Mystic Valley-Thailand

This past weekend, I worked Mystic Valley Thailand, in Khao Yai National Park. I was blessed enough to talk to two of my favorite artists (Nakadia and Alle Farben) who performed, and take many pictures of many beautiful people and moments (below). <3<3

Favorite artists:

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Nakadia (Thailand). Nakadia is one of Thailand’s most loved underground techno DJs. Even just watching her performance, her charisma and personality sparks laughter and smiles in the crowd from her pure light and energy. She grew up with little resources, and is self-made in every light possible, making her success all the more inspiring and beautiful. After working on her skills in Braunschweig, Germany, in the summer of 2003, she decided to move from rural Isaan in northern Thailand, and she started to DJ and play for European tourists in Koh Samui. She then started touring internationally as she gained fans, and since has been one of the first female DJs from Thailand to gain global recognition.

Br33zzyy Question: What is your favorite part of making music?

Nakadia Answer: To bring people together, to be able to represent my country and bring people a taste of Thailand that they normally don’t get, especially in the Western world, is amazing. I love music’s ability to do that- I bring all my friends onstage, and to be able to have friends from all over the world is awesome. If you have a passion, a drive, a desire to do well- you will always be successful. Every moment of your life will feel precious, and you will infect those around you with happiness- that is what living is all about.

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Alle Farben (Germany). 

Br33zzyy Question: Have you been to Thailand before? How does performing here compare to other places where you have played?

Alle Answer: Yes, I have been to Thailand before, but never to Khao Yai, and I feel blessed. I just played at Koh Phagnan, and it’s a magical place. All of Thailand is. Soon I will be touring in the US- I start out in LA. I’m excited to see California. This is one of the smaller festivals I’ve worked, but that’s nice because when they get too big it’s overwhelming and the vibes can get off-center. You can connect with the crowd and see individuals and their beauty a little bit more easily. Thailand has a vibe different than many other places- the locals are some of the most hospitable people I’ve ever met, and there’s an eclectic expat community that attracts a lot of free spirits (besides all the old dudes trying to get girls). I definitely want to come back to Thailand soon.

 

 

Angkor Wat: an Empty, Hidden Treasure

Some depressing poetry to fit the mood of this beautiful, ancient place that was abandoned after Buddhists took power in Cambodia.

This bus window reminds me of Los Angeles, of dodging people dried out by drugs and the sun, drunk wanderings and eating Thai food. Arguments, lots of them, about things irrelevant, blowing through the air like beautiful dragonflies (ugly upon first glance), but blossoming into beauty, becoming nothing in a sky of love and hate and endless energy.

Did you come to say goodbye? Fire and water were never meant to balance, both selfish in their burns and drowns. Igniting the other, jealous of different strides and the qualities they wish they could both possess.

Distance and time have changed our minds, dreams and goals our spirits. I must be free, free, and you want security because you never had it. I let my flame down to lie, and watched your Grandmother die. I know you regret letting me in, and haven’t been right ever since, but how can love work when we both know that to trust is a sin?

I’m just speaking my mind, I’ve found the path of divine love that will never lead you astray. Once you love what makes you different, you’ll see that we’re all the same, and life is just a greedy game, darling it pains me to see you float away. No time or touch wasted, just growth for ourselves, addicted to each other, love our medicine instead of looking for help.

Lately I’ve been livin like I don’t care if I die, you say we’re too different, we manipulate with words like sweet cherry pie turned sour, too early or too late, always competing for who could have less on their plate, to feel empty inside to match how we’re feelin, if you compare us to others then life will have no meaning.

You say I don’t talk, but I’ll say I love you forever. Just hoping sanity and sanctions stay together, stronger for having known you, learning about my flaws and strengths. Your first true love, I wanted to love life like me, never wanted you to break. I can’t say if things will be better or worse, just know that I have always put you first. I’ll never forget holding your life’s strings in the hospital, playing with fate, for me it was always just love and hate, no one can do the same.

Sometimes I wish I could go back, before I knew the world was so big, now I see the truth and there is no time to waste on unhappy things.

