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Letter "The Original Tradition"
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"Why a Cosmic Religion?"
Letter "Cancer as
Multi-Etiological Sumtotal Syndrome" (MESS)
Age Therapy for Modern (Wo)Man"
Letter "Free Personal Health
Plan in 10 Steps"
"Nature has its Home in Me"
The Original Tradition
Universal Cosmic Mother
Healing the Planet
Han Marie Stiekema Sermes
Spiritual Service, Health Service, Community Service
The "classical" approach to Spiritual Realization is to start with
yourself, ending up with the Whole. In Eco-Spirituality you start with the Whole, while
ending with yourself. In my Letter to you "Knowing
Yourself" I have described the former path in detail. It is written from an ideal
perspective. In practice, it rarely goes off smoothly, though. Self(ego)effort is the
cause of the fact, that Wholeness is percieved as a personal achievement. "Liberating
yourself" being the final goal. Today, it will be clear, that this is not sufficient
anymore. Wholeness should include all and everybody. Therefore: "to start with
yourself" should be largely abandoned. In order to be fruitful, more inclusive ways
have to be tried. Nowadays Eco-Spirituality is taking the lead in this regard.
WHOLENESS AS THE START, THE WAY AND THE GOAL
I got all my insights from walking in my beloved forested dunes (in the West of Holland).
My Heart is longing for declaring these groves as sacred. To me they are, just like any
other piece of our earth. My secret: right from the start I focus on the Space in which
the dunes, the trees, the grass and myself are. I see everything from the perspective of
Omni-Present Space. Very soon I feel myself a "tree with the trees", both
equally "object" in the selfsame Space. Seeing the Space with a clear eye and
feeling it, sooner or later leads to becoming one with it. I am the Space in which
everything is and I myself walk. I recognize my inner Space being identical with the
outer. Eventually there is only Oneness.
INCLUDING YOURSELF, UNINTERRUPTEDLY EXISTS IN THE COMMON (DIVINE) SPACE
Looking back, the effort to evolve from ego toward
Realization looks a "little overdone". Investing so much energy in achieving
something that you ARE ALREADY from Eternity.....is indeed hilarious. So, it seems VERY
worthwhile to involve yourself in the Eco-Spiritual Path. During my walking I always write
my sudden insights down on small notes. They are what they are: sudden insights. So, don't
expect serious theses, but pick up the "flower seeds that are falling down the
Standing still, feeling my footsoles firmly rooted in
the earth, gives me already closeness to the Real Thing: clear awareness and awe for
All-Inclusive Wholeness. Sometimes it is really "overwhelming", the experience
of being part of a "Cathedral of Eternal Silence". Of course, this isn't Full
Enlightenment, yet, the Space being "only" a reflection of the Ultimate. The
surprise, however, is that Eco-Spirituality gives you a taste of Wholeness almost right
from the start. A Wholeness that concerns not only yourself, but the Whole of existence.
CREATES FUTURE AND PAST. STILLNESS IS ETERNITY
Surprisingly, two common situations contribute a great
deal to my Realization of Inclusive Space: sitting on a terrace and walking in a shopping
mall......The first is the easiest. Usually people sit calmly on their chairs. Just a
shift of perception.....and people appear as "objects" in the Space around.
Tuning in into the Space, seeing everything from its perspective, instead of being
"caught" by images (as we commonly do) is something that has to be learned. The
shopping mall is the next step. Because people move "chaotically", the unmoving
Space is easy to identify with. It seems contradictory, but it is not. Try it!
Back to the forest. A couple of phenomena can be
observed. Although it's you, who is walking amidst an "unmoving" environment,
with every step forward, you let your immediate surroundings behind. It is the same
experience, when sitting in the car or train. Because you are moving, everything around
you also moves. It leads to the delusion of "everything is moving".
Existentially, it means that there is nothing in the universe to go by anymore. The Cosmos
doesn't provide any footing. Everything is relative. It supports the current ideology,
that everything is "constantly changing", in which - and that is crucial - you
are not the Master but the victim, an easy prey to manipulations of all kinds.
PAST ARE TWO EQUAL, OPPOSITE MOVEMENTS. ADD THEM UP AND THE RESULT IS....ZERO
Some more details. By walking (assuming a common mind
and not the inner observer) you focus automatically on what is in front of you. Your are
conditioned to the steps to come. It means, through moving (walking) the common mind
CREATES future. At the same time, you leave the grass, the shrubs, the trees alongside
your road behind you, CREATING the past. On the other hand, when you stop, by standing
still, you reflect the stillness around you. Suddenly, this orientation to future and past
has disappeared. Inside you are still too, part of the HereNow. Living the Space,
everything is there, as IT IS, perfect.
CREATE REALITY, YOU ONLY CREATE ILLUSIONS
Evidently, the Space of the forest is not the Ultimate Space. But it helps
you to Realize stability. Sooner or later you will experience, that the outer Space
induces your inner Space. From that moment on your inner observer is born. While walking
your inner Space remains always the same. You have realized your inner Center of
unchanging! Stability, Clarity, Freedom (from conditioning), Inner Joy and Peace. It is
your Innermost Core, while, yes, at your surface things are constantly changing. And this
all without (too much) effort, without the eternal struggle with your ego!
OUTER ARE ONE
Which brings you closer to fundamental self-insight.
For being identified with thoughts, emotions and desires also conditions you to
"things to come". At the same time - just like in the "outer" world -
you leave your "old thinking" behind. People therefore live in between future
and past, neither of the two is real. The "normal" mind is a "virtual"
mind, already! Not surprisingly thus, that people are caught by the "digital
world". The latter (in its extreme consequence) is simply an extension of our self,
having lost contact with Reality: the Divine, the faculties of the mind, your body and
nature, your deeper feelings and its contact with other people. A mind as a
one-dimensional addict of images, is on the way of becoming a zombie.
See: Letters "Digital
Dementia" and "Zombie"
Back to our point of departure. It appears that
Wholeness is there from Eternity, with us and the whole earth as content of its Cosmic
Space. Many are like fishes searching for the water, though. Eco-Spirituality, on the
other hand, stresses that we are uninterruptedly IN IT, with no way of ever getting out.
To start with "outer" Space brings you the Realization of Wholeness right from
the start. Moreover, it gives you a sense of the interwovenness of all living and
non-living creatures, including yourself. It therefore solves the ego-problem before it
even arises. You avoid the trap of "first" working on "your own
liberation", in order to LATER becoming open to the Whole. This is delusion, because
with the ego as underlying driving force, you never will leave it behind. You are (in) the
Whole, just like the grass, the flowers and the trees. Unlike them, you have been granted
with Realizing IT, though. It is your True Nature. Don't miss IT.
SECURITY COMES FROM EMPTINESS
The Cosmic Mother is your True Home. She is the Origin
of All. Her first emanation is Her Light Body, formerly called "God". Her second
emanation is Her Material Body, the universe, of which our earth is a part. We are all
embedded in these four Cosmic Layers. By continuously tuning in into those layers, we find
Trust, Security, Joy of Life, Renewal, Healing, Wholeness and Compassion. The time of
taking refuge in a "savior" is over. Only Reality - the Origin - will do!
Enough for today?
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