Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Have you ever stumbled unintentionally over just the right thing at the perfect time? I am inclined to agree with Helen Schulman who said:
"Miracles are natural; when they do not occur, something has gone wrong."

To wit, I was shelving books at the library a few days ago when I spied a volume I've never heard of: When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm by Layne Redmond. I'm familiar with some of Ms. Redmond's work, but I didn't know she had written a book. I checked out the book and brought it home for perusal.

Holy Cow! (and I mean that in the Catal Huyuk/Hathor/Milky Way sense) Frame drums are amazing! The history of this instrument ties together several threads I've been working with independently of each other. It covers matrifocal Goddess culture, which is very much where my interest spiritually has been lately; shamanistic practice, which is something I've been researching for the last year; and rhythm, which (and this is a little embarrassing) I've been working with intensively during my down time as a "drummer" on the Rock Band video game.

Laura just happens to have a frame drum which she says I am welcome to use, so I believe I've been called to learn a new instrument!

Instances like this make me wonder if there is something to pronoia, "the suspicion the Universe is a conspiracy on your behalf". Right now I like to think so.


  1. Yay! New vocab word! And congrats on the new calling, love. :)

  2. Stumbling unintentionally over the right thing at the perfect time happens a lot to me (or maybe I'm more aware to note these than other people use to do), besides I also like to see wonders and "magic" in little things, like technology... ;D

  3. I've been following your blog for a little while now but I'm really still in the broom closet! I wanted to say that When the Drummers were Women made a BIG impact on my life a few years ago - not that I'm any good at the drumming, but something in that book really struck a chord. and I love the new word - pronoia. Now I will be looking for ways to use it!

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    Also the book looks interesting. I love it synchronicity happens!

  5. Oh, yes. With me it usually involves stumbling upon a given thing (currently, a fandom) and watching how it aligns instructively with the way my life is unfolding. I kind of love it, actually.