Singing, drumming and dancing are vehicles that lift us into the jet stream. This unitary state of consciousness is the flow and the zone that athletes and artists speak of. It’s where you feel and perform your best and are one with what you are expressing. Action feels effortless, time ceases to be important, and focus becomes so complete that everything else falls away.
This view above the clouds is boundless and ecstatic, and you may have already had glimpses of it. Climbing through the fog and turbulence of daily life, it can help you to see clearly and react calmly. It can propel you to new levels of insight and inspiration, and connect you to a voice that will reliably guide you home.
Leap in the air! Once you get the feel of it, ascending to this flow state and maintaining it steadily is easy. Like many skills sets, it just requires a little training and practice. Learning to play music in a group context is a joyful and inhibition-releasing means of getting there and staying there. The effect is to enhance and accelerate your performance in whatever you do.
Music and ritual are practices that bring us together and keep us connected as one heart and one mind. They are the operating system of our consciousness, and our humanity. They are instruments of empowerment and self-discovery that can teach you to navigate life and pilot yourself wherever you want to go.
The mantra chanting practice of kirtan is an ecstatic technology that modifies consciousness. It’s simultaneously calming and thrilling, a flight path of brain wave oscillations, neuropeptide surges, and autonomic nervous system responses. It strips away your usual frames of reference, your sense of self, and experiences of time. It’s an instrument to discover what is imminent and transcendent in yourself.
Flight School is a spiritually inquisitive music, science, education and public speaking workshop offered on four continents. It has developed in surprising and powerful ways over the last ten years, with voyages into neurobiology, group dynamics, improvisation, songwriting, physics, philosophy, ethics, psychology, ecstatic poetry and aeronautics. It is designed to facilitate an experience of yourself that once seen, cannot be unseen.