Mu Mu land – Justified and Ancient Revolution

This morning I woke up with an early 90’s song in my head: Justified & Ancient (Mu Mu land) by KLF.
When the song came out I was about 12 years old. And although it wasn’t really my style of music (if I had any at the time), apparently it made an impression as this song arose from my subconscious some 25 years later.
Actually, when listening to the song again, I am quite amazed and impressed by it.
The music itself is a very interesting mix of rap, acid house, tribal, rock guitars and country influences by Tammy Wynette. The video depicts an Atlantis themed island with different on people multiple layers: yellow Illuminati with a pyramid with a ghetto blaster, black tribal dancers, red robed hooded men with a horn sticking out, and last but not least Tammy Wynette as an Atlantis mermaid queen on top surrounded by white Asian hand maidens.
But what is this Mu Mu land what they are singing about? Someone on Internet described Mu Mu land as follows:
‘Long before Atlantis, long before the beginning of known history, famous psychics have insisted a huge continent once existed in the Mid-Pacific Ocean. Some call it LEMURIA, others call it MU. Many of them believe this continent was the FATHERLAND OF ATLANTIS! And like Atlantis, MU exploded! She sank beneath the sea in a volcanic destruction, so powerful, and so total, it staggers the imagination! Mu is identified with LeMUria in the Illuminatus trilogy of Robert Anton Wilson and widely acclaimed as the promised land by many freemasons and discordians.’
Apparently this song was written as a criticism of the established music industry and KLF tried to generate a revolution to open up the music industry. They called Tammy Wynette as the first lady of conservative country music in Tennessee: please stand by the Jam or step aside!!
What intrigues me about this song is the idea that ancient illuminati would rise up to overthrow the current set of illuminati which are apparently not justified.
When listening to this song again, I did not expect to find such underlying revolutionary ideas. Also I am a bit surprised why this song comes to my mind at this moment. Apparently the ancients of Mu Mu are also asking me to join their Jam as well!

Humor – een serieuze zaak

Humor – een serieuze zaak

Denk aan de laatste keer dat je onbedaarlijk hebt gelachen. Waar ging dit over? Moest je schuddebuiken? Liepen de tranen over je wangen? Met wie was dit? En de laatste vraag: was dit lang geleden? Op veel datingsites staat ‘humor’ vermeld als een van de belangrijkste criteria. Logisch, want het leven is niet altijd even leuk of makkelijk, maar wanneer je erom kunt lachen, maakt dit het leven een stuk dragelijker en amusanter.

Maar wat doet humor nu precies? Humor is flow in het moment. Wat bedoel ik daarmee? Humor brengt die dingen in beweging die vast zitten in dan wel het verleden of de toekomst. Humor gaat vaak over taboes: humor bevrijdt die dingen uit onze onderwereld die niet gezegd mogen worden.
Op fysiek niveau is de ervaring van humor het loslaten en vrijkomen van spanning die we gedurende de dag opbouwen. Op emotioneel niveau maakt humor die dingen weer bespreekbaar welke te pijnlijk zijn om te bespreken. Wie heeft er ooit wel eens gehoopt op een goede grap tijdens een ziekenhuisbezoek? Humor denkt per definitie buiten hokjes en grenzen. En dit wordt lang niet altijd gewaardeerd. Alleen de nar aan het hof van de koning mocht de meest buitenzinnige voorstellen maken. Tot slot is humor ook spiritueel. Humor is tegelijkertijd een krachtig middel om onze illusies van alle dag te doorbreken en een anderzijds een zachte bril om de harde realiteit van het leven te kunnen inzien. In veel godsdiensten speelt humor een belangrijke rol. Interessant genoeg in het Christendom niet (zie film In the name of the rose). En werd in het Christendom niet al die heksen verbrandt? Fanatisme gedijt goed in een wereld zonder humor.

Kan humor nu ooit te ver gaan? Nee. Humor is simpelweg een spiegel. Een grap kan je raken of niet. Wanneer een grap je niet raakt, heb je kennelijk geen last van opgekropte spanning. Of simpelweg geen gevoel voor humor. Wanneer een grap je wel raakt, kun je op twee manieren reageren. Of je moet onbedaarlijk lachen om een grap of je voelt jezelf aangevallen door een grap. Jouw reactie op een grap zegt wat over jezelf. Wanneer je om een grap moet lachen, komt spanning in je wezen weer los en ben je in staat om weer in flow te komen. Dat geeft een opgelucht gevoel. Wanneer je niet om een grap kunt lachen, verkramp je juist. En dan worden dingen ineens doodserieus of bloedserieus.

