drumming

Finding Your Own Way

November, 2018

Chapter 7

Meditating With A Spirit Drum

One of the easiest and most effective ways to meditate is by using a ‘spirit’ drum.

Having been a part of many workshops and drumming circles, I can personally attest to the simplicity and effectiveness of using ‘spirit’ drums for healing and journeying.

If you have a few interested friends and somewhere to go to practice, – you will find that it is an amazing and uplifting experience.

Should you wish to form a circle, you will find that spirit drums vary greatly in price.

A lot of people use ‘bodhrans’ instead, as they are cheaper and can be bought from most music shops. They are hand drums used in traditional Irish and Celtic music.

If you look online, there are many useful videos to get you started. Compact discs are also widely available with shamanistic drumming and Spirit music. I would recommend Native American drumming tracks, but that is just a matter of personal taste, – there are drumming tracks available from many cultures.

If you decide to drum in a group, the biggest obstacle to success will be your own self-consciousness. Having just a small group of two or three close friends will help.

The rewards of overcoming your initial feelings of reserve are well worth the effort.

In a drumming circle, the energy of the drums take over, and the rhythm takes on a collective life of its own.

It is always a good idea to set out your intentions before drumming. Whether you wish to feel uplifted, journey, or send healing to someone, – make your intentions clear before beginning the drumming session. Imagine yourself working within a golden circle of love and protection.

Upload a few tracks online until you find a beat that appeals to you and practice it quietly in private until you feel confident with it. There is no great art or skill required. The most powerful beat is a simple steady rhythm of single beats on the drum. This is called a shamanistic beat.

Spirit Drum Meditation

To begin, choose a quiet area where you will be undisturbed.

Take several deep breaths and tell yourself to relax.

Take a little time to read the poem below and to absorb the images from the artwork

You may play a drumming track quietly in the background if you wish, but it is not essential.

Imagine a golden sphere of protection around you as you work.

Begin with the third eye meditation.

As you breathe out through your third eye, visualise a shining path ahead of you.

Allow yourself to be drawn onto this path.

You can see a fire ahead of you, in the distance, and you walk slowly towards it.

If you see any creatures nearby, take note, as they may be important to you later on in your journeys.

You will see a group of figures around the fire. Some may be drumming. Some may be dancing. How they appear to you will depend on what it is you need to learn on your path.

Spend some time by the fire and take note of whatever you experience there.

Stay near the fire until you are ready to return.

Turn back and walk down the path and you will find yourself back where you started the meditation. Breathe slowly and easily and open your eyes when you are ready.

If you feel uncomfortable at any stage of the exercise, simply open your eyes and you will return to your room, safe within the circle of light.

Finish the meditation by thanking your subconscious mind for its cooperation. Also, thank any Deities and helpers. Then draw the golden circle back to you and close the session.

What you experience and where you go on this journey will vary greatly according to your personal needs. It is always helpful to spend a few moments in setting the boundaries for your journey before you begin. What is it that you wish to achieve? What type of journey are you expecting? Is there some challenge or personal goal that you wish to focus on?

This meditation is particularly powerful when done in a drumming circle.

Be sure to have a drink and a snack before travelling home or handling any machinery.

Write down anything you saw, heard or felt. Especially, note any creatures that you encountered.

Drumbeats

The drums are beating softly in the distance,

Like a peaceful heart. they draw me to them,

leaving life’s conundrums far behind.

Like poetry, with inspirations, much too large for words,

The rhythm opens up my soul and fills my mind.

As I sit and write, the rhythm of the drums still beats within my heart.

In the forest of my mind, I see the shamans dance and whirl.

Orange flames that go so high, they almost reach the moonlit sky.

Somewhere in the Once, or in the Now, they beat their drums for me.

And now the healing magic of their chants is reaching out to me.

Wolves with emerald eyes are in the shadows.

I can hear the eagles piercing cry.

Brother Bear is everywhere, and I can also see.

All the spirits of the native forest watching over me.

Lending me their powers, so I can live the life I never thought could be.

There is poetry in every beat, and magic in the rhythm of the drums.

Through the cadence of his chants, I find the link, the shaman comes.

