The Gong

The sound of the gong is so comprehensive, dense and all-encompassing that it cannot be matched by any other instrument. For many sound healers, it is the single most powerful instrument there is.

The skilfully played gong gradually builds up into multi-layers of sound that contain all the tones and harmonics of the sound spectrum. Some of these tones we hear, but others are complex frequencies beyond our human hearing and these we experience as subtle energy. Thus, the gong’s sound has become known as the “sound of total resonance” because we hear it at all levels of consciousness.

The Healing Power of the Gong

“Every gong bath is different and the sounds that come through are the ones that the recipient needs at that particular time. There is an innate intelligence at work and everyone gets exactly what they need in every moment.” Sheila Whittaker – In the Heart of the Gong Space

During a gong treatment, our physical bodies reverberate with sound and we feel cleansed and rejuvenated afterwards. The gong sound also increases our sense of mental and emotional wellbeing. Many people say that they feel more relaxed, peaceful and less stressed after a gong treatment, while others feel calmly energised and blissful. Blockages on a mental level are often cleared, leaving people able to change old thought patterns and out-dated habits.

Sometimes, simply being in the presence of the gongs and enveloped in their sound gives us the sense of being held in a loving embrace. This can feel like a gift of grace that connects us with a transcendent reality beyond our finite selves. In this state, healing can occur on all levels.

Welcome to the Gong Space

Welcome to the gong space
A space of rest and renewal
Of harmony and wholeness
Of being held by sound and healed by sound

Welcome to the gong space
A space of loving acceptance
Of safety and non-judgement
Of letting go and letting be

Welcome to the gong space
A space of unlimited possibility
This is your space for receiving
Whatever it is that you need

© P Tait 2017

Meet the Gongs

There are four gongs in my studio space: a 34” Paiste Symphonic gong, Mercury and Chiron Planet gongs and a Meinl 32” Wu Xing gong.

Symphonic gongs contain the fullest range of tones of any of the Paiste gongs. My symphonic gong has a warm, gently powerful, feminine energy, which balances the more masculine energy of Mercury and Chiron. These two Planet gongs were created specifically for Sound Healing work and have been given sound characteristics that evoke the planet they represent.

Mercury is the Divine Messenger of the Gods and Master of Healing. Associated with speech, communication, intellectual prowess and creativity, he supports the throat and thyroid. Mercury comes into his own when we have been denied our right to speak our own truth or think for ourselves, as so many of us have. I have seen clients undergo profound changes after Mercury has played for them, often surprising themselves with their new-found confidence in their own truth and ability to speak up. As a Master of Healing, it is appropriate that Mercury should be a very effective healing gong.

Chiron is the Wounded Healer. He is associated with alchemy, vision, wisdom, compassion and healing. He “stands for the deep karmic wound in the subconscious that we have come in this life to heal¹.” He also brings these wounds to the surface so that they can be healed.

It has been my experience that Mercury and Chiron work together as a team. Mercury goes first and then Chiron will step in if a wound is very deep or undetected. Together they make a deeply powerful pair of healing gongs.

My Wu Xing gong has a very different feel to the Paiste gongs. “Wu Xing” comes from an old Chinese phrase that can be translated as the Five Elements of Life. Relatively rare in the UK, these gongs are similar to symphonic gongs but are tuned with a wider frequency range and dynamic response, befitting a gong that brings all the elements together. With a sound that clients have described as deep, dark and mysterious, Wu Xing is a great balancing gong.

The gongs are supported by other sound healing instruments, including singing bowls, tingsha, bells, chimes, monochord and natural percussion sounds.

 

¹Whittaker, Sheila In the Heart of the Gong Space: The Gong as a Spiritual Tool, 2012