Since people have gathered together in groups, the beat has gone on. Rhythm is within and around us. We all tap into its energies and pulsations. In this manual on drumming, Holly Blue Hawkins opens the door to this primal activity. She defines it as "an efficient, non-verbal way to synchronize our energies." Two or more people drumming together experience a heart connection.

The author discusses the process of finding a drum, the care and feeding of the drum, calling a circle, and drumming as a vehicle for spiritual development. The most interesting section of the paperback is Hawkins's commentary on the varied uses of drumming in rituals and ceremonies. She concludes: "Whether the setting is structured or informal, people are drawn to creating rhythms together, carrying on non-verbal rhythmic conversations, sharing emotions and experiences, mirroring the world around them, and expressing their own creativity."