Lightning in a Bottle has a potent magic. As I wandered the glittering grounds under the sun and the moon, I felt like Alice in Wonderland: Drink Me, Eat Me. As I partook fully, my vision of myself and those around me blossomed with love. Here are some of the highlights.
On my way from Woogie to Thunder I heard tribal bass music floating from a warm tent. I was drawn by the mystical rhythm and upon arriving realized this was no ordinary dance floor. Dancers spun upon the ground, leaped, and threw one another about on the padded floor in just their socks. I quickly removed my sneakers and joined the frolic. While no words were spoken this was the most connected I have ever felt to other revelers on the dance floor. I have never before danced like that, with a visible energy flowing from inside my chest out through my fingers towards the other dancers. This was truly magical.
Upon returning, I discovered that Ecstatic Dance hosts these sessions biweekly for West-Coast peeps. Try it for yourself!
The mobile disco spewing lasers, bubbles, and fog turned me into a total three year old. There really isn’t anything better than popping bubbles while listening to house legend John Digweed spin. In my excitement I almost tripped over an actual three year old who was equally delighted by this majestic mobile. His fashion was superior to my own, with chrome head-phones, a mini spirit hood, and metallic leggings. He gave me a thumbs up, I had his approval.
Heavy Bass Yoga
Stretching up into cobra as the soft wind caressed my neck, I felt powerful warmth stirring within my body. As our delicate lady instructor urged us to feel the Earth beneath our palms, The Human Experience mixed an incredibly uplifting set. For the rest of the day, my body was buzzing with energy and bobbing with his hypnotic rhythms.
Staggering out of Thunder stage during G Jones my body was utterly drained. I could barely drag my feet up on the next hill was the Healing Sanctuary. Fortunately, Docta Nick, the Essential Oil Wizard, saw my fatigue and came to the rescue! After dropping some mint essential oils into my bandana, he emptied a dropper of elixir under my tongue, stating that he had used the sun’s energy to naturally imprint the vibrations of stimulants into the oil. Boy was that some strong stuff! Next thing I knew, I was back on the dance floor showing everybody how to really get down. That’s the real secret formula!
At three o’clock Monday morning the music from the main stages had ended and it was time to seek shelter from the late night freeze. We wandered into the Temple of Consciousness and cuddle-puddled on a big fluffy pillow as famed physicist Nassim Haramein fielded questions from the semi-delusional audience.
A thin goddess sporting flash tattoos and a fur tail asked Nassim if it was possible to survive without eating, in order to solve the world’s food scarcity issues. Nassim replied that he had spent three years as a breatharian.
“I was practicing a sacred yoga mudra in which I condensated a drop of syrup from my pineal gland,” he deadpanned. “On this you can be fully nourished with neither food or water.”
This seemed pretty close to my own diet at Lightning in a Bottle and indeed I did feel far more nourished from that weekend than any vegan feast from Café Gratitude.