When I was young and continuing into my early twenties, before I had any inkling of networked technologies or computers or the possibility of a being called Humming Pera, I imagined a future where our telepathic awareness and abilities were intricately developed and integrated parts of our lives and work. That the meme “we are all connected” was a viscerally experienced reality and truth rather than experienced only as an idea. That we regularly and as part of our daily assumed practice, connected telepathically with others, especially those with whom we were separated, but with whom we shared an intense bond – such as family members, lovers, partners, close friends, working colleagues.
In the mid-1980’s, I studied telepathy with a Cherokee medicine woman named Dhyani Ywahoo. According to Dhyani, the Cherokee had developed a method for teaching telepathy based on a spiritual practice of visualizing vertical alignment of the physical body with the earth's core and the nearest stellar constellations. In telepathic practice, participants worked in pairs to develop their ability to send and receive visualized shapes, colours and more complex thought forms. It quickly became apparent how important intention is in this practice, and that openness, empathy, gentleness and awareness of one’s own energies are requisite to the process. Sending thought forms to another, with unclear intentions or with too aggressive a focus can be painful to the recipient if she or he is not prepared or able to accommodate. It became clear that telepathy unmasked both conscious and unconscious intention in both sender and recipient, so clarity of focus and awareness of the tone of one's energy were as important as the "message" being sent.
Do improvising artists intuitively embody this kind of openness and empathy?
Do improvising artists have a kind of resiliency and ability to accept and embody all kinds of energies without judgment or being harmed?