I'm Sheila Whittaker, a musician, sound healer and teacher.
One of the world's leading gong practitioners, Sheila is an expert in the empowering work of sound healing.
She is a professional violinist who draws on more than forty years of music teaching experience, and although she still plays the violin, over the last twenty or more years her work has been dedicated to the practice and teaching of sound healing, and specifically with the gongs.
Expert Sound Healing
Meet the Gong
The gong is arguably the ultimate Sound Healing tool, as it has the broadest range of tones of any instrument. When played sensitively and well, this vast range of sound literally bathes the human form and re-tunes us on every level - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual - thus bringing us back into harmony. Think of the body as being an orchestra comprised of many different instruments, some of which may be “off the note” and need re-tuning, and the gongs as being the tuning medium, and you have a pretty accurate picture of what happens during a gong bath.
My intention when playing the gongs is that the sounds which come forth are always for the Highest good of all who are present. It is important to have the right intention when playing an instrument of great power like the gong. When played expertly in the right way, these powerful gong sounds are used for healing on all levels, stress relief, relaxation, meditation and spiritual growth.
The power & effects of the gong Sounds
The gongs spread their vibrations both here on the physical plane, and also in other finer dimensions, where their higher and lower sounds are beyond our human hearing. The gongs work on all aspects of our being : physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The rich layers of sound which emanate from the well-played gong affect every part of us, including the non-physical subtle energy bodies of the human auric field which are layered around the physical body that we can see in 3D. It is said that dis-ease begins in the subtle energy body, and only migrates to the physical after some time. Therefore if we can remove blockages, imbalances and stagnant energy in the energy body before it manifests in the physical, we can prevent illness and keep ourselves healthy, as well as re-tuning and harmonising every part of our physical being. On the emotional level, the gong sounds have a clearing effect and help to shift old patterns and bring up and clear out old emotional issues and trauma, so that we can move on. Mentally, the gong sounds help to move our focus from the logical left brain into the creative right side of the brain, where we connect with our intuitive power and receive guidance from that central source.
Most people feel extremely relaxed and de-stressed after a gongbath session, whether in a group situation or one-to-one. The gong sounds alter our brainwaves and take us automatically into a meditative state where we can re-connect with the stillness and peace that is at the core of our being. Some people just have a very peaceful experience and feel re-energised and re-charged. Others go more deeply and may have visions or past life experiences. Some people have profound healing experiences. Others sleep through the whole gongbath! Every gongbath is an individual experience depending on where the individual is in their journey through life, and the sounds produced are entirely right for whoever is present at the time.
In the Gong Space
Deep thanks for the wonderful and inspiring day yesterday. I came away with a lot to process and think about - it was as though I had gained a new perspective on things, always helpful for 'moving on'...
Again, words are not enough, I still hear the big gong. Thank you!
Once again thank you so much for a wonderful workshop yesterday.
It's always such a pleasure and privilege to be able to work with you.
I feel so lucky and very blessed in having been led to you.
Very big thank you for the workshop & your teachings & time. Feel very humbled to have been introduced to the Gong especially, and also the world of sound...
So many wonderful instruments/sounds have potentially opened up to me... so thank you!