14 Oct Sound Showers – Four Gongs and a Didgeridoo or Two
Four Planetary Gongs – and a Didgeridoo or Two – Sunday, 12 November
Sound is the medicine of the future. — Edgar Cayce
Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre‘s didgeridoo master, Lyndon Morgan
Living Events‘ gong maven, Katie Ferguson
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A SOUND SHOWER
I’m pickin’ up good vibrations… — Brian Wilson
The gong and didgeridoo, played together, create an atmosphere of pure high-vibration, high-octane alchemy.
Indigenous Australians have been using the didgeridoo as a sound healing instrument for over 40,000 years. So too, sound therapy was performed as part of the healing rituals of Native American shamans, the Incas, Greeks, Chinese, Egyptians, Hindus and Tibetans – and every tribe and culture that has graced the earth. Chants, mantras, hymns, percussion and orchestral music are the heart and soul of every faith, religion and spiritual worship.
The sound frequency of the gong and didgeridoo send a vibration to every cell in the body – and on into infinity – to wake up. The ear will never catch the end of this vibration, as scientifically – and metaphysically – it has no end. Just image every cell in the body – that’s 37.2 trillion – penetrated and positively affected by the invisible sound frequency of healing vibrations. Sound and vibration are not technically the same thing, however. When we talk about sound therapy, we are really talking about what Brian Wilson was feeling – ‘good vibrations’.
All that is required is that you show up, set an intention for the experience, lie down, cover yourself with a blanket – or not, if you prefer. Close your eyes. Breathe. That’s it.
WHY SOUND THERAPY?
Sound therapy is used to alleviate negative emotions – depression, anxiety, fear, grief, deep stress and insomnia; to assist those desperate to change self-defeating habits and addictive behaviours; to heal physical ailments; and to promote a sense of peace and whole-body wellbeing. There is no yogic or holistic therapy experience quite like it, as the positive effects last for up to three days.
Fear is at the root of many mental health challenges. Fear of failure, fear of loss of family, friends, income, life, love; fear of aging and death. If we are honest, we all feel fear; and, conversely, fear it. Depression and anxiety make up the trilogy, and affect us all at different times in our lives.
Trying to camouflage feelings of despair and hopelessness may eventually lead to living life in a heightened state of blind panic. Our existence then becomes one of physical and mental exhaustion, compounded by the fact that we may be pretty much faking it by pretending to family and friends that we are OK. Our adrenal glands overwork to the point of burnout. We become walking, talking, ticking time bombs. Eventually something has to give.
It is commonplace, too, that we have become desensitised to the repetitive bombardment of horror that is the focus of today’s news and social media. Our days are punctuated by news updates of local and world tragedies on a gargantuan scale. Add to this any personal grief and major life stressors we may be dealing with, and this continuous subliminal avalanche of human drama contributes to a sense of unbearable overwhelm, eventually impacting the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems to the point of implosion.
To regenerate the parasympathetic system, nothing is more powerful than the sound of the gong.
ISN’T SOUND THERAPY JUST MORE YOGA MUMBO-JUMBO?
For the sceptic in the audience: no, it is not.
Scottish physicist and Nobel Prize winner, Dr James Gimzewski, is best known for his research into biophysics, which he calls sonocytology. With the help of an atomic force microscope, he was able to detect the vibrations of the cell wall of a living cell. Further, with the assistance of computer software, Dr Gimzewski amplified these cell vibrations to create audible sounds. He and his research team discovered that, when amplified, cancer cells emit a different sound frequency to that of healthy cells. As a result of Dr Gimzewski’s findings, it is hoped that sonocytology may one day play a role in the early detection and diagnosis of cancer.
Also at the forefront of groundbreaking sound therapy as a healing modality is sound therapist, Dr John Beaulieu. He believes that an underlying energy field generates physical, emotional and mental behaviours or symptoms, and that if we change the energy field, physical, emotional, and mental behaviours will also change.
PARASYMPATHETIC REJUVENATION MEDITATION WITH THE GONG
Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini taught: At times it can seem frightening or overwhelming. Emotions and thoughts are provoked from the subconscious. The entire nervous system is put under pressure to adjust and to heal itself. When that pressure builds, totally relax in the deepest meditation possible. Surrender the mind and body. The sound will carry you beyond all fears. The pressure will release the nervous system of many illnesses. Feel yourself ride the sound into the Infinite itself.
The parasympathetic nervous system is ruled by sound. The sympathetic nervous system is ruled by vision. It is the sympathetic system that needs to be regulated. When it triggers too often and in the wrong regions of the body, you can be greatly weakened. The parasympathetic system regulates the sympathetic. But it may be weakened by emotional, industrial and technological stressors, drugs and alcohol, poor diet and poor health.