Lucidity Festival…Pre-Dream Intentions

animated banner ad for WP (2)Typically, Blisstival reviews events after they happen and our writer(s) have experienced them. However – rules are made to be broken, right? Especially when it comes to this festival. A recurrent theme for Lucidity‘s festival is the notion of lucid dreaming. Remaining aware enough of the fact that one is dreaming to drive and truly enjoy your dreams. According to Jonah Haas, Lucidity’s Marketing director and Co-Founder, there are some incredible reasons one might desire to have lucid dreams. That was a hyperlink to his article on said reasons, in case you missed it šŸ™‚Ā 

Well, one of the key elements to lucid dreaming is setting intentions. Intentions to remember your dreams, identify dream signs (hints that you are in fact dreaming) and reminding yourself that once you know you are dreaming, it’s time to have some fun. Intentions, as it were, must be identified and decided upon beforehand. So Blisstival has decided to cover some pre-festival yumminess and set some intentions. Mind you – we all know how valuable intentions can be, but one must be careful of becoming too committed to expectations. Expectations can ruin a perfectly good – anything. That said, Lucidity – The Totem’s Return offers more than just a few things to be excited about.Photo courtesy of Lucidity Festival

Photo courtesy of Lucidity Festival LLC

Lucidity’s 2nd annual festival in Live Oak Campground near Santa Barbara, CA continues an established commitment to highly participative art, individual growth and healing, the expansion of consciousness, green living, responsibility to communities, reciprocity, transparency, and most of all – creating a safe environment in which people of all ages can learn to remember how to play and enjoy each other and each experience as it comes (Paraphrased from Lucidity’s Core Values). Through interactive art exhibits, musical performance ranging from Phutureprimitive’s genre bending and blending electronic music to the Kirtaniya’s (who will play sets of both more classical Kirtan call and repeat mantra music and their latest creation, Kirtaniyas BassMantra – which is basically the result of Kirtan and Electronic Dance Music falling in love, getting married, and having a beautiful child they raised together) – the music alone is set to expand minds and blow hearts wide open. But that’s only the beginning.

As part of Lucidity's commitment to green sustainability, no throw-away paper maps will be distributed - instead, all 3-day participants and performers will receive this reusable and useful bandana with the grounds map printed upon it. Image and design Copyright and Courtesy of Lucidity Festival, LLC.

As part of Lucidity’s commitment to green sustainability, no throw-away paper maps will be distributed – instead, all 3-day participants and performers will receive this reusable and useful bandana with the grounds map printed upon it. Image and design Copyright and Courtesy of Lucidity Festival, LLC.

Healers from all modalities will be gifting their services to festival attendees – and will likely accept any form of love donation in return, be that other services, tangible gifts, or hugs. Knowledge Keepers from all walks will share their wisdom on such topics as the Divine Feminine, Extraordinary Relationship building, Religious Acceptance (as opposed to mere “tolerance” – that’s a whole conversation in and of itself), Food Sovereignty, and Social Transformance – just to name a few. With Workshops on Essential Oils, Ecstatic Dance, Tantric Yoga, Sacred Geometry, Belly Dancing, and even Blisstival’s own Jai Bhakti (aka John Apt) giving a talk on Bhakti – the path of devotion – Lucid Dreamers will need to wake up early to take in all of the blissful learning that will be available.

A few other major highlights of the festival’s lineup are the incredible films that will be screened at the event. Awaken to Lucidity, a documentary showcasing the festival’s 2012: Awake in Your Dreams event will connect first-timers with the history and past experience of the legacy. Electronic Awakening, director Andrew Johner’s inquiry into the spiritual movement intimately entwined into the Electronic Music scene, will explore the relationships between sound and consciousness that are nothing new, only reinvented time and time again. Last but certainly not least, Jeet-Kei Lung’s The Bloom Series: Episode 1Ā  explores the phenomenon of transformational festivals springing up all around the world – and ties Lucidity’s attendees directly into that web of transformance.

Art is Life is Function is Love is Lucid Awareness. Intentions for this festival are to see and experience with complete openness and awe – to seek and find that which resonates – and to live and breathe that authenticity fully, lovingly, and lucidly. By the way – there are still a few tickets available for this amazing, transformational journey – so enough with reading articles about how awesome Lucidity: The Totem’s Return is going to be – go buy your ticket. A special, promotional surprise awaits those called to click here and invest in their transformation.

