Drum Journey (Recording): ~15 minutes
The journey down to lower world was different this time. The tunnel that leads from the base of the hot spring to LW was filled with water. I rode a small current down to the spot where I am typically deposited on the mesa.
The meeting circle was filled with all my teachers, helping spirit animals, Tree, and Fire. On the way, I touched my left cheek and found that the mark Fire had made on me during the last journey was still there.
Behind Fire was a Native American elder, wearing a white bead headdress and white bead necklace. I was told he was my drum teacher. He was the Spirit of the Drum.
The first thing he told me was that I would be working in OR with the buffalo hide/cottonwood drum that Taos Pueblo elder Lee Lujan made for me. Reeds Blowing handed me the NOR version of it, which I had left in Upper World in the nook outside the Hall of Knowledge for safe keeping. Drum also said that also said that I was to tie a piece of ribbon or leather around the strings of the drum—one for each day on this initiation/training.
The first lesson was to visualize the drum beats. I was to train myself to see the sound of the drum. It was important to know where the sound was going. We practiced together, playing and watching the sound. I saw the beats played and emanating from the drum like clear vapors. They rose and floated away like smoke. The others in the circle were enveloped by the sound vapors and cloaked in them.
We continued to play until callback. I knew I was to practice this until next lesson.
I thanked all the spirits and returned..
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