Playing the Moon gongs manifests the two-masked goddess. As I play, I close my eyes and know that she is there beside me. Wearing a long dress of silvery metallic material which sparkles and shines with even the smallest amount of reflected light. The dress clings and highlights the voluptuous curves of her figure as she moves gently with the upward swell of the sound from the gong.
She holds the mask with one face towards me, the mask is dark and mysterious, her features barely perceptible in perpetual shadow. The mask draws me in to examine the face closer, to look into the eyes and see the cosmos beyond. I am forced to consider our small presence in the infinite universe and to see the futility of living through the ego which tries to inflate our importance. Then she takes my hand in the cold blue light and shows me a scene of incredible abundance, one where there is no lack on our world and others. We have enough substance in our lives to live in whatever way we want and our dreams can become reality. We just need to dream big and to create our future one atom at a time without thought of lack.
The she twists and rotates the mask so that the other face is outward. It is beautiful and bright and full with the joy of being alive. The eyes shine with bright white light which illuminates the room and reflects off the other gongs, throwing dark shadows where it can`t reach. She begins to dance, swaying her hips with abandonment and reaching her free hand over her head to shape mudras of happiness. I am hypnotised into dancing with her, a dance of celebration for everything positive in our lives regardless of how small or large they are. The shadows dance in time to her movement and move around as she circles the room.
The cycle of one side of the mask followed by the other continues with the playing for what seems like centuries. Then …..
I open my eyes.
I am in the room with the gongs and hold a mallet in my hand. Outside the moon swings through the sky.
John and June Shapter, Healing Sound Practitioners and founders of The Chiron Institute UK