By Rebecca Rice, L.Ac
Reaching Theta Brainwaves
Sound healing sessions with gongs bring you into a deep rest where you reach a theta brainwaves state. Theta brainwaves occur during R.E.M. sleep, active dreaming and meditation. This is a deeply relaxed state where healing takes place with more ease.
Gong Meditation at the Stram Center
The experience of a gong meditation is like no other. You begin by laying comfortably on the floor while the musicians are playing singing bowls. Then after several minutes of being given information on what to expect as well as guided meditation, the gongs begin to sound.
On Saturday, April 21, The Stram Center held a Gong Meditation. The effect of the penetrating yet gentle vibrations, in my experience, was like being on a sailboat, anchored in lightly rolling waves. Then as if my physical body wasn’t even a barrier to the vibrations of the sound, I had a sense of these pleasant, yet at the same time powerful, waves within my body. All this and I am completely still.
My mind was still as well. Thoughts and feelings that popped up became irrelevant compared to the amazement of the sound emanating from the gongs. Some people expressed afterwards that the gong meditation was “easier” than a seated guided meditation. The rushing thoughts we try to let go of is washed away so smoothly and effortlessly by the gong vibrations, leaving you with a stilled mind. There were 5 gongs in total, tuned perfectly.
The space held by the 25 participants felt solid, supportive, compassionate. It was truly a heart opening and deeply healing evening. Please come to our next Gong Meditation and see what the power of sound can do for you. We will also be offering gong meditation in community acupuncture sessions. Check our schedule soon.