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Is that scary sounding? What kinds of emotions come up for you as you read? To me, this is a period of deep reflection. The political climate has brought up a lot of fears for many people. Our backgrounds may be different, but we are all being affected by this transfer of power. Keep faith! We were STILL moving in a positive direction. Even more than before, I believe consciousness is being raised and amplified because of this political climate. Many of you High Vibe Humans have been asking, “what will the world be like now?”
I say we create our own realities. Therefore, I would respond with a question of my own, “How would you like Earth to be? Now, how will you work towards that?”
This week, I would like to share my truth on music festivals in the Trump era.
Music festivals are my favorite activity. It combines outdoor camping with music and meditation. I attend mostly consciousness festivals that are small and focus on workshops like organic farming, and yoga. These festivals also have music, usually conscious EDM, and psychedelic jam bands. I also go to Electric Forest because I live in Michigan. In my opinion, if you live in Michigan you should go to Electric Forest at least once. Music festivals are magical in the way they can impact people. Humans are exposed to bright colors, creative and flashy costumes, as well as the constant stream of new friends. Festivals can be a transformational experience.
I believe a few things will happen at festivals because of our new president.
The first thing to be affected are theworkshops. More festivals will promote social justice issues and invite speakers who teach about these issues because of the executive orders Trump has signed. For instance, Native American History might be taught as a workshop at Electric Forest.
The second impactmight be with vendors and merch booths. Under the current political climate, many human rights organizations are fighting for marginalized individuals, like the LGBTQ, Black, Hispanic, and Native American communities. Festivals, under the Trump administration, will become a place you can advocate for causes like clean water and alternative energy. Vendors and merch booths will collaborate with humanitarian causes to raise money and awareness. If you go to festivals, you may notice this is already an emerging theme. I’ve seen attendees riding stationary bikes to charge their smartphones. In the future, every festival’s Merchant’s Alley, Shakedown Street, or Vendors’ Grove would be full of organizations raising awareness, and soliciting for volunteers.
The third influence will be on Totems and Rage sticks. We all love totems for their creativity and humor. What is a totem or rage stick? It is a sign, image, or stuffed animal on a decorated stick that a group uses to keep track of each other. It serves as a symbol and rallying point for the group in a sea of festival goers. It is usually brightly colored with a meme, phrase, or another cultural reference. I can only imagine the images of Trump I will see this year. Already I can see a photoshopped image of him tripping on acid, or rolling on molly with stars in his eyes.
Do you have a favorite Donald Trump meme you would like to see on a rage stick? If so, post in the comments below and share it with your fellow High Vibe Humans!
These rage sticks will be a source of humor! Humor is considered a defense mechanism in Psychology.
Freshly Popped Psychology:
I would like to share with you some ‘freshly popped psychology’. This section is where psychology topics are discussed briefly.
If a stressful event happens, we have mental defense mechanisms that we respond with unconsciously. Humor is considered a mature defense mechanism. In a sense, it is considered a healthy response; remember balance is key.
We can utilize humor to lighten a situation and relieve stress. Trump Rage sticks will invite laughter.It may also spark deep conversations. When deep feelings bubble up inside us, we have the desire to express those feelings to that person. This festival season, try to remember that open and understanding communication is powerful. This means that listening with the intent to understand is more productive than listening with the intent to overpower the other human.
Pay attention to body language and conversation patterns. What does my posture say? Are my arms crossed? Or am I making eye contact with an open body posture? Communicating with our bodies is just as important as communicating with our words. When expressing ideas and opinions in a conflict, it is best to use “I feel” statements. These statements will be less accusatory and inflammatory and more conducive to respectful conversation.
Conscious Connection (take away):
Festivals are places to make friends and to build community. A place to practice values like PLUR (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect), and express our creative selves. We can use music festivals to practice these shared values and bring them back into “the real world”.
I look forward to this festival season. Let’s hold space for positive experiences this summer.
Thank you, and I am you.
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