The Call of the Drums

Shamanic Events and Workshops

Shamanic practice is as ancient as humanity. It is all about generating and maintaining an atmosphere of healing, clearing and spiritual guidance. My shamanic teaching is spiritual and practical,  without any religious preference.

The root of the very word healing comes from whole - and in my view, shamanic practice is about becoming whole, also to fill the hole(s) perceiving the world as a whole. Shamanic ceremonies, rituals and prayer, many symbols - and in general, whatwever you are confronting in your life - are conceived as Medicine.

 

Fire ceremony

Shamanic practice is based on the understanding that we - as human beings - are not seperate. We are part of nature/existence, and therefore we find everything we need to stay healthy and/or to become whole again - in nature, in ourselves - if we are open and responsible. In any case, to practice shamanic healing, we don't need any certificate nor a specific spiritual tradition or religion. In fact - in my view - religions have often a very dogmatic, exclusive approach to life, while the shamanic way of life is open and inclusive. Many ways of life lead to happyness

To me, healing is mostly about Trauma - wounds of shock which we experience during our childhood, in war or other turmoils of live. Shamanic rituals and ceremonies use different techniques to help us opening our senses and become receptive to blocked emotions and hidden memories. This process is unobtrusive and often releases suppressed emotions and old tensions on a deep level of the unconcious, opening channels of understanding and compassion to our old reactions. The results range from feelings of relief and easiness to profound changes in behavior and attitude to life.

As a shaman, my inner drive is to support myself and others to reconnect to our own inner source - to become whole and powerful.

20 years ago I met Frank Natale. Frank was a pioneer in the field of personal growth and self-awareness seminars and helped in many ways to take the shamanic / spiritual aproach back into our western culture.
In his seminars and trainings I reconnected to many of my long forgotten childhood memories, traumatic experiences and even past life experiences. My connection to nature and spirit was reactivated and I got inspired to share this new/old knowledge and the techniques I learned.

I offer trancedance, shamanic journeys, meditations and various other techniques and practices for spiritual growth and self healing, on my own as well as with various partners. Since I'm a musician, I always use live music for most of the events to support the quality of "being in the moment", in the "Here and Now". Besides - the quality of live music,  played on real instruments in real time helps people to step much easier into the "otherworld".

 

Following are some of the practices explained:

TranceDance - Intuitive Healing Dance

One of the oldest and easiest ways to experience healing Trance states is dancing. Equipped with a blindfold, your feet planted on the ground, using the energizing breathing technique "breath of fire", the journey begins: 'Close your eyes, focus on your intention, start the breath of fire and begin to move in the rhythm of the music and you find yourself in trance...' - in a state of alertness, awake and yet - in a vast inner space where the physical laws are not longer valid... you may encounter wild animals, spirits, angels, spiritual alliances, healers and guides... You may become or meet with other beings, find yourself in the forest or the mountains, in your past or future... Trust your body and let yourself be danced - and when the dance is over you will be richer, more clear, in peace...

TranceDance is one of the oldest ways of reconnecting with our inner forces - empowering, uplifting, energizing, motivating. A great way to step out of old habits and to look at your life in a different way.

Dancing without looking creates a different focus. The energy which is usually used to look out, getting approval, trying to connect with others - is used to look inwards, opening up to our emotions and memories. The aproach of TranceDance is opposite to traditional dancing, no steps to learn, no moves to make, no special clothes to wear (except that is is a comfortable as possible). Instead you try to let go of control, let the body move by the

 

Shamanic Journey

The shamanic journey is in some ways very similar to a TranceDance experience. You go on an inner journey to find answers, healing, clarity, guidance - only this time you lay down on your back, in a safe, cosy environment, and you use the sound of the shaman's drum to travel inside or outside yourself. The drum is your vehicle to go on a journey. Again we use the blindfold, the breath of fire and the intention and search for our answers. Often we do this in a group, but I also offer these journeys for individuals, specially for delicate issues.

 

Talking Stick

The Talking Stick is a beautiful, ancient sharing ceremony from the Americas and is still practiced in many indigenous cultures. It is used for clarifying, teambuilding and healing of family wounds as well as a way to simply share your own inner truth, whatever it may be. It is carried by honesty, truthfulness and sincerity. The person who carries the Talking Stick is the focal point in the circle of participants. He or she has the possibility to share his thoughts or insights, a poem, a dance, a moment of silence... whatever it may be. The circle is holding the space and receives...

The Talking Stick ceremony supports every participant to be honest and sincere to the moment of truth in him/herself and the others.

 

DrumTrance - Trance Drumming - Drumming circle

The Trance Drumming is a sharing ceremony, all participants playing drums together in a circle. It is a non competitive way to share music and become one with sound, beat, drums and one another. Usually carried out around the fireplace, we step into a different space, often switching easily into a trance state. The sound of the drums supports a relaxing, soft, yet energized field where thoughts are gone and we can feel the sound with our whole bodies, getting massaged by the sounds and rhythm, become one with all around us.