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Holi – L.A.’s Festival of Colors

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Saturday, March 16th 2013 marked the first annual L.A. Festival of Colors in Norwalk, California. Well, technically, Norwalk isn’t exactly Los Angeles – but it’s at least in L.A. County, right? At any rate – the event was certainly a festival, and there were, indeed, colors. Caru Das Adikari, Temple Priest of Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah, is to credit (or blame, depending on your persuasion) for the joyous mischief that was the Festival of Colors. So what’s all the colorful excitement about? Holi. A Hindu holiday dating back many hundreds, if not thousands of years. A spring time festival – one entangled in many different stories from different times and traditions- but one embraced by hundreds of millions in India, Nepal, and other places with sizable Hindu populations. Regardless of the particular tradition, Holi has always been a celebration of the triumph of good over evil – and has come to be a celebration of Krishna and Radha, the Beloved Duo at the centerpiece of Vaishnava Hindu worship.

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Modern kirtan celebrities, such as MC Yogi, Deepak Ramapriyan and the Breath of Life Tribe, Larisa Stow and the Shakti Tribe, DJ Drez and the Kirtaniyas riled the crowd with uplifting melodies and beats for one purpose alone – to sing the praises of Divinity. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare – Hare Ram, Hare Ram, Ram Ram, Hare Hare. It is said that one cannot even hear the words, the Holy Names of Krishna (God) once and not be uplifted by their transcendental sound vibration. One thing is for sure – young or old, Hindu or not, those in attendance had their spirits lifted by something. It is doubtful that mere bags of powdered color by themselves can create the type of brotherly love, unity, and spiritual ecstasy that was this years Festival of Colors – Holi – in Norwalk.

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Lovestock 2012 at Avalon in Hollywood

In the west coast line-up of new age festivals and gatherings, there’s a new kid on the block. Sunday, September 16th 2012 witnessed the first annual Lovestock Festival at The Avalon in Hollywood. Perhaps witnessed is too passive a word. Birthed? Blossomed? Manifested? At any rate, the event was an historic moment – Kute Blackson’s vision of empowered, loving oneness came to life in one of Hollywood’s premiere venues. The event, which was initially as mysterious as it was timely, was a literal who’s who of the L.A. county’s bhakti, yoga, kirtan, and new age scenes.

Kute Blackson Electrifying the people

The free event was marketed primarily through social media and quickly went viral within the genre. The event was moved to Avalon after over a thousand attendees registered, outgrowing the initial location. With free food, decadent flower-infused cocktails (non-alcoholic), and world renowned DJs, the allure of the event was irresistible to local bhaktas returning to L.A. county from Bhaktifest the week before.

Guests were greeted with a hug and a gift wristband from Think Love LLC which was later synced with all attendees to vibrate simultaneously in ecstasy. Local musicians, artists, healers, and gourmet raw vegan chefs highlighted the early hours of the event while DJ Cheb i Sebbah, Deepak Ramapriyan and the Breath of Life Tribe, and finally DJ Drez (among others) later ignited the fires of love and light, setting the night ablaze with unity.

The event likely saw a few firsts for L.A. county – for starters, a rarely-seen-in-the-west Balinese Monkey Chant; a playful, devotional, and unifying experience. Dwarkoji Sundrani, a 91 year young disciple of Mahatma Gandhi graced the audience with his presence and blessing. Dwarkoji founded the Samanvay Ashram; all proceeds from donations given at the event went to benefit the Ashram.

In the end, participants were asked to silently connect with their eyes and their smiles and offer a blessing to total strangers, to see and accept the divine in each other – truly a remarkable exercise. All left the event with love in their hearts and smiles on their faces. Two things are certain; Kute Blackson knows how to throw a party, and next year, Avalon won’t be big enough for this ever-expanding crowd of love enthusiasts.

Welcome to the Blisstival, Loves

Bliss

n.

1. Extreme happiness; ecstasy.

2. The ecstasy of salvation; spiritual joy.

Phrasal Verb: bliss out Slang To go into a state of ecstasy.

fesĀ·tiĀ·val

n.

1. An occasion for feasting or celebration, especially a day or time of religious significance that recurs at regular intervals.

2. An often regularly recurring program of cultural performances, exhibitions, or competitions: a film festival.

3. Revelry; conviviality.

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adj.

Of, relating to, or suitable for a feast or festival; festive.

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blissĀ·tiĀ·val n.

1. Occasion of celebrating, in pure ecstasy, the love and oneness of all humanity

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