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2022 – week 5

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:

Steven and Leon finally found the time to empty our chicken compost heap. It turned out that the composting process had not “taken” well because of lack of rainwater to feed the fermenting. The material will now continue to compost at low temperature for 2 years at least. Generally, we did “make”(collect?) way too much compost the last 2 years, thinking we would use it on Anthony’s field. The plan now is to grow pumpkins next to the heaps and let them ripen slowly. Our land has been fully served with compost for at least 1-2 years.


Finally the horse manure that we put into our trailers was brought to the new compost place. It can become its cover, together with clay.


We kept the fire in the big house going with the wood we cut 4 years ago.This creates space in our recycling area we can use to store the empty boxes from the firewood.


We shoveled the good ripe compost we took out from the warm beds into grey boxes. the plan is to seed white clover on food forest & cover it with this very rich sand, to help it germinate. This will greatly reduce the upkeep.


We redid the sleeping place of the chickens with metal support after emptying it from many years. 2 Days of concentrated welding work avoiding to have to pick up the shed after the next big storm.


We grelinetted the last parts of hei & of tunnel 2. We are considering buying a 2nd hand rototiller so even bad weather (& its subsequent damage to soil structure) can be overcome


Jojo sorted the dbase, we sorted the winter stock

Interesting Movies & Documentaries

What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire


A middle class white guy comes to grips with Peak Oil, Climate Change, Mass Extinction, Population Overshoot and the demise of the American Lifestyle.


Featuring interviews with Daniel Quinn, Derrick Jensen, Jerry Mander, Chellis Glendinning, Richard Heinberg, Thomas Berry, William Catton, Ran Prieur and Richard Manning. Produced by Sally Erickson. Written, Directed, and Edited by Tim Bennett.

Stories of Growth and Progress

There is never quite enough

Humans are innately flawed

Hard work is good

More is better

The physical world is all there is

We can solve any problem

Stuff will make us happy

Subdue the Earth and have domination over it

The concept of “ownership”

The concept of “resources”

Only humans have rights

You can’t stop me

Stories of Empire

Civilization is the best culture ever

Any alternative culture is worse

Ours is the one right way to live

Everyone should live this way

This culture is humanity

Other cultures are not truly human

This is how humans were meant to live 


List of Empire effects

honeybee decimation

global dimming

peak uranium

record numbers of new coal plants coming on-line

destruction of indigenous cultures

salinization of ground water

depleted uranium poisoning

the unscalability of alternative energies

red tides and algae blooms

drying out of forests

germ factories and bioweapons

pre-emptive strike policies

the US national debt

collapse of the dollar

collapsing housing bubble

resource wars

religious wars and crusades



genetic engineering

new non-lethal weapons technology

patenting of organisms

lingering questions about 9/11

declining per capita food production

illegal mining and lumbering


illegal dams

whistleblower intimidation

carbon sequestration

LNG safety issues

gender-bending chemicals

mental health meltdown

runny moose marrow

heavy metal contamination

methane hydrate mining

conservation and efficiency

rising insurance losses

mountaintop removal

acid rain

factory farming


rising birth defects

toxic buildings

vulture die-offs

antibiotic resistant diseases

Aluna: An ecological warning of the Kogis

To warn us of the danger threatening life on earth, they meet Western scientists who accept their knowledge and wisdom. This documentary honors the Indigenous Voice recognized at the 2017 Climate Change Conference.

Appointment in unknown land – Thomas Pesquet among the Kogis (French)

For his final departure into unknown territory, Frédéric Lopez flew alongside French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. An exceptional guest for a destination that is no less exceptional… Head to the north of Colombia, to meet an enigmatic community, which only very rarely allows foreigners to enter its territory: the Kogis

All is Sacred – Charles Eisenstein


Part of the dysfunction of civilization has come because sacredness has been exported onto something other than each other and the world.

Much of the world’s conflict comes from a closed, heavy heart. We suppress emotions that cause us pain, we suffer from worry, fear and trauma. We encase our hearts in layers of protection, a fortress around our most sensitive selves, and the heart becomes rigid and closed. So our heart loses its shine and the spirit becomes restless, and unable to authentically express itself.

But we can learn to soften our hearts, recognising that we don’t need the armour it thought it needed to keep it safe. You have the choice to free yourself of the emotional burdens you are holding onto. By opening your heart, you help yourself, others and the world to be a more loving place. Let go, choose love, and let your spirit soar.

Reading the previous newsletters, Carlos proposed to (re)discover the following videos with the current group

Win-win solutions are a fantasy:

in reality, progress creates both winners and losers


It’s no secret that the biggest gains in the growing global economy are reaped by the extremely wealthy. And from philanthropy to tech initiatives, plenty of the world’s billionaires claim to have solutions to combat the escalating inequality. But while members of the winning class might believe their own arguments, the US writer Anand Giridharadas says they’re a naive fantasy: regardless of good intentions, those with power cannot elevate others unless they also give up something. In this animated excerpt from a lecture at the Royal Society of Arts in London, Giridharadas explains why, even if so-called ‘win-win solutions’ might sometimes apply in commerce and trade, they don’t make society more equal.

The Turning Point


‘The Turning Point’ explores the destruction of the environment, climate change and species extinction from different perspective.

