Sarah Gregg - The Reiki Drum Technique

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 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  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

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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