May the Force be with You.
A couple of weeks ago we adopted another member for our extended gong family. We drove to Birmingham to pick up a large Chau gong, this is a more traditional Gong made from thick hammered bronze. We already had one, a gong which I had never been very connected with, beautiful all the same but a bit dull in sound. So I wasn’t-expecting great shakes from the new member of the gang!
It was such a surprise when I played this gong for the first time. Dark and earthy, it had a quality and sound so far missing from the collection. Then another surprise. It balanced the energy and sound of the original Chau, bringing it into the light. Immediately, they paired up. Light and dark, underground and air blown-skies, masculine and feminine. Whichever quality I looked for, the new gong was the counterbalance.
The child was also an adult already, strong but not sophisticated. Whereas the other gongs are the work–a-day cars, like driving an automatic with satnav, this was like getting behind the wheel of an old Ferrari. A much more powerful animal, that needs constant attention to understand and drive in the direction you want to go. Despite the strength, there is also a subtlety in the sound which is just waiting to be uncovered.
We both play this gong regularly now, so if you want to experience a journey deeper than ever before come along to a gong bath soon
Again, `thank you` Universe.
John and June Shapter, Healing Sound Practitioners and founders of The Chiron Institute UK