Human beings ey? Our minds are limited; we are designed for simple tasks, not for understanding the universe. Yet, at the same time we can sense a unity and wholeness to creation which, when we are in tune with it, makes our lives flowing and unselfish, and gives us courage and purpose. Feeling connected to all that is around us, not separate, selfish or isolated, is the heart of “spirituality”; a world that has taken a few knocks (possibly rightly so – another discussion) and generally been given a hard time in certain cynical 21st century social climates.
Historically, the word religion - is human’s attempt to strengthen and maximise people’s ability to be “spiritual”. In spite of the scams, bigotries and divisions that religion can foster, the forces of good – from working with prisoners on death row, to campaigning for world disarmament – have a strong religious component. And the most potent and effective women and men – Nelson Mandela, to the Dalai Lama, to Aung San Suu Kyi [Ouch – Ed] - are some of those with strong religious underpinnings to their life.
Today many of us have very little rituals in our lives; most of us think it has no use. Yet when we use the term “empty ritual” we are acknowledging that ritual can also be full. Collective events such as ceremonies and gatherings are important ways to get our roots down into the nourishing depths of life so that we are not swept away like dead leaves into trivia and depression. Christening a baby, getting married, attending a bar mitzvah, celebrating a birthday or going to a rave. Whatever it is…there are all rituals that potentially take us under the surface of life. All of these occasions mark the beginning or end of something through the unification of human beings.
The brand of religion one chooses is not especially important in my opinion. Different religions are only really differences of style and technique. Christ, Buddha, Shiva, Todd ‘The God’ Edwards, they’d all more than likely have gotten on like a house on fire and drank many a pint together had they met and hung out – maybe even enjoyed a bottle of Buckfast or two together (I hope).
In a sense, any “spiritual” path will do. Not to have this kind of practice at all in one’s life however, is a serious mistake. Which brings me to this video:
This article is not about choosing Todd Edwards as your new spiritual leader per se, but the sentiment is all the more relevant thanks to his stupidly heavy “Jesus Loves UK Garage” T shirt. And if all of the prior talk of spirituality and religion can be widely celebrated as a nourishing and enriching congregations of man and woman, then rave culture should be widely recognised as one of those very important things too – at least for those who choose to take part.
This is not the first time this has been illustrated via the medium of prose and it won’t be the last. Just to remind all the people who read this blog and find any kind of relevance in it, please search more about raving equalling religion, because ‘seek, and ye shall find’. Keep on going out. Together. Keep on playing the sickest music. Loud. As fuck. Keep on dancing to it. Hard. Raving can be viewed as a transcendental mind altering experience providing psychic relief to alienated people in a secular repressive and materialistic society. Or not. It’s what you make it. Keep on making it that place of joy and celebration, like you did for your very first time. And use this video as an inspiration, because it’s collection of rowdy Ben Sherman adorned lads having it absolutely large to 4x4 bangers in peace and harmony in a club in Romford should be motivation to all and a sundry that raves are for everyone, and raving is for life. Happy 2018. Now wait for the rewind…
Writer: Pinky Brown