Plukrijp Newsletter Week 27 – 2020

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Upside-down, The Good Newsletter 2020 – Week 27

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.

Coming soon…

leek at Hei, carrots at Hei, fine beans at Hei, melon in tunnel 1&3 top raised bed,
grapes & bell peppers in closed tunnels.

This week @ Plukrijp

very full week, with the Light & Shadow event based on Chogyam Trunpa’s Shambala book happening here & many visitors new & old faces returning. We are turning it into an organic introduction to the yin/yang view of reality, we give our specific
permaculture course, we try to reach out to a very diverse group.

Together with Aline’s approach of the Joanna Macy “Work that connects” this offer a rich mixture for socially vibrant spiritual development in deep ecology, personal & social. Rain in sufficient quantities woke up the garden after the long drought, but it also
showed us where we had not scratched or weeded well.

We did:

Pick up a trailer of wood
for the stoves in winter. The very many fruits on our trees tell us that winter will be cold or hard. Trust them, plants know because they live in reality, outside of our linear illusion of “time”.

Attach the very many tomato plants
while while picking up the last (?) weeds everywhere

Harvest daily full baskets
of cucumbers, courgettes, pakchoy, salads of all colors & textures (yummie!), delicious string beans & so much more.
We are eating such good food that we now “reverently eat in silence”.

Free the courgette
plants of the enormous Catalogna salads gone to seed.

Prepare the solar dryers for seed collection:
coriander, salads, celery, mustards, turnips etc are shooting up to heaven, so we can share seeds next autumn/winter.

Bring scrap iron away, inevitably. Plukrijp re-uses/cycles/etc so efficiently that very little
of the quantities that “come in” need to go out. One of the basics of permaculture in a world gone to waste.

We shared:

The Light & Shadow course with Aline’s group.
As usual, those who were not there just missed it. A report with pics will be in the next newsletter. Circles, meditations, silent meals, dancing, sorbet-making, spiral thinking & feeling exercises, you name it we are doing it. Thanks Aline & Martine for the
rich palette & the delicious meals! Though we pretend to want to learn to be less “domesticated”, our stomachs seem to lead us still (where?)

“Crazy Wisdom”
, the biography of Chogyam Trungpa. How can we live the wisdom of the East if we do not embody it in our West? Integration is the only way we can go (jump?) forward.

Videos by Yann Thibaut on interior ecology
as it collides with what we call the NEW CAGE. He deep points out 7 deep flaws of the actual spiritual movement:
non-reality (i.e. we do not respect or share truth any more) –
non-judgment (i.e. can you drive a car if you refuse to perceive&avoid
obstacles?) –
non-ego (i.e. how can we pretend to think & feel if we do not do it from our center) – (4) non
dialogue (i.e. do we take the time & care to really exchange our experiences & convictions or are we do scared of the other that we avoid dialogue?) –
non mental (i.e. a computer without an operating system???) –
positive thinking (i.e. thinking is a tool to orient ourselves in reality, not an emotional self-hypnosis) –
the here & now (i.e. are we beings without a past ? Do we not constantly construct our future in the now?)

Our personal addition:

Three other possible dogmas to be viewed: violent non-communication – demo (socio) cracy – equality

The 7 “virtues”: (1) Caution and wisdom, (2) Justice and righteousness, (3) Moderation and self-control, (4) Courage, tenacity, constancy and focus, (5) Faith and Surrender, (6) Hope and optimism and then (7) Charity.

The 7 “vices”: (1) Laziness and Eagerness, (2) Vanity and Pride, (3) Gluttony and Zwelgen (4) Jealousy, S / M and Envy, (5) Aggression and Vengeance, (6) Greed and Avarice, (7) Unchaste Lust

Interesting Movies & Documentaries

Oswald Spengler, The Decline of the West and Islamic State

The Dark Age Theorist discuss Oswald Spengler’s theory of history, as presented in his book The Decline of the West, and I suggest how social movements in the middle
east, notably Islamic State, may represent the beginnings of a new Culture in Spenglerian terms.

L’Écologie Intérieure : être sa propre autorité
par Yann Thibaud

Yann Thibaud highlights the 7 dogmas / prohibitions of the new religion which is emerging in the form of “New Cage” and
clearly explains why and how this prevents us from developing a real spirituality: (1) non-truth (2) no -dialogue (3) the non-mental (4) the non-ego (5) the non-judgment (6) positive thinking (7) here and now

Inspiring Book

Excerp (1):


Lack of systemic wisdom is always punished. We may say that the biological systems-the individual, the culture, and the ecology—are partly living sustainers of
their component cells or organisms. But the systems are nonetheless punishing of any species unwise enough to quarrel with its ecology. Call the systemic forces “God” if you will.


Let me offer you a myth.

There was once a Garden. It contained many hundreds of species—probably in the subtropics—living in great fertility and balance, with plenty of humus, and so
on.In that garden, there were two anthropoids who were more intelligent than the other animals.


