I was drumming people started to be attracted to the sound of the drum and before we knew it people were trance dancing and lying down to journey – it was a very special  moment.  You will see on the video how the environment responded to both the Reiki energy and the drumming.    The weather was quite cloudy and there were lots of crows cawing throughout the drumming, and the cawing became even more intense as the drumming powered up.  As the drumming became more gentle when different energies were channelled, the sun came out and shone brightly, the crows became quiet and finches sang sweetly.  Reiki Drumming always creates a very special sort of magic.

I’m thrilled that in the next month many of the Reiki Drum Master teachers I have trained up in the past six months are about to teach for the first time.  Reiki Drum really is starting to make inroads into the collective consciousness of the UK Reiki community.  Last month I had the pleasure of presenting the Reiki Drum Technique to the attendees of the UK Reiki Federation Conference and have had lots of positive feedback and interest from that event.  I also had some excellent news this morning that the UK Reiki Federation has added The Reiki Drum Technique to its list of approved Reiki styles, using the Reiki Drum core syllabus, practises and teaching structure as a benchmark, something I have been endeavouring to bring about for the past four years.  I envisage as a therapy Reiki Drum is going to grow exponentially over the coming months and years until my vision of it becoming a well practised therapy in both the UK and Europe comes to fruition.  Already there are several European practitioners and this gentle, but powerful treatment which incorporates the strengths from so many different healing modalities, is set to become a welcome tool to a Reiki Practitioners’ toolbag.  My dear friend Diana Malone has been teaching the technique in Abu Dhabi only this week and is moving to China later on this year and has intentions to teach Reiki Drumming there too!  As far as I am aware the technique really was only taught in the States and Canada up until 2007, so it’s marvellous to see it spreading it’s vibrational wings over the globe.

I am teaching further Reiki Drum, Shoden and Shinpiden classes this month before the Solstice Sound & Light Retreat being held at the amazing venue, Dev Aura in Lincolnshire from the 24th-26th June.  I have been guided to do some deep healing practises during this weekend and I know it’s going to be a transformational time for those who attend.  Open to anyone (you don’t have to be Reiki attuned), the programme includes toning, chanting mantra, Kirtan, movement, ceremony, group drumming, gong baths (giving and receiving), Reiki Drum journey, meditation, visualisation, healing sessions and much more.  It’s going to be a beautiful weekend in a venue which lends itself to light filled practises.  I have a few spaces remaining should anyone wish to join us for a weekend of friendship, joy, light and deep healing.

Reiki Drum Practitioner – 2/3 July, 3/4 September, 5/6 November

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

Reiki Share, Sawbridgeworth, 21st June (Students only)

Sound & Light Residential Retreat – 24-26 June

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

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

Reiki Master Teacher (Shinpiden) 27-29 May, 18-20 November

Karuna Reiki® – 5-7 August

Another month or so has sped by and I would probably have left it even longer to update my blog, life being filled with many wonderful and interesting things currently.  However, the last couple of days I’ve found myself embracing the “Just for Today Do Not Anger” precept as I have been vacillating between incredulity and outrage to balance back to indignation then balance again.  What has fired Sarah up you wonder?  It is the possibility that something which has been an important part of the protocol of keeping my mother-in-law June alive the past three months may be outlawed soon here in the UK.  If you wonder what I’m talking about, you may be interested to know that there are new laws coming into effect in the next few weeks which may make the selling of lots of potentially life saving herbal medicines illegal here in the UK.  If you would like to find out more about this potentially devastating piece of legislation please visit The Alliance for Natural Health’s website http://www.anh-europe.org/ which has lots more information about these forthcoming changes.

Of course from a spiritual, energetic perspective I realise the futility of anger with these types of issues.  Meditating on the precepts always allows one to look at things from a higher consciousness perspective.  However, what this sort of thing often does is to inspire people towards action, rather than apathy, in opposing these almost medieval laws, hopefully creating a positive outcome for the general population rather than curtailing our freedom of choice which these new laws would in effect do.  The Law of Attraction also means that what we resist, persists, so I’m mindful to visualise a positive outcome to this herbal dilemma with the Alliance for Natural Health’s campaign being successful and allowing the European public to make independent and free choices about which types of medicine, be it orthodox or herbal they wish to pursue.

