Sarah Gregg - The Reiki Drum Technique

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

I’ve just come back from a wonderful weekend in Glastonbury, the Heart Chakra of our planet.  For those sensitives of you who have been to Glastonbury you will know what a special place it is.  Magic truly does happen in this high energy part of Somerset, and seekers from around the globe come here to meditate, receive guidance and spend time in the spiritual heart of the UK.  Over the course of the weekend I received lots of guidance as is the norm when I go there, and one of these inspirations was to talk a little more about the journey I am currently undertaking with my family.

In previous blogs I mentioned how my dear mother-in-law June has been diagnosed at the end of last year with cancer.  In January her oncologist said her cancer, which is a very aggressive type named Mesothelioma,  had taken hold to such an extent, he believed she had only months left to live and should really go home and put her affairs in order.  Normally with  Mesothelioma it is at such an advanced stage by the time it is diagnosed that most patients tend to die within a short space of time.

June has a huge amount of inner strength and has three Taurean children, all very stubborn as Taureans are wont to be, all natural healing practitioners, and all wanting to try and see if we could make a difference for her.     When my father died of cancer eight years ago I made it one of my missions to investigate all sorts of natural approaches to cancer and have studied it extensively, even embarking on a three month juice feast in 2008 when I had a lot of patients who were diagnosed with cancer, because I wanted to see whether the juice feasting programme was doable whilst maintaining a normal lifestyle.  So after this very dark prognosis from the hospital, I asked myself why had I studied all of this for the past eight years if it wasn’t to help June in some way or another, as well as having a huge amount of faith in Reiki, naturopathic medicine, alternative therapies and our innate ability to heal.

I had also the privilege of attending one of Frank Arjava Petter’s Reiki workshops in 2009.  Arjava had studied with Chiyoko Yamaguchi, who in turn had been a student of Chujiro Hayashi.  She had been practising Reiki for over sixty years and had treated many people with serious illnesses.  I listened with interest when we were told that she had believed any disease could be cured if treated with Reiki intensively.  It was recommended to treat 1.5-2 hours per day for three months.  The first month it was said, many of the physical symptoms would be alleviated, and by the end of the third month it was believed the mental/emotional blocks would have been dealt with.  This made perfect sense to me as dis-ease originates from mental/emotional imbalances in the first place, and as Reiki is a positive energy, the more positive energy is carried into one’s energy field, the more likely old, stagnant, negative belief systems and programming fall away.

I’ve also met and read about many people over the past ten or so years who have cured cancer by natural means alone, and so after our prognosis on 17th January, and taking advice from a naturopathic doctor, we embarked on our own healing regime.  June’s oncologist offered her radiotherapy as a palliative measure and she decided that if the orthodox view was that she was not going to survive this cancer diagnosis, then she would rather try other options than face the harsh and stressful treatment of radiotherapy.  This was a true blessing as when one attempts to treat a cancerous condition, the aim is to boost the immune system and make it work for the patient, whereas from my research it appears to me that allopathic approaches using chemotherapy and radiotherapy actually weaken the immune system.

The past few weeks have been a very interesting journey for the family.  We have introduced a high raw vegan naturopathic diet, consisting of green smoothies, soups and salads with lots of vegetable juices.  We are using herbal medicines, supplements, homeopathic remedies, sound healing (chanting, Reiki Drumming, harmonic chimes), energy work (daily Reiki) including distant healing, lymphatic drainage, aromatherapy, cranial osteopathy, shamanic healing and reflexology.  The primary approach for all of the treatment is love and positive thinking and this is carrying us all through during the ups and downs, of which there are equal amounts.  The first couple of weeks were very testing for us all.  Not only did we have to get used to incorporating a new regime into all of our lives, but June had to go through some major detoxification symptoms.  Following her diagnosis she developed a serious chest infection which exacerbated the pleural effusion in her lungs.  After the first week things seemed worse not better, typical of a Herxheimer or healing crisis, but worrying when she was so ill anyway.  We persevered and last week at week three we had a turn around.  She started to appear brighter in herself, the lungs had cleared and my husband phoned me and said optimistically, “I think it’s working”.

What we do know is that what we are doing is putting us all in a Win-Win situation.  June still is in a crucial stage of healing.  The cachexia from the cancer is our main concern currently as she is painfully thin and finds it difficult to eat much to gain weight.  If we extend her life by supporting her with the love she is currently receiving, then what a blessing that will be for all of us and what a story to tell.  If it is June’s time to make her transition in the near future, then she will make that journey in a loving,  familiar environment surrounded by so much support and in a gentle, non toxic, non frightening and spiritual way.  What I do know is that Reiki as always carries us through in so many ways.  It reminds us constantly that everything is Mind, and prompts us to have positive expectation and be accepting of all that occurs.  It’s been heartening to receive such a lot of support from the Reiki community in terms of distant healing.  My gratitude to Susie Smith who selflessly offered her Reiki services a few weeks ago, as well as to Patsi Hayes who sent me a free copy of her book on Anusha Healing in which there are recommendations on how to treat cancer and boost the immune system with this particular method of healing.

Today I was contacted by a lady who wants to do Reiki Drumming with me.  Her story is similar in that she is treating her son for cancer by alternative and natural means following using allopathic means and its subsequent failure to cure him.  Already the Universe has instigated this synchronicity so that our like vibration has attracted each other and I’m sure we will have a lot to learn from each other when we meet later on in the year for the Reiki Drumming class.

As a family we are all very accepting of Death, knowing it is actually the beginning of a greater, more exciting journey and our egos are not that big that we consider ourselves to be able to beat whatever is in Divine Order.  However, we do also know that whenever the Universe gives us challenges, it expects us to face them heartily, do our utmost to meet them head on to the best of our abilities and then give up control, and when we do this, whatever the outcome, we know we have given of our best. Each day is a new chapter in this very interesting journey, a journey which seems like a gift the more I look at it, as it challenges us on all levels, but increases our spiritual strength from day to day and a journey I hope to be able to share with you for many more months and even years to come, a journey which is making me accepting of all that life and the Universe decides.

On a slightly different note, just a reminder that we are holding a Reiki Drum Share in Sheering, Essex on the Spring Equinox, March 20th to coincide with the global event the 8000 Sacred Drums ceremony.  This is going to be a wonderful day of drumming, Reiki, networking with like minded souls, joy and deep healing.  If you haven’t already registered your attendance and are Reiki attuned either having completed your Reiki Drum practitioner training or having an interest in drumming, then please email me at info@reikidrum.co.uk.  The cost of the day is £15.  Further details can be found on the Events page of the Reiki Drum forum.

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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