Drumming To Journey By is the first of the drumming CDs
to be designed and produced by Kay Cordell Whitaker. This CD was created
to provide the tempo and rhythms native to the Hetakas' matriarchal
culture, offering the space and support
for spirit journeying or meditation without the aspect of being forceful
or feeling rushed in any way, creating an atmosphere of safety, support
and total relaxation in which the individual is
free to explore in their own pace.
Drumming To Journey By is one continuous drumming ending
with a "call back." You can also choose to
enter the drumming at various points so that your ceremony can be any
length of time from 10 minutes to 71 minutes, making the use of her
even more relaxed and enjoyable.
The compelling consciousness altering sounds on this CD
are woven into an enticing rhythm produced by four traditionally crafted
drums, a traditional ceremonial deer toe rattle, the resonant singing of
two crystal bowls activated only by the sounds of the drums, and the
distant whispering of an ancient calling chant.
These haunting sounds heighten your state of consciousness and allow you
to easily move into the deep state of trance that is utilized in spirit
journeying and other ceremonies and to hold this level of consciousness
for as long as you choose.
Four widely toned single headed drums from the Native American
traditions are used to create the resonate, energy stimulating harmonics
complete with their own dynamic overtones and undertones. The rattle,
too, is designed to alter consciousness.
Created in the ancient ceremonial tradition it generates harmonics
within a specific range of frequencies that stimulate the human
electromagnetic field and allow it to increase in intensity, thus
shifting your state of awareness into conscious trance.
The voice bringing the ancient chanting from our ancestors further
enhances and holds your trance and sends a request to all of Creation to
help you understand and live in the beauty and joy of your Song: to
fully live the truth of who you are.
The large crystal prayer bowls were present in the room as we recorded
and began to resonate and sing with the drums of their own accord. They
were never struck or sounded in any other way.
In the tradition of Domano and Chea Hetaka of the central eastern Andes
spirit journey ceremonies are used to travel to different physical
locations as well as to the many worlds of the spirits in order to
encounter teachers and helpers, to learn how to better help others, and
to gain greater understanding and healing within ourselves. The drumming
and other sounds are an integral part of the ceremonies and are said to
carry you: they become your sacred vehicle into the realms of the