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Out of the darkness your eyes are drawn to a rainbow of sparkling
colors radiating from a silver sphere. The sphere is a beacon,
suspended from a pyramid, which seems to hover 17 feet off the ground.
Without thinking your feet carry you closer. As you enter the Tribal grounds,
to find, before you, the Altar of Man.
The altar features a pillar of flame rising from a base of mosaic mirrored glass. You notice elements of the phallic masculine--air & fire, as well as more subtle concepts such as strength, warmth, energy, power, and majesty. The altar incorporates various man-made, but earth-based materials such as hewn stone, metal, fire, and glass, referencing man's tie to, and reliance upon, Earth.
Only now do you realize, the pyramid, which seemed to float, now sits atop a silver dune, which seems to rise out of the playa. You travel 20 feet down the tunnel, which serves as an entrance. You are greeted by a friendly face which asks you to remove your shoes.
As you pull aside the curtain you step into a holy and majestic space.
This is the Lumerian Goddess Temple.
A 32-foot diameter geodesic dome provides the structure of the temple. The interior is decorated in Bedouin fashion with full-length silky burgundy, gold, and lace drapery flowing around the interior temple walls. You are struck by the beauty of the God and Goddess's thrones. On either side of the thrones are reverently displayed altars of the Masculine and Feminine. The temple air is perfused with incense and scented oils. Heavenly, and sometimes tribal, music fills the senses and intoxicates the mind. Pillows of all shapes and sizes have been arranged around the perimeter of the temple floor, entice you to relax and be comfortable. At the top of the ceiling a mirror ball catches the subtle light and casts a mesmerizing glow.
As you leave our cozy temple, once again aware of your own power and magnificence, you tune in on what appears to be the joyous screams of children on a playground. You flash back to images of your childhood and how simple it was to be amused. Suddenly, as a mirage, two robots loom before you. It's Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots, from your youth, but this time they're big enough to knock *your* block off. You climb into the boxing ring and into the Blue Bomber, suddenly you've become an 8-foot tall robot fighting machine. Your trusty companion (oh, I forgot to mention, you have a trusty companion with you) grabs hold of the steering controls outside the ring, while two combatants gear up in the Red Rocker. The hot arena lights pound down on you while the crowd cheers you on. You hear the bell ring, and the fight is on!
As you leave the place of battle, no worse for wear, you notice a giant flaming vortex roaming across the playa.
As you gather with other pilgrims in a circle, the fire changes shape, small tight complex vortexes begin to emerge. As you feed the fire with your thoughts, your human energy is combined with that of everyone around you. You feel connected with the whole world and even life itself.
The Flaming vortex begins to move again, you follow and allow this pillar of light to lead you back into the night
to your next adventure.