I’ve had a few queries about the supplementation and therapy programme June is undertaking following my blogging about the nutritional protocol she is having.  For those of you new to the blog, my mother in law June was diagnosed with a terminal cancer Mesothelioma in December of last year.  In January she was told to go home and put her affairs in order.  Now three months later she is doing well on the healing regime she has undertaken.  Please see earlier posts for the nutritional information.   Her supplementation is as follows:-.

Essiac Tea – Essiac tea is a combination of four herbs; Sheep Sorrell, Burdock Root, Slippery Elm and Turkey Rhubarb.  The mix we are using has added Watercress, Blessed Thistle, Red Clover and Kelp.  It was discovered by a Canadian Nurse, Rene Caisse after she saw one of her Doctor’s patients make a complete recovery from terminal cancer, and on enquiry found that she had been taking the herbal mixture.  Caisse dedicated her life to treating patients with the herbal formula with great success and thousands of cancer patients have taken this herbal remedy with powerful healing results.   A good book detailing lots of wonderful testimonials and the history of Essiac can be found on Amazon entitled “The Essiac Handbook” by James Percival.

Co Enzyme Q10 – an antioxidant which stimulates the immune system by creating  higher antibody levels, and greater numbers and/or activities of the cancer fighting macrophages and T-cells.

Vitamin D – It is believed that low levels of Vitamin D can contribute to cancer.

Vitamin C – In this case this is being administered orally, and there are schools of thought that believe intravenous use of Vitamin C can be a potent cure for cancer.

MSM – Believed to improve lung function in people with emphysema and lung tumours.

Probiotics – There is a school of thought that cancer is a fungus or at least an imbalance in candida in the body.  Avoiding processed sugars and most fruit sugars along with taking probiotic bacteria will start to counteract the imbalance within the body, although tackling candida overgrowth is actually quite a complex protocol.  Probiotic bacteria favourably alter the intestinal micro flora balance, inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, promote good digestion, boost  the immune system and increase resistance to infection.  

Blue Green Algae – Rich in chlorophyll, believed to have a therapeutic effect against cancer cells.

Chlorella – High in chlorophyll, boosts immune response.

Spirulina – boosts immune system.

The last three are actually classed as foods rather than supplements. One of the main issues June is having currently is fatigue.  These three are renowned for boosting energy.

There are a myriad of other types of supplements and remedies which may help June and her protocol will be adjusted in the future as needed.  In addition to the nutritional and supplementation protocol June has received intensive therapy in a variety of forms.  She had a consultation with a naturopathic doctor at the start of her healing regime who advised us on the protocol we are currently following.  She also saw a homeopath and was prescribed remedies to combat the cancer, lung problems, and shock from diagnosis.  Our intention was that she received some form of treatment on a daily basis.  My personal belief is that dis-ease is an imbalance of the mind/body connection.  By creating a positive energetic balance within someone on a mental/emotional level, the body will follow suit.  Fortunately three members of our family are healing practitioners but we have also hired the services of a cranial osteopath, and a reflexologist/healer to help out,  as giving these treatments to one so close can be both physically and emotionally draining at times.

The therapies June has received (rotationally) on an almost daily basis (although there have been days we have missed) since January have been as follows:   Reiki, Reiki Drumming, Sound Healing, Voice Work, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Cranial Osteopathy, Spiritual Healing, Shamanic extraction and soul retrieval, Reflexology, Aromatherapy Massage, Crystal Healing, Meditation and visualisation practises.   I have faith that Reiki would have been enough on its own as an energy therapy, but we are using all the resources available to us and giving her the best chance she can have.    Last weekend I presented Reiki Drum at the UK Reiki Federation’s Annual Conference and the speaker before me presented on colour therapy.  It was a fascinating presentation and afterwards on discussion with June we came to the conclusion she needed more red in her life, to help boost the root chakra, chakra of survival and vitality.  Strangely enough she had been drawn to red clothes that week.  The amount of body work, energy work and the pure diet is resulting in her intuitive processes being much heightened currently.  Many lovely people have sent distant healing to June on a regular basis.  I believe the positive energy coming her way has enabled her to make the radical lifestyle changes she has had to make for her healing journey.

