2017: A Call to Hearts

Captured by Kaylie ‘Violet’ Starkey of Violet Visions

Alright you Lucid rainbow warriors. We got clobbered. Swept up. The world turned upside down and we lost our footing.

Now what? It’s a new year. It’s a new world. We’re back in the counter-culture. So let’s dig in. Let’s act like we have a message and we believe in it. Let’s organize and support one another in deeper, more meaningful ways.

I’ll tell you this, in 2016 at Lucidity, I didn’t talk about Trump once. He never came up. I even mentioned it on a panel and almost everyone in the audience had had the same experience. He didn’t exist.

It wasn’t even about whether it was a possible reality. It just didn’t change the reality we were creating together. He doesn’t. We weren’t afraid. And that’s all that needs to be said about it right now.

It just doesn’t change the reality we are creating together.

Did you know that in 2016, we bought land for the Lucid University initiative? And that there are founders of Lucidity Festival currently living together on land that we all bought right now?

Trillium Campus
Some of us live here?!

Last year, the reality we created is that there is now a place you can go, live on some beautiful property, learn awesome skills like gathering plants for essential oils while eating communally with awesome strangers and new family.

And listen, a bit of friction is good for the story, it’s good for the journey. We all know that our own personal paths are filled with demons and obstacles. Why would the metanarrative be any different?!

So it’s time to organize. It’s time to buy the ticket and take the ride. It’s time to mount up, put your hand over your heart and pledge allegiance to one another.

Now that it’s 2017, when we open up the news and read about some daily terrible sh*t, we know better: it’s not the reality we’re creating.

For emphasis, say it with me again: “This is the reality we’re creating.” Actually say it out loud. Stop reading this in your head and moving your lips. This is the reality we’re creating.

Gaby Esensten Photography

Step one for a lot of folks is to fill out your application or buy your ticket to Lucidity. It’s the big convention! It’s raising your hand and saying YES to coming back together as a community to learn, hug, root each other’s projects on and get some facetime with some other magic makers.

Step two is to get involved locally. Put our hands on some projects and get to know our neighbors. To take our voice back through our hands and hearts.

Step three is to share this post and similarly positive, love-fueled diatribes that tell our story. Fill our garden with good seeds. Fight fake news with universal truths. Burst out of our echo chambers with hearts ablaze and singing songs of the peaceful warrior.

Hearts out, arms up!

Photo by Marisa Pfenning

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