Living Lucid

If I were to name this nameless spirituality we adhere to I would call it natural. If I were to describe its practices I would say they're born from weaving together strands we individually intuit to be good. My expression of it would be "staying with the phenomena that arise with my own arising". We recognize each other by sensing a particular "degree" of authenticity and integrity and by something mysterious that we intimately know but cannot name. We are of one kin. If I were to name it I would call it the open participatory tribe, for we naturally participate actively in the polyverse of experiences and the "imagination" out of which all realities flow.

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Latest Writings

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The Scream

I dearly love them, my world change friends. Brilliant, active, moved by concern for planet, society, living beings suffering everywhere – many singing their final farewell songs as they go extinct. We all know this for quite some time now. We know it in our marrow, our soul wailing. We’re earthlings on our way to […]

29 Jul, 2015 Mushin
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Matters of Identity

“We hold ourselves in place so as to not be all over.” I awoke with those words still on my lips. Holding our self in place is an energy consuming matter. It’s a discipline, a concentration, and only if we hold still for a while can we study ourselves. Or so it seems. The old […]

12 Feb, 2014 Mushin
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Landing Strip for a Participatory Future?

Living on the edge of what is in sync with the insight that we’re coming from the One and going towards ever increasing diversity, complexity and uniqueness of all the diverse “individuals” and “entities;” and the insight that the original one now manifest as the participation of all things and beings. You cannot not participate, […]

9 Feb, 2014 Mushin
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Inspiration Day

It’s obviously Inspiration Day, at least where this body navigates 3D-space. Humanity is addicted to violence, greed and ignorance, and refuses all treatment… so far. (Addiction is keeping on doing things, and actually putting lots of work, focus and money into maintaining it, when it’s obvious to you and everyone concerned that it’s eating your […]

2 Feb, 2014 Mushin
Life imitates Art

What holds it all together

Things fall apart; the center does not hold (W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming, 1919). And as it falls apart, beautiful and even kaleidoscopic patterns show. As the center lets go, the falling apart reveals some of its core colorfulness. Its secrets stand out. Because nothing falls apart chaotically, it falls fractally into new patterns of […]

30 Jan, 2014 Mushin
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Participation And The Self

I have been saying that we come from the One, from Unity. By that I mean that the One, the unity, is prior to diversity. The unity we emerge from does not have a historic beginning; it didn’t Big Bang into existence. That is why when I say we come from unity I also highlight […]

16 Jan, 2014 Mushin
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Participation – The Bare Bones

Those that have been following my shenanigans may have noticed that my view on reality has turned. I’ll abbreviate the conclusions here in 4 points, and leave explanations to some future post: We are “coming from” the One, from unity; we’re not going towards it Every being and thing, all moves towards greater diversity and […]

14 Jan, 2014 Mushin
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Participatory Lucidity – Silver In The Air

Sometimes, when you’re talking with a friend or even stranger, it feels like “there is silver in the air.” A conversation where time seems to fly; you look on your watch and cannot believe what it shows. You may not even remember, later, what the conversation was about, although you do know it was significant. […]

10 Jan, 2014 Mushin
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Play and Participation

When you’re regarded as tourist by locals, someone who provides them with an income, you’ve certainly become an object[i]. It establishes the rules of conduct. You have to turn a person into an object before you can use them as an instrument that you can play to your own profit, and that person’s loss. That […]

7 Jan, 2014 Mushin
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The Movement of Participation

Reality is participatory in nature… just look at breathing: you take a breath – receive the air, you transform the air in your body, and you give back what you have transformed. Receive > transform > give, that seems to be the general dynamics of a humanimal’s participation in reality. The same goes for our […]

5 Jan, 2014 Mushin
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Peace, Neutrality & Clarity

When you’re at peace you experience a „roundness“ in the way you are, there is no conflict with anything that arises even if it is tension. Everything that meanders through inner space can form, reform, transform in whichever way it pleases. That may be because peace comes with great clarity, allowing you to be with […]

5 Jan, 2014 Mushin
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The Dark Ages and the Beautiful Ages

It’s Saturday, or Reflection Day, so here comes something I’ve reflected upon today: “We are powerfully imprisoned in these Dark Ages simply by the terms in which we have been conditioned to think.” – Bucky Fuller This is NOT pointing a finger at those who’ve done the conditioning. This is also NOT about believing that […]

24 Nov, 2012 Mushin
Coming up for air

Shades of Blue

reaching our very ends when all that’s left is wounds where blue hours don’t spell dawn but dry days and a brittle sun reveals dreams’ corpses we board the ship unfettered in the night lonely stars eternities away a broken heart’s compass to navigate by or the sound of the waves reminiscent of storms to […]

6 Aug, 2012 Mushin
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The Original Must Disappear

I’ve been experiencing the return of the Original amidst deep inner turmoil. And as said in the first installment, welcoming the Original back with a big sigh of relief, everything since the Original’s first dawning was a deviation of sorts, a subtle distancing from the Original. Even being an enlightened spiritual teacher who’s brought quite […]

