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Co-creating with the unimaginable (chapter 1 Christmas or Xmas)

The story of Christmas is perhaps the most famous narrative about the “unimaginable and precious” happening within the context of an always so harsh day-to-day reality. In this case it’s about two refugees being excluded from a proper place to give birth to their child. A harsh reality still continuing to be part of the daily lives of many people 2020 years later. Nothing new or creative occurring, so it seems, in this part of the story.

In advance of this narrative both Mary and Josef were approached by two separate angels explaining them what was bound to happen. The angels requested them to see the coming events from a different “angle” and to have trust in G-d. The couple listened and did have trust. They knew that G-d was for them, so what could be against them? By saying: ”thy will be done”, they made it possible for the Unimaginable to co-create with them. Maybe they did, but they didn’t need to feel fear or frustration anymore. The appearances of poor circumstances for the couple and the child seemed unsafe, but in fact protected them. They simply trusted that things would turn out just fine. And they were right. At the right moment an angel warned Josef to leave Bethlehem. Eventually, the soldiers of king Herod didn’t find them and wise men came from the Far East to pay their respect and sponsored them abundantly.

Isn’t it remarkable that king Herod totally missed the billboard: “star in heaven”, while the same star inspired three wise kings to make the effort for a long journey and navigated them towards Bethlehem? If you don’t see or understand things, it doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Herod’s lack of wisdom and his fears made it impossible for him to value a star in heaven. Instead, the news of a birth inspired him to a senseless slaughter of babies.

Everyone believing the philosophy of an autonomous tangible world outside of us, will tell us to stay to the facts. Mary and Josef had a lousy trip to Bethlehem and finally had to flee to Egypt. In the end they were just lucky and Herod predictably acted to defend his position of power. Period.

It’s up to you reader, what do you think really happened here? If you are an admirer of the autonomous tangible reality, you can stop reading now. The rest of this tale will not interest you. In case you intend to read the rest, ask yourself why? Seriously, why do you want to know more of this? Are you searching for more arguments to oppose the “non-sense” that might follow? Why would you bother? You already know the facts. Try to imagine that you feel the need to defend yourself? Why would you need defence? Where do you see an attack coming from?

If you are willing and capable of seriously answering these questions, you will become aware of inner values, beliefs or opinions blocking you from co-creating with the Unimaginable.

In chapter 2 I will try to explain why this is so important for us today in the world we live in.

Marleen is mijn held

Ze is pas 23. Ze heeft Lyme, maar dat is veel te laat ontdekt en nu is haar lichaam beschadigd en kwetsbaar. Soms heeft ze verlammingen in haar gezicht en ademt ze heel moeilijk. Dan zit ze zomaar 2 maanden stil en moet rechtop proberen te slapen. Dat lukt maar nauwelijks. Stel je eens voor !! Hoe onvoorstelbaar is dat ? Het is een eenzaam bestaan. Haar leeftijdgenoten proberen inmiddels een carrière op te bouwen en zijn druk druk. Die ziet ze niet veel meer.

Wat ik zo geweldig aan haar vind, is dat ze een volledig, liefdevol en gezond leven wil. Daar gaat ze helemaal voor en ze wil zo min mogelijk met overleven bezig zijn. Ze gelooft dat gezond eten en voldoende bewegen haar leven aangenamer maken. Haar ziekteverloop wordt er helaas niet door beïnvloed.

Als de energie er weer is pakt ze een microfoon en gaat briljant staan zingen. Misschien wel haar grootste talent. Ze kan ook lekker koken en heeft al tientallen eenvoudige lekkere recepten bedacht en uitgeprobeerd. Gezond, lekker en slank gaan bij haar prima samen. Ze inspireert mij continu om zo te eten en beter voor mijzelf te zorgen. Ze wil een leefstijl coach zijn en haar recepten publiceren. Zo ziet zij haar carrière:”Samen gezond ouder worden”.

Helaas korten zorgverzekeraars steeds meer op haar budget. Dan weet ze het even niet meer, want als lyme niet op de normale manier behandeld kan worden, moet je het zelf uitzoeken. Ze heeft stress over geld omdat in zo’n geval veel kosten niet vergoed worden. Eenzaamheid en stress vreten aan je immuunsysteem en dat is precies wat niet goed is voor haar.

Ik zit in het loopteam “Hoop voor Marleen” Op 14 april 2018 vindt “Lopen voor Lyme” plaats, waar ook ons team meeloopt. Het streefbedrag om de komende jaren de behandeling voort te kunnen zetten is 15.000 euro.

