Fear. Fear is destructive. Anger is conceived from fear. Fear blinkers us from all that is good and beautiful. When the storm is rising the waves threaten to overpower us, the winds blow us off-course and light disappears from our lives. When there is anger and fear we need to go inwards and calm that part of us which is raising the storm.
The story of Sedna is one of sacrifice, separation and loss. She represents those parts of us which feel cut off and lonely, the sacrifices we feel we’ve made and maybe a life we’ve wanted but have never known. "It’s not fair” she shouts. It’s not a surprise that she has a hissy fit and throws her toys around. She raises a storm within. The answer is to dive to her home in the Abyssos, the deepest part of our psyche and give her love and attention. When working with groups in a sound bath or with private clients, we may feel the need to do this to quieten the energies around us.
The Sedna gong is a cause of controversy in many ways and some claim it should not exist in it’s tuning. However, it is a transitional object that can help us achieve a journey into the deep. Starting with quiet waves of sound, I dive down. With a constant roll, the volume increases the further down I swim until the only light is from a natural phosphorescence in the water. The storm increases in strength until I find Sedna.
She is usually lying on her side with her back to me, her shoulders shaking with grief and her long beautiful hair swaying with the weed in which it is tangled. One part of me begins to straighten her hair even though my fingers are so cold I can hardly feel them. Whilst doing this, another part of me is using the mallets up and down the dark edges of the gong as though I was combing the hair over her shoulders. Eventually I can braid it and concentrate on calming her by stroking and massaging her back, bringing the mallets further and further inwards towards the centre of the gong. As her muscles relax, the sound can reduce and gradually the mood changes to one of quiet calm.
Now my job is done and I can let myself drift to the surface. Usually Neptune is around and we can go off and have a few drinks in a harbour-side bar and swap stories of sailing the cosmos.
John and June Shapter, Healing Sound Practitioners and founders of The Chiron Institute UK