What Lucid Dreams Can Teach us About Reality

Tucked away in a lush crevasse of the Santa Ynez Valley, an estimated 8,000 dream seekers came to realize a colorful waking life at the Live Oak Camp where Lucidity Festival grounded its roots.

We here at Blisstival reflect on those magic moments in time and space when mythic dreams collided with hard reality at Lucidity in Santa Barbara, California.

Only in its second year, Lucidity produced a truly amazing event for all those who came (especially yours truly here at Blisstival!). Using a Go Pro fixed to a DJI Phantom (remote control mini helicopter),  innovative videographer, Trent Siggard captured the multifaceted, multimedia wonderland where the theme of spirit animal totems framed the fest with rich, wild character.

'California Dreaming' Photo courtesy of David Pricco-http://www.davidpricco.com/photography/

‘California Dweamn and business boxer’ Photo courtesy of David Pricco- www.davidpricco.com/photography/

Running a perceived risk of holding the fest during the same dates as the opening week of Coachella, the Lucidity crew committed to the event for their faithful festies and to the quality experience they created.

What did they offer that Coachella didn’t? A focus on expanding consciousness, mind-altering artwork, active participation, green camp living and heaps of healing cuisine. Lucidity producers also strongly encouraged festival goers to engage in radical co-creation by inviting attendees to build their own themed community camps.

Princess Mermaid Ariana Devé Adya Radhika- Photo courtesy of David Pricco-www.davidpricco.com/photography/

Princess Ariana Devé Adya Radhika of the Jade Now Mermaid Village– Photo courtesy of David Pricco- www.davidpricco.com/photography/

With “The Totem’s Return” theme, attendees were invited to awaken their spirit animals to initiate an understanding of a deep-rooted nature that perceives and acts from intuition and instinct, rather than the spinning thoughts of ordinary human self.

'Animal spirit rises for attendee Brian Barnicle' Photo courtesy of David Pricco-www.davidpricco.com/photography/

‘Animal spirit awakens for Lucid Dreamer Brian Barnicle’ Photo courtesy of David Pricco-www.davidpricco.com/photography/

Lux Moderna facilitated an opening ceremony where participants were guided through a moving meditation to honor and activate consciousness, and “invoke the blessings of the Spirits, unify as One Heart, offering ourselves fully to the realization of The Dream.”

Afterwards, invigorated animal spirits were set free to dance, feast, pray and play for three days through the audio, visual, culinary woodlands of Lucidity!

'Giraffe Animal Spirit' Photo courtesy of David Pricco-http://www.davidpricco.com/photography/

‘Giraffe Animal Spirit’ Photo courtesy of David Pricco- www.davidpricco.com/photography/

A Pandora’s box of multi-sensory activities were offered through interactive fine art, dynamic DJs, World Sound stages and  global gourmet offeringsWorkshops of all wonders were held to explore unique educational opportunities that were endless in their variety…

One could  learn, of course, “How to Lucid Dream”, or uncover hidden skills in flow arts and fire dance with a sword, fan, poi or bow staff. Yoga and martial arts classes of all kinds helped festies stretch their minds, bodies and souls in the Warrior’s Arena, while others restored themselves with ayurveda, somatic, or aroma therapies and a multitude of massage arts in the I Am Healing Tent constructed by the Sacred Spaces Village.

'The Way Fest Warriors Train' Photo courtesy of David Pricco-www.davidpricco.com/photography/

‘The Way Bhakti Fest Warriors Train’ Photo courtesy of David Pricco- www.davidpricco.com/photography/

In the throbbing heart of the Lucid City laid the Branches Fine Art Gallery. A cozy space where attendees could admire a stunning display of mind-blowing masterpieces by established and emerging Visionary Artists such as Michael Divine, Hans Walor and Brian Paul Smith (fractal art pictured below) while sipping a warm cup of fresh brewed Puer tea.