Ik begrijp ook wel dat we nu in een fase zitten van sociale onrust en politieke correctheid. En dat mensen nu niet altijd om iedere grap zitten te wachten of overal om moeten lachen. Maar juist in tijden van verkramping en angst is humor nodig. Want humor houdt de dingen luchtig. Zonder humor ontstaat er afstand en worden dingen groter gemaakt dan dat ze eigenlijk zijn.

Dus om met de heks op de brandstapel in onderstaande cartoon te spreken: lighten up!

Passionate quest for truth

This period of the year is the time of going inward and to find new and deeper truths about ourselves. Truths are convenient personal operating tools for the ego. You can only see those truths which you are able to handle. But when you shed one truth for a more profound one, beneath this new truth another truth lays waiting for you. There will always be deeper truths, but the purpose of a truth is to give you a stable environment of the ego in which your soul can develop. Continuous letting go of truths is a way of living, a quest so to speak. Obtaining one great spiritual truth, stopping there and becoming a guru is not enlightenment. This is spiritual laziness. The trick is to let go of truth when the time is right. As you don’t want to crack the egg before the chick is grown, you also don’t want to leave a full grown chicken in the egg. When people stop Dancing often a chicken starts growing in the egg. Truth requires you to leave your comfort zones behind and this is often a painful process as new truths destroy old ideas and dogmas. But this is the way of the passionate truth.

Johnny Cash’s black madonna

Daar was ook nog die andere grote artiest die een soort van afscheidshymne heeft opgenomen: Johnny Cash’s Hurt. In tegenstelling tot Bowie’s ‘A pity she’s a whore’, wordt Cash nergens van beroofd: hij offert zichzelf op. Aan het einde van de clip, wanneer de toetsaanslagen op de piano klinken als mokerslagen, wisselen clips van Cash en Jezus elkaar af. De vrouw in dit lied is geen wrede hoer, maar de liefdevolle, smartelijke en toegewijde blik van Johnny’s vrouw June Carter Cash (op 2.38 en 3.04). Waar Bowie de hoer van Babalon ziet, ziet de christelijke Cash de liefdevolle armen van Maria. Beiden hebben gelijk, want het zijn beide aspecten van de Zwarte Madonna.

David Bowie’s black Madonna

On Bowie’s last album there is a very intriguing song called ‘It’s a pity she is a whore’. The lyrics mention Bowie being punched, robbed, and castrated (‘she kept my cock’) as part of some sort of patrol / war. And after all this he concludes: it’s a pity she was a whore. Would all this abuse be OK, if she wasn’t a whore?! Now, this last album is acclaimed as Bowie’s magnum opus with symbolic references to his own death process. Would Bowie put on this album a song about some unlucky encounter with a prostitute? I don’t think so. No, I think that this song refers to the whore of Babalon as described by Crowley (whose works Bowie knew well). The whore of Babalon stands for Mother Nature / Shekhinah as the dark mother whom gave us life and who taketh our live. At the end of Bowie’s life she comes and takes away everything which Bowie has. It is a violent patrol of which we all will get our turn. What makes this whore so seductive? In the same way as mother earth she seduces life to come into existence in spring, she seduces us to come back home in the winter of our lifetime. In this seductive process, death is like a violent orgasm after which comes the stillness of the otherworld. She’s a whore, because in this most intimate connection, she seduces all of us and is available for all. All of this is part of an existing mythology about Babalon. What is new and intriguing is why it is a pity that she is a whore. I think that this is the last part of Bowie’s ego which will also be taken away. Seduced and beaten, all Bowie craved for was at least to be the only one for this violent mistress. But alas, even this was not given for him. And us.

Babalon in Crowley’s tarot card Lust.

Pervert Park or how society deals with sex effenders

Zeer indrukwekkende documentaire op de VPRO gezien: Pervert Park. Een park in Florida waar zedendelinquenten opgevangen en gerehabiliteerd worden. Over het stigma van sex offenders hoe zij buiten de samenleving worden gezet als zijnde monsters. Maar ook hoe zij zo geworden zijn. 9 van de 10 keer zijn ze zelf ook seksueel misbruikt. Over hoe straffen niet werkt, maar alleen een dieper begrip van hun eigen gedrag de vicieuze cirkel kan doorbreken. Een voormalig sex offender zei: ‘we zitten hier met 120 mensen. Natuurlijk denken mensen dat we monsters zijn en hun dochters aan gaan randen. Maar wij zijn 120 ambassadeurs die kunnen laten zien dat we mensen zijn en geen monsters meer.’ Something to think about zo vlak na de misstanden in Keulen.

Why Bowie always kept changing – he was guiding the way

Pt1. Today, as most people will agree, an icon of our modern pop culture has passed away. David Bowie, the artist who continued to amaze everyone until his last days by reinventing himself completely on a regular basis.

