Sarah Gregg - The Reiki Drum Technique

Embracing All Paths

Posted August 31st, 2010 | 2 Comments
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It’s been a little while since I last blogged, life has been full of exciting things the past few weeks, taking me away from the computer more than usual, which in itself can be a good thing.  I’ve been making use of the dynamic fire energy of summer to have lots of new experiences over the past six weeks, all of which have been insightful, interesting and some rather adventurous.  I’ve learned more about myself, which is always one of our purposes on our earth journey, and learned a little more about life!

A very exciting step for me was the release of the Reiki Drum CD.  A year ago I put a sample Reiki Drum journey on the Reiki Drum website and I had lots of requests from people for a CD, so I’m pleased to say that I finally released “Reiki Drum – A Bridge Between The Worlds” on 24th August.  The beauty of creating this CD is that it provides a method of using Reiki and sending healing to anyone who is listening to the journeys and meditation tracks.  For those listening, it is a wonderful way of tuning into Reiki energy and using the journeying technique for your own self healing, guidance, insight and clarity on particular life situations.  The CD has an introduction to the journeying process for those who haven’t journeyed before along with two Reiki Drum journeys, a longer one of just over half an hour for some intensive meditation and journeying work, and a shorter one of fifteen minutes for those of you who wish to gain insight into something quickly.  I have also included a meditation technique called the Reiki Fire Drumbeat technique which takes people on a journey through the energy bodies, chakras and works with the elements.  I’m very grateful to Jon for his beautiful artwork which I feel portrays the essence of this CD perfectly.    Thank you also to those of you who have already ordered a copy, I hope you found the listening experience beneficial.    The CD is currently available from the Reiki Drum website online shop.

In my travels over the last few weeks I’ve taken the opportunity whilst not having such a busy teaching schedule to go on a variety of different workshops which have incorporated shamanism, sound healing, other therapies and spiritual disciplines.  All have proven to be very beneficial and each one has provided insight, clarity and healing for me.  Something which kept cropping up over the last few weeks has provoked me to discuss it further.  The subject matter may resonate with some of you and others of you may find it controversial, but it feels so strong within me, that I feel the need to write about it.  For those of you who know me, you will know I have a pretty eclectic approach to healing.  I personally adopt many different healing modalities in trying to help others heal themselves and find their own way back to their centre, as well as using many for myself when I need to return to balance and discover my own true nature.  I have over the last few years seen that often practitioners of healing modalities as well as those of spiritual disciplines frequently dismiss the efficacy of anything which is not within their own practises and this has inspired me to write this piece.  There are many different energy healing techniques and disciplines available in our current times.  I personally resonate with the Reiki energy so strongly that it makes sense for me to practise it and teach it.  Reiki to me is Love, pure and simple; it is a path of the Heart.  However, so are many other modalities and disciplines.  I personally don’t feel any one is better than any other.  They are all originally coming from Source in some form or another, they all have their own particular value.  Vibrationally and energetically the people who are drawn to a particular therapist or spiritual teacher are often drawn to them because they are a vibrational match, they have something to learn from that particular individual or that particular mode of healing or spiritual lesson will be important for them at that time, although not necessarily so on another occasion.  It is Ego which puts any therapy or spiritual discipline on a pedestal making it better than another, and as long as something brings someone back to wholeness, and is carried out with pure loving intent, and received in a positive manner, then that is what is important, be it acupuncture, Reiki, sound healing, yoga or …..I can go on!   I think that’s why Reiki Drumming resonated with me from the start as it incorporates different strengths from different modalities; shamanic journeying, pure Reiki energy, NLP, sound healing and the intuitive insight of a practitioner.  Of course I see the value in purism too.  Someone who is a purist in their own healing modality will hopefully be an expert in their field and really be able to share their knowledge professionally and skilfully, but to dismiss other healing modalities in this age when we have so many wonderful therapies and disciplines to draw upon is falling not only behind the times, but coming from a place of ignorance.  We are blessed at this moment in history to have access to many ways back to wholeness, so let us embrace those which resonate with each of us but respect that others have their own paths to follow to return to their own true nature.

The experiences of the past few weeks have allowed me to plan some exciting events for the future and I’m looking forward to announcing those over the coming weeks. In the meanwhile, I am very much looking forward to the Cambridge Mind Body Soul Exhibition which is being held at Chilford Hall Vineyard, Linton  on Saturday and Sunday 11th & 12th September.    If you like visiting Mind Body Soul events, treat yourself and come to Chilford Hall.  It’s my favourite of the year.  The venue has a very special and unique energy and always attracts some wonderful exhibitors.   If you do come along, please feel free to stop by and visit me at Stand 83.  I’ll also be running two free outdoor Reiki Drum workshops at noon each day for those of you who would like to get an insight into Reiki Drumming, or for those of you who would like to experience the magic of this technique once again.  Further details can be found at

Over the next few months I will be running lots of workshops both locally in Hertfordshire and also in other locations around the UK.  I have posted next year’s Usui, Karuna and Reiki Drum classes on the website, but for this year there are still some available spaces on the following classes.  If you have a desire to further your Reiki path, then please contact me at for further information.

Reiki Drum Practitioner Workshops – October 2 & 3 Ipswich, November 6 & 7 Hertfordshire, November 27 & 28 South Wales

Reiki Masters  – November 19th-21st

There is a beautiful old lavender bush at the entrance to the pathway to my house.  She is a wonderful healer and over the years her energy has contributed to the harmonious energies in my home, my clinic and during my classes as well as clearing and balancing the energy fields of many of my students and clients.  This time of year she spills her bounty over the pathway attracting many bees that spend their day collecting pollen from her.  I always know when it’s time to start harvesting her flowers when I see the postman having to climb over the small wall at the side of the house, rather than be engulfed in her as he tries to make it down the path, and this week, I received this signal!

