By Gregg Prescott, M.S., In5D.com
Have you noticed all of the tie dye shirts lately? Are you noticing the worldwide antiwar movement? Have you seen anyone with flowers in their hair? Do you have the urge to listen to music from the 1960’s, even though you weren’t part of the original ‘Summer of Love’? You’re not alone!
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The following is a walk back through time. I added a few videos from that era, which helps to give the article a certain tone.
Can you feel the love?
The Summer of Love was a social phenomenon that occurred during the summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 people converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, thus initiating a major cultural and political shift.
While hippies also gathered in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, Portland, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Miami, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and across Europe, San Francisco was the center of the hippie revolution, a melting pot of music, psychoactive drugs, sexual freedom, creative expression, and politics.
The Summer of Love became a defining moment of the 1960s, as the hippie counterculture movement came into public awareness. This unprecedented gathering of young people is often considered to have been a social experiment, because of alternative lifestyles that became common, both during the summer itself and during subsequent years.
These lifestyles included communal living; the free and communal sharing of resources, often among total strangers; and free love.
The music from this era has a certain energy that is forever locked into that particular era, yet can be relived at anytime.
Inspired by the Beats of the 1950s, who declared themselves independent from the authoritarian order of America, the Haight-Ashbury community rested on a rejection of American commercialism.
Haight residents eschewed the material benefits of modern life, encouraged by the distribution of free food and organized shelter by the Diggers, and the creation of institutions such as the Free Clinic for medical treatment. Psychedelic drug use became but one means to find a new reality. Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir comments:
‘Haight Ashbury was a ghetto of bohemians who wanted to do anything – and we did but I don’t think it has happened since. Yes there was LSD. But Haight Ashbury was not about drugs. It was about exploration, finding new ways of expression, being aware of one’s existence.’
The prelude to the Summer of Love was the Human Be-In at Golden Gate Park on January 14, 1967, which was produced and organized by artist Michael Bowen as a “gathering of tribes”. The event was announced by the Haight-Ashbury’s own psychedelic newspaper, the San Francisco Oracle:
“A new concept of celebrations beneath the human underground must emerge, become conscious, and be shared, so a revolution can be formed with a renaissance of compassion, awareness, and love, and the revelation of unity for all mankind.”
The gathering of approximately 30,000 like-minded people made the Human Be-In the first event that confirmed there was a viable hippie scene.
The term “Summer of Love” originated with the formation of the Council for the Summer of Love in the spring of 1967 as response to the convergence of young people on the Haight-Ashbury district.
The Council was composed of The Family Dog, The Straight Theatre, The Diggers, The San Francisco Oracle, and approximately twenty-five other people, who sought to alleviate some of the problems anticipated from the influx of people expected in the summer. The Council supported the Free Clinic and organized housing, food, sanitation, music and arts, and coordination with local churches and other social groups.
Popularization through media and music
The ever-increasing numbers of youth making a pilgrimage to the Haight-Ashbury district alarmed the San Francisco authorities, whose public stance was that they would keep the hippies away. Adam Kneeman, a long-time resident of the Haight-Ashbury, recalls that the police did little to help; organization of the hordes of newcomers fell to the overwhelmed residents themselves.
College and high-school students began streaming into the Haight during the spring break of 1967. San Francisco’s government leaders, determined to stop the influx of young people once schools let out for the summer, unwittingly brought additional attention to the scene, and an ongoing series of articles in local papers alerted the national media to the hippies’ growing numbers.
By spring, Haight community leaders responded by forming the Council of the Summer of Love, giving the word-of-mouth event an official-sounding name.
The mainstream media’s coverage of hippie life in the Haight-Ashbury drew the attention of youth from all over America. Hunter S. Thompson labeled the district “Hashbury” in The New York Times Magazine, and the activities in the area were reported almost daily.
The movement was also fed by the counterculture’s own media, particularly the San Francisco Oracle, whose pass-around readership is thought to have topped a half-million at its peak that year.
The media’s fascination with the “counterculture” continued with the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, where approximately 30,000 people gathered for the first day of the music festival, with the number swelling to 60,000 on the final day. The song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas and sung by Scott McKenzie was initially designed to promote the Monterey Pop Festival:
“If you’re going to San Francisco,
be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…
If you’re going to San Francisco,
You’re gonna meet some gentle people there. ”
“San Francisco” became an instant hit (#4 in the U.S., #1 in the UK) and quickly transcended its original purpose by popularizing an idealized image of San Francisco. In addition, media coverage of the Monterey Pop Festival facilitated the Summer of Love, since large numbers of fledgling hippies headed to San Francisco to hear their favorite bands, among them the The Doors, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Otis Redding, The Byrds, and Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin.
Incoming WAVES of Consciousness
New waves of energies are coming and many of us have seen these waves in our dreams through the metaphor of a tidal wave. In my dream, I saw three tidal waves coming. The first two came from opposite directions and converged over me while the last one came shortly afterwards. If you view these waves of water as waves of energy, then what we are seeing are three waves of transformation being shared through our collective consciousness and played out in our dreams as premonitions.
You can read more about these three waves in the article, “THREE Massive Tidal Waves Are Coming And It’s Not What You Think!“.
In the meanwhile, can you FEEL the energies changing? I can!
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Gregg Prescott, M.S. is the founder and editor of In5D and BodyMindSoulSpirit. You can find his In5D Radio shows on the In5D Youtube channel. He is also a transformational speaker and promotes spiritual, metaphysical and esoteric conferences in the United States through In5dEvents. His love and faith for humanity motivates him to work in humanity’s best interests 12-15+ hours a day, 365 days a year. Please like and follow In5D on Facebook as well as BodyMindSoulSpirit on Facebook!