Category Archives: Native American Flute

Finding Spirit

I’ve been trying to find my spirit for a very, very long time.

Last night, I attended a “flute class.”  It wasn’t the type of flute class you would expect.  This is about the Native American flute.  John Two-Hawks is here, and it was a great experience.  About an hour and a half was about the history on the Native American flute, from his teachings.  He is Lakota Indian, with much knowledge.  He’s a talented, Grammy nominated artist, and a very down to earth person.  His spirit is wonderful and his story is amazing.  Go to his website, listen to his music (also available on YouTube and Amazon Music) and order his books.  Especially the Hidden Medicine book.

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Photo credit Laura Joy

This was a moving experience for me personally because this event only happened due to the founder of our local flute circles, Bob Buettgens had started setting this event up before he suddenly passed away, and I was asked to take it on.  When I started trying to set this event up, I had absolutely nothing to go by – no information on venues, no way to know what was needed, no way to understand what was expected of me.

Due to some good friends and the Universe cooperating, I was able to secure a beautiful country home for Peggy and John to stay in for a week free of charge because of the generosity of one of our flute circle members, Shane.  I was able to connect Peggy to the Unitarian Church in Fredericksburg and the venue for a concert on Saturday night, and for John to speak and play at a service on Sunday morning, all due to a wonderful spiritual friend of mine and flute circle member, Cynthia.  Because of another flute circle member, Diane, we were able to have this class last night (where the photo above was taken), we were able to be in a very special house that stands on the Cedar Run Battlefield in Rapidan VA.  None of this would have come about without these wonderful people helping me and stepping up, having the ability to help out.  I thank them all.

I’m greatly looking forward to the private house concert that will take place Friday night in the same house that Peggy and John are staying in.  It will be a small, intimate setting and I know we are going to have a wonderful time.

I will have more photos and more information later on, after all of this takes place.  It’s been a great week so far, and it’s only going to get better.  It’s all happening for a reason, and I feel that one very important reason it’s happening for me, personally, is to help me be confident in who I am and what I’m doing with the 3 local flute circles I’ve been working with.  Guidance through the class last night is exactly what I needed to continue on with the flute circles.  I know I’m on the right track and doing the right things.  Another thing it’s helping me with is finding the spirit within me.

Thank you John and Peggy for being here and sharing so much with us.

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Life Changes

Life is constantly changing.  Some people hate change.  I hate some change.  I hate when companies change products I like and have used for years, and work for me.  I love to change my furniture around.  I love to change what I do every day.  I love to go someplace different every day.

A few months ago, I started a new hobby.  I got involved in playing the Native American Flute.  I absolutely LOVE playing the flute.  It’s such a joy to know I can pick a flute up, and play it.  I don’t have a musical background.  I haven’t ever played an instrument before, other than plucking at a piano now and then.  I can’t sing a lick – it has been requested more than once, for me to STOP singing out loud.  By my family no less.

This hasn’t stopped me from playing the NA flute.  It is an instrument that seems to be a part of me now, and I wonder why it took so long to come into my life.  I’ve gone down the slippery slope of now owning six flutes.  In only a few months.  Not buying a new flute every month is extremely difficult!

I joined a flute circle, then decided that because that flute circle is on a Friday night, and not very close to home, I wanted to start a flute circle that would be during the day, on a weekend, so that people can go to it and enjoy it and not have to worry about driving home afterward, in the dark.

This Sunday, I will be hosting my first flute circle.  It’s very scary to me, because God only knows, I’m not expert on the NA flute.  I just want to share my joy and excitement about the flute, with others, and help them find the joy and relaxation, the peace and harmony, that I find in playing this amazing and simple instrument.

If you go directly to Youtube, you can type in my name, Martha Manigross, and find my videos.  Please give a listen, and if you enjoy it, a thumbs up would be nice too.  🙂

I hope you enjoy this.  I enjoy this music SO much.  It’s not a great camera angle, but hey, its about the sound, not the picture.  😀

Some day, as I improve, I hope to play for people in person.  Possibly make a CD for others to use during meditation, or Yoga, or massage.  Maybe play for people in a nursing home or assisted living.  Or for actual people in a coffee house or something like that.  It would be such a joy to share my music.

By the way, I don’t play actual written songs.  I have recorded one song – Amazing Grace – but that’s the only song I’ve learned.  Everything else, I play from the heart – just play what comes to me in the moment.

Some changes are good!