As a family the emotional roller coaster continues. Some weeks we have weeks of complete peace, other weeks the littlest thing can throw us all off balance, but one thing is for sure, we are all growing from the experience, and it is a joy to see that the things we are doing have allowed June to as she puts it,  “go past my sell by date!”.  The specialists at the hospital did not expect her to last very long after seeing her in January, so we are blessed to still have her with us, and it is good to see that the healing regime, although intensive by any one’s standards is keeping her alive, completely pain free and allowing her to continue living at home in the way she wishes.   Thank you once again to all of you who continue to keep her in your healing thoughts.

On the Reiki Drum front, what a fantastic day we all had at the Reiki Drum Share in Sheering on the Spring Equinox.  Thirty four Reiki drummers from all over the UK and Europe (thanks to Chiara for making the trip from Italy!) gathered together to share Reiki Drumming, commemorate the 8000 Sacred Drums Ceremony and celebrate the Equinox.  It was a very high energy event and here is a small clip of some video footage from the day.   Reiki Drum Share 2011 It never ceases to amaze me that one can lie on the treatment couch and have all of those people in one room drumming but still fall into that Reiki space of deep relaxation.  As you will see from the video most of the drumming started to entrain together, so we were all in harmony.   The day followed shortly on from the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, and it was right and fitting that we dedicated the day to Japan, the birthplace of Reiki.  We drummed, chanted, did ceremony, healed, laughed and talked a lot.  It was a great occasion and well received by many so I think it will probably run again next year.

Some of the attendees graced us with their wonderful products.  Jan Dash sold her beautiful crystals, Peta Jane Gulliver had lovely beaded products for sale.  We were blessed to have Chetna Ladd and her wonderful sound healing instruments and Mary Dankowych brought along her magical Reiki pillows. I had the most amazing experience with one of Mary’s pillows the following day.  I had been feeling a little tired from the event and had an early night.  I saw the Reiki pillow just before retiring and thought why not go to sleep with that tonight, let’s see if it makes a difference.  During the night I had a powerful dream where I was surrounded by healers who were giving me healing with various crystals.  It was a very lucid dream and  I woke up feeling revitalised and as if something had shifted within me.  I can only put this down to the Reiki pillow.  Mary tells me she has had countless testimonials like this one from people who have used her pillows before.  I must admit I was pretty amazed and grateful!  Mary takes photos of each of her pillows made and charges them distantly on a daily basis, so they are constantly full of Reiki energy.  She can be found at www.reikipillows.com.  I use her Reiki Kanjii pillows during my classes and she has many different designs and sizes.

I’ve facilitated some lovely Reiki classes these past few weeks; Okuden and Reiki Drum classes and I have Shoden and Reiki Master Teacher workshops coming up in May.   June brings the Sound & Light retreat at Dev Aura in Lincolnshire which I’m really looking forward to.  We’ll be celebrating the Summer Solstice energy by chanting, toning, ceremony, movement, drumming, gong baths, healing, meditation and friendship!  My intention is that the weekend is a weekend of joy, but I’ve been guided to do practises which are very healing and I think the weekend will take people forward on their respective life journeys in leaps and bounds.  There are still spaces left on this retreat should you wish to join us.      The Reiki Drum residential in October is filling up fast.  I’ve only five spaces left on this weekend and had several enquiries.  Don’t miss out on this weekend if you want to do your Reiki Drum Practitioner training in a very beautiful spot on the Suffolk Coast coinciding with the energies of the Celtic New Year which will lend themselves beautifully to the work we are doing.  See the Reiki Drum Retreats page for further information for both retreats.

I have been busy with gong treatments the past few months in preparation for my gong healing practitioner training with the College of Sound Healing.  I’m off to Kent this weekend to study with the gifted Sheila Whittaker and besides giving, will be receiving several gong baths which I’m sincerely looking forward to.  The results I’ve been seeing when I’ve given gong baths have been incredible.  I will blog more on this at a later date, but if you have not yet received a gong bath, I’d encourage you to try one.  It really is a powerful healing experience.

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

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

Reiki Share, Sawbridgeworth, 21st June (Students only)

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) – 23/24 July, 22/23 October

Reiki Master Teacher (Shinpiden) 6-8 May (Full), 27-29 May, 18-20 November

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