Dienstag, 26. November 2013
Florina, oh! Florina!
Neighbors, knocking. Country borders, controlling. Police, checking. Artists, living.
Florina, oh! Village!
Traitors, passed in shocking. Remembering, becomes future. The Golden Dawn.
Florina, oh! People!
Money, being ministry. Nevertheless, painting. Ever the less, thinking.
Florina, oh! Winter!
Cold, warming. Petrol, pumping. Making, peace.
All the love from Florina,
- all picture taken by J with an analogue Voigtländer thanks to Grand Mother Antje -
Montag, 11. November 2013
Samstag, 9. November 2013
Permaculture for the soul
What is our relationship with Nature in the 21th century? On a daily basis, one can read about how the humans influence Nature, exploit Nature, destroy Nature. The Greenhouse effect, Monsanto, recycling waste, the industry using animals as test dummies and food.
But what is Nature doing with us? Who is she? The full moon, the sun, walking barefoot, being cold, being exposed to her?
1972, an experiment started. The Rainbow Gatherings. A few people got together to find out what it would be like to be untied with the natural forces again. Rules were set up. They decided to refrain from the use of electricity, drugs and money. No exploitation of animals. They decided to try out to live in, and leave her as she was, Nature for one moon period (new moon to new moon). Hippies, road bums, university professors and every day blokes united their various resources and created these Gathering, which are still happening nowadays. Over the years a few rules were added and others were modified (no hard drugs, the possibility to donate money to something called the magic hat with which food for over 2000 people is bought. Also, there is a non violent attitude.).
So, what is actually happening at such a Gathering?
As these coming togethers are called the Rainbow (all the seven colors uniting as white light), tolerance is a big focal point. The idea was and is that all brothers and sisters should be able to express themselves and be willing to accept their earthly sibling's manifestations, as well.
Again, this sounds like work, especially in an urban environment, but there is a big helping force. Nature.
There is this saying: “The first year, you fall in love with the Rainbow; the second year, you see its flaws; the third year, you will try to change them; the fourth year, you understand that that is not possible; the fifth year, is your goodbye; after another couple of years it wasn't that bad after all and so you come back again.”.
Very fine, but what is happening there? “If you see a job, it's yours.”
On the new moon, a Main Fire is lit and everyone (whichever believe or non-believe) gathers around the place to set their intention for the Rainbow; what to let go off, what to let flower inside/outside. Until that point the Seed Campers (people, who turned up a week earlier) had already focussed on building the main infrastructures like an open kitchen, some shelter, with whatever resources they had at hand for that purpose (sometimes there is some money from the previous year's magic hat left.). The following days, after the New Moon Ceremony, people start organizing themselves (like all the Rainbow: There is no organization, no head or institution. It is all played by hear in the vision councils (in which a 5 year old can participate, if he or she chooses so) plus the magic of Nature). It is around this time, when everyone focusses on their talents and offers them in free workshops. There a nature healers, acrobats, musicians, meditation teachers, cob houses builders, yoga teachers, language courses, dance courses, hypnosis as well as groups that organize the twice daily cooking or digging the shit pits.
Many participants come for different reasons.
Music-wise (all acoustic), one can't find a more diverse and high quality place. It is unbelievable to see twenty drummers going along with a classical ensemble, fusing into new music, which will never be repeated again as all is just a jam. Sting, Madonna and many more of these bigger names are well known to visit Gatherings for this reason.
Spiritually-speaking, the Rainbow feels like Hogwards. A big choice of old traditional and new age believe systems – and everything in between – is represented and free to be investigated in, around and through. It feels so effortless and is one of the huge advantages of the Rainbow that all “religions and non religions” coexist in peace and tolerance.
Culturally, these Gatherings provide a natural mix of all kinds of geographical and economical backgrounds of human beings uniting. A hundred languages are spoken, bodies moved and world views shared. All in the ambiance of tolerance and no violence. There are assholes, too, of course, but why not just accept and enjoy the rest? Assholes are in every country and it is a great opportunity at the Gatherings to learn and get along with that reality of life.
There is much more about the Rainbow and countless opinions, of course, but one thing stays. Nature. All this happens in Nature (This year the European Gathering was located on 1500m somewhere inside the Greek mountains.).
Therefore the answer the initial question: “What is our relationship with Nature in the 21th century?”.
It is one sided – in our city brains (if you are city dweller like me). We think we are the only active partner in that relationship (apart from natural catastrophes, of course – they are very obvious, but connoted pretty negatively.) We believe to be heroes recycling or demons destroying so much and on a concious level we are. Nature herself gives us much more than only food and skiing resorts, though. She makes us become aware of her, once we surrender (even only for a month like in the Rainbow or a day at the lake).
