What is the healing power and energy power of a gong? All answers are contained in its unpredictably vibrating sound.
In the religious traditions of India, China and Southeast Asia, gong has long been considered a cult instrument. Its sound accompanied the most significant events in people’s lives: childbirth, funerals, weddings, harvesting, military operations and shamanistic rituals. What is special about this seemingly simple enough instrument, consisting of a metal disk and a mallet?
The sound of a gong interacts with space in a special way: the instrument has the ability to vibrate for a long time after an impact. Waves of sound build up and out. Yogi Bhajan called this returning gong sound “do-sound” – “a sound without boundaries and limitations that vibrates, creating light and life.”
The gong produces the “boomerang effect” – a complex of mixed overtones. Sound waves, covering one another, create new complex tones, and this makes the sound so voluminous and unpredictable that it goes beyond a certain rhythmic organization.
The human mind is not able to predict what the sound will be, so during a gong meditation session people often hear the sounds of bells, drums, harp, horn and even voices are heard – this is the searching mind trying to understand what the sound looks like.
In fact, the individual perception of sound has a physiological basis. When the gong sounds, the so-called combined tones arise, which are formed directly in the auditory system. It is they who are responsible for the dual perception of sound, which, from the point of view of acoustics experts, is a real phenomenon.
When sounding, the gong vibrates, emitting waves with a frequency close to 4–7 hertz. These waves lead to binaural oscillations. These frequencies have a synchronizing effect on the hemispheres of the brain, harmonizing the state of mind.
Who is buzzing? The first mention of gong meditation as an integral part of yoga practice dates back to the beginning of the XIV century, in the treatise “Hatha Yoga Pradipika.”
The author of the work, the yogin of Swatmarama, describes the stages that the sadhaka goes through on the path to enlightenment. One of the main steps is the experience of “listening” to the innermost sounds to awaken the sacred energy of Kundalini.