November 16, 2015
Too difficult to understand what's happening over there?
I don't know. But strange it is.
It opened my eyes more.
It's not about those happenings, but what's happening, and what we let happen, every day.
"Terrorism". Let people play out a terrible game.. A game designed by other people than most of us think (if we even think about it..)
But here a video about some of this darkness, brought clear and really worth seeing.
November 15, 2015
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November 9, 2015
"We need to cultivate a mindset of abundance of opportunity for us to live our own calling in life.
We can do this in a network of relationships based on deep and passionate human connections, and a quest to create meaning."
Imagine there would exist a platform where it is about this kind of relationships with such a quest.
A platform not just for information but where everyone wants to create meaningful action. Where people with a same urge can connect and grow together.
Can you imagine? I can!
November 7, 2015
Personally I am not afraid of a collapse. If it's so, than it's so.
Good will remain; I have a big trust in Life.
But.. now when we're as humans (still) alive on this beautiful planet, how can we make the best of it?
And not because it's so good and noble, but just because it is natural: we should (in my eyes) be there for each other. And of course also very natural, we should be there (as she is there for us) for the earth.
Be there the best we can.
That means..work* to do!
*What kind of work? When we truly want to be there for each other ('cause it's simply natural), we'll build different structures to make this possible. Our society's structure now is merely build from out greed. But if we see it's crap (more than, because it causes more harm than is imaginable, and we're kind of tight by it ), and see we all have a huge role in it, our work will automatically, naturally be 'change'.
Work what should be a natural response, by seeing, and by being true to -nothing more than- yourself. But.. I think we can do more when we strengthen each other in this. By cooperating and sharing. Working on a real sharing economy.
What if we'all together should foster all things which are good for life.
All things what makes this world a better world.
Look to the situation in which we're all together. No explanation needed.
Together we can make a huge change in this weird, totally unbalanced reality.
How we change reality?
By listening to another story (than the nowadays 'standard' believes, history, etc.), because this story is false as we see.
It starts with ourselves (don't taking stories and believes for granted, but using our hearts instead), and together we can make a kind of new story-line: that the old one isn't true and we have to make another one, with the message: 'don't believe stories. Don't take things for granted. Question things.Everything.'
We make society ourselves, and we all have the same big role :keeping it like it is or changing it for the better.
It's simple. A new platform, a new network. Where we share, connect and rebuild.The tools are there to give it a try. Why wait?
Instead of working separately on beautiful islands (millions of initiatives) working collaboratively.
Sharing, caring! Just natural. Being there for each other- and the world we live upon! We know we cannot build on the so-called 'leaders', so we could work on something new ; where we can build on each other. Our massive collaborative DIY- project! A real sharing economy.
Doesn't our society perfectly mirror our own manipulative way of living?
The wars. They almost became 'normal'.
The way we are educated. We take it for granted.
We take all!
We struggle on, earning money to pay our rent, and don't take the time to do something structural. Putting under while our head in the sand.
But if we are real we know something is terrible wrong here.
As long we stay struggling, not saying ' It's enough', we are playing this manipulative game along. Being manipulative players our selves.
I think it's very important to really make this step with billions together. Starting with the intention: 'how it is right now, isn't right. People suffer because we don't stand up'.
To make this decision yourself, deep inside. For no-one than yourself. As a response towards Life. True responsibility. And to stay true to that. True to yourself. The only way.
I know it's happening. But still too less.
We can do more, far more!
Saying it also to myself of course. "You can do more, far, FAR more!"
As long wars are happening it should move us, trying to organize ourselves differently, strengthen each other and the voice we all hear inside: "how it is right now it isn't just at all, and as my own Life is precious- the Life of others is"
To really be there. Not only in our own save cave..
November 6, 2015
Instead of 'healing' he likes to say his work is 'working with energy', and I like his reason: because everyone is a healer. Because everyone should be his own shaman. It's nothing special. By calling myself (your) 'healer' I put myself on a pedestal. I misuse something, what I don't want.
