Plukrijp Newsletter Week 28

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Upside-down, The Good Newsletter 2020 – Week 28

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: alternating showers of welcome rain & beautiful sunshine, long day-light, exploding gardens & the “shadows&light” course in daily episodes.

We did:

lots of beans, berries, prunes, apples, salads, cucumbers, pak choy, leek, carrots, tomatoes (starting) etc

plots suddenly overgrown with weeds

Clean up an overgrown corner of Hei & seeded grass there, anticipating chickens & ducks to thrive there for end 2020. We seeded grass as a ritual.

Josse made delicious ice creams from the fruits of the garden. Thank you Josse!

Marie gave a “permacouture” workshop and inspired us to creatively recycle our clothes

Carine took over our free shop for clothing.
All the cabinets have been sorted and reorganized.
It is very easy now to find what you are looking for.
A big thank-you!

Help the late tomatoes up with rope &so much more ……….

the clothes that you no longer wear and that are still in good condition and
take back other clothes that inspire you.

It’s also the new economy!
We shared:

The course “shadows&light” brought us lively
the 3 ethic principles of permaculture; a guided tour of the premises; inspired by Chogyam Trungpa: we tried to live daily from the empire of the rising sun (East), while not giving in to the despair & decadence so inherent in our ex-empire of
the setting sun (West); life design in spirals from an empty center, yin/yang, offering to each participant his own circle to meditate on

Meditate with our feet in the pool, connection in bliss, contemplating the/our life in the water

Ate in big groups in silence & with Keith Jarrett’s Köln concert

Spoke about “how to create value” in a finance-obsessed post-capitalist society

Created symbols to help us understand how waves of hysteria come back to us as violence

Amanda explained her diagram on the 2 economies (the old one and the economy of permaculture) and Frank explained how to develop one’s real economy in the post-corona situation

Share with
Georges from Vevy
Weron his ongoing experience in transforming his place into a permaculture community

Examine the shady realms of meaningless authority/anti-authoritarianism & becoming the AUTHOR of your life. This seems to be the antidote to the many divisive
tendencies running amok in our alternative group living

Run into the contradictions between politically correct avoidance of honesty & the messages our opening senses sent us. It became clear that the will & power
to change one’s life depend on the ability to transcend the comfort zone of the “known”, domesticated pseudo-relations most of us have to our-selves&others

Shared & commented the 7 petals of
Holmgren & the 12 principles of perma, a very useful tool for perma-starters

Discovered the immense difference between
conflict, a known domesticated form of meeting & confrontation, a courageous meeting of (often only seeming) opposites. Most people prefer the battlefield of conflict to looking deeply at the “other”, attempting resonance

Come back many times to the 7 nons of post-modernist non-meeting: no-reality, no-judgment, no-ego, no-mental, no-dialogue, imposed positivity, the prison of the
here & now. We added 3 pitfalls: violent non-communication (sorry Marshall), skewed democracy & false equality

Joshka gave an introduction to Transactional Analysis to the group. TA is
an essential instrument for any community.

Discover hidden energy in the integration of the vertical/horizontal +/-, male/female, sun/moon, light/dark dualities. Humans as the interface between heaven
& earth as the Chinese symbol shows.

Welcomed many surprise visitors who, of course, were necessary for the Plukrijp alchemy of that specific day.

music, did talking circles, jumped on the trampoline, threw each other in the pool, the usual pastimes of summer Plukrijp festivities

We watched (again) “My life as a turkey” with the new group. A very inspiring movie that shows how animals have naturally this capacity to live in the now

Interesting Movies & Documentaries

812 (Italian title:
Otto e mezzo) is a 1963 Italian surrealist comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini.

812 won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Costume Design (black-and-white). It is
acknowledged as an avant-garde film and a highly influential classic, and it was among the top 10 on BFI The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time.

Inspiring Book

This modern spiritual classic highlights a trick we play on ourselves and offers a brighter reality: liberation by letting go of the self rather than working to improve it

The Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa calls attention to the commonest pitfall to which every aspirant on the spiritual path falls prey: what he calls spiritual materialism. ”The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use,” he says, ”even
spirituality.” The universal tendency is to see spirituality as a process of self-improvement—the impulse to develop and refine the ego when the ego is, by nature, essentially empty.

Trungpa’s incisive, compassionate teachings serve to wake us up from these false comforts. Featuring a new foreward by his son and lineage holder, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism has resonated with students for nearly thirty years—and remains as fresh
as ever today.


from the book Shambhala – Chogyam Trungpa


comes from lack of gentleness

Beyond that, lack of gentleness comes from relying on habitual patterns of behavior.

So habitual patterns are also an obstacle to opening the senses.

By clinging to habitual behavior, we are cutting ourselves off from the real world.

Habitual patterns are almost like reflexes:

-when we are shocked, we panic,

-and when we feel we are attacked, we become defensive.

On a more subtle level,
we use habitual patterns to hide our self-consciousness.