4 Aug, 2012 Mushin
A Path

The Original keeps on Returning

“Do not cling to your timeline,” he said. As I followed this directive down a few paths, I felt lost. The Orient had gone, no direction. So I said, “No lighthouse in sight. No sun, no stars. What can guide me? Which line to follow? Where to put my foot?” He smiled. In his eyes […]

1 Aug, 2012 Mushin
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The Return of the Original

My irritation with all teachings by any or all Masters, contemporary or not, has revealed itself to being irritated with myself, not staying with the Original, trusting the Original, embodying the Original, easing into, seeing with and inhabiting the Original. It’s a  matter of trust. So, even though the Original became obvious to me on […]

30 Jul, 2012 Mushin

Being Lost, Embedded in Love

Contemplating the sense of being lost, really lost in this world, this dimension, this life… contemplating feeling lost and how that feeling has tugged me along this Way and that Path… sometimes alternating with a sense of being found by Light, by what convincingly felt like Ultimate Truth, by energies of bubbling bliss encompassing me […]

23 May, 2012 Mushin

Interlude in Limbo

in limbo 1. Lit. a region of the afterlife on the border of hell. (In some Christian religions, there is a limbo set aside for souls that do not go to either heaven or hell. This sense is used only in this religious context. (*Typically: be ~; remain ~; stay ~.) The baby’s soul was in limbo because she had not been baptized. […]

13 May, 2012 Mushin

Interlude in Love

Walking through the park I contemplate the love I’m giving to myself, my family and friends, nature. A flash back in time takes me to my broken young years where the love I received was so thwarted and sporadic, where rebellion and resentment became my basic gesture towards humans and even life herself, and where […]

5 May, 2012 Mushin

From the Trenches of Being my own Best Friend

17 days ago I started the practice of Being my own Best Friend, and I’ve wanted to spill the beans of what has happened in life and my reflections on it since. The picture on the left comes from Ecstatic Thursday, the day when being my own best friend was turning my soul into such […]

30 Apr, 2012 Mushin

Being my own Best Friend

The next couple of weeks, or maybe months, I’m going to return to changing my own brain — yes, that’s right, my brain. I’ll do so by embodied and lived inquiry, contemplation and open focus. And I know that it works because I trust the new science of Neuroplasticity, and because the first experiment of a week+ […]

14 Apr, 2012 Mushin

A Way Out of Economic Disaster

As the crisis lingers on that started 2008, a crisis the world economy didn’t really recover from – a crisis that now explodes into a European Debt-Crisis and so endlessly on… As the Occupy movement picked up and made a movement famous that started with the “Arab Spring” and came via the Spanish “Indignados” to […]

22 Nov, 2011 Mushin
On my way to Earth

Game over

“Let go of all hope, all ye who enter here.” Those were the lines I read before I burst from my mother’s womb. Later I forgot, trying to be loveable, hoping to be loved… My brothers and sisters all over the planet hope… hope to restore dignity to societies run by intelligent but deeply disturbed […]

25 Sep, 2011 Mushin
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Benevolent Space

Most mornings I sit for 10+ minutes and, for lack of a better, not so charged, word, meditate. It was a strong desire to regularly celebrate being present that started this originally. During this time once in a while I ask myself, “What am I doing here?” A question that doesn’t call for an explanation, […]

14 Aug, 2011 Mushin

The dark light of shyness

It’s been a long time since last  I wrote a blog. Not because I’ve run out of topics. Rather Facebook has taken it’s toll as I enjoy the short conversational style very much, and there have been quite a few interesting topics to go on about there. Yet, sitting here and focusing  on one theme […]

28 Feb, 2011 Mushin

California – oops, Bay Area, here I am

I’m in culture-shock. Well, okay, I’m exaggerating. The type of spirituality – I call it Californianism – that I meet here wherever I go is a mixture of New Age, Buddhist and positivist, basically Christian ideas (actually easily traceable to “Christian Science“); stirred well in a melting pot of activists, artists, hippies, healers and entrepreneurs. It’s almost as […]

28 Sep, 2010 Mushin

How To Create A Thriving Economy

This is the storyboard of what I presented at theCOREconference.com on Sept. 24 2010 in Richmond, California. You might enjoy how I envision the move from the present economy 2.0 to economy 3.0 – a necessary and major upgrade of our Human Operating System to creatively and intelligently turn the challenge we all face into […]

25 Sep, 2010 Mushin

An Anthropologists Take on New Media and YouTube

This is one of the rare gems that come out of universities that is actually fun to learn from. Full of examples he takes us on a ride through the short history of YouTube and what it’s effects on our self-reflection and reflections are – also looking at the emerging values in this culture that, […]

