"Nothing New in
the West". This is the title of the famous anti-war novel of Erich Maria Remarque. It
is about the deceptive tranquillity at the front in WWl. However, any moment the enemy can
start its offensive. Most encounters are deadly, without achieving any substantial
"gain". It is a metaphor for the situation we are in today. Especially in my
country - Holland - it is business as usual. No any sign of serious reflection, whatsever.
Nobody talks about the necessity of (fundamental) change. On the contrary. Our
"clever" compatriotes are capitalizing on the crisis. It ranges from building
flexible home boats to teaching "business spirituality".
* In Holland a chair
"business spirituality" has been established, occupied......by a priest. With
the help of various rationalizations he tries to conceal, that spirituality serves as a
means of boosting the effectiveness e.g. profits of big business. The latter in its turn
further accelerating its exploitation, thus worsening the global crisis. It is the
"Optimism" based on delusion
is a trap. It serves the purpose of keeping people "quiet". The reality is
different, though. The longer you postpone change, the more violent the future crisis. So,
it is time to become realists*. Realists you don't have to confront with the fact that the
world is in decay. The signs are visible everywhere and it only becomes worse by the day.
The impact on our personal lives will be serious. Ranging from disintegration of social
welfare to increased violence; from environmental disaster to severe illness, from forced
migration to poverty and hunger. When the "state" is not supporting society
anymore, you have only one thing left to fall back on: a strong community.
* O, irony. Spirituality means
"to live in Reality". However, very often it is so-called spiritual people who
put their heads in the sand, escaping to their self-created illusionary world. Have you
forgotten that "within is without?" So, when will you really wake up?
it has become clear how quickly the decline of "civilization" is already headed.
Privately, we increasingly have delivered
ourselves to the "virtual
particularly painful while
have degenerated into little zombies,
totally usurped by the virtual
bubble, of which they are a part. This has led to disastrous
consequences already. Korean
Physicians have found
"virtual dementia" - brain damage -
in (very) young children, consequence of over-exposure to
electro - magnetic radiation. The more general
consequences of the virtual addiction are more obvious : loneliness , loss of sense of
reality , communication disorders , decline in cognitive function , aggression to severe
depression , which ultimately end up as a final burn-out. A
gigantic mega - bubble has the world under control. "
Social media " have replaced human contact , the "members"
have degenerated into slaves of electronic manipulation. At
the same time the state abuses the new media to monitor and control the whole world . Unstoppable decline of the whole
It is not an exaggeration to say, that our current situation can be compared
to that of the Dark Ages. It was the period after the collapse of the Roman Empire,
including the Church. For many centuries, Europe was at the mercy of confusion,
disintegration, violence and chaos. It were Irish monks (Columba and others) who went to
the mainland in order to found monastic communities. They focussed on maintaining and
preserving the tradition. Later to be followed by other orders. It is not an exaggeration
to say, that these orders have "saved the culture" by bridging the gap between
the classical world and the societies of the Middle-Ages.*
* Obviously, this doesn't
mean, that I am in favor of reviving Christian communities, at all. It
is just a good historic example from which we can learn.
In order to survive the coming crisis,
all people face the challenge of strengthening their communities. It starts with
restructuring your own life*. You have to get rid of everything superfluous. The purpose
is to regain overview, mastership and sovereignty over your own life. Generally, this has
to be achieved in steps. It is not so easy to make a shift from individualism to communal
life! To help you in this regard I wrote "The
First Steps" (overview) and "Sovereign
Living" (in particular). Without restoring order to your own life,
joining a community will be futile e.g. harmful to others. The position of women is
crucial in this regard. They are the "substance of life", hence, they should
play a major role in establishing New Communities.
* As expressed by the Mother's
Vision of the Grail, granted to me in 1974: "Awaken!, restructure your life and serve
others". See also "Mother Blog".
