From the Author
This book is the culmination of twenty-five years ofshamanic circling. Since 1989, I have been involved in facilitating shamanicdrumming circles and hands-on experiential workshops nationwide. Many of theparticipants in my seminars were inspired to start or join drumming circles intheir communities. Over the years, a number of these shamanic practitionershave shared the specific challenges and issues their circles experienced. Thisongoing networking with other practitioners evolved into the ShamanicDrumming Circles Guide
. This comprehensive manual provides guidelines forcreating, facilitating and sustaining shamanic drumming circles.
A shamanic drumming circle is essentially a modern adaptationto an ancient form of cultural expression attributed to indigenous shamanicpeoples. In indigenous cultures, the term "drum circle" would not beused. Rather, the term "ceremonial drumming" or "drummingrite" would be more accurate.
The shamanic drumming circle is the most powerful way I knowto connect with the spirit and oneness of everything. Everything has a rhythm,and that rhythm is circular. Drum circles provide the opportunity for people oflike mind to unite for the attainment of a shared objective. There is power indrumming alone, but that power recombines and multiplies on many simultaneouslevels in a group of drummers. The drums draw individual energies together,unifying them into a consolidated force that can be channeled toward thecircle's intended goal.
About the Author
Michael Drake is an internationally respected writer andrecording artist. His musical albums, which include Shamanic Journey Drummingand Power Animal Drumming, can be previewed and downloaded on his Amazon ArtistStore. Michael is the author of The Shamanic Drum: A Guide to Sacred Drumming,I Ching: The Tao of Drumming, Shamanic Drumming: Calling the Spirits, andShamanic Drumming Circles Guide. His articles have appeared in numerouspublications, including Awareness, Sacred Hoop, and Mother Earth News.
Raised in a conservative Baptist Church, Michael had his firstecstatic experience as a youth at a church revival, an evangelistic meetingintended to reawaken interest in religion. This state of rapture and trancelikeelation inspired his spiritual quest for meaning and fulfillment. At a crucialpoint in his search, Michael came in touch with the transforming power ofshamanic drumming and discovered his true calling. Inspired by his research andexperiences, Michael founded Talking Drum Publications in 1991 in order toshare the healing power of rhythm with the global drumming community. For thepast twenty years, he has been facilitating drum circles and workshopsnationwide.