Deepak Chopra in Nederland

Voor €595,— kan je op 18 april in Almere naar Deepak Chopra en je onderdompelen in:

The Soul of Leadership

Een evenement georganiseerd door Nieuwe Dimensies. Prachtig.

Jammer dat het niet gaat over quantum physics of over The Science Delusion? of over Einstein’s God, or The Hopes for Secular Spirituality of over A CAT-Scan of the Global Brain of over Shift in action of over Richard Dawkins digging his own grave of over The “Soul Hypothesis”.

Bezoek Deepak Chopra’s website.

The “Soul Hypothesis”

Deepak Chopra salvo’s another interesting round of points on religion, science, God, Einstein, and such.

Make room for thougth. A couple of key points:

  • Atheism is a weak position in terms of science simply becasue it lacks any system of proof—trying to prove that something doesn’t exist is nearly impossible.
  • What would it be like to experimentally prove that the soul exists? If you believe in it, start collecting evidence.
  • The list of soul qualities is a familiar one:
    • The soul is your connection to God or the divine—test: Are you connected to God and the divine?
    • The soul is the source of existence—test: Have you experienced your source?
    • The soul is the seat of bliss or eternal happiness—test: Can happiness be reached beyond everyday pleasure and pain?
    • The soul exists beyond death; it is the seed of immortality—test: Is there such a thing as inner being that is beyond death? Am I going to live beyond the body?
  • Faith and doubt, the two forced choices that millions of people make, turn out to be almost equally fruitless.

Make some progress, where spiritual progress is defined more simply and clearly if the following conditions are met:

  1. Your soul becomes more real.
  2. Your soul becomes more useful.
  3. Your vision of transformation is coming true.

And some key differences between the ego and the soul:

  1. The ego seeks temporary satisfaction, the soul offers permanent satisfaction.
  2. The ego seeks happiness through externals, the soul through inner unfoldment.
  3. The ego wants constant sensation, the soul provides silent peace.
  4. The ego desperately wants to survive, the soul knows it will never die.
  5. The ego competes, the soul cooperates.
  6. The ego sees a world of lack, the soul a world of abundance.
  7. The ego struggles, the soul awaits.
  8. The ego seeks protection because of its deep insecurity, the soul needs no protection because it is secure already.
  9. The ego knows how to take, the soul how to receive.
  10. The ego feels separate and alone, the soul identifies with wholeness.
  11. The ego longs for love, the soul is love.
  12. The ego puts the material world first, the soul puts consciousness first. (How “Goswami“)

At this moment, your allegiance is to “I, me, and mine,” and shifting your allegiance to the soul must replace ego demands with something new.

Reminds me of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s videoclip “What About Me?“:

Wu wei—kompas en planning

Jaja, zit ik de film “Little Buddha” te kijken die Esther meenam van Freek Bakker (haar docent voor Hindoeïsme en Boeddhisme), hoorde Siddhartha een muzikant op een voorbijvarende boot zeggen:

Span de snaar te sterk, en hij knapt.
Span de snaar te slap en je er kan geen muziek mee maken.

En Siddhartha krijgt zijn ingeving: de weg naar de verlichting is de middenweg. Niet die van de extremen.

Ja ja. Dus helemaal loslaten en alleen reageren op (betekenisvolle) impulsen is (voor mij heel dichtbij) het ene extreem. En een onveranderbaar strakke planning met mijlpalen en concreet meetcriteria is (voor mij) het andere extreeem.

Dus in het midden zit dat zoete gebied. Genoeg planning om net voldoende spanning aan te brengen om voortgang en resultaten te boeken, koersend op je grootse gevaarlijke gedurfde doel of vurig verlangen.

Wu wei op gespannen voet met het bestemmingsplan.

Peer-to-peer, de nieuwe beschaving en holacratie

Op 11 december 2007 hebben Gasto Vilé en ik vanuit Aardbron een samenscholing georganiseerd over peer-to-peer, de nieuwe beschaving en holacratie.

Robert Daverport van Mindz heette ons zeer gastvrij welkom bij Seats 2 Meet in Utrecht en heeft een leuke videosamenvatting van die samenscholing gemaakt.

Helping others makes us happy

How coincidental. Yesterday Thomas Herald from Dream Manifesto writes about Longest running study shows helping others makes us happy.

And today I receive Mike Dooley‘s Note From The Universe, stating the same:

First, as a child, it seems like the entire world is there for you and you rush to drink from its every cup, sometimes wondering to yourself how anything could ever be more fun.
Then, as you grow older, if you’re observant, you realize much of what you enjoy was made possible by the contributions, work, and labor of those who came before you, and you’re taken aback, disappointed even , because with maturity you can now see cracks in the façades, imperfections in the details, and 10,000 ways it could have all been done better.
At which point, folks typically choose one of two paths: Spend a lifetime lamenting how far from perfect things are. Or, to one degree or another, roll up their sleeves and pitch in.
And should they choose the latter with gusto, dear Martien, they will come to know, to the core of their sacred being, that the differences they might make in the world cannot be made by another. And then they will discover the answer to their often-wondered childhood question… That the most fun one can have in time and space comes from making such a difference, and that the joy derived from serving is 10,000 times that of being served.
At your service –

The Universe
Oh, no, Martien. This doesn’t mean life becomes all work and no play. It just means work becomes play, no matter what you do, and play becomes ecstasy.

eXtreme Zen: Geurt Busser, waddenschilder

Zag afgelopen zaterdag een prachtige documentaire van de Friese waddenschilder Geurt Busser.

