Receiving and Feeling Love

ImageA little over a week ago, a friend of ISA ended up in the hospital. Suddenly a wave of concern, worry, sadness and confusion washed over this community.  During this last week, many people, in person and far away, prayed for our friend’s revival.  We worried together, talked together, and as we watched our friend come back from the brink of death, many of us felt old emotional wounds triggered once again.  Unfortunately, many have had loved ones die and have yet to come to terms with the experience.  Also, people began to reveal that they too have had experiences with the desire to inflict self-harm in the past, or have had loved ones do the same.

This last Sunday, we held our Sunday Shamanic Journey Circle, and the intention was to help those who participated tend old wounds that have yet to be healed.  Often, old soul injuries can lie dormant until a new trauma triggers it. In preparation of circle, I wrote the following ideas on pieces of paper for participants to pick.  These words are subjects that I have noticed waving through our community in the last week.  I asked us all (you too dear reader) to pick one to journey about, to see what wisdom may come from our inner guidance. We are all archetypes for each other’s healing.

“Soul Purpose”, “Family Dissonance”,  “Trauma Trigger”,”Death”, “Letting Go of Outcome”,”Fear”, and “Accepting Change” were words picked by journeyers.

After two journeys, each person felt better, felt more connected and heard.  A sense of community and shared experience had helped, just as much as our very personal messages received with the drum beat. People for thousands of years have experienced pain.  Loving people and being human often brings pain that takes a very special salve to soothe…this salve is community spirit = LOVE.

If you have experienced a trauma that needs tending, consider listening to a drumbeat.  Turn your attention inward and ask for an inner guide to help you tend your soul wound.  Ask for help from your inner teachers.  Also, ask for help from people around you who care.  If it gets so bad that you want to hurt yourself, please seek out a mental health professional.  There is no shame in doing so.  Soul wounds are huge challenges that are almost impossible to tend alone.

YOU ARE LOVED!

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Drumming the Elements…

Last night, 5 spirit travelers joined together to create rhythm for the four elements.   The five called on Romanian, Irish, Punjabi, Native American and African ancestors to help them.  Two humans had drumming experience.  Three had never drummed before. They intuitively connected with Earth, then Air, Fire, and finally Water, and below are some quotes shared by travelers after they completed the circle of rhythm for the elements.

“I felt the elements.  I really felt Fire, our beats blended into flames!”
“I kept hearing voices, like there was someone else in circle speaking old prayers.”
“I let go, and then I peaked into myself…and then I got into it again.”
“The drum was picking up on each of the elements, and we asked our ancestors to guide us.”
“Water was a calm ocean, and then it was a hurricane!”
“During each element session I heard the following… Earth-Ground it.  Air-Blow it away. Fire- Burn it off. Water- Wash it away.”
“I felt a buzzing in my body that peaked between Air and Fire.”
“I had a sensational experience.  I had a man in back of me and a woman in front of me.  I trusted them to help me.”

Drumming and rhythm making belongs to all people of all lands.  All are welcome to ISA’s drumming circles offered approximately once a month.  The best way to expand one’s drumming ability is to Practice, Practice, Practice 🙂  Join ISA in this practice.

Below are some articles regarding various drum cultures (specifically of those present in this drumming circle)
http://www.drummagazine.com/features/post/when-the-drummers-were-women/
http://www.godammit.com/2012/02/03/visits-from-the-other-side/
http://www.turtlewomenrising.com/
http://www.ask.com/wiki/Dhol?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamanism:_Archaic_Techniques_of_Ecstasy  (Classic book written by Romanian historian of religion Mircea Eliade)