By Joeaux Robey
Drumming circles used to scare the *bejeezus* out of me! Years ago I avoided them at all costs. Rather, I am the car drummer, practicing solo on the steering wheel at 70 MPH down the freeway…
We will! We will! Rock you – slap, slap! Rock you – slap, slap!
I learned it wasn’t really about me.
Drumming is all about the vibration of the group and raising our frequency with each strike of the drum. Letting go of my insecurity, I immediately felt the vibration deep within my soul along with a tremendous sense of accomplishment, respect and honor for the animal totems that gave their skins, and a connection to the Mother Earth and my Native American roots.
Enter Cliff “Grey Wolf the Drum Maker.’ Creator of amazing Native American drum kits.
These are the kits we will be using to make our own drums in September at Mt. Ida, Arkansas during our Rock ‘N Rhythms retreat. I’m very excited! After allowing them to cure for 2 days, we will go out under the full moon and have our own drumming circle.
Click here to see a step-by-step demonstration of the creating these drums.
Now, I’ve experienced drumming circles capture the heart of those who let go enough to engage and encounter. Namely myself. Physiologically, intuitively and analytically. The aerobics increase your heart rate and blood flow. Striking the drum engages both sides of your brain, intuitive and analytic, feminine and masculine as you hit it with your right hand and then your left hand, creating rhythm, vibration.
Drumming synchronizes energy – – bringing people together, inspiring one another and creating enthusiasm. It engages all walks of life, even the rhythmically challenged. Drumming links us to the Earth, energizing and clearing our Chakras – healing and transforming!
Most of all, drumming circles are fun, pure joy, and isn’t that what it is all about?
…and the beat goes on… da-da-da-da-daaa …yes, the beat goes on!