Sarah Gregg - The Reiki Drum Technique

Ancestral Family TreeWell I hope you have eased into the New Year gently.  Here at Reiki Drum & Sacred Sound Inspirations it definitely has been a year of new beginnings.  All the global energetics have contributed to new energy for most of us, and a letting go of that which no longer serves us, some of which we should have perhaps let go of a long time ago, but eventually we have made the shift so that new opportunities can come in.

I hope you have found the last few blog posts of interest about some of the offerings we provide.  It is something I have been meaning to do for a while because it’s difficult to convey the qualities and benefit of a workshop without going into a little deeper explanation.  This week’s post is about a residential healing course I hold around the time of the Celtic New Year on an annual basis and the contents and syllabus have led to me creating a method of ancestral healing combined with sound and energy healing techniques which has been uniquely formulated and which I have called The Ancestral Resonance Process™.

The creation of this process resulted from a series of journeys and guidance I personally received over a twelve month period a few years ago.  I journey on a regular basis for personal guidance and self-healing and during one of my journeys for something quite unrelated I found myself face to face with two relatives who had passed several decades ago, but with whom I had strong and loving relationships, my Grandmother and Great Aunt on my mother’s side, both who had interests in natural and spiritual healing methods like myself.  They were very happy to see me and even more excited about introducing me to someone who had apparently been related to my maternal Grandfather.  Through dialogue with this person I discovered that due to her own life circumstances during the 1850s she had suffered soul loss and as a consequence had passed certain traits and emotional responses down my maternal family line.  Some of those emotional responses were affecting me negatively at the time and it was a revelation to discover where they had originated from.  I was able to offer the lady healing in the journey state and conduct a soul retrieval for her and as a consequence, this too has had a long lasting positive impact on my own emotional responses to certain triggers.

Over the next twelvAncestors Altare months I was faced with many instances when my own responses felt like they were ones I had inherited, and during many meditations, healing practices and journeys I met a wide range of ancestors, all who were both happy and grateful for the work I was undertaking which benefitted not only them and myself, but my entire family line.   It was really fascinating to work with fears I had had all of my life and find out why they were such a big deal for me.   I could see clearly why my parents had had certain emotional responses and thought processes, how they had been passed on to myself despite all of my intentions, and where they had originated from.  It was a surprise, but incredibly enlightening to see how different scenarios and life circumstances also were repeated through the bloodlines.  So a lot of healing took place for myself during those twelve months and at the end of the time I had put together a series of practices to heal ancestral wounds, but also to recognise, work with and embody the positive qualities that are passed down the family line.

Ancestral veneration is practised by most cultures throughout the world.  It is widely understood that by working with our own ancestral lineages we can heal many inherited attitudes, karmic tendencies, ancestral wounds and repeated family patterns, each of us being a product of our ancestors.  Research carried out by respected scientists and family psychologists have demonstrated that all of these inherited tendencies are transferred through space and time.  Because I work with sound as a healing modality and find it so effective as a transformational tool, I have created this workshop to combine modern healing methods with ancient sound healing techniques to effect a healing through the energetics which connect us with our ancestral lines, healing our ancestors and our ancestral wounds and in doing so, having a positive impact on our own healing and that of our families.  Through our own intention, these deep healing practices, initiations, ritual, ceremony, dance and sound, will effect long lasting shifts for our own healing journeys.

Ancestral InitiationThe Ancestral Resonance Process™ methodically and distinctly heals not only the original ancestral wound, but its influence on us at this current time.  As we effect a healing on our ancestors, we have an effect not only on ourselves but other members of our family.    During the workshop we work in partnership not only with our own ancestors but also with the Angelic and Elemental realms and Ascended Masters to effect a deep and long lasting healing, and we start the workshop with a beautiful initiation which allows us to channel powerful healing energies to assist us in the process.  The workshop allows you to gain further insight into your own characteristics and how they have been shaped by your family influences. One of the highlights of the workshop is an all-night vigil where each participant is encouraged to prepare some form of offering to their own ancestral line ranging from five minutes to an hour in length in the form of poetry, readings, stories, recitals, drumming, sound baths or similar.  This sacred act allows us to express our gratitude and reverence to our own ancestors as a community and the group energy lends itself to a powerful and moving experience.

Throughout the workshop we work with sound in many different ways; toning, chanting, singing, shruti, crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, gongs, sound baths, drumming, mantra and other instruments. Sound Healing PractisesThis powerful and deeply healing workshop is currently being run as a residential retreat at the time of the Celtic New Year when the veil between the worlds is thin and the work and communication we do with our ancestors is enhanced energetically.  I have chosen to return yet again to a beautiful retreat centre on the Suffolk Coast which I have used for the past few years because of its peace and tranquillity, its high vibrational energy and the way it holds the space so participants can go deep into the work.  As part of our workshop we do a magical coastal walk along this part of the Suffolk Coast, where we have the opportunity to do some earth chanting, sacred ceremony, visiting of ancient sites and enjoying the beautiful coast and countryside.

