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Welcome to Jeroensjourney 2!
Dear reader, Beste lezer,
 
Welcome to the weblog that follows on jeroensjourney.punt.nl. Here I will update you on my experiences in Thailand and India, and my personal inner or spiritual journey. After my healing journey described on jeroensjourney.punt.nl (with also information about Buddhism, meditation, Taoism and other healing practices), this weblog, from early 2007, relates about further healing and spiritual growth for an increasingly happy and true life.
 
With love from Asia,
 
Jeroen Deva Geetesh (jeroensjourney@gmail.com)
(I check this e-mail not very often, so let me know, on my blog, that you sent me an e-mail)
 
P.S.:
Je reactie is van harte welkom!     
Reactions are very welcome!
My year 2011: The Ultimate Shift

A new year, for me, always is a moment to look back and reflect on the previous year. While any of the previous 7 years have been exciting and dynamic with a love relationship ending, a new one starting, moving to another country, personal crisis and spiritual growth, world-wide travel for many months a year and much more, 2011 has been a milestone year like no other.


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The end of wanting

I don’t want anything anymore – Dolano intensive

I wrote this note in February during intensive satsang with the Zen Master Dolano in India. I just found it back now and realise that this was such an important revelation. Maybe this resonates with you. Maybe like I did you recognise the suffering of it all. I, from my side, am happy it is all over. 
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Het verschil tussen ‘awakening’ en ‘enlightenment’

Ik schrijf normaliter in het Engels, maar omdat ik deze blog schrijf op verzoek van een bezoeker op mijn weblog - dank voor de vraag Omnipleasant - gaat deze even in het Nederlands. Dus bij deze een poging een antwoord te geven op de lastige vraag over het verschil tussen ‘ontwaken’ en ‘verlichting’.
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Awakened life after Dolano Intensive Satsang - 3
 
Relating

Dolano, as did Osho, introduced us to the idea of relating rather than ‘relationship’. Relating is something that happens in the here and now, relationship is a construct that tries to fit the other person in a fixed role and creates an idea in our head about what this relationship is. Making it a thing, rather than a happening.

Also in this case, I understood what Osho meant. But since the Intensive Satsang relating has become a reality. How does that look? For me it means that, often to my own surprise, I interact and relate to strangers in a way I previously did not do. What I also experience is that I am more curious and much less judgmental towards people I meet. Dolano talks about ‘relating to intelligence or the Buddha in everyone’ and I see that happen from time to time. It is lovely because it feels a bit like everyone is a friend or at least an interesting person to meet.
 
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Awakened life after Dolano Intensive Satsang - part 2
 
Back in Holland, now and a year ago

For me it is also interesting to look back at April 2010 and compare it with April 2011. In both cases I came back from 4 months in Asia (mainly India) after having done groups, retreats or, this time, satsang. Last year, and I wrote about that too, it was a big shock to come back to Holland as the whole dream Sannyasin life of groups, meditation, celebration and transformation made room for the ordinary Dutch reality of work and a ‘normal’ life. I then felt that the Dutch conditionings, mainly those related with (hard) work, jumped on my back and many other thoughts and ideas made that I quickly felt rather miserable. All I wanted really, was to leave the country.

Now things are totally different. 
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A new life after Dolano Intensive Satsang
28 April / 11 May 2011

Doing Intensive Satsang with Dolano has, without any doubt, been the most life-changing ‘thing’ I have ever done. I am writing here about it for myself and to share it with others who have done the intensive from whom I’d love to hear their experiences ‘post-Dolano’ or comments on what I wrote. How has it been for you after ‘Dolano’?
Whether for others reading this text makes any sense I don’t know, but I will try to write it in a way that it is also accessible for other advanced seekers on the path who might be interested in doing Dolano Intensive Satsang.   She is an enlightened master in India who facilitates a one-month transformational process which she also calls ‘The last satsang’ or ‘The end of the path’.
For more on Dolano, including open Satsangs you can listen to, see: www.dolano.com or www.friendsofdolano.org.  
 
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Thinking is not knowing
 
"When you think you understand, you don't. When you perceive directly, there is no thinking. You KNOW that you are alive, you do not THINK you are alive."
Nisargadatta Maharaj
 
Now this is an interesting one. For me, the first time I fully realised this it was like an awakening. We are so conditioned (brainwashed you could also say) into putting thinking above everything else that we are not even able anymore to see what is right in front of us. What is existentially true. Because our thinking clouds everything.
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Growing up, breaking free, born again 
 
Dear reader, 
 
Of course I have been reading Jed McKenna’s book wondering where I am on the spiritual path and whether I am truly on a path of awakening, rather than a spiritual keeping the status quo stroll. Was my emotional and psychological breakdown of 5 years ago comparable with Lisa’s (a person in Jed’s book) and am I firmly underway to Human Adulthood? The last part I read in Jed’s book shows me that at least to some extent, the latter is true, that I am not selling you some pretty spiritual bullshit to decorate my ego but am actually truly involved in peeling of the many layers of ego and illusion.
 
Let’s look into this in more detail. It is about growing up, about breaking free from the bondage of parental beliefs and conditioning. About living your own authentic life instead of following the programming your parents put into your head.

 
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My ego, my fear, my duty
 
“In an eyes-closed being (JDG: unenlightened being), everything flows from fear; good and bad, courage and cowardice, love and hate, all flow from the same well.”  

Jed McKenna, Spiritual Warfare, page 240/241
 
Dear reader,  
 
After a nice day of playing tennis and going to some of the concerts in the festival in town, I had a good sleep but woke up very early. Tensions in my legs and worry about the Mexico project kept me awake for at least an hour, long before I intended to get up. So, in short, I got confronted with where I really am: I might be very inspired by all the enlightenment stuff of Jed McKenna but am very clearly still one of millions of ego-clad beings. And the key difference is fear.

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Big Brother

Too late for a full blog. I leave it at a quote to mull over:
 
"The reign of Big Brother is so firmly established that no alternative exists in the minds of men. The very concept of freedom has been so thoroughly abolished, is so absent from our collective worldview, that it is, literally, unthinkable. There is no possibility of human development in practice because it does not even exist in theory."

"There is no interest in freedom; it's all been channeled safely into non-threatening, ego-gratifying avenues; career and family, religion and spirituality, hobbies and addictions."

Jed McKenna, Spiritual Warfare, page 169
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