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Upside-down, The Good Newsletter 2020 - Week 6

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:

Jerusalem artichokes, parsnip, potatoes, carrots, celery, chards, chives, salads, rucola, chervil, spinach, purslane, pumpkins, cabbages,  mustards of all colors & textures, cauliflower, fresh herbs for taste & medicine.

This week @ Plukrijp

A transition week between winter & spring? Adapting ourselves & our activities to changing weather & changing volunteer populations is basic to permaculture. This is what distinguishes us from mainstream living & working: we learn to be extremely flexible, adapting to ALL changes, perceiving the smallest details. What happens around us should be our guiding compass, NOT what we choose or "decide". Learning from nature can only happen where the mind-directed linear behavior so typical for human beings is toned down a max. The many years behind us where we abused Nature (& ourselves as living parts of her) with mechanical tools running on fossil fuels have taken their toll on our environment, yes. But, a much deeper damage has been done to our capacity to live IN this world instead of IN SPITE OF or AS PARASITES ON it.

We did:
Anthony learned to weld from Antonio! A 78 year old ex-Italian teaching a 30 year old! Wheelbarrows & tunnel doors were repaired. 2 table saws were assembled from old parts. We even tried to buy a real panel table saw, a self-made & very robust tool! But we did not buy it because of a defective bearing that needed to be repaired.
The chickencoop was in for a repair moment. The young white chickens are ready to start laying the moment spring starts, providing us with the delicious eggs, our main source of daily protein.
Work on the library & the wiki went on. You may expect news from that front soon. We dream of an interactive library. We want to extend the educational function of our library to you also! Do you have questions or suggestions on which aspects of permaculture you would like to delve into? Books on pdf you want to share with us? Resumes of books you find pertinent? We think the time has come for young people to break out of the mind-numbing, censored, pseudo-information of prison spy tools like You tube or Fakebook. Intentional K! Fake news seems to have become the main occupation of main stream media in the service of corporations & governments & spy agencies. Not being able to forbid us to inform ourselves, they have been drowning young people in a tsunami of conflicting, confusing & openly false "news". Any volunteers for clearly sponsored sites proclaiming "climate change hoax", "flat earth" or "marxist take over of so-called democrazies "?
Leon, our neighbor with horses, gave us a full truckload of manure. Thanks! We added it on top of our compost heap, hoping for a good rain to mix it in. The heap will be covered again with a tarp to keep the warmth in & encourage slow(max 40°C!) composting.
We opened the seed pods of the 2 varieties of black fine beans (climbers & low) we have multiplied. Next Saturday we help Hugo on the seed exchange at Lier & we plan to give some away to our colleague seed-savers. We hope to reconnect with seed growing in 2020. Frank's operations & convalescence have reduced our seed stock in quantity & variety. Time to wake up again ! This is also a very good teaching tool for volunteers.
Interesting Movies & Documentaries
Sir Ken Robinson about accessing intelligence via different educational approaches:
Sir Ken Robinson - How to escape the Death Valley of education
Sir Ken Robinson – Do schools kill creativity?
Ken thinks that creativity is as important in education as Literacy. However, children are being taught how not to be wrong. Ken argues that being creative means that you have to be willing to be wrong, and the education system treats being wrong as the worst thing possible. In doing this, education teaches away children’s natural urge to ‘give it a go’.

All education systems globally have a ‘hierarchy’, with math and language at the top, social sciences in the middle and arts at the bottom. This is because the childhood education system was developed to satisfy the industrial revolution of the 19th century, where math and science was essential for jobs, but times have changed. While once people just needed school for a good job, then a bachelor degree, and now that alone is no guarantee for a job. Degrees have had a form of inflation over time, and this shows it is shifting too quickly. Having children go to school just to attend university is not really equipping them to work any more.

