Riva Capellari

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Located in Brookside in the heart of Kansas City

In Sync:

to be in harmony, a coming together, an alignment. Ever hit it off with someone you meet for the first time, or feel on the same wavelength with an old friend, whose sentences you can finish?

Ursula K. LeGuin calls this “the magic of real human communication”. ”Words …change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it.” Instead of a stimulus – response model, the speaker and listener in human communication develop a connection that goes both ways all the time, leaving bits of our mental and emotional being with the other; an “intersubjective”, continuous interchange between people that goes beyond just disseminating information.

Communication builds relationships between people and groups and communities, at times unconsciously, binding us together in our humanity. What may seem like on the surface conversations actually anchor and strengthen new and long established histories over the miles and years of a relationship.

Underneath these light exchanges or even shared silences are deeper ties that form the foundation for a relationship that is “in sync”. Like two oscillators becoming entrained with each other, we work together, think together, feel together in a harmonious state creating a resonating environment which reinforces the power and potential of the other. This alignment of energy and ideas and emotion brings about a mutual sense of solidarity and community .

You may have experienced this “in syncness” listening to music. Your senses are enveloped in a sort of “surround sound”  that takes you out of youself into a place that goes beyond a physical presence.

Singing often takes me into a state of “in syncness” with my own body and the space it occupies. The vibrations my voice releases out to an audience triggers a conversation with them, not just through the music and text, but by tapping into that vibrational field that exists in all of us.

In the workshop “Rediscover Your Voice”, we practice circle singing, together improvising sounds into the center. Gradually our voices match up, sending out an amazing wave of resonating power and energy. I think this is what LeGuin means by the “magic of real communication”. If only more of us would engage in this fuller, deeper level of communication, just possibly we could keep our world in balance.

Telling is Listening: Ursula K. Le Guin on the Magic of Real Human Conversation. Maria Popova. Brain

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