There was a large turn-out: FC, JG, JG-R, CJ, LL-C, CJR and I attended.
Most of the learners were rather new so the focus of the Peer Meeting became
the Learning Agreement. The two more experienced learners, FC and
CJ, brought their Learning Agreements and shared their very different approaches
to it. Everyone had opportunities to introduce their areas of learning
and, because the group was large, that took some time.
I performed a piece called, Mockingbirds in Dreamland, which
involved guided imagery. I asked everyone to let their thoughts float
by, like bubbles, without dwelling on each one. They would hear a
mockingbird that would change and take them to new worlds. It seemed
that everyone was very experienced with meditation, self-hypnosis, etc.
because I felt something like a vacuum in the room when everyone went “under”
in preparation for listening.
I performed bird songs while processing them through a digital delay
and a ring-modulator. There was a lively discussion that followed.
CJ had problems with the use of this technology to create “movie effects”
that were supposed to have some relationship to the unconscious.
He lives in a remote area with no electricity and had difficulties relating
to these sounds. I explained that the sounds did have some relationship
to my own unconscious and that I grew up, even artistically, around a lot
of technology. My equipment works for me as extensions of my own
CJR and FC expressed concerns about the intensity of the experience
that I created and its relation to therapy. They have both worked
with many psychotic clients who they feel would be very disturbed by this
experience. I asked if the information gained by the reaction to
the experience by the clients would be helpful. They said “maybe”
but it would possibly be too much too soon.
The other participants couldn’t say enough about how great this experience
was for them. LL-C though of the healing effects of shamanism.
JG said he enjoyed it and JG-R said the experience helped her find a way
through a difficult part of a novel she was writing.
I enjoyed and learned a lot from this feedback.