Met een paar treffende voorbeelden van wat ik maar “eXtreme Zen” noem. Uitermate spiritueel treffend:

  • bij aquarellen gaat het met name om het licht, dus datgene wat je niet schildert—hoezo meester in creatie
  • van de ongeveer 300 schilderijen die ik per jaar maak is er één op de drie goed; van de rest brandt de kachel een dag of veertien—hoezo meester in destructie

Als je een half uurtje de rust kan vinden om, vanuit de rust en stilte, op te gaan in deze prachtige documentaire over Geurt Busser, pakt het jou waarschijnlijk ook.

Brad Neuberg on Inventing with Values

Verbatim copy of EEK’s blog entry. Thanks EEK, for sharing this.

Brad Neuberg on Inventing with Values:

A few months ago, my friend, BradNeuberg, gave the keynote at Yahoo’s internal Front-End Engineering Summit. The video is now online, and it’s worth watching. Brad’s not only a great guy and a great hacker, he’s an excellent speaker. He speaks from the heart with intensity and good humor. ” (ME6)

I want to highlight four things Brad said: ” (ME7)

  • A good way to approach invention is, ‘I Against I.’ (The name comes from a classic punk song from the mid-80s.) Don’t worry about what others will do. Instead of trying to protect your ideas by putting up walls, compete against yourself. If you’re going to be put to pasture by somebody, it might as well be by you. And as Brad points out, no ideas are safe. In this day and age, you will be put to pasture. ” (ME8)
  • Brad’s section on values was tremendous. He cited two techniques for clarifying values. The first was ‘Mob Rule.’ If you were the only thing between an angry mob and some other thing, what thing would cause you to stand your ground? This reminds me of something AlanDershowitz said in the best class I ever took in college. Dershowitz said that he was willing to die for freedom of speech. I was astounded by that statement, and it made me think about the values that I was willing to die for. ” (ME9)
  • The second technique was, ‘The Last Speech.’ Imagine you were about to leave your company and that you were asked to deliver a final speech. What would you say? This actually happened. A decade ago, JamesGosling was fed up with Sun and decided to leave. ScottMcNealy asked Gosling to write a letter before he left, explaining what he would do differently if he were in charge. Gosling outlined a vision which ultimately led to him staying at Sun and creating Java. ” (MEA)
  • Brad ended his section on values with a story about ArchieRand, the famous expressionist painter who was one of Brad’s professors at Columbia. Rand used to walk around the room as his students worked, look at them with his eyes blazing, and say, ‘This shit matters.’(MEB)

Each of these things are worth thinking about and trying. ” (MEC)

(Via EEK Speaks.)

De wereld van Merlijn

de-wereld-van-merlijn.jpgEerder dit jaar gaf Manon Tromp mij het boek De Wereld van Merlijn te leen. Prachtig boek.

Een paar krenten die mij pakken:

  • Tijd:
    • Herinner je je toekomst.
    • Tijd en ruimte zijn slechts projecties.
    • Laat de toekomst het heden scheppen.
    • Omdat tijd in je eigen bewustzijn wordt uitgevonden, bestaat er geen verleden.
    • Onnatuurlijke manier om te voorkomen dat je alles tegelijkertijd beleeft.
    • Dé manier om al je wensen één voor één uit te laten komen.
    • Hier VOOR | Hier NU | Hier NA.
  • Jij/iedereen bent het middelpunt van het heelal. Alle punten zijn hetzelfde.
  • Jouw (on)geluk(jes) zijn echo’s uit het verleden. Hoe alerter en waakzamer je daarvoor bent hoe beter.
  • Gods vermogen om je de wereld te geven wordt alleen beperkt door jouw vermogen om hem te ontvangen.
  • Kortste pad naar God: UIT JE ZELF. Dit kan je heel letterlijk nemen. Als dat lukt dan gaat het ook VAN ZELF. Zie ook Minder moeten. Meer FLOW.
  • Het leven wil gewoon zich zelf uiten.
  • Een gezonde baby leert dat al zijn wensen goed zijn als zijn moeder zijn behoeften graag bevredigt. Zie ook symbiose.
  • (Zonder wrijving geen glans.) Zonder verlangens geen groei.
  • Geld is geen poort naar het paradijs.
  • Kanskijken (lekker quantum):
    • Leer je eigen projectetalent te beheersen.
    • Alles is potentieel.
  • Geven:
    • Verbindt twee mensen.
    • Schept hierdoor geluk.
    • Is scheppend.

