Reiki Drum Healing Journey

3rd December 2019


Reiki Drum Healing Journey – What is it and what can it do for you?

A Reiki Drum Healing Journey is literally the best of both worlds (East & West, I mean!), combining two vibrational therapies (energy flow and sacred sound) that go back to the beginning of time as we know it!

It’s essentially a guided soul energy journey for healing or exploration. One session is enough to change your vibration and help you start a more harmonious lifestyle.

Reiki Drum Journeying is a technique used more for intuitive exploration of past lives or guidance for the future, self-empowerment, soul retrieval, or meeting a power animal – a core shamanic practice in sacred space and with added Reiki energy to support the purpose of the shamanic journey.

Alternatively, Reiki Drum Healing is for Creating Change in Your Health & Wellbeing, Life Repatterning, Behaviour Change, Mental & Emotional Reprogramming, and Spiritual Growth. This vibrational therapy helps you overcome trauma, addictions, negative thinking, heavy emotions, and bad habits easier and faster.

As you can see, the two types of Reiki Drumming differ in scope. However, even if we initially think we know what the issue is that we want to transform or overcome, we might benefit from “journeying” on it, to confirm we’re on the right track and remove any obstacles. Therefore, a typical Reiki Drum Healing Journey session, in my experience, combines the two approaches for best results.

How did Reiki Drumming come about?

Reiki Drumming was originated by Sedona-based Michael Baird in 1999 to increase the power of Reiki Distance Healing.

It was brought to the UK by Sarah Gregg, with whom I spent a full day in ceremony, Reiki Drum sharing, journeying, and singing the Cherokee Morning Song and the Element Chant at the Spring Equinox in 2015. Here she is, Reiki Drumming at Avebury Henge.

This is what a Reiki Drum Healing Journey looks like, and you can receive it lying down on the ground, on my massage couch, or trance dancing!

Benefits of experiencing a Reiki Drum Healing Journey:

  • Physical Health & Wellbeing: the sound vibration promotes healthy blood and lymph circulation, removes toxins, and unblocks stagnant flow; at the same time, Reiki replaces what is removed with the type of energy you need at your optimum level and speeds up the integration of new and healing frequencies.
  • Mental & Emotional Wellbeing: if you feel a bit stuck, this vibrational therapy synergy will shift whatever needs to be released with clarity and intention, expect some aha! moments!
  • Metaphysical Exploration & Healing: your journey to health, wellbeing, prosperity, and happiness may involve ancestral healing or soul retrieval, so stay open to all possibilities!

How does it work?

A Reiki Drum Healing Journey

  • combines Reiki Energy Flow with Sound Healing, to create a multidimensional approach to healing
  • harmonises your energy with the heart of Mother Earth, to re-establish your natural rhythm
  • balances the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies simultaneously
  • relieves pain & stress and speeds up the healing
  • reminds the body of its ideal vibratory state, and
  • entrains the brain into an almost hypnotic state, where you can create the changes you want to see in your life.

Tools of the Trade

Reiki Drum Tools of the trade: hand drums, rattles, bells, copal resin, feathers, crystals and other objects to represent the elements.

Reiki Drumming Tools of the Trade: hand drums, rattles, bells, feathers, smudge, crystals and other objects to represent the elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Spirit.


What is Reiki?

The word Reiki means spiritual energy in Japanese. However, in the West, it’s more commonly named Universal Life-force Energy. I believe it is actually a direct translation of the Chinese Ling Chi, and the original kanji are the same.

Reiki Kanji evolution from Chinese Ling Chi / Ling Qi to modern Japanese Reiki

The kanji calligraphy was simplified after 1940 in Japan. 気 Is the simplified version of the original kanji 氣. The modern Kanji for 靈氣 are 霊気. Both versions are valid.







Reiki Healing is a Japanese spiritual energy therapy originated by Mikao Usui, a Tendai Buddhist practitioner & teacher in 1922.

Original Japanese Reiki as personal development and healing practice is rooted in spiritual practices such as Tendai Buddhism, as well as Shugendo, Shinto, and Shingon, which include elements of indigenous animism, shamanism, divination, and magic.

What is Shamanic Drumming?

I’m sure you must have seen shamans use drums and rattles to summon spirit guides, lead a shamanic journey, perform a healing ritual or purify energies. Whether you use a hand drum or the Japanese taiko, the rhythm is the same.

The drum sounds monotonous but will entrain your brain into an altered state of consciousness where you can access intuitive thoughts, higher teachings, guidance, and healing. You will only know this when you experience it. I would say Shamanic Journeying is essential to spiritual growth.

All cultures use drums for many purposes, including healing and spiritual practice. When you think of a shaman drumming, the image of a feather headdress might come to mind, but, interestingly, here’s a Fire Ceremony in a Shingon temple – you can see and hear one of the monks use the rattle and the drum, while the other is preparing for Goma.

Goma fire ritual at Ekoin Temple on Mount Koya, Japan. The Shingon Buddhist ceremony of consecrated fire is performed every morning to destroy negative energies and cleanse the mind & spirit. This video shows the entire ceremony.

