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Souls of San Francisco

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“The thing I like most about this fair is that it’s so open with kink sexuality and BDSM. They try to make everybody feel comfortable with whatever they’re into because all this stuff is so taboo right now. Here everyone is just themselves and they’re so amazingly happy. Some people think of it as Halloween costumes but this is our life. For me, I like being a slave.”
“What does that mean?”
“It means I have a daddy or a dom and I do whatever he tells me because I like serving him and seeing him happy. My needs get met when he feels good enough to meet them. It’s fun because I have to earn my next anal play or my next spanking. It’s like ‘Oh no, I made daddy mad, now I get punished.’”

Souls of San Francisco
Folsom Street Fair w/ Fest300
Her - “We’ve been coming here 8 years.”
“What was the process of being comfortable enough to come here like this?”
Him - “Everyone knows that during this festival, no one has the right to judge you. Not how you dress, not what you say. If anyone does, they need to go somewhere else.”
“Is this part of your sexuality or are you just dressing up for the event?”
Him - “We do it once in awhile, it’s not a regular thing.”
“How long you been together?”
Her - “24 years on my birthday, October 8th, his is October 9th.”
“You have any advice for making love work over time?”
Him - “Patience.”

“We’re called the party crew. We were established last year.”
“What’s your favorite festival?”
“EDC of course. It’s thousands of people gathering together. You can’t beat that. You cannot beat that. And they’re all there for the same reason.”
“What’s the reason?”
“It’s all about love.”

I am so grateful for my experience at ‪Bliss Camp‬. It was one of the highest vibration transformational festivals I’ve ever been to. It’s amazing what kind of world we can create with the common intention of love.

I know we’re all used to hearing ‘love is the way’. We know in our hearts that this is true, but a lot of the time that remains an idea of the mind. Something to strive for, but unachievable. At Bliss camp it was more than an idea, it was full embodiment. The collective decision by everyone there to be present and open transported me to a different dimension. A different level of consciousness.

I experienced oneness. A feeling of love so omnipresent and unlike the normal human experience it scared me a bit. I was able to interact with the world through the perspective of my higher self. I saw through the veil into the holographic nature of the universe.

It was an experience that fundamentally changed who I am as a person. I realized the name Garry just doesn’t resonate with me anymore. It never really did. I never saw myself that way. When I speak the word I feel like it comes from a nasally place. I feel like I have to contract my throat to say it. I am ready to release that contraction and open in my divinity. I am ready to release the trauma I incurred in childhood, in relationships, and through lack of self love throughout my life. I am ready to release my attachment to ego that thinks it’s in control.

The name that came to me in this state is Dijon. When I speak it, my throat is open. When I speak it, I draw air out from the area in my high heart. This is the space I want all the vibrations that emanate from me to come from.

I am ready to give back because I have been given so much. I recognize the only reason I exist is to be a conduit of the divine source of love that created the universe and everything in it. I embrace my role to nurture that divine spark until it burst into a flame that transforms everything it touches. I am grateful for the love and support I’ve had from you to get to this place.

I surrender. I am humbly yours. I AM Dijon.

“What have you learned from being here?”
“Safety. It’s safe to be me.”
“What parts of yourself do you feel like you let out that you were hiding before?”
“Probably some of the tentacles underneath my feet onto the ground, I’ve kinda let those come down and suction onto the ground. I have more spatial service area of the ground to own my presence in.”

Activated by rainbows

“Ever think what the wars are fought for? Ever dream that the world could be more? My stand, my life, our earth, one chance. We can do it together.”

-Luminaries

"When I was dealing antiques in Nantucket MA, I kept hearing a voice that was telling me to go to the California summer music festival scene. I ignored it for a while not quite knowing what it meant and thought I was content living my luxurious life. The call became so strong that it was impossible to ignore. I became swept up in the festivals on Maui and Bali and was delivered to earthdance on my way back to Nantucket. I finally felt like I was home, like I
found my tribe, my true self. I saw how I was just trying to fit into a society I didn’t believe in. By my 33rd birthday I completely walked away from my old life in pursuit of happiness and my true self. The past four years have been the most healing and transformative of my life. I have found the family of choice. Some of the most beautiful, brilliant, ingenious, creative, talented, loving, spiritual souls on the planet. And for that I give thanks.”

“How do you want to affect change in the world?”
“I want to inspire people to really look deeply into their darkness and learn to love themselves. It’s a lot easier than they think. And the rewards are endless.”

“I love festivals because it gives us an opportunity to create the world that we know in our heart is the world we want to live in. It’s almost like a blank canvas for us to create with, but they give us a foundation and then leave it really open to create as we want throughout the weekend. It’s really an open channel for us to reeducate ourselves on how to exist on this planet. That’s just being in community, and sharing, and being intentional with our lives. Being co supportive and symbiotic. All of us offering our gifts and coming together as the perfect puzzle pieces we already are.”

"I love festivals because I can connect with so many people and light them up with love. There’s no place other than service positions like feeding people in a lunch line where you can connect with so many people in so many ways."

"What’s your superpower?"
“Giving love, uplifting people, and enlightening others.”

“What’s your favorite thing about festivals?”
“The creative energy. I’m a creator.”
“What ways do you like to create?”
“Mostly with smiles and joy.”

“That’s an incredible outfit!”
“Thank you!”
“How are you?”
“I am divine.”

“Sweet hat dude!”
“Thanks.”
“You seem like a festival veteran. What’s your favorite festival and why?”
“My favorite has been Enchanted Forest 2013 and Symbiosis 2012. These events showed me what real transformational festival could look like instead of the normal commercial corporate events we are used to. Even some of the current festivals look like they are overrun with rules, security, and sponsors. These events didn’t feel that way and I’ve been working to cultivate that feeling.”