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” If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Nikola Tesla

Our heart keeps a steady rhythm, thu thump, thu thump like a drum. The drum represents the heartbeat of the earth. Can you feel it?

When I hear the drum’s steady sound like a heartbeat, I am transported back to the reservation where I stepped into my first Women’s Council. Friday night’s opening ceremonies began with the drum beat, and we had to keep the beat going till Sunday at closing. We took turns, and it was a steady presence in the background of all the events. Sometimes, the beat seemed to speed up as if to reflect our engagement, like walking and running. Other times, it beat softly as if we were in the silence of listening and absorbing the messages given. I dreamed that weekend, too, and the dream unfolded throughout the weekend, much to my surprise.

Women gathered from around the country. We danced till midnight, sometimes softly as feet kept a two-step rhythm like the heart. At other times, we danced passionately, and the drums beat loudly and fast. The weekend kept me in the moment, and I was impressed with the consistent beat of the drum no matter the hour or time of day. At the closing ceremony, the beat of the ceremonial drums faded as we captured the essence of that sound into our hearts. Those experiences were my companions on the long eight-hour drive home. They nurture me today.

What drum beat gets you dancing? Are you an Elvis fan, or do you prefer the blues? Have you ever been to a Powwow and heard the ceremony drums beat soft and steady like our hearts or intensely honoring all of creation?

Pythagoras prescribed music as medicine and believed that musical intervals were clear experiences of sacred geometry. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted a study that showed music/sound was effective for patients and caregivers, helping to soothe and relieve stress. Music and sound have an impact on addiction recovery, chronic pain, and releasing stress and anxiety.

                                                         “Music is the universal language of mankind.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The region, religion, or skin color doesn’t matter. Music moves us. So, do you hear music in your nighttime dreams? Pick up a drum and make some music today. Or listen to another culture’s music, even drumming. How does the music, the drumming, speak to you? Make a note in your dream journal.

          “Don’t quit. Never give up trying to build the world you can see, even if others can’t see it. Listen to your drum and your drum only. It’s the one that makes the sweetest sound.”  Simon Sinek 

Sweet dreaming. Judith


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