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2022 – week 12

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

Building communities of trust is fundamental
to healing our collective wound.
At Plukrijp, we offer spaces of transparency and solidarity.
The community allows people to encounter each other
in truth and so develop trust.
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:

Reinforce the windbreaker on the top side of the closed tunnels

Move the sprouting pumpkin seeds to the veranda and cover them with fine soil.

Seed leek and redbeet in long low bed number 4 at Hei

Seed sunflowers here and there for beauty in the garden and to delight the bees

Clean out the beautiful wood and concrete quay near the pond, a legacy of our friends Steven and Chenny.

Weed open tunnel 4 and 5, turn over the soil in between the closed tunnels, turn over and scratch the side of open tunnel 3, scratch between strawberries and onions in the high beds at Hei, fine roll the central field at Hei.


Cut back branches and bushes around Hei.

We repaired the water leak in the roof of the plastic kot

Interesting Movies

Time Bandits (1981)


Time Bandits is a British fantasy adventure film co-written, produced, and directed by Terry Gilliam. Gilliam has referred to Time Bandits as the first in his “Trilogy of Imagination”, followed by Brazil (1985) and ending with The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). All are about the “craziness of our awkwardly ordered society and the desire to escape it through whatever means possible”. All three films focus on these struggles and attempts to escape them through imagination: Time Bandits through the eyes of a child, Brazil through the eyes of a man in his thirties, and Munchausen through the eyes of an elderly man.

The Brothers Grimm (2005)


The Brothers Grimm is a 2005 adventure fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam. The film stars Matt Damon, Heath Ledger and Lena Headey in an exaggerated and fictitious portrait of the Brothers Grimm as traveling con-artists in French-occupied Germany, during the early 19th century. However, the brothers eventually encounter a genuine fairy tale curse which requires real courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms. Supporting characters are played by Peter Stormare, Jonathan Pryce, and Monica Bellucci.

The Zero Theorem (2013)


The Zero Theorem is a science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Christoph Waltz, David Thewlis, Mélanie Thierry, and Lucas Hedges. Written by Pat Rushin, the story centres on Qohen Leth (Waltz), a reclusive computer genius tasked with solving a formula that will determine whether life holds any meaning.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)


The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is an adventure-comedy film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam and Tony Grisoni, loosely based on the 1605/1615 novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.

Toby Grummett, a director, is in rural Spain, struggling with the production of a commercial featuring Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. After an unsuccessful day of shooting, Toby’s superior, the Boss, introduces him to a Romani street merchant who sells him an old DVD of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. By coincidence, Toby wrote and directed the film ten years earlier as a student…

The Color Purple (1985)


The Color Purple is a 1985 American drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Menno Meyjes, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It tells the story of a black Southern woman who struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.

Interesting Documentaries

Is Humanity Doomed? | Carl Jung on Healing a Sick Society

This video is written for those who still value freedom and who do not wish to be pawns in the dark twisted fantasy of a power-hungry ruling class. Relying on the insights of Carl Jung, we are going to explore how positive social change, in the direction of a freer world, can be effectuated by individuals striving for what Jung called the achievement of personality. For as Jung notes when a world is hurtling toward authoritarian, or totalitarian rule:

. . .such problems are never solved by legislation or by tricks. They are solved only by a general change of attitude. And the change does not begin with propaganda and mass meetings, or with violence. It begins with a change in individuals. It will continue as a transformation of their personal likes and dislikes, of their outlook on life and of their values, and only the accumulation of these individual changes will produce a collective solution.”

Carl Jung, Psychology and Religion

How an Obsession with SAFETY Leads to Mental Illness & Tyranny

This video was made by After Skoll in collaboration with Academy of Ideas. They create videos explaining the ideas of history’s great thinkers in order to help supply the world with more knowledge, to empower the individual, and to promote freedom.

