Shamanic Drum and Our Brain

Recent Science Studies

The first sound everyone on Earth heard was the sound of our mother’s heartbeat. Our relationship with rhythm began in the womb. As human beings, we are intrinsically rhythmic, and this rhythm is a potent source of well-being


The ritual use of rhythmically beating a shamanic drum is one of the oldest practices of humankind. The beat of the first drum perhaps reminded our distant ancestors of that very first rhythm we heard, the comforting heartbeat; of our deep connection to the body of our mother, and to Earth itself. Its revival and integration into modern society could bring a blessing for physical, emotional and spiritual healing that could profoundly impact individual and collective health.




Drum Meditation facilitates healthy ego-deconstruction through its powerful resonance with the deepest, which invites the soul to speak. A healthy drum meditation is like a lever taking advantage of the dark depths of our soul. What we see during our drum meditation trip has the potential to reveal clues about the mystery of our lives, as well as give us greater clarity about the purpose and meaning of our lives. But it can also upset us and cause us pain to cleanse.

 The open heart can be broken, which opens us much more to the power and intensity of the sacred. Either way we are with the soul displaced by the immensity and charm of our journey through the inner-outer nature of the soul-world dynamics.

 Our souls become more robust, more adaptable to the impermanence of the world.


Our ability to create and appreciate music at the center of what it means to be human”. From Pythagoreas, who is thought to be the first person to describe music as medicine as far back as 600 B.C, to modern board certified sound healing technicians, rhythm and harmony have been healing the the psyche through the ages.


Shamanic drumming, which is a fast paced, 4–7 beats per second rhythm, has the ability to profoundly alter brain states. Ancient shamans knew this, and now a lot of research in science back it up. The two hemispheres of the human brain often operate at different levels and at different rates. The steady beat of shamanic drumming is a powerful tool for brain health because by the very nature of it’s constant rhythm, it permeates the entire brain, bringing both hemispheres into rhythmic balance.

This is profound, because that balance is exceedingly hard to come by in modern day life, and brings with it a deep healing.

Drumming synchronizes the frontal and lower areas of the brain, integrating nonverbal information from lower brain structures into the frontal cortex, producing feelings of insight, understanding, integration, certainty, conviction, and truth, which surpass ordinary understandings and tend to persist long after the experience