I recently had the good fortune to travel to Springfield, Missouri to participate in the 5th Annual Mega Gong Bath held at Unity of Springfield with about a dozen other gong players and 30+ attendees. It was a lovely event and the amount of support and attendance gives me hope that the work we doing at Gong Tones will eventually come to fruition.
Our work is twofold: manifest scientific research into the therapeutic benefits of sound healing, especially gong meditation, for mental health issues such as anxiety, and promote awareness of gong meditation as a practice that stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system with numerous positive outcomes, both physiological and psychological.
Currently, we have been turned down for about a dozen grants from a variety of sources which comes as no surprise. Corporate giving is focused on programs for women, minorities, and youth programs all of which are underfunded on the whole. Sound healing is a novelty item by comparison. The result is that at present we are still short of the funding needed to conduct basic research through our own means.
We are currently running a fundraiser on Facebook to gather $5,000 which will help us to purchase an Electroencephalograph (EEG) headset and laptop for data acquisition. Your support for our fundraiser is greatly appreciated as individual contributions continue to be our primary source of funding.
Our work is multi-faceted and continues to move forward on other fronts. Stay tuned for a future update about research we are facilitating for an international organization that manufactures sound healing products.
Karambir Singh Khalsa, CEO
Gong Tones, Incorporated