Have you ever considered some of the things which happen in your life may be due to energetics inherited from your ancestors? Do you feel you are repeating things within your own life which you know happened in the lives of your parents or other members of your family? Are you finding yourself stuck in certain repetitive behaviour patterns that despite working with many other forms of healing practises, you are not making headway with?  If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then consider joining us for what is not only a powerful and moving weekend, but also a beautiful and healing experience for those who attend.   The centre is small and places are restricted to twelve and places are now starting to fill for this year’s retreat which is taking place Friday October 30th to November 2nd, so please register your interest early should you wish to attend.  On registration you will be given some preparatory work to do in advance of the weekend in connection with your Ancestral lineage.   Synchronistically during the course of the time leading up to the retreat, as part of your soul growth you will start to become aware of the things you will need to concentrate on during the weekend that are ancestrally related.  Again, because our lives are multi-layered, it’s not uncommon for people to repeat the retreat with new things to consider every time they attend. October 2012 131

Here are some of the quotes from previous Ancestral Resonance Process™ residentials:

“My what an amazing retreat! Many thanks for all your loving hard work. I enjoyed Trish’s meals – tasty and filling. Arrived home feeling lighter in self and in spirit, having shed a lot of ancestral baggage, much more to process and integrate I am sure – It truly was a unique experience for me.”

“Thank you for a wonderful time in Dunwich. I feel lighter since I have come home. I have learned a lot about myself and my ancestors”.

“Thank you for such a wonderful weekend filled with so much light, love and sound. I woke this morning with a sense of accomplishment and calm and I am very grateful to you for providing the opportunity for so much deep healing. It is a lovely venue and I enjoyed everything offered. Please pass on my thanks to Trish for her truly delicious meals. It was a very special and memorable few days.”

“Many thanks again for all your hard work in organising the retreat – I found it very rewarding, and a lovely group of people. There is a magical atmosphere to the Phoenix Centre, especially in the big hall.”

“Personally I gained so much from the weekend in all directions. I feel things are changing for the better, so that is encouraging. I leave with a sense of calm and trust that all will be well as I have so many gifts from my ancestors to help me along the way and a stronger connection than I had before”.

Further information can be found in the retreats section of the Reiki Drum website http://reikidrum.co.uk/retreats2.html and you can download a brochure here The Ancestral Resonance Process 2015 Honouring The Ancestors Retreat Brochure

© Sarah Gregg 2015

Forthcoming Highlighted Events

  • 5 February – Monthly Reiki Share (no booking required) Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall 7-10 pm £5
  • 7 & 8 February  – Reiki Two (Okuden) – Sawbridgeworth
  • 21 & 22 February – Holy Fire Karuna Reiki  I & II Practitioner – Sawbridgeworth
  • 5 March –  Monthly Reiki Share (no booking required) Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall 7-10 pm £5
  • 7 & 8 March – Reiki Drum Practitioner Training – Sawbridgeworth
  • 13-15 March – Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Master Teacher Training – Sawbridgeworth
  • 22nd March – Annual Spring Equinox Reiki Drum Share, Sheering, Essex 10:00-16:30 pm £20
  • 2 April – Monthly Reiki Share (no booking required) Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall 7-10 pm £5
  • 11 & 12 April  – Reiki One (Shoden) – Sawbridgeworth
  • 18 & 19 April -Sacred Sound & Light Immersion Training – Sawbridgeworth
  • 7th June – Usui Reiki Kotodama Workshop – Sawbridgeworth
  • 13th-17th July – Annual Reiki Retreat, Glastonbury, Somerset
  • 30th October-2nd November – The Ancestral Resonance Process™, Dunwich, Suffolk

The OmAbout twenty five years ago I sat in a yoga class and chanted my first Aum (Om) repeatedly with a group of yogis until my whole body was pulsing with the powerful vibration of the Om sound.    The profound effect it had on me at the time was such that I have been drawn to mantra, chanting, toning and sacred songs ever since.   Working with the voice in this way has numerous benefits.  When we make vocal sounds in this fashion we can incorporate breath control and as we deepen the breath, we start to relax and relieve tension.  Using the voice as a self-healing practise in any of the above methods is good for relieving stress, can heal at a deep cellular level, clear the energy body of accrued negativity, raise our own vibrational frequency and that of our environment, connect with higher spiritual powers, help focus the mind and put us into a meditative state.  It can bring about certain desired energetic states through intention, elevate our moods, open up, align and balance the throat chakra primarily, but all of the energy centres in reality and is a wonderful mode of self-expression.  When we do voice work in a group situation, the effects are amplified. 

Japanese Buddhist Monks ChantingngSo when I discovered during my Reiki training that the traditional system of Reiki incorporated sacred chants as part of its healing methods, I was overjoyed!  I was introduced to the Usui Reiki Kotodama meaning “words carrying spirit” by one of my teachers during a Reiju empowerment in a Master Teacher class.    I had received Reiju before in a group situation, but found that the whole experience was so much deeper and again, quite profound as she toned the Kotodama into my energy field.

