Newsletter Week 37

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Upside-down, The Good Newsletter 2020 – Week 37

The weekly interactive newsletter sent out by Plukrijp to its members

For people living NOW the school of life

For YOU to send all your good news to

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.

What you can harvest now:

From now on you can find
all the current and upcoming crops with photo, location and name by clicking on the Current Harvest button in the menu on our website.

This week @ Plukrijp
We did:

Compost continued to be our main activity in these post-summer sunny days (& cold nights)


We did:


Clean up the sweet corn & fed the plants to our grateful chickens to turn it into compost for 2021. Most of it now waits for us in the freezer, for
a winter treat.


The turnips, daikon & radishes we broad-seeded
over the carrot, sweet corn & leek fields are sprouting. We hope to get an extra harvest this coming autumn to compensate for the losses due to the hot dry summer (pumpkin/carrot/courgette/red beets/….)


Seeded in lines the left side of open tunnel 1 with winter purslane & yellow endives. The Walcherse cauliflower turns it into a typical 3 vegetable-field.


Create another 3-combination on tunnel 5: broad-seeded chervil as a green cover between salads & the inevitable Walcherse cauliflower.


Filled in lots of ditches with hay & straw to (hopefully) catch as much rain as possible at Hei & in the open and closed tunnels. Lots of “future”
compost is being prepared this way.


Over-filled with compost the field of the dry pumkins & seeded rye for winter cover. One more try at catching as much humidity as possible for 2021.


Filled the many plastic boxes we have collected over the years with compost. Whenever a field will become “empty” we can quickly fill it with these
boxes. Working with wheelbarrows brings us the precision and flexibility permaculture requires.

We shared:

of visitors came to harvest
exchange news. We really celebrated these end-of-summer days socially.


We watched
the documentaries “D
isobedience”, “The
Ludlow Massacre” and “
Sacred Geometry in Water –
Viktor Schauberger”.

Interesting Movies & Documentaries

Disobedience is a new
film about a new phase of the climate movement: courageous action that is being taken on the front lines of the climate crisis on every continent, led by regular people fed up with the power and pollution of the fossil fuel industry.

Colorado Experience: Ludlow Massacre


One of the most significant events in the struggle for labor laws in America played out in Las Animas County in the spring of 1914. With the control of much of Colorado’s
coal mines in the hands of just a few companies, miners grew increasingly intolerant of low wages and dangerous working conditions. Despite efforts to suppress union activity, the United Mine Workers of America called a strike in September of 1913. Over the
next few months, tensions escalated as the striking miners ransacked several mines. The dispute culminated in a violent clash on April 20, 1914. Despite this tragic outcome, the event sparked national outrage and led the way of workers’ rights in America.

Sacred Geometry in Water – Viktor Schauberger

Inspiring Book

– The Field – Lynne McTaggart, p183

The most fundamental question Braud’s work raises has to do with individuality. Where does each of us end and where do we begin? If every outcome, each event, was a
relationship and thoughts were a communal process, we may need a strong community of good intention to function well in the world. Many other studies have shown that strong community involvement was one of the most important indicators of health.

The most interesting example of this was a small town in Pennsylvania called Roseto. This tiny town was entirely populated with immigrants from the same area of Italy.
Along with the people themselves, their culture had been transplanted in its entirety. The town shared a very cohesive sense of community; rich lived cheek by jowl with poor, but such was the sense of interrelation that jealousy seemed to be minimized. Roseto
had an amazing health record. Despite the prevalence of a number of high-risk factors in the community – smoking, economic stress, high-fat diets – the people of Roseto had a heart-attack rate less than half that of neighboring towns.

One generation later, the cohesiveness of the town broke up; the youth didn’t carry on the sense of community, and before long it began to resemble a typical American
town – a collection of isolated individuals. In parallel, the heart-attack rate quickly escalated to that of its neighbors. For those few precious years, Roseto had been coherent.

Braud had shown that human beings trespass over individual boundaries. What he didn’t yet know was how far we could travel.


Wisdom, uit the Aghori Vimalananda:

“It is always better to live with reality because,

without fail, reality will come to live with you”


Song – Woody Guthrie Ludlow Massacre


Refers to the violent deaths of 20 people, 11 of them children, during an attack by the Colorado National Guard on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their
families inLudlow, Colorado on April 20, 1914

Humor (?)

Yoga of Circus?


If I learned anything after 10 years of working with experts, it is that I know nothing. The only thing I do know something of, is the study concerning experts, i.e. expertology.

From my expertise I offer you the following advice:

Always listen to expert with an air of submissiveness; affirm him in his learnedness with exclamations of surprise and acknowledgement; de relationship patient-caregiver is hierarchical; through the expression
of gratitude and awe, you show due respect;

The expert is your best friend; he knows what’s good for you or your child much better than you; at first, it takes some effort to embrace this unshakable, objective truth; but remember: it is for your
own good; only too often, your vision is blurred by parental love/self-love, lack of acceptance of limitations, anti-authoritarianism, hidden family conflict, a difficult personality, arrogance and other unpleasant character traits it would be better for you
to face anyways;

Keep all information that contradicts your expert hidden from them; it is incredibly rude to confront them with it; it arouses the (correct) suspsicion of wilfullness or resistance; alternatively, show
them through covert means, p.e.: “You won’t believe the crock I heard on TV the other day!”, etc.

