I’m a drumming circle facilitator
I host a Women’s Drumming Circle in my home twice a month.
Drumming and Drum Therapy
Many books have been written about the healing power of the rhythm of the drum. To name but a few of the authors of such books are Layne Redmond, Christine Stevens, Michael Drake, Micky Harte and Arthur Hull.
Drum therapy has found a place in our modern day world for the reduction of tension, anxiety, physical and emotional pain.
Drumming liberates self-expression, deepens spirituality and boosts our well- being and immune system.
Drumming is a practice that spans the globe and has a presence in every culture. Our ancestors knew of its wisdom and used it for centuries to heal within their clan, community and tribe. Drumming and rhythm was very much part of their everyday life through ceremonies, rites of passage, celebration, healing, music and dance. They were aware of how the different sounds/beats of the drum were connected to the elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. For them, separation did not exist but a profound connection and unison with all.
Through time and change this ancient wisdom was sadly forgotten but it was never lost. Rhythm is a fundamental part of all that resides in Nature and life itself. It is also a part of our human experience as it exists in our bodies, our hearts and our breath.
We, as a people are beginning to remember the call of rhythm as we take up our drum in answer to its wisdom.
Layne Redmond, who was the author of “When the Drummers were Women”, discovered a matriarchal society of long ago where the women were Spiritual Leaders and worshipped a Mother Goddess. Her priestesses honoured the Earth and the drum was an instrument that they dominantly played. It was sacredness. The following is an excerpt from her book:
“One of the most important aspects of drumming and the reason people have done it since the beginning if being human is that it changes people’s consciousness. Through rhythmic repetition of ritual sounds, the body, the brain and the nervous system are energized and transformed. When a group of people play a rhythm for an extended period of time, their brain waves become entrained to the rhythm and they have a shared brain wave state. The longer the drumming goes on the more powerful the entrainment becomes. It’s really the oldest Holy Communion.
The first sound we ever hear is the sound of our Mother’s blood pulsing through her arteries while we were a foetus in the womb. The sound of the drum is the echo of this first sound and it calls us. The drum is the voice of the Feminine, of the Mother. Its circular shape represents Oneness, Wholeness, Unity, Community, the Cycle of Life, Seasons, the Sun, the Moon and the Earth.”