Decompression Challenge

Yeah, Decompression is real.

But don’t stew in upset at how the Default World is not like Black Rock City.
Instead, STEP UP and be the person you are in BRC in the Default World.

It will be harder.  You will have less support.
But you owe it to the planet.

You got a golden ticket and got to witness the best of humanity.

Now you are an ambassador.

You have the responsibility to role-model your best to the world.

Practice the Principles. Shine bright, gift big, and live radically.

Give others permission to do the same. Create ripples of inspiration.

This is how we change the world.

Top photo by Craig “Kiwi” Brayton

About the author: John "Halcyon" Styn


Halcyon is a 21-year Burning Man participant and co-founder of Pink Heart camp. He is author of "Love more. Fear less." and producer of the Burning Man short film, "The Pink Path." He's won Webby awards for his over-the-top personal site & his "Love On Demand" video podcast Halcyon co-founded the San Diego based "1st Saturdays" homeless outreach program based on Burning Man Principles and coaches people how to be radically self expressed in the default world. You can find his full Playa Tips & Tricks series at

7 Comments on “Decompression Challenge

  • Ducky Unicorn says:

    Thank you for all your work. I’m digging what you’re putting out into the world.

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  • anon says:

    Hey Halcyon–

    Love you and all that you’ve done, but I’m not so cool on you now charging money for your services relating to Burning Man.

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    • Halcyon says:

      I appreciate you speaking your truth. I believe that Decommodification is about keeping Black Rock City sacred.
      I think it is within the Principles to charge for meals or outfits made in advance that are intended to be used on-Playa.
      And I think it is okay to charge for post-burn car detailing or even selling art originally made for Burning Man. In the same way, post-event Integration coaching can be done within the Principles – while also working to uphold the Burning Man Project’s mission statement.

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      • Halcyon says:

        My whole life is related to Burning Man.
        ANYTHING I do is related to Burning Man. So it isn’t about *if* I charge for services related to it, but rather *how* to do it in a way that honors Decommodification.

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  • Adela Ybarra says:

    My heart swelled with pride as I saw my lil nephew ( my Primo Hermano Bacho’s) great grandson on the loud speaker spreading love. God bless all of you. Gracias OT and Perla for being who you are and teaching my nieces and nephew to spread love to humankind. Your Tia Adela

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    • Otilia says:

      Lelo <3

      This made tears come to my eyes. I know Pappy is watching over us, filled with joy! We are all trying to make the tiniest impression on the world to create that ripple effect, to be the light in the dark. Thank you for your words Tia. And I know Mi Tia Victoria has a big smile on her face when she sees little Diego :)

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  • SierraNevada says:

    John “Halcyon” Styn + Pink Heart = Money.

    Tired of reading and viewing the same old propaganda from the same old propagandists in the Burning Man Journal?

    Editors: Please keep working on bringing in new blood! New ideas! New something else! What are you going to do about all the “Burner” trash that is dumped on Piute lands and along Nevada’s roads and in Reno, and Burning Man’s pollution problems? How are you going to stop the one-percenters (donors) from devouring everything that is Burning Man? Or, do you want the one-percenters (donors) to devour everything that is Burning Man? Is Burning Man racist? Think about that one for a while, please.

    You need to deal with your latest list of existential threats before it’s too late! Save the pink hugs for the holiday party.

    Inspired By: Climate Changes Reverend Billy, Published on Oct 26, 2013, YouTube.

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