From the ages of 21 until 24 I attended the Burning Man Gathering for 4 years in a row. Burning Man truly has changed my life. Blessings to everyone who is journeying into the desert this year. May you all be safe, enjoy and have the most amazing time! My experiences there have been a fundamental building block of the women I am today. It was a pilgrimage every year for me. I traveled over the Pacific Ocean, through the HUGE metropolis cities of California, across the land, into the heart of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.
There I discover a gigantic canvas. This canvas was the desert floor, a high altitude silt landscape that used to be an ancient lake bed. It is like nowhere I have ever been before. The black rock desert holds the space for artists and humans of all colors, creeds, religions, and countries to get creative, express themselves and celebrate the blessings of LIFE. Many Burner’s call this event ‘HOME”. As alien and foreign this landscape was to me I felt very much at home with the incredible humans and community I met on the playa and in my camps. Friendships and connections for life were born here. Burning Man is a place where you can be whoever you choose to be. As long as you are respecting others and yourself it is a place to express your creativity and your personality.
Burning Man is a giant ART GALLERY! As an artist, I am such a sucker for art, creativity and soul expression. There are more than 300 art installations on the playa. Every single human is a walking artwork. Every car “Mutant Vehicle” that drive on the plays is a work of art. My mind was constantly being blown by the ART & CREATIVITY. I am so grateful for all the people I have met through this event and gathering. All have a special place in my heart and in my memories.
Burning Man also helped me release so many layers to fear, shame and insecurity about my body. It unlocked a whole new level of Chanellie. It birthed so many facets of myself. It showed me that I have a GIGANTIC GLOBAL TRIBE! It showed me that I am not alone and there are so many humans that understand, celebrate and SEE me. Truly for who I REALLY am.
Another gigantic pillar of inspiration for me is the ‘TEMPLE’ which is located at 12 o’clock on the map and faces East into the morning sun. This structure is designed different every single year by different architects and every year blows my mind. It is the Sacred Space of the festival. It is a place for people to come and pay respects and honor to love ones who have passed. The temple becomes completely covered with shrines and objects that people want to bless and LET GO of. So many tears have been shed on the desert floor of the temple. It is a safe place to grieve and to let go of anything that no longer serves you. The temple was my favorite place to watch the sunrise. At the end of the festival, 70,000 people surrounded the Temple in complete silence as it is slowly and safely engulfed by flames. These flames in which I feel act as the purifier and release everything that was physically and energetically put into the temple. It is one of the most moving and emotional experiences I have witnessed and had.
My first Burn was shared with my dear friend Marty Tann. After his disappearance in 2013, I felt called to cut off my dreadlocks which he had made for me. I then brought them to the temple, had a little ceremony with our beloved friends and we shared stories of how Marty had inspired us. When the temple burned my dreadlocks were burned with a prayer of gratitude and blessings to him wherever he may be. The temple and Burning Man will always have a very special place in my heart ❤
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