Shamanic drumming is an ancient approach that uses rhythm to promote healing and self-expression. Based on his studies and personal shamanic experience, Michael presents the first practical guide to applying this ancient healing art to our modern lives. Through a series of simple exercises and lessons, he teaches the basic shamanic methods of drumming. The focus is on creating sacred space, journeying, power practice, power animals, drum therapy, drum circles and the therapeutic effects of drumming. Whether you are an accomplished percussionist or a total beginner, this user-friendly book will help you harness the power of drumming. Recent studies demonstrate that drumming is a valuable treatment for stress, chronic pain, cancer, stroke, trauma, addictions, mental illness, emotional disorders and a wide range of physical disabilities. The benefits include relaxation, healing, more energy, greater mental clarity, enhanced creativity and deeper self-awareness.
"This book is a valuable, well-researched, and well-written treatment of all aspects of shamanic drumming. The author weaves together both ancient and modern lore, from oral shamanic chants to modern physics and biology, along with personal experiences to illuminate the practice of sacred drumming. Included are step-by-step exercises, analysis of different beats and tempos, and chapters on cosmology, journeying, power practice, and healing the earth. Recommended to anyone seeking to connect deeply with the drum as a tool for personal, interpersonal, or group spiritual and healing work."
--Nowick Gray, Alternative Culture Magazine
"The Shamanic Drum expresses things as they are and it's
indeed true that the drum and the proper ceremonies are the way in
which we balance and harmonize the energies of the Earth, its
creatures, and our relationship with all realms."
-- Dhyani Ywahoo, Cherokee teacher and author of Voices of Our Ancestors.
"A clear and practical
-- Julia Cameron, author of The Vein of Gold and The Artist's Way.
easy to read, in-depth, step-by-step guide to journeying. Michael
Drake has written a sensible guide to taking a traditional shamanic
journey with measured drum beats to an alternate reality where,
with practice, one can meet one's spirit/animal guide. He describes
with obvious deep knowledge how to use and care for a drum that
will act as both a vehicle to journey and as a healing tool."
--Yana Murphy Amazon Reviews
"In The Shamanic Drum, Michael Drake takes the reader on a journey from
humankind's earliest of times to the most modern findings of
science to explore the connections and power of drumming and
shamanism. At the same time factual and intuitively revealing,
Drake allows the reader to become comfortable with concepts that
may be foreign and even esoteric in an easy, understandable manner.
Drake has provided a textbook on shamanic drumming that should be
an enduring classic."
--Jim PathFinder Ewing, author of Reiki Shamanism.
"Apprenticeship would be the ideal way to
learn shamanic drumming, however most of us will never be fortunate
enough to have this experience. This book is definitely the next
--Lisa DiPlacido, review editor for Friend's Review.
Imagery. I thoroughly enjoyed the imagery presented in this book.
The journeys of the soul were mesmerizing. The guidance for
drumming was most useful. The songs presented were short, easy to
remember, and inspiring."
--Monarch Amazon Reviews
"I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the practice of
Shamanic drumming. Lots of information, easy to read. Thank you Mr. Drake."
--Cindy (Drumheart) Green
"This is an excellent book that provides a very workable manual, packed with practical knowledge, information and exercises. I was looking for good, authentic shamanic information to incorporate into my own shamanic practices plus ways of weaving this into my drum birthing workshops. I found all I was searching for and more in this book. Definitely recommend to others as a must have book. Thank you!" 5.0 out of 5 Stars.
--Andrew Hope Amazon UK Reviews
"This book is amazing. The author is very knowledgeable and explains things in an easy to read manner. I highly recommend to anyone interested in Shamanism." 5.0 out of 5 Stars.
--January Eagle Amazon UK Reviews
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On this companion recording to the book, Michael Drake instructs the listener in playing ten ceremonial drum rhythms, including those for invoking the seven directions. A 30-minute shamanic drumming is also performed, which listeners may use for training and journeywork. The recording can be used independently or as an integral companion to the book.
5.0 out of 5 Stars. "I'm new to Shamanic Drumming so this (audio) book was an excellent resource. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject."
--J. Spencer Amazon Reviews
5.0 out of 5 Stars. "This is a
fantastic CD to expand your knowledge around drumming and increase
your enjoyment of playing. Michael is very clear in his
instructions, his drum sounds wonderful, which increases your
motivation and desire to learn. He makes it very easy to learn and
play along with his drumming. I highly recommend this CD & I
hope he makes more."
--FlairforLife Amazon Reviews
"Five Star Shamanic Drumming CD! I received this CD and it is great. Sounds good with good instruction on shamanic drumming. Thanks."
--Barbara Shinton Amazon Reviews
5.0 out of 5 Stars. "Good instructions. This is well done and very helpful to learn shamanic drum patterns and their meanings. I am grateful to being given this information as I now am sharing it with others."
--Louie Laskowski Amazon Reviews
5.0 out of 5 Stars. "I purchased this specifically for its drumming sounds. They are similar to those which I heard last year at a live drum circle. The effect of the sounds at that event seemed to invoke in me an altered state of consciousness. Since I am now experimenting with altered states, I am hoping drumming sounds on The Shamanic Drum Instructional will help with this effort."
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