23 Sep, 2010 Mushin

Breaking Up, Breaking Down and a Total Mutual Embrace

Let me give you some context first: Exactly 6 weeks ago I traveled to Basel and my girl-friend (we were a couple for 7 years) had made me some slices of bread for on the road. When I opened the bread box in the train there, on top, was a letter that said, “Read only […]

13 Jul, 2010 Mushin

The Secret Powers of Time

Another Great Point animated wonderfully! This time it’s Professor Philip Zimbardo conveying how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world. I’m looking forward to the time – guess I’m a bit future […]

1 Jul, 2010 Mushin

The Culture and Networks

A very interesting slideshow that helped me see a couple of aspects of the deep patterns at work in our cultural development. Thank you, Tim Stock for this work. Best viewed whole-screen Culture Networks 2010 View more presentations from Tim Stock.

24 May, 2010 Mushin
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The Empathic Civilisation

A wonderfully illustrated talk – or better, fragment of a talk – by Jeremy Rifkin that I would love all my friends “world-change agents” to see and contemplate. A good question to go with this is: “What is the most strategic contribution I can make?”

24 May, 2010 Mushin

My more or less life channel

Just testing this – it’s not really life yet, I think, as I’m not having my iPhone camera on all the time; but I could more or less… So let’s see, where this takes us. (It even has sound; it’s strange that I can only use this functionality on my GS by using this app.)

20 May, 2010 Mushin

Relating to Gods

Today, this evening I cried. I cried for all the visions of good people that remain visions; visions that will never walk for lack of feet. But why would it hurt me so much that I cry? Is it because of all the visions I’ve had, that – on becoming true – didn’t really change […]

9 May, 2010 Mushin

The Epiphanic Mood and the Power of the Heart

I’m in an epiphanic mood today – matter of fact, whenever I truly appreciate you being you, a flower being a flower and the house being the house, I’m in such a mood… only I didn’t know until today. Becoming conscious of anything means, “There is something ‘out there’, independent of me, that alights in […]

6 May, 2010 Mushin

Can God Live alongside Chocolate Icecream?

‘GOD & THE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM’ | FILM FROM NIC’S MONDAY9AM SERIES [2005/7] ‘… so many of the things people think they want, they want because they think they can’t have. And as soon as they find out they can have it, the want goes away.’ Starring MICHAEL NEILL | Comments on FACEBOOK MORE ‘MORE’ from Nic Askew […]

7 Apr, 2010 Mushin

The Death of God

These days a large part of the world is celebrating the death and resurrection of God’s Only Begotten Son – an incarnation of Himself. And this year, on Good Friday, when listening to Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in the St. Matthäus Church in Berlin, for the first time I could feel what this […]

4 Apr, 2010 Mushin

Thrivability: A Collaborative Sketch

I’ve had the great honor to contribute to Jean Russell’s initiative to create a book on thrivability in a collective booklet. The result is linked below. Enjoy! (By the way, you can see the ‘slideshow’ by clicking on “Full” in the navigationbar at the bottom) Thrivability: A Collaborative Sketch There is a pdf version, which you […]

13 Mar, 2010 Mushin

Revisioning Reality: The Soul of Body and Spirit

I’m starting to leave the idea of oneness behind in favor of a kind of pluralistic, polytheistic, polycentric inner/outer reality. I’m starting to contemplate that monotheism, oneness, big bang, verticality, all-pervading consciousness, etc. are part of a perspective that is always playing for dominance (and obviously is not; but downplaying what … Read morehinders it […]

11 Jan, 2010 Mushin

The Imaginary and the Imaginal

A wonderful way to start the new year – providing a very inspiring and interesting text by Henry Corbin (below a quote, further below a longer text). It has been dawning on me that regarding imagination as a reality opens up a whole new perspective to look at the Living Field, Soul and Spirit… If […]

6 Jan, 2010 Mushin

Body, Soul and Spirit 3: Who are We, and who’s next, and what?

Body, Soul and Spirit 1: Modes of being alive – on modes of consciousness and why we are polymorphous Body, Soul and Spirit 2: The Way of the Soul – on what becomes embedded in flesh and why incarnate in the first place, and a bit on enlightenment Imagine sitting in a circle with 20 […]

28 Nov, 2009 Mushin

Collective Intelligence & Cyberspace

One of the people that introduced me to the concept of Collective Intelligence was Pierre Levy with his wonderful book Collective Intelligence: Mankind’s Emerging World in Cyberspace. That book gave me a deep insight into the historical dimensions of cyberspace, how we came here, if you like. It’s deep and clear thinking has helped me […]

24 Nov, 2009 Mushin

Body, Soul and Spirit 2: The Way of the Soul

In my second posting (1st here) on this beginning exploration and reassessment of what I’ve come to see as true, beautiful and good I’m going to look more into what Soul is and does. And again, I’m just going to go with my meanderings and contemplations; I’m not trying to be comprehensive and go through […]

