Gongs have been used as shamanic healing tools, celebratory instruments and a method of communication for thousands of years. A gong bath is a form of sound healing meditation It is referred to as a bath due to participants being immersed in the vibrations of the instrument during the session.
The nurturing sound vibrations created by the Gong and singing bowls will transport you to a place of deep relaxation. It is in this state that the vibrations can work their magic through your mind, body and soul, releasing physical and emotional blockages.
This experience is a beautiful way to begin to let go of that which is no longer serving you. The tones created are often a useful distraction from the activities of the mind. So if you are new to meditation, or find that you are easily distracted, then these sessions could be the perfect fit for you.
Participants lay down comfortably under a blanket and the gong session is often preceded by breathing exercises or mantra chanting to relax and prepare you for the experience. The gongs are then gradually introduced and the vibrations of the gongs are absorbed throughout the entire body. Highly rejuvenating for the body and bringing about an overall sense of relaxation, which can reduce stress, another process that takes place is entrainment – the synchronisation of our fluctuating brainwaves with the stable frequency of the gong, which our brains acclimate to and unify with. This can also help create overall harmony within our bodies. The sound of a gong helps the brain reach deep relaxation – specifically the delta and theta brain wave states, which are the slowest brain waves in humans. We tend to reach these states during daydreaming or deep sleep, and are known to aid relaxation, creativity and natural healing.
As gong baths are a mode of meditation through which the mind can become quiet, you may find that inspiration, new ideas, or breakthroughs come to you. You might like to have a journal with you to write down these thoughts afterwards.
Singing bowls are believed to appear first in the Himalayan, shamanic tradition of Bon Po 18 thousands of years ago. They are originally made from 7 metals representing the celestial bodies:
- Gold – Sun
- Silver – Moon
- Mercury – Mercury
- Cooper – Venus
- Iron – Mars (It is believed that iron used in ancient singing bowls were found in the meteors )
- Tin – Jupiter
- Lead – Saturn
Bowls made from 7 metals are capable of emitting 5 tones/notes or more for few minutes.
Buddhist lamas were using them to inter-dimensional travels but the knowledge about them was secret because of the power they hold.
Sound of the bowls suspend the centre in a brain responsible for creating thought cloud and at the same time they activate extrasensory perception. This is also called trans or alpha brain wave state and it helps to work in less dense energy states. This effect is used during meditation and relaxation.
Vibrating bowl placed on the chest or belly delivers very strong experience for physical body delivering massage also to those tissues unreachable during traditional massage. Sound waves travels much faster in the water that in the air and because our body is made of approx. 75% of water, energy of singing bowls is delivered to every cell of the body helping in synthesis of DNA.
The sound of bowls is capable of enhancing all the therapies and relieving strong pains. It is also being used to chakra balancing and purification of the places and human energy bodies.
But how do they really work? Let us turn our attention to physics for some insight. Albert Einstein brought us a famous formula: the mass-energy equality formula. Put simply, matter is understood as concentrated energy. Another brilliant physicist, Max Planck, discovered the constant number linking energy and frequency, thus proving their equality. We can conclude that the frequency has a direct effect on matter and moreover it has a possibility of changing it. Going further we can say that every piece of matter, every one of us, every organ of our body is emitting some frequency or ‘energy’. If that frequency is “out of tune” it is not resonating with other organs and this causes disease in the body. The body is healthy if all its cells resonate in harmony with one another and as a whole, which means that they emit their natural frequencies. Deeper understanding may be gained looking at the phenomenon called entrainment. It is a process of synchronization where motion of one object will cause the motion of the other object to oscillate at the same rate. Sound of a singing bowl entrain our own frequencies to their perfect ones and during the time of us resonating with the singing sound of bowls our body is becoming balanced and it returns to its original frequency – state of health and wellbeing.
Speaking of entrainment one can entrain its own electric potential of the brain waves to the specific frequency in order to move into desired state of consciousness. It is done by playing two singing bowl on both sides of the head. Both hemispheres of the brain will process incoming sounds separately and the difference between frequencies of the sound of both bowls will create a beat which entrains the brain which will move it straight into desired state.
- Beta state — 40-14Hz — State of being fully alert and awake, left brain thinking activity, conscious mind
- Alpha state — 13 – 8Hz — Relaxed state, daydreaming, right brain thinking activity, subconscious mind, key state for relaxation
- Theta state — 7 – 4 HZ — Deeply relaxed state, dreaming, right brain thinking activity, deep subconscious to super-conscious, access to insight, burst of creative ideas, key state for reality creation through vivid imagery
- Delta state — 3.5 – 0.5Hz — Dreamless, no-thinking, unconscious, super-conscious, access to non-physical states of existence, key state for regeneration and rejuvenation