I read this sentence along a wall in my hometown, the other day:
“Only when the last tree is chopped down, you will realize that glass can't give you shadow.”
I don't know, if I chose the right quote for my point, but it works with me.
All the love,
Samstag, 7. September 2013
Sonntag, 2. Juni 2013
like every year, I visited the World Press Awards in Hamburg and was confronted with many pictures of the various the war and protest zones around the world (The nature and sport section was not really present). Especially, Syria and Israel headlined this year's photojournalism. I don't know what to say in these times, which could prove to be our doom or bloom. I am torn between action and hiding. Everyday, I try to get myself informed, a bit more. It is not easy to keep your head "clean" and open with all these vast amounts of information floating the net. Tibet, Turkey, Israel, Syria, GMO, Nazis, Pollution, Death, Education, Statdtratwahl, Demonstration, Money, Love, Art project, Meditation, Compassion, Music, Rape, Religion, Hope, Despair. My body says, "Rest" and I feel like I just want to escape from all the action, which HAS to be taken. HAS to? I feel helpless almost impotent to either hide or take action. I am powerful, but I do not know how to progress in applying myself to this outside world, which is a moral mix of saintly and monsterous belief systems. What to do or not to do? Who am I? A saint or a monster? Who do I want to be? I feel unable to know from a place of certainty and that makes me see the days go by.
My despair is equalled by moments of insight. I see people "fighting peacefully" and feel as if someone is slowly detaching the "1st world happy" tube from my arm. Brave New World. The Big Brother of "1984" is in full control rage with the world and coexists with Endrophine - blinded "guys with the cash". Masters turn within to consult themselves. Big candles light smaller ones. Light and Fire.
Only one thing seems to have changed noticeably: There are people, who do get active and I feel I want to improve, too, to contribute, to try, to change. Myself.
All the love,
Last picture by me. All other images copyrighted to the respective photographers.
Mittwoch, 22. Mai 2013
Over the last few days, I realized two findings:
- A multinational company is just about to erase nature's variety of life forms from this planet by irresponsibly (no independent, scientific control platforms) interfering with the DNA of our food – is it vegetable, cow, chicken, or fruit – and in doing so neither being monitored nor regulated by various governments worldwide. This company is called Monsanto and operates globally, being operated from the US. These resulting - Gene Modified - Organisms (GMOs) and their distribution are banned in some countries including Germany, but pressure is growing on European governments and on EU level to grant Monsanto and its health endangering products entry on European soil, planet Earth's soil, to eventually do what? Give us a happier future with more control over what we eat, when we do so and how we will look after 20 years of consuming untested, proven to be harmful foods in this nontransparent style of a grand scale long term attempt to execute dominance over the basic needs and everyday, necessary nutrition over all human, plant and animal beings. Unlimited poison for everyone? Worldwide demonstrations will be taking place in your – yes, also your – respective city this saturday the 25th of May 2013 at 2pm. Check: www.march-against-monsanto.comThe Hamburg demonstration will be at the Town Hall at 2pm.
- Second: In course of the last 70 what years, Tibet, a country almost as large as Western Europe, and it's population, has been fallen victim to the Chinese plan for expansion of the “motherland” to provide additional room for an overpopulated China. At one stage Tibetan land had been closed of for 20 years to witness the torture and slaughter in genocidal dimensions – Hitler dimensions, yes Hitler – of its helpless population. I saw a documentary with pictures of such disrespect being displayed towards indigenous people and their lifestyle that I could not believe my eyes. The trailer is a bit tacky, but I am posting it anyways:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVK98NrFBMw “Tibet – Cry of the Snow Lion"Make sure to watch the full length movie and realize that right now this pain is happening.This is what these guys on the street in your shopping districts are waving their beautiful flags for.
Why the information? Both these problems have been known the world since more than 70 years and grew in their intensity form day to day. This is not yesterday's news – it is getting worse.
I just truly got the hunch of this reality now and manged to forget about myself for a minute. I do not say you will, too, or what I came to know is the only evil to be transcended in the world, but it is a beginning towards being more conscious, strong and open-minded human beings with a feel for the imminent reality and our existing capabilities to interfere positively on a global level through global organization and global unity, showing global resistance against the global manifestations of our individual fears and committing to an attitude of self - improvement and a strict extermination of the acknowledgement of a fear controlled life and living behavior.
