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Drums, when used in the context of Shamanic Drumming, are a Connection Appliance.

List of Connection Appliances

Connection Appliance > Archetype Cards, Archetype Deck, Bible, Drums, Guardian Boards, Quartz Crystals, Sacred Pipe, Sacred Stones, Spirit Lodge, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Triumph of Spirit Archetype Deck, Triumph of Spirit Archetype System


Michael Drake presents drumming as a practice capable of inducing a "transcendent state of unity consciousness" where one becomes a Hollow Bone, an individual who has or can enter a trance state "without their personal ego. This non-ego hollowness makes a way for Spirit to use them as a healing tool. In this way, the shaman is a channel for higher consciousness."[1]

Michael Drake suggests a tempo of three to four beats per second. "Focus your attention on the sound of the drum, thereby stilling the chatter in your mind. Allow the drum to empty you - become one with the drum."[2]

Further Reading

Drumming the Hollow Bone


  1. Drake, Michael. "Drumming the Hollow Bone." Sacred Hoop Magazine 2012.
  2. Drake, Michael. "Drumming the Hollow Bone." Sacred Hoop Magazine 2012.