~This week I made a 15 minute recording of drumming in the woods with the intention of using it for my upcoming workshop and to make it available for people to use for relaxation, grounding, journeying and wellness. It is commonly understood that sound can be both disruptive and healing. A Google search reveals a plethora of references to the positive effects of drumming and the brain. I first read about the positive changes of drumming and the brain in a book by cultural anthropologist, Angeles Arien, The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Path of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary. http://www.angelesarrien.com/
~In a 2017 publication, Being & Biology : Is Consciousness the Life Force, edited by Brenda J. Dunne and Robert G. Jahn, there is an essay by Thomas Anderson that explores the “inherently unifying property of sound.” Anderson writes, “One ubiquitous feature of traditional healing systems around the world is the use of sound. From the shaman’s drums to the priest’s prayers to the mantras of the mystic, sound has historically played a central role in the healing arts.”
~Even though it is useful to have the scientific evidence to support the positive effects of drumming, experience is perhaps more useful to the participant. Drumming makes me feel good. I experience relaxation and a sense of well-being when I drum or when I listen to others drumming, whether it is a rhythmical or a monotonous pattern.
~I hope you will join me for my November workshop where we will explore shamanic drumming along with many other healing practices.