Healing for the body, for the spirit and the mind,

As I leave this world of consternation far behind,

and find again, the wisdom and the beauty that was meant for all mankind.

This is another meditation for the spirit drum which came to me a few years ago.

It is almost impossible to meditate without finding a great connectedness with the wider universe and the earth around us. This poem is a warning about the way we are treating the earth.

We are all interdependent, – if a single species dies, then we are all so much poorer and so is the legacy that we leave to our children. If the earth dies, – then we die with her.

Whether we have one life or many, we have a duty of care for the planet and those around us.

As we develop through meditation we will feel this much more keenly.

Reaching out to the world and the people, plants and animals around us will bring us much joy.

However, our increased sensitivity brings with it a need to learn to protect ourselves, and a tendency to avoid certain people and situations. Unexpected changes will begin to happen in our lives, as we move into areas of activity that were once difficult to even imagine.

Be prepared too, for resistance from family and friends as you move away from old habits and develop new areas of activity. Much of it will be in a misguided spirit of over-protection, so be patient in your dealings with those who fear the changes in your life will begin to balance out as you forge a new agreement with your subconscious mind. You will be forging a new path in life which is based on your own needs and not the expectations of others.

A Warriors Tears

What will we make of the world when the last rose has died?

When all alone we stand upon the naked earth where once the weeping willow cried.

Where once the sparrow chirped upon the leafy bough,

And now, across the barren wastes, the wind blows soft and low

And when our world has gone,

Where will we go?

Where vast majestic rivers flowed, now runs a ragged little stream.

No fish still swim within its dark and murky flow.

No dragonflies above the bare, baked clay that guides its weary way.

No butterflies delight our eyes with a colourful display.

And when our world has gone,

Where will we go?

Take the seeds of mother earth and scatter them wherever you may go.

We can plant ten trees for every tree that dies.

Cut the fences, chop the posts and let the buffalo run free.

Take the earth back from the greedy; let us share it as we did in days of old.

For when our Mother dies,

Where will we go?

I channeled this in a couple of minutes. The first two verses came in an instant. I added the last verse after a moment’s reflection as a reminder that there is always hope.

For those who drum, it chants well to a basic shamanistic beat or, “drums across the water” (such as you might hear in an old cowboy movie)

My wife, Tina, told me to sing it, and I grabbed my drum.

To my amazement, it just flowed through me. It was a very powerful experience.

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About the Author:

Patrick W Kavanagh, Featuring the inspirational art of Bill Oliver

Writer, poet, Patrick W Kavanagh was born in Dublin and now lives and works in Lincolnshire in a small rural town. Patrick became fascinated by the strange abilities of the human mind from watching his mother give psychic readings using tea-leaves and playing cards. With a lifelong interest in metaphysics and parapsychology, he has given tarot and spirit readings for over 40 years. He travels to many events with his wife Tina, exploring the power of shamanic drumming to heal, and induce therapeutic trance states. They also hold a regular drumming circle in the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds.

By Patrick W Kavanagh available at most retailers:

Finding Your Own Way: Personal Meditations for Mastery and Self-knowledge on Amazon

Art Video

November, 2018

Swedish Petroglyphs

 

 

Sweden has an abundance of mysterious petroglyphs. The Swedish word for petroglyphs is “hällristningar”. This refers to figures and shapes carved in rock surfaces. Most of these images are pre-historic in origin.

Scandinavia has a very large concentration of rock art, created around c. 9000 (the first century BCE). There are about 30,000 registered sites (but new sites are being discovered all the time). Vivid interpretations have been attempted, based on Old Norse beliefs and Sami ethnography.

In truth we do not know until today what their purpose or meaning really was. Do they tell stories? Were they a backdrop for community rituals and ceremony?

This video offers an introduction and some key information followed by shamanic drumming inviting people to meditate on (or journey into) five photographs of Swedish Petroglyphs.

I invite you to share your experiences in the comments section for this video. Who knows, this might just give us some powerful (if non-scientific) clues to the lives of the Bronze Age inhabitants of Scandinavia!

I look forward to reading your responses!