Many fans have been intrigued by Bowie and his ever changing appearance while always remaining distinctly Bowie. ‘Bowie never shied away from using his work as a sort of ‘art therapy’. Bowie’s career is full of symbolic clothes, postures and many references to esoteric and alchemical imagery. And rest for sure: it is no coincidence that Bowie has used archetypical imagery for decades.

There are many references and documentation to be found about the occult interests of Bowie. But Bowie was not only reading about esoteric knowledge. He used his artistic skills to turn himself into archetypes himself as much as possible. He then explored these personalities in depth and turned his insights into songs, albums and stage persona. With the invocations of these archetypical images he surpassed his ego to become something greater. And the moment when the archetype had nothing new to teach him, he moved on to another journey.

And why would he do this, you might ask? Well, the Tree of Life from the Qabalah explains ten spheres of evolution. These spheres are connected by 22 paths, which are associated with the 22 archetypical cards of the major arcana of the tarot. Each archetypical card has its own mystical insight to learn and when all lessons are learned, you achieve Nirvana. I personally believe that Bowie was on a quest to discover as many archetypical parts of himself as possible in this life.

And this is why I am touched by the passing away of David Bowie. Because by engulfing yourself with archetypical images in this way, you also need to confront your dark sides and fears and to incorporate them into yourself.

As a result, he was a beacon of light to many. As a pop star, with his own personal development, he took his fans with him on his quest and initiated them along the way. He was paving the way for many people and groups. For example, by mentioning to be gay publicly in 1972 only shortly when homosexuality was decriminalized in the UK. But also at the end of his life, he has been leading us by becoming something like a modern day Gnostic messiah in a time of dying Christianity.

Thanks for guiding the direction home to us, David!

Pt2. Een paar jaar geleden was ik bij 50 jaar Bowie in Paradiso. Veel mooie nummers en acts, maar Vijf jaar van Roosbeef raakte mij het meest. Kennelijk best zenuwachtig, trillend, en eerlijk gezegd best vals zong zij haar eigen vertaling van Bowie’s Five years. Maar het kwam zichtbaar uit haar tenen en tranen van gevoel … Nou ja. Destijds gezocht naar de video op internet, maar nooit gevonden. En vandaag zowaar wel. En weer die tranen van gevoel en zo.

Flow Dance

Yesterday at Ecstatic Dance Haarlem someone asked me how I am able to dance so energetic. I explained her that I dance on the flow and I gave her the example of a hang glider. Dancing in flow is similar as the hang glider who searches and uses the thermic to gain hight. When dancing I search and find the higher energies to dance on. The dancing itself does not seem to cost any energy. Only the searching for the right flow and vibe costs energy. Also, as a result of dancing on the flow, I am able to reach a much higher ‘altitude’ than when dancing on my own energy.

 

Integrating the shards

This week I was in London city trading centre for work purposes. When walking to the office I passed these two impressive towers, very closely located to each other. In the front you see the Southwark Cathedral and in the back you see the glass skyscraper The Shard. The Shard is the 4th biggest tower in the EU reaching over 300 meters. In my mind the Shard represents a decadent peak of materialism and wealth. The name ‘Shard’ for this tower feels correct to me as both a shard of glass and this tower seem to be disconnected from a bigger whole.

I had a similar feeling this week: amidst this much display of wealth, I felt a bit disconnected and somewhat a loss of purpose. With everybody around me being so concerned with work, success and money, I asked myself what the purpose of work is. Is it to make money, to belong to a social group and standard, or is there a sense of purpose?

I felt drawn towards the tower in front: the Southwark Cathedral. I was intrigued to find a cathedral amidst this busy work centre. Thursday morning, before work, I visited the cathedral. I hoped to get some relief from the disconnected feeling which I had. The cathedral felt like an oasis of tranquillity. Sitting in the back, I noticed that in the centre of the cathedral there were stars hanging (Christmas decoration for Three Kings). Looking at the star I noticed that a five pointed star actually consists of 5 shards combined. Then I realised why I had this disconnected feeling. The material world is only the outer representation of what is. Beyond physical reality there are the other three elements. And they all are combined and ensouled by the fifth element of ether. In the tarot the star symbolises the highest vision of hope and trust with the understanding of cosmic coherence.

For me the star represented the integrating potential of all which surrounds us. Yes we life in a material world, but the challenge is to include and align the other four elements in our life as well. This is what the symbol of the star in the Southwark Cathedral achieved this for me. I felt a bit as if I was falling to pieces, but in reality I was opening myself up again to a bigger understanding.