Dear Non-Burners & Burners alike,
For those of you who are scared of Burning Man, this message is for you. For those of you who love Burning Man, this message is for you. Burning Man is happening right now (one week in the desert of Nevada every year before Labor Day). Burning Man is based on ten principles: Radical inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-Reliance, Radical Self-Expression, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Leaving No Trace, Participation, and Immediacy, yet mostly it is a big party in the desert. & I don't say 'party in the desert' lightly. I say it with serious dedication and conviction.
For any of us that dream, make, build, art, create, explore, and long for a better world and future, Burning Man is our place. For any of us that have felt neglected, alone, unloved, silenced, or in despair, Burning Man is our place. A little like being in love, Burning Man is hard to actually describe. It is simultaneously an ethos, an adventure, a community, an experiment, and an emotional & physical challenge. Everybody has a different reason for being there and a different path for getting there.
The important part about Burning Man for me, though, was that it gave me a place to grieve. A place to understand variations on grief & a place away from judgement. I love traditional churches for a lot of reasons. & I love Burning Man for even more reasons. The Burning Man Temple is a beckon of healing for anyone who wants to show up and do the work of healing, with only the call of your own need to heal as a guide ... which we all know is the call of the divine, anyway.
So tonight in honor of the Burning Man Temple burn, please raise a toast to all of those individuals who have been taken under unexpected or tragic circumstances or who have merely made an untimely departure on to their next journey. Sending lots of care and doggie love from the desktop of one frugal builder student creator who did not make it out to the playa this year (yet who sent cards out to the Temple, anyway, thanks to Larry the Engineer!). A special toast to Chris Feist and Andrew Wiechman for their recent family losses and huge hugs for everyone whose family is transitioning from some sort of loss. Here's to the road ahead with many years of revitalization beaming from that big party in the desert.
Joy Spreading Since 2007