Plukrijp Newsletter – 2023 week 15

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Upside-down the good newsletter

2023 – week 15

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” :

News of the Plukrijp Family

Niels and Vera became the happy and proud parents of the little Till, a beautiful and healthy son who was born on April 11. All our congratulations and our wishes of happiness.

This week @ Plukrijp

We did:

We had our first meal of the year in the veranda! It feels so good to eat (nearly) outside!

We visited the permaculture project of our friend Georges at the Vevy Wéron farm near Namur. It is always a real pleasure to share our common experiences and to inspire each other.

Pooja from India (but living in Leuven) came to visit us and brought a couple of friends who have a farm in India. There, too, interesting discussions took place.

We made the design of Mathias’ permaculture garden. It is one of Plukrijp’s functions to help establish a plan that combines high productivity and low cost.

Tim spent a few days with us. With Bram, he transformed a closet that we no longer knew what to do with into a new ‘chicken condo’ for the food forest. He also took a lot of wonderful pictures which I will publish in future newsletters. Thanks a lot Tim!

Many children made their laughter ring out in Plukrijp during this second week of the Easter holidays: Nore, Warre, Ilan, Andréas and Rosalie. They helped us with sowing, planting and…cleaning the roof of the veranda and the plastic kot. What happiness!

Anouk gave us the gift of coming to Plukrijp to celebrate her birthday here and baked a delicious chocolate cake. All our best wishes for this new year of life!

Annette, a regular at Plukrijp for many years, came to share one of our meals. It’s nice to be able to share our lives with ease.

We moved the seedlings from last week in the veranda to create some room in the greenhouse for the new ones: we seeded the next generation of corn, pumpkin, cucumber, melon, sunflowers & zucchini in pots.

We scratched both sides of closed tunnel 1.

We planted red beets in closed tunnels 1, 2 & 3 to fill the empty spaces.

In open tunnel 1, we weeded both sides and planted potatoes between the corn salad.

In open tunnel 2, we scratched the left side between the beetroots and seeded beetroot and spinach on the right side.

In open tunnel 4, we scratched the center bed and seeded there low beans and garlic on the sides.

We had a big cleanup of the workshop.

We cleaned up the still empty spaces at the back of open tunnel 3 and planted flower bulbs there.

Pieter’s plants found a place at the front of the open tunnels and in the food forest.

We have started removing the ivy that is choking the tall trees behind the trailers at the back of the food forest. We could hear the sighs of relief…

Inspiring Movie

Voir Saint-Jacques… La Mecque

(from the same director as ‘La Belle Verte’)

Clara, Pierre and Claude learn of their mother’s death. But in her will she writes that her children will only inherit if they make together, and without ever separating, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Only “problem”, Clara, Pierre and Claude hate each other as much as they hate walking. Yet they set off baited by the heritage. They will be accompanied by a group of pilgrims in which they will meet Guy, their guide, Mathilde, a young woman coming out of chemotherapy, Camille, a high school student who has just had her baccalaureate and her friend Elsa, Said a Muslim high school student, in love of Camille, as well as his cousin Ramzi, whom he made believe that they were going to Mecca.

Inspiring Video

The Art of Transparent Communication

Thomas dives deep into the concept of Transparent Communication – a practice that creates an open and grounded relational space where constructive and creative communication can occur. This form of communication combines the interconnected data streams of cognitive, emotional, and physical information that are always present in any conversation.

He explores how, when we become attuned to these transmissions from others’ nervous systems, and are consciously creating coherent transmissions from our own, we can establish a deep connection that’s rich in intimacy and free from reactivity.

Key points include:

  • How we can become curious observers of our reactions to difficult situations in order to stay grounded and ease tension.

  • How traumatic experiences, especially in childhood, create fragmentation within the mental, emotional, and physical information that we transmit, and this can lead to reactivity and conflict.

  • How Transparent Communication allows us to recognize subtle transmissions of information through all of our senses, and how that awareness radiates out to those around us.

