A week ago, we were saying goodbye to the lovely Jens Zygar and Alix Decker after a roller coaster ride of a weekend. I have to start this post by thanking everyone who was a part of the Master Class weekend, attendees and teachers. It was a fabulous time with lovely people, and such a pleasure to spend time with experienced sound workers and invite them into our space.
It`s taken me a week to process everything that happened and everything we learned. I`ve been trying to work out why the event left me with such a feeling of profound change and an increase in energy. In the end it wasn`t the detailed learning of techniques or the strengthened relationship with sound. It wasn`t even being introduced to new and amazing instruments, or even changing the way I played the old ones.
In the end, it was about being challenged about my beliefs and feeling out of my comfort zone with what I was being asked to do. David Bowie said in a late interview –
"The other thing I would say is that if you feel safe in the area you're working in, you're not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you're capable of being in," Bowie said. "Go a little bit out of your depth, and when you don't feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you're just about in the right place to do something exciting."
This is exactly the place Jens took me too, both in the teaching and in the private time we spent together. He made me question everything I had understood to be true, he criticised my organisation and best of all, he made me think twice about where I was going. Now, I`m more excited than ever about the work I`m doing with sound and where this may take all of us.
Strangely, with all this upheaval, people attending our sessions are saying that they are going deeper into their journey than ever before and that our game has `upped a level`. Thank you Jens.
John and June Shapter, Healing Sound Practitioners and founders of The Chiron Institute UK