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Shamanic Drum: A Guide to Sacred Drumming by Michael
"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.
"Hurray! The book is great. I'm sharing it
at my drumming workshops and have it on my resource
-- Brooke Medicine Eagle, Native ceremonial leader and author of Buffalo Woman Comes Singing.
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
recommend this book to anyone interested in the practice of
Shamanic drumming. Lots of information, easy to read. Thank you Mr.
--Cindy (Drumheart) Green
this short book and found the instructions short, simple and
practical and perfect for the novice wanting to experiment with
drumming for journeying as there is nothing complicated here.
Again, these are brief instructions so don't expect any deep
explanations about how to drum or the lore and spirituality
surrounding drumming. I purchased the Kindle e-book version since I
wanted to read it right away and the price is reasonable. This is
more in the neo-shamanism vein. The author incorporates cross
cultural beliefs and practices into this book. Along with the
drumming instruction the author recounts some of his own journeys.
He writes briefly about conducting a drumming circle. Overall I
enjoyed this book and thought it was a nice drumming intro for
--Kavanava Amazon Reviews
"Drake demonstrates the use of the drum to
achieve a mental state beyond the realm of normal experience.
Drumming, in essence, becomes the window to beyond and a mirror of
--Michael Dawson, editor of Moving Words .
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.
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The Shamanic Drum Instructional Recording by Michael Drake.
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 ceremonial 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.
"A very fine piece of work. What Drake has put together is unique and fills an important need for all those folks discovering the magic of drumming."
--Dennis Carpenter, editor of Circle Magazine .
"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 and I hope he makes more. It has helped me
form a wonderful connection with my drum and we both love playing
the new rhythms I have learnt; they allow one to move more quickly
and easily into a trance state and connect with spirit."
--FlairforLife Amazon Reviews
I'm new to Shamanic Drumming so this recording was an excellent
resource. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the
--J. Spencer 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
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Journey Drumming by Michael Drake
"This is the perfect album for journeying. The beats are simple and deep as is needed to successfully journey. Just as necessary are the call backs. Thank you Michael Drake. Just what I needed."
heard Michael's shamanic drumming in 1993 at the Earth and Spirit
conference in Portland, Oregon. His drumming had a hypnotic,
trance-inducing effect on the audience. His CD entitled Shamanic
Journey Drumming is equally powerful and can be used for both
individual and group shamanic experiences."
--Martin Gray, anthropologist, photographer, and author of Sacred Earth
"This is a
very well done, easy to use sound guide to a shamanic journey. It
consists of nothing but drumming or drumming with a rattle and a
call back for each session."
--M. Garrison Amazon Reviews
The sound quality is deep and resonant, with a mixture of solo
drumming and solo drumming with a rattle accompanying."
recommend this album to anyone interested in shamanic journeying.
The driving beat, rich acoustics and overtone harmonics readily
induce the altered states necessary for making shamanic journeys.
The companion book The Shamanic Drum is also recommended
purchased this album and since then I have explored journeying.
This album was great through my Qc3 headphones, but when I played
it through my JBL 6" studio monitors in my home studio, WOW!!! THE
TONE!! After 7 min I had to stop it. The fullness and vibrations
were overwhelming. Well done Michael Drake!!!" 5 Stars.
This CD has been digitally recorded to support the listener in making shamanic journeys. The spirit journey is a time-honored shamanic method of inner consultation. It is a way of communicating with your inner self and retrieving information. Your inner self is in constant communication with all aspects of your environment, seen and unseen. You need only journey within to find answers to your questions.
The harmonic overtones and undertones on this recording were produced by a 22-inch single-headed, elk hide, cedar frame drum pulsed at four-beats-per-second. This tempo induces a theta wave cycle in the brain. Theta rhythms are associated with the deepest states of shamanic consciousness. Researchers have found that if a tempo of four-beats-per-second is sustained for at least 15 minutes, most people can journey successfully even on their first attempt. To support your journey you can choose from three different tracks:
1. 15 minute
solo drumming with callback
2. 15 minute solo drumming with rattle and callback
3. 30 minute solo drumming with callback
Sample: Download this MP3 Solo Drumming
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Drumming: Calling the Spirits by Michael Drake
"Are you being called to one of the oldest traditions on the Mother Earth? In your heart you know. Michael Drake shares his journey of being "called" by his higher self. It is a wonderful journey with the drum. I live in a remote area of the USA. Michael's book offers a sacred way of learning Shamanic Drumming and shares his knowledge of Ceremony." 5 Stars.
