By: Jill Mattson, art by Jill Mattson
Rhythm affects physical states
Melody affects emotional and mental states
Harmony lifts consciousness
A steady rhythm restores the body’s rhythmic patterns. For example, Baroques rhythm patterns are believed to put the heart into a natural beating cycle. Drumming patterns can alter emotions and be used as an aid to explore inner consciousness. In Shamanism, a drumbeat takes the listener to an altered state of consciousness. In Voudoun (a religion in Haiti) drumming is to block the rational mind, inducing trance and sexual energies.
Rhythms are thought to energize the spleen, the base chakra, circulatory system adrenals and sexuality. Since drumming can increase a heartbeat, it can also increase blood flow throughout the body – stimulating physical energies. A mother rocking her crying baby helps restore the child’s metabolic rhythms.
The percussive rattle has been used to link consciousness to inner understandings and wisdom from the cosmos. It has been described as a cleansing instrument. Negative thoughts set up rigid energy patterns in our auric fields and the rattle sounds shatter these constructions. Just as water faucets accumulates residue we can build up negative debris from our own unpleasant thinking and from being around others who engage in negatively. This energy sets in our auric field and clogs subtle energy entering the body through our chakas.
One solution! Use a rattle and shake it up and down the body. You may also shake the rattle extra times at the major chakra wheels!
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