Upcoming events with Fierce Love Films

We’ve been busy these last few months, attending screenings, workshops, panels – and there’s more to come. Check out our upcoming events over the next two months, and please share widely.

NOV 6-7 – VANCOUVER – MERGING MEDIA CONFERENCE – Panel discussions on emerging distribution + alternative financing, and a screening of OCCUPY LOVE.
In attendance Velcrow Ripper, Nicole Sorochan and Ian MacKenzie

NOV 9 – VANCOUVER – THE ART OF CROWDFUNDING, TYEE MASTERCLASS
with Ian MacKenzie. An extended all-day workshop in partnership with the Tyee.

NOVEMBER 21 MONTREAL ~ Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) ~ Panel Session on Crowd Sourcing
with Velcrow Ripper (Details TBA)

NOVEMBER 23 TORONTO ~ Planet in Focus Film Festival ~ Panel Session on Activism + Juror
with Velcrow Ripper (Details TBA)

NOV 30-DEC 5 – VICTORIA – LIVING THE NEW ECONOMY CONFERENCE
with Ian MacKenzie. A week of workshops, speakers, events and more.

A World of Peace

The shift from a culture of war, a culture of domination, a culture of “us versus them,” to a culture of love, a culture of shared power, a culture of “us ” is at the core of our evolutionary journey, and key to our very survival on this precious planet.

Peace starts in our hearts, in the hearts of each every one of us. It begins every day, in this very moment, right now, not then, but now ~ as you read this ~ in your very next breath.

Push the pause button, and take a few seconds to connect with your breath…a single deep breath in and out… ah, yes.

Now take another moment to connect with your heart, breathing in and out of your heart center, grounding yourself in the loving mindfulness of this present moment. And again. Breathing in love, breathing out love. Repeat as needed. Three deep heart breathes at any moment of the day will do you a world of wonders. I like to do this before each meal, and before I make any decisions, large or small.

As you go through your day, allow your actions to spring forth from this beautiful place. Remind yourself to return to your heart, your breath, this space. Creating a sense of spaciousness allows your actions to come from a true place, not from the fear and anxiety that often percolates near the surface, but from the calm depths of the Knowing Heart.

From this place, we can begin to truly Occupy Love, as an important part of who we are. In touch with this ocean of ‘being,’ our ‘doing’ emerges, naturally, without force. We can learn to follow our heart, unwrap our gifts, and let them shine, allowing right action to unfold with right timing, emerging organically.

Occupy A new Era of Compassion Photo by Jenna Pope

More and more of us are beginning to move from this place of deep love and deep peace. A new culture of compassion is being born, all over this pulsating earth. This is not a pipe dream, this is not speculation, it’s truly happening. I’ve witnessed it first hand. Yes, there is an intensification of the setting sun mentality – aggression, hate, fundamentalism, corporate domination, eco collapse, and on and on and on. As a documentary filmmaker, I travel the world and see this dark underbelly, close-up and personal, everywhere I go. But I also have begun to discover the shining emergence of a global, heart centered community that dares to dream of a world that works for everyone and all life, shimmering into existence, everywhere I go.

I see it in the social movements of this era, when they are at their best, dazzling displays of love in action, bursting forth amidst revolutions and evolutions. The love I’ve experienced astounds me. I see it on social media, every day in different ways- the way we, The People, refused to sanction the bombing of Syria. The way we are seeing through the distortions of greed and consumerism and corporate dominance, reaching for real meaning. The way we are evolving new models of sustainability, of creativity, of possibility. The way we The People, are arising, everywhere, and discovering each other with a shock of recognition – oh, you are a lover too? And you, and you and you? Yes – we are.

~ Velcrow Ripper

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Velcrow Ripper is a Canadian Academy Award (Genie) winning filmmaker, writer, sound designer and public speaker. He creates powerful, cinematic documentaries that deal with the central issues of our times. Occupy Love is the culmination of his epic “Fierce Love Trilogy” – See more here

CALL TO ACTION

Join the synchronized global meditation for peace at www.unify.org

Host an Occupy Love Screening
Occupy Love is a feature documentary film that connects the dots of in this era of turmoil and transformation, charting the emergence of the new story, the new revolution of the heart that is emerging around the world. It is a powerful tool that works wonderfully when shared with groups large or small. Arrange a community screening, or a house party screening with friends. Learn more here.

