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The Wave Silent Disco is, on its face, a group of people wearing synchronized headphones. Most Saturday afternoons in Santa Monica, a table stacked with the monogrammed cans is set up on the beach and anyone can borrow a pair. Electronic dance music pulsates in participants’ ears along with regular narrative interludes from the founder, Julia Grace Vishnepolsky. Her messaging is one of mindful manifestation. Its push for greater self-actualization is both the opposite of and not unlike an evangelical pastor urging congregants to sublimate themselves to a higher power. As dancers move through the meditation, the gathering underlines that many people now seek within themselves a relationship which was once shared between an individual and their god.

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The Wave Silent Disco is, on its face, a group of people wearing synchronized headphones. Most Saturday afternoons in Santa Monica, a table stacked with the monogrammed cans is set up on the beach and anyone can borrow a pair. Electronic dance music pulsates in participants’ ears along with regular narrative interludes from the founder, Julia Grace Vishnepolsky. Her messaging is one of mindful manifestation. Its push for greater self-actualization is both the opposite of and not unlike an evangelical pastor urging congregants to sublimate themselves to a higher power. As dancers move through the meditation, the gathering underlines that many people now seek within themselves a relationship which was once shared between an individual and their god.

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