The windshield wiper

Surreal vignettes form a meditation on love in this Oscar-winning short

While chain-smoking cigarettes in a noisy café, a man wonders aloud: ‘What is love?’ From this starting point, the Oscar-winning animated short The Windshield Wiper (2021) contemplates this enduring question via a series of loosely tethered vignettes, depicting human connection in many of its complexities and contradictions. In his vision, the Spanish director Alberto Mielgo presents the concept as, by turns, ephemeral, exciting, tragic, passionate and poignant. A woman and man exchange fleeting glances at a motel before retreating into their rooms. An older man stands still in front of a grave adorned with fresh flowers. Text messages bounce off a satellite dish and back to Earth, relaying two lovers’ messages the day after a first tryst. A young woman takes her own life.

Mielgo is perhaps best known for some of the oddest and most ambitious entrées in Netflix’s animated sci-fi anthology series Love, Death & Robots (2019-). His unmistakable 3D style adorns realistically proportioned bodies and backgrounds with impressionistic flourishes. Here, his magnetic visuals work alongside the central theme to join the disparate sequences into a hazy whole. This magical realist sensibility proves to be a perfect canvas for his patchwork meditation, which, drawn from his own experiences, still feels expansive and, at times, surely relatable for most viewers. Standing in stark contrast to more idealistic and romantic depictions of love presented on film, and especially in animation, Mielgo builds a work that endeavours to be as disjointed and surreal, as opaque and multifarious, as the experience itself.

Written by Adam D’Arpino

Inspiring Link

The Free World Charter

The Free World Charter is a statement of principles that has the potential to optimise life on Earth for all species, eradicate poverty and greed, and advance progress.

Neither political nor religious, these ten short principles could form the foundation of a new, advanced society that uses no money, is free, fair and sustainable. They are based solely on nature, common sense and survival.

The Free World Charter is now widely considered a logical progression out of the failing mechanisms of today’s society, and a natural step in our evolution.

Read the Charter:

Inspiring Book

What do desire and passion have to do with our spiritual journey? According to A. H. Almaas and Karen Johnson, they are an essential part of it.

Conventional wisdom cautions that desire and passion are opposed to the spiritual path—that engaging in desire will take you more into the world, into egoic life. And for most people, that is exactly what happens. We naturally tend to experience wanting in a self-centered way. The Power of Divine Eros challenges the view that the divine and the erotic are separate. When we open to the energy, aliveness, spontaneity, and zest of erotic love, we will find it inseparable from the realm of the holy and sacred. When this is understood, desire and passion become a gateway to wholeness and to realizing our full potential.

The authors reveal how our relationships become opportunities on the spiritual journey to express ourselves authentically, to relate with openness, and to discover dynamic inner realms with another person. Through embodying the energy of eros, each of us can learn to be fully real and alive in all of our interactions.


The difference between a wall and a boundary

A wall is created to keep people out

or to make it difficult for them to come over.

But it doesn’t keep you safe

because you have to guard that wall.

A boundary is a structure, a system, a concept

build within that keeps you safe within.

To create a healthy boundary,

you have to create it within yourself

by understanding what your intention is,

what you want to be safe from,

what it feels like when you are safe.

So that you understand

what the boundary is protecting

and anytime someone violates your boundary

you feel it.

You don’t have to think it,

you don’t have to see it.

You feel it.

The distinction again between a boundary and a wall,

is that a wall is build to keep people out

and a boundary is created to strengthen you from within.

– Iyanla Vanzant

Inspiring Text



Fear is hidden consent.
When you are afraid of something, it means that you admit its possibility
and thus strengthen its hand. It can be said that it is a subconscient consent.”

– The Mother (Mira Alfassa)

Fear is the modus operandi and foundation of the scarcity program, hence all the fear programming through the media, governments, dogmatic religions, etc.

Fear keeps you stuck in your comfort zone and the abundance you don’t have beyond money.

Fear restricts your life force and the ability to create abundance.

Fear immobilizes your unique gifts and talents; some of them you don’t even know you have yet.

Fear feeds on itself, giving you all kinds of excuses, justifications, and rationalizations of why you “can’t…”.

