By John Hoffmann
Information from Richard Rudis
We live in a cosmos of vibration. Our voice, footsteps, cars, jets, the wind are all drowned out by the music of the spheres and the universe, shaking atoms into material existence.
A gong bath is a form of sound therapy where the gong is played in a therapeutic way, to bring about healing. Richard Rudis uses a brass gong that is precisely shaped and tuned to the planet Earth’s resonant frequency. He creates the tones it makes by applying one of his 30 mallets and his hand passing in front of the gong.
Rudis created the original Gong Bath™, in 2008 and has held over 1,000 Gong Baths around the world. The bathers bring a camp pad, pillow and blanket, lying down with their heads to the gong, radiating out and around the gong like a flower. During the bath a deep meditative state floods the people, with some falling into a healing sleep.
Using principles of Vajrayana Buddhism, sacred geometry, mathematics and instrumentation, a meditative experience is created. Rudis fills the room with strong, subtle vibrations that penetrate the body in a safe, profound way. Each participant is acoustically guided with harmonic overtones, into realms of remembered physical well-being, emotional balance, cellular healing and spiritual awareness. Vibrational constructs are used to further entice the brain into Alpha/Theta/Delta wave-scapes of enrichment. Rudis has filmed the vibrational effects on a drop of water. It is fascinating to watch a water drop transform from a sphere as the frequency moves from 0 – 85 Hz, where the water snaps into a triangle and holds its shape until the frequency is changed to 177 Hertz, where it snaps into a 3D hexagon that can be viewed around the outer edges and on top of the water droplet with straight ridges forming a point at the top of the droplet. (Visit his website for a film of this phenomenon). “We are 90 percent water and it is remarkable to feel this effect on one’s body,” Rudis said.
Rudis (Karma Sonam Dorje) has studied Eastern philosophy for over 30 years and is a teaching Buddhist. For information on his next Carbondale Gong Bath, please turn to the Monday section of Calendar in this week’s Sopris Sun.
Published in The Sopris Sun on October 13, 2016.