Today we visited Stonehenge and a crop field circle across the road of stonehenge. The crop circle was only discovered two days ago. When we visited the circle, we were lucky that we had the crop circle to ourselves. Walking around in the circle, I found a buzzard’s feather in the barley. We were relaxing inside the circle with a beautiful view on Stonehenge. It was a magical and relaxing experience at the same time.
When trust is broken it needs to be restored by something which is called atonement. Atonement is the act of expressing that someone is truly sorry and that they will make amends. However, in our society it seems to be a long lost quality. Currently, it seems that the people who misuse our trust generally just go away. To another challenge, project, or lover or what not. But this behavior is superficial and not sustainable. On one side, people who abuse trust do not learn from their mistakes and do not accept their burdens. You can only grow when you take ownership of your karma. On the other side, the people who have been betrayed are hurt and are reluctant to trust and connect again. Therefore I call to reinstate the value atonement in our society by saying: Please forgive me. I did not realize what I did, but I do now. It will not happen again.
Ecstatic Dance stond voor mij vanavond in het teken van Dankbaarheid. Dankbaarheid naar mijn lichaam toe om exact te zijn. Dankbaar om haar eigen wijsheid en dat het zo fijn is dat ik steeds meer op haar durf te vertrouwen en naar haar ga luisteren. De afgelopen dagen zit ik namelijk wat te kwakkelen met mijn gezondheid en vanavond twijfelde ik of ik wel of niet zou gaan dansen. Want wat is wijsheid? Rust houden? Of juist wel dansen en actief zijn? Ik koos voor het laatste. Aan het begin van de avond ging het allemaal wat stroef en moeizaam en bijna verviel ik in mijn oude fout: klagen tegen mijn lichaam. Frustratie wanneer ik een beat mis en wanneer ik maar niet in mijn flow kom. Maar gelukkig wist ik het om te draaien. Juist doordat het nu zo moeizaam ging, kom ik veel meer waardering opbrengen voor die keren dat ik wel als een speer kon dansen en wel die beat kom pakken. Er schoot een nummer door mij heen (een beetje dramatisch misschien): ‘I wish you could live like a dying man.’ Ja, juist wanneer je dingen niet meer kan, dan ga je dingen weer waarderen. En zo kon ik lief en zacht zijn voor mijn lijf. En toen gebeurde er iets heel bijzonders: het ging ineens. Mijn lijf vond de flow en pakte de beat. Het tweede deel van Ecstatic Dance heb ik gedanst als een jonge God. En niet omdat ik forceerde of mijn lijf op blies, maar juist vanuit ontspanning. Vanavond stond Ecstatic Dance voor mij in het teken van overvloedige Dankbaarheid. Amen.
The conversion of Saint Paul, 1600, by the Italian artist Caravaggio.
Rembrandt’s Man in Armour – According to Steiner this was Christian Rosenkreutz.
Red knight of the grail holding the Spear
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.
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.
Why we should teach meditation as a basic skill in primary and secondary schools (and why most likely it will not happen).
The purpose of education is to give everyone the same chances of developing themselves depending on their abilities. And another task of education is to make people resilient in the society. For example, you learn math so that you know how much you are spending and you will not so easily be fooled by a slick seller of pre-pension schemes (… maybe a bad example). For this reason math is taught on all school levels as opposed to Latin which is only taught on the higher school levels.
Now our current society is faced with a massive information overload driven to enhance consumption. This information overload is so enormous that it is safe to say that a new form of mental slavery exists. There is a large group of people who are so much influenced by external stimuli, that they can hardly make up their own mind. I feel it is the task of our education system to restore this balance.
The occasion of my plea, was this text by Dion Fortune as early as April 1943:
“The application of psychology to salesmanship did not stop at the cultivation of the personality of the salesman, however, but went on to study the use of mental suggestion by means of advertisement. This has been worked out with great skill in the drink trade, wherein a realistic picture of an overflowing glass and a slogan concerning its medicinal nature are widely used. The suggestion of health value supplies an excuse, and the sight of the overflowing glass awakens desire. The path of an inebriate striving to overcome his craving is made indefinitely harder by such pictorial publicity, and it ought to be prohibited for the same reason as pornography is prohibited. Other examples of such trading in human weakness are those which exploit snobbery in the cause of soap, less harmful no doubt, but equally illegitimate in principle.”