It is more usual for the Kotodama to be taught in traditional Eastern/Japanese Reiki teachings and not so much in the classes which originate from a Western lineage, although some teaching Masters have incorporated them into their classes.  As with many things “Reiki” there are many different stories of why and how the Kotodama came to be introduced into the system, but most Reiki scholars agree they were introduced by Mikao Usui as a way of working with and differentiating the different vibrations of the energies used in the system of Reiki.

Hidden-Messages-WaterOriginally a Shinto discipline, the term Kotodama refers both to the spiritual power of a word and also to the fact that spiritual power can be manifested by intonation of certain words.  The Japanese people believe that positive and beautiful sounding words can create a positive effect on something, whereas negative sounding words would have a negative effect.  The late Masuro Emoto  demonstrated this effectively in his research with water and ice crystals.  In his work he subjected different samples of water from a single  source to a variety of different vibrations in terms of words and music.  Freezing the water, he then photographed the ice crystals which resulted.  His findings showed that the water exposed to lighter, purer vibrations created more beautiful ice crystals than those subjected to heavier, denser vibrations.

When attuned to the traditional Reiki symbols or energies, all Reiki students are taught the unique mantras or names of the associated energies they have been attuned to and how to pronounce them.   These mantra are known as Jumon which means “magical spell or mystical incantation” and each of the four traditional Usui Reiki Shirushi (symbols) have their own unique Jumon or mantra which differ to the Reiki Kotodama.    All of the Reiki symbols have had different characteristics assigned to them over time, but the most important aspect pertaining to each one is their own particular vibration.  Using the Kotodama, the practitioner works with the vibration of the energy in a slightly different way.

The Usui Reiki Kotodama practise use both vowel sounds and primary consonant sounds and can be used in a variety of ways.  I have chanted, toned and sung the Kotodama, as well as working with them silently.  Following the ethos of Reiki as a system of self-healing primarily, I personally like to work with the Kododama for my own spiritual well-being, incorporating them as part of my own personal practise by working with them for around 20 minutes. I have also used them whilst giving Reiki treatments, distant healing, Reiki drumming and creating sacred space.

Buddhist Healing ChantsWhen I started teaching Reiki Drumming and Karuna Reiki, and began to meet more and more people from other lineages, I realised that the Kotodama were barely touched upon during the Usui Reiki training and certainly not afforded a large portion of time.  I was guided to develop a day’s workshop which allowed students of Reiki to come together to work with these sacred chants in a group situation. Working with the Kotodama for personal spiritual use is amazing, but working in a group energy makes for a very deep and powerful experience.  During the day we work practically and experientially with the Kotodama for deep and insightful personal healing.  We work with the sacred chants in a variety of ways and I have incorporated other healing Buddhist chants which are introduced throughout the day and which can be used for one’s own healing or for the healing of others.  Working in the group in this way is hugely transformational.

Please visit the Usui Reiki Kotodama Workshop Page for further information.  This year the workshop is being held on Sunday June 7th and I have started to take bookings.  Because of the benefits of working in a group energy in this way, it is not uncommon for students to come back and repeat the workshop.  Because we work with the Level Two/Okuden energies, students need to have at least trained to this level.   For those Masters who join the training, we will also be working with the Kotodama of the Master energy.    If you would like to learn more about the sacred chants of the System of Reiki, then please come and immerse yourself in this beautiful group energy.

Here are some comments from recent workshops: 

“Thank you for arranging a wonderful day yesterday. I feel cleansed and cleared in some places and enlightened in others!  Would happily do another.”

“Heartfelt thanks for creating such a lovely space in which to deepen my connection to Reiki and express myself yesterday.  Pure joy and lots of fun.    I shifted some old and more recent “stuff” and cleared several layers”.

“Thank you for an amazing Kotodama day yesterday. The sacred sounds and the vibrational energy relieved tension I had been carrying around. I will try to do more chanting at home for my well-being.”

“Thank you so much for a great day!  It’s very helpful for us to revise and learn new techniques and to have a fun day with such a great group of Reiki people from far and wide!”

© Sarah Gregg 2015

Forthcoming Highlighted Events

  • 31 January/1 February – Reiki One (Shoden) – Sawbridgeworth
  • 5 February – Monthly Reiki Share (no booking required) Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall 7-10 pm £5
  • 7 & 8 February  – Reiki Two (Okuden) – Sawbridgeworth
  • 21 & 22 February – Holy Fire Karuna Reiki  I & II Practitioner – Sawbridgeworth
  • 5 March –  Monthly Reiki Share (no booking required) Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall 7-10 pm £5
  • 7 & 8 March – Reiki Drum Practitioner Training – Sawbridgeworth
  • 13-15 March – Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Master Teacher Training – Sawbridgeworth
  • 22nd March – Annual Spring Equinox Reiki Drum Share, Sheering, Essex 10:00-16:30 pm £20
  • 2 April – Monthly Reiki Share (no booking required) Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall 7-10 pm £5
  • 11 & 12 April  – Reiki One (Shoden) – Sawbridgeworth
  • 18 & 19 April -Sacred Sound & Light Immersion Training – Sawbridgeworth
  • 7th June – Usui Reiki Kotodama Workshop – Sawbridgeworth
  • 13th-17th July – Annual Reiki Retreat, Glastonbury, Somerset

 

 

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