On this companion recording to his book The Shamanic Drum, 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 prayer and journeywork. This CD can be used independently or as an integral companion to the book.
Track 1: Introduction
Track 2: Go Away
This rhythm, like smudging with cedar, prepares sacred space by clearing the area of stagnant or unwanted energy.
Track 3: Come To Me
Like smudging with sweetgrass, this rhythm attracts and draws in helping spirits and beneficial energy.
Track 4: Upperworld - Eagle
The Eagle is the intercessor between humans and the upperworld. This is a good rhythm for prayer and journeywork.
Track 5: East - Hummingbird
The Hummingbird is the Maya guardian of the east and sings a vibration of pure joy and illumination.
Track 6: South - Coyote
The Coyote is a guardian of the south and brings us the medicine of laughter and humor.
Track 7: West - Bear
The Bear is a guardian of the west and brings us the medicine of introspection, healing, and transformation.
Track 8: North - Buffalo
The Buffalo is a guardian of the north and brings us the medicine of wisdom, blessings, and abundance.
Track 9: Underworld - Horse
In the Mongolian shamanic tradition, the Horse is the guardian of the underworld and carries power and healing to wherever it is needed based on our intent.
Track 10: Center - Heartbeat
The Heartbeat is related to the seventh direction or center of the medicine wheel. When we drum the heartbeat, we become centered and united with all our relations.
Track 11: Earth/Eagle
The Earth/Eagle beat is used to end a ceremony and send out prayers of thanks and gratitude to the seven directions and all our relations.
Track 12: Prayer Round
The Prayer Round of a ceremonial drumming is projective in nature and carries our intention and prayers into all realms of existence.
Track 13: Healing Round
The Healing Round carries power and healing to wherever it is needed based on our prayers and intent.
Track 14: Thank You Round
The Thank You Round carries our gratitude to all our relations for the needs met.
"If you have just made or purchased a frame/medicine drum or already own a drum 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. It is also good to play this CD while you are doing other things as the rhythms stay in your mind. I highly recommend this CD & I hope he makes more. It has helped me form a wonderful connection with my drum & we both love playing the new rhythms I have learnt; they allow one to move more quickly & easily into a trance state and connect with spirit."
--Amazon Customer Review
"I'm new to Shamanic Drumming so this book was an excellent resource. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject."
--Amazon Customer Review