The first time I heard a gong was in a Kundalini class. I was in the Savasana pose, where you lie down on your back, with your eyes closed, and your palms to your side facing up.
All of a sudden I was blanketed with cosmic sounds I had never heard before. It shot me into space. I saw stars exploding into different colors, washing over and inside of me. I felt like I was floating in a dreamlike state throughout the cosmos even though I was awake.
Eventually the sound stopped and I came out of a trance state. I wanted to stay there! I felt like I had scratched the surface of something deep within the universe inside of me. Where did that sound come from? I opened my eyes and looked around until my eyes fell upon a large gong. The sound of the gong stayed with me. It kept on calling me.
I signed up for practitioner training at the Soundbath Center in Eagle Rock, CA. I bought my first gong and started playing. I soon realized, you don’t play the gong. The gong plays you. The gong is my number one favorite and primary instrument to use for sound meditation.