We welcome you wherever you are on your path. ShamanicDrumming.com was launched in 2001 in order to share the healing power of rhythm with like-minded members of our global shamanic community. Our mission is to create a vibrant international community devoted to shamanic drumming as a vehicle for healing, consciousness expansion and community building.
Raised in a conservative Southern Baptist Church, I had my first ecstatic experience as a youth at a church revival, an evangelistic meeting intended to reawaken interest in religion. This state of rapture and trancelike elation inspired my spiritual quest. I spent more than thirty years of my life seeking answers to some of life's most perplexing mysteries: Why am I here? What happens when you die? What is life's purpose? I explored the world's great religions, considered the philosophies of humanity, and studied the theories of modern science.
At a crucial point in my search, I came in touch with the transforming power of shamanic drumming and of an ancient shamanic way of self-knowledge. Through drumming, I found a meaningful way to express myself without words. More importantly, I discovered my true calling -- shamanic drumming. Inspired by my studies, research, and experiences, I founded Talking Drum Publications in 1991 in order to publish shamanic drumming instructional books and CDs. For the past twenty-five years I have been facilitating drum circles and hands-on experiential workshops nationwide. This site is part of my effort to create an empowered global shamanic community for the sake of our future generations. I invite you to try a shamanic journey, and browse our articles and blog to learn more about shamanism and shamanic drumming.
Michael Drake, publisher
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