Venus, an old fashioned goddess.
It`s taken me a long time to find a connection, through the gong, with the energy of Venus. Through hundreds of hours of playing, the best I could find was a nice sound and even then only sometimes. Lately, though, I played the gong with some early Paiste mallets from about the 1980s. They brought out the best in sound and I began to `feel` a sense of presence in the gong, but as if from behind a closed door.
I was being shown the ornate outer entrance of a temple. Stone pillars carved in the shape of the Goddess on either side of doors painted in reds and white. It occurred to me that Venus was an old-fashioned Goddess, in the nicest way. She would sit regally in the inner sanctum of the temple and expect visitors to come to her. It was not her place to seek retainers. Suitable worshippers would, instead, be allowed the honour of access. The question remained, how to open the door?
People had tried bringing presents and alms, for piled around the wall at the front of the temple were gifts of gold and jewels and rich embroidered cloth. It was obvious that these had not bought entrance for eager devotees as they were still on the outside. So, if gifts from the material world were not enough, maybe simple Love would be the key. I looked around me for inspiration on how to symbolise the love for a deity. Beyond the walls of the temple were rose gardens, and then the land fell away towards a large ancient city in a valley. The banks of the hill were otherwise bare.
I picked a single rose and kissed it, before holding it out towards the entrance. To begin with nothing happened. Then there was a creaking sound and the heavy wooden doors slowly opened. Within was a foyer filled with ornate furniture and bowls of succulent fruit. Beyond was a passage and I was drawn to make my way down in semi-darkness. There was the distant sound of music wafting around the corners. Gently the light became brighter again and the music louder. The walls opened into a chamber of infinite beauty. In the centre was ……………
John and June Shapter, Healing Sound Practitioners and founders of The Chiron Institute UK