Someone has to take the lead. The
situation doesn't allow us to wait for society as a whole to turn on. Therefore the Irish
example of 400 CE (and later) is so important. Like them, we have to create pockets of
strong communities, focussing on survival, spirituality, healing and the environment. The
answer to the decay are new style monasteries! Starting with young people. Like it always
was (is) in Buddhist countries. It is the solution to the desperate situation in which
parents and children are in nowadays. In order to save their children and their future,
the possibility of a monasterial education should be offered. Tradition has taught me,
that there should be at least Three Pillars in order to be viable. A common denominator
should prevent that the community falls apart. In our communities it is the Great Mother,
who is the main unifying factor. Isn't She All-Embracing? She is the guarantee for a
community based on "feminine" (holistic) values, like love, respect, courage,
connectedness, cooperation, justice and durability.
* With the Great Mother as a
foundation, in the course of time a Tradition of he Goddess/Queen with Her Son/Lover
developed itself. The latter carried out the guidelines of the former. This consisted of
the protection e.g. the promotion of the annual harvest. For that, the "Vegetation
God" had to die in autumn in order to be reborn in spring.
The second important factor is a shared
daily "monastic" rule e.g. schedule. A community will fail without
"discipline from within". Again, your motivation has to be very strong, how
otherwise can you make the shift from a fun society to real life? The centuries-old
tradition of Zen has taught us that only by limiting yourself on the ego-level a jump into
your Real Self can be made. Self-limitation and self-transcendence are two sides of the
same coin. True freedom is freedom from the (small) self, not an extension of it! Once
your True Self starts sprouting, Truth, Beauty, Joy, Love, Adventure and the Art of True
Life will be bestowed upon you. For this purpose I designed "The
* Consisting of awakening,
personal integration, being rooted in Heaven and Earth, breakthrough of the Light,
purification/catharsis, taking refuge in the Great Mother and compassion/service.
The Third Pillar consists of service.
Without it (compassion) no real inner growth is possible. Inner quality should be
constantly tested in everyday life. Contact with others is crucial for feedback about your
level of spiritual progress. A tree is known by its fruit. I am in the very lucky position
to be able to offer a training in Spiritual Service, Health Service and Community Service
to all members of our Healing Communities*. The purpose is to be available to people from
outside. Spiritual Service is giving you the ability to teach MotherCircles e.g. The
Universal Way to others; Health Service to do the same with Mother Healing,
while Community Service is supporting people with re-organizing their communities.
Eventually, our common commitment is the "Healing the Planet" Initiative, like
elaborated upon before on many occasions. Something that poses a great challenge to
* One way of "getting the
taste" of a Healing Community is to participate in our "Mother Healing"
sessions. See: "Mother Healing".
Suffice to say, that service to others
will arouse goodwill, suppport and friendship, as well. It is a necessary factor in
becoming accepted by your social environment. We don't want to become an exclusive club
wrapped by secrecy. Members of the Healing Communities should be people with an open mind,
always sensitive to the needs of others. In order to achieve that the inner life of the
community should be well organized. Apart from the Three Pillars, members should accept
spiritual guidance in some form or another. Additional activities may be developed, e.g.
from organic agriculture, food or herb processing or nature conservation, creating sacred landscapes f.i. to handicrafts, a printing
or an IT company!
* We hope, that the Healing
Communities are going to constitute a worldwide network, always (partly) adapted to local
circumstances. See also: "Mother Blog".
A community is all the stronger, as she
can dispose of a surplus value. In our case this is the oldest tradition on earth: that of
the "green man" and the "wise woman". In that, the woman represents
the substance of life (in its broadest sense), while the man finds his mission in serving
the Whole. It is a breakthrough, a fresh beginning, beyond the bankrupted institutions of
the old religions, without compulsion, dogma or denial of life, without the intention of
starting a new religion, something that has never been so relevant compared to our times!
A true spiritual impulse embodies freedom in connectedness!
"Green Men" and
"Wise Women": the hopefuls
to A New World
See: "Wise Woman" and "Herstory"; "Green
Man" and "HisStory"
The direction in which our society is
moving is symbolized by the new "elites". It is mostly young people from wealthy
families who have put their cards on a top career. They study at so-called Elite
Universities, for which the parents have to pay a lot of money. To them that is worth a
lot, for the purpose of this training is to maintain e.g. extend their privileges in the
future. Without reluctance they talk about the greed for power, money and influence. These
future "leaders" divide society in "winners" and "loosers".