Historically, the most prosperous societies were oriented toward experimentation and the taking of risks

– Frank Furedi

Nietzsche – Beware of People Playing the Victim

What does it mean to play the victim? What separates a genuine victim from someone playing the victim?  A genuine victim was actually taken advantage of, but someone playing the victim wasn’t. And how do you determine whether someone was actually taken advantage of? It comes down to consent. Someone is taken advantage of when their presence is used in a way they didn’t agree to at the moment. And so a true victim did not give consent or was not in a position to give consent.

Why would someone play the victim? To put it simply, they play victim so someone will save them from their problems. They’re looking for a rescuer. Someone who plays the victim has two main weapons: obligation and guilt, and pity and disgust.

Why American Farming Is Racist

In this “Our Changing Climate” video essay, you will learn more about the history of Black farmers in the United States. Specifically at how systems of oppression, slavery, and the racist machinations of the USDA dispossessed Black farmers of copious amounts of land. Over the course of three centuries, white settlers and white supremacist governmental operations made it extremely hard to be a Black farmer. That being said, Black farmers have a rich history of resistance and collective struggle.

Calling out the media by Alternative News Media Source

Talking back to the news media… It’s about time!

How to Get Around the Digital Iron Curtain

As the battle lines are drawn in the new cold war, a digital iron curtain is descending across the internet. Governments are increasingly cracking down on the net and attempting to limit what websites you can access. Today James walks you through some basic steps you can take to draw back the curtain and peek at the information that the censors don’t want you to see.

The Nazification of the West

Zelenskyy recently described Putin’s “de-Nazification” of Ukraine as “laughable” and the brainwashed flock of the mainstream media certainly must agree. They have been told that Nazis wave the American flag and vote Republican and the brainwashed flock always believe what they are told. But those of us still cleaving to our sanity remember that Nazis were members of Hitler’s National Socialist Party from the 1930s and ’40s. And not only were there thousands of Nazis in Western Ukraine back then, it is still a big part of their national pride.


An animated short film by Dina Velikovskaya (Germany, Russia 2019).

There is a strong connection between parents and their child. A young woman leaves the parental home to see the world. But the world of her parents is so tightly connected with her that by leaving, she puts it at risk. It turns out that this connection can be also destructive.

About a Mother

This story is about a mother who has given so much that it looks like she has nothing left… but life opens up the new opportunities.


Short animation film about the world of children of divorced parents

Inspiring Links

Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky

Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky (1863 – 1944) was a Russian chemist and photographer. He is best known for his pioneering work in colour photography, in particular, his colour portrait of Leo Tolstoy. It was this fame that, in 1909, brought him to the attention of Tsar Nicholas II who would provide funding and the authority for Prokudin-Gorsky to document what was early 20th century Russia and which would later be recognised as his most important work.

Take the time to look at the pictures and keep in mind they were taken in the beginning of the 20th century!

Inspiring Books

How to Be an Adult: A Handbook for Psychological and Spiritual Integration

Living life as a happy, mature adult does not always come easily to all of us. In this best-selling work, David Richo conveys to his readers just how to do this, based on his many years’ experience as a psychotherapist and workshop leader. The author uses as a model the heroic journey whose three phases―departure, struggle, and return―explain what happens in us as we evolve from neurotic ego through healthy ego to the spiritual Self. Departure is explored by helping the reader deal with fear, anger, and guilt, and building self-esteem. Through struggle one learns to maintain boundaries and build intimacy in relationships. And the result is a return to wholeness and love through integration. This thoughtful, approachable work is filled with checklists, diagrams, and literary quotations for meditation, making this a book to read and digest a little at a time for best results. How to Be an Adult will guide readers on their positive journey from fear, through power, to love.


The wisdom of equanimity, imbued with generosity, sees all situations equally as ornaments of being,” as the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Trungpa Rinpoche, observes.

