A Faux Magazine Cover That Should Be Real

There have been plenty of faux magazine covers making the news recently, but what if this one were real? Perhaps someday the mainstream press will cover the important topic of shamanism. And the coverage could look like this…

hoped-for magazine cover
Maybe someday!

There was a time when no one had access to a corner drugstore, no pharmaceuticals except what grew within walking distance, and no electrotechnology-dependent intervention for those who suffered. On any given day, we are only a heartbeat away from returning to a time like that. A comet. War. Natural disaster. Pandemic. Even now the rich and powerful want to reduce or even take away healthcare from millions of citizens right here in the U.S.

What will you do then? It is best to learn alternatives like shamanism. And then, even if the world remains disaster-free and congress should discover a sense of compassion in place of greed, you will still have the wonderful benefits of a shamanic practice. That is quite an upside! Imagine, a true and direct connection with the Divine and a code of conduct that will help you navigate in a sometimes lost and troubled world. It is a path of self development, compassion and service to those you love and to All That Is.

In short: A heart thing like few others.

Just a thought on a rainy day in Kentucky.

Aho & Namaste,
Bob

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By the way, the drum photo with lightning is animated in the original Google Draw program, so if you’d like to see the lightning actually flashing, send me an email request (live free @ natural shaman drums dot com — no spaces) and I’ll send a copy in a reply.

Thanks for the template, educator Steven Katz.

Direct from the Land of the Midnight Sun

By now I’m sure you consider Stian Berg to be your friend, just as I do. The shamanic practitioner from Norway has sent along his thoughts and photos twice since he first purchased a Thunder Drum back in December, 2016. And now he offers this update:

midnight sun in norway
Midnight in Norway! (Photo by Stian Berg)

Looks like sunrise…but it’s midnight!

“I love midnight sun,” he says of the area near his hometown of Bodø, Norway in an email that accompanied the photo. That’s quite a difference from the scenes depicting his surroundings last December (article) when it’s dark as night at midday.  (You can see more daylight scenes from his update a few months ago in April.)

Thinking about this can really alter one’s perception of time and place, and reveals just how parochial our thoughts can be. Here in Kentucky we are keyed to the shifting light of the four seasons that swing from long to short days through the equinoxes and the resulting influences that affect our bodies and attitudes. Heck, I admit that even this time of year, when the days are deliciously long, I occasionally experience a fleeting worry that winter and diminishing light aren’t far off.

Not so for Stian, as he enjoys the plunge into month’s-long darkness and the re-emergence into equally long periods of loving sunlight. He is, in other words, in perfect alignment with his environment.

So the next time you may experience stress at the gradual loss of daylight, like will inevitably begin this September and deepen until late December, simply remember Stian. His nighttime last for months. But so do his days. And he loves the seasons as they present themselves in his area, no matter how much or how little light.

He is the living epitome of the old saying, “Bloom Where You Are Planted.” Even if there’s no sun, he’s proof that you can flourish from the light within.

Aho & Namaste,
Bob

 

 

New Lightning Drum Is Running With The Wind

Delighted to introduce the newest Lightning Drum, Wind Horse. Born the moment that a Lightning Being merged with a sacred maple tree on a high hill in Shepherdsville, KY, the Wind Horse began singing the song of the great life force symbolized in its name centuries ago in a shamanic culture on the other side of the world.

Two years in the making, the Wind Horse is now free reign and running with the wind. I invite you to click the image to learn more about this beautiful drum’s powerful medicine and dedicated heart. Link: https://www.naturalshamandrums.com/wind-horse-lightning-drum.html

the wind horse lightning drum

Aho & Namaste,
Bob

Smiles And Joy For Her New Thunder Drum

karen with her new thunder drum from thunder valley drums

Here’s wonderful customer-turned-friend Karen with her new Thunder Drum! This delightful Pennsylvanian will be journeying and also joining a drum circle this month now that she has her own drum ally.

She loves the drum, and so do I! I had never before used a color scheme that Karen had suggested, and it turned out that both of us were pleased!

It’s a good thing to know if you are considering purchasing such a drum. I am not rigid! Always open to ideas, and I want to assure that you get the drum you hold in your imagination. You are in the lead. I always ask a customer for a suggested color range then try to implement it. In Karen’s case, I ordered new lacing in colors never tried here before, including periwinkle, soft purple hues and deep greens.

hoop drums flipbook from thunder valley drums

I loved it so much that I chose it for the cover of the new Thunder Valley Drums Flipbook, “Some Drum Love” in the previous post.

Then came a surprise!

Here’s our most recent email exchange…

Karen
April 29, 2017:
“Here’s the picture I promised, Bob. I love my drum. What I didn’t tell you earlier is that purple is my favorite color – you can tell by my hair color. That color wasn’t on my color pallet but you chose it anyway. Remarkable!
–Karen

My Reply:
Wonderful, Karen! Wow! I will be so proud to place the photo on my sites sometime this week. It is always such a thrill to see a drum with its rightful owner!

Many, many thanks to you.

And I’m so happy that you love your drum. Yes, the purple just somehow seemed right for your drum! It highlighted the other colors, which were similar to the color palette you outlined, and I am sure I was influenced by your very strong connection to the drum on the day it was born. Wonderful how that works sometimes!

Thanks again, my friend.
–Bob

I must repeat myself– I absolutely love to make drums for a LOT of reasons, but chief among them is the joy of coming to know the people who share a desire for service and heart expression…and who love drums, drumming and drummers!

a closeup of a thunder drum owner by a Pennsylvania customer

Thank you, Karen!

And thanks to you, too, my friend.

Aho & Namaste,
Bob