Contrary to the latter these youth consider themselves "key players", the
"elite" of society, really. All others are simply lazy or just unlucky, reason
why they don't have a right to be wealthy. This way we are steering unnoticed (?) toward a
darwinistic, very tough, dictatorial and loveless society.
Do we want that? Doesn't our youth have
any choice? Will they be either "winners" - a small group of elected few - or
"loosers" - the mass? Isn't there any alternative, at all? The left is not going
to give it to them*. Will there still be the possibility of a neglected niche? An area
that can offer our youth perspective? There is. For that one should think of the
traditional buddhist world. Young people, who are sent to a monastery by their parents.
Thus to be trained as a spiritual elite. I admit: for most of our youth a spiritual career
is still a bridge too far. But what happens if the economy collapses? When making quick
money is suddenly over? This is a very real possibility, after all.....Against the context
of spiritual bankruptcy - which we already experience today - we need a totally different
kind of leaders.
* For German readers: Julia
Friedrichs "Gestatten: Elite", 2008 Hoffmann und Campe
Obviously, there is nothing against
being the best. On the contrary. What is decisive is, what one is going to do with one's
qualification. Are you going to "dedicate" yourself to making money,
self-addiction and materialism or are you going to serve the Whole, that is the question
here. Well, some "elite schools" decorate themselves with "social
responsibility". If you dig deeper though, then it appears, that this has to only
hide the rude underlying reality. The crisis in society will not be solved by even more
materialism, though. We need a totally different elite. One that isn't based on money and
performance, but on insight, wisdom, compassion, commitment to the Whole, and courage.
Including a career! To enhance your spiritual potential isn't inferior to making money. On
the contrary. To be a wise, balanced, inclusive, joyful human being - one who has found
the meaning of life - has been the ideal of all cultures and will certainly have a
comeback in our society.
Thus I will compete with the current
"elite". We will see, who is going to serve mankind e.g. the whole world better.
To our youth - and not only them - I hold out the prospect of a spiritual career. In this
case - contrary to my competitors - all are welcome, regardless background, money, power
or influence. It is the best of you, namely those who, out of their deepest inner Self,
want to serve the wellbeing of the entire earth. Who acknowledge, that a elite career,
based on an empty life, ruled by superficiality doesn't satisfy and never will.
The last will be the first. By
voluntarily retiring from the old world we will become the foundation of a New Era. Hence,
it will be the best, who decide to join. Healing Communities are open to people of all
races, beliefs, cultures, traditions and nations. They are embracing women, men, old
people and youth*, equally. Everybody who subscribes to e.g. actively participates in the
Three Pillars is welcome. In order to make a smooth transition, going through a noviciate
is a conditio sine qua non. As mentioned above career perspective is included. It varies
from novice, worker, green man and wise woman, teacher to community "leader" and
"mother", master and ultimately.......servant. Specialization in spirituality,
health (healer) and community development will be encouraged. Additional skills, necessary
to keep the community going are welcome. For more information, contact us.
* A great chance for young
people to drop meaninglessness, loneliness and despair, while gaining new perspective in
life.....Parents as well are cordially invited to inquire about the chances for a
spiritual career for their children.
Your servant ("Sermes"),
Han Marie Stiekema
Still to be translated
Unsere Gesellschaft ist in Verfall. Ist
das schlimm? Nein, denn wenn es so weitergehen würde - business as usual - sieht es für
die ganze Erde schlecht aus.
Müssen wir es also begrüssen? Ja, mit
dem Vorbehalt, daß wir JETZT Alterrnativen entwickeln.
Generell ist es die Sucht am Haben,
nach mehr (und mehr) als Ersatz für das Unvermögen zu Sein, was unsere Existenz bedroht
Alarmierend ist die rasch zunehmende
Abhängigkeit von der (Informations)technologie, sie erregt große Besorgnis
Wir leben in zunehmender Maße nur noch
in der "virtuellen Welt" und verlieren dadurch den Kontakt mit der Realität
Ins Besondere Kinder bzw Jugendliche
sind die Opfer, denn sie werden viel zu früh diesen dominanten Einflüßen ausgesetzt
Deutsche Kinder spenden
durchschnittlich 7 Stunden pro Tag am Schirm, darüber hinaus führen sie noch viele
Stunden Handy-gespräche. Es hat sich herausgestellt, daß (sie) dadurch:
- nur noch oberflächlich
- die Selbsteinsicht, die
Tiefe, den Sinn des Lebens verlieren
- Liebe, Freude, Erfüllung und
- die Selbstkontrolle bzw
Orientierung sich auflöst
- allmählich unfähig zum
- durch Hirnschädigung langsam
- zusammen mit Übergewicht,
junk food, Alkohol und der schwervergifteten Umwelt......
