An interview with the Teafaerie, a 16-year Burning Man veteran who has taken the magic of the playa to the default world in a huge way with superhero workshops, fire spinning instruction, and much more.Avatarism is the game we are already playing.Embody the highest vision you have for yourself.Up-level your character, your skill set, your life.Uphold the people around you who are on the journey, tell them who you are creating yourself to be and they will uphold you.Imagine a life where you feel like you are living an adventure everyday. Your goals are elevated to missions and quests, your personality is not locked onto an unchanging and mundane path of conformity. The people around you are inspired by your heroic actions and reactions. You change your habits, cure your addictions and become a light so that others may see their own lives better.Avatarism is making the choice to become more than what you have been and then seeking out the elements to make that story a reality. Avatarism gives self help a new face and a new freedom of action. Personal reality is the lens or tunnel through which we see the universe. If you are hungry for a new perspective, then get ready.Consciously creating your character may be the most important, awesome, exciting, radical, amazing job of your life.It’ll blow your mind.It’s not serious, just really important.Forever endeavor,iRev. Alexander Polinsky
Focused action towards clear goals this is a great game. A mind, like water, free from troubled stress and worry is the martial art of the person who succeeds. Focus is not a talent or a gift but a skill. The skill of focus, once collected will transform your life immediately. If you want to change the world, begin with yourself.
Consciously create your character. Your will is the way.
iRev. Alexander Polinsky
Avatarism presents, THE DEFINITION OF AVATARISM-HOW AVATARISM CAN CHANGE THE WORLD-HOW TO START CONSCIOUSLY CREATING MY CHARACTER, AND HOW WE PLAY THE GAME!
Avatarism had it’s start at the Burning Man festival, but it’s roots are deep in the ancient sanskrit idea of “Avatara.” Loosley translated it means gods inhabiting human bodies and walking the earth, but that is a narrow explanation. Avatarism is how a group of people, all over the world, seem to have developed or learned God-like or superhero-like confidence, the ability to accomplish their dreams and goals with ease, and the ability to live out their highly personal vision that they themselves have envisioned. Encouraging and supporting the individual honing of the will through focused play and persistence, and the upholding of others on the journey is at the heart of this movement. Avatarism encourages people to begin to design in great detail, new and carefully chosen skill sets, characteristics, goals, and aspects of themselves. As the game is played, the player crafts a new and richly embodied personality and finds themselves permanently up-leveled. Seeking and embodying gurus, teachers, archetypes from history and fantasy may be involved; the warrior, the poet, the god Pan, Rainbow Bright, Batman, Buddha, Jesus, James Dean, Kermit The Frog, Kali, Tara, Tesla, Dr. Who, Conan the Barbarian, Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Leonardo DiCaprio and Leonardo the Ninja Turtle to name a few.
The process of skill collection, archetype embodiment and the other ideas that comprise Avatarism don’t have to be taken seriously, but they are important. Avatarism is a dance towards personal excellence more than it is a march towards perfectionism. Avatarism is an open source game/philosophy for people attracted to radically changing themselves away from the current life/brain programs they may be running. We are, all of us, collections of moments and memories wet wired to a heart mind and body. You are not some stoic and frozen being unable to change! It is your birthright to be changeable and modifiable.
Avatarism is a great philosophical model for rebellious souls, hardcore gamers, fantasy players, festival goers, hopeless romantics, seekers of truth, lovers of beauty and anyone attracted to the idea that life is a game, meant to be played. The game of conscious character creation is easy to start and hard to stop, Simple to begin and hard to master. Think about how tough it is to change a habit or learn a complicated new skill. Usually people undertake to change themselves for a health reason or to learn a new skill to make more money. While playing the game may correct bad habits, and allow you the confidence to make more money Avatarism is not a means to an end. This game is a life-long pursuit in the direction of the betterment of self, for the good of self and the rest of mankind. This game has no end. The ongoing goal is to consciously create a personally fermented culture of awesome, and never stop.
"Forever, endeavor!"-"Burning Dan" Gordon Levitt
Avatarism is the game that we have been playing since the beginning of our history and it is not just a Burning Man or a festival thing. Because we feel free to enact these alternate character traits at these events, there is a powerful and indelible change that happens in individuals when they do. If you decide that you want to play the game, you will experience this too. The change that happens to us when we go to an event and embody our avatar(s)or even just put on a costume and feel the change in ourselves is something the greeks understood long ago. Cosmetics, costumes, cos-play all have their root in the word, Cosmos. The ancients knew that embodiment lead to a kind of cosmic or higher consciousness.
