Drumming, community and unity

Music is an excellent way to experience a connection to a greater purpose of being.

by Josephine M. Joseph — 

Drums and sound instruments mimic nature and help connect us to the universal mother, our earth. Their sounds can elevate our vibration into transformational or spontaneous healing. Drumming is also a powerful tool to access trance states and connect with higher energies.

Sitting in circles with our drums and other instruments empowers us with a responsible way of giving and receiving energy while respecting one another. The drum signifies healing, and the circle represents unification. As the drum draws energies together, the circle structures energy patterns that are amplified through a shared objective, and we find a deeper sense of connection that unites us.

There is a resurgence of knitting circles, tea circles, networking and scrapbooking, as people seek a connection to a community with people of like-minded people. Getting back to community provides a new opportunity to be heard in an ancient and time-honored tradition. Drumming is an excellent and interactive way to meet your neighbors and build a community based on cooperation and respect for one another.

Hearing or playing music also offers us an empowering way to honor the transitions we experience, and it is being used worldwide by people from all walks of life. We don’t have to spend years in music school to become part of a community that’s intention offers solace, interconnection, cooperation, and fun, interactive ways to communicate and transform the emotions that can sometimes lie heavy in our hearts.

Music is an excellent way to experience a connection to a greater purpose of being. If you are looking for unity or a common ground with which to problem solve, drumming can be a valuable commodity as a self-healing tool. And, as we heal ourselves, we begin to transcend and remove the veil that keeps us mesmerized by the idea that we are separate; separation is an illusion, as all things are connected.

When we work together with a shared objective, we create a vortex for healing and transformation for our community, our world and ourselves. New opportunities spring to view as we see ourselves in each other. As we strike our drums, we are pulled back into life’s rhythm, and a renewed feeling of connection emerges. All relationships flow from one, the one from within us and the one that unites us.


Josephine M. Joseph is a Karuna and Reiki master teacher, educator and owner of 623-434-3394.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 27, Number 5, October/November 2008.

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