Dank voor deze gift Manon!

Innovatieplatform Noord-Nederland

organischcentrum.jpgAns Reurekas wijst me op het Innovatieplatform Noord-Nederland. Een prachtig initiatief:

Het Innovatie Platform Noord-Nederland (IPNN) is opgericht als katalysator en vergaarbak voor alle ideeën en ontwikkelingen die een positieve bijdrage zijn voor onze samenleving. Zo wil het platform een basis zijn voor krachtige en positieve groei in de ontwikkeling van onze samenleving in deze eeuw.

Ik heb wat langer stilgestaan bij het Organisch Gezondzijnscentrum vanwege mijn enorme interesse in The Nature Of Order en de bijbehorende The Timeless Way Of Building. Iets wat een belangrijke rol speelt in het Aarde-project.

Verder vraag ik me af hoe we al deze wonderschone initiatieven elkaar nog meer kunnen laten versterken door ze te bundelen tot een alleshelende laserstraal. Nu gefragmenteerd, maar door een nationaal platform te bieden kan elk individueel project en initiatief nog meer gaan stralen en zich uiten. Het NNN-project kan daar een belangrijke rol in spelen. Doe mee!

Ik vind de de website van Innovatieplatform Noord-Nederland wel wat moeilijk lezen. Heel veel dichte lappen tekst. En ik krijg telkens een andere pagina. Sla Jacob Nielsen’s Writing for the Web er eens op na.


Nicole Recourt sent me email on Ramsay’s film on giving and receiving from our planet Earth:

I’ve been organising a cross media project, film-documentry-internet series-book whose purpose is to follow four people travelling to remote parts of the planet in search of Nomadic tribes.

Nicol says Ramsey is talking with one of our universities to use a bus fueled by hydrogen (or fuel cells perhaps?).

The film is beautiful indeed! Put it on YouTube and give Joost a try! LLiNK may be interested as well.

Hey Nicole, who is this Ramsey anyway?

Are You a Lightworker or a Darkworker?

Op 24 maart mailde Chris Eidhof me en zei: Hey Martien, leuk dat je weer bent gaan bloggen. Ik snap de helft niet, maar de andere helft is erg interessant 😉 Misschien dat je de artikelen van Steve Pavlina wel interessant vindt, met name z’n laatste artikelen over lightworkers en darkworkers. Have fun—chris

Aha, welnu, ik ff kijken op Are You a Lightworker or a Darkworker?:

  • If you polarize as a lightworker, you are dedicating your life to serving the greater good.
  • If you polarize as a darkworker, you are dedicating your life to serving yourself.

Lightworker is absolutely me!

Dank Chris!

Love—The Purest Form of Energy

To Love is a verb, so hard work it is. And Love (with a capital L, in order not to be confused with its romantic meaning), passion, is the ultimate source of energy, strength and creativeness in the universe.

My energy, my love, is focused on creating and nourishing a family, an organization, and software in a balanced way that, one way or another, can help make the world a better place—a Whole Earth.

This Love aims to make the total very much larger than the sum of its parts, make it whole, coherent, and give it a quality without a name. And if I can’t love it, how can I expect anyone else to?

I strongly believe in an open, trustworthy, respectful, patient, and loving environment where I can work hard to serve and lead the people around me, and to bring out the best in them and make them thrive, so they can unfold their potential.

Collective Intelligence

Knowledge and imagination bring more and more economic value than raw material. The prosperity of a nation, geographical region, business, or individual depends on their ability to navigate the knowledge space (or cosmopedia) around which the new collective intelligence is organized goes beyond the image and text characteristic of print-based encyclopedias as we know it.

New computer technologies such as the semantic web will serve to filter and help us navigate knowledge, a multidimensional space, and enable us to think collectively rather than simply haul masses of information around with us.

Collective intelligence is a universally distributed intelligence. No one knows everything, and everyone knows something. We are passing from a Cartesian model of thought based upon the singular idea of cogito (I think) to a collective or plural cogitamus (we think).

The computer and software are the instruments that makes this utopian ideal possible. For if we are able to better communicate and understand, we will create a better world. Wisdom.

The more we are able to form intelligent communities, as open-minded, cognitive subjects capable of initiative, imagination, and rapid response, the more we will be able to ensure our success in a highly competitive environment.

Knowledge has become the new infrastructure. Our living knowledge, skills and abilities are in the process of being recognized as the primary source of all other wealth. Internetworked information would then provide the technical infrastructure for the collective brain or hypercortex. I will do everything in my power to catalyze this still emerging phenomenon.

Love is all you need

I want to love what I do, and do what I love. Aiming to propel the semantic, social and business web to further success, as it has all the ingredients to do just that. I’m giving it my heart, my mind and my soul.

Thrilled in harmony.