Who wants to go to a healer? Someone who sees him/herself as a victim. As weak. As a healer you'll attrack people who put their work out of hands.
His work, as he says, is to work on it together. Both in charge.
That, the explanation and showing me 'healing' from out another angle made it 'super' interesting.
I think when working in this field it is extremely difficult not to be manipulative. To misuse the knowledge you have and the techniques you know. But his answer on this was: 'then you'll get it back like a boomerang'.
Next to this I remember also those words:
"Vincent, do you know some plants which are good for wintertime, which work for example anti -flu?'
"Anti-flu? Why anti-flu? Maybe it's better to strengthen the flu because it's a process where in things that don't work been thrown out/ burned. The same when being depressive. A time to take your time to go deep and kick all garbage, all those things which don't serve you, out.. So should we fight it?"
Both they are processes indeed, processes of your precious extremely intelligent body.
Our own enormous strength. The gift called 'Life', what we are.
We should never forget our own healing abilities. --Be your own healer!--
November 3, 2015
November 2, 2015
but let yourself be the weakest in the world,
you let the whole of life flow through you.
and let the world do what it wants.
And because you let it in unceasingly,
the light of the world shines through you unceasingly.
but let yourself be dull and ordinary,
then the whole world can be seen in you.
Be the path people walk on.
Then you'll always be close to the way.
That’s truly exceptional.
but let yourself be mundane and ordinary,
then you can be open to everything.
Be the gutter -
no separation between you and the world,
Whatever life comes to you will be enough.
Alive in simplicity.
But you're simple.
So you want nothing.
October 31, 2015
Knowing the Earth climate for its limit, an encompassing body, we may read from these body reactions —rising concentration of greehouse gaz concentration, acidification of the oceans, rising number of extreme events, … — that our current mind set is perhaps unbalanced. Not to say ‘sick’.
Just like we would reasonably prevent psychotic or depressive people to harm themselves by not only treating them with reasoning and logic, I wander if by following this path of ‘somatization’ we may realize that politicizing nature entities is pointless when being done on its own.
Together with politicizing these non-human bodies, somatizing ‘climate’ (i.e. limits) within our bodies (i.e. institutions for instance) might be an interesting way not to be led on the path of hubris.
October 30, 2015
I still remember it, because it 'got me'.
"Hey! Don't think the media will write about a thing like this! You know, the big media owns almost all channels. Don't believe they'll share one word about it!". The man who said it was kind of upset and said it loudly.
Immediately, by someone who almost jumped from his chair, even louder, or say clearer; louder in another way:
"No! Don't say the media!
The media is dead.
You see 'media' everywhere now. Twitter, Facebook and the whole bunch. We became the media."
Six sentences. But important.
For me it was so clearly to hear above all the difference in 'tones', in energy.
The first kind of tired and depressive, the second more fresh and alive.
Indeed. We are the media. We are society.
By our thoughts. Our assumptions. Our believes. Our experiences.
Together: the conditioning.
Does it mean we live in a dream-world?
That when we just dream and imagine a beautiful world we can create it?
I don't think so.
There is reality and there is truth.
And truth is something so unbelievable GREAT..
And it's the underlying *thing* of everything.
Every moment we are able to 'peel off' reality till we are *there*.
And *there* is everything but a 'dream'!
A dream, our consciousness, is still 'mind'.
Truth is different.
Consciousness is given a big role in call it the new age/ hippie movement (sorry I don't have another word, but I hope you'll understand what I mean). By expanding your consciousness (wherein psychedelics/ hallucinogens can make a huge step), the world should change. 'More lovely thoughts, experiences and imaginations, a more lovely world'.
Where is truth in this?
I see this part has to do with 'reality'.
Truth and reality will always be two different things.
Can we get rid of our conditioning (read how we are taught, our believes, etc.)just by creating a beautiful sub-reality, by dreaming? Isn't it a kind of escape? Replacing one for another?
