Gong Spa in The Manchester Evening News!!

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I’m so happy to have been interviewed by The Manchester Evening News.

If you’re interested, click here to see the article 🙂

Thanks very much to the lovely folk at the paper who were interested in Gong Spa and wanted to do an article on it 🙂

Happy news!

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Fantastic news….. my Broder-Oetken Sound Creation Earth gong is being posted to me today!  Hooray!  I’m so happy.

Without wanting to sound like an advert for him, I’m just so happy that I asked Broder to make it because he has taken so much care over its production.  While other manufacturers might have been happy with a few day’s work on a gong, Broder tuned, tested, re-tuned and re-tested this gong until it was the very best it could be, like any true artist surely should do with their art.  I’m overjoyed to know that no corners were cut and that my gong has come from the hands of someone who cares about what he does.  Long live putting your heart into what you do!  🙂

Blissed out as usual…..

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So, although I was oblivious, I’ve since been told that something rather amusing happened yesterday during one of the many mini 10 minute gong baths at Beech Road Park Family Fun Day.  Those of you who were there will remember that over a period of just a couple of minutes, the wind started to pick up and the rains started to fall.  I had just started a gong bath and was aware of the change in weather but was, as usual, completely engaged in the meditative state the gong puts you in, as were the three people who were laying out on their gong beds in front of me.  By all accounts, the sudden downpour had people screaming and running for cover, and mayhem was being conjured up all around the park. At one point, a marquee reportedly started to leave the park of its own accord and needed chasing down by all and sundry!

Well, suffice it to say that, with pandemonium all around, me and my group of Gong Spartans apparently looked quite the picture, absolutely oblivious, completely mesmerised, faces the very picture of calm.  I think we may have even gathered a crowd of amused observers 🙂 There’s nothing quite like tranquility amidst clamour.

Big thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed the gong, or came for a chat or took a card or a flyer.

And well done to my gong spartans for being heroic warriors of quietude 🙂

(slightly less rainy picture below….)

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Gong contemplation under the moon on Lyme Regis pier…

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With thought and self-doubt retired, one’s relationship with the world is made of fresh, raw, tremendous vibrations and is felt in the vulnerability of the heart.

The gong is an instrument of vibration, powerful and tender both.  This is the language of the heart and can be interpreted by no other means.  No gong player should judge their own ability through thought, doubt or comparison.  Is there any benefit to judging at all?

There is only entering the sound with an open, tender heart, a living awareness, and from there, playing for fun 🙂  Without the spirit of adventure, after all….. without chasing the new into the unknown…. where is the beauty in anything?

Let loose, fellow gongers, and love whatever happens 🙂

Empathic Gong Strikes Again!

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Does anyone else find that when they’ve been away from the gong for a while, it sounds even more incredible than they remembered when they finally get to hear it?  I’ve just been away from home for a week and sure enough, on playing it again I could feel its sounds so deeply I couldn’t believe it.  The lower frequencies vibrated right though my body with such solidity, firm like the earth, and the wails (whales) of the flumey sang with sympathy for my longing 🙂

I love the gong, it’s sensitivity, its empathy!  Do you?

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My New Broder Oetken gong is nearly made!

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Thank you so much to Broder and Ines Oetken who have been working on a new gong for me.  It’s an Oetken Sound Creation Earth gong and it’s nearly ready 🙂

Here are some photos, overviewing its progress 🙂

I’m in love…

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“Play loud for me” was the request

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“Play loud for me” was the request, and since the gong didn’t mind at all, that exactly what happened.  Sometimes a gong bath can be very gentle and soothing, and sometimes it can be volcanic, and today’s Gong Spartan was all about the volcano! When it’s an individual session, why not? 🙂

Lovely.

Enhanced evening light

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Gave a gong bath this evening to a couple of great gentlemen.  Really nice to meet them and chat with them.  The gong bath was really buzzing and afterwards, when I went for a walk, the evening was alive and touching me emotionally and directly, and the early evening light was soft and sensual, and there was a rainbow too.  Always a nice touch 😉