Once upon a time, there was a truth seeking friend, Vera, who wanted to write a bestseller. ‘Wanted’ and ‘write’ are two different words, and even two different worlds. She realized that. Her true wish was a book writing itself. ‘Your wish is my command’, I told her. ‘Granted, it will be fulfilled. Hold this pen, please’.
Writing is writing. It is something you do, not something you want. Follow your intuition, and writing is Zen. Surrender to whatever comes up and put it down on paper. There are no obligations and no limits. Blank is OK, Chaos is OK, raving mad is OK.
You don’t even need words, as long as your pen keeps moving. As soon as it stops, your mind overtakes and overrides the process. Even moving slowly and peacefully will keep you ahead of the hurling hordes on the back benches telling you what they like and what they don’t like. Move, so you stay ahead of the ‘what if’ and the ‘I told you so’. Now, just surrender, and there will be no more nagging.
If your adversaries ever overtake you (in the unlikely case of an emergency), just write them off.
‘Bugger me, bugger you, bugger the world, and bugger the consequences’. Blame the bugs and buggers, the ‘time flies’ as we call them. Use your pen for your defense in an immediate response. Do you mind?
If you do, too bad, your mind takes over. Limiting thoughts and convictions are likely to block your creative flow, rather than facilitate and encourage it.
Spontaneous writing is relaxing, so please do allow yourself some freedom. Compare it with yoga, meditation, mindfulness, in this case, with the pen: penfulness.
Penfulness means that the pen is full so anything may come out, any time soon. As long as it works properly while you keep in moving, there will always be something: sense, nonsense, scribbles, chaos, whatever comes out is just fine. Let it flow and let it go.
Afterwards, you may decide what you make of it, or what it makes of you. Are you still in for a laugh?
I woke up in the middle of the night, or so it seemed. I was steering a vessel in a storm. I realized I was the dark knight of the soul. The destination, even unknown, was mine. The vessel was my energy, and the roaring waves, salty wind and luring stones were my environment. I had a feeling of purpose, of being part of a grand scene, in which I had the chance to share my experience.
I woke up, again, now in a position to get out of bed, and started to write. With short breaks for meals, sleep, and my job in the realm of Amnesia, I finished exactly 5 weeks later.
I had a kind of garum, a latin fermented Fish stew to be prepared. Over time, I removed the fishbones (essential ideas leading to the story, but not interesting to share). I added some flavouring (my way of writing), and I dedicated the follow-up time to the composition on my plate, so to speak, to make my chaos presentable, including examples from my daily life.
It turned out to be a book in 9 themes for removing your inner blockages. Each theme starts with a summing up of facts, continues associating, letting your thoughts run free, and concluding with a reflection on the experience of the moment.
|1||Love and grattitude|
|2||What do you wish?|
|3||What are your possibilities?|
|4||Trust, acceptance and forgiveness|
|7||Be agile! Move and be free|
|8||Align and affirm|
|9||Rest and release|
What is truthfulness?
Truthfulness has been my personal theme for as long as I live. Truthfulness is about honesty, sincerity and integrity. I am who I am. Since I’ve always been creative, inventive, full of imagination, more intuitive than rational, I have been admired and scolded, embraced and rejected, kissed and beaten, but always I survived and thrived, shared my insights and invited my environment to share theirs. I am known to be resourceful. Now, am I truthful? Being truthful is an art. Art requires passion, focus, leadership, leading to your authentic self. It also requires courage. Without courage, art becomes a nice display of talents. Being my authentic self is being connected to my inner source, my ultimate form of truthfulness.
I am grateful for my intuition, for sharing all kinds of concepts, coming from beyond my shrouded, crowded and clouded mind. Even so, I should not get attached to those thoughts. Attachment leads to suffering. Perhaps not the attachment as such, but the fear of losing what I am attached to. I could even be attached to non-attachment, like many truth seekers, especially those who call themselves ‘spiritual‘, taking themselves too seriously What they are lacking, is a sense of humour, creativity and resourcefulness, except for Ada, who inspired me to a metaphor of her yacht, to a poem of sounds surrounding it and, most of all, to enjoy my inner child in wonders and surprises.
'Truthfulness' is an intermezzo per se, since there is no beginning and no end, not even the last page of this work. It will go on as long as we breathe, and may be even beyond, as we regard life itself as an intermezzo. Other intermezzi involved trouble shooting with computer issues and enjoying a glass of wine when I travel by train. Feel the metaphors, the glass for clarity, the wine for inspiration and the train for the train of thoughts. Now please let the wine and the train do the good work while we are taking a well-deserved nap, another intermezzo, among the countless ones.
Or are we lazy, drowsy or plainly weird? That is up to you 😊
(expected December 2019)
Burn-out is een an increasing issue in various sectors, especially in education and health care. The question remains what effective measures can be taken to deal with burnout, form the point of view of the organization, taking into account all personal and environmental aspects.
The newly developed approach consists of the following elements:
- Burn-out is condition concerning the system in the first place, rather than the individual.
- Burn-out can be treated effectively with a sound awareness, framework of action and personal leadership among all persons involved.
- The sustainability of the effective solutions depends on the motivation of the persons involved, which in turn connects to their authentic drives.
If only one person suffers from a burnout, the others are automatically involved. The performance and the working atmosphere decrease. Therefore, it is essential that all persons involved know what is going on and what can be done, both for the person with a burnout and for the other colleagues and the management.
The good news is that a stronger motivation will increase both working atmosphere and performance. This is connected to the characters of the various employees and the degree they are aware of their personal drives.
For implementing this new method, a step by step approach has been drafted with forms to manage the process.