If you haven’t seen the film yet, you can watch it on-line, DVD or download.

Become an Occupy Love Partner
You can host the film on your own website, facebook page or anywhere on-line, and become an Occupy Love partner. Everything is based on the gift economy and profit sharing – we believe in living the new economy. Learn more about becoming an Occupy Love partner here.

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Love is a Verb

‎”I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am.
I know that I am not a category.
I am not a thing — a noun.
I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process
— an integral function of the universe.”
~ Buckminster Fuller

We are all verbs.  Not a one of us a noun. Not one a fixed identity.   Thank you Bucky, for articulating something so critical, so crucial,  so clearly.  The liberating power of this deep understanding is a game changer.

Somewhere a few centuries back, we developed the fragmented, Newtonian worldview that haunts us still. Our very perception shifted, as we fragmented ourselves, specialized ourselves, as we created a binary world of black and white, of us and them, of either/or.  Nature and spirit a distant other. There was security in this view.  A false sense of security.

Look up! The skyscrapers are falling. Rapid climate change, economic collapse,  ecological collapse, political instability and technological escalation: the only thing we can be sure about is radical indeterminacy.   In the face of this acceleration,  we  have choices to make.  We can freeze in fear, becoming paralyzed. Static. Resistant. Frozen. We can buy stuff or watch stuff or eat stuff, anything to avoid feeling. There’s too much pain out there.

Or we can rise onto our surfboards and surf the power of this wave ~ particle ~ wave of change.  This Tsunami of transformation. We can dive into the frothing waters with joy, celebration and Love, following the currents, not fighting, not resisting, yet not succumbing ~ transforming poison into pearls.

Buckminister Fuller’s gravestone reads, “call me Trimtab.” The Trimtab is the tiny rudder that trims the direction of great ships. We are not trying to shift the steel prow of the oil tanker that is industrial growth civilization, which is clearly on a collision course with limits, heading for the next spill. The next crash. The next dead end. Instead, we are becoming the collective Trimtab for spaceship Earth. We are learning to meet the raging tides of this age of extinctions with radical grace.

We are schools of fish lost at sea, seeking to change course from the bottom of the ocean up. Slowly, then suddenly, with a committed wave of our million fins, we will steer the seemingly immobile forces of top down self-destruction, back towards harmony, towards Love, towards an ever evolving universe story that is as ancient as life.

There is tremendous energy to be found in these days of quantuum leaping. We are facing record breaking weather around this trembling Earth – the hottest, the wettest, the coldest, the driest. But we are also seeing record breaking vision arising everywhere, in this season of transition. Millions of people around the world are creating a new story. We are the largest mass movement in humanities history, and we are a verb.

Welcome to the era of resilience. Of fluidity. Of flexibility.   Balanced with the strength of right relationship, of clear intention.  Free will in service to the Universe made manifest on Earth. Which is Us.

The rigid, the fixed, the unmovable- they will be moved, regardless. Most likely they will snap, crackle, crumble, unable to bend with the winds of evolution.  Unless they (who are Us) learn that we are truly verbs.  How beautiful this understanding that we are evolving.  There is so much joy in this – so much meaning.   How can we not help but be in awe of the stupendous 14 billion year journey that has brought Us to this place of consciousness, of conscience, of self aware Love? A miraculous mirror reflecting the infinite journey back to the creative life force Ourself.

I am in Love with Life.  I can’t get enough of it. I am in Love with this pearl of a world.  I am in Love with humanity. I am in Love with our wisdom – and our folly.  To those who say the planet would be better off without Us, I ask that they reconsider.  For we are integral to this planet.   We are Earth.

We are  in the midst of a great Love story, and part of that story currently involves a separation. Yes, we have lost our way, We have strayed far from our Love.  But still we carry the torch, burning away, buried in Our heart of hearts.

We are in a reckless mid-life crisis, spending all our resources on some useless, big red Ferrari, racing away  from compassion and responsibility, lost in denial, searching for something we’ve always had.  One day, may it be soon,   we’ll crash the damn thing one last time, and come back home, to our true Love, to our true Life, with a much deeper appreciation for all we have left behind.  Carrying new gifts, borne of the experience of separation.  And in that return, we will Love like never before.

Love is a verb. It is something we do, something we live, something we are.   Every dancing cell is alive with Love.  The stars are burning with Love. The Earth gives birth  to Love, night and day.  Death is part of Love. Sadness is part of Love.

