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Since the beginning of human history, drums have been used to call people together, to communicate across great distances, to rise in celebration, and to march together in common cause. Drums of one form or another are found in every culture and are used in spiritual traditions for a variety of purposes. No matter whether they are played in an indigenous ceremony, a rock band, or a parade, they bring our consciousness together with a common pulse.
10 Billion Beats is a plan to circle the earth with a resounding rhythm of unity for all peoples, all faiths, all nations, all hopes and dreams. By joining in celebration with others, we will send a wave of focused intent through every time zone around the globe.
This is an intention event.
It seems that somewhere deep within our collective psyche, for as long as humankind has been able to voice it, people have been predicting a world-ending catastrophe accompanied by a last minute rescue from some higher source. Gifted seers like early warning radar, have predicted that some enormous change will occur in this creation. Shamans have prophesied this "great turning" in indigenous villages, every religious tradition has recorded some description of it in their scripture, and like a weather-change many sentient beings that walk this planet sense something in their bones. 2012, Rapture, Earth Changes, Ascension, The End of Days, we don't know what is coming. For many it is a cause for alarm, for others a reason for joy. It is not our wish to challenge your religious beliefs or question that which brings you solace. Whatever the case turns out to be, in this coming period more will be asked of us. Whether it is in a New Heaven, on a New Earth, or walking more miles in the same pair of shoes, we should be asking, "How can we help create the world we all can live in, now, and come the future?"
We will use positive intention to affect the uncertain times we sense and benefit every life on the planet.
If only 30,000 people in each of the 24 time zones drum for 1 hour we will reach that goal. Of course more people is better. Sounds like a lot of people but it's far less than 1% of the world's population. We also know that in some time zones (way out in mid ocean) it may be hard to get that many participants. But if we can get at least one person in every time zone we can send a wave around the world. Think about how many people watched the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics and the unity 2008 drummers displayed. It moved people! We are not performing on the world stage—we are the world stage, the global village. 10 Billion Beats is a joyous commemoration of the human family and all that shares this planet with us. So think globally, and think locally. Who do you know in far away places? Who do you know in your vicinity? Invite them all to join with us, with your help and involvement, we can do this!
The drumming will start on Friday Sept. 16, 2011 at 7:00PM in every time zone moving from east to west. (Please note -- the date will change to Saturday Sept 17, as we cross the International Date Line.) Groups will gather in homes, in town squares, city parks, and country fields. We will start the beat on a hilltop in Kansas and catch it again the following day Saturday Sept 17 as it completes its circumnavigation of the earth. Each group will drum for at least one (1) hour so that the next time zone will pick up the beat and our "joyful noise" will roll with the hour around the world. The right size group is you and everyone you can think to invite. This is a grassroots event—you and I are the grass.
If you have a drum use it. If you have several share them. If you don't have a drum use an empty can, empty 5Gal. water bottle, or a bucket. Two wooden dowels (rhythm sticks) or handy sticks you might find struck together work very well. Rattles and maracas are also great choices. Use what you have accompanied with the love in your heart and it will be fine.
Drum with reverence.
Approach drumming as if you were praying or meditating. Imagine the highest good from your faith or spiritual tradition and let each beat be a physical prayer as you strike your drum. Then listen to the sound as if it has become a bridge between Earth and Heaven to carry your invocation.
Four(4) beats per second.
Yes, that is fast. Four beats per second corresponds to the Theta range of human brain activity. When we listen to sound at a steady tempo, the brain synchronizes with the auditory stimulus and we reach a deep, calm, clear state useful in healing and creativity. We will use that state, along with our heart-centered supplication, to help heal the world and create a world we all want to live in through our focused intention.
Be the intention.
If you don't feel you can drum for any length of time. You can clap along, tap your toe,or dance to the rhythm while you hold the intention in your mind, propel it with your heart (your heartbeat is a drum too), and contribute your spirit. You will be the intention.
For your consideration below are links to some perspectives on current events in the world. The first is an article by Blue Cloud, Co-Founder of NativeEarthNation.org: a Native American Shamanic School. The second link is to an audio recording by Carl J. Calleman, Ph.D. one of the foremost researchers on the Mayan Calendar. Finally, a video with information on three comets that will be in our skys over the next year.
Gifted seers like early warning radar, have predicted that some enormous change will occur in this creation. Shamans have prophesied this "great turning" in indigenous villages, every religious tradition has recorded some description of it. Now science is peering across the depths of space with some interesting correlations to ancient thoughts. 2012, Rapture, Earth Changes, Ascension, The End of Days, we don't know what is coming. It is not our wish to challenge your religious beliefs or question that which brings you solace. Whatever the case turns out to be, this appears to be the hour of transformation and more will be asked of us. Whether it is in a New Heaven, on a New Earth, or walking more miles in the same pair of shoes, we should be asking, "How can we help re-create the world and care for one another, now, and come 2013?"
Additional Comet information
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