Sleeping with the GONG
Have you ever heard anyone snoring during a gong relaxation?
It can be a little annoying, especially if it turns out to be yourself. Yet it does seem natural to zonk out during a deep relaxation.
But if you do sleep with the gong, you may be missing the best part of the relaxation – the deep personal transformation that comes from the sound of the gong while in an engaged altered state of consciousness.
There is a special state in the practice of yoga called Yoga Nidra, or literally “yogic sleep.” Yogic sleep is a state of consciousness much akin to the deep meditative state that the brain can achieve by accomplished meditators. There is a heightened sense of awareness accompanied by a deep relaxation of the nervous system. The body seems incapable of movement, much like a pre-sleep state, yet the consciousness remains fully engaged.
Yoga Nidra can be likened to an induced state of self-hypnosis where a post-hypnotic suggestion is seeded by the individual before that state.
This practice has been done in India for centuries in a variety of applications, from healing, learning, and simply deeply transforming the individual on all levels of consciousness. It is said to be effective in accessing past life samskaras, or karmic imprints, that may still be influencing our actions, relationships and health.
When the Gong is used to help create a state of Yoga Nidra and then furthermore used skillfully to guide a person more deeply into that experience, remarkable results can be experienced.
This experience is called Gong Yoga Nidra.
The sound of the gong, much like the facilitator’s voice in Yoga Nidra session, works deeply on the subconscious level to access, process and release old patterns of behaviors and the limited sense of self.
When the Gong is expertly played during and at the end of a Gong Yoga Nidra session, there is a new relationship to the self that emerges through the use of the self-created personal affirmation.
Like any therapeutic or transformation practice, Gong Yoga Nidra can have several uses and focuses, depending upon the effect that is desired, from simply balancing the chakras to clearing hidden fears or recreating an empowered sense of self.
Want to experience Gong Yoga Nidra? My series begins this fall: Gong Yoga Nidra Series
Want to learn to use Gong Yoga Nidra to help others? Check out my next two trainings:
Gong Yoga Nidra Training – Los Cabos, Mexico
Gong Yoga Nidra Training – Melbourne, Australia
The Gong and Yoga Nidra
One of the most profound ways to create relaxation with the gong is through a guided process known as Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep. Yoga Nidra induces deep relaxation, heightens awareness, enables self-diagnosis, integrates changes, and accelerates healing. It is a powerful tool for therapeutic change that is accomplished over an extended (30 to 60 minute) relaxation period.
The practice of Yoga Nidra purifies the deep impressions of the individual’s samskaras, the driving and often hidden karmic forces behind many of our actions and conditions. Essentially, the state of Yoga Nidra gives access to the mind that is underneath our normal processing, fantasizing and imagining consciousness. It is an excellent tool for attenuating and eliminating habit patterns that are the root causes of physical and psychological problems that manifest in long-term stress and an inability to relax.
The techniques of deep relaxation, guided meditation and visualization can be combined into a powerful healing experience called Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep.” When used with the sound of the gong during a therapy session, Yoga Nidra can heighten awareness, enable self-understanding, integrate transformational changes and accelerate the healing process.
- Setting Intention
- Body Awareness
- Breath Awareness
- Sensation Awareness
- Guided Visualization
- Gong Relaxation and Integration