The whole spectrum is Love, in action, in motion. Even our illusion of rigidity – borne of fear – is all about Love, about our vulnerability. Our human vulnerability.   We are afraid of truly living, of truly Loving, for to Love is to accept that one day, the Lover will be gone. To open the heart, is to be deeply vulnerable. But to be vulnerable is to flow, to be open, to give and receive.

Yes indeed- all is impermanent, all will be lost. And that is the ultimate source of liberation. So don’t hang on – but don’t let go.   Breathe it all in! Don’t miss out by numbing down or dumbing down or running away.  No matter what is happening, you are Loved, and you are Love.  And it will all disintegrate, dissolve, decompose, be gone in a flash.

Don’t turn from the journey! The greatest show on Earth is this very moment. This very breath. This this very heart beat. This endless Love.   Welcome home to planet Earth. May you Love the Life you Live.

~ Velcrow Ripper

Redefining the present moment – Michael Stone

Sharing a short clip from my recent shoot in Japan for another project – Reactor. In this video, Buddhist teacher and yogi Michael Stone shares his thoughts on what it truly means to be in the present moment. For him, there is no difference between being present and being generous – at ease with the flow of life. This is the presence that permeates the Occupy movement… to show up is to truly give each other and the planet our attention.

Love is a verb

‎”I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am.
I know that I am not a category.
I am not a thing — a noun.
I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process
— an integral function of the universe.”
~ Buckminster Fuller

We are all verbs.  Not a one of us a noun. Not one a fixed identity.   Thank you Bucky, for articulating something so critical, so crucial,  so clearly.  The liberating power of this deep understanding is a game changer.

Somewhere a few centuries back, we developed the fragmented, Newtonian worldview that haunts us still.  With help from the new power of the zero, we accelerated our reduction of the world to facts and figures, cleaving it apart with a sword of Hubris. .  Our very perception shifted, as we fragmented ourselves, specialized ourselves, as we created a binary world of black and white, of us and them, of either/or.  Nature and spirit a distant other. There was security in this view.  A false sense of security.

Look up! The skyscrapers are falling. Rapid climate change, economic collapse,  ecological collapse, political instability and technological escalation: the only thing we can be sure about is radical indeterminacy.   In the face of this acceleration,  we  have choices to make.  We can freeze in fear, becoming paralyzed. Static. Resistant. Frozen. We can buy stuff or watch stuff or eat stuff, anything to avoid feeling. There’s too much pain out there.

Or we can rise onto our surfboards and surf the power of this wave ~ particle ~ wave of change.  This Tsunami of transformation. We can dive into the frothing waters with joy, celebration and Love, following the currents, not fighting, not resisting, yet not succumbing ~ transforming poison into pearls.

Buckminister Fuller’s gravestone reads, “call me Trimtab.” The Trimtab is the tiny rudder that trims the direction of great ships. We are not trying to shift the steel prow of the oil tanker that is industrial growth civilization, which is clearly on a collision course with limits, heading for the next spill. The next crash. The next dead end. Instead, we are becoming the collective Trimtab for spaceship Earth. We are learning to meet the raging tides of this age of extinctions with radical grace.

We are schools of fish lost at sea, seeking to change course from the bottom of the ocean up. Slowly, then suddenly, with a committed wave of our million fins, we will steer the seemingly immobile forces of top down self-destruction, back towards harmony, towards Love, towards an ever evolving universe story that is as ancient as light.

There is tremendous energy to be found in these days of quantuum leaping. We are facing record breaking weather around this trembling Earth – the hottest, the wettest, the coldest, the driest. But we are also seeing record breaking vision arising everywhere, in this season of transition. Millions of people around the world are creating a new story. We are the largest mass movement in humanities history, and we are a verb.

Welcome to the era of resilience. Of fluidity. Of flexibility.   Balanced with the strength of right relationship, of clear intention.  Free will in service to the Universe made manifest on Earth. Which is Us.

The rigid, the fixed, the unmovable- they will be moved, regardless. Most likely they will snap, crackle, crumble, unable to bend with the winds of evolution.  Unless they (who are Us) learn that we are truly verbs.  How beautiful this understanding that we are evolving.  There is so much joy in this – so much meaning.   How can we not help but be in awe of the stupendous 14 billion year journey that has brought Us to this place of consciousness, of conscience, of self aware Love? A miraculous mirror reflecting the infinite journey back to the creative life force Ourself.

