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"The beating of the drum helps us listen to our soul so we can understand our purpose and our connection to each other in the Circle of Life. The drum is female and human. The big drum was a gift from the women to the men a very long time ago, so that men could experience a resonant connection to the Earth Mother that naturally occurs with women.  

For First Nations Peoples, the drum represents the universal heartbeat of Mother Earth, the Universal goddess and mother to us all. The first sound that was heard in the world was the heartbeat of Mother Earth. First Nations Peoples manifest this heartbeat through playing a special rhythm on the drum. This Rhythm facilitates healing and realignment of the four realms of human existence (Mental, Spiritual, Emotional and Physical) because the Creator revolves around the rhythm. The drum, when combined with the voice, creates a hum that rests between the voice and the drum and is thought to be the spirits of the Ancestors. Therefore, First Nations drums are not percussion instruments per se or a toy, they are considered female and human because of their tie to the earth. When playing a drum, it should never be hammered in an aggressive way as this suggests it’s a ‘beating’, and one may never hit a woman.

One of the reasons that the earth is being destroyed at such an alarming rate is the disconnect that humans have with her. We no longer hear her heartbeat. We lose ourselves in our quest for security through the acquisition of material possessions, paying little heed to the devastating cost to the environment in our zeal to have ‘stuff’ and look ‘good’. The drum is a constant reminder of our responsibility towards the preservation and health of Mother Earth.

The Voice of the Drum
Just like humans, each drum has its own very unique voice and vibration. Each animal from which the drum is made has its own unique medicine: its spirit is part of the drum. IN order to give a drum its voice it needs to be ‘birthed’ in a sacred ceremony. Until the Drum Birthing Ceremony takes place the drum should not be played. During ceremony, the drum is first dedicated to the Creator. The drum is a sacred object and when not in use it should be shrouded in its own bag made of natural materials such as 100% cotton or animal hide. Hanging the drum on a wall as an art piece diminishes its voice. You wouldn’t hang a human on the wall to be admired, and as the drum is human it should not be put there either. The drum should always be placed skin side up as a sign of respect. Prayers are said each time the drum is used. The prayers are to ask the Creator for the ability to sing in a good way; to thank the Creator for the animal that gave its life to become the hide for the drum; for the people who hear, that they be blessed and feel good when they hear the songs played. In other words, the drum is prayed for before it comes to the person, dedicated in prayer before it is used and prayed for before each use." 

Ownership of the Drum & Drum Etiquette:
The drum is the exclusive property of the person who made it, purchased it, traded for it, had it given to them as a gift or prayed for it. It is not community property unless that is its purpose. If the drum belongs to an individual, then permission must be given by that individual for anyone else to even touch it, much less play it. Keep reminding yourself that the drum is human and one does not touch other humans without permission."   http://www.northernc.on.ca/indigenous/the-drum/

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.
You cannot save people, you can only love them.
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.
Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country."
Anais Nin


"As we step along the medicine wheel we have four elements of each position to learn...we have to look at each lesson from a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspect.  These correspond to the four elements within our bodies, earth, air ,fire, water. If we neglect one of these sacred elements, we must return some time in the future, and walk that path again."  

Lesley Crossingham,  The Sacred Circle, Ocean of Stars pg 84.


"The Skywoman story, shared by the original peoples throughout the Great Lakes, is a constant star in the constellation of teachings we call the Original Instructions.  These are not "instructions" like commandments, though, like rules; rather, they are like a compass:  they provide an orientation but not a map.  The work of living is creating that map for yourself.  How to follow Original Instructions will be different for each of us and different for every era.  In their time, Skywoman's first people lived by their understanding of the Original Instructions, with ethical prescriptions for respectful hunting, family life, ceremonies that made sense for their world".  

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer, pg 7.



The
 Power 
of
 She


She
 sees
 a
 new
 moon

Growing

Shining

In
 the 
dark
night

Slowly
 growing
 
Expanding 
to
 her 
fullness
 
Waxing
 with
 each
 cycle
 
Each
 phase 
of 
her 
life

She
 grows

Closer

To 
fullness
 
To 
the
 Oneness 
with
 Who
 She 
is
 
There 
is 
a
 dark
 cloud 
that
 has 
been 
there
 since
 birth
 
The 
breath
 she
 feels
 now
 
The 
wind
 she
 hears
 now
 
Will
 blow
 away 
the 
darkness
 
With
 Power

With
 Love

With
 good 
intent
 
The
 fullness
 of
 her 
will
 glow 
in 
the 
darkness
 
Of
 the
 night

The 
stars
 so 
bright

Supporting

Encouraging

Lifting 
her
 higher

Balanced

And
 fuller
 than
 ever
 
The
 Grandmothers 
circle
 is
 there 
and
 complete
 in
 her
 fullness

Jane A. 2014


“...when
 women
 understand
 their
 Ultima
 Madre...they
 build
 altars
 and
 fetishes
 of
f these 
powers.

 

When
 they
 feel
 the 
influence
 of
 Crazy
 Woman
 or
 Death
 Mother,
 in
 the
 form
 of
 depression
 or
 gloom,
 

they 
light
 candles
 and
 burn
 copal
 and
 honor
 her
 great
 power,
the 
dark
side.

 

You
 see,
 her
 intent
 only
 defines
 your
 goodness
 and
 beauty.


  By


honoring
 the
 dark
side,
 you
 destroy
 her
 power
 over
 you.

 Then
 she 
can’t
 take
 you.”
  

Jaguar
 Woman
 and
 the
 Wisdom
 of
 the
 Butterfly
Tree
Lynn
V.
Andrews
, pg 49


The Aboriginal Sunrise Ceremonies are very special to our people. It starts when the sky is black, beautiful black. When the sun’s yellow circle arrives, it turns the sky red. This is why the Aboriginal flag is half red, half black with a yellow circle in the middle. At the Sunrise Ceremony, I meditate and ask the Great Spirit for direction. My hands fill with electricity. I touch you and you feel it, too. I heal people this way. My Grandmother did that, too. I learned all about that when I was a young fellow. Umbarra, the Black Duck, is the special totem of our tribe, the Yuin. We learn to respect the elders who hand on the Law. The elders guard the Law and the Law guards the people. This is the Law that comes from the mountain. The mountain teaches the dreaming.”

Unknown source


“The land is my mother. Like a human mother, the land gives us protection, enjoyment and provides our needs – economic, social and religious. We have a human relationship with the land: Mother, daughter, son. When the land is taken from us or destroyed, we feel hurt because we belong to the land and we are part of it.” – Djinyini Gondarra


https://ideapod.com/10-aboriginal-australian-quotes-will-change-perspective-life/