Shamanic Drumming Blog

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Shaking Medicine

Professor Bradford Keeney, PhD, is an internationally renowned scholar, author, and therapist. His 2007 book, Shaking Medicine: TheHealing Power of Ecstatic Movement, reintroduces the oldest medicine on earth--the ecstatic shaking of the human body. Most people's worst fear is losing control--of their circumstances, of their emotions, and especially of their bodies. Yet in order to achieve the transcendent state necessary to experience deep healing, we must surrender control. Examining cultural traditions from around the world where shaking has been used as a form of healing--from the Shakers and Quakers of New England to the shaking medicine of Japan, India, the Caribbean, the Kalahari, and the Indian Shakers of the Pacific Northwest--Bradford Keeney shows how shaking can bring forth profound therapeutic benefits. Read more.


  1. How would you compare the letting go of control in shaking to the letting go of control when dancing an animal spirit?

    1. We must "let go of control" in order to become an empty vessel for spirit. The energy of surrender accomplishes much more than the energy of control. When we can surrender our ego and rational mind to channel the energy of spirit through us, all healing is possible.