21 Nov, 2009 Mushin

Body, Soul and Spirit 1: Modes of being alive

This is the very first installment of what I hope will become a Body, Soul and Spirit series of posts that will meander around most of the topics that keep fascinating me since a while. Starting with a meeting with a great and lovely man in Basel, Switzerland who remembers a long line of incarnations […]

15 Nov, 2009 Mushin
14 Nov, 2009 Mushin

Embedding a Google Wave the Easy Way

If you do not, as yet, have an account with “Google Wave” you cannot see the embedded wave; in it you also find the step by step guide as to how to implement a Wave into WordPress the easy way: [wave id=”googlewave.com!w+nuL1mEMWC” width=”100%” height=”500″]

16 Oct, 2009 Mushin

Embedding a Google Wave (the second wave)

So this is visible now, I think. Please if you can see it – which you should if you’ve got a Wave account, can you please add a blip to the wave? Thanx) Also, if you get the question if you want to keep running the script, answering ‘yes’ is probably the best, as it […]

15 Oct, 2009 Mushin

Embedding a Google Wave

If you’ve got a google wave account you should be able to see this… This is a first trial to see some of the functionality and embeddability… (Update 15 October) This is the original one that always disappeared because, probably, it was too much for the script to call on the “Wavr” (that’s the plugin […]

13 Oct, 2009 Mushin

The Painful Labor of Emergence

I’ve been having fierce debates with neo-liberal conservatives recently, people that keep up the faith that the climate catastrophe is just ‘leftist propaganda’, that the recent and still going financial-turned-economic disaster is caused by big government, or by Marxists or similar. At the same time a report was published by the United Nations Environment Programme […]

6 Oct, 2009 Mushin

Ecstasy at the Gates of Ecological Hell

Every evening, when time for reflection and contemplation comes, desperation sets in. And it’s getting worse every day, ever since I’m in the loop of ecology and world change activists’ free-style mail groups. I think it started for real after reading some of the posts on “preparing for civilization’s collapse” – that friend Dave Pollard […]

5 Sep, 2009 Mushin

Leadership, Community and Transforming the Whole

The whole is bigger than the sum of its parts. I have been contemplating this ‘common knowledge’ for some time now. “The whole”, of course, implies an order or arrangement, a constellation of “parts” whose behavior and being as a whole is a) not predictable from summing them up and b) can not be understood […]

7 Aug, 2009 Mushin
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Resonance & the Living Field

In recent weeks I’ve been contemplating the living field and how it operates. In “The Living Field, Participatory Design & Collaboration Ecology” one of the important points was, apart from taking a close look at what kinds of fields we are dealing with and some other matters, that processes like participatory design and community building […]

23 Jul, 2009 Mushin

Waking Life – a movie

A boy has a dream that he can float, but unless he holds on, he will drift away into the sky. Even when he is grown up, this idea recurs. After a strange accident, he walks through what may be a dream, flowing in and out of scenarios and encountering various characters. People he meets […]

21 Jul, 2009 Mushin

What else is there

One of the bands I’ve (re-)discovered recently, turning me on wonderfully with their music… and then discovering far out videos of them. Here is one you might also enjoy Directed by Martin De Thurah Featuring Karin Dreijer Andersson from The Knife More Royksopp videos here: vimeo.com/royksopptv

16 Jul, 2009 Mushin

The Living Field & the Art of Living

Wikipedia: Art is the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including music and literature. In my most recent post I have been revisiting what I’ve called the Living Field, how I […]

11 Jul, 2009 Mushin
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The Living Field, Participatory Design & Collaboration Ecology

Physics has discussed fields for quite some time but the term can very well be used in the context of the noosphere, our ‘inner’ landscape, the dimension inside and between living beings. Then there is the so called ‘knowing field,’a concept to explain the remarkable phenomena that happen in family-constellations; these phenomena are also explained […]

1 Jul, 2009 Mushin

An Artful View of (Western) Civilisation

Reminding me somewhat of the Dante’s “Divine Comedy”, Marco Brambilla‘s video installation is traveling from Hell to heaven in an elevator… well, not really, it just looks as if we’re in one. Not much I can say about this, really, except that I’ve looked at it in HQ and on the whole screen many times […]

30 Jun, 2009 Mushin

The Nest that Sailed The Sky

I’m so happy to have stumbled upon this video – the music is by Peter Gabriel, one of the most creative musicians that I know. I don’t usually like music videos as they tend to subtract from what I can see with closed eyes when listening. This is different. Relax. Breathe in and out and […]

27 Jun, 2009 Mushin

US Now

A film project about the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet… this is what the makers say about this very interesting movie that some of my twitter friends pointed me to (sorry girls and guys, I forgot who it was, and I have yet to delve into the possibility to finding pieces of […]

