A soundshower can be likened to an audio massage. Using speakers placed around the room and a live performer who weaves his way among the participants lying peacefully on mats, a melodic resonance penetrates the body and soothes the spirit.

This afternoon, we collected our travelling friend Johnny from Byron Bay before continuing on to Temple Byron, the venue for Avishai Barnatan and Benjamin Last’s service. Johnny minded the girls at the bus while I went in.

Mongolian Yurt at Temple Byron, October 2012
The sacred meeting spaces at Temple Byron — including the Mongolian Yurt — are available for community use.

I was late going in because I had forgotten that New South Wales is using daylight savings time while Queensland’s time has remained constant. This meant that I missed the introductory meditations. I lay down just as the music was starting and relaxed into the sounds.

I deliberately set out to use this special time to continue healing my spirit’s wounds caused by Elijah’s loss. While meditating on love, forgiveness, acceptance of what is and hope for the future, I did feel release as well as sorrow from his passing. It was a beautiful time — but too short — and I know that it’s important for me to continue to seek out quiet times where I can gain strength from the Source of All Life.

Gongs and Tibetan bowls for the soundshower, Avishai Barnatan, Temple Byron, October 2012
In the soundshower, live sounds of bowls, gongs, flute and voice are added to a pre-recorded soundtrack to create a resonance that penetrates a person's whole body.

Avishai Barnatan sells his Soundshower CD on his website, but I’d truly recommend attending a live soundshower. It’s a peaceful, healing spiritual massage and a gentle way to increase an awareness of God.