As I think about the interests, studies, work and projects that have filled my life up to this point I find them inextricably connected to my expression of rhythm.
From a very early age when I began beating along to the Top 40 and the likes of Elvis Costello and The Police, through years of performing, touring, recording and then on to teaching and leading workshops, the use of rhythm has always been fundamental to my purpose and happiness.
Discovering the Soul Rhythm
Upon discovering the connection between rhythm, sound, vibration, resonance and energy, my interest in drumming and rhythm began to expand from purely a means to create music to a way to directly connect with my own inner pulse; my own true soul rhythm.
I started to play purely for the joy and benefit of feeling the rhythms come through me. I’m not saying that this experience was entirely unfamiliar but I had never set the intention to simply practice ‘being through drumming’.
I started to wonder what it would mean if people took the time each day to drum. To feel the rhythmic vibrations activating their own energy channels and synchronising their brainwaves to higher levels of intuition, connectedness and insight.
‘The infant begins his life on earth by moving its arms and legs, thus showing the rhythm of its nature, and illustrating the philosophy that teaches rhythm is a sign of life.’ – Hazrat Inayat Khan
The Tradition of the Drum
The drum is probably the oldest healing tool that we have and certain drum rituals and rhythms have been used unchanged for thousands of years. Its ability to serve as a tool for expanding consciousness and connecting with spirits can be found in the traditions of ceremonial drumming and shamanism.
For rhythmic embodiment work the drum serves a powerful vibrational tool for aligning and activating all of our energy channels. We can also use specific rhythms through our body as a means to centre ourselves and bring mindfulness and presence to our current state.
Your emotions will shift as you embody the rhythms through your body, they have to.
Just try feeling grumpy when you’ve got the vibration of joy cruising through your body. You can’t do it. You can shift low emotional states to higher ones through the intentional use of rhythm.
And if you’ve ever wondered why drummers are always smiling… now you know!
CRAIG COGGLE started playing drums at the age of 12 and went to become a professional drummer and signed recording artist appearing and performing across the globe. A respected music educator for almost 20 years Craig has worked with thousands of people within schools, colleges, hospices, universities and special needs institutions.
Following his work as a studio drummer Craig trained in Taiko drumming and became a principal performer for Taikomeantime from the UK. The group performed for many years at festivals and events around the world including Glastonbury, WOMAD and across Japan. The discipline and form demanded through the art of Japanese drumming become the origin for the development of rhythmic embodiment and its use a s a coaching tool.
Craig has also trained in Music Workshop Facilitation at Goldsmith’s University and continued to study at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Academy of Music, the College of Sound Healing and the Strong Institute, creator of rhythmic entrainment intervention.
He has also studied and worked with a number of master drummers and mentors including Arthur Hull, Hiroshi Motofuji, Mark Alcock, John Stevens, Phil Mullen, Reinhard Flatischler, Jeff Strong and Paul Elliott.
He is renowned for facilitating powerful change in a gentle and supportive style and continues to develop coaching programmes using rhythmic embodiment at the core.
Craig is also the author of the books Meditation for Beginners and Meditation Power, he has written three manifestos and built a publishing company Tools for the Muso specialising in music manuscript books. His writing has also been featured in Tiny Buddha, Change This and Pick The Brain.