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About the Author:

Imelda Almqvist is an international teacher of shamanism and sacred art. Her book Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit For Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages) was published by Moon in 2016 and her second book Sacred art: A Hollow Bone for Spirit (Where art Meets Shamanism) will be published in March 2019.  She was a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit in both 2016 and 2017 and is a presenter on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True. She divides her time between the UK, Sweden and the US. She is currently in the editing stages of her third book “Medicine of the Imagination” and has started her fourth book “Evolving Gods: The Sacred Marriage of Tradition and Innovation”

www.shaman-healer-painter.co.uk  (website)

https://imeldaalmqvist.wordpress.com/  (blog)

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=imelda+almqvist

(YouTube channel: interviews, presentations and art videos)

Natural Born Shamans – A Spiritual Toolkit for Life: Using Shamanism Creatively with Young People of All Ages on Amazon

A Woman’s Place…..

September, 2018

Seemingly random, a Facebook group called “Fierce Heart” came to my attention. Knowing nothing about it, but loving the name, I went to take a peek. As a Women’s Empowerment Coach and Red Tent Priestess, I promptly joined, very much in tune with their goals.

Paraphrasing the description found at the group, Fierce Heart is all about this: A collective group of women across US using drumming/chanting/singing/noise, expressing their anger/dismay/outrage/disgust, taking power, demanding change. A way to express anger and grief.

Galvanize women and provide a way for them to channel that power and remember that they are a force of nature, something that we always, always forget.

“Bring your outrage

Bring your tenacity

Bring you despair

Bring your Fierce Heart

Bring your fists

Brings your drums

Bring your voice

Bring your Fierce Heart”

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I recently had the pleasure of corresponding with Rebecca Singer, one of the founders and admins of the page itself.

SM: Before we talk about Fierce Heart, please tell me a bit about yourself.

RS: I’m a shaman. My teachers were a part Irish, part Lakota woman for 13 years, then Costa Rican Shaman, and finally living with The Reindeer People in Mongolia. I’ve also had careers as an actress, teacher, and singer. I’m 68 years old, have lived in several countries, am proud mother of amazing son, and happily married for 10 years!We live near Woodstock NY with our Costa Rican dogs, cat, and rabbit. (Note from SM: Rebecca’s website is: www.shamanicenergy.com

SM: How did you come up with the idea for Fierce Heart?

RS: For several months I have been asking for guidance in coming up with a ” right action”,during meditations, for these times we are living in. I went to a recent demonstration and came home feeling very dissatisfied, like something else, something new was needed.

For about 2 years now I have felt the urgent need for women in this country to stand up, speak up, but in the some new authentic way.

When I came back from that demonstration , I had a vision of thousands of women in the streets across this country, expressing their outrage. Making sounds that would be dissonant, disturbing to hear, and that would penetrate buildings, patriarchal systems. Women are not allowed to express outrage, which is a form of love.

SM: It’s apparent that here in the US, and abroad, that women are standing up in droves – running for office, calling out sexual harassment/assault via #MeToo, and so on. Do you consider Fierce Heart to be a part of this wider women’s movement?

RS: Yes and no. Yes, in that it is on the continuum of women finding their power and voice.

No….in that it is a new form. Women have been taught for centuries to tone it down, not get Too Emotional, hysterical, too anything. Yet women feel very deeply, and there is a way in which women truly are a force of nature and most women have lost touch with their wild self. So Fierce Heart is out of the Patriarchal box. It us an invitation for women to find the roots of their true voices, through the expression of outrage at this world we live in today. It is not attached to any one political movement. It is about Waking up Women as a force.

SM: I know you have collaborators – is this something you came up with together, or was it your brainchild and you approached them about joining you?

RS: This was my idea, though I would say it was an idea that came through me. I asked Erin Kaiser what she thought about it, and Vct Pohl, and Deb Rodney….what did they think. These are women I trust, so Erin made the Facebook page, Vct Pohl came on as an administrator and came up with the name.and Deb started doing some writing about it. My other good friends came on board.

SM: How many would you say have joined the Fierce Heart Facebook group thus far?

RS: We have 800 members. How many of them are actually practicing, I don’t know. I do know that 2 of them are going to be taking this to Bulgaria and there is a women’s group in the UK and members in about 8 states in the USA. at least.