On one of the trees there was a fruit, very high up, which the two apes were unable to reach. So they began to think. That was the mistake. They began to think


By and by, the he ape, whose name was Adam, went and got an empty box and put it under the tree and stepped on it, but he found he still couldn’t reach the fruit.

So he got another box and put it on top of the first. Then he climbed up on the two boxes and finally he got that apple.

Adam and Eve then became almost drunk with excitement. This was the way to do things. Make a plan, ABC and you get D.

They then began to specialize in doing things the planned way. In effect, they cast out from the Garden the concept of their own total systemic nature and of
its total systemic nature.


After they had cast God out of the Garden, they really went to work on this purposive business, and pretty soon the topsoil disappeared. After that, several species
of plants became “weeds” and some of the animals became “pests ” ; and Adam found that gardening was much harder work. He had to get his bread by the sweat of his brow and he said, “It’s a vengeful God. I should never have eaten that apple.”


Moreover, there occurred a qualitative change in the relationship between Adam and Eve, after they had discarded God from the Garden. Eve began to resent the
business of sex and reproduction. Whenever these rather basic phenomena intruded upon her now purposive way of living, she was reminded of the larger life which had been kicked out of the Garden. So Eve began to resent sex and reproduction, and when it came
to parturition she found this process very painful. She said this, too, was due to the vengeful nature of God. She even heard a Voice say “In pain shalt thou bring forth” and “Thy desire shall be unto thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”


The biblical version of this story, from which I have borrowed extensively, does not explain the extraordinary perversion of values, whereby the woman’s capacity
for love comes to seem a curse inflicted by the deity.


Be that as it may. Adam went on pursuing his purposes and finally invented the free-enterprise system. Eve was not, for a long time, allowed to participate in
this because she was a woman. But she joined a bridge club and there found an outlet for her hate.


In the next generation, they again had trouble with love. Cain, the inventor and innovator, was told by God that “His [Abel’s] desire shall be unto thee and thou
shalt rule over him.” So he killed Abel.


Excerp (2):

Moreover, the very meaning of “survival” becomes different when we stop talking about the survival of something bounded by the skin and start to think of the survival of the system of ideas in circuit. The contents of the skin are randomized at death and the
pathways within the skin are randomized. But the ideas, under further transformation, may go on out in the world in books or works of art. Socrates as a bioenergetic individual is dead. But much of him still lives as a component in the contemporary ecology
of ideas.


It is also clear that theology becomes changed and perhaps renewed. The Mediterranean religions for 5000 years have swung to and fro between immanence and transcendence. In
Babylon the gods were transcendent on the tops of hills; in Egypt, there was god immanent in Pharoah; and Christianity is a complex combination of these two beliefs.


The cybernetic epistemology which I have offered you would suggest a new approach. The individual mind is immanent but not only in the body. It is immanent also in pathways
and messages outside the body; and there is a larger Mind of which the individual mind is only a sub-system. This larger Mind is comparable to God and is perhaps what some people mean by “God, ” but it is still immanent in the total interconnected social system
and planetary ecology.


Freudian psychology expanded the concept of mind in-wards to include the whole communication system within the body—the autonomic, the habitual, and the vast range of unconscious
process. What I am saying expands mind out-wards. And both of these changes reduce the scope of the conscious self. A certain humility becomes appropriate, tempered by the dignity or joy of being part of something much bigger. A part—if you will—of God.


If you put God outside and set him vis-à-vis his creation and if you have the idea that you are created in his image, you will logically and naturally see yourself as outside
and against the things around you. And as you arrogate all mind to yourself, you will see the world around you as mindless and therefore not entitled to moral or ethical consideration. The environment will seem to be yours to exploit. Your survival unit will
be you and your folks or conspecifics against the environment of other social units, other races and the brutes and vegetables.


If this is your estimate of your relation to nature and you have an advanced technology, your likelihood of survival will be that of a snowball in hell. You will die either
of the toxic by-products of your own hate, or, simply, of over-population and overgrazing. The raw materials of the world are finite.


For the phrase “ecology of ideas,” I am indebted to Sir Geoffrey Vickers’ essay “The Ecology of Ideas” in Value Systems and Social Process, Basic Books, 1968.

For a more formal discussion of the survival of ideas, see Gordon Pasks’ remarks in Wenner-Gren Conference on “Effects of Conscious Purpose on Human Adaptation,” 1968If I am
right, the whole of our thinking about what we are and what other people are has got to be restructured. This is not funny, and I do not know how long we have to do it in. If we continue to operate on the premises that were fashionable in the pre-cybernetic
era, and which were especially underlined and strengthened during the Indus-trial Revolution, which seemed to validate the Darwinian unit of survival, we may have twenty or thirty years before the logical reductio ad absurdum of our old positions destroys
us. Nobody knows how long we have, under the present system, before some disaster strikes us, more serious than the destruction of any group of nations. The most important task today is, perhaps, to learn to think in the new way. Let me say that I don’t know
how to think that way. Intellectually, I can stand here and I can give you a reasoned exposition of this matter; but if I am cutting down a tree, I still think “Gregory Bateson” is cutting down the tree. I am cutting down the tree. “Myself” is to me still
an excessively concrete object, different from the rest of what I have been calling “mind.”


