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Hello, Its been awhile but
I know someone could help here. Last year I started to build
a huge powwow drum. 36" across. Lately I have been pulled
to finish it. Does anyone have any insights on this for me?
Also, I live in west central Missouri. I would like to connect
with someone in this area. Thank You.
I assume that your 'request for insights' is about 'what the
pull to finish creating the drum' means, as opposed to 'how
to build the drum.' My first thought, and this is partly 'intuitive'
and partly 'experiential,' but, I believe 'Spirit' is calling
you to 'drum in New Rhythms and Energies' into your 'living
experience!' And, as many will tell you, that in 'everything
we do in life,' there is 'learning and gifts' in all 'facets'
of the 'experience.' In other words, in addition to the 'gifts'
of the 'drum' for 'personal and ceremonial use,' there will
be growth in 'spiritual awareness' in the very 'act of creating
your Sacred Tool--Drum!' Much like 'all events leading to the
prey-prize: stalking, prayer and thanksgiving and blessing to
Creator and the Spirits of those hunted,' and then 'being gifted
with the animal's life,' there is a 'Sacred Rhythm' to the entire
process. By 'creating your 'drum',' or, in the 'act of creating
your drum,' hopefully, you will become not only aware of 'what
life' goes into this 'Sacred Tool, e.g., the wood for the case
(Sacred Standing Ones--Determiners of Paths), the skin (Animal
Life, part of the outer shell of a 'Four-legged' which interfaced
with Nature), the 'leather strappings and sinews (if used),'
and all 'adornments' become the 'Living Drum.' And, now to the
'real point.' When we are 'Walking In Balance,' there is a 'Harmonic
and Rhythmic Dance' that we begin to 'sense, feel and respond
to' in a 'natural flow of living.' So, to me, the 'Drum Making,'
is to 'connect you to Life outside of your 'current awareness,'
while the 'drum itself' is to 'connect you to the 'rhythms'
of Mother Earth!' And, as you grow, you realize that 'drumming
is a way' of 'resynching yourself' periodically to 'reset your
Mother Earth/Natural Rhythms.'
One last note
if you 'study the Medicine Wheel' is that the 'primary sensory
receptor' to the 'Drum Beat' is the 'physical body itself,'
which should give you an idea of where its first affects are
felt when we are 'physically out of sorts.' The 'second sensory
path' is the 'ears' which are the 'hearing or the Inner voice'
and are both 'physically and spiritually--energetically,' the
path to 'harmonizing the Earth Energies and the Heart Soul Energies
of our Experience and Dreams.' In other words, many songs have
sung the notion of the 'Beat of the Heart!' Do, you think that
the 'drum making' may be a call to 'finding the true beat of
your heart?' Let me know if this resonates with you--does it
beat in rhythm?
Thank You ElkDreamer, This
resonates within me very much!! I will keep everyone posted
on my progress. This insight gives me vision to move on. Thank
Dove, I sensed something totally different from your request
of wanting to know 'what is pulling you to finish your drum'.
I feel that you need to ask the animal spirit of the hide that
you will be using for the head & lace of the drum; as well
as the tree spirit of the wood for the frame of the drum. For
the drum stick, if you are using a different type of wood, then
for the frame of the drum, then you should also ask that tree
spirit as well.
for the covering for the handle of the drum stick, whether it
be fur or leather, you should ask that animal spirit as well,
for assistance & answers to your questions. All the animal
& tree spirits will tell you as to why they want you to
finish the drum. I sense that they would also guide you.
OneDove, What 'FriendToAnimals' suggested is part of what I
described in my post. And maybe I didn't make that point as
clear as I should have, but, if you have not already 'selected'
your 'woods' or 'skin' and 'leathers,' it may be a more 'Sacred
Experience,' again both in 'creation and use' to 'seek the guidance
of those that wish to add to your spiritual medicine--the Lives
of the Tree, and Animals.'
Thank You FriendtoAnimals
and White ElkDreamer, You are right. I will visit with them.
Before the tree was knocked over I sat with it and thanked it
for its life and gifts that it gave here. It has had all the
elements within it. But, I will take your advice . You have
been a great help.
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