Masks in Sacred Drumming by Jean Hammond
Masks in the Ritual of Sacred Drumming for modern everyday society Sacred Drumming
I have been particularly influenced and inspired by the work of Elise Dirlam Ching and her partner Kaleo CHING in America . I loved their work captured in The Faces of the Soul. The book describes the use of guided imagery to support individuals to access an internal dialogue and different realms of the subconscious during deep relaxation . Included is the physical as well as the energy realm which is accessed and generated by the practice of Chi Kung. Chi Kung also brings animal awareness, sensitivity, and grace into the body and has the potential to support personal human development. "Animal’s breath and guidance of flow through your being shaping and shifting into sacred art"
"giving voice and form to inner discoveries” And thus confidence to those who are disconnected from their inner world and internal resources. I use Sacred Drumming as part of my coaching freelance work, introducing imagery, ritual and sound which provides a very enriching holistic experience for individuals in todays modern society.
They are Beautiful, elaborate, fierce, grotesque, elegant,and are extraordinary objects that demonstrate creative skills and aesthetics of many different periods and cultures. Masks are a near-universal phenomenon,and their uses and meanings are strikingly different around the world.
spirit and bring a sense of magic. Masks are used in ritual so why not in sacred drumming ?: After all Masks are traditionally used In ritual and religions in for example Africa. Mask- wearers may be thought to be possessed by – or even become – a spirit or a god. In ancient Egypt, funerary masks were intended to equip the dead with divine powers and attributes. Sacred drumming with Mask adds to a sense of theatre and drama generating physical energy and trance like focus: I trained as a Drama-therapist and we studied the role of Shamanism and its connection to modern day Drama-therapist we used sound with drums as part of a process of personal development, masks were also used . A Mask can be made to portray a character such as a goddess or a totem animal So what is the Value of mask making and working with imagery :
In Sacred drumming journeying is part of the process to generate images, but not all participants generate imagery that feels spiritual. I for example have a great imagination that generates ideas, but images in guided journaling are like clouds they come and go very quickly. Mask making brings form to internal images.
How can Mask making support access to other realms and guides for someone who is struggling to create internal image.
Techniques used for mask making create realistic facial sculptures(based on your own face) and once made is used with guided imagery (Essentially journalling) Guided imagery for example leads gently into the realms of the spirit world to connect with inner guides (ancestor, totem animal, guardian angel, inner healer). Your guide then inspires you to paint, decorate, and transform your personal mask from the mould of your own face. A bit like the painting of the sacred drum. Your mask like your sacred drum can be a legacy, a life companion, a gauge of your personal growth, a guardian for your altar. Additional benefit to mask making :
Masks have both Sacred as well as ancestral links. Caring, you give and receive a facial massage as you apply and sculpt plaster gauze facial moulds with a partner. The massage itself affects the energetic physical emotional mental and spiritual bodies Develop skill of generating internal images into form via mask making. They also have a part to play in expressing human qualities in the magic of theatre with the potential to support self awareness, Develop internal strengths as well as transforming physical energy for healing purposes. The purpose of my workshops is to : "Open the doors of perception of your life force that surrounds you " " For you to experience magical living and the ability to see magnificence shining through the mundane " For you to find a sacred space or sanctuary in your daily environment , a place for quietness and introspection ....discover insights into your deeper self.
What am I offering?
The opportunity to express human qualities in magic of sacred drumming and mask making in the woods with the support of the medicine wheel. Why : People are working from home more than ever, or they sit in cars and other traffic bumper to bumper all the way to the office like a rat run, more like a rut run. When at home, time is spent slumped in front of the TV boredom creeping into every cell of the aching body. It wants more, thecreative juices are like a dried up pond aching for growth. They have a feeling of being cut off from the rhythm of life and their place and connection with nature. How : Learn how to Create a Sacred space through the use of the Medicine wheel for self development and connection with Nature leading to Mask work and its creation. Going on an internal journey through guided imagery meditation supported by the drum thus preparing your inner sanctuary and link to the external terrain. Get to know your face and its shadows its crevices to reveal its own beauty and magic using sound shadow screen ..taking photos...video-montage. Experience the world through animal sense and action by Meeting your totem animal (your inner advisor) supported by the mask work and drum. What do I want you to go away with. Access to a feeling of calmness and relaxation. Excited at finding magic in your life. Developed awareness of your internal strengths and self expression.
To experience your world through animal sense and action. Connect to the sense of your personal totem animal your inner advisor. To have Created a sacred space - in both your Internal world and Physical environment as well as the home environment using the medicine wheel. This entry was posted in Blog, and tagged masks, ritual,. Bookmark the permalink.