What I believe is that women have to understand that making these sounds in circles with other women is freeing, not traumatizing. Outrage about the planet is bigger than personal anger, and although the sounds make bring up personal memories, if women get together and express their outrage on behalf of animals, the earth, the air, the water……it is healing.

SM: It is my hope that this article would expand that many-fold. What is the ultimate goal of Fierce Heart?

RS: In my mind, the ultimate goal is for women to quit getting stuck in divisive issues and come together to express their outrage, which is a form of fierce love. It’s not personal angst, its way beyond that.

It’s howling for the dying polar bears, for the plastic filled oceans, for immigrants being separated from their families. Choose your interest.

I see circles of Fierce Heat Women with banners that say Fierce Heat participating in demonstrations in circles Using Sound to shift the energy. Not getting stuck in language. Sound is powerful. Sound is a game changer. I want women to find their authentic Voices, not have to sound like men to be heard. First sounds, then words. People are very results oriented, goal oriented, but change is not linear. One thing makes another possible.

Energy builds in leaps and spurts. I hope Fierce Heart becomes a movement that endures, that allows women to take to the street, form circles, and make this sound that has been missing on this planet for so many generations. Because the goal is empowerment of women outside a patriarchal structure.

SM: Do you see this going beyond the November elections?

RS: I hope this goes beyond elections, but this is not up to me. We have a goal of getting as many women as possible outside Oct 21st to make sounds.

If the timing is right, this will have its own life. Women will realize this is empowering and energizing. It’s all about if women are willing and ready to wake up. I personally feel that humanity is in big need of women waking up. Big need. Women need to know they ARE a force of nature. They are powerful.

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Fierce Heart is definitely a place for women to be. We need to find our hearts, our voice, our power. With these, together we can change the world.

I encourage all of you to check out the the Facebook Fierce Heart group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/221315182029680/ and see if it is good place for you, too! There are sample videos of what a Fierce Heart practice can look and sound like, as well as a downloadable poster for those who might wish to start a local group.

I, for one, am planning on starting a local Fierce Heart group here in southern Massachusetts; if you live around that area or in nearby RI and are interested, please email me at MysticalShores@gmail.com

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About the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and her email is MysticalShores@gmail.com

My Name is Isis

The Bad Witch’s Guide

May, 2018

 

 

The Bad Witch’s Guide to Beltane

 

I love Beltane. The flowers are just blooming. The green is just covering the hedgerows. It also happens to be my wedding anniversary!

There are huge celebrations all over the place, though not nearby it’s just that this year I am craving something quieter. Something a bit more romantic and I can’t quite put my finger on it. One of the best things we ever did was to do the Hastings East hill drumming and dancing in the dawn. On a hill in the ruins of a castle overlooking the sea we watched the light, a sliver of silver light creep, and turn red, then gold.

I’ve never done anything like that before or since. We were all done and dusted by 5.30 a.m. It was magickal. There were Morris dancers dressed in white. Pagan folks in regalia. Folks walking their dogs and people to watching the people.

After some food and a really good nap it was time for the huge parade. More Morris dancers and figures dressed as green men and women and Horned Gods drummed and danced through the streets. Dabbing people with green sponges. It really felt timeless. It felt like the whole town was magickally awake. The whole county!

A lot of pagans I know do camps from about this time of year. Where I had been busy, camping is not an option for me right now. Yet the pull of the wild still draws me. There is something utterly pagan about my island this time of year. Just under the skin of it.

Formal Beltane rituals can seem a bit hetro-centric but at its core Beltane is about the warmth of attraction. About reception and giving of energy. It is, at its core a ritual about balancing energy and understanding; within and in the world around us. It is the internal anima and animus finding momentum to create. It is about harnessing rather than repressing our wildness and turning it into something alive, be it art or science or poetry or an offspring. It is about the power of being alive and being grateful. Grateful for another year, another sunrise, a new day. It is a celebration of life.

It is not about what is in your pants, or whom you want to have sex with (if you want to have sex). That is a very limited view of self, sex, gender and identity. It is about the ritual. The receiving of energy, the channelling of energy, the using of energy to create something new. Ritual is a dream language, a psychological and social tool for healing and re-balancing a group and the self. When we exclude ourselves from the group or ritual we lose out on much of its power and deeper understandings.

