Burning Man Talk: Becoming a Fertile Container for Passion, Purpose & Lust.

photo: Shasta Townsend

Why is love such a deep longing for us all? How do we find more love? Do we even know how to love? Can we love better?

These are questions that keep me up at night—and the questions I posed and answered in a recent public talk at this year’s 2012 Burning Man Festival in Nevada. I love to share ideas and was thrilled and delighted at the response from Burner listeners and their many questions. Love really is the question and answer we are all seeking. The sheer number of questions I received that day and later that week in camp and on the Playa inspired me to share this article and to invite readers to truly become a container of love and allow more passion, purpose and yes, even lust, into their lives. See what fertile unfolding blooms when you do…

This is Part One of a three part-series, posted exclusively on elephantjournal.

North Americans are the most over-weight, medicated, in debt and unhappy culture on the planet—and yet, we have the most wealth and resources at our disposal.

If we believe the myth that the more we have the happier we should be…then why aren’t we happy?

Most of us do not really seek more possessions but rather deep meaning and love.

We do not, however, love well; we neither receive, nor give, at a true heart level.

Instead we choose isolation, entrenched ideas and patterns, fear and self-preservation, when we long for deep connection, passion and love.

The rise in yoga, spirituality and events such as Burning Man reveal the deep longing within us for both radical self-acceptance and connection with others.

How much has humanity suffered because our personal fears kept us locked in our own prison? How much of our depression, addictions, sorrow and even wars, come from denying love?

The desire for love and connection is the deepest longing in humanity; it is calling in all of us.

But to experience a true connection and unconditional love requires vulnerability…and vulnerability is terrifying.

Vulnerability means we have a willingness to be truly seen for who we are—and to hold another in that same place. We shamelessly expose ourselves—not just our bodies—but who we are, truly. So many of us hide the flaws, cover up and mask our great shame and build walls so that we never have to feel vulnerable.

Our fear of judgment is what keeps us locked in ourselves; our fear of betrayal, our fear of abandonment and our fear of needing is what keeps us numbing and separating ourselves.

To love is to be truly open. But to open is to bloom like the flower who emits her sweet scent.

This new age invites us to stand in the essence of who we are truly—loving beings who are wired to connect, collaborate and celebrate.





Editor: Bryonie Wise

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Shasta Townsend

Best-selling author, award winning teacher and down-to-earth Canadian girl, Shasta Townsend helps women and men reconnect to their wholeness, release blocks to their happiness and reclaim magic so they can live a wonderful life, no matter what! Shasta is passionate about the how-to of creating good relationship—the relationship to our Self, to each other and to the Earth. She is a feisty champion of “unbroken wholeness”—that is the current of love, goodness and creativity that supports us always, and is adept at integrating various disciplines so we may tap into this current with power and ease. Shasta is your feisty champion as she helps to strip away the old stories and reveal your authentic radiance as you unabashedly create the next big, beautiful chapter of your life.

Shasta shares her passion for living well as a Featured Columnist at Elephant Journal, The Good Men Project, Rebelle Society and Vivid Life. Shasta leads retreats, workshops and talks around the world. She lives in Canada with her husband, cat and creative impulse. Her debut book, Happy, Sexy, Shameless – What Our Mother’s Didn’t Know About the Birds and the Bees is an international best seller and is available through amazon.com and all amazon platforms world-wide. Connect with Shasta on Facebook or on Twitter @shastaherself.