We know 3 things about intelligence
  • It is diverse – we think in many ways – visually, in sound, movement, abstract
  • it is dynamic – original ideas come about from the interaction of many different ways of seeing things.
  • it is distinct – people have their way of doing things – Ken’s example is a ‘problem student’ who couldn’t sit still at school, but when moved to a dance school fit in fine – she needed to move to think. Her dance skills went on to give her immense fame and fortune, bringing value to millions of people. In modern times, she would probably have been given ADHD medication and been put told to calm down.
We need to redefine our education system – our current way is one of ‘strip mining’ our children for the most desired properties, in the same way we mined the Earth for ore. We now need to use our imaginations and creativity wisely, to face an uncertain and problematic future. We may not see this future, but need to equip our children to conquer it.
Proposal for a Radical Revision of Psychiatry, Psychology, & Psychotherapy - Stanislav Grof
Drawing on observations from more than fifty years of research into an important subgroup of non-ordinary states of consciousness that he calls “holotropic,” (a composite word from the Greek – holos = whole and trepo/trepein = moving in the direction of something. Literal translation of holotropic: “moving toward wholeness”) Stanislav Grof suggests a radical revision of some basic assumptions of modern psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy.
These observations come from a wide range of disciplines – psychedelic research, powerful forms of experiential psychotherapy, work with spontaneous episodes of non-ordinary states of consciousness (“spiritual emergencies”),.thanatology, parapsychology, field anthropology, and quantum-relativistic physics.
The proposed changes involve the nature of consciousness and its relationship to matter, dimensions of the human psyche, the roots of emotional and psychosomatic disorders, and therapeutic strategy. These changes resemble in their nature and scope the conceptual cataclysm that appeared in physics in the first three decades of the twentieth century in the understanding of the material world and - in a certain sense - are even complementary to the new physics.
We will explore these observations and their implications for the philosophy science. While the new findings do not support the dogmas of organized religion, they show that spirituality is an essential attribute of the human psyche.
Stephan A. Schwartz | Nonlocal Consciousness & the Anthropology of Religions and Spiritual Practices
Stephan A. Schwartz presents an anthropological assessment of religions and spiritual practices stripped of their sectarian dogmas. He discusses them not on the basis of faith, but as systems of empirical observational science, developed over generations, for the purpose of allowing followers the opportunity to open to nonlocal consciousness.
Schwartz describes how religions begin as the result of a single individual having a nonlocal, or a series of nonlocal, consciousness experiences, laying out the steps by which that single personal experience becomes a religion, and then examines and explains why the spiritual rituals and practices common to religions across time, geography, and culture grow from the experiences of the founder.
It describes all of this using scientific experimental research from many different disciplines to show how the empirical sciences of religions, and the spiritual practices they engender are, in fact, supported by a myriad of studies, showing in the process: why water and wine are so often a part of religious rituals; why healing is so common across religions; why sacred spaces are significant, and how they are created; and why scriptures, and even the manner in which they are written, matter in these empirical systems.
How Do You Deal With Unconscious People?

In this Question and Answer session, Eckhart Tolle explains how unconscious people can serve as helpers to deepen your own presence.

You can see the unconscious people around you as a spiritual exercise, similar to physical fitness training. What does not kill you makes you stronger ?
Gabriel Felley | “Visualizing” Morphic Fields with the Yi Jing and Synchronicity

“Morphic fields include all types of organizational fields. The organizational fields of plant, animal, human behavior, cultural systems, and mental activity, all can be regarded as morphic fields containing an inherent memory.” (Rupert Sheldrake)

The Yi Jing is a cosmological and philosophical system, created in China more than three thousand years ago. The Yi Jing is used to improve the decision-making processes by integrating a rational dimensions, which may be assimilated to a kind of precognition into evaluating various options. Synchronicity, as a principle, stipulates that two events may be linked together not only by a causal chain but also because they create meaning.

The hypothesis to be tested is this: If several people are working on an issue of collective interest with the Yi Jing (i.e. a reflection that affects each of us on a super personal level) or has an archetypal dimension, do the obtained hexagrams reflect that collective concern? This would be considered an “impression” or “footprint” of morphic fields. It would also indicate some “out-of-body” extension of consciousness.

“Producing” a hexagram may be considered a “triggered” synchronicity, because the Yi Jing consultant relates an inner psychic state with something in the physical world (the hexagram) using a non-causal process (coins or yarrow stalks method).

Do individual drawings of the hexagrams indicate a significant deviation from what the laws of statistics provide for? This could also be interpreted as a “collective synchronicity”, because different persons create several individual synchronicity events each time a person draws a hexagram using a non-causal process. These events converge together into a set of privileged hexagrams. In fact, this deviation from the statistically expected distributions of the hexagrams is illustrated with a variety of experiments.
Inspiring Link
Asia Grace, a trove of very beautiful pics made by Kevin Kelly on his
sabbatical travels in the East a few years ago.

