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This week we interviewed Jim PathFinder
Ewing of Healing the
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This week we interviewed Jim PathFinder
Ewing (Nvnehi Awatisgi) of
the Earth/Ourselves/, a Paint Clan Cherokee
Drumming As A Form Of Prayer
Copyright by Jim Ewing
Native Americans and most of the indigenous peoples of the Earth have
known for thousands of years that drumming is a powerful spiritual tool.
Only in recent years, though, has the scientific basis come to light.
Michael Harner, an anthropologist and founder of the Foundation for Shamanic
Studies, did pioneering work in studying the effects of drumming in the 1960s
and '70s, outlined in his book, "The Way of The Shaman" (Harper; San Francisco;
According to Harner, the beat of the drum, used to transport native peoples
into shamanic states of consciousness, closely approximates the base resonant
frequency of the Earth, which can be measured scientifically.
In recent years, Gregg Braden, a geophysicist and author of such works
as "Walking Between the Worlds: The Science of Compassion" (Radio Bookstore
Press; Bellevue, Wash.; 1997), has continuously measured this frequency,
which has led to his hypothesis that the Earth is going through great changes,
with profound implications for its inhabitants.
This measurement, he concludes, coincides with the ancient prophecies
of the Eqyptians, the Hopis, the Aztecs, the Mayan, and others around the
world, including the Christian Bible, saying that the Earth will go through
a time of awakening, transformation and renewal during these "end times"
-- beginning to occur now -- as a result of these changes.
The physiological effects of sound, particularly regarding altered states,
have also been well documented, shown to produce alpha, beta, and theta (psychic)
states in the brain. (See: Mitchell L. Gaynor, M.D., "Sounds of Healing:
A Physician Reveals the Therapeutic Power of Sound, Voice and Music," Broadway
Books; New York; 1999).
Of course, the ability of sound to induce meditative states was well known
thousands of years ago to ancient Hindu and Buddhist cultures, which used
rhythmic chanting, singing bowls, finger chimes and other methods to transcend
ordinary consciousness, as well.
Drumming, by combining the vibrational tones of meditation and the
180-cycles-per-second beat approximating the base resonant frequency of the
Earth itself, thus, becomes not only a powerful meditation tool, but a way
to tap into our psychic inner ability to travel over vast distances, effect
cures, and know -- and affect -- the future.
Drunvalo Melchizedek in this books, "The Ancient Secret of the Flower
of Life," Vols. 1 & 2 (Light Technology; Flagstaff, Ariz.; 2000), explains
the effects of being in contact with "all-time-no-time" in time and space
through defining the human energy field as a "permanent merkaba" in the shape
of a star tetrahedron.
That energy field or the human aura, he says, extends 27 feet in each
direction in its most dense form, but it also extends through space and time
and other dimensions.
Through shamanic journeying, using the drum, we can travel along our energy
field lines through those dimensions -- in "ordinary," 3-D reality, or the
non- ordinary "middle world, in shamanic terms, or elsewhere, anywhere on
Earth or in other universes.
Remember in the movie "The Best And The Brightest" when an Australian
aborigine, told that the space program's goal was to reach the Moon, was
unimpressed? He said, "I've been there."
In Dreamtime, you can go anywhere.
We all have psychic ability. This is shown by Dean Radin, Ph.D., writing
in Psychology Today (July/August 2000). She tells of an editor of a well-known
magazine who came to her clinic asking if there really is a "sixth sense,"
or ESP, abilities that transcend the usual boundaries of space and time.
She had the woman sit before a blank computer screen, hooked up to monitors
measuring skin resistance and blood flow and showed her sequequences of randomly
selected images. Afterward, they compared the readings.
"This bump shows that your body responded to emotional pictures before
the computer selected them. And this flat line," she said, pointing to the
other line, "shows that your body did not respond before calm pictures were
shown. You see? Your body was responding to your future emotion before the
computer randomly selected an emotional or calm picture."
She added: "We can now demonstrate in the laboratory what at some level
we've known all along: Many people literally get a gut feeling before something
bad happens. Our viscera warn us of danger even if our conscious mind doesn't
always get the message."
Although in most of us, psychic ability is fleeting and often haphazard,
it can be induced and sustained through such techniques as drumming.
Shamanic drumming opens a doorway that can be opened and closed, at will.
And anyone -- anyone! -- with supervision, can learn how to do it.
The Foundation for Shamanic Studies holds workshops around the country
(including ones we sponsor) and in other parts of the world teaching this
The therapeutic effects of drumming are becoming more widely documented,
as well (see: the journal, Alternative Therapies - Jan.2001, for article:
Composite Effects of Group Drumming Music Therapy on Modulation of
Neuroendocrine-Immune Parameters in Normal Subjects).
But shamanic or Native American style drumming is most powerful as a prayerful
device, as a way to touch your sacred circles of loved ones, family and friends
in a unique and powerful way.
A shamanic journey, using the drum, is just "visualized prayer." And it
is a powerful ancient technology only now being rediscovered by many in the
Jim PathFinder Ewing (Nvnehi Awatisgi), 52,
is an enrolled member of the Southern Cherokee Tribe & Associated Bands
in Texas, an Elder of the Manataka American Indian Council (Hot Springs,
Ark.), a member of the Bear Clan Medicine Society (Russelville, Ark), a Bear
Dancer (Yona Galisgisgia) and Water Pourer with training in Shamanism, Reiki
and other forms of energy medicine.
He alternates living in Buffalo, Texas, at the tribes Ceremonial
Grounds, and in Lena, Mississippi, where he practices, teaches, and holds
Bear Lodge (Asi/Inipi) and leads a monthly Drum Circle, a prayer ceremony
honoring the Native American Medicine Wheel.
A Registered Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher, Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master
Teacher and sponsor of workshops by The Foundation For Shamanic Studies,
he writes a monthly newsletter (Keeping In Touch
has subscribers across the United States and in several foreign countries.
P.O. Box 387, Lena, MS 39094;
His Web site, Healing The Earth/Ourselves, is
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