What can Avatarism do for society?
Look deep within yourself at the dreams and hopes that you have failed to put into action as of now. Who would you be if you reversed that pattern and began to embody those dreams with the kind of zeal usually reserved for zealots? How would the remainder of your life be played if you lost your fear? What is keeping you from starting now? If we were all confident and free to enact our dreams in an unashamed way, how fast could we cause change in society?
Wars, protests, and fights change the culture very little and very slowly. But when individuals begin to change the culture from the inside……..a groundswell happens. Because that kind of energy is infectious and viral, the culture moves fast and furious. The revolution is within, this is a revolution of spirit. So while the patriarchal model of change may be fight, fight, fight. The Avataristic model is Embody, Up-Level, Uphold.
EMBODY the highest vision you can create for yourself. Use the Avatar Character Sheet or any other means of design to collect physical, emotional, magical, and wisdom based skill sets.
UP-LEVEL your current character away from the mundane and degenerate programs that no longer serve you and that you did not wholly choose.Use focus, study, ritual, emulation of archetypes and role models to impress your nervous system and turn on your deep memory circuits so that you can get the data in for good.
UPHOLD yourself to your self created model while communicating to your tribe, your friends and groups of influence what those changes are. In this way, the people around you can uphold you and remind you of who you are creating yourself to be and not who you have been in the past.
We don’t need to exert our power upon the world as much as we need to become powerfully inspired and confident individuals. Only from that standpoint can we hope to change the world for good.
"You can’t fake a phenomenon"-"Burning Dan" Gordon Levitt 1974-2010
Thanks for reading the Avatarism Blog! I sincerely hope we meet soon, down the dusty road, living our dreams in the glorious future.
Onward and upwards, forever endeavor,
iRev. Alexander Polinsky Founder of Avatarism
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"Avatarism is defined as the degree to which a player projects themselves into a game, rather than playing their prescribed character.”
-Role Playing University Wiki
If you can embody your own highest vision you have for yourself
If you will up level your physical, emotional, communicational and ethical skill set
And if you decide to uphold others on the path to conscious character creation
What then is then possible?
Avatarism is the game we are already playing
play for what you want.
Get into the action, hero.
iRev. Alexander Polinsky
This is an amazing article by Wesley Thoricatha that was posted on ignite.me. It outlines the connections between Avatarism, transformational festivals and our ability to change ourselves through consciousness.
iRev. Alexander Polinsky
“We can become the stars of our own lives, instead of the downtrodden victims of life. Change the script, change the movie. Write your life. Speak the words. Hear your voice as the will of the living god manifest in action. I am here to create beauty, I am here to give healing, I am here to collect the mysteries of life, I am here to manifest, realize, and love, I am here to give myself back into the spring.” – Alexander Polinsky, founder of Avatarism
Where do your dreams and visions come from? How about your daily behaviors, or the story of your life? If you are like most people, these come from a variety of sources, some of them beloved and intimate, others banal, practical, and seemingly beyond our control. But what if your daily actions, your regular behaviors, your life story, and the very way you see yourself all came from a unified, sacred narrative that weaves through every aspect of your life? This is the gem that awaits those who take the reigns of their own story and cultivate a radically creative life through personal mythology.
One of the most direct ways we express ourselves as humans in through art, yet the art world, like many areas of our culture, suffers largely from commercialization and myopic trendiness. But beyond the walls of institutionalized art and patiently outlasting the latest trends persists a mode of expression that has been present since the brush of our oldest ancestors first touched a cave wall. Intuitive art, which encompasses outsider art, visionary art, and art brut, celebrates artists whose process is largely untamed by formal art training or the status quo. It is art motivated by a unique personal vision and the passionate compulsion to manifest it in reality, often in seclusion and without any thought of how it might be received by critics. It utilizes symbols and materials that map out the artist’s inner landscape, resulting in a transformational journey captured on canvas where the artist is both the subject and object of their art. Intuitive art carries the energetic imprint of personal metamorphosis as inner visions are honored and given form, not for fame or money, but for the process of expression itself. This realm of art is not closed to an elite or educated few; it is open to all, and it’s a powerful way to start expressing the story of your inner world.
