Shamanism and shaman drumming

Shamanism and shaman drumming

What is Shamanism?

Shamanism - The oldest problem-solving and healing tradition in the world. For at least 40,000 years, shamans and shamanesses have mediated between the worlds of humans and spirits. On their journeys to other realities, they mobilize power and knowledge for the benefit of the community.

Shamanism is a path of knowledge practiced worldwide and the oldest healing art in history. In the service of their respective communities, shamans intentionally place themselves in an altered state of consciousness in order to enter the non-ordinary reality. This enables them to mediate between the world of humans and the world of spirits.

Equipped with the power and knowledge of benevolent spirits, shamans can support healing, find answers or solutions, and restore balance where it is out of equilibrium. It is their task to explore the spiritual, immaterial side of our reality - the non-ordinary reality. They harness its potential for the benefit of the community.

Shamanic Journey and Altered Consciousness

A wide variety of methods and techniques exist for either calling spirits to the Middle World or consulting them in the non-ordinary reality of the three worlds. In the latter case, the practitioner willingly embarks on a shamanic journey: Provided with intention, conscious, controlled and purposeful, shamans and shamanesses thereby navigate the non-ordinary reality in search of spiritual support and holistic solutions for health and balance.

Drumming is one of the most important tools to reach the necessary shamanic state of consciousness. The majority of shamans and shamanesses in the world do not use psychotropic plants, but the so-called acousticdriving (sonic driving). Steady, monotonous drum beats, about 205 to 220 beats per minute or 4 to 7 beats per second, are considered ideal. This is because this frequency corresponds to the theta waves of the human brain. Also commonly used are rattles, jew's harps, cymbals, bells, percussion woods, chants or dances.

More about this topic or an introduction or further education can be found here in Core Shamanism.