Magnum Opus of the Gong, selected essays from the Master's Teachings on philosophy and practice of Gong Therapy, Sacred Tone Improvisation, Spiritual Quickening and Gong Consciousness, World Peace and global unity. Writings for deep contemplation and meditation.
The Eight Corners of Heaven Mirror Gong was developed in collaboration with the Gong Master “Don Conreaux”. This gong features a unique appearance with ancient mysterious symbols set against a mirror finish.
The eight runic glyphs represent the cycle of life and suggest that the sound of the gong originates in the eight corners of heaven propelling the cycle of life on earth.
Both sides of the gong are finished with a mirror surface allowing the player to see himself, listeners, or other gong players in an ensemble.
This is also beneficial in meditation and therapy use for self-mirroring and reflecting surrounding lights.
When the player of the gong is correctly playing the gong there is no player. A state of non-locality will exist in the consciousness of the player when the subconscious automatic self of the Cerebellum or ‘little brain’ takes over and allows the conscious mind to be selfless.
The personal identity is trans-personalized.
This state when experienced is called the soul abode of the neutral self, the Self Abiding in Satya, Nirvana or Truth Love.
The healing power of the gong becomes a river flowing to this place. .
In yoga, right gong playing is the 4th State of Consciousness or “Turiya”. Turiya is an optimum healing state. The first three states are: 1. Awake 2. Dreaming 3. Sleeping and 4th is totally awake while totally asleep, Turiya meaning when the Ego is Gone, the Self has come. It is the yoga of the gong and the power of its holistic resonance.
When we become mindful of being mindless then our neutral minds can contemplate more on something like our intentions and suggestions and become more powerful. Energies that are spiritually healing when released are allowed to then flow out to everyone.
We are only now beginning to understand what happens in the brain’s network of synapses when certain neurons resonate in patterns.
We know that the healing gong tone field switches certain cerebral genes on almost at once as its quazi-periodic pressure waves enter the brain/mind’s self consciousness and synapses begin to resonate in synchronous patterns.
Practicing Gong Consciousness is considered to be following the Pathless Way of the Gong.
WAY OF THE GONG (5 AREAS)
1. Methods of Playing Gong, Bell, Bowl, & Conch The Way of the Gong Story, History, Myth, Prophesies, & Lineages
2. Gong therapy for the Mind, Giving the Gong Bath & Gong Master Ethics, Basic Music Education for Gong Masters
3. World Peace, and Sruti Box Songs, Overtoning, Mantra Sutra, Ceremonies of Improvisation & Instrumental Divination
4. Starhenge, Sacred Stone Geometry and Divination, The Musical Geometry of Sacred Tone
5. Yoga of Holistic Resonance
GONG MASTER TRAINING
The Way of the Gong teaching accommodates both beginner and intermediate. In the introductory training all subjects are experientially covered, but the intermediate includes deeper more intensive study.
1. The Art and Skill of Playing Gong and Bowl
2. Leading Gong Meditations and Therapeutic Gong Baths *
3. The Art and Skill of Over-Toning, Mantra and Shruti Singing.
4. Dane Rhudyar’s Philosophy and Science of Syntonic Music. Deeper Metaphysical and Esoteric Studies. Hard Scientific Research in sound. 5. Sacred Tone Improvisations, Spiritual Free Jazz, Public Ceremony and Healing Performance.
6. Reading the Chi-meter and Knowing Universal Correspondences including Color, Tone, Chakra, Astrology, etc.
7. Starhenge Geometry, Stone Circle Construction and Divination.
8. Kundalini Kriya Gong Yoga Exercises, Breath and Meditation.
The Field of Training in the Art and Craft of Gong Playing
In order to establish a closer rapport with the Higher Creative Intelligence within the Gong, spiritual mechanics and physical techniques must first be learned.
