The Healing Power of African
Rhythms and Sound

The African drum is an exceptional conduit for healing and transformation. The rhythms and sounds of the African drum unifies and builds world communities into a buoyant season of renewal. In a variety of settings including retreats, group ceremonies, rites of passage, family reunions, and other special events, the African drum presents a creative and multicultural celebration.

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Ancient Weaver of Body, Soul, Mind and Spirit

Since the dawn of time, indigenous people everywhere have understood that music, dance, song, and ritual are powerful spiritual practices for health and healing. For the African villager, drumming is a spiritual practice and an integral part of the social and cultural fabric of village life.

The ancient rhythms invoke the power of God to heal, and the language of the drum speaks directly to everyone about love and oneness in a global society. The beat of the drum serves as a conduit between heaven and earth where God and nature coexist in harmony.

In Africa, group drumming plays an important role during planting and harvest seasons to boost morale and encourage solidarity to achieve a common goal. Stress and fear are transcended when drummers unite, lifting spirits, and renewing faith and optimism. It is reported that in many parts of Africa, the life expectancy is higher than normal when the villagers engage in the daily practice of group drumming, dancing, and spiritual ceremony.
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The Healing Power of the Drum

In modern times, scientists, researchers and psychologists give their own account of the therapeutic effect of rhythms. Recent research shows that drum rhythms strengthen the immune system, produce endorphins, and release emotional trauma to create states of wellness.

The healing power of drumming creates a balance that maintains the connection between body, mind, and soul. It has been proven to have many therapeutic and transformative benefits. Research has demonstrated that energetic rhythms cause the brain to synchronize the two cerebral hemispheres. When the hemispheres pulsate in harmony, expanded states of awareness are experienced. Powerful neuronal connections are revitalized in all parts of the brain when stimulated by the rhythm of the drum, and even damaged brain tissue can be restored.

More than ever, chronic pain continues to afflict the quality of life for so many people. Drum rhythms and movement produce endorphins and endogenous opiates, the body’s own morphine-like painkillers; and as a result, excruciating pain can be controlled with drumming. The healing power of the drum relieves stress, tension, and confusion. The drum induces deep and profound relaxation, lowers blood pressure, and transforms lives.
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Drumming and Awakened States

When the act of drumming is undertaken in a ceremony, profound altered states of consciousness are experienced. Group drumming doubles the alpha brain waves, induces deep states of relaxation, reduces stress, and connects all participants to the Divine.

The drum is a messenger from the Spirit, and people can awaken to their true infinite spiritual nature. Each enters into unchartered states, into a boundless realm of miracles..
Within the Divine, each participant is transported beyond themselves. Ancient rhythms effortlessly radiates love and releases the power to elicit healings of all kinds.

The ancestral wisdom embodied in the lineage of rhythms imparts a tool for building community, creating loving interactions while awakening each person to the miracle of healing through the Divine mystery of God’s will.

  • Summary of Potential Benefits:
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Produces endorphins
  • Releases emotional trauma to create states of wellness
  • Synchronizes the two cerebral hemispheres
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Promotes profound relaxation
  • Induces altered states of awareness
  • Opens one’s heart to the Divine
  • Creates a cohesive community

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