Sound Healing with the Magical Moon gong
The gong is traditionally used in the Kundalini Yoga tradition as a healing tool: it is like a primitive form of ultrasound in the fact that the sound vibrations of the gong move through your body-mind clearing blocks, releasing tension and bringing harmony and deep healing to your whole body.
The vibration of a gong is a powerful method for reducing stress. Known as a Gong Bath, the gong creates an ocean of sound that is profoundly relaxing; a state which activates the parasympathetic nervous system to balance the over-amped, over-taxed sympathetic nervous system. Water has often been used as an analogy for the rippling effect of the gong’s vibrations, partially because our bodies are approximately 70 percent water and water serves to conduct sound waves. Like ripples created by a pebble skipped onto a glassy lake, the gong’s sound gently reverberates over, around and through the entire body to calm, relax and soothe. Typically, the listener’s heart rate slows, blood pressure drops and breath is restored to its natural rhythm. The gong induces a holistic resonance in the body and a spontaneous meditative state in the mind, resulting in a sense of expanded awareness and wholeness.
The gong vibration holds within it all the sounds of the Universe. It soothes the nervous system and relaxes the brain through various brain-wave states – alpha (relaxed/ daydreaming), theta (deep meditation) and delta (deep sleep). It is quite common to twitch and realign during a sound healing session, and to have vivid images arise or to feel like you are taken on a inner journey. The gong enables us to relinquish control of the thinking mind and to enable the innate wisdom of the body to return us to a state of harmony and balance.
My gong is especially tuned with the lunar energy. The key words here are receptivity, nurturing, intuition, water, feminine, protection, good memory, instinct, cycles, psychic ability, inner emotions, security, divination.
The moons stimulate our autonomic response in a rhythmic and cyclic way. They rule the memory of nature and are nurturing on all levels. The New Moon helps us to create an opening to move forward and the Full Moon helps us to bring things to fruition. The Full and New Moon are potent times of the month and to take some time to yourself with a gong bath can help with the rhythm of the whole month.
.”… the listener enters into the transcendental state of shunya or nothingness, where the inner truth can be accessed and visions spontaneously arise. In this respect, the gong is the yogi’s instrument for creating a spontaneous meditative state that only requires the listener to let go and let gong.” Mehtab Benton, gong Master