Know Gong, No Pain

When I train people in Gong Therapy and sound healing, I always learn new ways the Gong is helping people in their healing journey. From diminishing addictive responses to enhancing glandular activity, the gong can play an important role as a partner in self-healing.

One overall message I am getting is that listening to the Gong does seem to help in better managing pain.

And there is significant scientific research and publications that support sound and music is a powerful non-pharmacological adjunct to working pain.

In the medical journal Palliative Support Care, music with a discernible rhythm, like the Gong, was shown to ease pain in both cancer wards and nursing homes. In the journal Burn Care Research, music and sound are able to reduce the perception of pain. The Indian Journal of Palliative Care observed that music therapy for cancer patients was a valid approach to use with conventional pain management to statistically reduce pain.

Can the Gong lead you to a pain-free life and, if so, how specifically does it work?

One of the outcomes of chronic pain is that is launches the body into a sympathetic nervous system overdrive from the urge for “flight” to run away from pain or to “fight” to resist the pain. The “fight or flight” response to pain inhibits the parasympathetic nervous system from doing its job to relax or destress the body.

Pain, simply put, increases the stress level which results in a more acute perception of the pain.

The Gong is valued for its ability to readjust and balance the relationship between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, so the body can relax and destress. Have you heard a person snoring during a gong session? I rest my case.

The contrasts used in varying both volume and rhythm while playing the Gong are instrumental in the rebalancing of the nervous system which enhances the body’s ability to heal and reduce pain.

From a yogic perspective, we can understand the gong’s capacity to reduce the perception of pain when we consider the relationship of the seventh, or crown, chakra to the sound of the gong.

The seventh chakra, which is actually outside the physical body, is the gateway from the release of embodiment. It is where we transcend the earthly realm and go beyond the limitations of the body. In many cultures, it is believed that the “soul” enters and departs the body through the crown chakra, or “tenth gate.”

When the crown chakra is activated, there is a sense of transcendence, including the rising above bodily pain. It is said that it was through the ability of the saints and sages to connect to the crown chakra which allowed them to endure and transcend profound suffering and pain (consider the stories of the Christ crucifixion or the torture endured by the Sikh Guru Arjan).

One of the esoteric attributes of the Gong is its ability to activate the sixth and seventh chakras. This is one of the primary reasons for its extensive use in temples, spiritual initiations, prophecy, and transitions from this world to the next.

When we hear the Gong, we can travel to a world that is beyond the limitations of the physical body and the consequent experience of pain.

The Gong has also been used in the treatment of addictions by offering another way to experience a more limitless reality. As such, it may be useful in short-circuiting the “pain-pill” cycle that has created the opioid crisis in the world today.

While more research has and is being done on the relationship of sound healing and pain management, when the Gong is used as an adjunct to conventional pain management, and not as a replacement, the results are at the least helpfully benign beyond any doubt.

Know pain? Know the Gong!


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