"Valuable learning tool. Michael Drake is a blessing for all who wish to understand more about traveling on the drum and the spiritual practice it can lead to." 5 Stars.
Shamanism has achieved a dramatic modern resurgence. Recent studies by some of the world's foremost scholars on shamanism reveal that the contemporary world still hungers for transcendent experiences because the shamanic narrative is hard-wired in us all. Study results demonstrate that the cross-cultural manifestations of shamanism and its contemporary appeal are rooted in innate functions of the brain, mind, and consciousness.
The revival of shamanism can, in large part, be attributed to the fact that shamanic drumming offers a relatively easy means of controlled transcendence. Researchers have found that if a drum beat frequency of around three to four beats per second is sustained for at least fifteen minutes, it will induce significant trance states in most people, even on their first attempt. Shamanic drumming continues to offer today what it has offered for thousands of years: namely, a simple and effective technique of ecstasy.
Many people in today's world are being called by spirit to become shamans. A yearning exists deep within many of us to reconnect to the natural world. It is a call to a life lived in balance with awareness of nature, of spirit, and of self. In his third drum guide, Shamanic Drumming: Calling the Spirits, Michael Drake recounts his journey into shamanic practice and explores what someone should do if they feel the call to become a shaman. Following up on his definitive handbook on shamanic drumming, The Shamanic Drum, the author provides a new series of exercises and lessons that allow for a deeper understanding and utilization of this core shamanic practice. He has written a guide to becoming a shamanic healer that encompasses the power of the drum, of community, and of the accountability inherent in authentic shamanic practice.
This empowering book is a call to build relationships with helping spirits. Spirit helpers are the caretakers in the unseen world who want to support the earth and her inhabitants at this time. The shamanic relationship between humans and helping spirits supports our spirit's quest for self-realization. Helping spirits, if engaged regularly and skillfully, offer flexibility, creativity and perseverance in fulfilling our own unique path. The spirits are here to assist us in doing the principal, unique thing we have come here to do in a way that benefits all living things.
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I Ching: The
Tao of Drumming by Michael Drake
"A fascinating multicultural synergism of thought regarding the rhythmic pulses of the universe and their relationship to divination and drumming."
-- Jonathan Goldman, author of Healing Sounds .
"Michael has done all of us a huge
kindness by compiling this exhaustive work into one volume in clear
--Dru Kristel, author of Breath Was the First Drummer .
"Ever since I first saw the book
I Ching, The Tao of
Drumming by Michael
Drake, I have been fascinated by it. It's one more way to
experience the connection of all things. Drake instructs the
drummer to create rhythmic patterns. These can be assembled to drum
the four elements, the four directions, and the I Ching hexagrams.
"It is a synthesis, a blending of rhythmic knowledge from Taoism,
shamanism, and the philosophical wisdom of the I Ching." The
inspiration that comes from these philosophies can now be felt
through the vibration of drumming."
--Arlene Arnold, The New Times
"I like what Michael is doing and saying
in I Ching: The Tao
of Drumming. The
drum is the presence of ha-moo-low-nay, which is how the Infinite
is seeing the unfolding of the deeper levels of the vast
--Joseph Beautiful Painted Arrow Rael , Ute-Tewa artist and author of Being and Vibration .
A true "way"
of Drumming. Michael Drake truly captures "the way" of the drum and
also I believe our emotional and spiritual connection to it. From
the ancient ceremonial drums of early man until modern times, this
"way" of the drum has not changed within us - and Michael Drake
captures this in all of his books. This book actually has rhythmic
exercises and pattern the reader can learn and use as a guide to
finding their own "way". As a lifelong drummer, and student of
related speed bag rhythms, I found it very interesting and
--Alan Kahn Amazon Reviews
work, given the role of music in the lives of many."
--Anthony Judge, author of Periodic Pattern of Human Life
"It's a fascinating idea, especially for I
Ching aficionados, and another good excuse to put your hands on
those healing skins."
