ComFest, Burners and “CAFFEINE COMMUNION” with Micki Pike

Micki and I got together at the original Angry Baker in Olde Towne East February 6, 2018.


She brought along festival programs for the first three years she attended, and soon volunteered at ComFest. This is how Micki and I first became acquainted, as volunteers for Columbus’ “Party with a Purpose.” That was 1995, and she’s volunteered every year since ’96, serving on various committees such as Clean Up/Recycling, Grants, Site, Logistics, and she created two committees still active, Food Fairies and Volunteer Central.

As we talked about “radical self-expression,” I asked Micki about a couple of Ohio “burns,” smaller regional gatherings modeled on Burning Man, notably, Scorched Nuts and Mozaic Experiment. These events share some commonality with the ComFest ethic, specifically the 10 Principles as they compare with Spirit and Purpose.

CORE VALUES:  She’s an “omnist,”  she recognizes and respects all religions.  For Micki, the Golden Rule, universal  mores and truths and the

Spirit & Principles of ComFest… 

We think that people ought to work for the collective good of all people rather than for personal gain. We support cooperation and collective activity rather than competition and individual profit.

The basic necessities of life are a right and not a privilege. People have the collective right to control the conditions of their lives.

People should strive to conduct their lives in harmony with the environment.

We recognize that there are primary attitudes which divide and oppress people. These attitudes are usually shown by prejudice against people on the basis of age, class, ability, income, race, sex and sexual preference/orientation. We seek to eliminate these attitudes.

The Statement of Principles is more important than any other writings of the Community Festival.

Her current mission to EFFECT CHANGE:  “Yes, we can!”

EARLIEST MEMORY: Micki describes herself sitting on the seat of a moving car, with a silly man sitting next to her, who then opened the car door and jumped out, with the adults in the car talking like what sounded like gibberish to her. She had thought this was a dream until her mother informed her that was no dream, it really happened. She was 18-months old.

The FEELING of HUMAN CONNECTNESS, the TEXTURE of EMOTION: “Like a ‘heart hug,’ a soul hug,” as compared with a ‘body hug.’ The peaceful energy felt in a heart hug is peaceful energy for Micki, pure innocence, feeling the heart’s pulse. This is performed with left arm over left shoulder, left cheek to left cheek.

On SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE: She feels abundance with her freedom to be able to volunteer within her community.

The “BOX” that we’re often encouraged to THINK OUTSIDE OF: Her personal experience with organized religion is her box, which Micki got out of by “embracing change.”

The source for her IDEAS, her MUSE: Micki’s ethic influenced by Spirit & Purpose and the 10 Burning Man Principles stimulates her creativity and her “joy of play.”

On UNCERTAINTY: Meditation, and conversing with friends provide a center. She adds that she no longer worries about what others think of her.

Henceforth 5-YEARS AHEAD, life in 2023: “Things are going to get worse under our current political system in US. I do what I can to change this system. I like putting a smile on people’s faces.”

ANCESTRY:  Micki reports that her great-great-great-grandfather left Wales and arrived in Somerset, Ohio in 1853 to mine coal. One maternal ancestor is Ethan Allen, and her step-father is a descendant of Nathan Hale and Samuel F.B.Morse.

Finally, Micki, WHATCHA READIN’? Paul Tillich’s THE COURAGE TO BE, and she has read MY STRUGGLE.

Much THANKS to you, Micki.
And THANKS, too, toward all readers of “CAFFEINE COMMUNION.”
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About orangeacorn

We are, I believe, and everything is, in perpetual unfolding/enfolding/evolving. By surface appearances, we're in turmoil and fearfullness, but in fact our existence is on the edge of a new way, beyond the US versus THEM we have grown with. I encourage you to join me over coffee or tea in face-to-face encounters. I call this exercise, "CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers." I'm a Columbus, Ohio husband, father and citizen. I practice string band sounds from the ridges of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, the vortex of the ancient drone.
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