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Cedar Mountain Drums
The Medicine Drum
By Patrick Pinson
When we are working in the West on the
Medicine Wheel – the Water, emotions, shadow self – then Elk Medicine
gives us the stamina and endurance to get through the edges, from the
known to the unknown. As we go through our fears, we expand ourselves
and add more trust to our circle. Trust is the lubricant that helps us
take the “leap of faith” that leads us to unity with spirit and to a
reclaiming of our original grace.
When we are working on the natural laws of circulation – the
circulatory system, the heart – then Deer is our Medicine. Many of us
are taught to “figure life out”, so we live in our heads with little
attention to our hearts. Deer opens the heart Chakra, teaching us to
trust and to empower the feminine qualities of Love and Wisdom.
Horse takes us on the Shamanic Journey, keeping us in third
dimensional reality so we may ride the vibration to the spirit world to
get the healing we need for self and others. Horse is pure energy –
like lightning, it can transport us quickly through the cracks and
crevices to the other side. Drumming with Horse will lead us to trance
states and to the higher vibrations.
When we seek wisdom and guidance from the Ancient Ones, the Ancestors who came before us, drumming Buffalo opens the door to that vibration. Buffalo is associated with Wisdom and Abundance and is the source of the Sacred Pipe, as White Buffalo Calf Woman brought the Pipe to the People. When we pray with the Pipe, we are joining the masculine Sky Energy with the feminine Earth Energy, and whatever we pray for will be given. If we are manifesting from Spirit to Form, drumming with Buffalo is an ally in that intention, reminding us of the connection of Prayer (spirit) to Form (physical).
Drumming with Moose is empowering the Feminine Energies, as
Moose hangs out hear the water, and can stay under water for up to a
minute while eating from the bottom of ponds and lakes. Moose reminds
us to go into and through the feelings and to take the nourishment
available in emotional honesty. Moose is also associated with
self-esteem, learning how to get our nourishment from the inside, and
spontaneity, trusting ourselves to act in the moment rather than
controlling future decisions through planning results. Moose is a great
protector of the child, and working with Moose can teach us to nourish
and protect the little one inside.
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