Sarah Gregg - The Reiki Drum Technique

I have been teaching an Okuden Reiki Second Degree class today and one of the subjects which came up was the question of how others view our Reiki journey.   When I first started on my spiritual journey at what seems a long time ago now, but in the grand scheme of things isn’t really, I was so excited about the new things I was discovering about life, why I thought I was here on this planet, how energy worked, how the Universe worked.  Sharing my thoughts with others didn’t last too long as I realised that people thought I was kooky, eccentric or dare I say a little bit strange and I was very selective about who I discussed things with, keeping it to the trusted few, mindful that negativity and ignorance had a detrimental effect on my own way of thinking.

Over the past twenty years I have completely immersed myself in search of spiritual, energetic and esoteric knowledge and have noticed the more confident I became in my understanding, the less concerned I became of others opinion of my thoughts, words and actions pertaining to my spiritual quest.  The Reiki path, a path of the Heart, has made me even more secure in my knowledge and confident in myself.

I see when students take their first step on the Reiki path at Reiki First Degree level they are going through similar experiences.  They have a thirst for knowledge but are often misunderstood by their families and peers because of their different understanding.   What I share with them is my story in that as you become more and more secure in yourself and what you believe in, your concerns of what people think disappear and you are aware you are on a journey of self development and growth with a mission to share your findings, to wake people up and set them on their own spiritual path.   Students will often find they start to meet people of a similar vibration and are often surprised to find that there are often a handful of Reiki people already in their own circle of acquaintances.  Like attracts like and as you grow on your path, people either grow with you or you meet others who you will resonate with.   It does not matter if someone thinks your spiritual beliefs are “out there”,   perhaps what you share with them will have greater meaning later on in their lives and you will have sown a seed which will assist them in their own journey.  It takes courage to speak one’s truth, but here in the West we are fortunate to no longer live in an era of fear and condemnation concerning our spiritual beliefs.

In these changing times when we are going through so much transformation on the earth plane; environmental, fiscal, in the community and in our consciousness, it is a joy and a privilege as well as a responsibility to be able to share this knowledge with others so that they too can embrace the spiritual path and speak their truth.  So for those of you who have just stepped upon this path and can relate to my words, take heart that you are part of an every growing tribe of people resonating with this higher consciousness and helping the planet move towards a critical mass so that we can evolve and grow as a species.

I  have just had the BEST weekend.  Synchronicity worked its magic again.  I went to a local drum circle run by Steve Ball of  www.jazzexplorium.net on my birthday a couple of months ago and Steve mentioned that Dr Barry Bittman of  www.mind-body.org and Christine Stevens of www.ubdrumcircles.com were running the Remo Health Rhythms programme www.remo.com/portal/hr/index here in the UK.  I already had a Reiki class scheduled but the one student who had enrolled cancelled shortly after I heard about this weekend so I was free to attend.  Wow, what an incredible weekend and training.  For those of you who have trained with me you will know I quote Dr Bittman’s research work on the therapeutic affects of drumming in my teaching and it was such a privilege to be in his presence and hear about his work.  And Christine, well what can I say, she is a legend!  This lady is truly an inspirational soul.  Her high, vibrant, loving energy kept the class in a place of joy, creativity, fun and inspiration.  The Remo Health Rhythms programme is a fantastic programme. It is a Wellness programme which introduces the concept of drum circles and group empowerment drumming to everyone and creates magic!  As a drum circle novice, I had gone primarily to hear Dr Bittman and Christine present, but the magic of the drumming hooked me in as it always does and the programme is so powerful and foolproof that I hope to implement it myself in the future on the retreats I run and possibly even as a separate programme in itself.  The other class participants were truly inspirational souls in their own right.  I spent the weekend surrounded by sound healers, therapists and drum circle facilitators and to my delight even a raw vegan chef – an amazing group of individuals.

It was such an inspirational weekend that I was very mindful of the Reiki Gokai “Just for Today, Be Grateful” and spent virtually every waking moment full of gratitude for synchronicity that had brought me to the class, the opportunity to be immersed in such a powerful healing programme and to be surrounded by such inspiring people.  “Just for Today, Be Grateful” It’s easy to say it isn’t it!  How easy is it to practise though?  We can be grateful when things are flowing well in our existence, but when irritations arise we often forget and start to feel sorry for ourselves if things are not exactly as we would wish and bemoan even little things.  When I returned home tonight my lovely friend and fellow Reiki drummer Jan Dash had sent me this video as a reminder.  The following video is about the truly strong and amazing soul Nick Vujicic ….. this guy is incredible. Against all the odds his humour and sense of gratitude for life make our day to day problems pale into insignificance.  The following video is one I am going to put in my Favourites and whenever I forget “Just for Today, Be Grateful”, I’m going to see how Nick puts his gratitude into practise.  I hope you take the time to view this video and see how he had turned adversity into a blessing.  In gratitude to all of you…

And to continue the drumming theme, there are just two places left on the Reiki Drum weekend workshop which is being held in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire 4th & 5th September.  If you would like to immerse yourself in the teachings of Reiki Drum, learn a fantastic new skill for your Reiki toolbag and experience some incredible deep level healing yourself during the weekend then please get in touch to reserve your place.

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