Shamanism and Rhythm Healing with Drumming
Shamanism is probably humanity’s oldest spiritual healing tradition, dating back some 35,000 years to the first signs of development of human consciousness. It is not a religion, but rather a way of life. It belongs to no particular race or tribe as it is cross-cultural.
Shamanism honours and includes all of creation. The fundamental principle in Shamanism is that everything is consciousness and everything communicates. In Shamanic practices we work closely with the qualities of power animals, with all of nature, the elements and the directions.
Traditional Shamans & modern day Shamanic practitioners journey beyond the realm of time and space, i.e. beyond the physical dimension, to connect with subtler realms to integrate spiritual wisdom. This connection is done by entering into an altered state and the most common way to enter this state is by the use of percussive sound, which is one of the most effective ways to connect with subtler realms as it travels through space, permeates visual and physical barriers, and conveys information from the unseen, non-physical world. Shamans ride the sound waves produced by the drum into what is called the non-ordinary (non-physical) reality, making drumming an integral part of Shamanic journeying and Shamanic healing.
Shamanic drumming uses a repetitive rhythm that begins slowly and then gradually builds intensity to a tempo. It is a simple and effective technique of ecstasy that brings about a fundamental change in people’s consciousness. The key to understanding the Shaman’s world is to realize that the universe is made of vibrational energy and it is a single, flowing, rhythmic beat that shifts from the Beta state to an Alfa state, which is like being in a meditative state. According to quantum physics, everything in the universe, from the smallest subatomic particle to the largest star, including you and us, has an inherent vibrational pattern. The entire universe is created through vibration and can be influenced through the vibrations of Shamanic drumming. To put it simply, Shamanic drumming is an ancient form of rhythm healing.
Everyone is rhythmical. Beginning with our heartbeat, rhythm is something that all of us have within us. Drumming helps us to re-discover the music that is inherent in us and around us. According to the teachings of the ancient elders, emotional disturbance manifests as an irregular rhythm in the body that blocks the vital force from expressing fully in the body. Rhythmic Drumming can facilitate the removal of blockages and release tension from the body. Recent studies confirm that through rhythmic repetition of ritual sounds, the body, the brain and the nervous system can be energized and transformed. Drumming boosts the immune system, and supports the healing of Autistic children, Alzheimer patients and people who suffer from Asthma, Arthritis etc
Group drumming has immense benefits. When a group of people play a rhythm for an extended period of time, their brain waves become entrained to the rhythm and they enjoy a shared brainwave state.
It is really the oldest Holy Communion!
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