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African Stuck In The White Skin

Sometimes things are not what they seem. Have you ever experienced that? I was in African and did some drumming with my friend Malidoma. We drummed for the elders in his village. It was magnificent! I felt like I was in  scene from National Geographic! After the drumming I was approached by one of the [...]

By | 2016-02-24T17:41:58+00:00 November 28th, 2015|Thursday eZine|0 Comments

The Rhythm of Nature – Magic and Transformation

I trust you are having an awesome day! This is the third in a series of five videos on the 5 Elements. This series focuses on the power of the drum and the rhythms that represent each of the elements. Listen to the rhythms in the videos and let your mind and body absorb them. [...]

By | 2016-11-10T10:01:35+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|Thursday eZine|0 Comments

Magic Happens – Think Magic

Happy Today ~~ Here is a piece about how our frame of mind can alter our ability to experience magic! How limited is your thinking? Can the mind really be "over matter"? "I am here to testify..."as the Rev. would say, that magic is alive and well. This is another  video about a real occurrence that [...]

By | 2016-11-10T10:01:35+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Thursday eZine|0 Comments

Magic Happens – The Magic Camera

Happy Today! ~~ Today rekindle the magic in your life! Many of us as kids saw magicians and illusionists and really believed in magic. As we got older we were made aware of the trickery behind the "magic" and our belief in the real thing evaporated. "I am here to testify..."as the Rev. would say, that [...]

By | 2016-11-10T10:01:35+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Thursday eZine|0 Comments

The Power of Transformation: Ritual to Connect with Your True Nature

This ritual is about connecting to the energy of nature. Nature in the West African cosmology is about the power of magic and transformation. In our culture, we are taught to wear masks to prevent others from seeing who we really are for fear that we may not be accepted. The closer we can get [...]

By | 2016-11-10T10:01:37+00:00 April 5th, 2012|Shamanism|0 Comments

Spontaneously Uniting Over the Rhythm of the Drum

Some of the time here on the island of Kauai spontaneous occurrences present themselves. One night, my friend Terry Kingen was visiting me with his daughter, Tori, and she spotted my drums lined up along the wall. Being very curious about this, she asked to hear what they sounded like. What came from that was [...]

By | 2016-11-10T10:01:38+00:00 September 22nd, 2011|Community|0 Comments

The Healing Drummer: Toby Christensen Discusses Drum Healing

The director of KinderWorld Tracks, Nechama Robinson, spoke recently with Toby about his life and healing gifts. The following is the first in a three-part excerpt from this interview. Says Nechama, “If ever an interview has taken me places I did not expect, it was this one with Toby Christensen, Healing Drummer. From corporate events [...]

By | 2016-11-10T10:01:38+00:00 June 27th, 2011|Interviews|0 Comments

Homecoming LP Now Available

I am pleased to present Homecoming, a celebration of dance and joy. Inspiration for my LP Homecoming came following a reunion with my dear friend and brother Malidoma Somé. We spent many years separated from one another, walking our separate paths. Our reconnection after all that time sparked great joy in my life, rekindling an energy [...]

By | 2016-11-10T10:01:38+00:00 June 16th, 2011|HealingDrummer CDs|0 Comments

Fire Ritual to Bring Your Dreams to Reality

There is always something you can do to change your life, to bring about the life you’ve always wanted. I’ve found following rituals central to the West African culture to be quite powerful in bringing about change. These rituals can help you realize how to bring your dreams to fruition and how to live by [...]

By | 2016-11-10T10:01:39+00:00 April 15th, 2011|Shamanism|0 Comments