Indigenous cultures have been observing
community drumming for thousands of years. Now people all over the world are
taking up drumming in astonishing numbers. At a grass roots level, small communal
drum circles are springing up. While some drum circles are content to jam and
make a lot of rhythmic noise, others choose to explore Shamanic drumming.
Shamanic drummingis a time-honored
method of healing and helping others. A drumming circle is a place for
shamanic practitioners to get together for learning, healing, and the
revelation of spiritual guidance.
Creativity in the general sense of the word is very much about
artistic endeavours, crafts, cooking, writing, painting, drawing acting etc.
Indeed, these activities generally bring forth a beauty from the internal world
of the creator and offer their beauty to be shared with others.
Expressing our artistic creativity is a pleasure for us to engage
in, it can be calming, meditative and
rewarding but sometimes frustrating and irritating as well!
In terms of shamanic understanding, creativity is taken a few
The word “solstice” comes
from the latin wordssol (sun) andsistere (stand still) because on June 21, the sun appears
to stand still before it reverses direction and begins its decent back into the
southern sky. The Summer Solstice is the first day of summer in the Northern
Hemisphere and the longest day of the year. The sun is at its peak, the highest
point in the sky. The rays of the sun are the clearest and warmest for this
longest day, and shortest night.
Celebrations of the Summer Solstice
vary across the globe and from culture to culture.
Shamanic practice places great importance on
shamanic tools and a shaman’s sacred implements may be of many different kinds.
They many include plants, special stones, animal parts, drums, musical
instruments, masks, costumes and feathers.
Feathers may be used as tools to ease us in to an
awakening of the whole self, used in prayer, or utilised for protection and
healing. Feathering can also be used in energy healing’s, such as cleansing the
auric field by sweeping a bird's wing or a single feather within the Auric
Field - the space of energy surrounding a person.
Spring is now firmly upon us and foraging as
the first spring foliage bursts from the earth is something that, for
centuries, humans have counted on. Spring’s new growth is nutrient rich and bountiful
nourishment after winter.
While fresh food is of course available all
year round through supermarkets and independent food retailers, many of us
still like to walk in the steps of our hunter gatherer ancestors.
Foraging is becoming much more popular, but there
are a few things you should always remember:
Shamanic smudging is a tradition which has been used for generations
to create peace and harmony. There are many different smudging ceremonies, and
different shamanic practices use a variety of herbs for smudging. Shamanic
smudging is the burning of herbs or incense for cleansing, creation of sacred
space, purification, dismissal of negative energies and protection of both physical
and spiritual bodies.
You can use herbs that are tied into a
bundle, commonly called Smudge Sticks, braided herbs and botanicals, such as
sweetgrass or loose herbs which can be burned on charcoal or in a fire pit.
you’re going through a hard time or feeling anxious, insecure, or vulnerable.
Perhaps you just feel you can’t let your guard down or are finding it hard to
relax. Or Sometimes the knocks of life can just throw us out of whack.
when we feel out-of-sorts or a little unsettled in this way it can be helpful
to clear and balance our root chakra. The root
chakra is the first of the seven chakras. And it can be the key to
feeling grounded, safe, and secure in the world.
and balancing your root chakra can help you relax, feel calmer and more secure,
and let go of some of those underlying fears you might be holding onto.
In ancient days, woman of a tribe or village
would retreat into
a Moon Lodge, Menstrual Hut or Red Tent during menstruation. It was a sacred
place for women to renew, recharge, connect with one another and receive
They would gather during their moon times and
be taken care of by the elder woman and younger maids of the village. Foods were prepared and delivered
to the moon lodge. Women were completely discharged from their other duties and
responsibilities so they could turn their attentions inward and care for