A true story

Yesterday morning I overheard this conversation between my ego and the higher self. Translated into conventional language it sounded like this. I was in a deep, well known meditative absorption. My ego was deeply merged in the blissful infinity of the pure consciousness of the higher self. After a timeless…

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the IP Sutra*

Recently I received the Upajjhatthana Sutta**, a contemplation on 5 impermanences of dualistic life. It is a Buddhist exercise to cultivate detachment. This sutta got me thinking and two meditations sessions later an adaptation came to me that reflects the philosophy, I can’t say ‘that underpins’ but rather, which illustrates…

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Befriending the unknown

The unknown Not knowing … indifference no problem … no life … Not knowing … fearing the unknown fearing not knowing Not knowing … something is I don’t know what is yet awareness touches some border Not knowing … no tolerance for not knowing I fill in the not knowing…

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Gender reconciliation

This week I have something to celebrate. There is a small history preceding my celebration: In 2011, while still more externally active in the men’s support movement and while doing a training in family constellations, and after a learning confrontation with an ‘equal rights’ department, I had this insight about…

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Looking and seeing …

What do you see when you look at me? What do I see when I look at you? What do I see when I look at myself? What do you see when you look at yourself? When you look at me, do you see a body, a facial expression, a…

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Truth has no need for defense, on the contrary …

My intellect loves flirting with striking paradoxes. After this morning meditation my mind was grooming the following idea. Defending what you belief stiffens the mind and the very belief itself becomes the veil that dims the bright light of the living truth of every present moment. In contrast to defense,…

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I beg you …

Please don’t throw me the wise words of some established authority … I beg you, please, share me your struggles in understanding life, regardless how deliciously imperfect or smart as they may be … Please don’t present me another admirable personality in human history … I beg you, please, show…

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selfies and Selfies

  Feeding ideas of who you should be is self harassment. Feeding ideas of who you are is self delusion. Acting on your present moment heart’s desire, without attachment to nor identification with the results, is Self expression. Consciously living your present moment heart’s joy is Self realization.   Jan…

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Immersion April 12th 2017

It seems to become a recurring starting point: mindfulness. Even though this day we had a group with very mixed acquaintances to meditation, the flow brought us to longer exercices that may have stretched some comfort zones. The first part of the practice was devoted to develop some discipline in the…

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Process group – March 29th 2017

This second process event was building further on the energy we created during the first session. New participants were kindly and smoothly integrated by the returning participants of the first event. I felt warmly touched by the respect and safety in the holding container that the group members were able to hold…

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Immersion March 29th 2017

As before we started the immersion today with basic mindfulness: simply being aware of what is. The group expressed their ease with the first exercise and following this we jumped towards quite an advanced exercise: observing the observer. Although challenging, this exercise evoked a lot of valuable insights. Sincere sharing revealed how different and unique each…

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Process group – February 16th 2017

This evening we launched the first IP Process group. At the time of arrival we took a moment for informal connecting. It was a matter of minutes to settle and to get comfortable. We opened the meeting with an IP meditation. This prepared the mind with a relaxed and  enhanced focus for working in a…

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Immersion February 15th 2017

We started the immersion today with basic mindfulness. Subsequently we moved into deeper Silence and observed a body scan from that Silence which induced a deeper embodied presence. Following that we shifted into hara presence in the most effortless way. Shifting from doing to being by applying the art of effortless intention. This is a martial art skill that…

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The human tapestry

Observing the huge amount of human individuals currently incarnated on the planet (7.5 billion in 2017) and the immense variety of expressions of the human experience, I like to compare humanity with a tapestry. In this metaphor the human individual is equated with one fiber in that immense tapestry called humanity. A tapestry that…

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Immersion November 9th 2016

During the immersion today we explored the basic definition of mindfulness practiced one-pointed focus practiced thought-watching initiated hara awareness. We touched a bit on the concepts of personality structure, driving forces, the Neutral Observer, transcending thoughts, and the mechanisms of thought/emotion/experience.    

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Immersion October 25th 2016

During this immersion we gently touched a few aspects of IP, using mindfulness as a tool for gentle exploration of IP. Basic definition and practice of Mindfulness Applying mindfulness to develop discernment between thought and awareness Applying mindfulness to develop discernment between sensation and awareness Applying mindfulness to invite an awareness of the inner Neutral Observer  (discernment between…

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Spirit

Innocent and pure like a baby Playful and curious like a child Unconventional and adventurous like an adolescent Industrious and ambitious like a young adult Responsible and mature like an adult Wise and patient like a senior Jan Janssen – August 13th 2016.

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