Month: September 2016

The Power of the Buffalo Drum

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, it was always kind of a regular sight to see drum circles on hippie hill in Golden Gate Park, or even in Union Square, or maybe even in a BART Station stop. I would often scoff and joke with friends about it since it seemed so quintessentially “hippie” and trite. Now, here we are, over 10 years later, and I now participate in drum circles. (Irony is a cruel mistress!) I suppose it was only a matter of time until I let my inner musical, pagan spirit let loose on the drums! Why? It’s fun!

My Remo Buffalo Drum from and my crystal grid.

All jokes aside, drumming can in fact help engage you and others in a deep meditative state and help you hear and see things not of this realm. As mentioned in a previous post about Shamanic Journeying, you can go on a Shamanic Journey with the help of a drum. Providing constant, consistent drumming can help you go into this state (it’s easier if someone else does the drumming for you to start out), but even practicing it yourself, you certainly feel the power of sound healing. I participate in a drum circle every couple of months with my fellow Reiki practitioners and it is truly an event to behold. When we all gather, say a collective intention, and drum rhythmically for a couple of hours, you certainly lose track of time and space and often hearing faint chanting, singing, and/or drumming of spirits entering your space to share in the celebration. I’m not very musically inclined and I was terrible at self-teaching myself the guitar, but the drum is simply fun and exhilarating! It’s loud and powerful booms reverberate throughout your body and the room. Much like sage can clear a room of negative energy, so can a drum use sound to clear a person or space of any negativity energetically.

So ditch the attitude and stop hating about drum circles and join one!

You can buy the 14″ Remo Buffalo drum pictured on Amazon here.

Peace Meditation: God Bless this Earth with Peace

I am an avid Kundalini Yoga Practitioner and have met some amazing, loving people through doing this practice. For those unfamiliar, the purpose of Kundalini Yoga is to raise your kundalini energy up through the spine to awaken higher consciousness. What sets Kundalini Yoga apart from other Yoga practices (i.e., Hatha, Vinyasa, etc.) is the use of chanting and singing, which uplifts the spirit and opens up your intuitive channels. Yogi Bhajan is credited to having brought Kundalini Yoga to the West and is a fascinating person. My yoga instructor was fortunate enough to meet and practice under him and it’s wonderful to hear her stories about him. Below is a peace mediation I enjoy and wanted to share from the 3HO organization, which is Yogi Bhajan’s non-profit.
A person’s true power lies in the power of his word. This meditation is designed specifically to create the vibration of peace in the world.
Posture: Sit in a comfortable position with the spine erect, eyes closed.
Mantra: Chant Healthy am I, Happy am I, Holy am I in a monotone and then make the statement, “God bless this Earth with peace.”
Time: Continue for 11 to 31 minutes.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

Animal Reiki for Rescue Dogs

Nothing can be more gratifying than volunteering your time and energy to a good cause. As an energy worker, everyone and every living thing can always use a reiki boost. I have a deep passion and love of all creatures and learned about a great organization called Hemopet, that helps to rescue former racetrack greyhounds. If you know a little Latin, “hemo” means blood and you may think what does blood have to do with rescue dogs? A fun fact is greyhounds have a universal blood type, which means they are able to donate blood to other dogs in need. It’s a great way for the newly rescued pups to save lives while they await their forever home.


Since these dogs lived a tough life on the racetrack, they are so eager for love and affection. They are like little sponges waiting for healing energy and love. Giving animals reiki is liken to giving a child reiki–sometimes less is better. Just like a fidgety child, an animal also can’t usually sit still for long periods of time nor do they require long sessions. Animals work on a higher intelligence than us and they know what they need. When performing reiki, allows yourself to follow your intuition and let it guide you. If you sense the animal has “finished” then the energy has stopped flowing and the animal received what they needed at this time.

Hemopet is always looking for volunteers and of course anyone interested in adopting these wonderful animals. You can visit them at:

11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843

Photo Credit: Michael Brian
Photo Credit: Michael Brian