As with all things this is a celebration of life has a touch of death with it too. Within Beltane’s warmth is the chill tingle of Samhain’s death. Acknowledging life means accepting death too. This roots you into and puts you out of time. You can see and feel the echo of your actions. Of course the bonfire was made of bone as well as wood. The death in the life as well as the life in the death.

For the May-pole and ribbons are only half of Beltane. The other part is about cleansing, warding off disease and illness through the power of death and fire. Cattle were driven through the ashes of bonfires, or between two large fires to do just that. People would dance around the fires and even jump over them. It was about dousing the hearth fires and re-lighting them from a group, a community fire. It was about re-igniting the heart within the home and community. Within the home. Within the self. It is to be in the dark, to be outside the usual bounds of social norms and to return changed for the better.

I recommend, if you are lucky and privileged enough to have folks nearby, to have get some folks together dance naked around a bonfire with at dawn. If that is not your bag, go and find a high spot. Climb a hill or go to a bridge or ancient ruined castle in the dark. Stand and wait in the darkness facing the east. Drum if you can. Or just be in the silence. Light a candle, or a fire if you can too. Watch the sunrise. Dance if you can. Or just stretch. Be at the mercy of the weather. No-one is outside the circle of life and death. After all it is the impulses and desire and joys that make us fully human.

 

NATURE ALCHEMY ~ Journey through Spirit in the Natural World

January, 2013

DRUM CHANT

~ Gift of Spirit Dance ~

“Everything in the Universe has rhythm. Everything dances.”

 Maya Angelou, internationally acclaimed American author and poet

 

As eagle magnificently soars through the heavenly realm, so a creative cosmic rhythm embraces life. This is the unified heartbeat of all life. Resonating with this pulsating, divine dance is Drum Chant. The sacredness of drums has been physically and spiritually expressed since the beginning of time. As the world’s oldest and most universal musical instrument, its basic design has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. Although Drum is not typically considered a natural being by the modern masses, its essence is composed of nature’s corporeal and related spiritual components. Indigenous nations, and intuitive modern man, have always honored Drum as a living being, whose organic and sacred essence sings in harmony with the core of Mother Earth, and the celestial of the Spheres. Dating back to 6000 BC, many ancient societies used Drum’s powerful percussive voice for social communication between state and community. As early as 1500 BC up to the present day, military and political actions have relied on drumming to motivate, organize, sound proclamations and commands, and send signals, etc.

Native cultures traditionally evoked Drum’s mystical chanting power to enrich tribal councils and pow-wows, manifest shamanic distinction, use as a trance path to enrich and heal soul journeys, and enhance other ritualized and religious customs. Much of this spiritual practice continues to be honored and performed in modern sacred ceremony. Drum’s collective voice is the most primordial tribal world beat into the heart and rhythm of life-forces pulsating throughout the Universe.

Recently, an expanded psychological interest in the benefits of drumming as a valuable tool for personal and public expression, recreation, and support, as well as to help stimulate inspiration towards intentions and aspirations, has been growing within healthcare systems, prisons, and therapeutic practices. This ancient art has come full-circle, and is increasingly used as an individual and community pathway to spiritual, emotional, and physical integration and well-being. Drum Chant offers the Gift of Spirit Dance. As we commune on a deep level with ourselves and all beings through its voice, it lifts us ever-upwards into the divine dance of cosmic unity.

 

~ DRUM POWER MESSAGE ~

I am Spirit of Drum,

And we are the Voice of One.

I call you from far away –

From the heart of Sacred Earth.

Hear me calling you…calling you…

The Beat of One.

Into the depths of Mother Earth,

Mingling with Father Sky,

Your Spirit flying high!

Hear me, O Daughter – Hear me, O Son.

Drum Chant, Spirit Dance,

As we become a part of One.