 

Soulhunting

One of the most simple and powerful ways of trauma healing I came across. Soulhunting is based on the understanding, that at any time a shock occurs in our life - may it be physical, mental or spiritual - that very part of our soul that is involved, diappears, hides, crumbles, because it is Incapable to deal with the pain.

Thus we fetch holes in our being, since these parts are missing. See the empty faces of people involved in tragedies and wars, Some of them are left almost without any soul...

To become whole again, we have to invite these parts back into our life, into our being (or someone has to do it for you). The scared hidden part(s) of the soul often appear as "hurt little children" that need to be invited, seduced, allured - to be convinced that they are save now and that we can care about them. We invoke the sound of the double drum to send you on the inner journey, lying down on the back, searching and inviting the missing soul parts.

This is, in short, the process to begin with. This ceremony can be shared with many others, or done in an individual session.

 

Pipe Ceremony

The Pipe ceremony is another sacred sharing ceremony. Like most other shamanic ceremomies it is done in the sacred circle. The pipe is perceived as representant of the sacred world

"The ceremonial tobacco is usually very strong, the tobacco used in North America is nicotiana rustica, and usually the smoke is not inhaled, but puffed into, then out of the mouth in each of the four directions, acknowledging Father Sky, Mother Earth, and the Great Spirit as the pipe is smoked and passed from one person to the next around the circle."

During the ceremony everyone is invited to think or speak his prayers for his/her own, families, ancestors and all beings health and wellbeing

 

Shaman's Return - A Shamans Meditation

The Shaman's Return is a shamanic meditation. An amalgamation of the teachings of my main teachers Osho and Frank Natale. It contains five phases of Breathing, TranceDance, Shamanic Journey, Stillness and a phase of integration. Harshil and I created the music for it and it is available on CD directly from us and soon in I-tunes, CD-baby and other online music stores

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TRANCEFORMATION - live TranceDance events with Rishi & Dhwani

 

Prayer

Elders, healers, and teachers of the ancient Earth Wisdom traditions align themselves with natural forces to cultivate a balanced attitude and relationship with the environment.

A sense of well-being and feeling at home in the world from periodic prayer rituals provide attunement and harmonizing with the elemental energies. Native Americans speak of the resulting feeling as “walking in balance on Earth.”

The Four Elements Medicine Wheel Prayer addresses and invokes the spirits of earth, fire, water, and air as well as the powers of the four directions (or six, including above and below). Each of the elements as well as each species of animal and plant, constitute the domain of beings with whom it is possible to communicate and attune oneself.

You can here integrate the symbolism of the four directions to walk in balance and gratitude on the Earth with this prayer during the Thanksgiving season.

This prayer can integrate for you the symbolism of the four directions of objective space (north, south, east, and west) and the powers of the four elements, the inner and outer, the physical, and the psychic and spiritual.

Turn toward each of the four directions as the prayer is said, going around clockwise starting with the east; alternatively, one could turn one’s back receptively toward the direction.

 

Four Elements Medicine Wheel Prayer

 

O Great Spirit of the East,

radiance of the rising Sun,

spirit of new beginnings

O Grandfather Fire,

great nuclear fire of the Sun.

From you comes life-energy,

vital spark, power to see far,

and to envision with boldness;

with you we can purify the senses,

our hearts and our minds.

We pray that we may be aligned with you,

so that your energies may flow through us,

and be expressed by us,

for the good of this planet Earth,

and all living beings upon it.

 

O Great Spirit of the South,

protector of the fruitful land,

and of all green and growing things,

the noble trees and grasses.

Grandmother Earth, Soul of Nature,

great power of the receptive,

of nurturance and endurance,

of bringing forth and growing,

flowers of the field,

fruits of the garden.

We pray that we may be aligned with you,

so that your powers may flow through us,

and be expressed by us,

for the good of this planet Earth,

and all living beings upon it.

 

O Great Spirit of the West,

spirit of the great waters,

of rain and rivers, lakes and springs;

O Grandmother Ocean,

deepest matrix, womb of all life.

With you comes the dissolving

of boundaries and holdings,

the power to taste and to feel,

to cleanse and to heal.

Great blissful darkness of peace.

WE pray that we may be aligned with you,

so that your powers may flow through us,

and be expressed by us,

for the good of this planet Earth,

and all living beings upon it.

 

O Great Spirit of the North,

invisible spirits of the air,

and of the fresh, cool winds;

O vast and boundless Grandfather Sky,

your living breath animates all life.

From you comes clarity and strength,

and the power to hear inner sounds,

to seep out old patterns,

and bring challenge and change.

The ecstasy of movement and the dance.

We pray that we may be aligned with you,

so that your powers may flow through us,

and be expressed by us,

for the good of this planet Earth,

and all living beings upon it.

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