I have always wondered about Jupiter, a gong that is more like an acquaintance than a friend, what is it all about? Standing in front of Jupiter, I would ask for guidance, then create the sounds and let them go without feeling. It’s especially difficult because he’s sandwiched by the mighty Saturn and the powerful Mars. Recently, though, it hit me like a thunderbolt - crash!
The answer had been there all the time. I played in trust, trust that whatever I was doing was what was required, trust that the cosmos would work through me and in trust that the energies were as they should be. In other words, I was already in a place of unconscious understanding, just as Jupiter expects.
So, now the time spent with Jupiter can be more playful and I don’t have to try. The storms on the surface are now exhilarating and not full of fear. The size of the planet is comforting rather than challenging. I fly through the surface clouds, surfing on the upper waves of a helium sea. I can enter the centre of the red eye observing the hurricane around me. It’s a place of absolute stillness in the centre of the greatest storm in our solar system, a storm that could rip you apart in a second if you believed it would.
The Jupiter gong takes me into a place of trust, a place that gives me the understanding that I can step off the edge and the Universe will catch me. Playing the gong in this way allows the positive vibrations to fill the space and touch everyone who is open to receive.
However, this is a place we have to keep re-visiting in order to reinforce the message. Trust is so easy to mislay in our physical condition. We all need to book a regular flight to Jupiter.
John and June Shapter, Healing Sound Practitioners and founders of The Chiron Institute UK