Fractal Art and Puer for the People-Photo Courtesy of David Pricco- davidpricco.com/photography/

Fractal Art and Puer for the People-Photo Courtesy of David Pricco- davidpricco.com/photography/

Onlookers stopped in the their dancing tracks transfixed by the work of  Darren Minke during live paintings he produced on the path toward the main Lucid Stage. Minke is featured in Alchemistas- Beyond the Veil, a newly released, multimedia Visionary Arts book composed of collective works from the most progressive and active individuals within in the current conscious art community.

Live oil stain painting by Visionary Artist Darren Minke near Lucid Stage

Live oil stain painting by Visionary Artist Darren Minke- www.facebook.com/pages/Darren-Minke

Sunset Under a Mantle of Stars Image Courtesy of Darren Minke Art-www.facebook.com/pages/Darren-Minke-Art/181352258561138

‘Sunset Under a Mantle of Stars’ Digital Image Courtesy of Darren Minke Art- www.facebook.com/pages/Darren-Minke

Other highlights included a screening of breakthrough festival documentary The Bloom Series Episode 1, the first ever to be projected at a transformational festival since its 2013 Spring release. The Zeitgeist Movement Dome encapsulated a truly giving space in which all Zeitgeist media materials including full feature DVDs were free for the taking to spread awareness and education about The Venus Project and a sustainable, resource-based economy.

We danced ourselves delirious each night to the heart-pounding bass and ethereal sounds of headlining world music DJs including Phuturprimitive, Zion I, ill.Gates and Kaminanda. Our hip-hop and trap taste buds were tickled by Liberation Movement, Luminaries and Tropo.

Other small-stage day acts kept the lucid vibration nation alive from the classical, beat-box stylings of Cello Joe, to the hard, sexy House spun by DJ Hogg and afternoon Jungle pumping by Porkchop. And, we of course got bhaved out while chanting with the Kirtaniyas and in the Hare Krishna Dome. Into the wee hours, we kept kickin’ around our dancing feet at the Silent Disco in the Audiowaska woods. Always a good nightcap!

'Dance the Day Away' Photo courtesy of David Pricco-www.davidpricco.com/photography/

‘Dance the Day Away’ Photo courtesy of David Pricco- www.davidpricco.com/photography/

Krishnas are the Last to Cap Out Every Night! Photo courtesy of David Pricco-www.davidpricco.com/photography/

‘Krishnas are always the last to cap out!’ Photo courtesy of David Pricco- www.davidpricco.com/photography/

We nourished ourselves with alchemic food creations after exhausting energy adventuring through the electric Lucid Forrest with sustainable bites served by Lydia’s Lovin Cuisine, Organic Circus Cafe, Sol Food Kitchen, and Harvest Santa Barbara who provided a fresh farmer’s market daily. Many other veggie friendly vendors served various plates of pure, delicious food love.

On Sunday, we surrounded an Intention Tree with our Blisstival hearts burst wide open during a sundown ceremony centered in the Healer’s Sanctuary. We offered our most sincere gratitude for the Lucidity Fest experience while Om-ing and swaying in a close circle of sacred reverie.

In what evolved to be the most spiritual, suspended moment of time spent at Lucidity, we honored Mother Earth, Father Sky, Sister Moon and Brother Stars for the bounty and the beauty we were blessed with during  the transformative trio of days. We couldn’t have been more blissed basking in refreshing rays of sunshine, wandering under starry Spring nights.

Lucidity proved not to be a  dreamy illusion, but rather a consecrated space grounded in reality where the pillars of co-creative community, divine arts, inspiring vibration and rising consciousness are holding up a natural home where all those in the One World Family are warmly welcome.

'Look up Towards the Future of Transformative Fests' Photo courtesy of David Pricco- www.davidpricco.com/photography/

‘Look up Towards the Future of Transformative Fests’ Photo courtesy of David Pricco- www.davidpricco.com/photography/

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 🙂 

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 1  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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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.

fes·ti·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.

 

adj.

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

 

bliss·ti·val n.

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

2. Any and all meetings of yoga/unity/love/new age/hippy/festie/bhakti minds, bodies, hearts, and spirits.

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