Patrick had longed to spend the night in the Great Pyramid since
childhood. When he finally visited it in 1980, he was overjoyed
to find a small opening to the left of the King’s Chamber.
There was a narrow tunnel where thieves had tried to break through
the wall, and he discovered that the gate closing the entrance
was not locked. It was the perfect place to hide.
He left the Pyramid, started fasting, and returned the next
day with his rucksack. When no one was looking, he crawled into
the tunnel and found a small room just above the King’s
Chamber, where he meditated until everyone had left the Pyramid
at night. He then made his way back to the King’s Chamber
and lay down in the sarcophagus.
He soon realised that the chamber was full of mosquitoes. Therefore,
having brought a toilet roll in his rucksack, he wrapped himself
in it, got back in the sarcophagus and lay there looking just
like a mummy.
After meditating for a while, he heard a thumping sound like
footsteps coming up from the gallery below. He lay still, thinking
he would be discovered, yet no one appeared, and he suddenly
realised that the sound was not human. He was terrified.
The sound entered the room, pulsating throughout the Chamber,
and a swirling pattern of electric blue light appeared, hovering
above him. A part of him knew that this was why he had come.
He thought, ‘Do what you have to do,’ and at that
moment, the brilliant blue light came down into his heart. For
a moment, there was a total silence, and he wondered if he was
still alive. Then his heart seemed to expand as the sound filled
it and merged with the sound of his heartbeat. The light swirled
through his heart and body in a figure-of-eight or infinity
pattern. He lay there peacefully all night filled with energy
and an immense feeling of joy and love.
The next morning, he returned to his hiding place, and meditated
a while before coming out to join a group of tourists leaving
the Pyramid. The guards started shouting at him to stop, but,
ignoring them, he jumped on a bus that took him back to his
The following week, Patrick spent some time with the Brahani
order of Sufism. This helped him to ground what he had experienced
with the energy, gave him more understanding of it, and suggested
ways in which he might teach it. He also received the final
attunement of their order.
After this, whenever he put his hands on his body, he felt
a powerful energy, and his pains or illnesses would disappear.
When he started working with the energy, he used it for his
own personal healing. Later, he used it with other people. He
had previously practised yoga and meditation, and on his return
to the United States, he went to a healing school in New Mexico
run by Robert March, where he learned massage and started to
develop his healing skills. It was a massage school, but Robert
March encouraged him to do energy work, so he did this both
alone and in combination with massage. He had a session of Reiki,
and realised that it was similar to what he was already doing.
Intrigued, he took Reiki 1 and 2 that same weekend. That was
in 1984, and a year later, he went to Georgia to study with
Barbara Weber Ray, and received the Reiki Master attunement.
He found that Reiki did not lead to any increase in the amount
or intensity of the energy that he was already channelling.
He realised that he had already connected with the energy, and
that the energies, whatever they were called, were simply different
aspects of the one Source.
Later, Patrick went to California, where he met a medium called
Christine Gerber, who was channelling a spirit named Marat.
Patrick had a lot of questions. Much of what he had been taught
about Reiki – for example, that the symbols were Tibetan
- did not make sense to him, and he wanted to see if Marat could
give him some further insights. Through a form of automatic
writing, Marat said that the energy that Patrick was channelling
was not Reiki but ‘Setim.’ The word didn’t
feel quite right to Patrick so, later, meditating on what he
had been told by Marat, he heard the sound ‘saykhem.’
He wasn’t sure how sure how to spell this word. The nearest
rendering seemed to be Seichim (pronounced say-keem). Later
on, other spellings were used, including Sekhem and SKHM, pronounced
Say-kem, which are renderings of the ancient Egyptian word meaning
highest spiritual power or energy.
Initially, Patrick started teaching using a process of attunements
similar to those used in Reiki. People were excited and amazed
to experience the energy. The sessions that he had with Marat
confirmed many of the things that he was already doing—
such as passing the energy to others through attunements, and
encouraged him to continue developing his own techniques.
Marat confirmed that the Infinity symbol, which Patrick had
been using in his healing and Infinity Dance, was a key symbol.
He also mentioned another symbol, which he called the Breath
of Life. Patrick later wondered if this might have been the
Reiki distance symbol, which is sometimes called the Tree of
Life, but then realised that it was in fact the Ankh. He experimented
using some of the Reiki symbols in his attunements, but he was
not comfortable with them; and they did not always seem to work,
so he returned to using the Infinity and the Ankh.
He continued to investigate other systems of energy healing,
and began to use sound healing and visualisations. What he found
the most effective was to guide people to visualise a brilliant
sun. They brought the light from the sun down into their body
forming a column of light, and he would then guide them to visualise
an infinity symbol descending through that column of light.
In the early years, Seichim was often taught along with Reiki
and followed a similar template, so it came to be viewed as
an alternative form of Reiki; although its origins were quite
distinct. In fact, many Reiki Masters decided to make Seichim
a higher degree of Reiki. As more people started to use the
energy, they incorporated their own images and associations
and began to mould different systems according to their individual
experiences. Various symbols were added and some people linked
the energy to particular deities, such as Sekhmet or Isis.
Gradually, different systems were developed, including Seichim,
Seichem, and Sekhem. Similar to the various Reiki systems, which
require a series of attunements from a Master, they all use
an attunement process, in which the teacher alters a person’s
energy system to allow him or her to channel the energy. An
attunement connects that person with the energy, but it does
not necessarily lead to an Initiation, which is a deeper integration
of the energy.
Although, as mentioned previously, the energies of all spiritual
healing systems are aspects of the one Source, the techniques
used to connect and work with the energy vary greatly.
The system that Patrick currently uses differs in major respects
to both the old Seichim and the Reiki systems. He does not use
any type of attunement. His vision has always been that people
can be helped to experience an initiation through their own
effort, without the need for an intermediary. Over years of
working with the SKHM energy, he has developed techniques and
methods which enable this to happen – and which make his
In order to avoid confusion, he has now called this system