But there is another layer, that overlaps with this layer. This new layer which I’ve been seeing, that inspired Justified Hype, consists of Burners, entrepreneurs, hip hop artists and taste-makers from various other layers within other established communities. As our First Incubator’s most outspoken member, Leah, would say, “I can’t prove it but I know it’s true.”
And Leah is a scientist. So there.
The theme of Burning Man 2019 was Metamorphosis. I’m mildly annoyed at how accurate a theme that was. My burn this year was incredibly emotional, deeply expansive and probably the most transformative it’s been since my very first one. That’s what I get for having fixated on having a really fun Burning Man this year. Like psychedelics, you don’t always get the experience you want but you’ll definitely get the one you need. It’s not to say I didn’t have fun, by the way. I had powerful, extremely high experiences. I swam in joy and danced till dawn and felt the euphoric elation of deep new energetic connections. Those experiences were balanced with even deeper spiritual expansion, the releasing of decades-held tears and a powerful shamanic ego-death ceremony at sunset by the temple.
It was one hell of a year. The dark parts made me wonder why I keep doing this. But then the sun rises and illuminates the next steps of my human journey and I remember.
Also the techno was really, really good.
Justified Hype is not a Burning Man thing but we’d never dream of hiding what an important part of its creation it has been. And its influence has been truly organic. The roots that became our creative collective’s trees grew out of barren deserts: the soulless corporate hierarchy, the elitist arts industry and yes, the playa itself. These are the seeds we are pulling together in order to give physical form to whatever new layer of consciousness it is with which we’re playing.