Burningman, a home away from home, a place of gifting, where nothing is expected in return, not even another gift or a tip for that drink you just ordered at the naked tikki bar. A place where dust almost kills you, yet you still admire it's beauty and keep coming back. A place of love and spirituality, a place where you are told the playa will provide no matter what the circumstance. A place where you are told you will have the burn you need, not always the one you want. A place where everyone believes in the lessons that burningman teaches and the syncronicities that we manifest them to be true in this place we call home. A place where you can climb all the art installations and stages as the wild animal that you are and no security of any sort will stand in your way. A place of radical survival and radical self reliance and yet we steer clear of frustration and anger and open our hearts with love to all, leaving behind our negativity in the dust.
The minute I got to burningman I was asked to step out of my vehicle and make a dust angel on the ground, I was clean, in my pajamas and a bit hesitant at first but embraced the ritual for what it was. Looking around it looked like a bunch of people camping in dirt and I thought what did I get myself into. Why do people come back year after year and call this forsaken place home?
In the night black rock city comes alive, everything that is brought is made from the heart, time, art cars, stages and massive structures of art are donated with zero compensation, a year of hard work for it to be enjoyed for one week then burned and only alive in our memories. An unconditional gift from the heart to share.
The production value here is amazing, the best that I have scene, sensory overload, a visually pleasing orgasm for the senses. especially the 45 minute show when the man burns with fireworks better than Disneyland or New Years and a massive explosion that I have only seen in movies. You better enjoy everything while it's there because before you know it you favorite place will be burned to the ground. They burn everything here! Iv seen five places being burned down at the same time, it's breath taking.
To my astonishment, I have never met more friendly, beautiful, free people in my lifetime. The masses giving unconditionally, bacon and bloody Mary's for breakfast, hugs and greetings every which way you turn, a boutique of free
extravagant clothes for your outfit tonight.
extravagant clothes for your outfit tonight.
Every camp has a special event where they have a party or teach you something. From acro yoga to naked black light twister, brunches, orgy tents, banana hammock striptease 101, to meditation and groups where you can scream your deepest darkest emotions in a group you have just met but feel like you have known forever with an intention of letting go of your sadness and anger before the temple burn.
So many emotions take place here. I have laughed and felt as though I had the best day of my life and I have also cried with intense emotions and had a nervouse breakdown from waking up in a dust storm of 50 mph winds. The inspiration from this festival is unlike any other, I now want to go home and take on acro yoga as a master craft and learn how to spin fire, as well as give more and inspire more and teach. I feel that this festival unlike any other has changed my life. I have never experienced so much synchronicity and lessons, for the playa truly does provide what your soul needs.
One of the few truly magical moments at burningman which really opened my eyes to what I really needed to do and boosted my confidence immensely was when I was just going about my day swinging on a rainbow carousel like a monkey and a friend had pointed out that everyone had followed my lead. Later I had decided to sit down and meditate at the sunrise party at roboheart as I opened my eyes and found that I had created a line of people who were also meditating next to me, no intention given. I didn't realize my effect on other people at all until that same friend said "wow your a leader! So now that know you are a leader what are you gonna do with it in the real world?"
I had never thought of myself as a leader nor was I aware of my influence, I always just did me. This powerful rebirth is what I needed. Now that I am in the real world I am inspired to take on new projects and have a new found confidence I didn't know I had. Leadership and patience were my lessons from the playa, as well as not getting angry when two inches of dust covered my clothes and I had nothing left to wear. I learned to let it go. I wrote down my flaws and burned it in the temple in silence along with so many others that have lost loved ones and had it so much worse then me. I am truly blessed. We all cried, we laughed and we partied, a truly emotional experience for the books. I recommend burningman to anyone with an open mind and an open heart. Anyone that's willing to change or looking for a little inspiration, for I am truly insprired.