The two types of gongs that I currently use are a 30” symphonic gong, and a 28” wind gong. I chose these two specific instruments because their sounds complimented each other, and because their resonances created a complete sonic “landscape” - from the lowest to the highest tones. People who hear the gongs for the first time are often mesmerized by them. This is partly due to the incredible range and complexity of their tones. This complexity is so vast, that the conscious mind cannot “figure it out”, and so has to let go. This letting go is what allows people to sink into a meditative state, experiencing a deep sense of relaxation.
The gongs are struck with a variety of mallets, and depending upon which mallet is used, and where on the gong it is played, different sounds are produced. At the end of a “gong wash”, or “gong meditation”, people often report that they have heard monks chanting, whales and dolphins, helicopters, church bells, etc. The experience becomes one of a journey - starting from where we are right now, and slowly winding down to a state of incredible tranquility and inner harmony.