I’ve been back to whatever semblance of normalcy my life ever has for the last couple of weeks. I’m still dreaming of riding art cars, hula hoops, and all sorts of shenanigans with my dearest loves out on what we burners lovingly refer to as “The Playa”. Everyone has been saying this year was the best “Burn” ever! I say that every year. Each year is another opportunity to express ones-self, another chance to meet amazing individuals with a shared purpose (LOVE), another week full of music (mostly Electronic Dance Music), dancing, fire spinning, connectedness, and another opportunity to raise our vibrations, uniting as One. One voice, one, heart, one soul, working for the highest and greatest good of ALL. Am I saying that every single person that attends Burning Man is enlightened and perfect? Of course not! We are all on this journey together, at different points along the way. Though, I will say, that in Black Rock City, you’re more likely to hear the words “I love you” from a stranger than in any other city I’ve ever been in. The city is diverse, full of people from various backgrounds, lifestyles, and interests. You might be surprised to find out your dentist attends Burning Man! About half way through the week I took note and mentioned to one of my friends that amidst all the diversity the thing we all seem to have in common out here is LOVE. Love… the strongest vibration we can share is so abundant at Burning Man, its no wonder so many of us travel back “home” year after year.
You may already know that Black Rock City engages in a gifting economy. Many people confuse it with a barter system, and that’s not the case. At Burning Man, everyone comes with something to give and expects nothing in return, from the largest art installation, to the guy with the T-Shirt that says “I give FREE hugs” and everything in between. We give for the joy of giving! Often giving to complete strangers and never seeing or hearing from them after. Tears fall as I reflect on the many gifts I’ve received and all those I have given.
This year I went with the intention of singing to individuals or groups out on The Playa. I sang acknowledgments and affirmations to friends and strangers alike. I saw the light in their eyes as I shared with them through song who they are to me, and what I see in them. One night out on the playa I gave two young burners their “Playa Names”. Many of us go by a different name out on the playa, and it being their first burn they did not have their names yet. So I named them Juli-Nature and Reflection. Afterwards, I sang their names into a song… we embraced, shared loving words and parted ways out on the deep playa.
I had the honor of singing with Mark Zabala (Nija Skillz DJ) at Transmorphagon with Sarah Cranberry of Danyavaad on violin one morning during sunrise, right off the Esplanade. What a magical morning! Thank you all for opening the stage for me to sing and share from my heart and soul!
Saturday morning, at my favorite sexy chill spot: Kundalini Lounge, I sang with much loved DJ Scott Scotty Boy. In a room full of our dearest friends, eyes shining, hearts glowing with an abundance of love and gratitude, Scotty dropped the perfect beats and I flowed with song that seemed to be channeled straight from the divine! Thank you Scotty for giving me such a powerful gift and allowing me to share that enchanting morning with you!
Later that day we rolled out to deep playa to the Robot Heart art car with the vast majority of our soul family and danced and hooped to Lee Burridge till they turned off the sound system! This was my favorite day by far. Blissed out with some of my dearest loves, a family photo shoot with our Kiwi Tails, great music, the open air in the sunshine on The Playa…. What’s not the love?
I’m posting a few pictures that my wonderful friend Aaron Dressin took with his amazing heart light. This was his gift to everyone in the city. One night, he set up the light, and anyone that stopped by got his or her portrait taken. His talent is unparalleled! Somehow he is able to capture the essence of the soul inside his subject’s eyes. He took most of the images on my site as well. Thank you Aaron for being such a bad ass and sharing your creative heart and soul with us all!
Burning Man may be over; still the lessons and the energy of that event are taken with us out into the world. Our hope? Simply… to change the world.
- Krista Richards and Jennifer Quest (Stardust)