- schon im frühen Alter immer
häufiger terminale Krankheiten (Krebs) bekommen (Siehe zB www.mirasmovement.org & www.env-health.org)
- von Stress, Depression,
Burn-out und Suizid heimgesucht werden
- verwahrlost, einsam und
- zunehmend süchtig und
- sich politisch-extremen
- ganze Generationen sind
Auch wenn wir für uns selbst die
Hoffnung schon aufgegeben hätten ("apres moi le deluge"), dann könnten wir uns
wenigstens noch für unsere Kinder einsetzen. Schließlich haben sie ihre Lage uns zu
verdanken. Der Ausweg: zurück zur Basis. Alltägliche Lebenserfahrungen und Fähigkeiten gehen jetzt
schon verloren. Was wird aus ihnen wenn der (elektronische) Überbau der Gesellschaft
zusammenbricht? Genau, sie können noch nicht einmal ein Brot backen oder das Gras mähen.
Es ist wie kurz vor dem Zusammenbruch des Römischen Reiches. In Englisch wird die Periode
danach - die viele Jahrhunderte dauerte - nicht umsonst "the Dark Ages" genannt. Damals kam die Rettung von den irischen und britischen
Mönchen. (Mit dem Vorbehalt, daß sie eine sehr naturfeindliche Missionierung - und das
während sie in ihren Heimatländern die Natur sogar beschützt hatten - praktizierten).
Diese Mönche stifteten Klöster, in denen die Erbe - christlich UND klassisch - vor dem
Untergang bewahrt wurde. Die Situation
heute ist vergleichbar. Auch jetzt
werden wir weder von der Politik, der Regierung, vom Bildungswesen, der
Gesundheitsfürsorge, noch von den Kirchen "gerettet". Im Gegenteil: alle (die
Kirchen haben schon viel Erfahrung mit dem sich anfreunden an totalitären Systemen....)
unterstützen (trotz besseren Wissens!) den technologischen "Fortschritt".
"Wollt ihr die totale Verblödung? JAAAAAA: Deswegen gehört das Stiften von
"Heilenden Gemeinschaften" zu meinen Hauptaufgaben. In diesen Gemeinschaften
soll das reale Leben wieder erfahren und gelernt werden. Die Schäden die unsere
Kinder jetzt schon zugefügt worden sind, sollen zurückgedreht werden. Eine innere und
äussere Erneuerung und Regeneration also. Die Heilende Gemeinschaften sollen Oasen sein,
möglichst nah an der Natur ran. Eine
naturnahe und gesunde Lebensweise mit Selbstversorgung, jeder Gemeinschaft nach seinen eigenen Möglichkeiten. Wie
oben schon erörtert, biete ich Kurse in Selbsthilfe und Heilung an, Fähigkeiten, mit
denen sie danach andere Menschen helfen können. Die Gemeinschaft könnte sich am Rande
eines Naturparks niederlassen, für den dann Verantwortung übernommen wird. Eine sehr
gute Idee ist auch in die "Dritte Welt" umzuziehen, nicht um Hilfe zu bringen
(obwohl das sicherlich auch eine Aufgabe sein könnte), sondern um zu LERNEN. Die Einheimischen sind nicht die zu beklagenden "Primitiven",
sondern Lehrmeister(innen), die hohen Respekt verdienen (und von uns entsprechend bezahlt
werden müssen). Die Zahl der Chancen
ist schier unbegrenzt!
Für diejenigen die gemeinsam mit
anderen eine Neue Zukunft gestalten wollen
PS. You might come across a site
called "Transformatorium". It is an
earlier version of our Healing Community initiative.