So, as you guys know, we are home now.
The drum currently resides right on top of our Family Altar.
It now also has a White Swan feather……..
You will find out, why 🙂
The day after getting home we went to our Tree of Life and I took the drum along, to show it, where it lives now. Of course I played it and chanted….
Peter affixed one of our Nepali welcome scarves onto our Tree
Do not be fooled by the nice sunshine on the picture: it is – 4 centigrade.
I must say, I find it fascinating that a shaman, while in trance still can wield so much control over the rhythms he/she drums…..
My Spirits usually instruct how I drum and that again is dependant on what situation, what patient, what kind of problem they are dealing with – And yes, they are dealing with the problem, not me. I am GONE!!!!! I am not I!! Just some hollow bone – or bony rack …..;)
They do not keep me on a strict drumming schedule, although I know, certain “dealings” or “treatments”call for, go with certain rhythms and chants and that may be similar from patient to patient, but never a set formula.
Now of course I want to try this out!:)
Do the teachings of these rhythms “come through the drum into me, because, this is, how Nepali shamans do it?
But I am not Nepali and the Gods and Spirits i am bound to are quite different…. what will happen??
Well…. I tell you , what happened….
I tried last night.
As long as I was in OC = ordinary consciousness, no problem drumming the way Bhola taught. Then quickly however the trance comes and to maintain it I drummed about 180 to 200 beats a minute,. My question was, “How should I handle this drum and use these teachings.??
Crazzzzzzzy but true, I found myself in the courtyard of Swayambhunath!
Talking to the very Monkey, that is seen on our pictures sitting on the large bronze Varya.
Well…. That is probably, because just an hour before my little exercise I had written up that blog post and sorted in the appropriate pictures…. But that is, how it goes. The Monkey, whom back in Nepal I had fed some peanuts, “transmitted” in pictures and voice:
It is all Peanuts to me! (they were dropping onto the drum making the fast rhythmic sound…)
“Ask the Goats! (The ones making up the Drum skin )They are happy you are not hanging them on the wall!”
Bhola’s head appeared on the shimmering light behind the Monkey. “Some people perform (being a shaman) some people drum (like a shaman) some people are …?????(a word that I did not understand, but it’s meaning was evident) and they fall of the (viewpoint over Kathmandu ) and fly away…….
The instant that was “transmitted” I felt myself whisked away and on the bushy Yak tail flew sirrrrrrrselllling through fast moving air, high over the city, through fast approaching dusk and night with shimmering lights below and then high across the hills and snowy mountains. I again was accompanied by a Being half a White Swan, half a – this time young woman….. (One of the Swan Maidens of my Ada’s culture…)
Eventually I ended up safe and sound on my own Reindeer fur at home…… Yes, and as soon as I was “sort of back there” I tried to remember, what to drum now and how to hold the drum and what not…. My brain was EMPTY!!!
I had to look it up in my notes but could not find them and when I did could not comprehend, what they meant…
Not right away anyway…
THAT however is a typical sign for a full Theta trance… At least for me…..
Sooo, what do you think?
Should I now go practice these specific rhythms and see where that leads? It would be interesting….
Or – should I just “fly”??
Will you now go and “test-drive” these rhythms – and tell us here, what you experienced???????
That would be nice!!!!!
And Yes, Bhola, if you ever read this, can you say, comment on this, add another piece to the puzzle?