This year’s Arise Festival in Loveland, Colorado was a stunningly beautiful reminder that festival culture offers a powerful context for selfless service and transpersonal immersion.
By offering a curated, autonomous dharma-space within which awakened individuals could meet and cross-pollinate, the Sonic Bloom organizers were able to conjure a world of staggering beauty and novelty.
Festivals like Firefly Gathering are liminal spaces for the testing of new ideas. They are ecstatic templates for new ways of being, fueled by light and sound and the indefatigable unfolding of creative love.
The first step in building a community based on Altruism, mutual respect, Virtue, and true civility will always lay with individuals taking Responsibility for their own experiences and feelings, facing the fears, hatred and addictions underlying them, and taking the time and energy to cultivate patience, acceptance, understanding, and Love at the center of their experiences.
Imagine zooming out to geosynchronous orbit and watching a map of light points rippling like the chromataphores of a cuttlefish as the location of everyone feeling love/thinking about the future/playing jazz pops up, illuminating the cloud-hidden coastlines.