8 Jun, 2009 Mushin

Into the Polyverse

My twitter-stream has many tweets like these: ColinUdeLewis “Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.” James Allen WilliamHarryman “95% of your emotions are determined by the way you talk to yourself.” — Brian Tracy bfederman A man’s own self is his friend. A man’s own self is his foe. Gita Good advise, […]

27 May, 2009 Mushin

Strengths, happiness and 21st Century Life

Making myself available and looking out for new streams of income I’ve revisited Martin Seligman’s “Authentic Happiness” site to redo and check out what my strengths are. Seligman has pointed out, and I agree from my daily practise, that to lead a happy life we need to use our main strengths regularly. Knowing this I […]

25 May, 2009 Mushin

Where Beauty is Alive

Yesterday one of my twiends (people on Twitter I love to follow, Ravi Tangri) alerted me to a blog entry by Amy Lenzo about true beauty. Truth has always been beautiful in my eyes, and what is deeply beautiful true. Not only in the visual worl but also, and much more so, in the world […]

22 May, 2009 Mushin

As One Listenes To The Rain

I just read, and re-read this poem, that was brought to my attention by Zayra Yves and it touches me deeply… —————- Listen to me as one listens to the rain, not attentive, not distracted, light footsteps, thin drizzle, water that is air, air that is time, the day is still leaving, the night has […]

13 Apr, 2009 Mushin

Challenges of Community and Collaboration

Being an aficionado for collaboration, so much so that I’ve created a job for me being a Collaboration Ecologist, recently more often than not I’ve come to inquire into the question, “If, as seems to be the case, many if not most people and organisations in the world seek collaboration and want to become communities […]

9 Mar, 2009 Mushin

My Father’s Cremation

Some days ago my son and l participated in the cremation service of my father who died on January 20th, at approx. 9am. That was 48 hours later then he wanted, really. As he had done in his life so he did in dying, trying very hard to have things work out exactly as he […]

1 Feb, 2009 Mushin

Woman – or a man’s apocalypse

Woman is a masculine apocalypse, or can be – actually, she really is. Once I started to open up to the area of feeling into the world as it is – which obviously means, as I feel it to be – I find that women, and my beloved is the closest woman nearby, know this […]

22 Dec, 2008 Mushin

Life is Irritating

We need to recall the angel aspect of the word, recognizing words as independent carriers of soul between people. We need to recall that we do not just make words up or learn them in school, or ever have them fully under control. Words, like angels, are powers which have invisible power over us. They […]

19 Dec, 2008 Mushin

Desire is a meeting place

Desire is a meeting place. And it’s a matter of timing, aligning so much that synchronicity of desiring is much more likely. Have to have your ‘eye’ on the feeling-field, and keep the connection. This is an inner gesture, an immediate expression of what you have learnt before. Like walking. Ever looked at how a […]

16 Dec, 2008 Mushin

Laboratory of Life

With the fire is gold tested. — Alchemical saying Looks like I’m asked to look at the next steps in this destiny that I find myself in. There has been today a tinge of desperation. I talked to my father who was just returning from hospital. Important people in my family believe that he doesn’t […]

15 Dec, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Finale: Day 27 (Intentional Vulnerability)

Your life is always working, whether you know it or not. Sometimes it works to bring you what you want, and sometimes it works to keep you from what you think you want. — Neale Donald Walsch; Tomorrow’s God This is the last entry I’ll be writing within the framework of the Experiment – because […]

13 Dec, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 26 (Presence of the Past)

The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination. — John Schaar There is a healing quality to bitter tears. When we’re moved into the depths of our […]

11 Dec, 2008 Mushin
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Enlightening the Passions – Day 25

I have written an important letter instead of writing my daily blog. I hope you bear with me… Starting up the experiment Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 (Powerlessness) Day 5 Day 6 (Jealousy) Day 7 (Guilt & Jealousy) Day 8 Day 9 (Shame) Day 10 (Interlude) Day 11 (Under Pressure) Day 12 Day 13 […]

11 Dec, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 24 (Vulnerable)

It may be that when we no longer know which way to go, we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings. — Wendell Berry; Collected Poems Today I’m in the frail kingdom, the space where you feel raw, as […]

9 Dec, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 23 (Fear & Imagination)

Angels can fly because they take themselves so lightly. — G.K. Chesterton I think I finally know what the basic vibration of jealousy is: It’s fear, the fear of separation of the one you love most. It’s an utterly irrational fear fed by the demon of distrust, a mind that can easily imagine bleak futures, […]

9 Dec, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 22 (Understanding)

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino In the beginning of this experiment I didn’t know how long it would take. Than, in the course of delving deeper into my feeling nature – forced, in a […]

8 Dec, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 21 (Splash)

Any kind of expectation creates a problem. We should accept, but not expect. Whatever comes, accept it. Whatever goes, accept it. The immediate benefit is that your mind is always peaceful. — Sri Swami Satchidananda I’ve started to have a quote with these posts every day for some time now, and previously I selected them […]

