Instructor: Danny/Frank Vekas
Location: Bailey Center
Description: Join Danny/Frank Vekas as he utilizes one of humanity’s most ancient musical instruments "the Gong" to illicit the sonic vibrations contained within it to immerse you in a sustained sound massage. The experience is not unlike meditation where the sounds created by the gong engage the mind allowing the mental chatter of the waking awareness to be calmed.
Gong chitta vritti nirodha if you will.
You will experience this gong bath / sound immersion nested on your back, made even more comfortable by the pillow, blanket and mat you bring. All that is asked of you is to lie back, close your eyes and breath. I will begin playing very softly, increasing the volume as the session proceeds. There is no fixed rhythm so the brain experiences entrainment, which is where the brainwave frequencies change states. Generally individuals encounter Alpha waves first, daydreaming, imagination, associative thinking, this is relaxation. Theta brainwaves occur in the dream state, dream sleep, REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and deep meditation. Theta brainwave frequencies are where the gong takes you most often; you enter a dreamlike or deep meditative state. The theta brainwave state is a great state of consciousness to enter for healing. Some people have even entered the Delta brainwave state of deep sleep and that is ok, you may be in need of a brief deep sleep. As the session draws to the conclusion I will draw you back to the here and now, leaving you rested, energized and wanting more.
The gong bath is also regarded as a sound and energy healing experience, because exposure to the sound can effect a positive and lasting change in the mind and physical body. While the most common experience during the gong sound immersion is a feeling of deep relaxation, peace and that of connectedness to where the Devine and cosmic energies of existence merge with the consciousness, there are those who have deeper experiences that included visions of colors, shapes, and symbols, while others have reported classical shamanic experiences of being taken on a journey and meeting spirit guides, totem animals or other benevolent entities.
I humbly invite you to join me to in the wonderfully primal experience that is 'the gong"