What Is A Gong Bath Meditation?

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First things first: No, water is NOT involved in a Gong Bath Meditation.

Instead, you are bathed in the sounds and vibrations of gongs, Himalayan & crystal bowls, chimes, drums, rattles, drones, and voice, as they wash over you. It is a sound bath that creates profound relaxation.

To get a better understanding of the process, let us first talk about sound healing, of which there are different types. Sound healing is the intentional use of sound to bring about enhanced states of wellness to your whole self: your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual self.

Despite what some may have you believe, sound healing is not a new fad. Sound has been used throughout history as a way to create deep healing and well-being. Most cultures of the world use sound in rituals such as meditation prayer and ceremony to invoke the Divine and express or manifest deep emotions and desires.

However, sound healing is not a religious experience. It historically originated from ancient Buddhist and Shamanic practices that deepenedspiritual connection. Today, it is also understood scientifically.

Science has demonstrated that on an elemental level, everything that exists vibrates and also seeks harmonization. Sound Energy Healing is a physical phenomenon based on universal physical and biological principles called sonic entrainment, where vibrations of similar frequencies resonate in unison.

The sounds generated during a gong bath meditation produce a wide range of harmonics that create vibrations. Both ancient wisdom and modern science believe these vibrations bring your whole self into harmony, and that it is this harmonic state that allows for healing.

However, you might be like many people and want to know what proof exists for energy healing.

Before I show you who has successfully been using sound for healing, though, I want to give you a little science lesson.

Here is a truth that might upset you: In science, there is no such thing as “proof.”

The purpose of science is not to prove something, but to observe and try to understand how the universe works. Principles and theories are not facts, but conclusions based on observation. Gravity is one theory, for example, which cannot be proven.

Wait a minute! I know if I drop a ball, it is going to fall to the ground. True, but because it is impossible to create every possible observation to prove a rule, it is, therefore, impossible to prove any theory.

The best we can do is make the assumption that gravity will work as we expect, based on our experience and on the evidence we observe in our environment and conclude that gravity is a practical fact, even though it has not been proven.

See, we don't need to know that gravity always works, or why, to feel confident that it works. The same applies to the theory of sonic entrainment.

Science shows us that all systems, including our human system (physical, mental, emotional & spiritual self), strive for homeostasis; the attempt to maintain balance.

So the best proof of the effectiveness of sound used for healing is to experience it yourself. However, we can also see who has been using it effectively.

There have been several doctors who have promoted the benefits of sound healing. Hans Jenny ofSwitzerland, published “Cymatics: The Study of Wave Phenomena” in 1967.

The science of Cymatics vividly demonstrates how inert substances can be "brought to life" when stimulated by audible sound frequencies.

Perhaps one of thebest known physicians to use sound in his therapy is Dr. Mitchell Gaynor. Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, MD, was a Manhattan oncologist and sound healing advocate. He found combining sound therapy and meditative practices with traditional therapies significantly reduced cancer tissue and improved the longevity and quality of life in his patients.

Dr. John Beaulieu, ND, created a technique called BioSonic Repatterning™. This technique is based on the sonic ratios found in nature and uses sound as a natural method of healing and consciousness development.

Dr. Molly Scott is a psychotherapist also trained in CranioSacral bodywork and energetic alignment. She has found that the body interprets sound as touch, and that sound can generatesignificant change in the body at the cellular level.

For skeptics who do not believe in alternative or complementary medicine, it might help to remember that traditional medicine uses sound devices regularly to examine the body. Ultrasound, for example, uses high-frequency sound to see inside the body.Sound is also often used to crush kidney stones.

In essence, doctors, therapists, and practitioners use sound because sound healing works.

As for the tools used, gongs are not the only instruments used in a Gong Bath — and not every practitioner will use the same type of instruments.

There are many variations and devices used for sound healing. Technology devices, recorded music for relaxation, tuning forks, drumming, crystal bowls, chanting, and ‘toning’ are all effective methods.

There are two primary approaches to using sound for healing. One is to use it as a point of focus, such as a chant or mantra. The other approach uses sound as the vehicle or carrier for energy to flow. My practice uses the latter because, in my experience, it is more effective to get out of the way of the work. Often, our intentions are too controlled by our ego and we inhibit unknown possibilities.

The sounds during a gong bath can be used to rebalance our human system. There is a profound effect on our cardiovascular, autonomic, endocrine and immune systems. It is an excellent therapy for stress-related issues, such as depression and anxiety.

When you experience a Gong Bath Meditation, you will recline and allow the sounds to “wash” over you. A guided meditation opens and closes the ceremony, and the sounds bathe your soul and shift your consciousness.

Gong Bath Meditations alter brain wave patterns from the Beta (waking state) to Theta & Delta (meditative) states. As science teaches us, meditative brain frequencies enable us to access our deeper subconscious and superconscious, which are key states for healing.

Clients often experience physical shifts as their muscles relax and tension is released. There is usually an experience of division where you are aware of your body, yet also a witness to yourself having an experience. Mind chatter effortlessly evaporates.

The experience is profoundly nurturing, and clients often return from the experience feeling dazed but extremely relaxed and at peace. It becomes difficult for them to express their experience, and it can taketime to process and integrate the experience.

It is an excellent way to reset your balance point and instill a sense of calm and well-being.

Why not try it out for yourself? I'd love to be of service. You can schedule an in-person or virtual  Gong Bath Meditation HERE.

I would recommend Energy Healing with Rona Lynn's Gong Bath Meditations to absolutely everyone. A thoroughly enjoyable experience you won't want to end!

Rick Keyton

“If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.”

Dr. Mitchel Gaynor