The Secret Life of Chaos


In this BBC 4 documentary, Professor Jim Al-Khalili sets out to uncover one of the great mysteries of science – how does a universe that starts off as dust end up with intelligent life? How does order emerge from disorder? It’s a mind bending, counter intuitive and for many people a deeply troubling idea. But Professor Al-Khalili reveals the science behind much of beauty and structure in the natural world and discovers that far from it being magic or an act of God, it is in fact an intrinsic part of the laws of physics. Amazingly, it turns out that the mathematics of chaos can explain how and why the universe creates exquisite order and pattern. And the best thing is that one doesn’t need to be a scientist to understand it. The natural world is full of awe-inspiring examples of the way nature transforms simplicity into complexity. From trees to clouds to humans. – ‘After watching this film you’ll never be able to look at the world in the same way again’.

Inspiring Links

Profile in courage: the speach of Vera Sharav in Brussel

Vera Sharav… Holocaust survivor, outspoken opponent of the Covid Con, and nearly totally censored by the mainstream, the “alternative” and even the “resistance” press. Yet no one is speaking out more clearly.

Akashic Records

The Infinite Knowledge of the Universe – Cosmic Consciousness & The Etheric Plane


Is there an information field embedded within the fabric of the universe that contains the memory of everything? And if so how do we access it? Are we all connected within a collective consciousness?


No matter how you see this Light, It is what we have come to know as God’s Holy Light or the Holy Spirit. It is conscious in itself and Knows your true intentions. It will only work through the Highest Intentions of Love. This Energy is what surrounds us, but if our vibrations are too low, it can not be embodied. It can only work with the Love vibrations. So by just asking It (The Universal Lifeforce) to enter your form, if the conditions of Peacefulness and Love vibration is present, It will and can be used as a tool to help clear, cleanse, heal, create and manifest your heaven on Earth.

Civilization Is Flinging Itself To Pieces — Stand Back


In the very end, civilizations perish because they listen to their politicians and not to their poets.”

Jonas Mekas

Inspiring Books

The Hero with a Thousand Faces (first published in 1949) is a work of comparative mythology by Joseph Campbell, in which the author discusses his theory of the mythological structure of the journey of the archetypal hero found in world myths.


Campbell explores the theory that mythological narratives frequently share a fundamental structure. The similarities of these myths brought Campbell to write his book in which he details the structure of the monomyth. He calls the motif of the archetypal narrative, “the hero’s adventure”.

In a well-known passage from the introduction to The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell summarizes the monomyth: “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

While Campbell’s work reached wide and deep as he covered the world’s great mythological traditions, he never wrote a book on goddesses in world mythology. He did, however, have much to say on the subject. Between 1972 and 1986 he gave over twenty lectures and workshops on goddesses, exploring the figures, functions, symbols, and themes of the feminine divine, following them through their transformations across cultures and epochs.

In this provocative volume, editor Safron Rossi—a goddess studies scholar, professor of mythology, and curator of collections at Opus Archives, which holds the Joseph Campbell archival manuscript collection and personal library—collects these lectures for the first time. In them, Campbell traces the evolution of the feminine divine from one Great Goddess to many, from Neolithic Old Europe to the Renaissance. He sheds new light on classical motifs and reveals how the feminine divine symbolizes the archetypal energies of transformation, initiation, and inspiration.


“When you see with the eyes of your head,

you are no different from an animal.

When you see with the eyes of your heart,

all spaces are open to you.”


(Jordan Bates) I share these words to honor the memory of Thich Nhat Hanh who died at age 95 this past week:

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”


“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.”


“Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.”

Inspiring Texts

Near Ennemy 12 : Follow your Bliss

The phrase “follow your bliss” from Joseph Campbell, diverged from the original Vedantic contemplation and came to mean something like “do what you love,” in a sense more influenced by Carl Jung and Walter Pater than by the 1960s hippie movement. By the spiritual injunction “follow your bliss,” Campbell never meant “do whatever feels good,” but rather was suggesting that we follow the thread of our passion wherever it leads, much as Vincent van Gogh did, despite much heartache along the way. A story circulates that, late in life, Campbell joked “I should have said ‘follow your blisters!’”

Jnana yoga – “Consciousness Watching Itself” (Dutch)


Jnana yoga should be a living philosophy. Not the prisoner of traditions, spiritual leaders all kinds of books and texts. It’s about going alone and naked.


Naked, meaning no personal life, nor society, build on assumptions called opinion, conviction, belief.


Alone means to stay away from the temptation to play on the chessboard of opinions, conviction, belief…

A kind of dialogue with itself.

Not so much with words…

as consciousness that experiences itself very awake.

And thus get to know oneself.

Unconcerned, casual,

and mostly enjoying…

This is dhyana yoga.

That is real spiritual research!

From there words can become visible

Then an open dialogue can be engaged

with other wanderers, as friends walking together.

And this is jnana yoga!

An Essential Lesson for a Society Built on Capital

with Charles Eisenstein and Slavoj Zizek

How many talented people sacrifice their youth hoping for an early retirement to a life of freedom, only to find themselves, at midlife, enslaved to their money?”

Charles Eisenstein

The theory of Anacyclosis (Polibius 2nd century BC)


The steps of the theory of anacyclosis are quite simple.

  1. Monarchy

  2. Tyranny

  3. Aristocracy

  4. Oligarchy

  5. Democracy

  6. Mobocracy


The unending cycle seems to fall apart in the West where we have now a period of total CHAOS till the next BEST human stands up


The unending cycle seems to be still going strong in the South & East . Most countries are blocked in USA-imposed oligarchy till now. This is a period of total CHAOS till they (finally!) liberate them selves from the neo-colonial resource extraction by (USA/UK/Israel/Swiss) corporations

Inspiring Music

Dhafer Youssef – Soupir Eternel

The Velvet Underground – Jesus

PAOLO CONTE – It’s wonderful – Via con me

Inspiring Image
Humor (?)
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