Everyone has a unique gift to humanity and to nature. Although this makes each gong player special, there are other held-in-common areas to study that can make the “gong master proper” and which are essential to full mastery. It is the gong’s holistic power that comes through you when you play in the state of Turiya (neutrality) and it is that which dominates the process of ‘sounding’. In this Samadhic state we are in primordial Akashic territory wherein the Higher Creative Spirit takes charge. The gong master acts as a funnel for a wide embrace of primal resonances and energies. It is a question of whether one is in a state of “awareness of awareness” or not in order to maximize what the late philosopher musician artist astrologer Dane Rudhyar calls the Syntonic Consciousness; a mind which synthesizes diverse elements into a functional harmony of tone resonances, like the dissimilar metallic elements composing a gong.
I Intro II BeginningIII Intermediate IV Advanced
I Novice II ApprenticeIII JourneymanIV Craftsman
A Fully Certified Gong Therapist and Teacher is one who has reached the 4th and final stage of certification and confirmation in the gong training program and is an active Journeyman Gong Master with the following knowledge:
1. Gong, Bowl, Conch Playing 2. Diverse Systems of Meditation 3. Overtone Singing and Nada Mantra Sutra 4. Other Systems of Esoteric Origins, Crystal/gem/Aroma/Bach Flowers, etc. 5. Ceremonial Gong, Social gong rites, Sacred Tone Improvisation 6. Color, Sound, Chakra, Meridian Correspondence, The Chiometer 7. Yoga and the Completed Kriya 8. The Starhenge Mandala Sacred Geometry, Geomantrics, and Divination
WHEN YOU GET YOUR FIRST GONG OF LIFE, YOUR GONG ADVENTURE BEGINS.
HAVE GONG WILL TRAVEL CHECK LISTS
The ‘working’ or ‘professional’ gong master is called a “Journeyman”. Someone drawn to play the gong and present its merits throughout the world spreading the good gong word about May Full Moon 2025. As caretaker of the gifts of the gong and the new economy of the ethical world server……”True Gift giving comes first and profit taking second!”.
Gong Prophesy predicts that the Transformative Alternative 3rd Economy will again become popular as it was in the 1980’s decade. There will be a re-emergence led by Social-minded gong masters making again popular the Holistic Network Exchange Evenings of the 1980’s.
Over a lifetime of Gong Seva, Journeyman will have exhausted this list and added some more relevant in the future. There is no end to places and people for which to gong-play. However, if you the reader caretake a working gong you might considr this “bucket list” as a personal inspiration:
This list to is offered to inspire the gong carrier and the furtherance of gong seva/service. If every student of the gong would begin to use this list as a guide to their role as journeyman Gong Masters, we would be closer to accomplishing peace, health and prosperity in tomorrow’s world and celebrate the First Day of World Peace May Full Moon 2025 and the activation of the 4th Ray, the Green Ray of the Holistic Sound Healer. A nine-year re-polarization of the Homo Sapien may be necessary to splice in the new DNA of today’s Homo Luminous Spiritualis. The 4th Ray of litigation is the ray currently in repair mode going from the linear polarization of war and the lower aspects of the human nature to a non-linear world that works together in “dissonant harmony”. It is also called the transcendental theatre of the soul. It is not connected to the reptilian nature. It is the raised and renewed 3rd eye with three major synapsis areas (The Pre Frontal Cortex, the bi-lateral Temples, and the Hippocampus).
“Gong, gong, gong, the gongs of World peae are gonging now!” World Gong Seva from 2016 – 2025.
Civic Ceremonies such as the opening of a building
Rites of Passage
Midwifery during labor and delivery
Senior Citizen Centers
For the dying
For the disabled
For animals and nature’s plants
Launching of ships
Full Moon/ Solstice Celebrations
All places of worship
All school events
Martial Art schools and Competitions
Tai Chi/Chi Gung Classes
Oriental Medicine Colleges
Deaf and Blind Groups
Plays and Performances
Local/State Government Conferences & Inaugurations
This is the year in which the prophets have called the return of Niburu and the second sun of our solar system. This year is the year for all gong masters to create ceremonies of world peace and global cooperation.
“The time of the lone wolf is over and everything this year must be done in a sacred manner”.
The days of self-serving are over and now world service is the only alternative. Let us as one dedicate this year of our lives to functional harmony and gift giving. What is obsolete must now be let go of.
We are in the 6th Extinction and the humanitarian principle is most needed now. In fact it is essential.
