Journey with the Drum Sunday 21 July. Begins at 2:00pm, $20; with Grandfather Rick McBride. Among the many uses of the hand drum, the journey is one of the lesser known. To journey with the drum is experiential, but it is not ceremony. Nevertheless we still ask for protection, smudge, and do the Hollow Bone before starting. Prone or sitting, (your choice), we first quiet the mind. We then sequence into our heart-mind connection. For accomplished meditators, this will be easy and the "third-eye" sensation will not only start up on the forehead, but in the heart-solar plexus area as well. If you are new to this, you will learn how this is done and how to strengthen it with practice. A single floor drum in the background sets a slow and easy pace to begin your guided meditation journey; a few words are spoken, loosely guiding you out of the material world, closer to the veil, where you will take off on your own. When ready, you jump into the experience of other dimensions, go outside of time, take a journey to the center that encompasses all that is, to be with the Taku Skan Skan [Dah-koo Shkah Shkah], that which is behind all that moves, but you go only as deeply as you choose to. You will be safe at all times, the drum beat ensures that. The drum beat accompanies you to let you know you are not alone, and then to guide you home. Journeying is a skill developed simply by showing up and doing it. The benefits are many and varied, but a realization that there is so much more to us than what we see in the physical, and that these regions of reality are accessible, are perhaps the most profound: we become capable of more direct interaction with the Spirits. If you've ever wondered how the ancestors were able to communicate with the spirits (of the animals, of the plants, of the stone people, and the Helper Spirits) you will come to understand this as your consciousness shifts. On the day of the workshop please eat lightly (fruit is recommended) and be well hydrated. The Journey helps develop the intuition and is ideal for those exploring new ways to quieten the mind.
Rick McBride is mixedblood Tsalagi (Cherokee) who has walked the Red Road for over 35 years. He was named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance chief, which means Red Heart. He is a sundancer and has been traditionally trained and authorized to lead ceremonies, such as inipi (purification lodge), prayer with the Canunpah (Pipe), drum healing and so forth. He has been publicly teaching these ways for over 13 years now. Workshops and lectures are one way to learn from the wisdom of Indian Country. Ceremony brings this knowledge to life. Combined, teaching and ceremony render practical guidance to everyday living. And so, Rick sees his role as that of "translator" of indigenous ways so that mainstream-educated people get the full benefit of these ways. It has taken him years of dedicated interaction with many Elders, as well as his activities as ceremonial leader to get to this place in his life. For further information, visit his website: www.mixedblood.info (http://www.mixedblood.info/)