‘Wildfire a love story’ depicts spiritual and physical regeneration through the power of divine love.
As part of Extinction Witness’s first regeneration project, Virgin, ‘Wildfire a love story‘ is purposed to raise awareness of wildfire’s role in the regeneration of sequoia and to encourage a memorial grove at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California.
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Here is a letter of reflection on the film content (inspiration/poem, images and song).
There are many paths to heart opening. I do not know what it will take to open you to the pure love that is solely in appreciation of you and your unique genius. Perhaps you have been blessed to feel this divine love all along. If so, you were showered and sheltered with love beginning at your conception. You are then a very rare case today, but we are birthing more of you as I type. I have a sense that for those of us whose hearts were shattered during our earliest years, heart opening in adulthood requires that we feel the equivalent pain with loss, as if our very life breath has parted. That’s the pain that brought me home to Love anyway.
There are many you will love. There is only one who when parted leaves you alive with your Higher Power – only one who opens you as no one else can, only one who takes your breath away.
Love like wildfire is the meeting of yourself in another – the one who holds the mirror to you.
‘Wildfire a love story’ is an expression of my experience with love like wildfire, a love so strong that it seems too good to be true in this vulgar age of abandonment. Yet, it is precisely this pure divine love that will drive out vulgarity and restore beauty to Earth.
The images in the film were captured by Jack Gescheidt at the tail end of a full-day photo session in the North Grove of Calaveras Big Trees State Park April 1, 2013. You see in the film glimpses of what then felt to be a complete transformation from absolute shame and sorrow to pure ecstasy and joy.
April fools! The ceremony with the big stump was my childish attempt to transfer my passion to a tree. I am human. By nature, I am a wild animal. I am not a tree. I can love trees, as I love all of Earth, but my passion is for the one who holds the mirror.
For context, most of the images in the film were taken at the big stump and the majority of those are of me lying on the big stump ‘processing’ love. The images of me and a standing sequoia were taken not far from the stump along a path that invites Park visitors to explore the wounded grove of Calaveras Big Trees. Read about the North Grove at Calaveras.
The poem came through for me as I imagine the song did for the songwriter. Both the poem and song speak to the eternal call of divine love. The poem came through only as I opened to feeling this love rather than spinning it around like madness in my mind. All madness in the human being is a defense against heartbreak – resistance to love born of fear, which is nothing other than love forgetting itself.
I’d been sitting with the experience and images from my time with ‘the big stump’ for months without clarity on what to use and how. Love is the seedbed of all creativity in the human being. I could not have created this film without feeling the love that inspires me. I am eternally grateful for the pain of love that restored me to myself.
Beyond this expression of love like wildfire, ‘Wildfire a love story’ is purposed to raise awareness of wildfire’s role in the regeneration of sequoia. Wildfire is pure love for sequoia. Essential for her natural regeneration, wildfire releases her seed and prepares the seed bed. The pervasive wildfires we witness today are a consequence of suppressed wildfire and cultivated fires of industry.
As well, Extinction Witness has proposed a memorial grove in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in recognition of this grove’s sacrifice, which helped to spur the creation and preservation of national forests and national parks in the United States. It was insane to cut the mother tree in an attempt to make bank off of her potent power and beauty. That insanity is born of the same insecurity that continues to fuel global deforestation.
The insanity of deforestation will continue until we allow the desecration of forests, mountains, rivers, and ‘strangers’ to break our hearts just as our hearts break when we part from our beloved. The beloved brings us home to Love and Earth is home while we live. Earth is our collective mirror, a reflection of how we love ourselves and one another.
You can read more about the life-affirming, regenerative role of wildfire at wildfire. You can read part of the big stump’s story at big trees. You can read more about our proposal for Calaveras Big Trees at Virgin.
Hope ‘Wildfire a love story’ inspires and ignites you! Please share it and spread the word: Imagine your Love like Wildfire. Natural love cannot be suppressed without consequence. Love sans resistance!
Many Thanks & Much Love,