Asia Grace is a showcase for the textures and traditions of Asia. Volume 1 features all the photographs that appeared in the book Asia Grace, which Kevin Kelly photographed, designed, and produced. Volume 2 is a continuation of the images which have been captured since the publication of the book.
Inspiring Book
According to current thinking, anyone who fails to succeed must have something wrong with them. The pressure to achieve and be happy is taking a heavy toll, resulting in a warped view of the self, disorientation, and despair. People are lonelier than ever before. Today's pay-for-performance mentality is turning institutions such as schools, universities, and hospitals into businesses - even individuals are being made to think of themselves as one-person enterprises. Love is increasingly hard to find, and we struggle to lead meaningful lives.

In *What about Me?*, Paul Verhaeghe's main concern is how social change has led to this psychic crisis and altered the way we think about ourselves. He investigates the effects of 30 years of neoliberalism, free-market forces, privatisation, and the relationship between our engineered society and individual identity.

It turns out that who we are is, as always, determined by the context in which we live. From his clinical experience as a psychotherapist, Verhaeghe shows the profound impact that social change is having on mental health, even affecting the nature of the disorders from which we suffer. But his book ends on a note of cautious optimism. Can we once again become masters of our fate?

The real goal of
spiritual development
is to awaken to Love.
Connection. Compassion.
Forgiveness. Generosity. Receptivity.
Gratitude and Grace.
The goal is not necessarily
to get what we want.
It’s to live awake to how
deeply related we are to everyone
and to everything.
Humor (?)

Resistance is Feudal by Tom Humberstone on Medium
Why the good news is that we face
the biggest problem in our kind in history

Written by Paul Verhaeghe

What does the economy of the future look like?
Does it make a good life possible for everyone within the limits of the planet?
How can we show solidarity with future generations?
Based on these questions, the Oikos think tank organized 'The New Eco-nomics' in the Vooruit on 28 January to celebrate its 10-year anniversary. Psychoanalyst Paul Verhaeghe is one of the speakers who tries to answer these questions.

I start with the good news. The good news is that we are probably facing the biggest problem there has ever been in the history of our species. And why is that good news? Because this will mean that we will reunite. Because having a common problem is one of the better ways to bring people together. And today we need that more than ever because, due to a number of social developments, we are very individualistic in thinking, living and working. A common problem that nobody escapes will inevitably bring us back together.

But let's take a look at the less good sides. What's the problem? What is a possible solution for that? Why don't we follow that solution? I know too little about economics. I have necessarily committed myself to this. And I came to the conclusion quite quickly, you don't have to be so intelligent in terms of economics that the problem has to do with the obligation to grow. And the word "obligation" is important here.

The first time I asked myself questions about this was when I received a very justified comment from my then closest employee, my secretary. That was a long time ago. It was during the period that our university felt it necessary to introduce new public management, which meant, among other things, that I had to evaluate my employees every six months. They had to specify a number of targets each time and they also had to meet those targets and it had to be more every time. That was then ranked under the idea that "everyone should continue to grow."

The third time Els, the employee said, "But I can't keep growing!" And I thought that was such a point. I thought: "Of course she is right. We can't keep growing. "But the economy can't keep growing, can it?

Continue growing?
A few years ago, when I started working on these topics, Els's remark came back. And I thought: how does that work? I have harassed many people to let me explain that. In the end, I think I'm starting to understand that a bit.

The easiest way is to understand why we cannot continue to grow. There are several reasons for this. We cannot continue to grow because the raw materials are finite. We cannot continue to grow because we are increasingly producing waste. We cannot continue to grow, because it basically means that we are making more and more debts, which is what grows most. The debts we make to increase that pseudo-growth. And last but not least, of course, that growth has caused the huge climate change that we all face today.

We really should not think that the people at the policy do not know this. They are not stupid either. And then we must ask ourselves: how is it that we - because we may occasionally speak plural in the first person - are so difficult to give up? Well, I let myself be explained, but that is less easy to understand.

It is true that our form of economy is tied hands and feet to the necessary growth. And that has to do with what is then called macroeconomic structures. Without growth, employment will fall. Without growth, we cannot pay social security and without growth we can no longer pay for the equally necessary wage increases. So you can't convince any politician today that we need to slow down that growth. Because then this whole system collapses.

Systemic change, that means that you immediately get to the solution. If we want to change this, then we will never succeed in achieving less growth. That does not work. That means that we simply - it is easy to say, but difficult to implement - have to go to a systemic change. And that is not easy.

If you look at the history ... We have known market economies a number of times in our history of the last 2000 years. They have a cyclical movement and always end up more or less in the same way that we are doing now: in decline, decay and ultimately a social debacle.
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