Sarah Gregg - The Reiki Drum Technique

Happy New Year (Chinese of course)!  It’s lovely to be able to honour the year of the Dragon, one of my favourite companions during the Reiki Drum Journey and for many of my students too. A Dragon year is thought to bring in good fortune, celebration, great things, the chance to realise our dreams and new opportunities.   Well 2012 has been a year many of us have been waiting for.  I’m personally feeling very excited about the changes 2012 will bring to humanity’s consciousness and the world in general.  I held a gong and sound evening last night and after the sound session those who attended discussed how humanity is going to be shifting into the new consciousness in the coming years.  How we will start to realise our thoughts create our reality, leaving behind the world of duality and blame and slowly embrace the fact that we are powerful creators of our personal existence and all that is in it.  I’m always personally mindful that the human race are “mighty manifestors” in their own right, but that fortunately there seems to be a time buffer in terms of when our thoughts do actually manifest, so that we have room to change the things we have asked the Universe for.  I  feel however, that when we become Reiki attuned the time delay between thought process and manifestations is less, so it is important to be clear in what you wish for and keep your intent pure and as higher consciousness as possible.

Reiki Drum has some wonderful things planned to commemorate this year.  Our Reiki Drum Share is coming up in March and is going to be very well attended by many Reiki practitioners from all around the UK.  At the end of April we will be celebrating at beautiful Dev Aura at the Sound & Light Retreat.  In July, Glastonbury beckons and a heart opening Reiki retreat is planned.  I have also recently finalised details for the annual Reiki Drum Residential being held at Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast in October.  Last year’s weekend was enjoyed by everyone who attended, so much so that I have extended the retreat by an extra day this year.  The long weekend retreat is planned for 26th-29th October and not only will students study the core syllabus of the Reiki Drum Practitioner training; it will also give us the opportunity to celebrate Samhain, the Celtic New Year in a very conducive environment.  The retreat gives us the opportunity to go so much deeper into the Reiki Drum teachings and if you’ve been considering learning Reiki Drum, this truly is a fabulous weekend to do so. Further details of all the retreats can be found in the Retreats section of the website.

All of these wonderful events are taking up a lot of my time in organisation, but before I sign out for a little while I wanted to share the Reiki technique Genetsu Ho, a technique which possibly may come in handy for some of you at this time of year when people succumb to illness and flu.  Genetsu Ho is a remarkably effective technique both my family and some of my students have used to reduce a high fever.  Several years ago my husband had a fever and high temperature which left him almost delirious.  The weekend prior to this event I had been discussing Genetsu Ho with a group of Okuden students, and had mentioned I did not know how effective it was because I hadn’t had the opportunity to practise it… be careful what you wish for… anyway, the Universe gave me that opportunity literally a few days later.   The following technique brought his temperature down to normal straight away.  One of my recent Okuden students had the same results with a member of her family.  She documented her findings for one of her case studies and measured her daughter’s  temperature both before and after Genetsu Ho.  Before she started the treatment the thermometer registered 37.9 C, and straight after the treatment, it measured 36.9 C!  It’s always nice to have some sort of proof these things we do work!

Genetsu Ho

  • Apply Reiki to the following hand positions for a total of around 30 minutes – forehead, temples, back of head, neck/throat, crown of head.  You can do longer if your intuition tells you to, remember Reiki should always be an intuitive process.
  • When you feel enough Reiki has been applied to the head and neck area, then apply Reiki to the stomach and intestines for around 15 minutes.
  • We know that Reiki should always be applied for the highest good of the recipient, but I tend to set my intention that Reiki will in this instance also help with reducing the high fever.

I hope that you won’t have the near opportunity to use this technique, but if you do, then I’d love to hear if you have any profound healing results.

Forthcoming Events and Classes

Reiki Share to celebrate Imbolc (Students only)

Karuna Reiki – 10th-12th February, 3rd-5th August

Reiki Drum Practitioner – 3/4 March, 5/6 May, 21/22 July

Reiki One (Shoden) – 10/11 March, 2/3 June

Reiki Drum Share – 25th March

Reiki Two (Okuden) 31 March/1 April, 28/29 July

Reiki Master Teacher 18-20 May

Sound & Light Retreat 27th-29th April

Glastonbury Reiki Retreat 5th-8th July

Reiki Drum Residential & Samhain Retreat – 26th-29th October

Everywhere I go at present I’m being bombarded by hearts.  Friends have been wearing heart shaped earrings, Christmas cards are arriving with hearts on them, the small white lights we have decked on the cypress tree in our garden rearranged themselves in the wind to form a heart shape.  I’ve just returned from an Open Your Heart retreat with Tim Wheater and Chloe Goodchild.  On the way there I drove through Hartfield and then noticed the gloves I had picked out of my cupboard had hearts on them (which I’d never noticed before!).  Of course during the retreat we chanted the Heart Sutra, worked our way through the seven sounds of Love and one of the poems I synchronistically picked out during the weekend was all about love and the heart.  A few days ago my beautiful friend Celia sent me a truly exquisite heart shaped necklace… and so the message from the Universe is obviously to be love, feel love, speak love, breathe love, sing love, hear love and walk love!   A message for all of us with the new energies that are coming in for 2012 and beyond.