There is work to do. Always. Now,
Peeling off reality, till truth.
It's here, now. Unbelievable GREAT.
To deny it, and just say 'this reality is not just, let's create - using beautiful thoughts- another one' I see we're lacking the most important.
And yes by denying Life itself, the biggest of the biggest- something what doesn't fit in our brain, you simply become depressive.
But to dig, mindful moment by moment, to go for Life, here, now, than you'll experience the opposite.That's what for me the word 'lemlem' means. And I think that creates better circumstances. For yourself, for others. That changes. That changes the world we live in.
I think we only make it better by working from out truth.
A small word for something what's not to put in to words.
Reality; it's the field the self help industry is about. And for example books like 'the Secret'.
It's something rather about a kind of constance than the movement of mind/ changing consciousness & reality- work.
Let's compare it with a river.
Truth as the source high on top of the mountain, it just is. Clear. Continuly.
Consciousness/ reality as the flow of the river itself. Less clear. Polluted (read: thoughts etc.)
We can clean up the river, make it beautiful and drinkable (change reality/our world by our thoughts), but we'd better go higher up in the mountains, towards the source..where it's always fresh #lemlem
Being fresh ourselves we won't pollute the river..
October 29, 2015
October 28, 2015
Terrible out of balance.
You see it everywhere.
The poverty, and the opposite; the extreme richness.
We know: it's all because of the power.
Who has the power? Who can put everything to their hands? The very rich, yes.
So, conclusion: it's about power. And the misuse like a lot of people would say. The misuse of power. Is that possible? Of power in it's core always misusing something?
Yes. I say the latter.
It's not about the misuse of power. But of power.
Power i s taking from others.
Power i s letting others down.
Power i s pressure.
Let's dive more in the thing called 'power'.
When you get power?
When you give people power?
Simple: when someone (or a group) sees itself as better. As 'more', with whatever reason (in the ancient times for example the leaders found themselves send from god, nowadays often because they have more money, more knowledge, better ideas, or.. whatever..)
When someones feels better than the other the dialogue is gone. There cannot be a talk on the same level anymore. Something very, very subtle and important is gone.
Without this there cannot be total world-peace. How much we would protest even, there simply cannot.
And when do you give power? When you are corrupt. With that word you'll immediately think on politics and big pharmacy, I know. But hey, doesn't corruption in the core mean that you don't take your own responsibility? Your very own responsibility to align heart, mind and hands. And that's a lot of work! What most of us fail to do. Because it's the hardest. Than, being corrupt, you won't do what you actually have to do.
So do you think this power issue is just something of the very riches?
No. There you see it with a magnifying-glass .
It is everywhere.
It is the subtle feeling of feeling yourself better than someone else.
That you think you'll have a say about someone else.
Or to think for someone else (what's not your business,'cause they're living there own lives).
You think you may suppress in a way (like a lot of parents and teachers do).
You got my point?
We are like the world-powers.
It's not just them.
That I in the first place always commit to myself.
My heart and my own feelings. Committed to my own precious learning process called life.
Knowing it's in my own hands, this process. I take the lead. By listening to my own compass.
Second. I can resonate with someone, or an organization.
My commitment then has to do again everything with this first commitment.
When I don't follow my own compass, I am not myself, and not true committed to anything at all.
So please. Let me be me.
Kind of funny, because it was a strong argumentation for 'being ethic'.
Ethics. Something what was very important in my life. Maybe also because it played a role in how I'm raised.
One of the things we wrote down:' Aristotle teached you should live by virtues'.
What implies: I want to live good for the good of all (very noble indeed).
'If we all do that the world becomes a better world.' But is that true (like Byron Katie would say)?
'I want to make this world a better world'. Nine words really interesting to dive into.
It triggers me. It attracts me, and that's why I did my kind of personal research after it. For many years.
Doing good for a goal means doing no good at all.