I am in Love with Life.  I can’t get enough of it. I am in Love with this pearl of a world.  I am in Love with humanity. I am in Love with our wisdom – and our folly.  To those who say the planet would be better off without Us, I ask that they reconsider.  For we are integral to this planet.   We are Earth.

We are  in the midst of a great Love story, and part of that story currently involves a separation. Yes, we have lost our way, We have strayed far from our Love.  But still we carry the torch, burning away, buried in Our heart of hearts.

We are in a reckless mid-life crisis, spending all our resources on some useless, big red Ferrari, racing away  from compassion and responsibility, lost in denial, searching for something we’ve always had.  One day, may it be soon,   we’ll crash the damn thing one last time, and come back home, to our true Love, to our true Life, with a much deeper appreciation for all we have left behind.  Carrying new gifts, borne of the experience of separation.  And in that return, we will Love like never before.

Love is a verb. It is something we do, something we live, something we are.   Every dancing cell is alive with Love.  The stars are burning with Love. The Earth gives birth  to Love, night and day.  Death is part of Love. Sadness is part of Love.

The whole spectrum is Love, in action, in motion. Even our illusion of rigidity – borne of fear – is all about Love, about our vulnerability. Our human vulnerability.   We are afraid of truly living, of truly Loving, for to Love is to accept that one day, the Lover will be gone. To open the heart, is to be deeply vulnerable. But to be vulnerable is to flow, to be open, to give and receive.

Yes indeed- all is impermanent, all will be lost. And that is the ultimate source of liberation. So don’t hang on – but don’t let go.   Breathe it all in! Don’t miss out by numbing down or dumbing down or running away.  No matter what is happening, you are Loved, and you are Love.  And it will all disintegrate, dissolve, decompose, be gone in a flash.

Don’t turn from the journey! The greatest show on Earth is this very moment. This very breath. This this very heart beat. This endless Love.   Welcome home to planet Earth. May you Love the Life you Live.

~ Velcrow Ripper

A Victory for Love! We did it!

http://youtu.be/BcU5I7eua6c

We did it!! In fact, we sent it through the roof! Thanks to you all, we not only met, but we have exceeded the goal of our IndieGoGo crowd funding camapaign! As my beautiful team mate Ian MacKenzie wrote yesterday, “still basking in the glow of human generosity. Over 700 people donated towards our film (6 hours still to go!) and it was not in their “rational self-interest.” Or perhaps, it is… because they understand their Self actually includes the Other. So as you support others, you are enriching and supporting all humanity and all life. A humble bow of gratitude to you all.”

Hear hear! Deep bows, and deep love to you all!

Between our two fundraising campaigns, over 900 people have participated in creating Occupy Love. That’s a lot of love!

481 people took the time to post  comments section of the IndigieGoGo site,  see great evidence of all the support for the project, and the Occupy Love movement itself. That so many people are committed and excited and passionate about compassion, about creating a world that works for everyone, a world that works for all life.

From the three of us producers of Occupy Love – Gregg Hill, Ian MacKenzie, and myself, Velcrow Ripper, please accept our deepest gratitude, and love. We are a community of change agents, and there is nowhere better to be, than right here, right now, a time of the greatest crisis that humanity has ever faced, and at the time of the greatest love story on earth.

Occupy Love!

Love is the movement!

Occupy London

This earth is abundant. There is enough for all of us. Scarcity is the construct of a system built on greed. We need to re-recreate this world, from the bottom up, with the only secure foundation: love. With that as a starting place, with compassion as our bedrock, we will naturally evolve a sacred economics, committed to a world that works for all life. (I took this photo last night at Occupy London)

Photo: Occupy London

Open Letter from Starhawk and ACT to Occupy

Open Letter to the Occupy Movement from Starhawk and the Alliance of Community Trainers

The Occupy movement has had enormous successes in the short time since September when activists took over a square near Wall Street. It has attracted hundreds of thousands of active participants, spawned occupations in cities and towns all over North America, changed the national dialogue and garnered enormous public support. It’s even, on occasion, gotten good press!

Now we are wrestling with the question that arises again and again in movements for social justice—how to struggle. Do we embrace nonviolence, or a ‘diversity of tactics?’ If we are a nonviolent movement, how do we define nonviolence? Is breaking a window violent?