Arguably the greatest intuitive art gallery in the world is the one that appears every year in the Black Rock desert at the Burning Man festival, as tens of thousands of (mostly self-taught) people create everything from art installations to mutant vehicles to fantastical costumes. Be the person you always wanted to be, dress the way you’ve always wanted to dress, assume the identity of any character you’ve ever wanted to become. This is the invitation that burn events offer, and while much of it is whimsical, any authentic, boundary-expanding leap of self-expression carries with it a profound impression that leaves participants with experiences that stick with them their whole lives. The reason the popular greeting “Welcome home!” is so often heard is that people are returning home to their original selves, with the permission and encouragement to create their reality and be exactly who they’ve always wanted to be. This is personal mythology at its essence, and in action on a huge scale.
So you begin to make intuitive art in your spare time, and you attend burn events, but these actions remain in the margins of your life – a special retreat, rather than the norm. How do you integrate personal mythos into your daily life? One exciting answer to that question is a new movement called Avatarism. Alexander Polinsky, with a big dose of inspiration from his experiences at Burning Man, coined the term Avatarism as a way to live one’s life with inspired levels of continuous conscious creation.
In essence, Avatarism is the practice of seeing yourself as an avatar, a character in the game of Life, and it invites you to take creative control of your own self-definitions and intentionally develop the traits, connections, and skills that you most want for yourself – just as if you were playing a video game or a pen-and-paper role-playing game. It is a methodology for self-actualization and self improvement, and offers a practical means to formulate and keep track of your goals through the use of a character sheet which lists both your current abilities and your future vision for yourself. As goals are met, they are added to the sheet and new directions are mapped out. As top-level athletes, business executives, self-help gurus, and cavemen painting game on cave walls knew, positive visualization can have an enormous influence in our lives and help us attain goals we set for ourselves. In this way, Avatarism is taking powerful ancient wisdom and translating it into the language of the video game generation, not just for manifesting specific changes, but to write the story of our entire lives in a way that comes from our most epic visions.
Mythology is not simply some quaint or antiquated form of fantastic storytelling; it is the tapestry of cultural, spiritual, and personal belief that together makes up the way we understand and interact with the world. Creating art from the soul, radically expressing yourself at transformational festivals, and bringing the magic of personal mythos into your life through avatarism are all exciting ways to embrace personal mythology and become the person we’ve always wanted to be… and have always secretly been.
So, what is your story?
strength in knowing
that as we strive for more
what we seek
Each one of us
Perfect, whole and complete.
We start here as a necessity
with what was given to us at birth
Everyone of us
Seekers in the dust and the wind
Making our daily, hourly, minute to minute push
Blazing the path ourselves
Shaping ourselves after the highest vision we can conceive
Carving off the degenerate programs
that we did not wholly choose
and consciously creating our character
From the best data streams
wherever we may find them
Collecting skills and up-leveling our mastery
Using words both in speaking and in thinking
to cast a spell
from the brilliant core of our individual uniqueness
that ricochets off the tarnished edges
of a past
And honing our flow
till it gleams golden
than we had ever imagined……..
then go deep
and deeper still
from your rest and healing
from your innermost wanting
and skillful collecting
you’ll have new superpowers
and new form with which to play
The source of my own enlightenment
The one who lights up the world
The same primal stuff
that the fluffy clouds
and ancients stars
are made of
The igniter of my own inner furnace
possessing the heat and the bellows
to recast the old form
The bringer of fire
to the ones who are in darkness
for when they can see
they will uphold me
The master magician, the god(dess)
The healer, the trickster, the poet
conjuring the great work of my life
Just to see how it illuminates the world
A flame wielding
playing an ancient game
without giving in
iRev. Alexander Polinsky
Avatarism presents: Self-Transmogrification
1. transform, esp. in a surprising or magical manner.
It is a well known fact of life that success does not necessarily bring happiness. Many of us good people find that even as we make money, build families, and acheive important milestones in life, there is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with what we have done and who we’ve become.