-- NAPRA ReView
bought your book and CD for the Tao of Drumming. I am a martial
arts teacher of a Daoist Kung Fu system. My arts are based on Chi
Cultivation which I found that your Tao of Drumming fits in well
with as the vibrations of the drum will enter certain organs for
its healing benefits plus much more. So I needed to write to you to
thank you on a huge effort and great job on the book and
--Garry Hearfield, Shaolin Yau Kung Mun Kung Fu Academy, Sydney, Australia
In this user-friendly interpretation of the I Ching, Michael Drake presents drumming as a revolutionary way to approach the ancient Chinese oracle. A synthesis of shamanic drum ways and Taoist philosophy, I Ching: The Tao of Drumming provides for the first time the rhythmic structure of the 64 hexagrams or potential human situations. Drum patterns derived from the hexagram images render the essence of each archetype of experience into sound, giving it physical, mental, and spiritual impulse. Through the natural law of resonance, the drummer then embodies the qualities and attributes necessary to effect change or harmonize with change in any given situation. With clear and practical explanations of each of the 64 hexagrams along with useful exercises and illustrations, the author demonstrates how drumming these simple rhythm archetypes brings the essential self into accord with the pattern or way of cyclical change, and that way is known as Tao.
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Beats for the Shamanic Journey by Michael Drake
"I like this CD it's to the point, not a lot of other crap - just Theta. I am still new to using it, but I can say it's very relaxing. I use it when I walk and it doesn't block my regular hearing. Make sure you use headphones for maximum benefit. All in all, very good."
--Amazon Customer Reviews
with two major variations. It's good for relaxation and meditation.
I recommend it."
--iTunes Customer Reviews
of soothing tones: Theta OM and Theta Kung. Using this binaural
beat album, everyone can easily achieve a very deep, relaxed state
of consciousness. Recommended to anyone seeking to reduce stress,
expand their consciousness and experience the Shamanic Flight of
--iTunes Customer Reviews
binaural beats for people who like things direct and
straightforward and don't want all the cheesy extras, e.g.,
waterfalls, chirping birds, relaxing voices, soothing synths,
consistent theta waves for journeying and as Drs. Elmer and Alyce
Green of the Menninger Foundation first reported in the 1970's,
inducing theta brain activity daily over a period of time has
enormous benefits, including boosting the immune system, enhancing
creativity, and facilitating integrative experiences leading to
feelings of psychological well-being."
--Elisia Webb, Lulu Reviews
Pure theta brainwave entrainment tones for shamanic journeying. Until recently, only those who practiced ancient meditative disciplines could enter transcendent states of awareness. Now there is an easier pathway called binaural technology. Researcher H.W. Dove discovered that when two pure tones close in frequency are presented, one to each ear, the brain detects the difference between them as a third frequency. The two hemispheres of the brain entrain to this binaural beat rather than the audible tones. For example, a 90 Hz tone and 95 Hz tone will induce a 5 Hz theta brainwave cycle.
Theta activity reflects the dreamlike state between wakefulness and sleep. Theta rhythms are associated with meditation and shamanic states of consciousness. Theta increases creativity, enhances learning, reduces stress, and awakens intuition. Binaural beats can induce profoundly deep altered states within minutes. All you need is a pair of stereo headphones and a comfortable chair. The recording does the rest.
The audible tone, or carrier frequency, also influences consciousness. The carrier tone must be a pure sine wave. If this tone is complex, like a drum or synthesized sound, the target binaural beat frequency will be corrupted. You should hear a continuous tone when listening to left and right channel separately, and a pulsating sound when listening with headphones. Carrier tones for the journeys on this CD are 136.10 Hz (C#) and 172.06 Hz (F). According to Swiss scientist Hans Cousto, 136.10 Hz corresponds to OM, the primal sound from which the universe constantly emanates. This tone relieves stress, opens blocked energy pathways, and restores inner peace. 172.06 Hz corresponds to Kung, the fundamental tone in ancient China for attuning to Tao, the force that guides everything in the universe. This tone supports cheerfulness, clarity of spirit, and cosmic unity on the highest levels.
Each journey on this CD ends with a callback and has a binaural beat of 4.5 Hz, the theta rhythm associated with the deepest states of shamanic consciousness. 30 minute journeys are split into two tracks for your convenience. You can select the first track for a 30 minute journey or the second track for a 15 minute journey. To learn more read Binaural Beats for Shamanic Journeying. Headphones required.