We write as a trainers’ collective with decades of experience, from the anti-Vietnam protests of the sixties through the strictly nonviolent antinuclear blockades of the seventies, in feminist, environmental and anti-intervention movements and the global justice mobilizations of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. We embrace many labels, including feminist, anti-racist, eco-feminist and anarchist. We have many times stood shoulder to shoulder with black blocs in the face of the riot cops, and we’ve been tear-gassed, stun-gunned, pepper sprayed, clubbed, and arrested,

While we’ve participated in many actions organized with a diversity of tactics, we do not believe that framework is workable for the Occupy Movement. Setting aside questions of morality or definitions of ‘violence’ and ‘nonviolence’ – for no two people define ‘violence’ in the same way – we ask the question:

What framework can we organize in that will build on our strengths, allow us to grow, embrace a wide diversity of participants, and make a powerful impact on the world?

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Occupy Samsara ~ Support From Spiritual Teachers

 

An Open Letter from Buddhist and Yoga Teachers and Leaders in Support of the Occupy Movement

Posted on November 6, 2011

As teachers and leaders of communities that promote the development of compassion and mindfulness, we are writing to express our solidarity with the Occupy movement now active in over 1,900 cities worldwide.

We are particularly inspired by the nonviolent tactics of this movement, its methods of self-governance, and its emergent communities founded in open communication (general assemblies, the human microphone, the inclusion of diverse voices, etc). These encampments are fertile ground for seeing our inherent wisdom and our capacity for awakening. We encourage all teachers, leaders, sanghas and communities that pursue awakening to join with these inspiring activists, if they have not already done so, in working to end the extreme inequalities of wealth and power that cause so much suffering and devastation for human society and for the ecosystems of Earth.

This movement has given voice to a near-universal frustration with the economic and political disenfranchisement of so many. It offers a needed counterbalance to a system that saps the life energy of the overwhelming majority –– the so-called 99% –– generating vast profits for a tiny handful, without maximizing the true potential for widespread wealth creation in our society. While our practice challenges us to cultivate compassion for 100% of human beings without villifying an “enemy,” our practice also calls on us to challenge a system that causes such clear harm and imbalance.

We share in the thoughtful calls to address massive unemployment, climate change, the erosion of social safety nets, decaying infrastructures, social and education programs, and workers’ wages, rights, and benefits.

Moreover, the current legal structure of large corporations compels individuals to act with shortsighted greed, acts for which they are not held personally accountable. If we aren’t encouraged to act with awareness of our connection to the seven billion humans who share our global community, the social fabric of our society is torn apart by legalized acts of selfishness and fear. These acts are performed in human society, by nonhuman entities, oddly granted the legal and political status of people, which have no ability to adequately perceive or react to the negative repercussions of their choices. The whole planet pays the price.

Most importantly, we believe that individual awakening and collective transformation are inseparable. For members of spiritual communities, mindfulness of the situation before us demands that we engage fully in the culture and society we inhabit. We do not view our own path as merely an individualistic pursuit of sanity and health, and we believe it would be irresponsible of us to teach students of mind/body disciplines that they can develop their practice in isolation from the society in which they live. We are inspired by the creative and intellectual work of the Occupy movement as an essential voice in facilitating a more compassionate and ecologically grounded basis for practice.

The Occupy movement has re-ignited our belief that it’s truly possible to build a culture of non-harm, honesty and respect for all creatures. We recognize our human failings and know that we’ll fail ten thousand times in our efforts to awaken. We now vow to bring our practices and methods of teaching more into alignment with our deepest values.

The structural greed, anger and delusion that characterize our current system are incompatible with our obligations to future generations and our most cherished values of interdependence, creativity, and compassion. We call on teachers and practitioners from all traditions of mind/body awakening to join in actively transforming these structures.

Letter Signed, Ethan Nichtern, Shastri, New York, Shôken Michael Stone, Toronto

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Today is National Bank Transfer Day! Love your brother (and sister!) dammit – and dump your

Today is National Bank Transfer Day! Love your brother (and sister!) dammit – and dump your bank! From VintageCore Patterns: “I went to a Credit Union Today thinking it was going to inconvenience us a little, but.. it would be worth it. AS A MATTER OF FACT, it was the best experience ever. They set up Direct Deposit, and I also got my ATM, WITH MY NAME ON IT! Ready to go and regretting I did not do it sooner.”  Join a Credit Union and let your money support community business.