Dec 172021

I have been hanging out with “Burners” for at least 8 years that I can count back to. Regularly. And whenever I mention “Burning Man” to those who don’t hang out with the same crowd or have never been always have the strangest reactions. Mostly Burning Man seems to have the reputation of being a hedonistic drug fest full of ill constraint and the trashiest of people. I really didn’t know what I was gonna think of Burning Man. I am really not one for huge super size festival parties and I really dont want to see certain people naked.

The truth is after actually going to Burning Man, after over 8 years on the fence I actually went and experienced something really special. Not just at Burning Man but in myself. I realized that there was really nothing to sit on the fence about. Burning Man is not everything the rumors make it out to be. it’s better than that. It has all those things you heard about but this has been one more experience in my life that tells me to stop listening to all the nay sayers. Stop worrying about the things that you don’t like and instead go out there and see what is there. You will be amazed.

Burning Man isn’t just one thing. It is over 70,000 people (unofficially) and everyone of them is different. 683 different theme camps with young to old and over 300 art peices makes burning man so much more than an overglorified booze fest.

My trip to Burning Man started with my planning. I started learning to camp in Boy Scouts and later moved on to my Adult camping experiences. There is a lot to know before you go out to Burning Man. The event takes place in a virtual wasteland. Nicknamed the “Playa” Black Rock City, NV is located East of Reno in the middle of a bed of dry dust so thin it will seep through your pores. Don’t walk barefoot on the Playa unless you know how to take care of your feet and if you get cut. Be sure to treat is properly and keep it cleaned. This is not a begginers camping experience. Which is an “important point.” Burning Man has developed over it’s existence a set of Commandments or “10 Principles.” One of these “Principles” is Radical Self-Realiance.  Come to Burning Man prepared. This is perhaps on of the reasons I hadn’t gone. The conditions can be radical. In fact the entire event was warned of an oncoming storm at the end of the event and though I never saw more than a sprinkle the majority of the event took the warning seriously and either left or made themselves prepared for the storm of the century.

I myself had been planning to go to Burning Man for a long time and because of that I have a truck full of everything I would need to weather our such a storm. I have everything I need to survive in my truck and at Black Rock City there is everything there needed to survive. I actually go the impression that if nuclear war were to ensue and take out all the major hubs of communication and supply, those at Black Rock City would be best prepared to survive, even with all of the terrible farm land.

More than Just a Party

More than Just a Party

Unfortunatley I ended up being pretty well unprepared. After apply for a low income ticket and being approved and planning all year to go, refining my truck and getting rid of what I didn’t need so I had the most room possible to live and possibly share my truck two weeks before The Burn I had problems with smogging my truck and my rider decided he couldn’t afford to go. So I ended up having to at the last minute find a new way to ride.

Another one of Burning Man’s Ten Principles is called Radical Inclusion. Not only can anyone go to Burning Man but Burner’s often make a point to make sure that everyone who wants to go is able to. It is not uncommon for Burner’s to buy expensive tickets for friends or even strangers. I found a ride on Wednesday from a friend who was leaving late because of work. So I pciked about 4 bags of my supplies out, left my truck at my fathers house and jumped into a VW Bug on the way to my first Burn!

A lot less stuff than I planned on bringing.

A lot less stuff than I planned on bringing.

This element of Burning Man, including everyone is very important. Although some camps like to keep their camp itself private from the public event they are still invited and so are the people they don’t invite into their camp. Really the feeling I have gotten from most burners is that they 1. Are usually definate people with definable opinions. That also 2. Seem to be for the most part accepting that everyone belongs, at least at Burning Man.

So I after leaving the treasures in my truck and heading to Corona we were on the road. Me and A___ had spoken earlier in the day about the posts on FaceBook which claimed that everyone was getting harrassed left and right. This seemed to be typical of the cultural opinions about Burning Man which have manifested in the exponentiated viewpoints of Law Enforcement. Burning Man is definately profiled. I got pulled over twice, mostly I believe because of the big pink fluffy bike that was awkwardly attached to the back of the VW Bug we were driving.

One our way to Reno to pick up a friend who was afraid to drive after hearing the same rumors as us, before the Nevada border we were pulled over by a California HighWay Patrol Officer. I was driving and only had my ID Card, not my license.

Jan 192015
Lately a lot of people have been asking me about Thieves Oil. It is actually an oil combination that I use a lot. Not only is it’s aroma one of my favorites, very uplifting and powerful, I also find that it is a very useful combination.
I first came across Thieves Oil when it was left in my truck after a long camping trip. It was in a vial with a handmade label that said “Thieves.” It was intoxicating. I was instantly a fan. This lead me to do a little research and I found that the recipe was easily found on the website and until recently I only remembered the brief version of the story that I read when I first found the recipe on a Young Living website.

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Apr 012014

Happy New Year! That’s what you say this time of year if you are Chinese, Persian or part of an old culture like Babylon that worshiped the earth and it’s cycles. Spring officially begins on March 21st and the spring equinox marks beginning of the years life cycle. So this is the New Year folks! Time to celebrate!

The winter cold is over and seeds planted over winter are ready to start their sprouting! Spring is traditionally a time to plant new crops in the earth and we are encouraged to mirror those actions in our personal lives with actions like starting new projects and making new beginnings.

This is the time of year to clear out the dust from last years crops and plant something new! But how do we do that? Where can I start to make a difference in my life? The answer? A little at a time.

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Mar 012013

How do we reach our potential?

Potential is all around us. It is abundant in every kernel of our experience. Anyone who has seen MacGyver knows that if your the right person in the right situation you can make a hot air balloon out of homemade glue, random scraps of nylon, a metal shed, and some gas canisters and fly off to safety (Season 3, Episode 6). MacGuver sees the potential in everything and thus always gets to his destination. If you can pick the right lotto ticket you can change your financial status instantly. The potential is there for anything to happen right now, if only we can see it.
Our potential is unknown to us, it is an every expending mystery whose corners always go deeper. So if we are to reach our potential, how do we figure out where to go? How will we get there?

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Feb 162013

Divination (from Latin divinare “to foresee, to be inspired by a god”,[2] related to divinus, divine)

Divine – The Intangible Understanding of the Universe
Nation – Gathering of Information into a System

Divination is basically the gathering of the intangible into a system by which it can be made tangible.

Often people speak of Divination in it’s popular sense, the attempt to read the future. Divination is more than that, it is used to read what we cannot see with our own eyes or senses. The Diviner draws a symbol from a system of symbols he has studied and uses his knowledge of that symbol, the system, and his intuition to give the “Seeker” insight to the parts of the Universe he cannot see. This allows a Seeker to see the Universe more clearly in order to make better choices.

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Feb 022013

In Ayurveda we are said to have five bodies which we must all keep in balance in order to be happy. In addition to the physical body there is the mental body, the emotional body, the wise body and the divine body. Health is about more than just maintaining ourselves psychically. Often emotions get in the way of our judgement. It is important to keep ourselves balanced in order to avoid stress to our entire being.

Emotional Freedom technique is a modern adaption of acupuncture which seems to help me with my own emotional growth.

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