 

~ DRUM ELEMENTS AND SYMBOLOGY ~

Through the physical and spiritual realms of the Five Kingdoms in Nature:

Celestial, Elemental, Fauna, Flora, and Mineral

Grandfather Wisdom – the sacred elder archetype Timekeeper, who intuitively knows the internal rhythms of natural life. Grandfather Wisdom walks the Earth in perfect time. His divine knowledge can teach us about our own internal “clock”, which resonates with the universal life-pulse in all things. This is the sacred return to living in natural time. Here is where our ageless souls, our Infinite Selves, eternally dwell. As we endeavor to consciously reconnect to Nature’s wisdom, and attune to this magickal expanse of life’s organic movement, a mystical blessing of holistic liberation can be experienced, and our true heart within beats in synch with the flow of creation. This is the Gift of Drum Chant, where our spirit has the inherent opportunity to dance amidst the eternal, unified, and wondrous realm of the cosmos. “How can we know the dancer from the dance?” So serendipitously questions William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. There is no distinction between them when we flow with Drum’s Spirit into the timeless grace of celestial space! The ancient, mystical Mayans were the most advanced time wizards to honor Mother Earth. Spiritual guide Jose Arguelles, the original messenger of the Mayan Prophecy of 2012 and internationally acclaimed author of The Mayan Factor, clarified the significance of their wisdom, sharing visionary insight regarding “natural time” versus “artificial mechanical time”. We are now being called by Grandfather Wisdom, as the ancient Mayan prophesied, to comprehend and experience that We are Time! It is in our very blood. Let us graciously and joyfully accept the cosmic invitation from our wise Grandfather Timekeeper to remember that natural time cycles are living within our sacred bodies in harmony with Nature’s daily rhythms and seasonal cycles. And…The Beat Goes On – O Yea!

Earth Beat – the energetic life-pulse of Mother Earth, our sentient, living planet. Humans have been drumming on something, including our own bodies, since the dawn of man. This primal, elemental act is embedded deep within. It is an instinctive, fundamental part of our connection with earth, and the vast cosmos. Earth Beat is the sacred movement of all life. It makes the ant walk, the plant grow, and the sun flame. Its source is not at the minute sub-atomic level, as atoms also dance to this universal beat. Rather, its source is the primary mystery of the essential core of life: the transcendent quantum consciousness of Divine Creation. Drum Chant is an entrancing path that can initiate flow with Earth Beat’s intrinsic unity. Through the beat of Drum, we sing with the voice of One, where we can consciously dance to this infinitely shared rhythm. As Joseph Campbell, prolific American author, teacher, mythologist and philosopher perceived, “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the Universe, to match your nature with Nature.” This is the Gift of Spirit Dance – a journey to “follow your bliss” into the natural realm – a re-awakening to the pure magick of creation’s flow. If we allow ourselves to harmonize with this internal tempo, we can find a pathway to make space for our innate timing sensibilities to manifest, wisely moving us through the natural unfoldment of life, grounded by our embracing union with Earth Beat.

Nature’s Sacred Bodies – compose the constructed essence of authentic, traditional drums. Until the late 1950’s, the exclusive use of Nature’s Sacred Bodies were almost always used to construct drums. Earth’s symbolic totems were deeply honored by the indigenous peoples who trapped the animals and procured materials from natural resources, crafting drums for a multitude of purposes within their community. Rawhide skins used for the drum heads included: goat, elk, steer, deer, moose, horse, buffalo, bear, fish, and alligator stretched on natural-hewn frames created from wood, metal, or stone native to the land. These sacred elemental beings – animals, botanical, and minerals – live in complete harmony with life. And it is from them and their gifts, when we join in Spirit Dance, that we feel their primal divine connection as it flows to and through us, in the instinctive movement with the infinite celestial clock of “non-time”. The wise and ancient Hopi Indians sublimely declared, “To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.” And the heart speaks in the language of Nature. Our deep, instinctive spirituality can guide us to honor Drum as a liberating universal path, uniting us with the eternally conscious body and soul of cosmic life. We sing with the Voice of One with the beat of Drum.

