3. MY CHILDHOOD
Natural medical doctor 4. ON THE "OTHER SIDE"
The Great Experiences/Ten years of uniterrupted Bliss
Vision of the Grail
My Inner Woman
To make love and be free Tantra
REVELATION OF THE GREAT MOTHER
THE GREAT LIGHT
THE GREAT DEATH/THE UNDERWORLD
The Ultimate Sutra
Amsterdam, August 1980
Nothing Is/The Cycle
5. DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
(Sermon of the Valley)
The Return 7. TERESA OF AVILA
Teresa of Avila
A Miracle/PilgrimCare 8. MY LIFE'S MYTH
9. LAMENT FOR THE PLANET
10. THE GREAT MOTHER
Great Mother Hymn 12. EPILOGUE
The Green Grass ABOUT THIS
The folly of spirituality and religion is that what is understood as God is eventually just as unreal as the illusory world of the visible things. By this I mean not only the concept of God formed by the mind, as is cultivated endlessly in churches over the centuries, but I speak about the Ultimate, Reality ItSelf as Mystical Experience and Realisation. Although this Experience transcends all that is relative, as we know it, this Self is not the Ultimate. The nature of this Relativity is not that it passes, as the incessant flow of our thoughts, emotions and desires, but that of perfect Openness, Transparency and Non-Being Being (or Being Non-Being). The Experience in the starting stage is still characterized by the radiant light substance of the Divine, in the final Realisation every Light and any substance appeared to be totally absen, thought. This Perfect Transparency is the Highest Condition that can be achieved in this life. However, there is Something higher. The I dissolves into the Light (non-ego, Being), the Light into Transparency (pure Being), while the Transparency dissolves into Absolute Nothingness (Non-Being). The Ultimate is thus the Black Hole, the Darkness, the Great Vacuum, Eternal Mother, the Bottomlessness of Existence, where everything at the same Moment goes back into and arises from, the Non-Being state in which everything is obliterated. In comparison to the Ultimate state every "prior stage" is relative, while also perfect in ItSelf. Thus God exists, but it is not the Last Reality. Identifying yourself with one of these stages - including Enlightenment - is identification. Despite its perfection it is imperfect. Usually the ego is behind it.
In reality, life is discontinuous, it jumps from one Reality to the other. In order to live All of Life, it is imperative you do not attach to one of those Realities no matter how perfect in ItSelf - but live your life As It Is (or Non-Is-ness), as It reveals ItSelf (in you). The vertical Dimension, the Here and Now, living in the Moment is the (only) Opening. It is the gateway to Heaven. It coincides with roaring laughter, because any identity, including that of the radiant Divinity will disappear. The Great Mother is the Ultimate Bottomlessness where everything without exception disappears into and is re-born out of. Do you surrender to Her, then you are Nothing yourself and then there is nothing more between this Condition - you Actual True Self - and the things around you. The highest stage of Realisation is thus It Is as It Is, living life without wanting to add anything to it. Even the desire to consciously want to be or want to live in the Moment is already artificial. You impose something onto yourself. Life is like a flower. In the morning she will open in the evening she closes again. She is One with life.
This is the paradox: precisely because at the deepest level you are free, you live your life not only As It Is, but you can connect with everything and all. Because the Self is the Self is of al-that-lives, Being-yourSelf is equal to connectedness. Nothing is excluded. Just like the time before the beginning of your inner Path the daily is the only thing there is. With one difference: Everything is normal in no way different or transformed - everything is as it is - but the ordinary has an added value in an extremely subtle way: the grass is greener. It is your quality of consciousness, your clear transparent brightness that makes everything new. It is like when you're simply awake. This Condition is the Original True Nature of all-living: people, animals, plants, the earth and the whole cosmos. While Nature lives there permanently without knowing it, people can bring their True Nature into actualisation. Countless people, ordinary and saints, fools and sages, women and men, have continually and continuously experienced the different qualities of Realisation. It is not just the potential, but also in Its actualisation the Spiritual Heritage of mankind, for all times, in all cultures. Nobody can claim patent (I am the only, the first, the greatest), those who do, no matter how impressive the realised State, is in the Eye of Reality infinitely ridiculous.