7 Dec, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 20 (Time Out)

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. — Philo of Alexandria That’s how I feel today; weary, heavy, it’s enough and “Give yourself a break”. Which is, what I’m going to do right now. Starting up the experiment Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 (Powerlessness) Day 5 Day 6 (Jealousy) Day […]

5 Dec, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 19 (Dark Waves)

Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them. — Anne-Sophie Swetchine; The Writings of Madame Swetchine The day has only just begun and Madam J. dropped by much more forcefully than she did yesterday. Only now, given the right circumstance for this investigation, […]

4 Dec, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 18 (Madame J. visits)

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can decide how you’re going to live now. — Joan Baez Had an interesting encounter with my old friend jealousy – Madame J. –  today. Interesting, because when I expected her to come and burn up my heart-solar plexus area, give me […]

4 Dec, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 17

We must be true inside, true to ourselves, before we can know a truth that is outside us. But we make ourselves true inside by manifesting the truth as we see it. — Thomas Merton Whenever I have the opportunity these days – when designing a screen, maybe, or creating imaginary people for demos; things […]

3 Dec, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 15 & 16

By accepting one’s own shadow one gives unconditional love to all beings. — Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan; Alchemical Wisdom Yesterday I didn’t come to write my daily ‘report’ on how things are going with the experiment because I had my son and grandson visit us for the day and right after I went out with […]

1 Dec, 2008 Mushin
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Enlightening the Passions – Day 14

(Tomorrow some editing – now I’m too tired to do so…) Sometimes I go about pitying myself, and all the time I am being carried on great winds across the sky. — Chippewa, translated by Robert Bly What is it about listening that is so amazingly difficult? Listening to my heart – that place where […]

30 Nov, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 13 (Clear Delight)

One must have chaos in oneself in order to give birth to a dancing star. — Friedrich Nietzsche One of the truly aspects of this study turns out to be the malleability of feelings – or maybe it isn’t the feelings themselves but the way the are perceived. But I guess, I don’t have to […]

28 Nov, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 12

“Thanks to the human heart by which we live; thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears.” – William Wordsworth Last night, brushing my teeth I looked in the mirror, and what I saw made my inner critic come out. The feeling that goes with that is very similar to distrust which is the negative […]

28 Nov, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 11 (Under Pressure)

“I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” – Mark Twain Opening up to what needs attention in my emotional field today I noticed a slight sense of pressure, “I need to find something…” And then, focusing on just that, turning up the volume, I see how in […]

27 Nov, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 10 (Interlude)

A calm day starting out beautifully. And the interesting fact that, if a day starts like this it’s hard to focus on the more challenging feelings. So I took that as an invitation to explore – with my imagination, a major tool if used with care and not to avoid this, that or the other […]

26 Nov, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Experiment: Day 9 (Shame)

This morning, as I was looking out of the kitchen window, feeling the hot fires of jealousy flaming up in my breast, I was thinking, how nice it would be to return to Advaita Vedanta – my old friend – and deconstruct all of this feeling and emotivity and return to the pure “I-am-ness” that […]

24 Nov, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Experiment: Day 8

Even though this morning I sat with “a sense of insecurity” it was next to impossible to get to the core of it. Insecurity’s cousin, Shyness, is well known to me and I’ve long ago come to know it’s presencing qualities and its connective character, so I meandered a bit around shyness, giving myself an […]

23 Nov, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 7 (Guilt & Jealousy)

I thought today was going to be about guilt… it was one of the first feelings I was confronted with in the morning. One of the unforeseeable consequences of this experiment is that I’ve gotten a very thin skin. I pick up on a feeling that previously would have led me to an automatic reaction […]

22 Nov, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 6 (Jealousy)

As I was sitting this morning, scanning the list of the ingredients in the alchemical mix that is cooking in the cauldron of my heart (yes, my heart is also a cauldron; actually it’s the whole region between my lower throat and my pelvis) I finally was ready to face one that isn’t even on […]

21 Nov, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 5

This morning I created a list of all the feelings that have come up in my explorations these last 5 days. I created it because I was utterly tired of it – being with my feelings. It’s maybe somewhat like training some muscles that you know you have, that you are using occasionally and now […]

20 Nov, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 4 (Powerlessness)

Powerlessness, limitations, the powers of those and that beyond me… this day was filled with intimate encounters with that very feeling. But first I need to touch on some considerations that have come up in me regarding this exploration as a whole. It’s next to impossible to separate feelings, the essential emotions that I’m exploring […]

20 Nov, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 3 (Powerless Anger)

Today was challenging – yes indeed. Maybe because I took another close look at “powerless anger” (ohnmächtige Wut), and maybe also because a major triggering event recurred today in my relationship. Maybe also because I experienced strong waves of (unfulfilled) desire, and maybe because all of this came on strong together. What’s clear is that […]