Fear is the most dangerous contagion that can take over anyone who is not grounded in the Self – Essence – the true soul being.

Only the ego personality is afraid.

But it is not conscious fear that is troubling. That would be easier to conquer. It is unconscious fear in your shadow that is most destructive, so be very careful and mindful of what kind of media you consume, what thoughts you believe and identify with, and who you surround yourself with, for it does affect you unconsciously.

Fearlessness comes from staying embodied in the true eternal Self.

Hate, rage, and vile projected anger are surface emotions covering up deep helpless fear, which most often relates to childhood or past life trauma and disassociation from the Self.

Envy, jealousy, gossip, and slander are all based on this fear frequency. It feeds your frightened, wounded, insecure ego to take someone else down to make yourself feel better.

Don’t deny the fear. We all have it. It is deeply embedded in your instinctual survival reptilian brain.

Admit that you are afraid. Face the fear, yet don’t fall into the trap of self-pity or the trap of self-importance, creating a “tough” exterior persona that is just a mask.

No one is completely fearless. Anyone who claims that is the same as claiming to be enlightened.

Fear-based dogmatic religions preaching about hell with all the guilt-ridden sinner/savior program are a product of the anti-divine occult forces that have been ruling over humanity for thousands of years.

What is the root cause of all and any fear?

It is fear of death, the identification with your persona/ego, your body. As long as we are afraid of death consciously AND unconsciously, we are easily manipulated.

Look at yourself and at your life like an observer from the outside. What are you afraid of? Where do you make excuses? How is fear keeping you isolated, stuck, diminished, and defeated?

How can you transmute this fear into creative, constructive action with healthy optimism and defeat the forces of fear?

Remember, fear can only exist in linear time. You are afraid of what might happen in the future, stuck in tunnel vision, and blind to the infinite possibilities and opportunities right now and lying ahead. Hence, fear is an illusion, for there is no fear in the present moment.

Danger can be real, but even in the face of danger, fear is not a good option.

Courage is a better option. It overrides fear.

So, where can you be courageous and show courage in your own life right now?

One step at a time. The more you make decisions and actions based on courage with faith, the more you will gain healthy self-confidence and trust in life, the more your life force will expand, and the more access to creativity and abundance you will have.

And remember this quote by Eva Pierrakos:

It is impossible to truly love life as long as one fears death. This can be constantly corroborated when observing human reactions. The more a person lives with gusto and joy, the less he or she fears death. The more people shrink in fear of death, the more they cling to life, not because they enjoy life or because they are dynamically related to it, but in order to avoid death. Such people really do not live at all….

Every aspect of living follows this principle.

If you desire health in a spirit of fearing sickness, you prevent health.

If you fear the aging process, you prevent eternal youth.

If you fear poverty, you prevent abundance.

If you fear loneliness, you prevent real companionship.

If you fear companionship, you prevent self-containment.

So it goes on and on…”

free from Bernhard Gunther

Inspiring Music

Jesse Cook Baghdad

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Simple Man


Mama told me when I was young

“Come sit beside me, my only son

And listen closely to what I say

And if you do this, it’ll help you some sunny day, ah yeah”

Oh, take your time, don’t live too fast

Troubles will come and they will pass

You’ll find a woman, yeah, and you’ll find love

And don’t forget, son, there is someone up above

And be a simple kind of man

Oh, be something you love and understand

Baby, be a simple kind of man

Oh, won’t you do this for me, son, if you can?

Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold

All that you need is in your soul

And you can do this, oh, baby, if you try

All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied

And be a simple kind of man

Oh, be something you love and understand

Baby, be a simple kind of man

Oh, won’t you do this for me, son, if you can?

Oh, yes, I will

Boy, don’t you worry, you’ll find yourself

Follow your heart and nothing else

And you can do this, oh, baby, if you try

All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied

And be a simple kind of man

Oh, be something you love and understand

Baby, be a simple kind of man

Oh, won’t you do this for me, son, if you can?

Baby, be a simple, be a simple man

Oh, be something you love and understand

Baby, be a simple kind of man

Humor (?)



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