- Another form of contemplative?
"During the past few years, drumming is increasingly practiced on a global scale to promote unity, peace and prosperity on earth. The South African organization, One World Beat, organized an event on Saturday 6th May 2006, which was advertised as follows: "Drumming in One World Beat is an event where we are uniting people around the world in one hour of drumming in unisongetting together in a true global village of drumming! It is the first time the drumming event is this big in our country. To imagine the whole world beating the drums at the same hour, for one hour! Bring your own drum. We trust the Lord for a breakthroughnot in our own lives alone, but also in our prayers for a prosperous Africa." The drumming itself is meant to be the prayer for unity and prosperity in the global village. This is an extreme form of religious syncretism!" Read entire article by Professor Johan Malan (South Africa), African Drumming Becomes a World-wide Phenomenon
Since Richard Foster and others have led the way for the popularization of the "contemplative tradition" in the name of spiritual formation in countless churches professing to be Christian, practices like shamanistic drumming are promoted as an excellent way to get into an altered state of consciousness in the name of Christ. However, while tuning one's brain into a hypnotic beat of a drum may "speak directly to the intelligence of the body," getting into a mindless trance can be lethal for one's soul. Read this entire article.
From "The Music and the Mystical"