When we want to clean our bodies, we use soap and water. A gong bath uses sound and vibration to cleanse us on the inside - emotionally and physiologically. There is no water involved, nor clothes removed.
Beneficial Sound gong bath events start with a brief explanation on the benefits of the gong, followed by a short demonstration, showing how the beneficial sounds that we covet are created.
We then do a quick breath exercise to promote the flow of energy and to create a receptive mind-body state for deep relaxation and meditation.
Participants then get comfortable either lying down (preferred) or a similar comfortable position.
I then begin playing the gong to cleanse the subconscious and awaken the practitioner to a transcendent state of awareness. The listener only has to let go and let the sound of the gong do the work as it bathes the body, mind and soul. The experience is effortless and the results profound.
My intention while playing the gong is always for the highest good of all who are present, that the sounds promote healing, release stress, and that the listener emerges from the experience having a clear mind and a wholeness of being.
I play several different Paiste gongs during the gong bath - a 36" Pluto gong, a 34" Symphonic gong, a 30" Earth gong as well as a 24" Moon gong. Pluto gongs are known for their grounding and calming effect, while helping us remove energies and beliefs systems that no longer serve us. Symphonic gongs offer a full envelope of sound, having a calming, relaxing effect on the listener. The Zodiac Earth gong is a 7th chakra gong that is very mysterious in sound and connects us with something higher and beyond the physical. Moon gongs are very light and bright and broadcast a tremendous amount of positive energy, promoting strong new beginnings built on creativity, vitality and pleasure.
During a session, I use multiple mallets to bring out the full spectrum of beneficial vibrations and frequencies, and play the gong using two alternating techniques.
The first is a "build and release" cycle of rising and falling sound waves, gradually building its volume to a point of intensity and then breaking the pattern with a single or combination strike. This style of playing promotes deep relaxation and therapeutic healing.
The second technique used is an "extended pulsing" style that promotes a spontaneous meditative state. This style locks and engages the mind, creating a deep immersion between the sound the meditative mind, merging them together until you literally become one with the sound. This deep immersion, alters your brainwave activity, allowing you to access a deep theta state, transporting you to the vastness beyond the finite self.
Once the gong playing is complete, there will be a few minutes of silence. This is a time of deep relaxation and expansion, where transformation and healing occur. This quiet time allows the listeners to receive the information that is most beneficial to them.
Wear comfortable clothes and bring whatever you need to be relaxed for the meditation (yoga mat, blanket, pillow, water, etc.).