to the Inner Drum, the Heart Beat of Humanity
By Kokomon Clottey
No one really knows how long the
concepts of the inner drum have been around. However, physical anthropologists
suggest that there were footprints of the dinosaurs that roamed the earth 100
million years before humans appeared on the scene. When did the life of the
dinosaurs begin and how long did they roam the earth?
Although the data on the dinosaurs does
not truly give an accurate age of the inner drum, it offers a platform for
imagination and inquiry. The footprints of the dinosaurs are recorded on the rocks
at Dinosaur Ridge in Bolder, Colorado. The dinosaurs had an inner drum. That is
The rationale and wisdom for humans to
be blessed with an inner drum as our ancestral cousins (the dinosaurs), after
100 million years, is telling. One can only be grateful because this is our
original blessing among other gifts, such as breath bestowed upon us by father,
mother, God. We are born with it and carry it while it silently and slowly
beats every second and every day until we die when it comes to a stop.
The inner drum is in all of us — rich or poor, black or white, red or brown.
We carry our inner drum wherever we go, without protest. When we are happy,
it’s the inner drum that resonates and sends out a message of joy to all the
different systems of the body. And it is equally true that when we are afraid,
our inner drum communicates the message. However, this time the message comes
with a sense of urgency. When our inner drum goes, so does the body it supports
with the lifeblood of humanity.
Perhaps the inner drum explains why the
emergence of drums is in every culture in the world.
Drumming is an ancient indigenous
technology that uses the twin realities of rhythm and sound to bring about an
alignment of body, mind and spirit. Drumming is a transformative learning
process that offers individuals opportunities to experience divinity through
rhythm and sound. In a primal way we may never fully understand, drumming
brings us into harmony with one another, our community, and our planet.
As humans, our biological make-up is
rhythm and wind. Talking is rhythmic. We walk in four-four time. We
breathe in and breathe out. Everything about being human is rhythmic.
Spirituality is a rhythmic experience. The great drummer, Babatunde Olatunji,
said whenever we are in trouble we are out of rhythm. Rhythmic drumming
offers a natural medium for restoring the soul.
Mindful Drumming is a very specific
form of drumming. It is the art of synchronistic drumming. The practice of
mindful drumming can be actualized only through a communal experience. This
means the process requires three or more people to be immersed into the
Mindful drumming is an expedient way of
tapping into one’s natural rhythm.
Mindful drumming assists in building
community. Issues can be addressed in a communal manner through Mindful
drumming. Mindful drumming ushers us into the present moment and gives us
access to our joy and happiness. Mindful drumming demonstrates how when we are
healed, we are never healed alone. Mindful drumming can be a tool to increase
one’s inner peace while simultaneously letting go of fear. Mindful drumming
opens the door for one to be a love finder rather than fault-finder. Mindful
drumming reminds us that the essence of our being is love.
The timeless wisdom of indigenous
people is readily available to us through the eternal resources of rhythm and
sound. If we listen to their knowing and put their wisdom into practice through
Mindful drumming meditation, it is inevitable that we will unleash the tremendous
power of our human spirit.
Mindful Drumming is a fusion of the
rhythms, sounds, and spiritual codes, and conducts from my culture, the Ga
Adagbe Tribe of Ghana West Africa, as well as modern technologies, rhythms and
sounds taken from thirty years of professional musical performance and my
The Attitudinal Healing Connection,
Inc. (AHC) holds a Mindful Drumming Meditation for personal healing and
community building on the last Friday of each month. This experiential
meditation is open to the public and offers an opportunity for diverse individuals
to commune through the drum. There is no talking, only drumming. Drums are
available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, visit:
Kokomon Clottey is a
storyteller, record producer, author and teacher. He has produced two CDs, Love
is the Answer and Mystic Vision, and co-produced The Journey. He is the
co-author with his wife Aeeshah of Beyond Fear: Twelve Spiritual Keys to Racial
Healing. He is also the author of Mindful Drumming: Ancient Wisdom for
Unleashing the Human Spirit and Building Community. Visit: