Gong Meditation

Photo by E. Brady Robinson, 2018

Photo by E. Brady Robinson, 2018

In this meditation we will utilize various Kundalini Yoga practices such as posture (asana) movement exercises, primarily a spinal flexing series, breathing techniques (pranayama) and chanting of healing mantras to prepare the body and mind for meditation.  Note, due to set timeframe of classes, only one or some of these techniques will be employed. Through these exercises we invoke our vital life force energy (Prana) to impulse through our bodies and bring us to a stimulated sense of energetic and mental awareness so that once we assume our meditative positions it is easy for us to allow release from the physical body and allow the sound to guide us in exploring the many subtle layers of our being, our psyche and our subconscious mind.  

We are constantly being vibrated, on a cellular level, by heard and unheard sound frequencies. Sound has a tremendous influence over human functionality. Sound is vibration that causes resonance and rhythm in our bodies, touches us and influences our emotions like no other source of input or expression. Due to the demands of our daily lives, the increase in stress-related disease in modern society is of little wonder. Stress, which might be defined as “an overamping of the nervous system”, has many contributors. Many external as well as internal influences have a proven effect on our well being. And so do the sounds of a gong bath and singing bowl meditation.

The Gong is one of man’s oldest therapeutic instruments, and is used in yoga, sound meditation, and vibrational therapy from the distant past to present. A gong bath meditation is an ideal tool for stress reduction, stimulation of the glandular system, and serves as a facilitator to break up emotional, physiological and psychological blockages. Sound & music are nutrients for the nervous system. The auditory mechanism is a mega-portal to the brain and sonic tools empower health, creativity, learning and productivity. Due to its nature, the gong resonates all 30 trillion cells of the body simultaneously in a most powerful & effective way. The goal, in all healing, meditative, spiritual and transformational pursuits are to raise individuals’ vibratory frequency, and thereby changing a person’s nature of being, restoring the intrinsic state of balance.

In a sound meditation session, the receiver lays down in savasana with their head pointed toward the gong and feet facing away.  David, the facilitator, assists the receiver in becoming as comfortable as possible before going further.  Once comfort is confirmed, David begins the sound meditation by striking the gong lightly, playing singular tones, typically a high tone to signal the receiver to inhale and then a low tone to signal the receiver to exhale.  The gong creates a powerful and profound vibratory field and atmosphere in the space that the receiver experiences inside and outside the body.  The vibration produced by the gong performs a deep ultrasonic massage of the skin, muscles, bones, internal organs... the entire body vibrates deeply on a cellular level.  The nerves are stretched.  All external influences coming in through the five sensory organs are taken away.  The receiver then falls into deep states of relaxation and meditation that may produce profound revelatory realizations about ones Self, the thoughts and emotions stored in each body, life, God, transcendence, etc.  We become one with the G.O.D. (Generating Organizing and Delivering force of the universe).  Therefore facilitating in allowing each receiver to relax and release any tension or dis-ease in the body that may have been stored there after various types and severities of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual traumas.