It is truly time to watch what is happening as these times are no different than Hitler times – except we have the Internet and therefore information (still..) and people need to act on a personal level with their own pile of conditioned ego shit first, to then contribute to a mutual, worldwide attempt to provide new growing and living alternatives for children, elderly, adults, black, white, stupid and wise - humans - animals and plants. Not a new government, religion or trend is meant not needed but a compassionate, balanced and aware approach towards oneself's direction of life, to serve others find to their peace, too.
Until this moment of realization, until now and forever, compassion for ourselves and others shall be the the sole measure of our true greatness - Forgiving that the mind/ego gets triggered constantly by other people's behavior reflecting on in-house insecurities, which make up these dense, moving layers of ignorance around the true and loving Self, forgiving about old quarrels over conflicting national, ethnic or religious points of views, being aware about one's own doings and thinking, aspiring to become a better man or woman.
All the love,
Dienstag, 23. April 2013
NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS NOT NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS NOT
Astonishing news regarding the 2012 Shift of Consciousness reached the Entourage Pineal Headquarters throughout the first months of 2013:
An abnormal number of happy people found themselves mates to bond intimate love relationships with, and practice the art of self purification by mindful behavior and excessive, loving, physical attention directed at each other. Intra-relational complications might have been noticed as a byproduct of awesome progress and ego slaughter.
The doors of self perception have finally been “cleansed” by concious mass approval and intended avoidance of material boredom.
Artist's are suddenly not dying on every street corner anymore, but flowering like mysosotis' in the early European sunbeams, which joyfully announce a summer of inward and outward abundance. It is, now, time to decide what sort of a human being one wants to represent this year. A storyteller, maybe? A saxophonist? A millionaire? The choice is limited only by the individual and its bank account.
Received with utter disbelief by the confused world population, the int. Minister of Reason – Eris Discordia - declared the obvious by relating the compulsive hoarding of money with unintelligence concerning an anticipation of such actions towards an improvement of one's real “life” conditions.Serendipitously, Rainbow - and “free land” people were happy to present an alternative to the money lifestyle. You can find information easily.
Various human beings have experienced drastic, physical changes in their reality, lately. Some speci-wo-man found themselves inhabiting new bodies, which were suddenly capable of wholesome exercise and an natural willingness to work for the individual and not against it. A remarkable amount of presentees are actually considering to use their physical vessels in means to prepare for deep mediation and to solve the wicked question of “who they really are”!
Last Sunday (exactly five months after the great Shift of Conciousness), thousands of people gathered around this world to meditate and sing in synchronicity. ““Berlin” met at 3pm in the Mauerpark and the magic just happened. I still can't believe it.”, says Waldo (31yrs), who is evidently shaken by the power of current events.
The Intergalactic Federation of Go(o)dwill stated the following comment:
“22/04/2013, House of Humans; “We, the Intergalactic Federation of Go(o)dwill congratulate whole heartly to all of human mankind for courageously embracing the steps towards a better version of themselves. We decided to shoot some of these evil mind-control satellites to help contribute towards a brighter future.”
All towards ONE,
Mittwoch, 27. März 2013
What can be expected?
On what terms can our actions and intentions be evaluated, feedbacked upon and put in relation by ourselves, others and quite possibly before an omnipresent God, who is not interested in “what ifs” and “maybe nots”.
Isn't it only that which we know that can be transformed into true, integrated knowledge and therefore be revealed as a tool of our true self? But who knows it all? Not me, for sure. So, on which conditions can I perceive myself as a good or bad man? On mine. Who sets this frame self perception and and outward reflection to be taken in by others and ultimately by the universal plan of a time wise one directional, dually understood universe? Me. It is my own horizon, which sets the rules for this intense flow of input and output. My own responsibility. And what happens, if I expand? Who decides that I can and should expand? Me. Could that possibly be a sense of life? To strive for the more expansive version of yourself? A “better” version?
I met this wonderful man Martin in South Africa. He fled the Apartheid Regime in the 80s to live in Paris as a political refugee for the following 11 years. After Mandela made the shift in Africa's south, Martin returned to participate in the healing process with those, who didn't make to choice to say “No” to the military at these darker times. Young men, just out of school, soldiers for their country in five simultaneous wars fought throughout the Apartheid. Two years of training, and combat later, these kids were put back into society without any emotional consultation or other help. These guys are still around. You see them surfing big waves on old boards in Kommetije. They are in their 50s. Apartheid wasn't that long ago. Suffering, expanding, seeing, healing.
Expand yourself. Your true self. The one, who watches ;-)