The Drum: Drumming from the Heart

The drum is the heartbeat of Mother Earth. The animal who provided the hide did so with intention and purpose. In the drum the spirit of the animal nation lives. The honor and respect you show the drum also honors the four-legged, the winged ones, the crawlers and the bugs. The birch tree who contributed the wood for the frame did so with intention and purpose. In the drum the spirit of the plant nation lives. The honor and respect you show the drum honors the trees, bushes, flowers, and grasses. The stone in the heart of the drum asked to be a part of the drum so that you would remember the stone nation. The honor and respect you show the drum is honor and respect for the rocks, the soil, the waters and the air. When you drum, prayers from the Web of Life are sent to […] Read More

Ceremonies

Greeting the Sun ceremony This ceremony is adapted from a lucid dream I had one night. During my dreamtime journey, I was a Native American maiden accompanied by the tribe’s Medicine Woman, with whom I was in apprenticeship. It was just before Sunrise, the Milky Way spanned the sky, and the celestial dome was filled with twinkling stars. We were facing the East, awaiting the sunrise in silent contemplation. With the first rays of Light, we bowed to the ground, offered sacred herbs, and greeted the Sun. When you first awaken in the morning, face the East. Offer some herbs or a pinch of cornmeal toward the sun. Think about your plans for the day: where you are going to be, who are you are going to be with. Feel your connection to All-That-Is flow through your body. Offer prayers of gratitude for what you have and what is […] Read More

A Basic American Indian Medicine Chest

 ARNICA OIL – for bruises,muscle pain,& sore feet   CALENDULA CREAM – for inflammations,sunburn,&skin disorders   CEDAR LOTION – for general skin treatment & facial care   CORN SILK – for kidney & bladder pains & infections   ECHINACEA CAPSULES – & tincture for colds & infections   ECHINACEA -GOLDENSEAL SALVE – for chapped skin & lips   PUFFBALLS –  for headache treatments,styptics &wounded dressings   SAGE LEAVES – for smudging, purification ,and antiseptic use   SLIPPERY ELM BARK POWDER – for coughs & digestive problems   SWEETGRASS BRAID – for smudging ,purification,& antiseptic use   WITCH HAZEL LOTION – for rashes & skin problems   YARROW POWDER – for pain relief,anesthetic,& antiseptic use   YUCCA ROOT – for soapy cleansing & hair care Related articles Ultimate Detox Mask Inflammation Buster Mask This is The Most Powerful Natural Antibiotic Ever – Kills Any Infections in The Body 3 Master Tips To Combat Stress 10 of the Most Evil Medical Experiments Conducted in […] Read More