Posts by John "Halcyon" Styn

August 4th, 2011  |  Filed under Preparation, The Ten Principles

Ticket Rites

It began with the first day of sales with “Ticket-tastrophy.”
And most recently we had “The Great Sell Out.” (If I’ve learned anything from “Carmageddon” it’s that inciting panic requires a catchy name.)

Yep, the rites of passage began long before we started packing this year. And just like a crazy dust storm, each of these challenges tests us and teaches us.

In these videos I address some of the fear and anger swirling around as well as highlight some of the lessons to be found in all this.

“Burning Man ‘News’” – Aug. 2, 2011

“Sellouts, Scalpers, & Surrender” July 26, 2011

As mentioned in the 1st video, it is important to resist the urge to focus on just the negative stories. The news wants to focus on the scalpers. But there are also amazing Burners who are selling their tickets at face value…even though the market value is much higher. Why? Because their values are more important than their wallets. THAT IS AWESOME. We will survive this social dust storm just fine.

These views are solely the views of Halcyon and do not represent the opinions of The Burning Man Organization or Major League Baseball.

July 18th, 2011  |  Filed under Playa Tips

Halcyon’s Tips & Tricks #9 & #10

Topics covered in this video: Theme Camps, Burning Man clothes, & Consensual Misting. (topics came from Facebook comments & from live chat.)

#10 includes: Cell Phones, Cameras, Night vs.Day, Labels, & Cops

These tips are solely the views of Halcyon and do not represent the opinions of The Burning Man Organization or Major League Baseball.

Stay tuned for more tips! Have some tips? Share in the comments!

June 23rd, 2011  |  Filed under Playa Tips

Halcyon’s Unofficial Tips & Tricks #2

In this classic 2007 video we address: WATER, ICE BAGS, KICKSTANDS, POST-PLAYA OUTFITS, NOTES, & BATHROOM BAGS!

These tips are solely the views of Halcyon & Shonda and do not represent the The Burning Man Organization or Major League Baseball.

Stay tuned for more tips! Have some tips? Share in the comments!

June 14th, 2011  |  Filed under Participate!

City of Gods

The act of declaring yourself an artist is a bold one.

You are saying, “I consciously alter my environment. I shape the world. I create.”

This is in direct opposition to our socialization.
We are expected to walk a well-worn path of consuming.   Our role is to passively consume media, products, & ideas.

So many of our societal systems are designed for us to be passive. No ruler or corporation wants to deal with active decision makers.

Unfortunately, artists do not fit well in a society that prefers passivity.
(side note: I would argue that “artists” are not a type of person, but simply the state that EVERY person gets to when they are actively living.)

So is there anywhere where the artist (or state of being an artist) is welcome and at home?
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June 8th, 2011  |  Filed under The Ten Principles

Pondering “Leave No Trace”

“Leave No Trace” is one of the 10 Principles of Burning Man. It seems pretty simple. But the LNT mentality can be a significant jump in consciousness for people ingrained with a consumer mindset.

During this week’s HugNation broadcast, I discussed “Leave No Trace” in the wake of my wonderful experience at Lightning In a Bottle.

Let me clarify that I am not intending to be critical of the DoLab or festival attendees. I mean to point out that as our community grows quickly, we need to remember a few things:
1) Have compassion for people in all stages of their conscious evolution.
2) Role model good behavior.
3) Help people understand that a Principle is much more than something we “should* do…. it is something that can elevate your joy and change your life.

(This is more of a “Philosophical” tip. For more on the “How” of Leaving No Trace, consult BurningMan.com & The Survival Guide.)

**NOTE: I AM NOT AN OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF BURNING MAN. I am merely a 13-year Participant with a passion for the event, people, and principles of Burning Man. Views expressed aren’t necessarily those of the Burning Man organization.” **

May 17th, 2011  |  Filed under The Ten Principles

Colab Leadership

One of the themes of this year’s Regional Summit was “Collaborative Leadership.” A number of Burners submitted videos about the subject and a compilation video was shown at the live event. Here’s my complete (90 second) video reflecting on Collaborative Leadership and how it creates magic at Burning Man.

April 26th, 2011  |  Filed under Playa Tips

Halcyon’s Unofficial Tips & Tricks #1

So you’ve devoured BurningMan.com and memorized the Survival Guide?

Now that you know how to avoid death, dehydration and dismemberment, are there any other tips for making Burning Man even more amazing?

Youbetcha! Several years ago I started recording collections of things I’ve learned over many years of participation. (This will be my 14th Burn.)

Part 1 includes: BASICS, GLUE GUN, GLOVES, WET NAPS, WATER TRUCK, PISS BUCKET, SOCKS, & SHOES.

(NOTE: I’m told that water trucks contain non-potable water and should not be used in the way described in the video. And ALL of these tips are solely the views of Halcyon and do not represent the The Burning Man Organization or Major League Baseball. Also, “Gifting It” is no longer available at that URL, but can be found in the Burning Man marketplace.)

Stay tuned for more tips! Have some tips? Share in the comments!

March 31st, 2011  |  Filed under Events/Happenings, Participate!

Fuente, Regionals, and Getting The Gift.

Waterfall bliss at an event in Baja.

In 1998 I attended my first Burning Man.
For the next 5 years or so, I spent 11 months a year waiting, less-than-patiently, for the Burn.
Gradually I started to integrate Burning Man principles into my life and find pockets of Burning Man culture.

Now it feels like I am constantly preparing for (or cleaning up from) Burning Man-inspired brunches, festivals, or days at the beach.

In fact, last weekend I attended a festival deep in Baja Mexico called “Fuente Eterno.” (See video below) Now, it sells out in 5 minutes, so I am hesitant to hype it up. The odds are you will probably not be able to attend. But the point is there are LOTS of smaller events, regionals, and opportunities to gather with people who have been inspired by Radical Self Expression, Gifting, and the Burning Man Vibe.

Don’t know of one near you? Create it. Participants-only, baby.

I spoke with someone recently who said that after 3 years they, “had gotten all they could from Burning Man.” Sadly, they had failed to get the most important thing of all: It is about the GIVING not the GETTING. I return every year not to get my mind blown by the new Temple design (although that does happen each year), but because I want to enhance the experience for others. It is through Gifting to others’ lives, weeks, or moments that I receive more than I could ever “get” for myself.

Thanks to the growing number of large and small events worldwide, that process of gifting and receiving can go on year-round. There is a whole section of the Burning Man website for the Regional Network. Events large and small are growing (and being created) all over the world! Find one. Participate in one. Create one.

More and more people are seeing Burning Man – not as an event – but as a model for how to live: A model for how to interact with neighbors. A model for how to express yourself & encourage expression in others. And a model for how to Gift your talents to friends, your community, and the world.

Do you attend any large or small “Burner” gatherings? Please share your experiences in the comments!

Love,
Halcyon )’(


(Video reflection from last weekend’s Fuente Eterno in Baja Mexico.)