In advanced Reiki practice, we work with the Five Elements in a meditative state. As you might imagine, lighting a candle or burning some incense is pretty much as far as our daily fire ritual goes in London…

What are the Health Benefits of Reiki?

In the West, Reiki has been passed on and evolved into a predominantly hands-on energy healing practice. Its self-development aspect is based on the Reiki Precepts, which point to mental & emotional practices and good morals as the secret method of inviting happiness through many blessings.

Reiki Research

Reiki induces deep relaxation, reduces stress, pain, and anxiety. Clinical evidence indicates that Reiki is a safe and gentle complementary therapy that activates the parasympathetic nervous system to heal body and mind. It has the potential for broader use in the management of chronic health conditions and postoperative recovery.

An exploratory pain management study found distance Reiki as effective as physiotherapy for lower back pain caused by disc herniation (bulging disc).

Furthermore, Reiki Healing improves the quality of life and survivorship of cancer patients undergoing allopathic treatment. Our colleagues recently published an abstract in the European Journal of Surgical Oncology on the role of Reiki in improving wellbeing and Quality of Life for cancer patients. Evidence shows Reiki significantly reduced anxiety in pre-surgery breast cancer patients; related to chemotherapy; and post-operative knee arthroplasty. Additionally, significant pain reductions related to chemotherapy, palliative care, and postoperative knee arthroplasty are also evidenced.

My thoughts

Without a doubt, there should be a place for Reiki research in the context of neuroscience. I’d like to see (or be involved in) a clinical study on the effects of Reiki Drumming in people with Alzheimer’s, for example.

I’m sure the  Reiki Drum Healing technique would have a degree of efficacy in treating Alzheimer’s. It may be comparable to a protocol combining light and sound found to help reduce plaque.

What are the Health Benefits of Drumming?

Drumming or listening to the sound of it literally does miracles for your brain!

The physical transmission of rhythmic energy to the brain synchronises the two hemispheres. It doesn’t just increase your intuition and creativity, but it magnifies your brainpower. Enter your zone of genius!

Equally powerful, the release of endorphins and the increase of Alpha brainwaves will give you a natural high!

This Alpha brain wave activity associated with meditation and an exalted state of consciousness and connecting with the divine can also produce feelings of well-being and even euphoria, which may uplift depression and calm an anxious person.

Apparently the sound of drumming produces new neuronal connections throughout the brain, resulting in a more integrative experience and sense of self-awareness. Also, it seems to synchronise the lower areas of the brain (non-verbal) with the frontal cortex (language and reasoning). This generates feelings of insight and certainty, and builds self-confidence.

reiki drum journey and energy healing therapy

Reiki Drum Journey for Information, Healing and Mental/Emotional Reprogramming

Reiki, Drumming, and States of Consciousness – a superpowerful combination!

There is a host of research on neurobiological underpinnings of consciousness. Reiki Drumming appears to induce an Exalted State of Consciousness, of connecting with the divine, soul, inner self, special forms of creative meditation and so on.

Reiki Drum Journeying is a technique used more for intuitive exploration of past lives or guidance for the future, self-empowerment, soul retrieval, or meeting a power animal – a core shamanic practice in sacred space and with added Reiki energy to support the purpose of the shamanic journey.

Reiki Drum Healing is focused on overcoming obstacles, removing negative thinking or emotional patterns, and reprogramming your subconscious mind for behavioural change. People usually want to improve relationships, create a more abundant life, or need help with weight loss, smoking cessation or giving up other addictions.

It is very possible to identify and remove an obstacle in one session. However, the processes of change take time. As we all know, it takes at least 21 days to create new neuropathways for the habits we want to embrace.

For Best Results with Reiki Drumming

One-Off Sessions are great for experiencing the therapy, and for inquiry through journeying.

Packages, on the other hand, are ideal for deeper Self-Discovery, better Health & Wellbeing, Life Repatterning, Behaviour Change, Mental & Emotional Reprogramming, and Spiritual Growth. This vibrational therapy helps you overcome trauma, addictions, negative thinking, heavy emotions, and bad habits easier and faster.

If you have a particular issue you need to address, I suggest a 4-week course of treatments, with a few followups for maintenance.

How I Can Help YOU

Let’s connect and have a chat first, to see what would suit you best and discuss options.

If you are in London, you can visit my E3 location. Alternatively, if you’re near enough, I can visit you, especially if you think you’d benefit from space clearing in addition to personal healing. Often enough people receive a great session, only to go back into an unsupportive environment, therefore counteracting the benefits of the treatment. A combination session (personal healing & space clearing) would require a 90-120min length of treatment.

As Reiki Drumming was originally developed to increase the power of Reiki Distance Healing, it means that you can enjoy the benefits of it from the comfort of your own home – we can connect online or by phone if we are far from each other. Space clearing can also be done remotely, in the same way as any distance healing session.

Get in touch to book a session and see what it’s like, or a course of treatments, to change your life for the better!

What would you like to transform in your life?

Let me know if you found this article helpful or interesting. Please comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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