Returning from Tamera, Ember Dawning, and what youth need from elders.

Dispatch from the Future
May 2019 / Ian MacKenzie

Dear <<Test First Name>>,

I've just returned from one month living and studying at the peace research village of Tamera in southern Portugal. 

Many of you likely already know about the project, as I've been working on a documentary about the community with two other filmmakers over the past 5 years.  This was my fourth time attending the Global Love School and my partner and baby joined me. 

Shooting a film, attending the school, and attempting to support with our son easily made this visit the most challenging. And yet, the wisdom of the community revealed itself in ways that I'm still unpacking and likely will for some time. 

Perhaps most striking is their understanding of "free love" - that is "love that is free from fear."  This goes far beyond modern ideas of monogamy or polyamory.  This is a commitment to creating the conditions where truth can be spoken, where love partners don't have to hide from each other or themselves, where shame is compassionately tended, and jealously no longer justified. 

As a new family, our experience was navigated with particular tenderness. Edges were explored and hearts were expanded.  The wisdom of eros became more clear as each layer of conditioning, both personal and ancestral, dropped away, revealing the inherent healing capacity of this universal life energy.

What is absolutely clear: families (and all relationships) need the wider vessel of community to thrive, to receive perspective, compassion and support. 

We remain grateful for the love that grew for each one of the participants in the love school, along with Tamerian residents who gathered us into their hearts and dedication for working toward a more beautiful world. 

As the time came to depart, we carried the seed of possibility in our palms, with a commitment to learn how to water this great gift of belonging.

- IM


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