Burning Man could be defined in many possible ways. There can be as many descriptions as participants of this unique gathering celebrated annually since 1986 when Larry Harvey and a group of friends lit the very first Burning Man on Baker Beach, San Francisco.
Since 2014 there have been more than 70.000 participants at Burning Man. Here you can find all sorts of people with thousands of different backgrounds all the way from yogis, artists and freaks to celebrities, businessmen and party-people! All ready to take on this wild rollercoaster ride of endorphins!
Nowadays, it is held in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. An ecosystem with arid climate that puts your body under severe conditions of dryness, windiness and dustiness. The surface on which the camps are set up is called the playa covered in thin, white/yellow clay dust.
All ‘burners’ must learn to take care of themselves and provide for another in the case that help is needed. It is easy to lose sight of a friend when astray in the sandstorms. Once you have no idea where you are, you can truly learn to find yourself.
The Burning Man event and it´s communities are guided by ten principles that are meant to evoke the ontological perspective that has emerged through experience. They are the following:
- Radical Inclusion
- Radical Self-Reliance
- Radical Self-Expression
- Communal Effort
- Civic Responsibility
- Leaving No Trash Behind
Immediacy, the basic principal which in many ways is the touchstone of Burning Man is defined by the organizers as: “The search to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute this experience”
I celebrated Burning Man with my father and the magic Caravan Of Light Tribe where we shared space & time with many other communities! It was an overwhelming experience and my mind got blown in all senses.
At Burning Man everyone responds with kindness and we learn to flourish in an environment filled abundantly with love. In a world where violence, greed and war are quite abundant, we have the Burning Man participants who are simply happy to be alive, dancing, exchanging ideas, teaching each-other and sharing unconditional LOVE!
I personally find that this is a behaviour and attitude that the world is lacking and needs more of. If we are going to keep growing in numbers as a species, we must learn to share this globe together. Coming here can teach you many life-lessons and I strongly recommend everyone reading this to go at least once! And don´t think twice about it, you can always find an excuse….!!!!
We are the youth of our time and the parents of the future, let´s learn as much as we can and acquire all the consciousness needed to hand our descendants a better world!
“We need to bring down heaven on earth and earth up to heaven.”
LOVE TO LIVE LIFE!