Help mijn held haar droom te verwezenlijken. Maak een statement en pak in ieder geval voor een jaar haar geldstress aan. Dan heeft ze de ruimte om meer te gaan bewegen en lieve mensen te ontmoeten. Alle kleine beetjes helpen: 5 – 10 – 15 – 25 euro ? Zeg het maar.

Doneren aan Team Hoop voor Marleen kan via http://www.lopenvoorlyme.nl/team/hoop-voor-marleen/ of rechtstreeks op rekeningnummer IBAN:NL16RABO0192049194 t.a.v. M. Altevogt, o.v.v. Donatie Hoop voor Marleen.

Maatschappelijke verandering

In Nederland hebben we te maken met maatschappelijke verandering. Rudolf Steiner was een visionair en rond 1930 beschreef hij onze tijd als de overgang van het zoeken naar wat ons onderscheidt van de ander, naar wat ons bindt met de ander. Waar we de laatste decennia in organisatieverband vooral geleerd hebben ons individuele standpunt te dienen en vast te houden. Gaan we nu toe naar netwerkverbanden waarin we op zoek zijn naar wat we gemeenschappelijk willen. We leven nu in een tijd waarin we het einde van de overheersing van het (hedonistische) individualisme beleven en daarmee het einde van het wij-zij denken.

De maatschappelijke vraagstukken die we moeten oplossen dagen ons uit om te stoppen met het wij-zij denken. Er is dus ook een urgente noodzaak.

Zie hiervoor de engelse tekst:

“It will never be the same”: you hear often as the conversation comes to the economic crisis. We live in a period of transition. Most people feel that fundamental change is needed. Only politicians and bank directors believe that by taking the right measures current systems and structures will prevail.

What most people feel or believe is substantiated by latest developments. In Europe we have several crises at once. Sofar, we have a monetary unit crisis, a political EU crisis and an economical crisis. Other challenges are lying ahead. What these crises share is the need for alignment of conduct and consciousness between indviduals, regions and nations. We have to stop looking for what  separates us and instead start looking for what is connecting us. We didn’t manage to blame the Greek and letting them pay for the damage. It is cristal clear that leaving them suffer on their own will have direct consequencies for our future.

The scarcity of our resources is another structural development that forces us to invent non-defensive multinational interventions we have never used before. Sofar, the common defensive one’s didn’t work. The price of oil is rising structurally; independent of market influences. Since 2004 the demand for oil exceeds global production capacity. Oil can be replaced by other resources. But it has to be done by everybody; including airlines.

New unknown and crucial challenge of alignment

Phosphates can not be replaced by other resources like oil. It is the most important ingredient of fertilizer. It makes everything grow faster, our own bodies included. Due to phosphates the world population could grow from 3 to 6 bilion. BUT !!…we can not feed 8 or 9 billion people with the current reserves of phosphates. The price of phosphates is also structurally rising. In 2030 the demand for phosphates will exceed global production capacity.. During mining production 40% of all phosphates is lost and during fertilizing 85% of the remaining 60% phosphates disappears in groundwater. As soon as it reaches the ocean it is lost for ever.

Europe has no phosphate mines. Maroc and China are the main phosphate producers. Out of economical and political reasons it is to be expected that, like the price of oil, the price of phosphates will rise fast. Food prices therefore will also rise. Especially in countries were water is also scarce. In the Netherlands we think we are conscious users of water and phosphates, but we forget that when we order feed in Brasil, they use an extreme amount of phosphates and when we order cheap T-shirts in India or chocolate in Ghana, we use an extreme amount of water. We can not invent new measures to solve the phosphate crisis without consent of our suppliers of feed in Brasil. We must invent an approach in alignment with Maroc, China, Brasil, India and Ghana.

The implementation of this new approach needs a sence of urgency.

There is a strong relationship between the price of oil and the growth of the world economy. This moment we feel the consequences of the diminishing growth of the world economy. The crisis in Europe is a cause but the price of oil is directly connected.

There is also a strong connection between the food prices index and global riot

global riotsThe food prices index rises structurally and independent of market influences. MIT and Complex Systems Institute forecast global riots in August 2013 because of hunger. In 2011 Northern Africa was in upheaval.  In 2013 it is to be expected because of the economical crisis in Europe and the political crisis in Syria that their will also be massive riots in Greece, Syria, Spain, Portugal, Italy (Napels) and France (Paris).

We are now a few months away from new Global Riots (see article CSI)

In Europe all nations are confronted with several crises at once. The old defensive methods to solve them fail. We are forced to invent a new approach fast. It isn’t clear what will work better. We will have to find a way to remain creative instead of reactive and defensive. We will have to learn to cope with uncertainty and we will have to learn to trust improvising. As indivduals and as nations.

How can we learn to be involved in this transition process and at the same time trust we will overcome our own (psychological) boundaries ?