Having checked the date of the next Full Moon (it’s always advisable to harvest herbs on a waxing moon as their essential oils are at their most potent), I have just over a week until the Full Moon on the 26th to harvest her flowers and make my annual lavender smudge.  This is a beautiful task I relish every year and I use the time I would normally spend each day in meditation,  to make the smudge, as to me it’s a sacred and magical act.

I first connect with the Spirit of my Lavender bush and request permission to harvest her flowers, then collect what I need for that day’s smudge making, offering her Reiki in gratitude.  I then spend a contemplative time binding the fresh lavender flowers together into a smudge stick with embroidery thread, whilst chanting the Usui Kotadama and the Karuna energies and binding them into the smudge. I bless the smudge at the end of making it and blow further Reiki energy into the bundles, using the Koki Ho technique.  In her own right this beautiful flower is a powerful healer, but coupled with Reiki energies, she is truly magnificent.  On one of my retreats one of the retreatees who was very sensitive to subtle energies, actually saw the symbols as she was being smudged, and my intent whilst binding them into the smudge mixture is that they are released into the recipient’s energy field or physical space as the smudge begins to burn.

I use lavender because I have such a wonderful source and because of her energetic properties.  Traditionally the energy of lavender brings in emotional balance, harmony and a sense of peace.  It is also very cleansing and can be used to help clear a space of negative energies.  Thought to bring upper and lower chakras into harmony, lavender also has a strong affinity with the Crown Chakra, and its energy helps with meditation and journeying.  It invites in loving energies and Spirits, and her aroma, it is truly divine!  It never ceases to amaze me when students smudge with lavender at the beginning of a session.  They are often quite talkative and very much still in their normal day lives when they first get to class, but after the smudge, a sense of peace and calm descends on both the room and their being.

I have several Rosemary bushes in my garden which contribute a strong, fortifying and protective energy to smudge that I make when this plant blooms with its delicate blue flowers earlier on in the spring, although you can make with just the rosemary needles at this time of year.  This plant is a powerful protector and also clears negative energies from a person or space.  I use it when someone needs a little bit of strength.  It is said to have an affinity with the Brow Chakra, centre of clairvoyance and brings about clarity and clear vision.

The tall cypress at the bottom of the garden  provides an interesting smudge.  Its needles give off a pungent woody smell when burned.  Cypress has amazing energetic gifts for helping people with transition, be it on the earth plane or to the other planes of existence.  I burnt cypress oil during my father’s transition some years ago and I like to think it helped ease his passing, as well as providing strength and solace to the rest of the family.  It is a good plant to use when doing soul retrieval work as it assists with the energetic shifts created.  Use it whenever you are going through any major life change.

My beautiful rose bushes provide a smudge mixture which can be used in a container such as an abalone shell or a fireproof dish.  Their energy is a loving, compassionate, joyous and heartfelt energy.  They are good to use on someone’s energy field if they are in need of a loving touch.  The aroma invites in angelic energies.

Another interesting smudge mixture is peppermint.  This would also be used in a container.  It’s distinctive aroma and energy is very cleansing and energising.  A visionary herb, this is another smudge mixture which is believed to bring clear vision, concentration and clarity of mind, a good smudge to facilitate clairvoyant vision during the journey state.  And this is a smudge which can  be used to make a wonderful peppermint tea as well!

I have a prolific amount of  Melissa in the garden.  I love this plant and its energy is of a very high frequency.  It is a good smudge to be used for group meditation work.  It has a supportive energy as well as bringing in serenity and relaxation.  It is thought to aid with past life recall for those of you who practise past life regression work.

If you can collect enough jasmine flowers to make smudge, this flower with its heady scent  also brings in angelic energies.  It can be used to enhance creativity and original thought and encourages heightened spiritual awareness.

The smudge can be left to dry for a week or so before using and will keep for a long period of time.  I have some smudge from four years ago which is still fairly pungent when used, and of course no less powerful energetically.  When using it to clear space or someone’s energy field, you may wish to incorporate the use of feathers to move the smudge smoke around.  The feathers of birds have their own energetic properties, closely allied to the medicine of that particular bird (and would make for a blog post all on its own!).

I use my smudge from my garden on a daily basis for clearing space, smudging crystals, feathers, drums, Tibetan bowls, my gong, in fact any power tool which has been used for healing or spiritual work, as well as preparing and clearing my own field.    When clearing space you can use the smudge to draw Reiki symbols.

Many cultures use sage or juniper as clearing and protective smudges.  Most aromatic medicinal plants can be used to make smudge as long as they are not toxic. I thought I should post this now for those of you who read it before the full moon so that you may enjoy this pastime and bring the beautiful energy of lavender and other garden herbs into your life.

Besides binding the Karuna energy into the smudge, one of the Karuna energies in particular aids in connecting with other forms of consciousness such as plants, and can be used to connect with the different plants you are harvesting from during the smudge making process.  I am running a Karuna Reiki® class for Masters 21st-23rd August in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.  Karuna Reiki® is the next step for Usui Reiki Masters and introduces many more tools for the healing practitioner.  Besides more unique energies which facilitate growth, Karuna leads you to unlock unlimited potential in all areas of your life.  For further details and class syllabus, visit the Reiki Drum Karuna page at

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