8pm EST and every Thursday night
The Sacred Hoop with Neshi radio show is a vehicle to discuss and share information, experiences, and life by using the drum and Medicine Wheel as the framework. The information will be educational but more importantly the information will help the listeners in their Soul’s growth. The listeners will have the opportunity to expand their consciousness by beginning to understand the Medicine Wheel and Sacred Drum. There are many ways to define a Medicine Wheel, also known as the Sacred Hoop. The Sacred Hoop can be a physical and metaphysical form to understand our relationships to the Earth, to Nature, and to Ourselves. The Sacred Hoop can show us how we are All Related. The physical metaphor for a Sacred Hoop is the drum. The drum to Native cultures represents the whole Universe, the Cosmos. The Universe is felt as being a circle with no beginning and no end. The drum also represents the heart beat of our mother and of Mother Earth when played. The drum represents the coming together of human and the divine. The drum becomes the drummers sacred Medicine.
When we apply Earthly or human definitions such as in the Medicine Wheel to the drum, we super impose the medicine of the 4 directions, the 4 seasons, and the 4 elements.
When we drum our drums we activate the Medicine the drum represents. It is possible that when we instill the meaning of the Medicine Wheel, the Sacred Hoop, into our drum we have a vehicle to give us a template to help put order to our lives. We can live our lives more consciously and deeper.
Neshi Lokotz is known as a Medicine Woman. She brings with her teaching a sense of the sacred, yet also an underlying feeling of joy, laughter, and passion for the work that she shares. Neshi, owner of Sacred Hoop, is a teacher and practitioner. She is also a drum maker and sacred drummer. Neshi is a master teacher and advanced practitioner of space clearing, Chinese feng shui and Native American feng shui. Ceremony and ritual have always been a part of Neshi’s life growing up in a Native American family. Learning Feng Shui and Sacred Space gave form to what she has been doing since childhood. The drum has always been in Neshi’s life. She danced to the beat of the drum at the age of 5 as a professional dancer. Also, at a young age Neshi attended seasonal gatherings of the Dream Drum religion with her mother and grandparents. It was at these Dream Drum gatherings that Neshi’s heart connection to the drum began. This heart connection is a sacred drum connection. She heard the Spirit of the Drum Mother singing which is a rare occurrence. According to Dream Drum etiquette, women were in quiet support of the religious drumming and songs. In Neshi’s culture, women were not allowed to touch a drum or sing the sacred songs.
In 2002 Neshi had the opportunity to make her first hand drum. This opportunity was both exciting and scary for Neshi. She felt the heart connection but knew that making the drum went against a long held belief. Neshi found the drum making sacred as she felt the presence of the Drum Mother. The following year Neshi was asked to teach a drum making workshop. Since that first drum making workshop Neshi has taught 100’s of people how to create, birth, their own sacred drum. Neshi feels this is an honor to guide another to birth their sacred drum. Neshi incorporates and blends her understanding of sacred principles from a Native American perspective in all the courses she teaches. Neshi is an enrolled tribal member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and a descendent of the Ho Chunk and Yaqui Nations.