After starring in a hit Television show and being featured in all the teen magazines as a young man, many of my peers thought I had it all. The car, the house, the girl, the career. That was a stark contrast to how I felt inside. I was a walking, talking bundle of confusion. All of that success at such a young age gave me bravado, a kind of confidence, sure, but no wisdom. I found myself in a spiral of consumerism and depression. I really thought that my success could buy my happiness someway somehow and so I threw money at my sadness, and prescription drugs at my mind. None of this seemed to help until i pulled the cord, got off the bus, and began a process of fierce self-examination and self-transmogrification.
With so many people on the earth and so much information available to us, there seems to be widespread confusion as to where we should point our spiritual/philosophical compasses. So we freeze, hold on to old ideals or the ones given to us by so called popular experts who are spewing the same old data that the establishment approves. As I see it, this leads to mass homogenization of ideas, creates a culture of mundane personalities, and fosters a stagnate, bobble-headed, self hating population.
So I say this to you…….
In the event of stagnation and self hatred
Pull the cord
If bad dreams and regrets are on the bus with you as you ride through life
pull the cord
When you get tired of your twisting, turning and confusing view of the wicked world
Pull the cord
when you get bored and unhappy with your life, unsatisfied with your character, sick of your mission (or lack thereof), and when you finally wipe the screen clean of all the illusion that something or someone is to blame….
You find that the answer is not anywhere out there
The cord is within
I like to think about archetypes as role models, new skill sets as vehicles, and fantasy characters as transforming influencers because they have worked that way for us as long as we have been here.
Character traits of masters, skill sets of Jedis, the personality of the winner. Have you tried them on?
Not cosmetic or superfluous, these self defined parameters or character altering mutagens run as deep as you let them. If you let them. So, get it in!
Jesus was trying to say he was god, we are all god, or sons and daughters of god. If you let this idea into your heart/mind and let it take root there in a non egomaniacal way, what changes will occur?
If you take the teachings of Buddha and use them to alter your consciousness for good, what new skills will you learn and who will you become?
If you want to be Batman, or Indiana Jones, or Luke Skywalker, or Rainbow Bright, or even some custom hybrid of Kermit the frog and Jim Morrison…..What will these characters bring to your life once they have been embodied?
Speaking as one who has been transformed from this kind of embodiment I can say that it is both easy and difficult. Easy to start and difficult to describe. Easy to embody and hard to forget once tried. Easy to begin and difficult to master. If you undertake to up level your character, you may never be the same again.
I began slowly, collecting people and experiences. I would meet a great person or come up against a great idea and I would let myself get excited. Suspending my disbelief that there was any separation between me and this great new thing helped me to remember that wisdom is alive
. Because of my background in acting It may be easier for me than others, but as an acting teacher I have seen novices take to this skill with lightning speed. Avatarism is the game of embodiment and we have been playing this game forever so don’t worry to much about it, and don’t push it. Let it happen. Want it, and reach for it, but be kind to yourself in the beginning. Remember that it’s important, not serious and all new things can seem odd or fake, till they don’t.
All of us humans copied our parents and our friends when our personalities were forming. We lived through movies, TV shows, comics, and books. We played games and had intense fantasy lives in the forests and on the playgrounds. Remember the feeling of elastic mindedness when you were young? It’s still there, even if it’s been dormant for years. There is no age limit on brain plasticity as science has shown us. Mylan is the stuff in your brain that can build new pathways for your entire lifetime so “no excuses please.”
We all share the same current of excitement when we experience something new that lights us on fire, and rekindles our thirst for life. Avatarism is simple, fun to try and furthermore this game is ageless and without borders.
As you transform yourself piece by piece, you walk through the fire of self doubt and in the process, burn away old notions of who and what you were.
The allegory of the phoenix is a story that has survived the ages because of the basic human need to transform. This urge is omnipresent in all of us. We all can be this bird of fire, and raise ourselves up.
From the ashes and the old character rises the new and renewed person.
The alchemical myth of turning base metal into gold is an ancient story that has enraptured many great minds. Foolish men have wasted countless hours and innumerable years trying to accomplish this feat, and have gone mad trying to do so. The task is never meant to be accomplished for real for it is actually a spiritual code, not a chemical process.
The base metal is you.
