Layne Redmond

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It is often said that the first sound we hear in the womb is our mother's heartbeat. Actually, the first sound to vibrate our newly developed hearing apparatus is the pulse of our mother's blood through her veins and arteries. We vibrate to that primordial rhythm even before we have ears to hear. Before we were conceived, we existed in part as an egg in our mother's ovary. All the eggs a woman will ever carry form in her ovaries while she is a four-month-old fetus in the womb of her mother. This means our cellular life as an egg begins in the womb of our grandmother. Each of us spent five months in our grandmother's womb and she in turn formed within the womb of her grandmother. We vibrate to the rhythms of our mother's blood before she herself is born. And this pulse is the thread of blood that runs all the way back through the grandmothers to the first mother. We all share the blood of the first mother - we are truly children of one blood.

Layne Redmond

Source: When the Women Were Drummers

Contributed by: Interiors For Healing

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Biorhythmic studies have breathed new life into ancient practice of music therapy. Music's influence on pulse, blood pressure, heartbeat, and so forth can be measured on machines. These scientifically sanctioned tests reveal that music can indeed alter consciousness. Studies by the Viennese therapist Alfred Schmolz show that patients who participate actively in spontaneous music-making benefit even more than passive listeners. Listen deeply, with concentration by synchronizing their breathing and walking to the rhythms they were playing. As I entrained with the beat of the drum, as I became the pulse itself, I felt that I was letting the force of gravity draw my essence down, down through the layers of the earth to the fire at her center. As I connected to the fire of the earth, I could feel that energy radiating up through my body and out through the sound of my drum, as if I were a radio transmitter.

Layne Redmond

Source: When the Women Were Drummers

Contributed by: Interiors For Healing

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Chanting rhythmically while gazing at geometric figures facilitates synchronization by simultaneously engaging the verbal skills of one hemisphere and the visual skills of the other. Because each hemisphere controls the motor skills of one-half of the body, rhythmic movement can also effect synchronization. Drumming is perhaps the most effective way to induce brain wave synchronization. Musical comprehension has been found to be a joint function of left and right hemispheres. Andrew Neher conducted a series of well-known experiments whowing that the rhythms of the drum act as an auditory driving mechanism, able to drive or entrain the suject's brain waves into alpha or theta states.

Layne Redmond

Source: When the Women Were Drummers

Contributed by: Interiors For Healing

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Neurological studies indicate that the brain is divided into two hemispheres that share control of mental activity. The right brain functions as the creative center. It is the seat of visual, aural, and emotional memory, and processes information in holistic, intuitive terms, relying on pattern recognition. The left brain is the administrator, the rational mind. It proceeds, in logical, analytical, verbal and sequential fashion. Incoming information is identified, classified, and explained. In ordinary consciousness, either the left or the right brain dominates in cycles lasting from thirty minutes to about three hours. We shift from one side to the other depending on which skills we require. In states of intense creativity or deep meditation, or under the influence of rhythmic sound, both hemispheres may begin operating in the same synchronized rhythm. The state of unified whole-brain functioning is called hemispheric synchronization. As the rhythms of the two hemispheres synchronize, there is a sense of clarity and heightened awareness. Feelings of self-consciousness and separation fall away. The individual is able to draw on both the left and the right hemispheres simultaneously. Hemispheric synchronization on the alpha level can create feelings of euphoria, expanded mental powers, and intense creativity. This may be the neurological bases of higher states of consciousness.

Layne Redmond

Source: When the Women Were Drummers

Contributed by: Interiors For Healing

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