What can I, and my country do for the greatest good is no longer just a good thought but a necessity. In this new Aquarian cycle, we must go through a quickening around the entire global brain in which we each make up one of the billions of cells of the consciousness of Gaia.
The Hopis say we are entering the portals of the 5th world and so I must repeat…. “everything we gong masters do must be done in a sacred way”.
The transition of the end times to the new times must be done with a worldwide open heart. What can I do for the greater good is the global healing mindset.
The reptilian mind must shift from Homo sapiens sapiens now to the homo luminous spiritualis of the world server. The alternative is to fail the great human experience on this blue pearl in the universe.
Each in our personal awareness globally must shift now to an awareness of our awareness. This shift is to the one gong master in all.
And again because of its importance I must repeat…
“The time of the lone wolf is over. Everything gong masters do must now be done in a sacred manner”.
This is the writing on the wall of the consciousness in every awakening inhabitant on the earth.
We earthlings are surrounded by advanced beings from the galaxies. They are the watchers waiting for the global shift of consciousness to happen.
The heart felt conversion of the present mindset of the existential human must now take place without excuses to that of the world servant.
No more greed. It is beneath the dignity of every human being. What can I do for the greater good is now the only mindset that is possible if we are as inhabitants of the earth are to make it through the eye of the needle.
Self-serving is beneath the human dignity and selfless service is what must now inspire us individually and as a whole.
It is up to each gong master to make the quantum shift possible for all and the right of passage the gong offers us.
Why else would the gong be reborn in our day and be proliferating worldwide.
This year of 2018 is an 11- year of global initiation. We are at the crossroad and in the cross hair of either quantum shifting our hearts and mindset or failing our children of the future.
Mass sound healing is the directive. Around the world gong masters of awakened consciousness will join hearts on the 26th of August to gong the world.
This is our directive. In every city and in every country the awakened gong player will celebrate the one gong master in all with Mass sound healing as the objective.
As must be said to the awakening initiate, “No more excuses!” This world is a mystery school and we must graduate now.
All of the students of gong consciousness are embarked on this journey as one.
Those leaders who are now guiding us are shirking their duty, and preparing just to save themselves in the coming times.
The gong is the great awakener. Love is the all that is!
Let us let go of the limitations of the 200,00 plus years of the reptilian brain of the homo sapiens. Let us gong together now on this 11 year of global initiation to quicken the consciousness of all people and keep alive the hope of a new and better tomorrow.
For the awakened being there is no alternate. There is no excuse possible.
Please gather yourselves to gong together in meaningful ceremony and begin the great awakening that this year promises.
If we as a gong family make it through to 2025 as one gong master in a multitude of bodies, we can repolarize the 4th Ray of war into the promised 4th ray of healing.
Our leaders have been wrong and now we must understand that we all without exception are locked in elements of the one gong of life and love.
We must remember that love is all there is and all of us together in this world are the one gong
I am a gong. You are a gong. We are one gong.
Each person born has only 100 years are less at this moment in his or her evolution. To make use of those years for the greater good is our destiny and the promise of a world that is safe for our children. This is what is called transvolution.
“Get a gong and get it on!”
World Gong Day 26/08/2018 8+8+11=9 (The number of cosmic consciousness, the number of completion, and the number of the gong)
Let us together make Sunday August 26, 2018 the turning point of global gong consciousness.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Russian mystic and composer Alexander Skriabin discovered a chord which he felt would "lift the audience to an exalted state... musically aligning humanity with the kingdom of nature." He called the chord "mysterium tremendum".
That's the name given by yogic gongmaster Don Conreaux to a band of musicians from around the world who've been playing together since 1992. Mysterious Tremendum uses tonal resonance of ancient, indigenous, and in some cases orchestral instruments to create an environment of sound that can bring listeners to altered states of consciousness, opening them to healing, and connecting them with more expansive states of reality.
Conreaux has spent most of his life working with, researching, and teaching the use of sound for healing and transformation. He began studying yoga as a young actor in Hollywood in the early '50's, simultaneous with a career in both mainstream and underground theatre and films. "In 1969 I was introduced to the three main instruments we use in Mysterious Tremendum, the gong, the bell and the conch, as meditation instruments," he says. "We meditated on the tones they made.
