Get Rattled Like A Shaman

Shamanic rattle, shaker, noise maker— no matter its moniker, this sacred tool is a valuable ally in a shaman healer's intention of service through sacred rhythm. Like a shaman's drum, the rattle is used to aid in achieving the "altered state of consciousness," (ASC), that brainwave frequency measured between 7-8 Hz which is the threshold to journey work, reportedly in the Theta/Alpha range. That is roughly the same as the Earth’s natural frequency, known as part of the “Schumann Resonance” frequency range that I’ve written about before. The lowest in the range, according to Wikipedia, is 7.83 Hz.

But here’s something new to add.

I know this is tangential to my subject, but it’s so cool. You can actually hear Mother Earth’s heartbeat, which is caused by lightning. There are a lot of scientific / government organizations and agencies monitoring the Schumann, but you can eavesdrop several amateur radio buffs' sites who live-stream it. Here's a site that features a round-up of amateur monitoring stations around the world. Very cool! Associated Websites are also listed so you can learn more.

You can also see near real time lightning strikes on a map from this monitoring site at the University of Washington. (An updated real-time map here, too.)

Estimates are that lightning strikes the earth about 100 times a second from an average of around 2,000 thunder storms occurring on the planet at any one time. That translates into more than 8 million strikes a day! And that is what helps produce the Earth's measurable heartbeat at 7.83HZ, the same frequency you need to enter into the altered state. But don't worry, you won’t need quite that many beats on a drum per second to do so!


In fact, no one knows the perfect number of drum or rattle beats per minute (bpm) needed to entrain the brain to hone in on the altered state of consciousness and thus to lock in to Mother Earth’s frequency, as estimates vary widely from 200 to more than 300 bpm. After many years of journey drumming and rattling, though, it seems to me that as long as you maintain a rapid beat for anything over a few minutes, you will at least begin to flirt with the ASC. Some people require more or less time, of course, so you will have to experiment to find your optimum. It won't take you long at all!


I've found my preferred beat, and you can download it here if you like (see link below). I made the recording while playing my Lightning-Struck drum.

But it is a fact that the rattle, like a drum, works to help your brain tune in to this frequency range while playing it rapidly. (The rattles you see pictured above and on the right were made for customers a few years ago. I've since decided that it's far more beneficial for you if you make your own rattles! I show you how here.)

You can use a rattle for many different purposes, too. For example, a Hopi healer teacher taught me that she uses her rattle to summon powerful spiritual allies while simultaneously warding off negative energies that can't tolerate her rattle's sound (frequency). A logical extension of that is where healers will also use their rattles to cleanse an area and the people within that area during ceremony.

To many modern day people, this may all sound rather strange. But if you are willing to try it, I think you will find a whole new experience of awareness awaits you. (You should, of course, provide yourself and the immediate area and people around you with loving intention and a smudge protection before you start any such ceremony.)


I’ve often wondered if humankind has always known the value of rattles, but only recently has forgotten their spiritual value in modern times. Like, why do we automatically buy a rattle for a new baby? Oh, sure, modern psychology suggests it’s good for helping the baby learn about sight, sound and tactile experiences, but humans have been making rattles for their babies for a LONG time, long before psychology developed, by knowing the instruments hold the power to provide comfort and contentment. A baby rattle was discovered in Turkey in 2014 that dates back to 4,000 years (pictured at left and reproduced from the article about it). In those times, the shamanic tradition was all that existed to help people heal, so the rattle was also a sacred instrument. Giving one to a baby, then, had to hold extra significance.

Whatever the case, you should hear a rattle before buying it, as you definitely need one that is pleasing to your ear*. That will help you find a comfort level and open the way to your own connection with the heartbeat of All That Is.

Aho & Namaste,

Links to ancient rattle info:

  1.     2500-year-old baby rattle
  2.      2010 article
  3.      Rattle photos on Pinterest


* Note: Even better than buying a rattle is making a rattle! There is nothing better than making your own sacred shamanic tools. Look at the eBook I offer about how to make your own rattle, and even how to get it free with the purchase of a Rattle Making Kit from Shaman Drums And More, and Thunder Valley Drums!

Download FREE Shamanic Drumming & Rattling mp3 Files

FREE 12-Minute Shamanic Drumming Sample With Callback from Thunder Valley Drums
A 12-minute sound file featuring Shaman Bob playing his Lightning Drum for a shamanic journey. Includes a "callback" at the end.
Free for you to download, but not to sell. Copyright 2015, Shaman Drums And More, Thunder Valley Drums. All Rights Reserved.
MP3 Audio File 11.5 MB
FREE 10-Minute Shamanic Drumming and Rattling Sample with Chime from Thunder Valley Drums and Shaman Drums And More
A 10-minute sample of shamanic drumming and rattling with a chime intro from Shaman Bob at Thunder Valley Drums and Shaman Drums And More.

Free for you to download, but not to sell. Copyright 2015, Shaman Drums And More, Thunder Valley Drums. All Rights Reserved.
10 Minute Drumming w Rattle.mp3
MP3 Audio File 9.4 MB

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