I am my present and my past so new insights will coexist with antiquated beliefs. Instead of attempting to rid myself of my old beliefs, I simply no longer act on them. I allow the atavistic beliefs to be present and I act more and more in accord with the new, better informed, convictions. I contain new behaviors simultaneously with old beliefs and habits:

1. I accept challenges while still feeling afraid.

2. I trust someone while still doubting.

3. I choose pleasures that may have an element of risk.

4. I let go of punitiveness while still feeling vengeful.

5. I ask for what I want generally while still allowing this strong desire to remain a wish.

6. My self-esteem coexists with occasional self-reproach.

7. I feel anxious without taking it out on anyone.

The Third Eye by Lobsang Rampa

T. Lobsang Rampa was preordained to be a Tibetan priest, a sign from the stars that could not be ignored. When he left his wealthy home to enter the monastery, his heart was filled with trepidation, with only a slight knowledge of the rigorous spiritual training and physical ordeal that awaited him . . . .

This is his story, a hauntingly beautiful and deeply inspiring journey of awakening within Chakpori Lamasery, the temple of Tibetan medicine. It is a moving tale of passage through the mystic arts of astral projection, crystal gazing, aura deciphering, meditation, and more, a spiritual guide of enlightenment and discovery through the opening of the all-powerful, the all-knowing . . . .



A method of memory training had been evolved throughout the centuries. We imagined that we were in a room lined with thousands and thousands of drawers. Each drawer was clearly labelled, and the writing on all the labels could be read with ease from where we stood. Every fact we were told had to be classified, and we were instructed to imagine that we opened the appropriate drawer and put the fact inside. We had to visualise it very clearly as we did it, visualise the ‘fact’ and the exact location of the ‘drawer’. With little practice it was amazingly easy to—in imagination—enter the room, open the correct drawer, and extract the fact required as well as all related facts.


Photo: chiplanay

My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written…Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.

Oliver Sacks-

Inspiring Texts

Art by Morrigan

The Necessity to Spiritualize the Being

Spiritual realization is relatively easy compared with the much greater difficulty of actualizing it, integrating it fully into the fabric of one’s daily life. Realization is the movement from personality to being, the direct recognition of one’s ultimate nature, leading toward liberation from the conditioned self, while actualization refers to how we integrate that realization in all the situations of our life.[…]

Many Westerners have tried to take up this model, pursuing impersonal realization while neglecting their personal life, but have found in the end that this was like wearing a suit of clothes that didn’t quite fit. Taking on the challenges of a fully engaged personal life—finding right livelihood in a complex materialistic world, being involved in a committed intimate relationship, dealing with the social and political concerns facing us at every turn—inevitably brings up unresolved psychological issues. For this reason, Western seekers may also need the help of psychological methods to help them more fully integrate spiritual practice and realization into their lives.[…]

Psychological and spiritual work address different levels of human existence. If the domain of spiritual work is emptiness—unconditioned, universal, absolute truth—the domain of psychological work is form—our individual, conditioned ways of experiencing ourselves and the world—or relative truth. Spiritual practice, especially mysticism, points toward a timeless trans-human reality, while psychological work addresses the evolving human realm, with all its issues of personal meaning and interpersonal relationship.[…]


It can be difficult to understand or appreciate why we might need to resort to psychological work when many Asian spiritual practitioners have found liberation solely through the profound teachings and practices of Buddhism for thousands of years. But it helps to recognize that the highest, nondual Buddhist teachings, which show that who you really are is absolute reality, presume a rich underpinning of community, religious customs, and shared moral values that the West mostly lacks. Modern Western culture is marked by social isolation, personal alienation, lack of community, disconnection from nature, and the loss of the sacred at the center of our lives. And the Western self is riddled with inner divisions—between self and other, individual and society, mind and body, spirit and nature, or the guilty ego and the harsh, punishing superego—that were mostly unknown in the ancient cultures in which the meditative traditions first arose.[…]

While spiritual traditions generally explain the cause of suffering in general terms as the result of ignorance, faulty perception, or disconnection from our true nature, Western psychology provides a more specific developmental understanding. It shows how suffering stems from childhood conditioning; in particular, from static and distorted images of self and other that we carry with us in the baggage of our past. And it reveals these painful, distorting identities as relational—formed in and through our relationships with others.

