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Recent Customer Photos of Their Drums!

What a thrill to see drum photos from wonderful customers!

The above is from Kim, a new friend in Oregon, USA, who sent along this picture of her new Hummingbird-style drum shortly after receiving it last week. It is right at home with many of her other sacred helpers. The seagull painted on her drum, the first painting by Glenn Lewis since his return to work following an extended absence, is the likeness of one of Kim’s dearest totems. I’ll let her explain in these email excerpts:

“The gull has been coming for breakfast now for two years and I have named him Houdini. He brings his mate in the summer who is now named Francine. The two of them keep other gulls away and often bring us presents. I couldn’t think of a better totem to start out with.

I chat to Houdini all the time.”

Many, many thanks, Kim, for sharing the photo of your drum and for being such a good friend to all of those around you.

Next is a photo from Rebecca and an email excerpt from the day she received this Hummingbird-style drum beauty in her Pennsylvania home.customer supplied photo of her new drum

“Hi, Bob,

I have received the Drum! And oh do I love it! It’s beautiful and so well made. I have let it sit for a little while with my tools in my reading/healing space and I’ll be smudging us this evening.

I’ll introduce it to the backyard and the rest of the space Saturday (weather depending) with a small fire ceremony and a couple of close friends.

I appreciate the detailed instructions, an ounce of prevention…!

I have a attached a picture of just the drum right now so you are sure of its safety and I’ll send some pictures of the 2 of us together after the fire ceremony.

Thank you so much for this wonderful creature, I know we’re going to do good work together in this world and others.”

Again, sincere thanks to you, Rebecca, for sharing the photo and your beautiful sentiments.

I’ve always said this is the most fulfilling occupation a person can have. Making sacred drums for spiritual people is so rewarding, and the bonus of friendship with an ever-enlarging circle of healers is absolutely sublime.

Aho & Namaste,
Bob

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