18 Nov, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 2

Once there is the resolve to move in a certain direction out of a basic understanding that this is “the call of my destiny”, things are more easy, even if from another point of view they might be hard. Last night I was reading about suffering from a Buddhist point of view – suffering’s nature, […]

17 Nov, 2008 Mushin

Enlightening the Passions – Day 1 (Exploring feelings)

After having looked at the videos I posted about yesterday I decided to do an experiment testing in practice what Michael Brown speaks about in those videos. I will blog about this experiment and practice here because it will help me keep it up and reflect upon it daily, and it might help some of […]

16 Nov, 2008 Mushin

Help comes from amazing places

Being with my feeling – or as Michael Brown whom you’ll hear from in this interview with Jordan Shafer, that I discovered after receiving an email from Gilles Asselin who spoke with high regard about his book The Presence Process – without condition everything I require in life comes… this is a most amazing inspiration […]

15 Nov, 2008 Mushin

Where the mind resides

We have been brought up to believe that the mind is located inside the head. But there are good reasons for thinking that this view is too limited. Recent experimental results show that people can influence others at a distance just by looking at them, even if they look from behind and if all sensory […]

25 Sep, 2008 Mushin

How to be happy, rich and influential

At the heart of flow – a word for an inner state coined by Michael Csikszentmihalyi – is the absence of emotion, of any kind of consciousness. “Consciousness and emotion are there to correct your trajectory; when what you are doing is seamlessly perfect, you don’t need them,” says Martin Seligman in his very useful […]

18 Sep, 2008 Mushin

Relating to your allergy

Some five years ago I facilitated 2 seminars in Kyoto, invited by my friend Dalando who organized and pre-financed the trip. It was May and the weather quite beautiful. Grass was blooming and as we were crossing Kyoto on foot my girlfriend suddenly got one of these sneezing attacks that people with hayfever sometimes suffer […]

12 Sep, 2008 Mushin

Now I know the family of the weird insect

Somebody sent me a link to this – looks very much like the insect we had on our balcony door in Berlin, Germany; only this one is an African critter. (see last blog entry) So here is the Hose-nose Cycad weevil Photo Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) (2991) Genre: Animals Medium: Color Date Taken: 2008–02–24 Categories: […]

10 Sep, 2008 Mushin

Weird Insect

Yesterday this strange critter appeared on our balcony’s door. Both my girlfriend and I have never seen such a critter before. It’s antenna seem to grow from its long snout that, maybe, it is using to suck nectar… Anyway, have a look – and maybe you know… There is two videos of a minute or […]

7 Sep, 2008 Mushin

Self-Empowered Spirituality

(This is the non illustrated version; after I get proper permission, I will have some beautiful pictures alongside this blog) I have been writing about what I consider true 21st Century Spirituality before (on my zaadz blog), about Open Source Spirituality (here & on zaadz), and now I’ve had the opportunity to test some of […]

12 Aug, 2008 Mushin

Links for the week

P2P Foundation Blog Archive P2P in Education – Could ShiftSpace help? Haque says that context is what most users generate and that content remains an area for professionals or at least the well-known amateurs. The rest of us just add context to what is flowing from the main information nodes. to context content […]

21 Jul, 2008 Mushin
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Open Source Spirituality & The Emerging Spiritual Commons

Over at the P2P Foundations blog we are having a conversation about the principles of open source spirituality instigated by Michel Bauwens. In the course of this conversation some things have become clear to me and I hope to show here a draft of what an Open Source Spirituality could be, and how that could […]

18 Jul, 2008 Mushin

Imagine What Comes After Green

by WorldChanging Team July 14, 2008 2:20 PM The greatest opportunity of our generation: that’s what could be waiting for us, after we leave “green” behind. Saving the biosphere and spreading sustainable prosperity is going to take a lot more than doing things in a more environmentally-conscious manner; it’s going to demand we remake much […]

16 Jul, 2008 Mushin

Links for the week

Paul Lussier Company an ‘open source’ movie tags open.source movie p2p Sein Magazin Die Zukunft gehrt selbstorganisierenden Gruppen, die sich gegenseitig vernetzen &, auch dank eines sich selbst generierenden Feldes kollektiver Kreativitt und Intelligenz, Zugang zu gnzlich neuen Lsungen erhalten. – Interview mit Mushin tags selbstorganisation self-organisation interview mushin web(2.0) hierarchy Know It All – […]

14 Jul, 2008 Mushin

links for 2008-06-27 to 2008-07-07

Community His new book, Community, proposes, analogously to convert isolated, hopeless neighbourhoods into dynamic, self-directed communities. I have the same general concern about the new book that I had about Stewardship: Why struggle to transform (tags: collaboration community vision) The Question of Global Warming – The New York Review of Books I begin this review […]

