When I’m playing the Earth gong I have to remember to strap myself in to the pilot’s seat for a ride across the planet. Using the mallets to gradually raise a gentle drone, I elevate with the sound and see the ground beneath me.
Breathing in, the mallets work a little harder and begin to strike further up the face of the gong. The sound increases and then with the outward breath I accelerate forwards. Flying over the town then open countryside, the landscape becomes increasingly unfamiliar. Soon I am over dark green rain forest and I can smell the damp foliage below. It is thick and luxuriant, filling the land from horizon to horizon.
The abundance below is staggering in it`s extent. I drop height and skim the tree-tops, I can see every individual leaf and we pass brightly coloured birds sitting in the branches. Increasing the frequency of strike I gain height again and start to shoot upwards like a rocket. Higher and higher, until the full circle of the planet is visible below. Green continents and blue seas mingle as I look over my shoulder. I stop playing for a moment and as the notes decay away I stall and start to fall again.
In free-fall, the ground approaches and this time it runs into a river estuary. I start playing again and the dive flattens out, I zoom down the river and approach the sea. My face is stung by cold spray and I skim the wave-tops like a low flying gull. I can see fish just below the surface, dolphins jump and play around me, whilst flocks of migrating birds meander overhead.
All too soon, it`s time to slow the pace and quieten the sound. Gently the gong returns to it`s place on the stand and I look around the room to see that everyone is safe.
The abundance on Earth has been mind-blowing. I know we have all been there today as guests of Gaia and give thanks to the goddess.
John and June Shapter, Healing Sound Practitioners and founders of The Chiron Institute UK