Burning Man - A Week of Radical Self Expression
'Burning Man is an Adult Playland',
a 29-Hour a day party for a week; A Globally Charged Community in the desert
of Northern Nevada.
'You can vacation in say Jamaica and see things that millions have seen
before you and millions will see after you...Or you can trek yourself & stuff to
BRC and see things that will only be available for one week to see'
Here is an interesting look
back at what Burning Man has meant to me and the lessons I have learned each
2000 >> 2001 >>
2005 >> 2006
2008 >> 2009 >> 2010 >> 2011 >> 2012
2006 - Renewing MY Charge...
Burning Man '06 was inspiring beyond my wildest expectations. Burn
Year #7,this thing we know as Burning Man/BRC/The Playa has consumed me. For all I believe I do for myself or for my fellow Campmates, that
all-year-round sport I know as Burning Man/PolyParadise, I am nothing in comparison to what I
see others create. Their spark gives me Energy & Hope for the future...
Lessons Learned on the Playa...
of the work is done by 10% of the people. Year-to-Year
those tend to be the same people. I could not do it without them.
Realization - I cannot & will not do it all myself. I did not
pick up as much trash this year. Sometimes I had no pockets to
put it in. In general I did not stop in the middle of the
road, bend down, and pick up trash. I did my share but not in
excess as I have in the past.
It has been
told to me over and over by my elders and my peers that it is not about receiving
but about giving. That in itself may be true, but my
Playa Experiences about giving gifts have skewed that view.
the gift and put my heart into its creation. It is an easy
thing to take it out of my pocket and give it to you. I
give it without expecting in return, I give to you a piece of
me. When the gift is given, the last thing I carry with me is
how it was received. It can be received with Joy &
Happiness or with disdain...I have learned that the disdain
carries more weight in remembrance in my mind than any such joy
I could have brought forth.
gets it at the same time. Not everybody sees the Communal
aspects of Burning Man as I do, as I thought they did. There
are those that need encouragement, there are those that need to be
lead. This Leader accepts that challenge.
There is a
Generation Gap, not just in the obvious age difference. Those
10-20 years my younger see something so different that eye. It
is the World around them, it is the wonder they see, a wonder so
different than I see.
Poly is NOT
EASY!! I am now 10 years into Poly and am just not at a
place of being the elder statesman or a person who wants to hear the
trails & tribulations of other attempting the Poly Lifestyle. I have
been there, done that and signed a book deal. I do give
encouragement & praise to the efforts of others who take on that
responsibility. I hope that it continues to fill them with a great sense of
accomplishment and that feeling they are helping others in need of
finding a better way of dealing with each other and their respective
& the AZBurners Gathering at PolyParadise was an amazing place to
get Hand Fasted.
TRUST someone when they say they will do something On-Playa.
find a particular Theme Camp or Playa Location in the dark is
inherently more difficult than during the daytime.
matter how many times you try and locate someone on the Playa, or
how many times you go by their camp, you may never see them during
the week. Others seem to appear out of the dust.
did you learn from Burning Man & the Playa in 2006?