Spiritual traditions that do not recognize the way in which ego identity forms out of interpersonal relationships are unable to address these interpersonal structures directly. Instead, they offer practices—prayer, meditation, mantra, service, devotion to God or guru—that shift the attention to the universal ground of being in which the individual psyche moves, like a wave on the ocean. Thus it becomes possible to enter luminous states of trans-personal awakening, beyond personal conflicts and limitations, without having to address or work through specific psychological issues and conflicts. This kind of realization can certainly provide access to greater wisdom and compassion, but it often does not touch or alter impaired ego structures which, because they influence our everyday functioning, prevent us from fully integrating this realization into the fabric of our lives.

Thus, as Sri Aurobindo put it, “Realization by itself does not necessarily transform the being as a whole. One may have some light of realization at the spiritual summit of consciousness but the parts below remain what they were.”

For psychological and spiritual work to be mutually supportive allies in the liberation and embodiment of the human spirit, we need to re-envision both paths for our time, so that psychological work can serve spiritual development, while spiritual work can take into account psychological development. These two traditions would then come together as convergent streams, furthering humanity’s evolution toward realizing its true nature—as belonging to the universal mystery that surrounds and inhabits all things—and embodying this larger nature as human presence in the world, thus serving as a crucial link between heaven and earth.”

John Welwood, The Psychology of Awakening

3 Super Abilities Most Empaths Are Gifted With

written by Kimberly Fosu on

Empathy is a gift from the universe and for you to use it effectively, you have to see it as a gift and develop it as such. (Photo: chiplanay)

1. The Gift of Healing

Most empaths have the ability to heal. This isn’t a magical ability to heal complicated sicknesses and diseases per se, but it’s a touch so gentle that it can send healing where they direct it. Empaths have the ability to make troubled waters still. They can help soothe anxious minds and calm worried souls. As an empath, you are like a magnet. Most people draw strength and inspiration from you. When you’re there, people can find the strength to rise above their problems. Your energy can make others feel okay, no matter what troubles are disturbing them. You can reassure others that it will be okay and they can believe it. They can believe you and your words. Your presence alone can make people feel serene. The light that shines within you is so bright that it invites others to become brighter just by being close to you.

Although your presence can provide healing, you still choose to distance yourself from others sometimes. This is because, as an empath, you can absorb the energies around you. You’re like a sponge and can absorb people’s emotions and sometimes even the ailments and frustrations of others. This can leave you feeling drained. Although you’re a good person who seeks to heal all those who need it, you distance yourself when things become too overwhelming for you because your health and wellness also matter.

When you heal yourself, you heal the world. When you take care of your own mental health, you can use your gifts better.


2. The Gift of Perception

Every empath has the gift of perception. You can find the deeper meaning to things others cannot even perceive. You can see life in a way others can’t see. You understand things others can’t comprehend. You know, see and feel things before others do. Where others don’t pay attention to the signs and warnings, for you there’s usually a nagging feeling that won’t go away until you do what you’re supposed to do.


Perception is a superpower and so you must be strategic when using this power. You must tread carefully when using this gift. Because you see, know and feel things before they happen, when something you perceive and predict happens, others may see you as the cause and call you names. Some may say you used your mind to manifest it. But when you know who you are and the gifts you’re blessed with, you will not worry about the things others have to say about you. Where people are involved, it’s always best to keep ego in check. When others attack you, it’s tempting to attack them back, but you’re gifted and can’t allow your ego to rule you. Allow your soul to lead the way and everything will fall into place.

