My Drum Spirits Prayer
Spirit of Animal
Spirit of Tree
Spirit of Maker
Spirit of Me
Spirit of Animal - whose skin is the drum skin
Spirit of Tree - whose wood is the body of the drum
Spirit of Maker - the maker who made the drum and also the Supreme Maker
Spirit of Me - Elspeth
I guess everyone has a different way of doing this. Muhtadi did a long drum roll to become centred. The teacher I have now (Peter) puts his hand on his drum and one on his heart and says something ... and he also puts a hand on my drum and says something. Other drummers must have other ways ... and maybe as time goes on these methods evolve until they settle as one thing to that one person. I don't know, I'm new.
For now ... from now on I'll say my 'Drum Spirits' prayer and envision the circular flow I usually see before starting.