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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.:
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Flowing with life

“….you get a feel for how willfulness is replaced by a sense of flow.”

“When you get out of the driver’s seat, you find that life can drive itself, that actually life has always been driving itself. When you get out of the driver’s seat, it can drive itself so much easier – it can flow in ways you never imagined. Life becomes almost magical. The illusion of the “me” is no longer in the way. Life begins to flow, and you never know where it will take you.”

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Happiness = being connected
 
July 5th, 2009
 
Dear reader,
 
If you are on a path of personal (or 'spiritual' if you prefer that word) development, like me, you keep getting new insights about life in general and yourself in particular. One insight that I got over the last days, weeks and months is about connection. I am sure that being connected (I explain later what I mean with that) is vital for everyone but in my case being connected is almost a synonym of 'happiness' whereas being disconnected of 'unhappiness'.
 
 
Connected to what or who?
 
So what do I mean with 'being connected'. Connected to what or who? The answer to that question is 'connected to myself'. So what does that mean? In the first place it means being connected to my body. When I can feel my body I am present, there is awareness or consciousness. In the second place it means being connected to my emotions. When you really consciously experience your emotions, there is a beautiful aliveness in it. Whatever emotion it is. So I am not talking about being swept away by anger or sadness. No I mean whenever you experience your emotions without resistance and without emersing into your drama. Then there is connection...
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India, 9 December 2009
 
Living the truth
 
Dear readers,
 
You have not heard from me in a while.
 
I have been busy with meditations, healing, looking inside. What in short you can call: "being on the path". It is difficult to explain to people who are not consciously walking the path of self-realisation or personal or spiritual development, but I will still try in this weblog to give you an idea of what it is about and why it completely changes the way you live. I know that many of the words to describe 'the path' are loaded. Might give you bad memories of religious dogma's or spiritual airy-fairy stuff. But it is nothing like that. The way of the path is to really question every belief and make contact with what really is. With the truth.
 
In short there are two ways of living your life. The 'normal way' that about 99% of the world population live, which is living a lie or the way of the path which is the way to get out of that lie. You, we are all liars. If you now angrily react: "I am not", than you know for sure you are, but even if your reaction is not that strong it is very unlikely that you live the truth. Why is this so, and what does this mean?
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10 August, 2008
 
Celebrate your life!
 
Dear reader,
 
Osho, one of my spiritual masters, is famous for saying that the only sin there is is to not live your life to the full, to not celebrate being alive. Where most religions teach that being religous means to limit yourself (and your life force) and to surpress all kinds of natural human emotions and energies (particularly sexual energies) Osho understood that that, to stay in religious terms, of course is not Gods will. Why otherwise, would he have made us such sexual beings and would he have made sex and feeling sexy such a pleasurable experience?
 
Good, this weblog is not about sex, but about something that is very related. It is about being alive. It is about celebration about living your life to the full. What does that mean and how do you do it? In this weblog I will delve into my own experiences to explore this question:
What does it mean to make your life a celebration?
 
 
 
 
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Holland beats world champion Italy 3-0 and vice-world champion France 4-1 (we're talking soccer)
 
Holland wins: National therapy
 
Dear readers,
 
I never have been a huge football (or soccer as the Americans say) fan. But I always liked the (World and European) championships where countries face each other. I couldn't care less if Rotterdam (Feyenoord) or Ajax (Amsterdam) wins because I have no particular connection with any city in The Netherlands. But when countries face each other something else happens. Here in Holland the whole country turns orange. I used to find that a bit stupid and did not participate in it. "That's for those simple people that go around shouting and drinking too much", was more or less how I felt about all the Orange craziness. 
I now understand that that was my ego speaking, the ego that judges playfulness and letting go of control as something 'bad'. (See my blog Procrastination and Playfulness: the soul child of the Enneagram). But now I am more and more embracing that part of myself and I realise that this kind of craziness is very healthy.
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Stopping the thought trains
 
Dear reader,
 
Last months I did a Sufi inspired retreat in Mexico. At the end of three days we were asked to make a commitment to let go of one 'bad habit', that bothered us.
 
In a way it is like stopping with smoking, deciding to eat healthier or going to bed earlier. Every bad habit, every emotional imbalance, every so-called personal weakness (nervousness, impatience, anger, anxiety), even every trauma, is not just something that we developed as a response to our life experiences or something we 'inherited' from our parents, but it is also something we DO, or at least something we ALLOW to happen. It might sound pretty harsh to say to someone who has been abandoned by both his or her parents at the age of three that his or her distrust of people of fear of abandonment is something he or she does or allows to happen, but in the end that is the truth.
But that does not mean that you can just say: now I stop doing this. It is not that easy, although in the end we can learn to indeed let go of the attachment to these habits and character treats and become really free of them. That is something for another blog.
This is about letting go of less dramatic habits and character traits, that however, can still have a very negative effect on the quality of your life.
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Where: Mexico
When:  April and May 2008
 
Live, love & divorce in Mexico:
Life's lessons and the Law of Attraction
 
Dear readers,
 
Life is amazing and my life is amazing. It is less than three years ago that I had the painful breakup with my previous girlfriend that forced me to follow a different path in my life. The path of personal growth and healing that has led me ever deeper into my own unconsciousness, helped me to heal many old emotional wounds and that taught me about the magic and the laws of life.
I am still living a nomadic life, but wherever I am it is becoming more and more fulfilling and satisfying.
 
If there is one thing that I have learnt it is that there are basically only two ways you can live your life.
 
One way is what I would call 'the upstream life'. This is unfortunately the life that most people live in different degrees of severity. It is a life of wanting things to go your way, a life of blaming or manipulating others and external circumstances for your own suffering rather than taking responsibility for your own life.
 
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It is okay to be angry
 
Dear reader,
 
I like to start this new 'rubriek' called The Art of Life with what is an important emotion for me: anger.
In the world, East or West, there are almost no countries where anger is considered an acceptable emotion. Many religions and cultures consider anger an unacceptable emotion. In Christianity it is one of the seven deadly sins and in the East expressing your anger is the worst thing you can do: you'll certainly loose face.
 
So what do we do with our anger? We end up surpressing it. I did that for about 33 years till my, then, girlfriend managed to trigger it and finally it came out. In vulcano style with huge anger outbreaks. In Thailand you'll almost never see anybody angry, but when someone does get angry there are no breaks, then often people get killed.
 
So what to do with our anger?
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