The Whole Truth

Aug 29

2010

Burning Man 2010 … a Whole New Experience

by Alexis Neely - Posted in Burning Man, Pursuit of Truth |

In just two days, I leave for my third year on the Playa.  This year, will be a whole lot different for me than past years.

To begin with, this is the first year I’m not bringing my kids to Burning Man!

And instead of camping in Kidsville, I’ll be in one of the major theme camps, Entheon, which means I don’t have to worry about food, water, or most of the things I’d have spent a couple of weeks preparing for in past years.

Instead of driving up in an RV from LA, which invariably has been a major experience in and of itself (last year our RV broke down on the way), I’ll be flying into Reno, picking up the RV there and driving a couple of hours instead of a couple days.

Yes, this year is about ease and grace, effortlessness, harmony and as always at Burning Man … freedom.

For me, Burning Man isn’t just about nudity, drugs and a week long party, it’s about living in community, being fully who you are, and discovering how to truly, really, extraordinarily love what is.

Sure, I could take the money I’m spending to get to Burning Man and take a trip to Hawaii (or maybe even Bali) and lounge on the beach for a couple of weeks instead, but I’m an evolutionary girl and to me there’s no better opportunity to grow, learn and evolve then to head out into the desert for a week with some of my closest friends.

If you’re going to be there, come see me at Entheon.

I’m speaking on Thursday in the Entheon Heart Space between 12:30p-3:30p on Loving Conflict w/in Community at the Entheon Village Symposium.

Here’s what I’ll be talking about:

We’ve been conditioned to handle conflict by closing our hearts and fighting back.  Our legal shows on television, our legal system and our lawyers perpetuate this way of being in the world.  Our friends and family entrench it even more when we tell them our stories of conflict and they say things like “don’t let him get away with that” or “take her for everything she’s worth” or “don’t let yourself get taken advantage of.”

Peace can never be had from this perspective. Instead, we can see every conflict as the opportunity to be more of who we really are.

This session will guide you to find harmony in the midst of conflict and truly be a catalyst for world peace now.

If I don’t see you there, no worries, I’ll be back with pictures and stories galore.  Can’t wait to share them with you!

So, I’d love to hear from you … what experiences do you have planned in the next few months to bring you more self-discovery, freedom and closer to the truth of who you really are?


  • This is awesome! Wish I was there. Looking forward to the follow-up.

    My upcoming planned experiences include a 63-city Unconventional Book Tour that starts in 8 days — hopefully some truth and self-discovery will arrive at the end, after I sleep for a week to recover.

  • Alexis sounds fabulous to take one step beyond into the space of wide open expression and share it with so many amazing people.

    I love outdoor venues and have not been to burning man, but to a similar event in Australia which was exceptional 12 days of living by a river with 1,000’s of people and full of dancing and experimental workshops. Heart opening.

    Blessings,
    Enjoy the Freedom!

    Skye

  • Sounds like a fun time! By the way, the song “Hey Soul Sister” was inspired by Burning Man. A perfect example of how inspiration can strike anywhere.

    As for me, I live my life like an adventure. I just started my own business and look forward to seeing where it takes me. There will be a whole of creating which I love.

  • Julie Gabrielli

    Alexis, your topic is very aligned with Community Conferencing. My dear friend, Lauren Abramson, started this org over 10 years ago in Baltimore. She first learned about it in New Zealand; it’s based on the Maori system of justice. Really elegant and efficient way of tapping into people’s inner wisdom and they always come up with lasting, practical solutions.

  • Julie

    Oops — meant to include the URL: http://www.communityconferencing.org/

  • Great post, Alexis. Some of my closest friends have been trying to get me to go to burning man for years.. Just like you said, I also used to think it was all about drugs and naked people, but I’ve quickly shifting that perspective to one of “it is what you make of it.” I am going to absolutely have to go next year. It’s a priority! Hope you had a blast!

  • Awesome insight! Glad to see you enjoyed another year on the playa! Some of my closest friends have been trying to get me to go for years and now I think it’s just become a priority! See you next year!