80 year later marketing and pornography are all surrounding and are far beyond prohibition. The only way to deal with this is to make the people themselves resilient against these kinds of unwanted influences. And here is the thing. People who are better educated are usually better able to do this. They are able to discern fact from fiction, have their own thoughts and options and are able to find peace and quiet in their minds from time to time. People with less education often are not able to do so. These people do not have the means to think for themselves and are programmed subconsciously. In this sense we are not that far from 1984 or the Matrix.
For this reason I propose to have meditation classes in primary and secondary schools. The goal is make children aware of outside mental influences and to teach them free thinking. But also for the same reason I think my proposal will not be accepted. You reap what you sow. Our society seems not to be interested in individual critical thought. Our society seems to be more interested in people who work and consume as much as possible. It would be a task for the left wing parties (PVDA and SP) with their historical aim to raise the level of the lower classes in society to put this topic on the political agenda.
Mijn goede voornemen voor 2016 is het woord ex te vervangen voor geliefde. Natuurlijk doet het pijn wanneer een liefde voorbij gaat. Maar de liefde die je samen deelde gaat nooit voorbij. In die zin is het woord ex, wat voormalig betekend, niet van toepassing. Want hoe kun je nu stoppen met houden van iemand? Wanneer je wel het woord ex gebruikt, moet je je in allerlei bochten wringen om je gevoelens van je vorige geliefden weg te drukken. In het verlengde van ex staat ook exclusief. Het idee dat je maar van een iemand tegelijkertijd kunt houden. Maar ook dit staat haaks op wat liefde is. Sterker nog: liefde is inclusief. Daarom wil ik in 2016 het woord geliefde gebruiken. Omdat ik de liefde wil eren die ik heb mogen ervaren en delen en niet het verlies ervan. En omdat ik mijn liefde met zoveel mogelijk mensen hoop te delen. Ik wens iedereen een liefdevol 2016.
the key for integrating spirituality in your daily life is intention. it does not matter what you do, but only the intention with which you do it matters. you can meditate 3 months in India, but if you do it to boost your ego, it is with the wrong intention. you can have a full time job in an office, but when each action you do is mindful, the intention is much better.
Epigenetics is the study, in the field of genetics, of how external or environmental factors affect changes in the DNA sequence. DNA is wrapped around a histone. When the DNA unwraps itself, its information becomes available and the DNA sequence changes. Histone has a tail and this can be affected by epigenetic factors (environmental, exercise, nutritions, and emotional health). This can change the wrapping of the DNA string and activate it. The DNA itself does not change, but the unwinding of the histone makes the potential of the DNA available.
The wrapping of the DNA string around the histone reminded me of the image of the orphic egg surrounded by a serpent and interestingly there are some similarities.
The Orphic egg is a symbol from the ancient Orphic Mysteries, the egg representing the cosmos, the serpent the creative spirit. The egg is also the soul of the philosopher, the serpent the mysteries. At the time of initiation the philosopher’s soul hatches from the egg, ie is reborn from physical into spiritual existence.
The Hermetic maxim ‘As above, so below’ states that the microcosm is oneself, and the macrocosm is the universe. The macrocosm is as the microcosm and vice versa; within each lies the other, and through understanding one (usually the microcosm) a man may understand the other. From this perspective the Orphic egg is on the macrocosm the DNA on a histone the microcosm scale.
The uncoiling of the serpent (creative spirit) on the orphic egg releases kundalini energy. Similar, the uncoiling of the DNA string (also creative sprit) from the histone makes the DNA available and the gene active. Both ways of uncoiling of the orphic egg and the DNA string (by the histone tail!) can be achieved by spiritual development. And both processes release dormant existing potential.