Highest attainable level of enlightenment:
Everyone is in essence Divine and at the same time ordinary. Every
living creature is a child of Heaven and Earth, an earthly manifestation of
the underlying Unknowable Truth. This we share with all living creatures. "Only
because you are Enlightened, I am too". We all, without exception, participate in the
Eternal. Once experienced, you don't live for yourself anymore. As part of the Whole, yes,
being that Whole you got a new ancestry. You are child of the Light and ultimately of the
Cosmic Mother the Birthgiver of the Light. Thus everyone is a sent one. The
realisation of this depends on your consciousness: are you identified with yourself (your
little I), then you're just here for yourself (e.g. find happiness). As a
messenger you are here to accomplish a Mission to the benefit of the Whole, nothing
Become what you Are: Incarnated Eternity
That the process of learning was tough had become quite obvious. Not being noticed was the most painful for me. The Ultimate State is so transparent, that nobody notices It. My need to be recognized was frustrated for thousands of times. Confirmation by other people, where I had such a tremendous longing for, was extremely rare. I was so painfully thrown back onto Myself, that I had to do it by myself with It. Now I dont care anymore. Wherever I Am, it is good, with or without people. For my own happiness I need no clients, listeners or followers. I am now servant of the Great Mother. Simply being here is availability. The dependence on my environment has dropped off of me. I dare now to show my Originally Face. It must first come to a point where there is no desire to attract people anymore, so much so that you dont care whether someone shows up on your Path or not. So yes, I am here for everyone and everything, but only when Im called for. The intangible only manifests ItSelf, if It is being addressed. Does it want to become active, the question should be asked. Without your question and admissibility, there is no impulse, I'm speechless, nothing arises within me, I cant talk about the joy of the Original Innocence, the Essence of all-that-lived, without first experiencing your initial input and engagement. So I am the one who is infinitely grateful for everyone who takes this (sweet) burden from me....
Continuous It rejoices in me: I know! It is the triumph inherent to Being Enlightened. I have grasped Life in all its dimensions. It comes out of Absolute Nothingness, the Unknowable, where Nothing Is, the Mystery of life. By surrendering to the Mother She grants me her Divine Light Body. Which is the reason for continuing gratitude, joy and awe. Through Her I represent the Essence in its purest form, so much so that I and the whole are one. From the very first moment that I remember the Ultimate - Realisation it actualizes itself. I no longer need my breath to realize It. Incredible joy time and time again takes hold of me. The subtlety, freshness and the grandness are indescribable. It is not mine, thats why I want to share it with everyone and everything. But how many people really opened up to it in the past 30 years? Because nobody wanted It, therefore I was forced back unto myself. For the first time I accepted the fact that it was me who received this, that it was a "personal" gift. I always had considered It as being impersonal - which of course it is - not something I could or can possess. But, apart from this truth it also had to do with my inability to receive. A paradox was this: only after I allowed me to rejoice in the gift - that apparently was "for me alone" - was my gratitude of a corresponding nature. Unbelievable, that this could be bestowed onto me. My life had become one big song of praise to the Mother.
The essence of Enlightenment is rebirth into the worldEvaluation
The reason to write a spiritual autobiography? I checked within myself and came to the conclusion that the main reason it is the deep-seated sense that my views and Experiences are not my own. How can I further clarify that? Lets take the Experiences as a starting point. The Essence of this is perhaps that if It is there, you - your small self - no longer exists. In the Infinite Timelessness all personal identity is lost, there is no bordered personally or I any more. There is nobody left to comprehend the Experience. Instead of you having an Experience, you are merged in IT. The Experience is not something that belongs to you.....on the contrary, you belong to the Experience. But not only you or I, everything shares the Divine, everything and everyone is within it, whither you experience it or not. The Infinite Timelessness is the Essence of all existence. It is the Groundless Ground out if which everything arises. All that exists is part of it. It is therefore impossible to see it as a part of yourself. It is the other way around: you're part of the Whole, just like everything else is. Therefore, if the Whole has revealed ItSelf to someone, it reveals ItSelf to everyone. It belongs to all. Everything and everyone shares in it, because of that I felt the inner urgency to share It, to let it flow onto others. I therefore am unable to keep it to myself.
The second thing I would like to say is that this Joyous Condition can be bestowed unto anyone. In fact, It is continuously in everything and everyone. You are already continuously participating in It without realising. So that which fundamentally matters is already present, that is not so much the problem. The problem is much more consciously opening yourself to It. Because you're embedded in it, it's closer to you than your own skin, consciously being aware of it, thats what its about. This is very hopeful, because it is not something that is only reserved for certain privileged individuals. Instead, the Experience is the most fundamental of all of us. It is the heritage of all beings. And it is also not true that It has been reserved for a few historical figures, only. People who unfortunately got placed on such pedestals that entire generations thereafter were so blinded, in such a manner, that they forgot to Realise the Self themselves. There is however a continuing Revelation. Everyone without exception may receive this Grace. It is therefore time that we will be the bearers of Renewal, you and me. Our critical times beg for it.
