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Pamela Irving

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Shamanic Drumming Circle

“Before we had language, we had rhythm"
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In 2014, I decided to take myself off on a holiday with a difference - to study the Cherokee Indians. I did this in Stanstead where there is a college called “The Arthur Findlay College”, holding something called “The Shamanic week”.  

All my life I have had a fascination with the American Indians, I cried the first time I watched the film “Dances With Wolves” and could not understand why. (My village Chanteloup translates as “Singing Wolf” ). Anyway, so off I went for a jolly.

The first day Maureen Murnam offered me a drum to play… I panicked and said “I am not musical” she laughed and off she went. That week around 30 of us from all over the world drummed together. It was awesome and life changing. So much so, I returned to France, bought myself a drum and played alone. It was not the same without the others.

The following year Maureen arrived in Rennes and myself and a group of French people were shown how to run a drum circle. Since then I bought my first seven drums which I have given the chakra colours of the rainbow. Maureen explained to us the “The Rainbow Warrior Prophecy” (You can “Google” the story) this story explained a lot to me. So in my adult drum circle we use the drums to activate the chakras (endocrine glands) with vibration and sounds alongside colour. As we drum we become more grounded (the drums are deer skin – an animal is naturally grounded) and are able to connect with the earth.

It is very difficult to put the mental mind into gear when you drum (not a bad thing!) Every month myself and some lovely french people drum as a group, sing, use chakra sounds, practice healing with the drums to release emotions and pain and generally have a good time. From time to time English people join us. The drum allows us to connect without language as it has a language all of its own. As we drum together we vibrate at the same frequency (eventually) so we connect on a similar wavelength.

Recently I have begun to drum with the French children from my village in the after-school club. Again these children take no prisoners when it comes to my dodgy French, but they always seem to leave happy! With the children I try to allow them to express themselves with the drums to “empower” them and build self esteem as well as have lots of laughter, movement and fun. Drumming can release so much pent up stress, aggression and frustration, while at the same time release pain. Win, win.

Recently I bought another seven drums. The message is that with time, more and more of us will realise the importance of our connection to the earth and each other. Drumming is fantastic for rebuilding community spirit, rebuilding relationships with those around us, such as friends family or work colleagues.

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Drumming can:
* Have a huge impact on our lymphatic system
* Rebuild our emotional health
* Centre and ground you in your body
* Provide natural pain control
* Promotes the production of endorphins
* Reverse the hormone stress response
* Increase the natural killer cell activity to improve immunity
* Balance the left and right hemisphere of the brain (great for stroke patients)
* Reduce stress/tension and anxiety instantly
* Greatly relieve depression
* Helps Alzheimer’s patients connect with loved ones
* Improves symptoms of Parkinsons disease
* Builds community spirit within the drum group

Recommended reading to find out more?
“The Shamanic Drum” by Michael Drake

“The Healing Power of the Drum” by Robert Lawrence Friedman
“The Art and Heart of Drum Circles” by Christine Stevens

The drum circle is held every third Wednesday of the month from 3pm until 4.30pm in my local Salle in the village of Chanteloup dept 79. To reserve a place or find out more please contact me.

I also hold another drum circle for children every month in Chanteloup salle - please contact me for more details.

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