“Ordinary reality is not designed with personal growth in mind.
If you like conformity, competition, or pretense, then ordinary reality is a great place to be!
If what you’re interested in is personal growth, however, you’ll need to go through the cracks in ordinary reality and find out what’s on the other side. Where can you go to find respite from ordinary reality?
Look to retreat centers, human potential workshops, counseling sessions, spiritual practices, altered states . . . and Burning Man.
By altering ordinary reality through environment, art, and community, Burning Man provides unique conditions for healing, growth, and liberation. Taking advantage of those conditions is where you come in.
Here are 5 ways to squeeze the most personal growth out of your Burn!
1. Be your odd fickle little self.
“We need to recover the ability to pay attention to something other than the whirlpool of questions and doubts about what is required or expected for acceptance” ~ Brad Blanton
We all start out as weird little authentic people with special gifts and the confidence to express them.
As we grow up, society teaches us that fitting in is more important than honoring the evolution of what makes us special. We learn to fake it, don masks, and smile when someone points a camera at us.
Almost nowhere else on earth is there more room for you to be you than at Burning Man. But even here, revealing your true colors might feel risky. Fortunately, you’ve come to the exact right place to take those risks.
Instead of trying hard to be liked, acting the ways you’ve learned you should, or hiding your feelings, you can find your voice, show your vulnerabilities, and share your idiosyncratic gifts.
But how can you be committed to authenticity while also being open to trying new things that you are not sure yet are “you”? Partly, it’s about motivation. If you’re expressing yourself in a given way out of a desire to fit in, or to be like people expect you to be, that won’t be so growth-promoting.”