Sure, some say, all well and good, but how do you feel day to day? Answer: normal. Everything is as it is. The life - the unity - is a song of praise on diversity. The Ultimate is so transparent, that there is no difference between It and everyday life. The final Realisation and Actualisation is returning to everyday life: towards the marketplace. Eventually, the tree simply is a tree, once again. Does someone still claim a certain level, and then he or she is stuck in the process. It is in contradiction with the Essence of the spiritual Path: namely that the Ultimate is so transparent, that it does not have substance of its own, any more. The Final Realisation is that there is nothing anymore between you and the visible reality. Everything turns out to be One Big Joke. After a divine flight you end up back on your feet. What remains is so subtle, that the normal folks dont even notice it. Hence, that in some traditions it is stated: that the True One leaves no traces. He or she stands next to you on the tram and you dont see or feel it. You must thus bear in mind that every human being (is) can be a Buddha.
There is always a smile in my heart. Riding my bicycle, I often roar with laughter. Everyday life is totally fulfilling and I dont need anything to be happy. Without exception, I let everything arise within me, moreover, I dont have a distinction between positive and negative. Everything is conscious in my own Space. I never force a certain state of consciousness. I laugh at my own foolishness. I am grateful for everything that happens; I am filled with never relentless amazement about the things I already know since every step is the first. Does the sun shine: great, does it rain: just as great. The clear presence conjures everything to beauty. MySelf in connectedness: means everything in the same Space, in the realisation that I Am, I feel fresh and always new, uninhibited and without judgement, free of anything, comprehensive. Every day I work on my assignment, resting in the One I come from nowhere and go nowhere, a constant joy of Nothingness. I demand nothing from life, grateful for all the small things, I love all without distinction: the blackbird in the grass, the mother with her children, the merchant who advertises his goods, the falling leaves in the square to the young pierced woman. I see the coherence of things and ask forgiveness for any minor "offence"...
Sharing is my passion, speaking directly to your heart, so the spark can kindle inside of you. You know that we are all at a turning point, indeed, with our backs against the wall. All known roads have been tried and dont help anymore. Only a leap into another Dimension can save us. I am here to offer you an extended hand. My work is a guide that can safely and accurately deliver you out of labyrinth. I therefore appeal to anyone who wants to hear to waking up!' My effort serves the Whole. In such moments I immediately recall my Vision. The Vision helps me to once again see what life is ultimately all about: strive for Enlightenment, restructure your life and serve others. It compels me to pour everything, without reservation, without something to want, without a goal devised by myself, without aiming for a result. So I repeat here, not in the least for myself that everything I've written is only there as a recommendation. There is no other intention behind it other than selfless sharing. For me, that is the greatest joy there is. Whether you accept something is entirely up to you. Now is the right time. And: Awakening is the easiest thing there is.
The Green Grass
When I look around me now, the fresh green grass at my feet, the clumps of newly bloomed firewood around me, the silent-clear water in the evening sun, I am silenced by so much beauty. Everything breathes a simple presence that is overwhelming. Open as I am for the silence, the air, the water and the motley mixture of all these different bird sounds. Breathless I observe an owl as it came up out of nothing and flies by silently, as it sways over the reed borders. Before me appears a swarm of mosquitoes, that swirl high in the sky above the woods and the water. And behind the rising mist above the ponds, the cows are only still partially visible. Everything breathes such freshness, such brightness, a presence that pervades everything.
This country is of unutterable beauty, it is hard to imagine. I'm sitting here on my boat and watch the setting sun. A masterpiece, of this moment, and every time in a unique form, that never repeats itself again. The golden reflection in the water reaches up to the front of the boat. It is already late, 10 pm, and although early in the year it is pleasant to be outside. A duck has been calling for my attention for some time; it quacks and remains swimming in a small circle. I talk with him, give some bread, he quacks some more and occasionally trustingly closes his eyes. Life, I realise here is so rich and full, I know and feel a part of it, I am all this mySelf. It is a fountain that constantly overflows. Never can I be grateful enough for all of this.
now I walk through the streets
everything has something more and
I have a little less
that has everything already
I never possessed
the inner emptiness that
face to face
brings forth the light
to the eye of the world
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