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The Magura Bulgarian Space in Arlington Heights, IL invites you to partake in this Friday evening healing and transformational gong bath meditation with Marian & Gabriela Kraus, among the finest sound therapy work in the greater Chicago area.
The healing, meditative, spiritual and transformational experience is a psycho-acoustic gateway to raise an individuals’ vibratory frequency and to reach higher states of awareness. The sound immersion is generated by the vibrational and mystical characteristics of the couples’ three large gongs, four Burmese whirling gongs (KeeZees), tuning forks, several authentic Himalayan singing bowls and additional sound tools.
The event features three stages. During the introduction, participants will receive an outline to some of the basics of sound therapy and history of the gongs, followed by an explanation of how the upcoming meditation and sound session work together to facilitate a transformation, evolution and healing experience within the conscious mind. A specific guided meditation will then prime the subconscious mind to transition the participants into the essential experience brought on by sound. Combined these facilitate a change in one’s nature of being and potentially restore an intrinsic state of inner balance. During this gong bath and sound meditation, you will experience gongs and singing bowls being played in a uniquely rhythmic, melodic and pleasing fashion.
[The spiral of life] The gong is one of man’s oldest therapeutic instruments. It has been used over the past 4,000 years in yoga, sound meditation, and vibrational therapy in various parts of the world. The gong is an ideal tool for stress reduction, stimulation of the glandular system and as a facilitator to breaking up emotional and physical blockages. It serves as a holistic vehicle for natural re-balancing and re-tuning of one’s mind & body. The gong’s sonic, vibrational and mystical characteristics deeply resonate all cells of the body and thereby energize and relax participants simultaneously in a most powerful and unique way.
Marian & Gabriela’s gong sound sessions provide a unique path to a real and deep transformation that goes from matter to essence in a Body-Mind-Essence trajectory that is rooted in physical awareness, understanding, deep transformation and culminates in the essential experience. Combined these provide the opportunity to feel and understand that each one of us are much more than just our body, mind and feelings. We all are part of a universal order and potentially can vibrate in perfect resonance and harmony.
The only requirement to join us in a wonderful experience is to bring an open mind, wear comfortable clothing, and come with a pillow and blanket to cover up.
About Marian and Gabriella Kraus
Born in former communist ruled Czechoslovakia and raised in “West” Germany, from a young age Marian was enthralled with nature and the inherent order of the Universe. This fascination resulted in his growing desire to express beauty and harmony through light and sound. In 1990 he embarked on finding out “what makes him tick and what does not make him tick” and to increasingly “live life on life’s terms” rather than his own, one day at a time. As a result, after spending a 20 year career in international sales and marketing with a large German based industrial conglomerate, he began a new life segment as a professional architectural and fine art photographer in 1999. Being a long time hand drummer, he expanded his creative repertoire by expressing images also through the powerful vehicle of sound in 2011.
While maneuvering through the integration of three very different countries and cultures, Marian possesses a heightened sensitivity, appreciation and awareness to the process of inner growth and transformation. As a student and practitioner of metaphysics for over thirty five years, he presents gong bath meditation, meditative and transformative sound excursions that are driven by his innate rhythmic hand drum abilities and an inimitable keen sense of visual and intuitive perception.
He served on the advisory board of the Harmonic Therapy Association, is an associate member of the HTA and the Sound Healers Association, and is a licensed PSYCH-K® facilitator. He received his Gong Master certification under the guidance of legendary Don Conreaux, and has also studied with senior instructor, lecturer and teacher Mitch Nur, PhD of 9waysacademia, who has spent well over 40 years as a Sacred Sound Practitioner and Teacher and is one of the foremost authorities on Sacred Sound instruments and applications as they pertain to ritual, shamanic healing, meditation, ceremony, and personal transformation. Marian is currently undertaking a long distance curriculum with the Nada Centre for Music Therapy in New Delhi, India.
Gabriela grew up in the bustling and colorful surroundings of Mexico City. She holds masters degrees in art, religions and psychotherapy, and degrees in communication and history. She is certified as a Life Coach and facilitator of Universal Energy. In her earlier career she applied her extensive experience in corporate marketing and communications for the Ford Motor Company and the Interlomas Commercial Center, among others. Following, she moderated several health related programs on national TV in Mexico for over a decade in broadcasting corporations such as cultural Channel 11, Televisa, TV Mexiquense, TV Formula, DGTVE, and the art and cultural Channel 22. As a communicator of health and balance, she wrote a column for several years in Milenio News and published her first book “Un Minuto para Ti” in 2009. Gabriela has been facilitating workshops, conferences and one-on-one consultations since 2003 at the Carlos Slim foundation, and directed projects such as “The Health Ambassadors” in social media under the Federal Secretary of Health. She assisted and directed other state government projects related to public politics, which were focused on promoting better health and lifestyle choices.
Gaby became a Gong Master through the guidance of the legendary Don Conreaux and has been applying the gongs in combination with her studies in Universal Energy and Jungian Psychotherapy in a one-on-one, group and corporate fashion. Among others, she facilitated group gong baths for the International Meeting Organizers and companies such as Inboursa and Financiera Finsol. Currently she is preparing an event for Audi. She continues to refine her understanding of the fascinating aspects of how sound affects the human psyche and spirit in an ongoing fashion.
“I really did not know what to expect when I attended the gong session at “Magura”. The sound was overwhelming and as much as I tried I couldn’t relax and “let go” as instructed. Halfway through the session I started feeling goose bumps all over my body as the sound washed over me. The rest of the say (it was a midday session) I felt tired and I had a headache. I drank a lot of fluids and laid down for 2-3 hours listening to meditation music. The next day I woke up a different person. I felt refreshed from the start - very positive and full of energy. I cannot describe how amazing this feeling is - just pure happiness and endless power, without my usual supply of coffee. Thank you from the bottom of my heart”
“Преживяване, което обогатява душата и провокира разума! При това поднесено от един прекрасен човек с невероятно излъчване! Очаквам с нетърпение следващото гостуване на Marian Kraus”
— Бонка Георгиева
“Благодаря ви много за това невероятно, звучно и изпълнено с много нежна и любяща енергия преживяване. Обичам ви и нямам търпение да се видим пак”
“ Почуствах, че летя някъде във вселената. Усещах как енергията минава през тялото и става по- силна на определено място”
“Благодаря на “Магура” и на Мериян че имахме възможност да изживеем и научим какво е гонг медитация. Беше невероятно и със сигурност пак ще повторя.”
“Уникално, изключително и неописуемо пътуване на съзнанието под звуците на гонга! Едно лично преживяване, гонещи се мисли, светлинни образи, енергия, и същевременно - тяло опитващо се да остане в покой”