Definition number 3 in my Merriam-Webster Dictionary states that a tool is something used in doing a job. You may disagree if you wish, but I think the drumming circle fits into that category. I believe it was in early December of 2012 that Lauren Torres initiated a drumming circle in Chicago’s south suburbs. It meets on the second Tuesday of each month in Alsip, Illinois at a place called TranZformation: A Center for Spirit. TranZformation has books on ‘new age’ subjects such as shamanism, has classes on a variety of subjects such as Reike, and also sells gifts like pendulums, incense and such.

The drumming circle, which lasts from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM, usually starts off with drumming, followed by a general discussion of what is going on in our lives. Members are encouraged to bring their own drums and rattles. Sometimes members will share instruments with those who did not bring any. After a while Lauren suggests one or more subjects for journeying and we discuss those ideas. Then she leads the group in the journey process. Afterward we discuss our experiences. Sometimes we journey a second time as well.

The beneficial aspect of the drumming group is that attendees get the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with each other. This is good because it gives everyone the opportunity to hear what others are doing on their paths. Personally I think drumming circle is great. There aren’t that many people who are walking the shamanic path so it’s encouraging to spend time with those who do. Associating with people of similar interests is one of the best ways to get support for the path we have chosen. Drumming circle is the ‘something’ that helps us keep a fresh and positive outlook on our chosen vocation.

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