When you keep the ego in the backseat, your way of observation becomes keen. You notice everything. You notice your mind and how it thinks. You try to understand others and why they do the things they do from a place behind the ego. You refuse to judge them. When your soul is leading the way, you can accept people as they are. When your ego is in check, you can better perceive situations. You can tell who needs help, even when they won’t say it. You become more aware and self-aware. You talk less and you listen more as you perceive more of the universe around you.

The most empowered empaths work on developing this gift every day, so they can use it effectively to help themselves get further in life and also to assist all of humanity.

3. The Gift of Intuition

Empaths are usually highly intuitive individuals who can process the different energies around them deciphering which is good and which to stay away from. Call it a gut feeling, a hunch or inkling and you’re right. As an empath, you know when something is off or wrong. You can tell when someone is feeling not so great even when you’re not told. You feel the hurt of a friend’s heartbreak as if it’s happening to you. You know when the day is going to go well and also when something doesn’t feel quite right. Your intuition becomes a guide that keeps you away from problems and you’re very much in tune with yourself.

Since being an empath allows you to feel way more than others, you must develop this gift and use it for good. You must be strong in your abilities. Being an empath isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes a lot out of a person and because of that, many empaths see their gift as a curse, but they’re wrong. Having the ability to feel deeply is a good thing.

Photo: chiplanay

Just walk away from the organized insanity
by Anastasia Frugaard

My daughter, born in Los Angeles, will turn two in a few months.

My Danish husband and I can’t help but talk about what future we want for her.

I wish I wanted to raise my daughter in America.

But the truth is, I don’t.

And there’s only one reason for that.

We want a simple life for her, and for ourselves.

Simple as in you can get through the day talking to people without constantly worrying if you just offended someone.

Simple as in you don’t have to re-educate yourself every few months on what’s offensive.

Simple as in people just get along.

Simple as in you can ride your bike everywhere.

Simple as in you only need your car occasionally.

Simple as in walking is the way of life, not a hobby.

Simple as in a friendly stranger touching your kid is normal, and not a reason to call 911.

Simple as in our daughter can always walk to school alone, safely.

Simple as in our dog can run without a leash, and no one will say a word.

Simple as in our daughter can spend her early childhood playing and not worrying about her achievements.

Simple as in our daughter can spend her early childhood outdoors and not stuck in a classroom.

Simple as in nature and play-based schools are a norm and not a private institution we can’t afford.

Simple as in there’s no need to build a metal fence around our daughter’s school.

Simple as in deodorants in our local pharmacy are not chained.

Simple as in my daughter will never have to take a shooting-preparedness class.

Simple as in food is enjoyed thoroughly and slowly, and never eaten in your car.

Simple as in fresh and quality foods are abundant and affordable.

Simple as in I never have to see a five-dollar tomato again.

Simple as in people around us prioritize enjoyment of life and not wealth accumulation.

Simple as in people around us prioritize relationships and not personal achievements.

Simple as in life is full of simple joys: family, friends, nature, good food, and good wine.

Simple as in you don’t have to break your back to pay enormous rent or move to a suburb.

Simple as in we don’t have to save up for 18 years for our daughter to get a basic education.

Simple as in we don’t have to worry that we can’t afford treatment if our daughter gets sick.

Simple as in I’m not afraid to watch the news because it gives me anxiety.

Simple as in people around me are not divided into two camps.

Simple as in people around me are not neurotic ticking bombs ready to go off at any minute.

It’s amazing how difficult it can be to achieve something so simple.

Perhaps, the place we’re looking for doesn’t exist. But if it does, let me know!

Inspiring Music

Blind Faith – Presence of the Lord

Koto 25 strings

Nanae Yoshimura – The Art of Koto

Inspiring Image

HANDS OF NATURE –  Photo by Karen Blix

Humor (?)

Chaplin Modern Times ‘non-sense song’

The Time Bandits: Evil explains why he’s better than God

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