I love working with Gongs, Bowls, and Bells!

Here's a recent response from a Yoga studio owner after I presented a meditation session:

The responses I’ve received following my survey on customer satisfaction last night are some of the best I’ve ever had for any offering from any practitioner since I’ve been in business. Your soul expressed such genuine kindness during your facilitation last night. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing your A-game!

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Michael at the World Flute Society Convention, August 2018

There's something very magical about Gongs.

I remember the first time I encountered a Gong face to face. It was in Middle School band class. There it was, sitting in the corner on a chrome ring stand. Just seeing it was a thrill, and I was drawn to it like a magnet. Just one little tap and the vibrations owned me. I would have given anything to play it all the time. Everytime I went into the storage room, I would sneak a little tap on its face with my fingers, just enough to release the vibrations. 

So here I am, over 40 years later, and I'm still enamored with the vibrations. I have no doubt that there is something very magical about Gongs and their vibrations. And having played them for people over the years, I know that the magic reaches others.

Gongs have the power to transcend time, space, and other realms. They are energy portals that gather and focus energy from the Universe. I know this from years of experience. There are many times in playing a Gong Meditation Session where an hour feels like ten minutes—where did the time go? Or you might feel yourself transported to other places, just as one participant did:

I actually could feel myself getting calmer and calmer as he struck the gongs with mallets, the shape and color of planets. A few minutes into it, I went into a state of "no thought."  I was transported through the Halls of Shambhala, saw Tibetan Llamas before me and the next thing I knew, I saw myself laying in a tomb in Egypt! I felt myself moving through cosmic layers, and felt like I was moving into the Center…The amazing thing is the energy of healing in the gongs, as you simply "be", and they transport you. 

This Is Amazing!


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Michael presenting a Gong Workshop @ PASIC 2012, Autin , TX

Here's another comment from a session:

I don't believe in this kind of stuff, but I came with my friend anyway. I was laying on the mat resisting, and when you hit the big Gong, I just opened up!

This is all about RESONANCE and creating a vibrational field. Gongs are powerful transmitters. Imagine immersing yourself in an ocean of sound where you can feel the healing vibrations of the elemental energies: earth, wind, fire, water & OM. The Gong Meditation Session will both calm and inspire your spirit. The vibrations can help balance and cleanse the energy in your body, working like a sonic acupuncture. They work at a cellular level and can help with stress, fatigue, depression, anger, and blocked energy.

I use specially designed Paiste Gongs to create these extraordinary vibrations.  This is an experience you will never forget. Bring a mat & a blanket, and be prepared for a journey of a lifetime…

Here is part of a review from Real Time Arts in Australia:

Bettine played the room as much as the instruments, exploring the beating tones of vibrations. Creating a shifting wall of sound that washed over the audience, Bettine offered us a distinctive exploration into the craft of percussion.

For further information, please see:

Gongs & Cymatics 

Philosophy On Gongs & Sounds

A short Gong & Singing Bowl Session from February 2014.


Michael presenting a Gong Workshop @ PASIC 2005, Columbus, Ohio.

How other participants have described their experiences:

It's a sonic experience that relaxed everyone else (and several people fell asleep). It invigorated the hell out of me. I sat there watching him, enraptured. 

It was loud and invigorating, It lasted what seemed to have been 90 minutes. This raised my vibration to new heights. 

I felt that experience processing through me for days....truly magic.

I saw golden eagles and white tigers.

I found myself  laying between two giant pyramids.

Wow, I can feel the earth and the planets.

I had an out of body experience tonight.

It's like doing Yoga. I came here all crunchy and tight, and as things went on, I loosened up.

I was looking out through the eyes of an eagle.

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The GONGTOPIA Experience in McHenry, IL, 2017

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