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A Drum Buyer’s Thoughts & Photo of Her New Hummingbird Drum

medicine drum with Hummingbird painting
A healer’s medicine drum.

What a thrill to receive photos from a wonderful customer! Luanne, a Reiki practitioner and healer from Pennsylvania, sent along a shot of her new Hummingbird Drum.

It’s easy to see Glenn Lewis’s masterful touch with the painting of a Hummingbird amid beautiful flowers. The Hummer has always been a special symbol and friend, according to Luanne. And she liked the drum’s sound, too. Here are a few emails from her, the first having to do with the drum’s arrival, and the second recounting the special smudging ceremony she performed with it. Note that she also references her receipt of a Lightning Necklace in the package too :

Greetings, Bob:)
My Drum Partner has arrived home, safe and sound!!! Your saying that he is BEAUTIFUL is an understatement!!! I am in awe of your and Glenn’s talent. Thank you both from the bottom of my heart:) His energy is powerful! So is the energy from the necklace! They are both resting now and acclimating to their new environment. We have already bonded and are looking forward to doing energy work together.

Love, light, peace and blessings,

Here’s her second email from a day or two later:

My Drum Partner was well rested by this evening, so I used your lovely package of herbs and sweetgrass for the blessing ceremony. I attached the lightening-struck wood with emeralds, as I found this a sweet touch. Thank you:) I must say that the sound is melodious and deep. I feel the vibration in my heart and soul! We are true partners and I have you and Glenn to thank. Please accept my deepest regards. I am in awe yet again!

It fills my heart. Thank YOU, Luanne!

Aho & Namaste,

Smudging Your Pets? Video Example

Are Your Pets Volunteering For A Smudge? Be Mindful.

Nearly a year ago a member of our household suddenly joined my daily smudging routine. He simply wandered into the healing room one morning while I was smudging and lay down on the floor between my feet. Now it’s a daily occurrence.

Cats have long been known as walkers between worlds or as beings capable of seeing between worlds, and I am certain he finds spiritual connection during the treasured minutes we share together with our guides, teachers and ancestors. He is always the first to notice those beautiful spiritual beings who arise in or enter the sacred circle for the smudging ceremony, and they in turn seem to soothe him as he awaits the smudge stick while I turn to the four directions. I think they were responsible for bringing him into the circle in the first place, as weeks before he finally did step in, I had begun to notice him peering into the room from just beyond the doorway, his eyes following something that my eyes could not detect. He now does this throughout the ceremony, looking here and there, glimpsing the worlds in-between.

Smudging is clearly recognized as a valuable, meaningful cleansing practice for the body, mind and spirit of all beings and for one’s environment (see article links below), but we should be mindful that, unlike this kitty, some pets may be sensitive to smudge smoke as an irritant or could sense it as a threat, particularly those kept in cages or containers and who cannot readily leave a smoky room. Otherwise, it seems quite reasonable to include those who seek a share of such precious time with Spirit.

Aho & Namaste,

Smudging & Related Links:

Smudging Articles (From my dear wife’s site):
1. “How To Smudge With Sage For Bad Energy Removal and Aura Protection” http://myspiritcare.com/articles/how-to-smudge-with-sage-for-bad-energy-removal-and-aura-protection
2. “Scrubbed Your Aura Lately?” http://myspiritcare.com/articles/scrubbed-your-aura-lately

Cat Lore:
“Cats In The Ancient World”: http://www.ancient.eu/article/466/

Science Article: ‘Killer Germs’ Obliterated by Medicinal Smoke (Smudging), Study Reveals