When we feel inadequate, we employ habitual responses to patch up our self-image:

-we invent excuses to shield our inadequacies from other people.

Our standard emotional responses are often reflections of habitual patterns,

as are

-mental fatigue (head&belly-ache),


-irritation over something we don’t like,

-and many of our selfish desires.

We use our habitual patterns to seal ourselves off and to build our defences up.

If possible we run away from the place where we were confronted with our senses.

“We end up in an ivory tower, experiencing domesticated, known feelings.”

Developing one’s real economy

in the Post Corona period

anticipating failed states & chaos

(4) Power play by big pharma&big tech


– Take over of ¾ of ALL economy ???

– Still not enough $/€ to cover real debts ? 17 quadrilliards ?

– Payment for protection=mafia=deep black hole+Epstein notebooks

– To be imposed on ALL (?) populations via 5G/virus scares/new “social” digital money/totalitarian regimes in east&west&south ? Is this possible ? Population resistance ? Can consent still be bought in the actual dent&scarcity of
resources moment ?



(5) Real science/communication/collaboration/information


– Locally possible but digital&money&freedom of movement “censorship”

– Global propaganda (1984) via newspeak/big brother/universal “brother”hood

– Creationism/trumpism/neo-fascist thugs financed from drug/weapon/slave traffic ?

– Populism via fake media ?


(6) Personal economy challenges ?


– Budget reduction based on real needs= change of diet&living habits=disturbing unconscious assumptions

– Real needs= ? Import ? Industrial ? Mobility as a way of escaping local responsibility ?

– Inflation/deflation/bubbles bursting ?

– Really living together as a choice ?

– Networking/sharing/beyond barter&money ?

– Privacy requirements as blocks in the road to real freedom ? (I,me,mine?)

– Postmodernism/the 7 nons of yann thibaut ?

– Developing our real talents instead of what brings in money top buy a life with

– Luddism=primitivism à la rousseau=flight


(7) Transition possible ? Desired ?


– From where ? City ? Job ? Results of isolated lives ? Legal restraints ?

– To where ? Total autonomy ? Cooperation with similar places ?

– Reuse/cycle etc my tool is your waste

– Teaching&educating the next wave ?


(8) Local in outgoing spirals=the concentric circles to be lived successively in opening spirals, not in rectilinear teleology or random post-modernist “i”= developing one’s real personal


  1. my unconscious patterns&habits&tastes&restrictions

  2. my bodily capacities

  3. my ideas about myself (one or many roles?)

  4. my social roles

  5. my economic role as a producer of value

  6. my economic role as a consumer of value

  7. my contribution to family/tribe/group economy

  8. my contribution to city/nation economy

  9. my deep value aa a human being in a global civilization

  10. my fullfilment of my soul’s destiny/talents even in successive incarnations/family or nation karma

inner & outer
social dynamic

by Chogyam Trungpa

first richness of the ruler is to have a

The queen-or we could say wife or husband, if you like-represents the principle of decency in your household.

When you live with someone with whom you can share your life, both your wisdom and your negativities, it encourages you to open up your personality.

You don’t bottle things up.

However, a Shambhala person does not have to be married.

There is always room for bachelors.

Bachelors are friends to themselves as well as having a circle of friends.

The basic principle is to develop decency and reasonability in your relationships.

The second richness of the universal monarch is the

The principle of the minister is having a counselor.

You have your spouse who promotes your decency, and then you have friends who provide counsel and advice.

It is said that the ministers should be inscrutable.

The sense of inscrutability here is not that your friends are devious or difficult to figure out but that
they do not have a project or goal in mind that clouds the friendship with you.

Their advice or help is open-ended .

The third richness is the
, who represents fearlessness and protection.

The general is also a friend, a friend who is fearless because he or she has no resistance to protecting you and helping you out, doing whatever is needed in a situation .

The general is a friend who will actually care for you, as opposed to one who provides counsel.

The fourth richness is the steed , or

The steed represents industriousness, working hard and exerting yourself in situations.

You don’t get trapped in laziness, but you constantly go forward and work with situations in your life.

The fifth richness is the
, which re presents steadiness.

You are not swayed by the winds of deception or confusion.

You are steady like an elephant.

At the same time, an elephant is not rooted like a tree trunk- it walks and moves.

So you can walk and move forward with steadiness, as though riding an elephant.

The sixth richness of the ruler is the
wish-granting jewel
, which is connected with generosity.

You don’t just hold on to the richness that you achieve by applying the previous principles,
but you let go and give-by being hospitable, open, and humorous.

Number seven is the

Traditionally, the ruler of the entire universe holds a gold wheel, while the monarch who rules this earth alone receives an iron wheel.

The rulers of Shambhala are said to have held the iron wheel, because they ruled on this earth.

On a personal level, the wheel represents command over your world .

You take your seat properly and fully in your life, so that all of the previous principles can work together to promote richness and dignity in your life.

By applying these seven principles of richness, you can actually handle your family life properly.


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