Absolutely never contradict the expert; this is especially difficult if your own experience leads to a different conclusion than that of your caregiver; remember that you base your conclusions on subjective
experience, while the expert has access to objective scientific information; therefore, don’t become angry if your expert doesn’t take your contribution seriously and interrupts you; their time is valuable; definitely don’t become verbose if the expert let’s
you finish your train of thought; most of the time it is wasted effort, because the expert cannot reply to your contributions because of their professional honor;

Don’t ask for a second opinion; this equals a declaration of war;

Never confront an expert after the event with their mistakes; this is an unnecessary humiliation, for which they will never forgive you;

The quality of an expert is not determined by how well he takes your reproaches; thus, a expert that handles critique well is not necessarily a good expert; conversely, someone who does not handle critique
well is not – sorry – necessarily a bad caregiver;

Never argue with your caregive; never forget that you are in a dependant position; you will always draw the short straw; furthermore, you are always in the wrong anyways;

Try to take the experts point of view: knowledge that loses its value faster than ever; high pressure environment, that renders any attempt to update knowledge futile; stupid, or even worse, aggressive
and insolent patients; inadequate salary; endless meetings; and by status compulsory holidays in far away countries; try to keep that up!

Summarizing, like my wise old father used to say: “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

And more subtle: “C’est le ton, qui fait la musique.” = “It’s the tone, that makes the music.”

Change and Transformation

by Kamila Shenmen, the Co-President of the University of Sufism.


Through the exploration of Sufi stories and poetry, ancient wisdom for modern life, Kamila Shenmen shares the humor and the beauty of the Sufi Way.


One of her favorite stories from the legendary folk hero Nasrudin is “No guts, no glory” from Perfume of the Desert by Andrew Harvey & Eryk Hanut. P.105


Nasrudin addressed a large crowd and shouted,

Do you want knowledge without ordeal,

truth without lies,

attainment without any hard work,

and progress without sacrifice?”

Everyone yelled “Yes!”

Marvelous!” said Nasrudin.

I do also,

and if I ever find out how to manage it,

I’ll be thrilled to let you know.”


Life is change. The Sufis know this:that we begin our life as a perfect soul delivered into a human body, which begins to veil and cover over that perfection from the
moment of birth.


The soul and the body are very different in nature. The soul is pure light, vital, knowing, invisible, and subtle; while the body is dense, material, attached to the
earth & follows its desires.


When the soul enters the body it is exiled from its non-material origins and
the self (known as the nafs by Sufis) begins to form and is with us throughout our life in this world.
Its role is to mediate between the non-material soul and the physical, material body. The nafs or self helps us function in this world, through our physical senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch, etc and is concerned with our physical and
material survival. It defends us against all threats, either physical or emotional. This self is very concerned that we have everything that we need in this life and that we are safe.


The self can easily become fascinated by the material world, and as it helps us navigate this life which alternates between ease and difficulty, it becomes corrupted
and impure by what it encounters in life and veils us from the truth of who we really are, where we come from and our connection with the Divine.


So the human journey really becomes one of return to our original state of purity, and reconnection with our soul which is our way back to oneness with God. One of
the characteristics of the self, however, is a great desire to keep things the same, since change is unpredictable and therefore dangerous in the eyes of the self.


In contrast to this, the Sufis advise us to accept change as inevitable and move forward in trust and gratitude for whatever comes our way, whether it be easy or difficult.

A Wise Donkey – Source: Oral Sufi Tradition


By the city of Kashan, a hundred miles east of the holy city of Qom, lived a poor peasant named Ahmed. Ahmed’s village was at the edge of a desert, facing barren mountains
to the north. High on the mountains, snow fell heavily from December until March. As the snow melted, a river flowed into the valley below until May, and then dried up for the rest of the year. Peasants dug wells at the foot of the mountains, connected them
together with underground tunnels, and brought water to the valley below.


Ahmed, like every other peasant, had a share of this water for the melons in his plot. Every day, he woke up before sunrise, prayed to God, counted his blessings, and
then went to work in the fields, under the blazing sun. He worked gladly, as sweat dripped from his face. He collected melons in gunnysacks, put them on his donkey’s back, and then took them to the bazaar.


One day, on his way to the bazaar, Ahmed’s donkey fell into an abandoned well. Ahmed sat by the edge of the well and listened to his donkey, as it cried piteously.
Listening to the sound of the donkey’s cry, Ahmed reasoned that the donkey may have broken its legs, and since the donkey was old, he thought he should put the donkey out of its misery.


He went back to the village and called a few of the villagers to help him. Ahmed asked every man to grab a shovel and begin to shovel dirt into the well. Not realizing
what was happening, the donkey,at first,cried and wailed horribly. Then a few shovelfuls later, the donkey quieted down completely. The peasants peered down into the well and were astounded by what they saw. With every shovelful of dirt that landed on its
back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He was shaking the dirt off and taking a step up on the new layer of dirt. As the peasants continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Soon, the donkey stepped up over
the edge of the well and trotted off, to the shock and astonishment of all the peasants.


Then Ahmed grinned and said, “We all have to learn from my wise donkey. When life throws a shovel of dirt at you, all kinds of dirt, the trick to getting out of such
circumstances is to not to let the dirt bury you. Shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone.Like the donkey, we can get out of the deepest wells by not stopping and never giving up! Shake off the dirt, take a step up, and then
praise God.”The reason the self, the nafs, is averse to the unpredictability of change is that the nafs is fully convinced that it knows what we need, how the world should function and that the self, in its wisdom, should be in charge of events and actions.

Feeling or Thought?
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