“We loosen our anxieties with the help of deafening sounds in a temple of fragmentation. These assaults on our senses all have one purpose: to smash the separateness of everyone present; to expose feeling and break through thinking; to make us live, in the phrase of Alan Watts, ‘a perpetual uncalculated life in the present’; a sort of electronic Buddhism in place of sequential perception.” – Alan Harrington, 1969.
This quote tastes even sweeter when you are broke, have to work all weekend, have no ticket for the festival but somehow manage to make it to the music temple to dance and play with all your old and new pals.
J1 in Galway, summer of 2010. 7 girls take over a small 5 bedroom house near the Roisin Dubh. Carnage ensued. I was working in a bar as per usual, as were a few of the girls. Funds were non existent because rent, alcohol, cigs and Dunnes stores euro pies took all of our moneys. Out every night meant no festivals which didn’t really sit well with me as summers to me meant at least one over packed party in a field. I guess in hindsight, that whole summer was one long festival.
It was the eve of Oxegen Music festival. One of the girls were sitting at the bar I was working at, contemplating how we could make Oxegen happen for us. We both had the same boss, different locations. Both of us were supposed to be working all weekend. We devised a plan to text said boss and say she won tickets to said festival and she is taking me as her lucky plus one. Right, fuck it. We were going. No lift, no money, no tickets. There and then, the decision was made, full commitment given, Oxegen 2010, lets be having ya! The law of attraction works by deciding what you want, asking for it, really feeling it and believing you will receive it with pure faith. Ask and you shall receive.
“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” – Paulo Coelho
The next morning, I woke up with a text from an old collage friend that. He wanted to come visit. I told him we were going to Oxegen today but he should definitely visit soon. He asked how I was getting there, which I did not know at that point. Then he offered a lift. I refused as he would be back tracking on himself but he insisted. Wow. The cavalry was coming. This plan was well in motion. Off to Dunnes to spend our last few bob on vodka, tobacco and wellies. We rock up to the shuttle buses for Oxegen late that evening after a car ride of catch ups. The cavalry decided to retire for the night to their home and planned to try and sneak in in the morning. I decided to get out and have a look around. It was the year the rain fell and fell so hard that the floor was water (thank god for wellies!). I saw a guy sitting on steps surrounded by bags… and water. “Are you waiting for the shuttle? How’s it going? I’m so excited.” “..eh no. It’s an absolute washout. I’m headed back home to my dry bed. Do you want my band?” And just like that, an absolute stranger gave me a festival band for the weekend, for free. He was happy to pass it on he said. The law of attraction magic in action. Trust and believe. I grabbed my friend from the car and said thanks to the lads, bought some super glue from Centra with my last few coins (bless their random stuff stands) and jumped on the shuttle bus to Oxegen. I sat down beside a fellow festival goer and told him the story from conception of operation Oxegen with zero budget and zero tickets, to receiving the lift from an old college friend to just receiving the weekend wrist band a few moments before from a lovely kind stranger. He smiled and said; “I just upgraded my band, here have my old one.” And just like that, we got a second band for the weekend for free. Wow. Trust and believe. We seamlessly managed to find my friends campsite and had the best weekend. All of which seeding from the belief that this was going to happen, that we were going to make the magic happen. Trust and believe 🙂
As festivals are in the distant future, why don’t you try to bring the free flowing dance happy feels into your home. I have been doing this 22 minutes of Bliss ecstatic dance almost daily. I feel loose, open, free, more creative, lighter and so much happier after I do it. Thank you to a beautiful friend for the recommendation and thank you Ronja Sebastian for bringing this movement meditation into my life so easily.
Also, be fearless with your manifesting. You can make the magic happen. Dance yourself into a place of bliss and send some messages to the universe. Lots of Love x