Shatter Old Patterns With A Side of Great Sleep


What if I told you there was a way to meditate all night long, get the best sleep of your life, and break up constricting patterns that no longer serve you.

What if I told you it was as easy as listening to the sound of a gentle, a white-noise-like gong.

Would you believe me? Be curious enough to try it?

First, let me share a little motivational story…

This story, told by my teacher Harijiwan, involves two students who came to him seeking advice. The first student showed up lamenting about her past few months. She’d been partying hard, sleeping around, and not doing her daily morning practice whatsoever.

“Have you been listening to the gong at night while you sleep?” my teacher asked her.

“Yes, of course.” She replied.

Cue student two. This woman was a successful lawyer and a devoted practitioner. She had attended multiple teacher trainings, was presently teaching, had an intensive morning practice of her own, and was looking to deepen her experience.

“Have you been listening to the gong at night while you sleep?” my teacher asked her.

“What? Well, um, no.” she replied.

Then my teacher posed this question to our class: Who was better off?

The woman who had been practicing consistently and dedicating herself to amassing more knowledge, or the woman who had been having a wild few months but slept to the gong at night?

The answer: the wild nights gong lady!

Yep. I was surprised too.

How could that be? How could something so subtle sounding be so impactful?

And then I learned a little more about the gong and the subconscious mind.

Our subconscious mind houses a lot of garbage accumulated throughout our lives. During waking hours we manage to keep some of that haunting garbage in check because our conscious mind can interrupt and redirect some of those negative thought reels.

When we sleep, however, our conscious mind rests and our subconscious comes out to play, or better put: destroy, wreck and pillage our quality of life and sleep. The subconscious mind is especially active in the late evening and early morning - a perfect time for choice susceptibility to deepening negative patterns, nightmares, and tormenting ourselves with feelings of not being good enough. Which of course leaves us exhausted and depleted in the A.M.

Here’s where the gong comes to the rescue.

Like a knight in shining armor, the sound of the gong swoops in to save you from…yourself.

The sound of the gong is actually a “re” sound - an amplified effect from the strike of the mallet on the surface of the instrument, and that resound is a powerful vehicle to break apart stale patterns. As such, it can destroy that which is detrimental to our progression, and restore that which is creative, elevated, and aligned with a much more streamlined way of life.

How does it do this?

The sound of the gong is the sound of deep space - or that which is ever expanding - infinity. We have billions and billions of neurons that perceive patterns. So if the gong, through it’s vibrational power, re-arranges whatever is in it’s field (i.e neurons), and in this re-assemblage process forces objects into their highest, most elevated pattern that is congruent with infinity, it breaks apart junky mental patterns, and reassembles them on a higher, more useful (and infinite) plane.

You could think of it as a way to mentally direct you to the path of your highest destiny. Or that Chip and Joanna Gaines (and a modern Feng Shui master) have offered to demolish, rebuild, and then redecorate the landscape of your subconscious mind every single night while you sleep.

With the sound of a well-played-gong present, anything that doesn’t relate to your infinite nature will have to drop out of your experience. It literally cannot be in that same energy field or same vibration. In that way, listening to it over and over is deep mind training, directing us to something much more beneficial and in line with our highest potential.

Yogi Bhajan once said this about its sound:

“The gong is very simple. It is an inter-vibratory system. It is the sound of Creativity itself…Out of it came all music, all sounds, and all words. The sound of the gong is the nucleus of the Word.”

Ok. “The Word,” sounds somewhat familiar, right?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” - John 1:1”

Whoa. So if listening to the (very benign background noise) sound of the gong is like listening to the nucleus of “the Word” and this “Word” is the essence of the God force, then am I to understand that listening to the going is basically being bathed in the nucleus of that which is the divine essence of all creation?

Yes. Yes, indeed.

That said, listening to this sound technology is not religious or spiritual. It is an optimization tool to bathe your brain in that which is healing, infinite, and on a practical level, helpful.

I want that for me. I want that for you. And I’m telling you, it is a crowd pleaser. After a few days of sometimes subconscious-led resistance (i.e. it might sound super loud even though it’s just soft background noise, or might feel distracting from sleep even though it’s actually guiding you towards deeper rest), you will start to feel a palpable difference in the quality of your sleep experience.

Heck, even my hubby who (bless his heart) is not really interested in any of my more active Kundalini components, loves listening to that sound current at night.

It changes things. It is subtle and powerful. It has the ability to rest, restore you, and positively readjust you on every level.

So, are you ready for the best sleep of your life?

For my favorite gong soundtracks and practical tools on how to loop all evening long, read on below.

By far and away my favorite gong tracks to listen to are the ones played by my teacher Harijiwan. You can’t go wrong with anything from this album, and there are a two shorter songs here and here.

While you could create a playlist of 6+ hours of aforementioned songs repeating, I find it easier to just loop one song all night. Here’s how:

If you have Spotify, download the song. Turn your phone on airplane mode and then play the song of choice (lately I’ve been looping mountain thunder). On the bottom panel of the phone screen where you have the ability to pause or play click the two arrows that form an oval (on the bottom far right) twice until you see a little “1” bubble on the top right. From there the song will repeat ad infinitum. I also recommend plugging your phone into its charger so it doesn’t turn off mid gong bath.

If you use Apple Music with the song playing scroll down on the screen until you see the two buttons “shuffle’ and “repeat” at the bottom. Click “repeat” twice or until it has a little “1” in the top right corner of the two arrows. Then you’re good to go!

Please feel free to share questions or comments below