Saguaro Cactus – (Carnegiea Gigantea) – a tree-size cactus found in the desert areas of Mexico, Arizona, and California. This majestic Grandfather of the plant world can live to be 300 years old, reaching to a towering 70 feet tall! But its growing process is slow – about one inch a year – and night-blooming flowers and fruit only begin producing at the ripe old age of about 120 years. Thus, Saguaro shows us the value and integrity of patient intention within the essence of earthly time. Embracing the growing process of worldly experience can help us reach the blossoming heights of fruition of our own personal power. This is the Earth Walk. Grandfather Saguaro walks the path of sacred ancient wisdom and dignity with stamina and purpose – the heart of Drum Chant – the constant, grounded tempo of earth’s pulse. This is a vital place of inner strength and life-force, available to us all, and, like Saguaro Cactus, we can sustain this power over long periods of time. It is indeed serendipitous to note the auspicious truth that the heartbeat of Drum Chant gifts us with the sacred dichotomy of being mutually grounded and liberated simultaneously! As we endeavor to make friends with patience, this allows the wisdom of the ages flowing through Drum Chant’s sacred heritage to breathe into our psyche. This is a deep connection, where we unite with our ancestral legacy in harmony with those souls who honored Mother Earth’s natural rhythms. With patience, we can be guided into the freedom of cosmic timelessness – the infinite space of no-time – dancing with the Spirit of our Soul. As Stacey Charter, cancer survivor and notable quote-master of life affirmation, divines, “Life is about timing…the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable becomes available, the unattainable becomes attainable. Have patience, it’s all about timing.” Let us go in the direction of our, but with patience. Give yourself time, Dear Souls! Time can be our ally. It can guide us, step-by-step, to our true journey home.

Tiger Iron – a member of the Quartz family from Australia and South Africa, formed in a striking blend of earth colors: silvery black Hematite and Red Jasper with iridescent banding often including Yellow Jasper or Golden Tiger Eye. Tiger Iron is used in spiritual circles to enhance grounding, balancing, clarity, and creativity. As a powerful lower sacral and root chakra stone, it is deeply connected to the earth element, raising life-force energy to center the self, thus strengthening physical vitality and emotional integrity with motivational confidence and willpower. Since the root chakra harmonizes with the heartbeat of Mother Earth, Tiger Iron is a journey stone resonating with world beat tribal music composed of drum, chant, and dance. These are some of the most natural, primal physical expressions of self in the sacred act of letting go and letting Spirit flow. An ancient West African proverb intuits, “The rhythm is in your blood.” Blood is the vital life-giving power pulsing through our veins. It is the stream of Earth’s powerful essence coursing through our bodies, manifesting and sharing dynamic energy. Drum Chant’s gift of Spirit Dance is the divine counterpart to this physical bloodline. As we let ourselves flow “into the mystic” of the cosmic body encompassing all life, a rising, intimate joy and harmony can occur in perfect balance with the Universal Heartbeat. Aaaaaaaahhhhhh…It Is So…Let It Flow!

 

~ CELEBRATION THROUGH SACRED CEREMONY ~

Moving through the spiritual energy of our own totem Drum Chant within, we can be blessed with the precious Gift of Spirit Dance in conscious awareness to all life. Here, within the realm of Divine Time, our True Self eternally dwells.

A personal ceremony can be performed to enhance the manifestation and integration with Drum’s all-embracing gift. This can be a private celebration between yourself and Drum Spirit, or you can invite others to join. It can be as ritualized as you desire, or naturally free-flowing, and include anything you want to say or any object(s) that intuitively feels in harmony with the act of thanksgiving for Drum’s blessing.

A powerful place to hold the celebration would be outside in a naturally wild area among Nature’s Sacred Bodies of animal, botanical, and mineral, but location is not of prime importance. If you do not have access to this environment, any contact outside is within their auric presence, and would be helpful. If the celebration is held indoors, being in room with a window is encouraged to enhance the presence of natural elements, but if this is not possible, symbolically facing a natural area would be beneficial. Even if this locality is hidden or at a great distance, emanations from Drum Chant’s spiritual essence are not obscured, as they flow freely throughout the Universe.

As a sample list, any of the following ideas below could be included in your celebration, and verbalized during a Blessings of Intention for Spirit Dance affirmation ceremony (see below). Also, any of these offerings may be created and integrated into your ritual either physically and/or symbolically in Spirit.