The step to realizing — to making habitual—the other way of thinking—so that one naturally thinks that way when one reaches out for a glass of water or cuts down a tree—that
step is not an easy one. And, quite seriously, I suggest to you that we should trust no policy decisions which emanate from persons who do not yet have that habit.


There are experiences and disciplines which may help me to imagine what it would be like to have this habit of correct thought. Under LSD, I have experienced, as have many others,
the  disappearance of the division between self and the music to which I was listening. The perceiver and the thing perceived become strangely united into a single entity. This state is surely more correct than the state in which it seems that “I hear the
music.” The sound, after all, is Ding an Bich, but my perception of it is a part of mind.


It is told of Johann Sebastian Bach that when somebody asked him how he played so divinely, he answered, “I play the notes, in order, as they are written. It is God who makes
the music.” But not many of us can claim Bach’s correctness of epistemology—or that of William Blake, who knew that the Poetic Imagination was the only reality. The poets have known these things all through the ages, but the rest of us have gone astray into
all sorts of false reifications of the “self” and separations between the “self” and “experience.”


For me another clue another moment when the nature of mind was for a moment clear—was provided by the famous experiments of Adelbert Ames, Jr. These are optical illusions in
depth perception. As Ames’ guinea pig, you discover that those mental processes by which you create the world in three-dimensional perspective are within your mind but totally unconscious and utterly beyond voluntary control. Of course, we all know that this
is so—that mind creates the images which “we” then see. But still it is a pro-found epistemological shock to have direct experience of this which we always knew.

Humor (?)

story about an encounter between astronauts and an Indian.

“” On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. In the months leading up to their expedition, Apollo 11 astronauts trained in a barren, remote desert in the western US. Several American Indian communities lived in that area and there
is a story – or legend – about an encounter between the astronauts and a native resident:

One day the astronauts encountered an old Indian during their training. The man asked what they were doing there. They replied that they were part of a research expedition that would soon undertake an exploration trip to the moon. When the old man heard that,
he was silent for a moment, then asked the astronauts if they wanted to do something for him.
“What then?” they asked.
“Well,” said the old man, “the people of my tribe believe that there are holy spirits living on the moon. I was wondering if you can give them an important message on behalf of my people.”
“What kind of message?” the astronauts asked.
The man said something in his own language and then asked the astronauts to repeat it several times until they got it right in their head.
“What does it mean?” the astronauts asked.
“Oh, I can’t tell you that. It is a secret that only our tribe and moon spirits should know.”
When the astronauts returned to their base, they searched city and country until they found someone who spoke the Indian language and asked him to translate the secret message. When they shared what they had memorized, the translator burst into roaring laughter.
The man explained that the phrase they had memorized so neatly meant: “Don’t believe a word of what those people are saying here. They’re coming to take your land.” “

– From the book “Sapiens, A Small History of Humanity” written by Yuval Noah Harari.

essential polar complementary “opposites”
=Transcending the Smother

– vertical

– positive

– yes

– yang

– hard

– rock

– still

– open

– active

– centripetal

– alkaline

– energy

(life) – entropy (transformation/death)

moon – ? sun

– content

– act from inspiration

– male

– fire


We get life energy from 2 sources:

-the sun/universe as cosmic rays of all kinds

-living food from earth as grown from photosynthesis


The ancient Chinese estimated that the yang energy is at least times as strong as the yin energy in the intimate harmonious integration of both forces life (& thus we humans also) thrive. They called this
energy Chi, the Egyptians Ka, the Indians Prana, … etc.


Nature around us runs on this harmonious integration, balancing matter created from energy.

Human civilizations in the past have created deserts around their centres where life has difficulty returning. Before the industrial use of fossil fuels extracted from deep in the earth, humans have not
been able to destroy this balance. Liberating energy stocked long time ago, far beyond human life-span has brought the yin/yang out of balance. By creating so much matter we are on the verge of destroying our own habitat on this earth.


Restoring this balance needs to come from inside us:
the relative % of male/female in each of us is the only force that can turn the tide.
Hence the global drive for “spirituality” in men & women, each possessing relative %s of the yin/yang force. When complimentary but opposite forces grow too far apart from each other destructive polarisations occur. Excessive force in the hands
of weapon wielding males supports patriarchy (=active ). Excessive force in the hands of scheming women creates a hidden matriarchy (=passive). When these polarities are exacerbated, both sides lose their (composite) quality.


Men lose the power to discover, create, build, protect, …

Women lose the trust that they can bring children into the world, that they can bring wisdom, …


As it is said in the Toltec agreements:

When two parties are standing far apart, waiting for the other fixes the perspective, or worsens it by going even further apart, only when one steps forward can his/her perspective change.


Men need inner real femininity, women need inner real masculinity.


Our proposal is to stop the weak/strong posturing we are now stuck in because both sides lose the essential.


By regaining access to our 4/1 yang/yin spiritual & offering them to each other in generosity we can turn the tides.


Let us just do it !


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