Drumming as Medicine
Updated: Feb 18
Drumming has been a part of human lives for thousands of years throughout Africa, Asia, Greece, Syria, Middle East. Even ancient Mesopotamian, Sumerian and Neolithic China societies show evidence of drumming and drum culture. We are born with the rhythm of our heartbeat which connects us to The Divine. We are naturally rhythmic beings. Recent research has proven that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system and produces feelings of well-being, helping one to connect with something larger than themselves.
Research done by Remo, a drum company very active in the research and development of drum therapy to help promote health and wellness, shows that drumming enhances recovery of past traumas, as well as drug and alcohol addictions, through inducing relaxation and enhancing theta-wave production and brain-wave synchronization. Drumming produces pleasurable experiences, enhanced awareness of our unconscious thoughts, release of emotional trauma, and restoration of self. Drumming alleviates feelings of isolation and alienation, creating a sense of connectedness with self and others, without the need for talking or story. Drumming provides an earthly approach to accessing a Higher Power and is an extremely effective way to create healing energy and confidence.
I have personally experienced much healing through playing the drum – emotionally, physically and spiritually; its vibration helps to keep me grounded and connected to the earth and the universe. It is truly a wonderful medicine. When I am feeling disconnected from source (God/Goddess, Universe), I can pick up a drum and play and almost instantly I can reconnect. I have successfully used drumming to help bring me out of depression and negative states of being. Drumming has always been a way for me to pray, honor The Divine and journey out of my body when I need to gain a new wisdom. When I experienced loss and was very low and depressed, I used drumming to journey out of my body so I could look at my situation from an objective view point which helped me realize what I was experiencing was for my own growth and development – an experience that is sometimes called “Dark Night of the Soul.”
Using the drum to journey out of the body can help one see their life and problems from an objective perspective. When I am feeling disconnected from self and the earth, mentally and spiritually unbalanced, anxious, sad or angry I can use drumming to bring balance, harmony, peace, joy, relaxation and happiness back into my body, consciousness and life. Drums are one of my favorite tools to use with others to encourage healing, growth and all-around well-being, as a tool to help heal past trauma. Shamans, medicine people, healers, and magicians have used drumming and sound for these very things for centuries and continue this very day. I encourage people to try drumming for themselves and see what it produces for them. It is an amazing modality.
Love and Light~ Asante