  1. Begin with a personal intention of Spirit Dance to enhance any general or specific aspect of your life.
  2. Lighting an earth-colored candle to personify Grandfather Wisdom, the Timekeeper, who can guide you to restore your “natural time” in harmony with Mother Nature.
  3. Feeling the vital pulse of Earth Beat with your body, sharing with you the inner knowledge of life’s natural rhythms.
  4. Honoring Nature’s Sacred Bodies – the animals, botanicals, and minerals – who dwell purely within the heartbeat of Mother Earth.
  5. A drop of the majestic Saguaro Cactus flower essence on your tongue to help align vertically to the virtues of a higher order for personal growth.
  6. Holding the gemstone Tiger Iron, or other stone resonating unity with Earth’s energetic rhythmic core. Other gemstones associated with the Root Chakra which can enhance this grounding primal heartbeat include Hematite, Tan Jasper, Obsidian, Clear Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Epidote, Bismuth, Fluorite, and Black Tourmaline.
  7. Intentional blessings for the Gift of Spirit Dance. A simple statement in the form of a heart-felt declaration can attract and summon the heights of magick and power through the fundamental, positive act of intention. By the sincere act of a clear and pure desire, a personalized blessing can call upon the spiritual forces of unity within life – the source of your Infinite Self. You can use any of the following Blessings of Intention affirmations as a guideline to be included into your own personal declaration towards inner harmony and integration with the energies of Heaven and Earth. Written as non-denominational statements, these intentional blessings can be practiced by any single person, or unstructured/organized group, as their own personal form of prayer, charm, chant, invocation, or medicine, etc.
  8. A devotional affirmation of praise, honor, and thanksgiving, as suggested in Dream Song to Drum Chant (see below). This act of appreciation is enhanced with the powerful personal statement “I Am”, and especially when said aloud, can invoke the creative energies of manifestation radiating throughout the Universe, calling upon Drum’s Great Spirit to be infused into your life.  All or part of the Dream Song passages can be included in this holy prayer of purpose and gratitude. Each affirmation is a personal journey to summon and embrace a wide range of natural spiritual influences, ancient mythology, and alchemical life-force energies from Native American, Deity, Celtic, Shaman, Indigenous, Pagan, and Wiccan cultures.

 

~ BLESSINGS OF INTENTION FOR SPIRIT DANCE ~

  1. With this enlightening candle, blessed by Drum Spirit, I follow Grandfather Wisdom, the sacred elder Timekeeper, who guides me to dance Nature’s rhythmic Spirit time sparking within my heart and soul.
  2. With the natural pulse of Earth Beat, blessed by Drum Spirit, I am guided to move with the Divine Dance of Spirit within, to follow my bliss in pure harmony with my heart and soul.
  3. With Nature’s Sacred Bodies of animal, botanical, and mineral, blessed by Drum Spirit, I dance with their souls to the eternal cosmic beat of all life dwelling within my heart and soul.
  4. With the noble flower essence of Grandfather Saguaro Cactus, I feel the healing aura of wisdom, patience, and personal power, gifted to me by my sacred ancestors of Earth Time, growing in my heart and soul.
  5. With earth-iridescent Tiger Iron, or other resonating gemstone, blessed by Drum Spirit, I feel my Root Chakra unite with the bloodline of Mother Earth’s blessed heartbeat, grounding me to unity and joy balancing my heart and soul.

 

~ DREAM SONG TO DRUM CHANT ~

Rising from the depths of Source,

I dance in Spirit with the beat of Drum.

Heart beat, Earth beat,

Beat as One.

 Earth Mother moves through my blood,

And I am grounded to fly, rising up and soaring high.

Drum Chant, Spirit Dance

Beat as One.

We dance, we chant,

We move as One.

I am the Song of my Soul.

Heart beat, Earth beat,

We are One.

And the Beat…Goes…On…

Thank You, O Drum Chant, for your Gift of Spirit Dance

 

 

 

 

~ From Heaven Sweet Nature Springs ~

 

BRIGHT BLESSINGS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

http://netowne.com

http://www.13moon.com

http://www.indians.org

http://www.completedcircledrums.com

http://www.madehow.com

http://www.healingcrystals.com

http://www.crystalsandjewelry.com

http://en.wikipedia.org

The Mayan Factor, by Jose Arguelles

Power of Flowers, by Isha Lerner