Gongs For Sound Healing

Masters such as Don Contreaux point out that this ancient instrument helps to remove anger and negative feelings by cultivating the feeling of compassion, especially towards you. The tension created in the body by anger is released and as you know, the result is better health.

There are plenty of instruments for sound therapy but one of the best and often overlooked instruments is the gong. Steeped in history, the gong is used for ceremonies, initiations, celebrations and for healing.

There is no wrong way to play a gong and its nature allows you to play it as many different instruments. Playing on the edge of the gong will create a different sound than playing in the middle. You can also create unique effects by using different types of mallets.

Different Types Of Gongs:

Gongs come in many different sizes. The larger ones have a deeper or lower the tone. Paiste makes several different types of gongs, the most popular being the Symphonic and the Planet. The main difference is that Planet Gong is more precisely tuned (to the planets) whereas the Symphonic Gong has stronger overtones.

How It Gong Looks Like:

Let’s first look at the gong itself. Typically, a gong is looking like a hammered round metal disk. It’s surface is usually flat and slightly rounded at the edge of gong. The surface of the gong has 3 areas and each area produces a different sound when played. The gong is played with a mallet and struck at various percussion points with a variety of rhythms to create specific effects.

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Sound of The Gong:

One of the most imortant features of the gong is the sound it produces. Playing the gong is an art because the gong is not like playing a drum or any other musical instrument. The gong is a vibration. It is like playing hundreds of notes at the same time. As the gong is played it produces a note against a background of other notes. Each noteof the gong interacts with the next note and  then they change each other. When you listen to the gong you feel this creates a complex pattern of sounds.

Gong Yoga

“The gong is a sacred threshold. It is the portal where that links of the gong are finite and the infinite experience of the Self. Now days the gong is the most sublime instrument of the yogi.”

Many yoga instructors will use the gong with the yogic practices of asana, pranayama, mantras and meditation to work with kundalini energy. A few years ago Mehtab Benton published his book, Gong Yoga: Healing and Enlightenment through Sound where he tells how the gong is used effectively in Kundalini Yoga and Nada Yoga.

The gong is a terrific instrument for sound healing. Contrary to what some believe, it does not take a lot of room. Small footprint floor stands are available as are gong stands which hold 2 gongs, one above the other.

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