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yule pole in healing center
The recent Yule Pole made by the Advanced Shaman Training class last week as we studied Celtic ways of healing.

Dearest Friends,

It has been a wonderful year, thanks to you. You have resonated with these drums (and other items), and have chosen to purchase one, sometimes more. When you do that, I  consider you to be a member of our circle, not because you had to pay for a drum or something else but because you have demonstrated yourself to be a seeker of wisdom and a lover of Truth. That’s exactly what we strive for, too. So it’s only natural that our circle welcomes all such people.

In doing so during 2017, you have kept me wonderfully busy, even to the point where I must now advise, for those who have not yet ordered a drum, that I won’t be able to accept any more holiday orders because of the current backlog. For that I apologize.

All in all, though, it has been a year to remember. And then some! I review photos, some of them from this year, on the Thunder Valley Drums website, poke around in the many, many photos we have taken of your precious allies over this and previous years, and it becomes evident just how many people are awakening to a new realization— that the world needs help, and that you are willing to provide it through the exploration and expression of a deep spiritual longing to independently connect with Spirit. As my beautiful soul mate puts it, you have decided to “not let the world be your drummer!”

And now we come to the final dawning days of one year and the beginning of the next. It is a marvelous time to enjoy family and to pull in all of those we love to join around the hearth. At least that is the scenario we are taught to follow. But not everyone has these circumstances— time, money, or even a loving family or friends— to enjoy during this holiday season.

If that’s your situation, I completely understand and offer you the love you should have. We regularly drum for you and often we sense your situation. It can reflect the scene of your being posted away from family, or being called to work throughout the season, or even being in a situation where circumstances are not the best for you right now, a “rough patch,” or any of many, many other circumstances that can make you feel left out.

Well, please know this. We drum for you and we hold you in our hearts. Our lives are good and settled right now, but we have experienced the rough times in the past, just like you are going through now, and all we had was the love that bound us together. We have plenty of that still, and plenty to share.

So we hope you will accept the love that awaits your open heart. And keep your chin up. Low points in life are akin to the high ones, both are transitory.

Your new day is coming.

Peace to you, love to you, love to all. Love all around.

Aho & Namaste




The Heartbeat of Love

You will recall from an earlier post that customer/friend Kim sent in a photo of her wonderful Hummingbird-type drum that had been painted by Glenn Lewis. Well, what you may not know is that during the beautiful process of bringing forth a drum with the energetic help of a customer, I inevitably ask if s/he would like to send a photo of him/herself with the drum. Ta-da!

Kim submitted these wonderful photos some time back. This is LOVE all around!

a thunder valley drums customer with her hummingbird-type drum

She writes: “Me, near my special apple tree. Did a ceremony today. Still no drum name.
Calling it Houdini’s drum for now.”

She brings up an interesting point, naming a drum. Presently she’s calling it by the name she gave to the seagull who visits her deck often and whose likeness is painted on her drum. Many many people I correspond with also name their drums after animals, be they spirit animals or pets or favored types.  Well, an apple tree is an exquisite ally to have while playing a healing drum. The tree offers the promise of rebirth, and its fruit heralds the sweet and tangy taste of what is said to be its restorative  powers. Its obvious that Kim knows her allies well, and shares the love she feels for them.

And then, a few days later, I received a very special envelope from Kim that contained twoa customer with a Hummingbird-type drum notes, one for me and one for Glenn Lewis, such a beautiful surprise, and heart-filling.

I simply can’t express the overwhelming love and gratitude I feel for Kim and her family, and for all of you who step into the circle of exploration and extend your trust to me to help make a drum for your journeys. We may not know each other in person, but we are never alone on the path. It is proven at nights sometimes when we can all go within and hear the heartbeats inside and outside across the miles, across continents and far beyond the bounds of space and time.

Indeed, we all have one heartbeat, and it spreads love all around the big wide circle of All That Is.

With deep gratitude, Aho & Namaste,