Gilded Serpent presents...
Enhancing our daily lives with drumming and dancing
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
A devotee of Danse
Orientale for over 25 years, I consistently find this ancient and enduring
art a great source of inspiration. The rhythmic patterns and dance movements
of this tradition, steeped in antiquity, steeped in women's ancestry,
rekindle a natural and sacred state of well being. With renewed self-esteem
and self-confidence, daily affairs become less stressful and more manageable.
with rhythmic drumming expands our imagination, creativity, individual
growth and fulfillment, which are important components to recovering a
personal spiritual connection to health.
Feeny Lipscomb, a
drummer, writer, and entrepreneur who lives in Taos, New Mexico, is the
founder of the "All One Tribe Foundation" that disseminates
research on the physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of drumming.
In her article "As We Drum, We Are One" (For full article, see
'Musings' page http://www.Tahya.com), she writes:
society's loss of its rituals has caused psychic fragmentation--literally,
the state of being disconnected from our deeper selves. The result is
a sort of soul starvation--a deep, non-specific hunger which we've tried
desperately (and unsuccessfully) to feed with food, drugs, sex, alcohol,
shopping, gambling, work. We now know that stress is a cause of 98%
of all disease. Not only heart attacks, strokes, immune system break-downs,
but every disease known--with the exception of two viruses--has been
shown to be caused by or exacerbated by stress."
As we rediscover the
communal and healing powers of rhythm and movement, we're establishing
a bridge between these ancient traditions and our modern lifestyle. Incorporating
drumming and dance in our daily lives heightens our awareness of passionate
soulful existence. A positive "esprit" is generated that we
can, in turn, bring to our families and also into the communities in which
we live. Drumming and dance provide accessible tools for healing and additionally,
these are invigorating and fun activities that vitalize the senses, promoting
improved health and well-being.
Most recently, I had
the privilege of working with a mastectomy patient, and was able to witness
the great transformation in this woman's range of movement and flexibility
as well as heightened sense of body image. Over the years, I have witnessed
this transformation in nearly all the participants in my classes. This
is, indeed, a healing ritual!
In her book, "Why
People Don't Heal and How they Can," Carolyn Myss, Ph.D. also emphasizes
this concept of a "healing fire that lies in wait deep within the
human spirit which will guide you to the right healing steps." Reading
this book, I am encouraged to continue creating rituals and invocations
to boost personal energy and connect with the inner Source of creativity
I find practicing
my frame drum and in particular connecting it to movement affords me the
privilege of remembering, recovering, refreshing, and realizing the Source
residing within. In fact, I have been inspired to invite other women to
gather at my home to form a percussion ensemble. The work of Layne Redmond,
a frame drum virtuoso and author of the book, "When the Drummers
Were Women," has also been most influential. Bringing together the
sounds of riqq, finger cymbals, dumbek and bell, we have created a percussion
processional, in tribute to ancient rituals when women were drummers.
Women in antiquity
were the sacred time keepers and the rituals of dancing and drumming were
offered in community ceremony for all occasions -- seasons changing, rain,
harvests, birth, and moon cycles -- not the least of which was for healing
physical and/or mental disease. The Zaar, for example, is a dance and
drum ritual practiced in the Middle East. A recent National Geographic
documentary, entitled "Cairo Unveiled" shows footage of the
Zaar; the narrator alludes this ritual is practiced, for example, when
someone is depressed.
In addition, women's
spirituality, wisdom and sexuality were affirmed through rituals involving
dancing and drumming. Some of the oldest depictions "representing
the human figure in a specific activity," illustrate a goddess with
upraised arms, a gesture interpreted as conveying prayer or invocation.
- Invoke blessings
of good health.
- Return ritual to
your daily life.
- Recreate the oldest
known dance: the ritual act of walking a circular path.
Our current high-speed lifestyle dismembers our body/mind/spirit connection;
remember the connection via these centuries-old movements as we dance
in reverence of the sacred garment we are provided for this lifetime's
Alice is Alive and Well in Oakland, California!
During the auditions,
there was an ongoing dialogue among the panelists concerning guidelines
festival performances; cultural accuracy vs. artistic expression became
from the Goddess, Book Review of Dina's #2 by Ignatia
No matter what your body type, there is a style in there for you. This
is the first reference guide I have ever found of this sort.