Very controversial, right? I know. And I know many won't understand how I mean it.
Doing good should be a natural result. Of doing right.
But how do you do right?
That's a big question.
By following virtues, values? The kind of rules we all made together through the history?
Than you are a good person?
Hmm.. it does me think on the Pharisees in the Bible.
No Julianna, I don't want you to be a righteous,decent person.
I want you to be a true person.
And how you stay that?
To always stay in close contact with yourself. What you feel what's true and false.
Not because a standard (ethic values).
No. Because you feel so. Because it's something inside you. Your heart what's speaking.
Those words of Marianne Williamson in this video (see link) do suit what I mean..
Especially the words where she says we should lay down those soft voices we hear deep within, in wherever field we're working.
It's about listening (to yourself), not about following 'rules'/ values (how good they may seem though!).
When you listen, only then there is passion..
Marianne Williamson at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Reli...FULL BODY CHILLS.“Living a meaningful life is not a popularity contest. If what you’re saying is always getting applause, you’re probably not yet doing the right stuff.” — Marianne Williamson
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October 26, 2015
Maybe that's why I have difficulties with something I see so much around. 'I am this, I am that', 'I am doing this, I am doing that'. One job title more pompous than the other, or more 'creative', more 'special'. Or (business) ideas. The one more special than the other.
Often I think by myself: 'uff. Be simple'.
Because where does real creativity come from? From a place what's nothing. A big space of emptiness. Nothingness.
And we? We think we are with our creative things oh-so-special. Something doesn't match then in my eyes!
"Education is a vicious circle only when we do not see the importance, the essential necessity above all else, of this supreme happiness."
October 24, 2015
October 23, 2015
This words above from Etty Hillesum are also for you. Stay pure and simple.. (by staying connected with your heart) Live simply 'just' by being yourself. Don't wanna become something else please! I (always) remember your birth and how unbelievable beautiful and shiny you were already then..
Oh, and read Etty. Both your mother and grandmother loved her writings. Keep the tradition alive;-)
October 17, 2015
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October 4, 2015
I was enjoying it together with the book I was reading, 'The Witches' by Roald Dahl.
Tom, my eldest brother, was laughing when he saw the title.
'Come Titia, I'll show you two real witches!' and he took me to another table, where two girls were sitting. He just got to know them and he explained me a bit about the thing called 'witchcraft' in what he also was interested pretty much.
The more he was. In the girls. And the kind of darkness they carried with them. I know it always intruiged him. Darkness.
There is black magic. There is white magic (f.e. witchcraft).
Two sides of the same coint.
A coint called manipulation.
Manipulation of the 'now'. Both want to change the 'now'. With techniques, with methods.
In both I personal don't have any interest.
No. The opposite. Every cell in my body sais: false! Don't waste your energy!
October 2, 2015
Creation is a word that we all use so glibly, so easily. A painter puts on canvas a few colours and gets tremendously excited about it. It is his fulfillment, the means through which he expresses himself; it is his market in which to gain money or reputation and he calls that "creation"! Every writer "creates," and there are schools of "creative" writing, but none of that has anything to do with creation. It is all the conditioned response of a mind that lives in a particular society.
The creation of which I am speaking is something entirely different. It is a mind that is in the state of creation. It may or it may not express that state. Expression has very little value. That state of creation has no cause, and therefore a mind in that state is every moment dying and living and loving and being. The whole of this is meditation."
September 29, 2015
*what only happens when you 'don't know'. With an open, fresh mind; lemlem.
" What this means for the ordinary person is that it is futile to identify with these misunderstood terms and titles, for it is not principles that are to blame for world problems but only man himself. Thus only man can change, not capitalism or the system, because the system is merely a product of man’s thoughts and actions. The system per se doesn’t exist—only people exist, and yet because the society we have created is so divided and unjust we strangely blame ‘the system’ for our discontentment and unhappiness, which is an erroneous and potentially dangerous conclusion to reach."