The gong was used to help people transcend their physical limitations." He immediately got a gong, and ever since he has pioneered, or resurrected, the use of gongs in meditation, yoga, and bodywork massage, including a 6 year stint as Gong Workout Specialist at the Beverly Hills Health Club and his present private practice of yoga and healing in New York City, and presenting seminars and concerts extensively in England, Australia, Poland and the USA. A founding member of the Tibetan singing bowl band, One Hand Clapping, Conreaux has played the gong in jazz and symphonic orchestras, and developed teaching tools and recordings on gongs and the mind/body connection.
"The secret of the gong is its tremendous potential for healing and rejuvenation," he says. "That's really what we want to bring out to the world. Because the gong covers the full spectrum of sound, it vibrates all the cells and bones and organs, some more than others, depending upon the pitch of the gong. You feel an influx of energy coming from it in your body as well as hear it. This "musical touch" which actually turns the body into one big ear, creates a sense of ecstasy of well-being."
The earliest music, according to Conreaux, was basically tones, which combined in mysterious ways, "master musicians would gather together and play spontaneously, without written music in a kind of telepathic resonance," he says. "This particular type of music had a magic in it insofar as it aligned the player and listener with the devic, or nature kingdom, and in this way attuned them with the planet as a whole.
But, music is changing the time, and the ancient always comes back to purify the end cycle of music," he continues. "In Mysterious Tremendum we have a collage of culture-the didgeridoo from Australia; the conches, which have been used all over the world, from the Native Americans here to all over the East; and the gong, used by Mayans, in India, in Bali, China, Japan, Korea, Turkey, etc. These instruments give out living tones that are organic. With this type of music, nothing is ever the same. It answers some sort of primal DNA urge for the roots that go way beyond lifetimes."
The music of Mysterious Tremendum is not beautiful in the same sense that violin music is beautiful, Conreaux says, adding that it's more accurately a force of energy, "like a divine engine, affecting the body's meridians. By and large, after it's over, you just feel great," he says. "You feel like you've been healed by the spirit of nature. And the wonderful thing about it is that the instruments heal the player while the player is playing the instrument."
"The return of happiness and the spiritualization of matter," read the characters engraved on the face of a Chinese gong dated 600B.C.E. As no two concerts have ever been the same, Conreaux and his friends can only promise an evening attuned to harmonize the spirit the audience brings with it. Recent appearances have ranged from a concert at the Open Center, where they created "Jurassic Park Sonata" complete with "Dino Romp" to a series of evenings at the Gay Men's Health Crisis, where they have presented "healing gong baths" for clients with life-threatening illness. The audience is encouraged to bring tone-producing instruments-drum, rattle, flute, bells- "and become part the roar of the universe," as Conreaux puts it.
THE ORIGIN OF YOGA Don Conreaux, Yogic Grand Gongmaster
The purpose of yoga (meaning to bind) was called the 'raising of Mother Kundalini'(the life force at the base of the spine). Yoga had its origins in India in the Sat Yuga, the Age of Gold, over 26,000 years ago. This was a long peaceful age of abudance in which humans had plenty of time to search within.The yoga of the raising of the Kundalini at this time blossomed organically, out of the intuition and spontaneity of the practitioner. The goal of the yogi was to ascend into the immortal realms of pure spirit, to imbibe the intuitional nectar of enlightenment, irradicate disease and find liberation from suffering. This was called Samadhi. In 600 B.C., during the dark age of Kali Yug, signified by Iron, these practices were written down for the first time by Patanjali in India and thus gained a structure that evolved into various systems given out by contemporary Gurus. This structure was called the Eight Limbs of Patañjali's Yoga. Ultimately, the students of yoga were to gain enough systematic knowledge of yoga techniques, that they could tap into the original or primal yoga of spontaneity, intuition, and creative freedom, a condition that modern yogic practitioners might refer to as Super-mind. The seed mantra of yoga is AUM or OM. It is the sound of the Cosmos and is the sound that constitutes the Akashic Realms (the non-material etheric plane), the source of Samadhi. This universal tone of pure resonance is produced elegantly by the disc-shaped instrument called the Ancient Gong.