The Thundr Marr (Thunder Horse) Lightning Drum
The Eagle Lightning Drum
What could possibly convince an individual to undertake the seemingly impossible task of making drums from lightning-struck trees? Excellent question!
Long before I actually made the first lightning-struck drum, I found such intrigue in simply holding lightning-struck wood. It started in childhood on our West Virginia farm and never stopped. To me, holding even the smallest piece of that wood opened a crack into the "great mysterious." I've written a lot about it since then, and you'll find plenty on the sister sites (Thunder Valley Drums and Blog) if you care to. For sure I'll be writing more. I never tire of the subject, or of exploring the greater reality that it invites access to.
Anyway, I wanted you to see a few of the several dozens of Lightning Drums I've made over the years. I would need a much larger Website to handle all of the photos...and the memories. But we'll have to settle for this sample for now. For sure, I connect deeply with these spiritual healing helpers, and I can recall nearly every detail of each one when I see a photo of it.
No, I don't consider them to be my children. They are comrades, brothers and sisters in the epoch yearning that humans feel when feeling expansive and connected to that which is larger than us all. These drums are about expression.
I'm not meaning the kind of expression necessarily when one merely wants to thump on a drum, though. This is the expression of existence that I'm referring to, that deep primordial urge to join with all of life in celebration of simply being. Life is such a wonder! And it comes from expression.
This hardy band of survivors also represent many deep metaphysical principles, which they have shared with me over the years. They teach transformation, for example, when from a tree struck down by lightning they emerge to live once again as heralds of thunderous intention and service. That's because they are shamanic healing drums, what have been called "medicine drums." Their very existence proves that it's possible to rise from the ashes. And when they are in healing ceremony, they mean to effect that principle by helping to comfort and to assuage suffering.
As shamanism apparently began in Northern Asia then spread throughout the world, one of its key godhead's was called Tatai Tenger, the lord of lightning and storms, who was accompanied by 77 other powerful beings. Together, and aside powerful steeds, they would wrangle even the fiercest storms to an eventual return of peace, balance and harmony. I would like to think these drums are their kin, thundering across the reaches of suffering and fear to return peace and the harmonious state of being to the authentic self.
Healers on most every continent in the world are now the caretakers of most of these sacred drums. And on quiet nights in the summer, when I'm sitting alone under a glorious canopy of stars, I hear them from their far-off places, the deep drum voices and rhythms rising, and the veil begins to lift above the sight of a sacred path leading to the Great Mysterious.
Aho & Namaste,
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