Welcome to the weblog that follows on jeroensjourney.punt.nl. Here I will update you on myexperiences 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 (email@example.com) (I check this e-mail not very often, so let me know, on my blog, that you sent me an e-mail)
"At birth a person is soft and yielding,
at death stiff and hard.
All beings, the grass, the trees: alive, soft, and yielding;
dead, stiff, and hard.
Therefore the hard and inflexible are friends of death.
The soft and yielding are friends of life.
An unyielding army is destroyed.
An unbending tree breaks.
The hard must humble itself or be otherwise humbled.
The soft will ultimately ascend."
So interesting to read this verse again. For most wisdom and real understanding of life and our true nature we only need to look at nature as the Taoists so deeply did.
Jut reading this it strikes me again how our whole society focuses on how to become harder and tougher. Train, resist, develop will power, learn to fight, compete, work hard..... And yes, many, many break, just to be fixed again to continue with the same insanity.
What would happen if we all softened up? If
we gave space to sensitivity and feeling? If not efficiency, earning, winning,
competing, defeating, but harmony, connection, flowing and yielding become our
mantras? What if not being stiff and lifeless is called 'cool', but being
flexible and alive? What if someone crying in public would be seen as
courageous for daring to show emotions instead of weak as is usually the case?
What if being open and able to change your opinion about things is seen as
courageous and wise instead of praising being closed and dogmatic as
'consistent' and 'having backbone'?
What if not the desires, fears and control of the ego are your guidance but the
flow of life itself?
What if life becomes our religion, with its energy, its flexibility, its
celebration, its sensuality and sexuality, its totality and unconditionality,
instead of worshiping death - as our religions do - with their prohibitions and
judgments of everything that is sensual, spontaneous, playful and alive?
"The hard and inflexible are friends of death.
The soft and yielding are friends of life."
Ponder this over and look into every aspect of your life: Are you a friend of
life or a friend of death? Are you judging the childlike innocence of a child
or adult but praise the seriousness and stiff emotionlessness of those we call
our 'saints' or 'leaders'? What would happen if we started praising expression
and condemning suppression instead of doing the opposite?
Life is there to be lived, every bird knows it, playing and singing for no
reason. We can decide to embrace life too and break out of the emotional
constrictions our culture or religion has imposed on us. Out of the fears,
demands and complications of the ego to the joy and simplicity of the ego-less.
Only a short time ago I thought I was alive, now I know that I was a friend of
death. My body had hardened at countless locations. Hard organs and muscles had
formed as a reaction to fear and a protection against pain. But there are ways
out, places and people that embrace life do exist, methods and tools that
soften us up and make us more sensitive rather than closing us up more are
Life is a miracle to be lived in all its intensity. Like water, yielding and
bending are its ways:
Are you ready for it?