Sept 2013 Newsletter // by Ian MacKenzie
Greetings <<First Name>>,
I posted this declaration to Facebook recently, and I've continued to ponder its meaning since. Love is often understood as an emotion, as when one is “in love.” You love the other as long as they elicit the feeling. But that type of love cannot last, as the only enduring truth is: all things change.
Instead, I've come to understand love is what you “do.” It emerges from the willingness to love in the face of impermanence, to love even when the other may no longer love you. Stephen Jenkinson says “You do not truly love something or someone until you also love their end.”
To love with a broken-heart. To love knowing that all you build will eventually break. To love a lunatic culture that cannot see the precipice. To love the end of things as much as the beginning.
Love is the hardest road.
The mini-tour for my new short film REACTOR continued this month with Toronto last week. The evening featured a musical performance by local musician Aaron Berger, who synched beautifully with the message of the film: to proceed into a future uncertain, fully aware of how stunning and tragic the world is at the same time.
Upcoming dates are posted below – Please RSVP and share with your network!
5 YEARS OF BURNING MAN
"The more you learn about the mystery, the more mysterious She becomes."
August marked my return to Stephen & Nathalie's farm in Ottawa, for my continued training in their 'Orphan Wisdom' school. On the surface, it's difficult to convey exactly what transpired over that week. Mostly, I remember moments: sitting in a tipi among fellow scholars by the firelight, Stephen conjuring the memory of times long ago. The lily pads hovering on the surface of the Bonnechere River, and the beauty befitting of every meal worth grieving.
FEATURED IN OCT ISSUE OF 'ADBUSTERS'
Pick up a copy of the always provocative Adbusters magazine this month, which includes a full page spread with an excerpt from my June keynote speech 'How to Live from the Future'.
Listen to the full keynote online here.
MORE UPCOMING EVENTS
Looking ahead, here's where you can find me this fall.
Want to bring me to your event? I'm available for speaking gigs on crowdfunding, filmmaking, and the emerging paradigm. Contact me here
OCT 15-20 - Living the New Economy, Vancouver
- NOV 19 - TedX Victoria
NOV 29-DEC 5 - Living the New Economy, Victoria
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Until next month...
p.s. Check out this incredible list of Burning Man sets compiled on Soundcloud (over 110 hours of music!)