A few weeks ago I had my aura photo taken, a very healthy shade of green (apparently a must for a healing practitioner) and we conducted a little experiment.  I placed my right hand on my Antahkarana and my left hand on the sensors for the aura machine.  The machine has a programme which shows the condition of one’s chakras at any given time.  I know from the healing work I do that my heart chakra tends to be very open 99.9% of the time.  It was interesting to watch all of my other energy centres enlarge as I held my hand on the Antahkarana, but the heart chakra diminished just slightly, bringing me perhaps back to a normal heart chakra condition.  Many healing practitioners and therapists have their heart centres wide open which can often leave them prone to giving too much in their wish to help others with little time spent for themselves. The Antahkarana was bringing me back to a more balanced place. Despite this, I mentally started repeating the words “I am love” and it was amazing to watch the centre open really wide again.  This is perhaps worth noting when life throws things at us which could potentially close our hearts (anger, distrust, despair).

During this time of year, the festive season is very much a season of the heart.  Our hearts allow us to be generous to others, to be kind, to experience the joy of celebration and the joy of giving and receiving.  Our hearts allow us to bask in the love of our friends and families, as well as allowing us to be compassionate to those less fortunate.    Often people find themselves with family members who challenge them at this time of year, and the energy of the heart also provides tolerance and allows us to forgive those who may have hurt us in the past.

For those of you who have not come across the Antahkarana before, it’s a non-traditional Reiki and Universal Symbol used by Western Reiki Master Teachers and by many different cultures and spiritual disciplines for healing and connecting to one’s Higher Self.  It is said that by simply having the symbol in your presence, it will have a positive effect on the chakras and the aura, as was demonstrated during my aura reading.  I teach this particular symbol on my Usui Reiki Master Teacher course should you be interested in working with this powerful symbol further.  The picture on the left is of one of the Antahkaranas we produce.  Should you wish to purchase a bespoke sculpure of the Antahkarana, please contact us for individual pricing.

I personally tend to always celebrate the Winter Solstice and Yule every year as my major festival and not so much the Christmas experience, shying away from commercialism and over indulgence.  I find this season for me is a time of deep meditation, reflection and insight which allows me to review the experiences of the past year and have vision for the forthcoming one.  Following a lovely weekend at the Open Your Heart retreat which set the tone for my period of reflection, I have started on a two week juice and water fast before the long awaited 2012 dawns.

Next year I’m going to be running several exciting retreats and events  which will for myself and the participants be heart opening events!  We will start off with the Reiki Drum Share in March which is looking like it’s going to be a fabulous day, with lots of people already coming from all around the UK.  We are planning on having the aura photography unit there for people to see their own energy fields.  The Sound & Light Retreat in April will be a joyous occasion, celebrating Beltane and is a wonderful introductory weekend to sound healing and finding your voice in the high vibrational centre, Dev Aura.  In July we are holding the very special Reiki retreat at Glastonbury Abbey Retreat House (Glastonbury being the Heart chakra of our planet), very apt for the heart opening energy of 2012.  I’ve also recently finalised the details of next year’s Reiki Drum Practitioner & Samhain Residential which due to the success of this year’s retreat is going to be extended an extra day so we can enjoy even more drumming.  I would definitely encourage people who are interested in learning the technique to attend that retreat if possible. It’s a marvellous opportunity to learn the Reiki Drum teachings over four days with lots of added extras at the auspicious turn of the Celtic New Year.   Currently all of these events have spaces remaining should you be interested in joining us and details can be found on the Retreats page.

I’m now running twice monthly gong/sound healing evenings in Sawbridgeworth,  East Herts on or around the new and full moons.  The evenings are limited to six people maximum.  We start with meditation and breathing exercises followed by the gong/sound bath which lasts an hour and is followed by light refreshments and time for people to share their experiences or just get to know each other.  Synchronistically people who are meant to be together on these evenings are guided by the Universe to attend, and they are very healing and enlightening.  Cost is £16.  If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this particular event, then please email me at I was fortunate to find a Neptune Gong on the second hand market recently to add to my growing collection.  Neptune is the gong of the Mystic and brings in the energy of the mystical, dreams, art, poetry, music, spiritual devotion, psychic abilities and ESP, compassionate, sacrificial, psychic and cosmic awareness. Whenever a new gong comes into my life, the energy of that gong also arrives and I’m loving this new energy very much, it seems to fit nicely at this period in time.

So all that remains is for me to wish you all Solstice blessings, a joyous Yule and a Happy Christmas.  Let us open our hearts and embrace whatever our earth journeys have in store for us during 2012.

Forthcoming Classes and Events

Gong/Sound Evening – January 9th (Full), January 23rd (Full), February 6th (Full), February 23rd, March 8th

Reiki One (Shoden) – January 28th& 29th

Reiki Two (Okuden) – February 14th & 15th

Reiki Drum – January 21st and 22nd, March 3rd & 4th

Reiki Master Teacher – 18th -20th May

Karuna Reiki – 10th & 12th February

Reiki Drum Share – 25th March, Sheering, Essex

Sound & Light Retreat – 27th-29th April, Lincolnshire

Reiki Retreat – 5th-8th July, Glastonbury

Reiki Drum & Samhain Residential – 26th-29th October, Suffolk

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