Gong and sound meditations are called "sound baths". They involve using gongs, singing bowls, chimes, and other instruments to bathe us in beneficial vibrations that induce a deep mental and physical meditative state. No water is involved, no clothes are removed, and it is not a concert. 😊
- If this is your first sound bath...
A doctor's permission is required to attend a gong and sound bath meditation if you have Epilepsy or Parkinson's, especially with a DBS device.
Singing Bowls should not be directly placed on your body if you are pregnant, have a fever, have severe inflammation, have had recent surgery, or use implanted medical devices such as a heart pacemaker.
You should consult a doctor and discuss with your sound practitioner if you have the following conditions:
Finally, if you are highly sensitive to music or unusual sounds that are sometimes loud, a sound bath might not be suitable for you.
What to Bring
1. Something to lay on - You will be laying down for most of the session. This could be a yoga mat, sleeping pad, thin sleeping bag, or just a blanket. If you have a rubber mat or pad, you might want to bring a blanket to cover it. Our carpeted floor is quite soft so you do not need much padding. Space is limited, so do not bring anything larger than a small sleeping bag.
3. Dress comfortably (recommended) - tight clothing is not recommended. If your feet tend to get cold, wear socks.
4. Additional props (optional):
6. An Intention (recommended) - Your intention can simply be to rest and relax. You may also have an intention to heal or bring balance to some part of your life. You can set your attention at the start of the session, and then let it go. If the timing is right, a new perspective may emerge to help heal or transform you situation.
7. Arrive on time - Silence your phone and put it away. Thanks!
What to Expect
A gong and sound bath is a type of deep meditation in which one can experience a more integrated state of consciousness. This is brought about without any effort on the part of the listener because the mind cannot resist the resonating power of the sound instruments, especially the gongs and singing bowls. Every gong and sound experience is different, but here is what you can generally expect.
1. Introduction and Preparation: We will start with a discussion of what brought you to the sound session and what your expectations are. My wife will assist throughout the gong and sound bath and will participate in this introduction, as well. That might be followed by some breath work or similar activity to bring you into a relaxed and open space.
2. The Sound Bath: The sounds will usually play through a series of cycles, starting out soft and slow, building to a peak (which can be quite loud), and then returning to soft and slow. This cycle will run several times using different combinations of instruments over a 45 to 50 minute period. Each sound meditation/bath is uniquely attuned to the time place and people present.
3. Completion: A Noah Bell will be used to signal the end of the sound bath. You will then be given some time in silence (up to 5 minutes) to ground yourself and to integrate the experience so you can bring the peaceful state of mind that you are experiencing into your waking reality.
Make sure you are well grounded before driving home. Drink plenty of water over the next three days, which helps with grounding and rinsing toxins released by the sound vibrations.
Most people feel wonderfully centered after a sound experience and sleep well with no other side effects.
On rare occasion, some people temporarily experience one or more of the following symptoms (this list is related to all forms of "energy healing"):
These are symptoms of a condition that is sometimes known a "de-stressing". Your physiology reached a level of deep relaxation in which equally deep stresses were released. Sometimes, these stresses are too significant to be fully dissipated during the sound bath meditation, causing them to spill over into the post-relaxation period, which can last up to three days.
The best thing to do in this situation is to get plenty of rest. Go to be bed earlier than usual. Maybe take a nap or meditate in the afternoon. Take a warm bath. Continue to drink plenty of water. Avoid heavy and low nutritional foods and drinks. Treat yourself with care, knowing that these symptoms are temporary and enormously beneficial in the long run.
⬅️ In this video some well-known gong players from around the world discuss the healing power of gongs.
I do not guarantee healings. The gongs help you to heal yourself. If you are seeking healing, remember to bring your intentions for that to your gong session.