The alchemical secret is the transformation of your base and unexamined self into spiritual gold. Through rigorous and conscious self examination you may create yourself in any way you wish. With the focus of an alchemist you may transform any and all of your base character traits away from the flawed and degenerate programs that you may not have wholly chosen, to a more crafted version of yourself. A more workable and refined character, rarified, and made more valuable to all.
Pull the cord
This human body/spaceship is upgradable. Our minds are programable. Who doesn’t want to exchange the ingrained, unworkable, and tired aspects of their character for more free, harmonious and pleasurable ones.
Rather than getting mired in some stringent religious order, losing all originality in a cult, or destroying your sense of self with new age blather, speedy weekend warrior workshops or invasive therapies why not design your character from your own ideas of the perfect person. Why not collect the best that your surroundings have to offer.
Whatever you choose to transform yourself with, let it be excellent. Let your choices be about your own best and highest vision you have for yourself. Let it take you towards the goal of ultimate victory for yourself first, and then for all life on Earth.
You are your own highest priority. Without you in working order, we benefit little.
I have an idea that if we all were acting and embodying our highest visions for ourselves, we would have a chance at fixing the problems of the world. An army of realized avatars and superheroes bent on saving the world, now theres a idea. People in fear usually make fearful choices, short sighted choices, choices that are designed to flee from fear…..not fix the system.
Become your own version of a living god and……..
Pull the cord.
I dare you.
Get off the bus
and into the universe of possibilities.
Bring out your tired, your lost, your hungry ghosts yearning to be free and purify them in the alchemical fires of conscious character creation.
If we all felt like living gods in human bodies, we could really change things, shake the tree, make the earth better.
But we have to start somewhere
Pull the cord
Who do you want to be?
I say give up who you think you have been, and self-transcend
and train your mind to be changeable
It’s your birthright
It’s your duty
No need for any hopeful affirmations of wishy washy wu wu
and let self-transformation lead you to a whole new
Nothing is permanent
Not me, not you, not our vision of god or civilization
Pull the cord
get off the bus
and take a new kind of ride.
See you on the road,
iRev. Alexander Polinsky
"Avatarism is open source philosophy for the game you are already playing."
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Avatarism presents: Find your gurus, your teachers, your co-conspirators with the skills and philosophies you want to embody, and assimilate with zeal. There is no better, faster, stronger way to up level your character. Seek and you shall find, stay the same and suffer stagnation and living death.
Be livin’ it
iRev, Alexander Polinsky
Avatarism presents: The anger issue.
Whatever I hate with passion
Whenever I feel vengeful and unholy ardor
When I have that certain kind of negative emotion
and sparks aggression
There must be something to learn there
blocks the flow
The insanity of my indignation can be a monster
In the moment
I may attack with abandon
And in the process
Hurt myself Badly
Needing hours, days, sometimes weeks of recovery
to arrive at center again
I have to ask myself
Is it worth it?
Am I justified in my reaction?
Am I running a degenerate program of victim consciousness?
Am I stressed out?
Did I start a cycle of negativity somewhere else
and bring it here?
How can I break the cycle?
And create anger intelligence.
I am in process
deep in the process
and learning about myself.
I have to learn to put it down
Stop the action
invest in a period of rest
Mind rest and Meditation
A parked car
Part of the adventure of consciously creating my character
is developing a way to change the cycle of anger
to peacefulness and mindfulness
even if the mind says
not right now….later on
I remember, I am training myself now
To create a victorious cycle
out of the vicious cycle
I used before
The cycle that creates pain and inflicts pain
and leads me off the path of my mission
to improve my workability
to improve my technique
of being a person
and peace by peace
Saving the world
There is holy anger
and I need it sometimes
to know what is truly unjust and evil in the world
but I watch myself closely
so I don’t poison myself and ruin my capacity to experience
and cultivate compassion
over and over again
There are difficult people in the world.
But I can see
the most difficult person in the world
If I don’t develop a skill for regulating this shadow side
at some point
I end up alone
with this person I’ve been hiding from
is really no one I want to hang out with for the evening
or the rest of my life.
I am learning to put the anger down
wait for a moment
develop a process
begin to love the process
Be a kamikaze for the process
Diving headlong into it
and exposing the ways in which my anger is automatic
and exploding it on the rocks of my consciousness
letting it burn hot under my scrutiny
to deliver me to a place of peace and control.
More and more and more
iRev. Alexander Polinsky