 

Transcendence: Lightning in a Bottle

One of the coolest festivals I have worked because of the wide variety of people and art present, as well as the huge stage and set work built by the amazing Do Lab! Although I enjoy Woogie Weekend more because of its smaller size, LIB was nothing short of entrancing. Below I have combined photos that I took at LIB and snippets from the Hinduism teachings I experienced in my semester abroad in India for a lovely read:)

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TimeisFake, LIB, Bradley, CA

“Moksha” is the liberation, cycle of rebirth recycled physically and spiritually, liberation in this life and after life/death, have to fulfill dharma in this life to have a good one next time, freedom from bondage, you are one and the same with the world, vice versa, used in Hinduism. LIB represents the freedom to express yourself in any way you want for a few ways, making you a better person than you were prior to attending. Grateful. I wish that I had had more time to take more pictures when off work, but this will suffice. Until next time:)

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PretzelMan, LIB, Bradley, CA

Anu means “the love between us”

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TheWasteland, LIB, Bradley, CA

We have too long looked to people of the past; we must now move forward with our own ideas as we face a new world every second of everyday.

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Woogie, LIB, Bradley, CA

“Each and every day I am, too, learning”

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Taco, LIB, Bradley, CA

Knowledge and education are more important than wealth will ever be.

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WhatisLove, LIB, Bradley, CA

Story: a teacher (guru) told his students to bring back a plant that has no medicinal purpose. Many came to him, but finally one student returned with no plant, saying, ” I couldn’t find a single plant with no medicinal properties”. He was right.

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sunrise trailer, LIB, Bradley, CA

All knowledge is simply a drop in a larger ocean, finding the good in every person leads to helping change their minds

wetrippy
wetrippy, LIB, Bradley, CA

our human lifespan is very small, making us unreal from the real we experience (they are both connected) . After death there is nothing, but the memories are unreal. from the unreal, we are led to the real

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warrior, LIB, Bradley, CA

Everything has an opposite reaction, and by managing our mind we are able to create our reality and our connection between what is real and unreal

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vinewalk, LIB, Bradley, CA

lifestyle disorder- the way we live our lives determines our health

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sunrise pano, LIB, Bradley, CA

“There is no meditation without wisdom and vice versa, one with both can attain peace and happiness easily”

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sunrise heart, LIB, Bradley, CA

A constant balance between being and becoming

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starz, LIB, Bradley, CA

A meditator will have empathy, kindness, bring harmony, are selfish because they are so fond of themselves and know that negativity will only hurt them, selfish to make themselves happy, therefore making others happy and knowing how to get into other people’s minds to make them happy

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stage, LIB, Bradley, CA

When you love yourself, you are like the ocean- accepting anyone and everything, vast and infinite all the time, practice is essential

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soulman, LIB, Bradley, CA

“the mind can be a cruel master and a faithful servant”

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sleepysunrise, LIB, Bradley, CA

Human life is a struggle to exist and understand the consciousness; the human personality is a staircase, with the lower rungs of ego known and open and the higher areas not yet explored (ability to become invisible- highest state of consciousness)

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shrooms, LIB, Bradley, CA

disassociation of awareness: obstructions in the mind which prevent the free flow of awareness, conflict between desire and need, true freedom lies in detachment from desires and memories

sellasell
sellasell, LIB, Bradley, CA

yoga is the journey of the self, to the self, through the self (action/selfless service karma, devotion khati, mind control raja, knowledge jnara)

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r00f, LA, CA

samadhi- the super consciousness of experience, sublime, the goal of existence

praise
praise, LIB, Bradley, CA

they who attain freedom are free of delusion

noodle
noodle, LIB, Bradley, CA

In the act of creation, the mind becomes one in the subject and object with no separation between them, unity between the soul and mind which produces true art

mollay
mollay, LIB, Bradley, CA

Today’s action determines tomorrow- if you want to change tomorrow, then you must change your mode of actions TODAY

h00pa
h00pa, LIB, Bradley, CA

10 sins: killing, theft, gossip/prostitution, irritability, lie, no irritating anyone, craving/greed, not helping others when you can, acknowledging the beauty in fellow animals/humans

godiisa
godiisa, LIB, Bradley, CA

evolution- 5 sense organs, 5 motor organs, 5 subtle elements, 5 gross elements

feelnow
feelnow, LIB, Bradley, CA

chittavirtti- modification of the mind

euphoria
euphoria, LIB, Bradley, CA

Must remove memories to reach a higher state, limitations: ignorance, ego, thirst for possessions

divinity
divinity, LIB, Bradley, CA

cosmic order- when we do bad things (such as kill), we throw that off of balance

dance
dance, LIB, Bradley, CA

karma- duty in life to be rewarded when you die

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craylights, LIB, Bradley, CA

happiness is not a thing, but rather a state

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bunnyfoofoo, LIB, Bradley, CA

suffering is a result of too much want

buddha
buddha, LIB, Bradley, CA