Tag: Conciousness

Sonic Bloom 2013 Preview

One of the harder things to cope with while growing up in the US is an education system that prioritizes problem solving. An indispensable skill in the modern world no doubt, but it comes with the cost of leaving us ill-equipped to deal with the infinite complexities of existence outside of the here and now. Young Americans are left searching for something more.

Although traveling’s my favorite way to quickly wizen up, it’s only one amongst a million. One of the greatest things about life in the US is the growing movement seeking wisdom outside traditional institutions. It’s a movement powered by diversity and creativity, and tends to come together in camping and music festivals around the world. I’m lucky to call Colorado my home since it’s hosting Sonic Bloom, an amazing festival offering the chance to shape the collective efforts of Expanding Consciousness.


The 8th annual Sonic Bloom’s gonna be the place to grow The Trinity [Mind, Body & Soul] this festival season. Like other Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festivals, it centers around the core ritual of ecstatic dance, but also promises to boost The Body with activities like yoga classes, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and belly-dance classes. Located at Shadow’s Ranch near Georgetown, Colorado, the rolling hills and rivers of the Rocky Mountains frame a perfect backdrop for a little body enrichment.


Gaia by Alex Grey

Workshops on topics as diverse as earthship biotecture, Crossing the Event Horizon (based on Jungian psychology), sacred sound, Hindu metaphysics, and Toltec healing are being hosted to open pathways in The Mind. Jamie Janover’s presenting on an emerging “Unified Field Theory” which explains the evolution of the forces of nature and consciousness with references to ancient codes and architecture.

There’s over a hundred artists on hand this year to move the power of Soul. From musicians, to painters and drawers, to dancers and culinary masters, there’s enough inspiration here to get your fill for months. Some of the big musicians playing this year are Grouch & Eligh, Opiuo, Random Rab, Bluetech, Zilla, The Polish Ambassador, Minnesota, Phutureprimitive, Andreilien (Heyoka), Wick-it, ill-Esha, Love & Light, Future Simple Project, Russ Liquid…


Forest Medicine by Jamie Kaminskas

Sonic Bloom’s an exceptional gathering since it’s moving beyond the commercial party that characterizes bigger festivals to a place where awareness and creativity are fostered through intentional community building. It’s a place where we’ll find people working towards a unified spiritual field without dogma, doctrines or charismatic leaders, a place where each person can construct their own universal views with the support of other like-minded people.

I’ve been granted a press pass by the good folks pulling the show together, so stay tuned for a video log from my experience. For more information about the journey of transformational festivals, see the incredible series co-produced by Jeet-Kei Leung and Akira Chan, The Bloom.

The Call to Consciousness and Jill Taylor’s Stroke of Insight

Everyone agrees that the world is a problematic place these days, but no one can agree how to fix it. All too often, we fail to look inside for the source of our troubles. Although the developing world presents exceptions, political and economic programs are mostly ineffective since they only jab at the exterior of the problem. I’m of the opinion that we have to change ourselves before anything meaningful ever happens.

Dig deep enough, and we’ll find a crisis of conscience. The modern psyche’s resounding materialism comes at a high cost to its spirituality. The time has come to take a deeper look into the relationship between mind, brain and spirit.


Alex Grey’s Meditation

Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroscientist who suffered from a stroke that caused the left hemisphere of her brain to shut down. Being that this hemisphere is responsible for creating the illusion of separateness, she experienced a total unity with the universe while she was temporarily residing in her right hemisphere.

She was lucky enough to come back from her trans-dimensional travel to share her experience with the rest of us. She describes humans as energy beings connected to a physical body with manual dexterity. We harness an enormous amount of unknown potential that she assures us we have to be more serious about exploring. I’d like the heed the call of her message to delve into the realm of consciousness and see what we might discover to grow our collective consciousness to a new plane .

Perhaps you’re wondering what this has to do with travel, but it’s connected in every way. Traveling is a window into the world of differing cultures and mind frames. Putting sincere energy into travel inevitably demonstrates the diversity and power of our minds, so it’s the perfect primer for such a call to consciousness. Traveling is a great first step amongst many others to solve our crisis of consciousness.

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Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.
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