We had been seated in a circle inside the Kiva for several hours, and the small of my back was tight and aching. Master Mingtong Gu announced that we were going to begin some sound healing work, and suggested that we get comfortable. Comfortable, for me, was lying flat on my back just on the outside of the circle; I happily laid down on a mat in an effort to relax the small of my back.
We began the sound healing exercises with Mingtong making the sounds first, and then our repeating the deep tones after him. He invited us to bring up emotions that we may be feeling in our heart and take note of the intensity of the emotion.We then worked on specific tones for changing any stuck anger we were holding. (The goal, he said, is not to try unhook or release the energy, but rather transform it.)Feeling and hearing the sound vibrations as we followed along with Mingtong was very relaxing and soothing, but as I was not feeling or holding anger, I did not experience any noticeable change in my body.
Mingtong then invited us to bring up any fear we were experiencing and begin to shift our attention to the area where our kidneys reside — the precise area where I was experiencing deep tension and pain. Mingtong began the next round of sounds, and once again, we followed.
This time, I began feeling relief after just a few minutes into the exercise. My back felt like a gentle loosening of a tightly-knotted rope, ever gradually releasing, releasing. By the time the sound healing work came to an end, I felt as if someone had removed a red-hot poker from my back. My back was loose, soft, and pain free. I was amazed.
However, it was what Mingtong said next that absolutely stunned me: the emotion of stuck fear lives in the kidney area, and when it is transmuted, it becomes creativity.
I’ll say that again.
Fear is the painful, stuck state of the energetic state of creativity.