1. 30 minute
2. 15 minute Theta OM
3. 30 minute Theta Kung
4. 15 minute Theta Kung
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Animal Drumming: Calling the Spirits by Michael
"Well done! Some really nice tracks with excellent stereo field."
--Lawrence M. Barker, Audio Field Recorder
Medicine Music! I highly recommend this therapeutic recording. The
healing rhythms resonate deep within and stimulate the release of
unexpressed feelings and emotions. The music has wonderful
transportive qualities; resounding drums and plaintive flutes lull
one into a dreamy spirit flight. Many tracks can be looped for
continuous play for extended meditation or journeying. I recommend
headphones for the richest listening experience. Well done Michael
Drake!" 5 Stars.
shamanic journey reminiscent of David & Steve Gordon's
Sacred Earth Drums."
music! Thanks for the great packaging and I will play this CD
whenever calling my spirits for advice. It is full of powerful drum
beats and brings out calm and relaxation." 5.0 out of 5
--Candy O'Donnell Amazon Reviews
"Turtle Shaker" has me 'air shaking/rattling' my empty hands.
Spirit-filled, I slowly circle the hearth room of my home. Then
come mourning doves calling. Now I am walking through cottonwood
leaves among the elder trees beside salmon stream. Eagle beat lifts
me up and carries me high above the Earth, soaring, seeing. And on
the drum beats go--even as they call in these power animal spirits,
these guides and protectors of my spirit, I am transported to other
realms where my heart is gladdened and my spirit at peace and
enlivened, refreshed. As the drum beats roll on, cultures call to
me from around the globe, "We are One;" Michael's gift to all of
us. My heart is filled with joy anew, reconnected to my roots. My
deepest gratitude goes to you Michael."
--Kathleen Simpson Myron, Artist
Power animal drumming is a shamanic way to evoke and internalize animal archetypes. An animal archetype represents the spirit and attributes of the entire species of that animal. Shamanism is the endeavor to cultivate ongoing relationships with power animals to gain insight, healing methods, and other vital information that can benefit the community. When an animal spirit is invoked, there is often an accompanying rhythm that comes through. Shamans frequently use these unique rhythms to summon their helping spirits for the work at hand. The spirit calling rhythms on this CD evolved over many years through me and fellow shamanic circle drummers as gifts from our animal relations to all who seek the oneness of everything. Evocative drum rhythms, rattles, flutes, didgeridoos, animal calls, nature sounds, and synthesizers connect you with the collective strength and wisdom of power animals. To learn more read Power Animal Drumming and Power Animal Attributes. Headphones Recommended.
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Thunder Beings Journey
"Truly Wonderful. A Magnificent tool that easily guides the listener into the presence of the Holy Thunder beings providing healing and the means to enter into deep states of meditation. Also have found that it brings a purifying energy to my home. Bravo!"
--Kanti Amazon Reviews
This unique shamanic drumming CD presents four rhythm archetypes from the I Ching for practical journey work. The four drumming tracks contain the archetypal rhythms of the Thunder Beings: thunder, lightning, wind, and rain. Each track has 15 minutes of uninterrupted solo drumming with callback, providing a means of exploring and developing the inner self. We can journey within to access information and energies that can help awaken us and restore us to wholeness. Entraining to these primordial rhythms, we experience them directly and discover our rhythmic interconnections. Through the integration of these rhythmic patterns, we reconnect to our core, enhancing our sense of empowerment and creative expression. Recorded with a 22-inch single-headed, elk hide, cedar frame drum pulsed at three to four beats per second. Researchers have found that if a tempo of 3 to 4 beats per second is sustained for at least 15 minutes, most people can journey successfully even on their first attempt.
In virtually all traditions across the globe it is the Thunder Beings who govern nature and all life. They sustain balanced life, and destroy imbalance, the cause of suffering. They travel in the clouds and lightning and speak through the thunder. We can relate to them in storms and nature, but primarily we must seek them within. The drum can help us immeasurably in this quest. The drum personifies the creative spirit and energy of the Thunder Beings. The drum, like the Thunder Beings, is a catalyst that unites masculine and feminine energies, generating life force or chi. It quickens us with the energy needed to revitalize ourselves and grow. The drum is a safe and powerful vehicle for traversing the inner world, which is a microcosm of the outer world.
Track 1 -
Track 2 - Lightning 16:35.
Track 3 - Wind 16:14.
Track 4 - Rain 16:19.
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