# 1 in a series of free art pieces inspired by Avatarism. This drawing on a white card is called “Play the game” and was left at the top of Runyon Canyon in beautiful Hollywood California. #freeartmovement
Avatarism presents: A historical Avatarism document!
Burning Dan Levitt and I had many conversations about Avatarism, the flow experience, tribe building, polyamory, changing the brain, heart centered missions, performing, embodying characters, up leveling skill sets, upholding others on the journey and making awesome for our friends. We envisioned a way of bringing our brand of reality to the world using fire, music, dance, magick and audience participation. Since we lost Dan in 2010 I have kept the mission alive along with a trusted group of Apostles and friends. Avatarism is an open source game-philosophy. Play for what you want. Tell us who you are creating yourself to be and we will uphold you.
Here are the unabridged notes of a brainstorming meeting we had circa 2009.
Doorway to Dramatic
"Brainstorming" sounds like a military movement, we could call it
Open up a torrent of ideas cascading into existence
Foreplay in the boardroom, bedroom, or in a natural disaster
Ok, we assume that we are a parfait of experiences and this stairway of life we are on can lead us all the way to the final door where we are blown away in a firestorm of cosmic rays and we transform
Day by day
Games people play
Go all the way
Up, up and away
How can I say I’ve been winning when I have not been winning? Lie, say nothing or change change change.
You are the pollinator!
A qualified operator of a body
Integrator of the stages and ages
The navigator of the story
Liberator of the aimless
Sacred code breaker
Animator and magic maker
Masquerader, loving shameless
In the mind of the eternal creator
contemplator of the moment
Motivator of the movement
Super cultivator of wisdom
Culminator of gentile success
Pollinator of sexy truth
Radiator of divine peace
Duplicator of workable tech
Renovator of the will
Fabricator of self confidence
Simulator of greatness
Formulator and alchemist
Speculator of spiritual gold
Fascinator in the field of time
Titilator of all people
Generator of new tools
Gladiator in the fight for love
Impersonator till i get it right
Illustrator of the pages
Common denominator, we all feel the same
Re-invigorator, Play a good game
*Avatarism is a game for everyone who wants to be more, feel more and have more of an effect on the world. We are seekers in the dust and the wind; this game has no end. We are waiting in the wings; we are clowns and we are kings, we are all children in our dreams. Come play with us. Tell us who you are creating yourself to be, and we will uphold you.
iRev. Alexander Polinsky
Hello friends and family!
What an amazing experience Lightning in a Bottle was this year. I spoke to an audience of 800 awesome beautiful people on the main stage at the Temple of Consciousness. I made so many friends this year, and strengthened existing friendships.
Thanks to everyone who came to the Avatarism talk and participated. It was a truly powerful experience to share my ideas and embody my highest vision of myself as a spiritual entertainer at LIB.
It’s really exciting to think
That the key to excelling at this whole sustainable existence thing
May be to creatively change ourselves
And for the good
For only when we are powerfully embodied
do we have the power
To change the world
The Avatar Character Sheet is a framework to begin;
It is my birthright to be fully embodied
I have a gift to give the universe
I am that gift
Keep me updated on your progress!
If you want to share, please post your completed Avatarism Character Sheet on the Avatarism Facebook page so we can uphold you. I will highlight it and send you an Avatarism talisman with our new symbol on it (while my supplies last) ; )
"OK TO GO!"
iRev. Alexander Polinsky
Founder of Avatarism
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Avatarism talk at Lightning in a bottle this year. The festival was an amazing success and I met so many beautiful, interesting, sincere, magickal characters! An experience I will never forget.
After I gave my talk, many people came up to me at the festival and told me their thoughts on the game I had created. The comment that came up again and again was…”This Avatarism game thing is something I have been doing in my life, but I never had a vocabulary or a way of talking about it, till now.
This is a really exciting time for the world as we are all waking up to our power to self create and self transmogrify. It’s not serious, but it is important.
Play for what you want. Be a player. Life is a game.
Embody Uplevel Uphold
“When we seek mastery,
when we play at the edge of our ability
and when we are in creative action,
we can seduce the world effortlessly
and without force.”
“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.”
If you want to join the game please visit the Avatarism Facebook Page
Read my blog, Avatarism.org, or just find me in the world, tell me who you are, i’d love to uphold you.
If you want an Avatar Character Sheet scroll down a bit and find it below, or msg me on FB and I’ll send you one.
Thanks to Dream Rockwell, The Do Lab, The LIB Artist Relations staff, Teafaerie, AHEE and all the participants who braved the desert heat and made LIB 2014 so unforgettable.
iRev. Alexander Polinsky
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
To join the game please visit the Avatarism Facebook page
PM me for a free Avatar Character Sheet
or read the blog at www.Avatarism.org
"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