The sound of gong passes through the mind and quickly creates a meditative state and deep relaxation. Gong has been used throughout history as a ceremonial and healing tool. Sources describe its use as early as 4,000 years before N.L. up to 16,000 before N.L.
Gongs have become more popular in the current pre-technological age, as stress levels have increased significantly in both adults and children. Stress in any form (physical, mental or emotional) activates the sympathetic nervous system and triggers the release of hormones such as adrenaline (a response to “fight or flight”) and cortisol, which directly affects blood pressure, glucose, immune function and inflammation.
Physical work allows the body and muscles to process these hormones, but in most cases people spend a significant part of the day sitting. When the nervous system is chronically activated by stress, an excess of circulating hormones creates dysfunctions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, depression, insomnia, indigestion, autoimmune diseases, and other diseases caused by chronic inflammation.
Gong vibrations are a powerful method for reducing stress. We use gongs to support the meditative state. Gong creates an ocean of sound that is a very relaxing state. This condition activates the parasympathetic nervous system to balance the over-strengthened, over-loaded sympathetic nervous system.
Water has often been used as an analogy for the moisturizing effect of gong vibrations, in part because our bodies are about 60 percent water and water is used to conduct sound waves.
Like the circles formed by a stone thrown on a frozen lake, the sound of the gong is gently reflected over and around the whole body to calm, relax and soothe.
Usually, the listener’s heart rate slows down, the blood pressure drops, and the breath adjusts to its natural rhythm.
Gong evokes a holistic resonance in the body and a spontaneous meditative state in the mind, leading to a sense of expanded consciousness and wholeness. The principles of sound, vibration and energy flow as healing modalities have been taught in both the East and the West. Every tradition of wisdom over the ages has used the principles of vibration to heal and increase consciousness. Spiritual leaders have recognized the strong effects of vibration on the nervous system. Whether it was a human voice chanting specific words (mantras) or instruments creating resonant sounds.