Gong Meditation Research and Advocacy


Karambir Singh Khalsa Gong Meditation Southwest Utah
Karambir Singh Khalsa hosting a gong meditation in La Verkin, Utah

Gong Tones advocates and facilitates scientific research to study the therapeutic use of sound healing techniques for mental health and well being. We are committed to expanding the body of evidence supporting sound healing and related modalities such as music therapy, vibroacoustic therapy, and low frequency sound stimulation as adjunct treatments for clinical mental health diagnoses. Our immediate goal is to add the practice known as gong meditation (also known as gong bath, gong wash) as an evidence-based practice for anxiety. It is Dr. Khalsa’s intention that in the future, psychologists may be able to recommend gong meditation for clients who are dealing with anxiety and insurance may cover the cost of attending gong meditation.

Dr. Khalsa conducted dissertation research which explored the impact of gong meditation on markers associated with trait anxiety and found that listening to a recorded gong meditation daily for two weeks resulted in reduced trait anxiety when compared to controls as measured using the State Trait Inventory for Cognitive and Somatic Anxiety (STICSA). Findings also showed that listening to a recorded gong meditation daily for two weeks resulted in statistically higher levels of hypnotic trance (which is commonly considered an altered state of consciousness) when compared to controls as measured using the Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory (PCI). Dr. Khalsa also measured biological markers (EEG, HRV) to determine any correlation between self-report data from the STICSA and PCI. Unfortunately, data were inconclusive and largely invalid due to challenges measuring data remotely due to COVID.

The focus going forward is to develop competency in gathering and analyzing EEG and HRV data remotely, assuming COVID restrictions may continue for the foreseeable future. Dr. Khalsa’s dissertation study resulted in a moderate-to-large effect size when measuring trait anxiety using the STICSA on a small sample (n=26). G*Power was used to determine an appropriate sample size to reach an effect size of at least 0.80 with the result that approximately 120 participants would be needed. Given the small sample size and lack of validity for the biological measures, the study should be redesigned and re-run to eliminate unintended independent variables.

Gong Tones is still in the startup phase and our immediate goal is to ensure sufficient funding to cover monthly expenses.  Our longer term goal is to secure funding through grants or donations to conduct the followup study discussed above. This would likely require upwards of $150,000. At present, the best we can do is to conduct research and development of the data collection and processing tools and processes so that when funding is available we are ready to move forward with confidence that our research will provide valid data for analysis.

To date, we have successfully completed the following sound healing research studies:
* Experimental Sound Study for neten, inc. of Japan
* Dissertation research studying gong meditation as an intervention for anxiety

Both studies originally involved face-to-face interaction between the researcher and participants and were halted due to COVID-19. They were subsequently redesigned to minimize risk of transmitting COVID-19 using remote interaction between researcher and participants.

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As a newly-formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we are dependent on individual contributions to fund our day-to-day operations. Small contributions go a long way towards helping us to reach our goals which include establishing a sound healing research lab.

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Individual Sound Healing Sessions

Karambir Individual Sound Healing Session
Karambir Singh Khalsa during an individual sound healing session

Individual sound healing sessions include gongs, singing bowls, bells, as well as other sound and energy healing tools and techniques. The combination of sounds, particularly those lacking distinct harmony and melody may cause one’s cognitive processes and ego function to become distracted, making space for deeper subconscious processing to take place. Some research suggests that gongs can induce altered states of consciousness (ASCs). One hypothesis we hope to explore in a future study is whether sound healing induces gestalt-like vignettes where something arises from the background of one’s consciousness, is processed, and gradually recedes once again into the background only to make space for something else.
Suggested donation for sound healing sessions (sliding scale):
– $100 for 60 minutes>
– $150 for 90 minutes
– $150 for 60 minutes
– $200 for 90 minutes
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Sound Healing Gong Bath Meditation

Sound Healing Gong Bath Meditation
Karambir Singh Khalsa plays a 50″ Paiste symphonic gong in Boulder, Colorado.

There are many names to describe this experience including gong bath, gong meditation, gong wash, sound healing, sound bath, klangbad (German), baño sonido (Spanish). Participants relax lying down, reclining, or seated while the practitioner creates a soundscape using a variety of sound healing tools such as: gongs, singing bowls, crystal bowls, didgeridoo, bells, voice, and recorded music. While meditative in nature, it is not a focused meditative practice. The practitioner begins with a mindfulness meditation technique known as labeling which may deepen participant experiences and then gently transitions to the use of sound healing tools. Sound healing has been shown to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (i.e., lower one’s breathing and pulse, lower electrodermal activity, lower cortisol and norepinephrine) and stimulate the alpha and theta bands in the brain (the alpha band is associated with emotional activity and the theta band is associated with cognition and worry), the combination of which referred to as the alpha-theta bridge can result in deeper emotional healing. We hope to provide clinical data on the specific effects in a future research study. For now, why not judge for yourself!

Upcoming Events

Kundalini & Gong Meditation (takes place 2nd Wednesday monthly)
February 9th, 2022 – 7pm – 8:30pm
Gaia Tree Yoga Shala
62 E 130 S
Virgin, UT 84779
$20 advance / $25 day of event – VenMo: elise-mitchell-2

Weekly Classes

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation online classes. Coming soon!

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