As well as those:
"the word revolution breeds the word enemy, which breeds the word against; and the internal attitude of being ‘against’ breeds mental blindness and selfishness in its turn. The psychological counterpart of thinking ‘I’m against you’ is stubbornness, arrogance and violence (whether expressed inwardly or outwardly), and it invariably hardens people’s hearts and leads to fragmentation and conflict, both on an individual and societal level. The word revolution is outdated for the coming era in every respect, and now is the time for a new dispensation based on cooperation, goodwill, sharing and global unity—as well as copious amounts of common sense!
"By standing in opposition to capitalism or the corrupt system, we are therefore engaging in those old divisive processes that have led to class conflict and social marginalisation over and over again for hundreds of years."
September 25, 2015
September 24, 2015
Normally we see meditation as a tool. Or a way, a technique to let us feel better, to make us healthier, to make us more clear, etc.
We use it for the best. For a noble goal (personal health, so a more healthier society).
What Krishnamurti says is your very living, moment by moment should be called meditation.
Meditation and to live is one.
Big words, I hope you have the time to let them sink in.
It's not just something what you do beside.. It's in everything. It is everything.
Meditation in the 'normal' sense, as we know it, implies a goal.
Everyone wants to become more relaxed, unstressed, clearer, 'enlightener' and so on.
In the wanting there lays a lot.
It says you want to go from here to somewhere else (somewhere better, even it's 'for the good').
It's about becoming.
It's about results.
This is not about freedom!
Freedom is: you are already there. It's now.
If you can't take the very moment as it is, to be silent, whatever you do (in yoga clothes or not, in a specific yoga pose or not) you miss the whole point.
The point: it isn't a technique.
The point: to live isn't about techniques, theories and methods.
It's about integrity.
To be that, I think, is to take every moment as it is. Don't want to make it 'this'or 'that'.
In this way you're open, and naturally inviting more freshness, etc. The same thing you want (what means effort) when you're going to a yoga class.
When you're open it can come in.
Inviting without thoughts (thus that means no wishful thinking and law of attraction), but deeper.., with your being.
Keeping the window open so the breeze (the good) can come in.
When you're striving for the good (although it looks so 'smooth' and 'good') your starting-point isn't the right.
It isn't integer.
That's what he says.
Of course we don't have to take it as truth.
But let's explore it..!
September 22, 2015
September 21, 2015
September 20, 2015
Size of the project doesn't matter.
Impact and change; it's all about another way.
It's about how to do it.
The heart involved? Integral? A strong relation as the base?
There is no blueprint for this.
No concept. No '5 steps- how- to'.
It's about openness.
And everything what 'Life' means: love, learning, relation, trust, freedom, .... and all we can't put in words.
September 18, 2015
Without a strict clear end-point.
There can be made 'mistakes' along the way.
And how great mistakes are!
Wow. they are things to learn from.
It's all about the relationship.
Does the relation exist to let beauty grow? Do we really see each other?
In opposition of a strict straight-lined agreement where it's all about getting the right 'professional' results.
Isn't it a state that 'Life', the lifelines in you is suppressed?
That it cannot flow, whatever reason it has?
That your dreams, your true being cannot be, hindered by whatever wall?
Often it is a deep meeting with yourself again, and (as many people say) very worth-full.
But having the freedom to be who you are is much better..
So than it's good to explore what those walls are which keep you down. From your way.
There are walls inside your self (habits, particular thoughts, patterns), but also in society. Many!
Being free. It's something I work on, - inner work. That's Life for me, and real work.
And also outer work. Avoiding walls, fostering places where it's about freedom and letting new things emerge.
As I think from out freedom - no pressure- the good things happen.
The new buds.
September 10, 2015
How is poverty created?
Who is developing who?
What is the root?
How Is Poverty Created? #PovertyIsCreated
“Where do poverty and inequality come from? What is the detailed history of past actions and policies that contributed to their rapid ascent in the modern era? When were these patterns accelerated and by whom?”
