Hey guys. I was sent an email ( see below) by one of our members (Jean), hoping that the drumming community could help. She is currently charged with taking care of a man name Kent (who has occassionally come to our drum circles). Kent suffers from schizophrenia, and really enjoys drumming... unfortunately, many drum circles have kicked him out because they consider his behavior to be abberant and take no time to understand that it's not his fault and all he really wants is to drum and listen to drumming. It soothes him.
Jean would like to hold a special drumming ceremony for him at her home on July 1st (Sunday). Please read the email below, and if you can help to drum, call her at the number below. I will be there in the early evening.
We are so glad to be back with you guys when we can, and I want to thank you for drumming to Kent's aberrant and speedy rhythms and for letting him talk to you about his troubles while drumming. Kent used to play the piano but now everything is a different tempo with little regard for anything but the right notes. The drumming helps to set his mind right again, and I wish we could do it everyday.
I know you said you were doing a Lamplighter ceremony on that date. I am having a celebration/ceremony for Kent starting at about 4. I really hope you can come for a little while before or after your own ceremony. I want to encourage the drummers from this site (or from anywhere) to come and help us with some rhythms for a healing ceremony for him. It will be along the lines of entering and emerging from a caccoon or chrysalis. I want to put him on a clothe and do some rituals over him while drums beat a healing rhythm. Then people will put their hands on him, and we gradually wrap him in the while cloth and lift him up and carry him with a chant and drumming, and finally place him back down with hands over him and human voices humming with drums fading out to silence. If he won't cooperate by reclining, perhaps we can do the same thing with him standing.
I really need some help with this. I hope John comes with his gentle manner that Kent respects and Jared too. I have e-mailed them a few days ago but got no answer. I really hope I can get some of the drummers to come and also talk to me ahead about how we will create this serious but not fearful atmosphere that will reconnect Kent to the group body and the rhythms of nature. I certainly wish you were coming but I need to keep it on a Sunday afternoon.
Can you post a notice for me inviting people to come be a community of witnesses to his transition and what the purpose is for the situation. There will be a number of other activities such as a cleansing of the house and calling forth the distillation of the ancestors at the very beginning. Kent has most of his hallucinations here, so i want to try to rid the bad things from his home. Then we will all write on a prayer cloth and hang in outside and a few more things like that, always drawing attention to his connection to the group body and its witness to its his anguish, and all starting by reminding him of our deliberate intention to join him in ritual journey to reconnect to the heart of the group body and heal himself within that body.
This may be a lot to ask of people but if anyone wishes to help with this, they are better than any physicans who offer their toxic medicine. I would really like to talk to Syl but she did not answer me either through the email on this site.
Thanks so much Ty and wish you could be there on the 1st.