Western prayer and spirituality is often orientated to spiritual practices that involve the use of many words, thoughts and beliefs. Many who come from the Christian faith are largely unexposed to other modes of prayer and meditation that do not require words to have a powerful effect on us and our spiritual life. However, increasingly many are practicing silent meditation and yoga. A lesser known spiritual practice for many includes being still and experiencing the use of sound to speak to and touch something deeper in our body and spirit self.
You are invited to join us in the sanctuary for Immersive Sound Bath Experience (Gong Bath). The experience is to be led by Benjamin Savage. Ben recently led a fascinating Spiritual Enrichment session on Sunday morning as he shared his spiritual autobiography. He is connected to our church though his wife, Kate Cochrane Savage, who was raised at WCC.
Benjamin has spent a lifetime exploring spiritual traditions searching for the unifying elements that connect us. More than 15 years ago his search led him to the gongs, which seem to be a portal for connecting with the oneness that connects and permeates all things. He has developed a unique way of playing the gongs, as well as singing bowls and other instruments, to craft an immersive sound bath experience. Benjamin lives in the northern Chicago suburbs and hosts gong events all over the Chicago area throughout the year. He is trained as a master with many of the leaders of this performance art and spiritual experience.
Professionally, Benjamin is a Director of Online Executive Education Programs at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Previously, he has worked in creating online courses for numerous universities and corporate clients, worked as a creative director and concept artist in the video game and entertainment industries, and taught university-level visual and performance art.
What is involved? Participants who choose to lie on the ground should bring a yoga mat, pillow and blanket. And an eye covering if desired. Participants who choose to sit in the pews might want to bring a lumbar support pillow, throw blanket, or whatever is needed to sit upright for an hour very comfortably. It is suggested to refrain from drinking coffee or eating immediately beforehand.