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.

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Posted May 17th, 2010 | 0 Comments
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Well, here it is, my blog, finally! I’ve been meaning to set this up for such a long time and have been using my forum to post information in the past year, but now thanks to the marvellous efforts of the Reiki Drum web designer, Jo Phillips from Spiral Pixel, here is my long awaited blog! I’m not sure how this will evolve. You may get pure Reiki and Reiki Drum information, but I have a feeling you might receive other musings and ramblings along the way, so it will be interesting from my point of view to see what takes place in this little space.

I have just come back from such a wonderful weekend.  My first residential Reiki Drum practitioner’s retreat.  It was held at the beautiful Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire.

The weekend was fabulous. I love teaching Reiki Drum as most of you who have studied with me will know, but to run it in such a beautiful spot and have the opportunity to really immerse ourselves in the teachings because of it being residential was a true gift. As always the group were amazing. Such high vibrational souls in one spot always lends itself to true magic taking place, and I feel we really did achieve magic and deep healing again this weekend. Thank you to all of you who attended.

Thank you also to those of you who attended the recent Reiki Share at Garden Cottage. We were an elite few (!) but it was as always a very special evening. I loved the opportunity to christen my new 22” Buffalo Drum and was amazed and excited by its power. It has a deeper more resonant sound than my 16” and is perfect for journeying, so I am sure I will be getting lots of use of it in the future.

Many of you have asked when I will be able to do a Sunday share again. I am sure they will happen at some stage, but due to current weekend teaching commitments I will be holding shares on a Thursday evening only for the foreseeable future. Due to space constraints, the Shares at Garden Cottage are only open to Reiki practitioners who have trained with me in the past.

The next Reiki Share will be held on Thursday 29th July at Garden Cottage from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. A wonderful time of year, I’m hoping we can perhaps have a fire ceremony if the evening is fine as it will be warm enough to do work outside, although considering the volume level of the new drum, I may have to use the 16” outside to keep in harmony with the neighbours!

My long awaited gong has now arrived and I am hoping to introduce those of you who attend the share to a gong bath. I recently did some introductory training for gong healing with both the inspirational Sheila Whittaker and Tim Wheater and have become completely hooked after personally receiving several gong baths last year. For those of you who have not come across the gong before, it is an incredible instrument for healing and meditational purposes. When I meet people who have received a gong bath and loved the experience, they all come out with the same phrase “I was blown away”. It truly is an incredible experience. My beautiful gong is a 38” Paiste Symphonic gong. I haven’t had much time to work with it yet, but already I am noticing it is teaching me how to play it. Working with the gong is the same as doing the Reiki Drumming, in that you are a channel for Divine energy and therefore what is meant to be played will be. I also feel very open and aligned after spending time with the gong, so the resonance must have a profound effect on the person playing as well as receiving. I will be letting everyone know when I am ready to give gong baths in my clinic, and am hoping to set up group gong bath evenings too, so watch this space.

There are lots of Reiki courses coming up in the next few months, details to follow. The next Reiki Drum Practitioner course with availability is in North Devon in July and we still have several spaces left for those of you who have completed Reiki II or above. Reiki Drum is spreading like wildfire around the UK. Everyone who comes on the course is completely taken with Reiki Drumming by the end of the weekend and many of my past students are coming up to the stage when they will be teaching it to their own students, so I am now seeing my vision coming to fruition with Reiki drumming becoming a powerful adjunct to the Reiki Practitioner’s healing toolbag.

I recently got caught up in the disruption from the Icelandic volcano. I was due to fly to Scotland to deliver a Reiki Drum workshop the Thursday all of the flights in the UK were cancelled. Thanks to the fantastic infrastructure we have here in the UK, 15 hours later I arrived in Aberdeen courtesy of British Rail. I tend to visit Scotland every couple of years or so and have always flown, but this experience has actually made me consider getting the train in the future as it was for me personally, a much nicer way to travel. The volcano disrupted many people’s lives in the past few weeks, some suffering much more than others, but something in me wonders why she felt the need to erupt and cause so much havoc. We are having so many natural earth happenings currently, I feel the Great Mother is trying to tell humanity something and it is the only way she can get her message across. If we don’t listen, she will have to continue to let her feelings known to us.

It was interesting travelling the “slow” way to Scotland. In my youth I used to travel extensively and would be happy to take buses and trains, but nowadays the quick fix by air seems to fit in with our modern fast paced life, arriving at our destination in a matter of hours. Perhaps adopting new methods of travel would be one way of helping us slow down and help the environmental problems. I have mentioned this to some who have said it’s not practical, it doesn’t fit in with the way we live. But perhaps we should make it practical, perhaps slowing down is part of the shift that is going on currently globally. Perhaps slowing down is one of the practical measures which will actually help save our planet and our species. I recently visited the Henry Moore Foundation. Henry Moore was a very successful and talented British sculptor. Part of the visit to the foundation included a tour of his home. Everything had been preserved from around the 1970 period. The energy of his house was again much “slower” than our modern day world, and we are only looking at forty years ago. It made me nostalgic to a time when our parents would achieve perhaps one major thing in a day’s work instead of five or six. When one’s life travels at a nice and easy pace, it is much easier to tap into one’s intuitive processes than when we are haring around from one thing to another. One of my clients mentioned that cars were as much a pollutant as air travel. Perhaps we will have to change the way we travel by road in the future too. With the fantastic technological advancements we have nowadays, is it really necessary for business meetings to take place in person with people travelling miles to arrive at another place to conduct such business? Advancements such as teleconferencing and Skype afford many new opportunities. Anyway, all food for thought and it will be interesting to see what developments take place over the coming decades.

I’ve even taken it as a sign I too need to slow down. Running a busy practise and holding classes and retreats throughout the UK is a joy, but I’ve noticed it has tended to be all encompassing. I have made the decision to make one day a week a family/social/Sarah day and not look at emails/take business calls etc. I did this for the first time last week and it was actually incredibly difficult for me to do, but I’m going to persevere over the coming weeks as I know it will have a positive effect.

Well my first post for this blog was a little longer than expected! I’m looking forward to using this tool in the coming months and years to share my thoughts with you.

For those of you who are interested here are dates of forthcoming Reiki Drum classes, workshops and events over the next few months.

Reiki Drum Master Teacher – May 21
Reiki One – May 22, July 3 & 4, October 30 & 31
Reiki Two – May 29 & 30, July 31 & August 1, November 20 & 21
Reiki Master Teacher – June 4 & 6
Reiki Drum Practitioner Herts June 12 & 13 (Full), Sept 4 & 5, November 6 & 7
Reiki Drum Practitioner Devon – July 10 & 11
Reiki Drum Practitioner Suffolk October 2 & 3
Reiki Drum Practitioner South Wales – November 27 & 28
Reiki Share (open to past students only) – July 29
Free workshops at Mind Body Spirit, Linton, Cambridge – September 11 & 12
Annual Reiki Retreat, Dunwich, Suffolk (four spaces remaining) – October 8-10
Karuna classes by arrangement

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