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A recent 'Gong Talk' in front of a group of Gong enthusiasts brought some interesting dialog to the forefront, and I would like to share some of this dialog. Within the room that day and in many programs I do around the Gong, the question that is brought up quite often is whether Paiste makes the best Gong in the world. I chuckle a bit about this because Paiste does not make the metal, they handcraft from a sheet of nickel-silver

Silence is a subject that I often bring up in my meditation and Dharma programs, but it is also a topic I address in my Sound Therapy programs as well; and I would like to share some thoughts with you. I think that the central point I want to share is that silence is hearing with one’s own heart. Lao Tzu is reported to have said, “silence is a source of great strength”, and looking at these 2 points, I feel that the Sound…

The popularity of working with Sound in a therapeutic manner has been with us for at least 14,000 years. Evidence through Archeomusicology and Ethnomusicology provides a clear picture that today’s popularity is built upon a long standing belief. Petroglyphs in Mongolia and Azerbaijan, show us the approach of the Kam culture in curing patients in Kazakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Altai, Siberia, and Mongolia.

In an earlier article I published entitled “Silence”, I wrote: “From the perspective of a Sound Therapist, sound and silence must walk hand and hand, through this connection one can find deep penetration and understanding. I refer to this connection as the Three Variables, Awareness-Intent-Intuition; and in a future discussion I will delve more deeply into these”. That time has arrived, and I hope this brief column will offer an…

Within the confines of the sound healing community, we find a wide variance of protocols in how sound is conducted in a therapeutic manner; and sometimes there is no protocol followed whatsoever. However, through history we find numerous credendums and suggestions from many music philosophers and theorists. In looking at what is most familiar to westerners is Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher closely…

There has been much discussion on the physics phenomena of resonance known as entrainment in the sound healing community over the past 20 years or so. Much has been written in books and posted online regarding this circumstance of resonance, but I feel that we need to revisit this topic before there’s anymore misunderstanding. Within the community of sound healers there are 2 forms of entrainment that receive the…

When we survey the sound instruments used in today’s Sound Therapy practices or sacred sound programs no one instrument has overwhelming myth associated with them as the Himalayan Singing Bowls. What I am primarily focused on here, is what are they ‘actually’. Sure, many of us in the Sound Therapy community have experienced them with profound awareness. They have become a very popular instrument in the…

The quality of a good sound worker has 2 aspects. The first aspect contributing to their quality is that they understand that their position is outside the western medical design where things are separated by doctors and patients or healers and customers for example. Sound becomes the cure, and the sound worker takes the credit for having provided the ‘medicine.’ But many working with sound, especially in ambient mode…

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