Who’s Developing Who? #WhosDevelopingWho
“The story of development is often assumed or unstated. What is the role of colonialism in the early stages of Western development? How did the geographic distribution of wealth inequality come into being? What are the functional roles of foreign aid, trade agreements, debt service, and tax evasion in the process of development? And most importantly, who gains and who loses along the way?”
Why Is Growth The Only Answer? #WhyGrowthIsTheOnlyAnswer
“The mantra that “growth is good” has been repeated so often that it has the feel of common sense. Yet we know that GDP rises every time a bomb drops or disaster strikes. Growth, as defined up till now, is more nuanced and complex than this mantra would have us believe. Why must the sole measure of progress be growth (measured in monetary terms)? Who benefits from this story? What alternative stories might be told?”
September 5, 2015
HOW can I say that?
It's something often comes back in my mind.
On THIS moment, a lot of people have all kind of different pain and sufferings..
This moment when I type this, again tears roll on my cheeks.
But on the other hand:
we are born. In a universe what IS just.
In society justness doesn't rule, but in Life it does.
Society is created.
The terrible world-situation, with all it's victims is created.
Intention is what create.
The inner is stonger than the outer.
The inner creates the outer.
And than I'm not talking about the power of thoughts.
Not about 'the law of attraction'.
No. A deeper level.
That is something so extremely great, that it makes me say (or shout) 'whatever what, Life IS great'.
When we fall in the pain and falseness of the system what is created than we 'play in the same game'.
Seeing ourselves as victims or identify us with them isn't the answer.
It's more easy to do, but I think we should in a way see through it.
Victims aren't helped with angryness and tears.
We'all are born with the power to co-create the rules.
Isn't this great?
Absolutely difficult but... great?
After the 40-years war in Eritrea people sung 'ne-lemlemma': let's 're-green' the country.
What made it so extremely beautiful for me is that we had a talk with so much space.
A strange opposition.
But I love that; talks with lots of silence.
As in the silence there always is so much!
If silence can be there, than it feels really good for me.
It was also good because the words we used, so the talk we had, brought me to myself.
Something very 'core'.
That's pretty unusual.
Often when you speak with someone you talk about a subject, is it just informative or is it an explanation.
I think a great facilitator/ host can 'handle' this space/ silence. Even more, foster it, stimulate it.
Here lays 'the gold'. Inside!
One of the insights I had that evening I like to share a bit. Try to put it in words.
On a special moment I was back in time.
The subject we talked about (money) brought me there.
It was such a strong flashback that I can get it back very easily now, on every moment I like.
I was around twelve years old.
It was a time I was exploring my self and the world/ universe/ life.
Before the time of high school and adolescence started.
It felt I was in full power.
I felt one with everything (what you seem to loose more when you're not a child anymore). With the whole universe. And felt just strong, felt 'me'.
I was kind of 'fresh'.
Not spoiled/ injured yet by all what would come (yes, what is life too).
The freedom to be without hindering that was in those days quite big.
So what I gained by having that flashback?
For example that I am strong.
I truly be as big (what's not the good word) as the universe.
Circumstances and others makes me often make me feel different.
But: I am that. One with all. No matter what I do, or don't do.
(no matter how others see me and approach me)
Next to that: that the universe, and so also all that I see around me is perfect.
It is what it is, with all it's pain and problems.
Yes, it's easy to say living a good life in a 'rich' country. I know.
About this last last two sentences I like to write a whole blog post itself. It's a big and important subject for me.
But to round this one off:
I am thankful I got a big gift this evening.
A gift through another, from myself to myself:)
Jut a remembrance of a great feeling I had when I was young.
A gift what was laying deep inside me.
Brought on the surface by a sublime colleague.
To let people see their selves during talks. Isn't that a great thing?
Talks with space.., freedom... wow. I'm not a big talker. But such deep talks... I love.