Plukrijp Newsletter 2023 – week 9

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Upside-down the good newsletter

2023 – week 9

Upside down = instead of announcing what we plan to do
(& most often find out we do not need to do), we relate what we really did

We do the garden for YOU
Plukrijp functions on your frequent visits & harvests. Take along for friends & neighbours, this way we recreate real networks between us all, breaking down the illusory restrictions that now still separate many of us from our fellow man = UBUNTU.
The updated list of vegetables & fruit that can be harvested this week is available on our website under the heading “Current Harvest” :
This week @ Plukrijp
We did:

We have started to reorganize the workshop so that it is operational again. Since Bram is bringing his Combination Woodworking machine, we have decided to resell the one we bought 2 years ago. If anyone would be interested or if you know someone who might be, please let us know. Follow this link for more information:

We sowed peas, bunching onions, salad mix and beans on the short beds at Hei.

We scratched the Hei, integrating more the compost we put in last year & preparing the soil for more roll-haking to make the field as flat, fine, & weed free as we can.

We weeded the three closed tunnels and added a layer of straw to the paths. Apart from the fact that straw keeps the paths clean, it plays a big role in water management. In the summer we fill the paths with water, the straw absorbs the water and keeps the humidity level longer. We have also decided not to add a thick layer of straw this year because the content of the paths is already well composted. Next winter, we will dig the paths and put the compost on the side beds and introduce a few chickens so that they can scratch it in.

We have started to prepare the land of the second open tunnels to be able to sow soon. We started with the Hydra, which is a sort of double-shuffle on a hinge. It’s nice for when the soil is too hard for the shuffle & too weedy for the scratcher. It cut the weeds while working the soil, opening up the space to then scratch & rake the beds to prepare them for seeding & planting.

We filled the paths of open tunnels 1 and 2 with the hay we received.

We put wood chips between the currant bushes outside the third open tunnel. It’s a tough place to keep weed free. This will save us weeding work and prevent weeds from migrating inside the tunnel.

We have started eliminating unnecessary ropes in the tunnels. It is a work of patience, ideal for beautiful meditations.

We seeded red beet, kohlrabi, salad, & fennel in pots to plant outside later

Inspiring Movies


An epic intergenerational tale of art, love, tragedy and politics, Never Look Away follows thirty years in the life of a great artist – loosely based on Gerhard Richter, one of the 20th century’s most successful painters – played by Tom Schilling. The film goes from a childhood witnessing Nazi Germany, to post-war East Berlin, where he falls in love with a young woman (Paula Beer, Frantz) whose father is an ex-Nazi murderer in hiding (Sebastian Koch), to escaping to the West at the time of the Berlin Wall, and ultimately being part of the new exciting movement in contemporary art.

By freeing yourselves, you are liberating the world”
Inspiring Videos

Eating Our Way to Extinction

2021, Environment – 82 min

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet, “Eating Our Way to Extinction” is a powerful documentary that explores the impact of industrial animal agriculture on the environment, human health, and animal welfare. The film takes a comprehensive look at the global impact of intensive animal farming, showcasing how it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, water pollution, and loss of biodiversity.

The documentary also delves into the ethical implications of animal agriculture, focusing on the inhumane living conditions, routine mutilation, and brutal slaughter of factory-farmed animals. Through shocking footage from inside factory farms and slaughterhouses, the film exposes the cruelty and suffering that is often hidden from public view.

The work highlights the urgent need for a shift towards more sustainable and ethical food choices, including reducing meat consumption and supporting more humane and environmentally friendly food production systems. Through interviews with farmers, chefs, and activists, the documentary showcases examples of positive change, including regenerative agriculture, which focuses on building healthy soils, restoring ecosystems, and reducing carbon emissions.

By exposing the devastating impact of industrial animal agriculture and offering hope for a better future, “Eating Our Way to Extinction” is an essential viewing for anyone concerned about the future of our planet and the well-being of animals and humans alike. The film presents a compelling case for rethinking our relationship with animals and the way we produce and consume food, offering insights into the potential solutions to mitigate the impact of animal agriculture.

Overall, “Eating Our Way to Extinction” is a thought-provoking and emotional journey that highlights the urgent need for change in our food production systems. The film’s compelling message is backed up by powerful visuals and insights from leading experts, making it a must-watch for anyone interested in creating a more sustainable and compassionate world.

