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Gong Concerts

Gong Concert / Gong “Bath”

Gong Sound Healing, Relaxation and Stillness

 “The gong is the first and last instrument for the human mind. There is only one thing that can supersede and command the human mind-the sound of the gong. It is the first sound in the universe, the sound that created this universe. It is the basic creative sound. To the mind, the sound of the gong is like a mother and father that gave it birth. The mind has no power to resist a gong that is well played.”   – Yogi Bhajan

Gong History

For 5000 years the gong has been used in the East for its healing, rejuvenation and transformational power. In 600 BCE, Gautama Buddha sent his priests throughout the East with the instruction to inscribe all gongs with the two Mandarin Chinese characters taken from a quotation of Confucius: “Tai Loi” or “Happiness Has Arrived”. The reason for the inscription was to honour the transformational power of gongs and to proclaim the mysterious coming of the Buddha’s next incarnation as “Maitreya”, which literally means both ‘musical resonance’ and ‘loving kindness’.

Before his death, Buddha told his disciples that the greatest spiritual practice for humanity was to meditate on sound. By listening to the sound of one’s own inner nature, disengaging from the sounds of the outer world, the way to enlightenment may be found.

Gong Vibrations

The vibrations of the gong are space filling. Multiple tones and clusters of harmonic overtones build as the gong is played, eventually creating a ‘sea’ of total sound, which can be directly felt kinaesthetically by the person receiving the gong healing. Natural harmonics are overtones, which normally go upwards until they dissolve into friction. This is the natural process of aging. The pure living tones of the gong delay this degenerative process of natural harmonics thereby bringing us more energy, youthfulness and healing.

The gong purifies and quietens the mind. It literally cuts through the linear mind and clears the clutter from the subconscious mind to reveal the radiant and authentic self. It has the capacity to bypass the ego-mind and activate our innate healing ability, which is wise and non-judgemental. The mind returns to a state of stillness where innate wisdom can be accessed.
On a physical level, the gong releases tension and blocks in the body, it improves the functioning of the glandular and nervous system, it increases the flow of prana, our vital life force, and improves circulation.

The gong is named after the sound it makes. When played it releases a resonant power called OM, “The Word” that begot “Light”. OM is the sound of the soul. When you listen deeply to the gong, the sound of OM is reverberating and penetrating our being helping to raise our consciousness. The total fullness of the OM tone creates deep silence within.
Yogi Bhajan, a master of Kundalini Yoga and Gong said,

“Vibrate the cosmos and the cosmos shall clear the path.”

So on a spiritual level, the gong helps us to clear our path of obstacles so that we live a life of destiny as opposed to a life of fate.

4th Dimensional Gong Experience

Integrating the gongs with didgeridoo, drums, flutes, singing bowls and other native instruments produces a spiralling cocoon of total sound, which enables you to lose the sense of identity with your body as a physical object. You are no longer limited to a 3rd dimensional material world.

 As you ride this cosmic vehicle of rolling sound waves, you arrive in the subtle ethers of the 4th dimensional dream body. Here rejuvenation and repair occurs more efficiently, for there is less interference between your ego consciousness and your more evolved subconscious Innate Intelligence; the intelligence that automatically operates around the clock creating perpetual repair and which never stops while you are alive. This 4th dimensional gong experience also helps to remove fears, the greatest of which is the fear of dying.

“The sound will carry you beyond your fears. The pressure (of the vibration of the gong) will release the nervous system of many illnesses…
To regenerate the parasympathetic nervous system, nothing is more powerful than the sound of the gong.” 
– Yogi Bhajan

The Return of Happiness

After a gong bath you may experience a feeling of total harmony and well-being. Creativity may flow more freely within you and/or may be more accessible. Your whole system seems strengthened and the inner voice of your super consciousness may be heard more easily. The personal ego is better able to attain a state of non-judgment, a state of total body/mind harmony. This is called “The Return of Happiness” or “Tai Loi”.

Gong Concert in Tauhara
Jeltje playing the symphonic gong
Marius playing the earth gong
Playing didgeridoo and buffalo drum

Had the most wonderful experience attending Gong Concert by Marius Zwijnenburg and Jeltje Kooistra!! The effect of beautiful and powerful sound of gongs and drums will stay with us for long…. it was one of a kind experience.

Fellow beings, if you ever happen to be in New Zealand, make sure you attend one. Marius n Jeltje have a full moon gong concert every month …
– L Saxena, Houston,US

I got the opportunity to experience a meditation journey with Soul Harmonicz in Nelson and wow what a journey it was! We all got comfortable laying on the floor and closed our eyes. The music began quite softly and gently and then took on a life of its own of magical proportion. The sounds were whimsical and soft at times and then intense and deep at other times.

All the while it was if I was floating in a fluid sea which was enveloping me. I got to truly loose myself in the space, actually feeling like I was transported into another time and space. It was a very powerfully healing and transformational experience.

If you have the opportunity to experience one of their concerts or meditations don’t hesitate – go! They are very gifted at their work and you will be in for a uniquely pleasurable and enriching experience. I hope to be able to see them again soon.
– B Beauchamp, Medical Massage Therapist

My friend and I had a wonderfully relaxing journey and experience at the full moon sound healing gong concert last night thank you to Jeltje Kooistra and Marius Zwijnenburg in Golden Bay.

I would highly recommend you go and experience. Feeling thankful.
– K Mason, Nelson,NZ

“Sound is the force of creation, the true whole.
Music then, becomes the voice of the great cosmic oneness and
therefore the optimal way to reach this final state of healing.”
Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927)