7 Ways to Spiritual Growth at Music & Arts Festivals

... LIfe is sacred. Life is art. Life is sacred art. The art of sacred living means being a holy actor, acting from the soul rather than the ego. The soul is out of space and time and hence always available, an ever-present potential of our being. It is up to each of us to celebrate and actualize our being, and to turn each meal, conversation, outfit, letter, and so on, into art. Every mundane activity is an opportunity for full, authentic self-exploration. The soul is our artistic self, our capacity for transforming every dimension of our lives into art and theater.
— Gabrielle Roth

As we attend various festivals in the summer, it's easy to get lost in numerous activities, performances, and amazing DJs. If we're honest with ourselves, festivals are not just a gateway from our city life for a good party, they can also provide us with new avenues of spiritual transformation. Here are some ways you can deepen your spiritual experience during the festival and achieve real spiritual growth while out of your comfort zone.

1. Do it barefoot

In our daily routine, we rush everywhere in the concrete jungle of New York or other urban city. Do you feel yourself closer to self and spirit in the city or when you are out in nature? At the festival, chances are being on the beach on the sand/ grass you will feel more connected as it is a perfect opportunity for you to "drop in." So take off those walking shoes! Feel Mother Earth. Stay in the center of your experience by slowing your pace and grounding yourself while walking barefoot.

2. Watch a sunrise

Nature is a great support structure for reconnecting to the primordial vibration of the divine presence in and around you. Sunrise is a magnificent time of the day. It is an awakening of the planet, birds, trees, and wildlife. It is always a new beginning. So even if you are partying all night, stay till the sunrise and watch it in silence. At sunrise, the energy from the sun is one of peace. Open your heart and feel it. Feel gratitude. Soak in its sun rays to enable you to access every level of your energy and higher consciousness. 

3. Connect and eye gaze with a stranger

 Image by Eraj Asadi

Image by Eraj Asadi

We meet many new people at the festivals. You will find that there are many ways to connect with another, whether by giving a big hug or having a deep conversation. However, you will find that the exercise of eye gazing is the best way to find the connection you feel with another human being, the visualizations of past lives, future potentials and more, all can become very real. With an intention of love and compassion, allocate 3 to 5 minutes and sit comfortably with a stranger. Open your eyes after quieting the mind and begin gazing into your partners eyes. Generally your eyes may want to focus more on the left or right eye. Choose one side and let it be. Over time, you may notice various colors or shapes changing when it comes to your vision of the other person. It is key to simply let all this be and don’t focus on it all too much. The surroundings will likely begin to blur and things will generally take their course from there.

4. Ground Down in a Yoga Class and/or Qiqong Class

 Photo by Tico

Photo by Tico

Experienced yogis and new practitioners can find a safe place to ground down and shed your limited beliefs and ego through the festival’s extensive classes offered at Wellness Village. The beauty of diverse yoga and qigong classes is that they are invigorating, calming, empowering, restorative and challenging. They allow you to cultivate and move energy. The list of benefits – emotional, spiritual, physical – goes on and on.

5. Experience Ecstatic Dance

 Another way to connect to self is in the sacred space created at Spirit Dance and Dance of Liberation workshops at Wellness Village. These workshops bring all who enter along on a journey of movement, where the veils of illusion have a chance to fall away and the opportunity to understand wholeness, aliveness and connection come into focus. Using hands on healing, drumming, and global music, this powerful and beautiful soul work sheds inhibitions and heightens inner awareness.

 Photo by Daniel Montouro

Photo by Daniel Montouro

6. Find your Missing Part of the Soul

This year, Shamandome at Wellness Village, brings an opportunity for you to dive deeper into your subconscious through shamanic drum journeys, where you will discover your Power Animal and much more. Finding your Power Animal will help you to connect to the higher spiritual realms while also being able to heal untouched wounds. Soul Retrieval is especially beneficial if you are having difficulty moving on with life or if you have been experiencing chronic misfortune, or other recurring patterns in your life. This work heals a traumatic life experiences that often result in Soul Loss. It restores your sense of wholeness as it allows to heal spiritual causes of illness, loss, or trauma. The depth of these shamanic journeys can be powerfully transformational. Shamandome healers also offer individual sessions.

7. Soothe Your Soul in a Sound Bath

A Sound Bath is one of the many extraordinary offerings at the festival. Hosted by sound healing practitioner, Emily Horowitz, the healing power of music is in full force during the workshop. Allow yourself time to lie down in the sanctuary of sound and get lost in the comforting tones of gongs.

 Image by Daniele Siele

Image by Daniele Siele

See you on the beach!


Written by Dina "Divine" Turetsky of Shamandome and belightliving.com