Directed by: Ludo Brockway, Otto Brockway

Inspiring Links

Music, Aesthetics and Legitimation:

Keith Jarrett and the ‘Fourth Way’

Inspiring Books

One of Fr. Rohr’s bestselling books, this revised and updated edition explores St. Francis’s ancient call to the simple life, where joy, not dry theology, helps us build relationships and find peace in ourselves.

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.

According to Rohr’s teachings, a person does not have to follow Jesus or practice any formal religion to come by salvation, but rather “fall in love with the divine presence, under whatever name”. Rohr says people are disillusioned with conservative churches that teach that nonbelievers go to Hell.[25] The Perennial Tradition,[26] or Perennial Philosophy, forms the basis of much of his teaching; his work’s essential message focuses on the union of divine reality with all things and the human potential and longing for this union.


The longer I live, the more deeply I learn that love
— whether we call it friendship or family or romance —
is the work of mirroring and magnifying each other’s light.
Gentle work. Steadfast work.
Life-saving work in those moments when life and shame
and sorrow occlude our own light from our view,
but there is still a clear-eyed loving person to beam it back.
In our best moments, we are that person for another.

– Maria Popova

Inspiring Texts

The law of ascent and descent by Bernhard Guenther

You can only truly rise into higher levels of being and awakening as deep as you are willing (and able) to go into the shadow within yourself, revealing & healing all trauma and wounding from your childhood and over lifetimes.

The path towards awakening spirals up, down, in, out, back, and forth, expanding on all levels and bringing up everything.

Anything that is asleep within us (unconscious) will be put under the spotlight of Truth.

No escape.

No blame.

No excuse.

Throughout my life, I noticed that the deeper and lower I fell into the shadow of my being all the way to the most toxic mud of internalized shame with suicidal thought injections and was able to work through and transmute the suffering, emerging wounds, and trauma, the higher I was able to rise – the descent and ascent at the same time.

I also realized how little control I – who I “think” I am – actually had over this process. The suffering also initiated a deep longing within me to (re)unite with the Divine, the only true source of unconditional Joy and Love. The most important relationship.

But then, I encountered another paradox.

The more sincerely I aspired towards the Divine, bringing forth my true Self, engaging in the necessary inner [psychological & spiritual] work towards soul-individuation (embodiment), the more my lower nature resisted and the more the hostile forces interfered.

It’s an internal war – walking through hell to reach the light.

The battle is within – to die and burn in the fire of transmutation to be reborn.

I now understood when Sri Aurobindo said: “No one can reach heaven who has not passed through hell.”

There are forces who do not wish for you to awaken to your true nature, and they will use any trickery, trauma, shadow aspects you have within you, and any temptation targeting the specific weaknesses of your lower nature and ego as entry points to keep you imprisoned out of your own making.

They are your “teachers,” for they highlight what you need to heal and transmute.

They test your sincerity and integrity.

All there is are lessons, tests, & initiations.

The traps are getting stuck in blame & victim consciousness, self-pity, or self-importance, along with entitlement and laziness as if anyone owes you anything. Nothing is free in the entire universe, and you need to pay with yourself, as Gurdjieff said.

Many don’t pass the tests and threshold. Their soul may need another few lifetimes until it is ripe and conscious enough to answer the call.

I’m not implying that it is easy. I was on the brink of giving up many times, ending this life or just giving in to my lower nature cravings like Cypher in the Matrix.

The more you progress, the narrower the path gets, and any misstep results in a deeper fall than before.

As it is written, many are called, yet few choose to answer the call. The “choosing” needs to come from the immortal soul-being. It’s not the ego-personality that chooses. In fact, the [wounded] ego will resist and deny the call, giving you all kinds of excuses and justifications for why you can’t do it.

As the Light (Divine) shined a merciless light into the darkest corners of my psyche/Being, bringing all up that needs to rise up, be faced, and transmuted, the less I was able to lie to myself, engage in spiritual bypassing or rationalize it all away, but the more I took responsibility for everything in my life and the more freedom I experienced, being more present and engaged in life.



Inspiring Music

The Blessing (Debbii Dawson Cover)

Humor (?)
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