9 Jul, 2008 Mushin

Atheist Spirituality

My friend Robert Seltman from Kyoto, Japan, devoted a whole section of his excellent website (with a great old-fashioned design; gives me retro-feelings) to Atheism and what it is for different people. And as a last little illustration he had the below video by Alan Watts – who was the hero of youth and young […]

27 Jun, 2008 Mushin

links for 2008-06-23

eufeeds – over 500 newspapers, updated every 20 minutes all the newspapere I need – in MANY languages… (tags: news) European Local Transport Information Service (tags: casestudies) Case Study Database | The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy (tags: casestudies) Case Studies, Good Practice, Projects and other reports on the ManagEnergy website (tags: database energy innovation […]

24 Jun, 2008 Mushin

links for 2008-06-20

laut.fm/mushin – Inner space station My Internet Radio (tags: internet.radio music online.music) Science, Culture and Integral Yoga :: Integral Ideology 1) Fundamentalist = Western followers of Eastern Religions 2) Neo-Liberal = The Society for Organizational Learning (MIT), The Integral Institute, Meditation for Management 3) Neo-Conservative = Ken Wilber, Spiral Dynamics (as grand narrative of reality. […]

21 Jun, 2008 Mushin

My own radio station…

I’ve discovered a service that allows me to create my own internet radiostation without the advertizement etc. that makes others so annoying. This one shuffles the songs I indicate around according to some random logic, so I can’t really set the station to anything like a real radio station… but it’s a beutiful way to […]

20 Jun, 2008 Mushin

links for 2008-06-19

ChangeThis :: ChangeThis ChangeThis is creating a new kind of media. A form of media that uses existing tools (like PDFs, blogs and the web) to challenge the way ideas are created and spread. We’re on a mission to spread important ideas and change minds. (tags: manifesto manifestos business web2.0) MySpace.com – Lau Nau – […]

20 Jun, 2008 Mushin

links for 2008-06-18

“Mother of us all,” a poem by Stephen Levine Here we offer a selection of readings which looks on gratitude from many perpectives. (tags: livine love mother poetry stephen) Lau Nau Kostenlos anhren bei Last.fm Hre kostenlos Lau Nau (Kuula, Plakkikanteletar und weitere) an. Getaggt als: folk, finnish, experimental. Leuten, die Lau Nau mgen, […]

19 Jun, 2008 Mushin

links for 2008-06-16

Open Source Integral Spirituality, Lawrence Wollersheim Open Source is a revolutionary idea born recently in the software development world. It means that the underlying software source code is accessible, open, transparent, and free for all to see, use and improve. (Software source code is the internal progra (tags: integral.spirituality open.source spirituality) The Last(.fm) Music Map […]

17 Jun, 2008 Mushin

links for 2008-06-15

Designing for Civil Society: Not getting it may be a worldview thing David Wilcox on social media, engagement, collaboration (tags: worldview2.0) KurzweilAI.net Rutgers University scientists have shown that neurons that produce the beta-endorphin peptide (BEP) “feel good” hormone — released during exercise, a good conversation, and many other aspects of life that give humans pleasure […]

16 Jun, 2008 Mushin

links for 2008-06-13

Communities of Practice | Welcome Communities of Practice for Local Government a service connecting people in local government to help them learn and share information (tags: community local.government) Who Will Rule The New Internet? – TIME Apple, Google and Facebook all want to build the next great platform. Inside the struggle for Web supremacy (tags: […]

14 Jun, 2008 Mushin

Future Ecology

A fantastic video showing what we will have done for the environment (at least if you are a citizen of the US) in the the year 2055… and it worked. It really inspired me, and I hope it inspires you as well… Climate: A Crisis Averted

12 Jun, 2008 Mushin

Basics of Truly 21st Century Spirituality

An interesting new conversation has started up on a year old blog entry of mine called, “An Amazing Question” and this afternoon I was interviewed around the topic of ‘pluralistic spirituality’ – so I guess it’s worth to look at some of these matters again. And so I thought that it might be helpful to […]

5 Jun, 2008 Mushin

Being is the Matter

On my other blog Jikishin had an interesting response to the audio I put up recently. It inspired me to go a step further in the direction I spontaneously started to go in “A Taste of Language”. So here it is – version 1 [audio:http://www.gaiaspace.org/mushin/files/91/215/being+is+the+matter.mp3] And here is the experimental version (which I like more) […]

3 May, 2008 Mushin

Me to the Power of Us

A beautiful video illustration a visionary statement by Michel Bauwens which expresses most beautifully the Path I find myself to be on. “Anyway, this is what the changes are about, augmenting the individual through relationality, with the object of creating common value collectively, through self-aggregation. The whole push of the p2p revolution is to create […]

18 Apr, 2008 Mushin

Great Music Video

I think this video shows what can be done with videos that, instead of telling a story about the music or illustrating the music, embody the music. “Moonlight in Glory,” by David Byrne and Brian Eno. Video design by Trollback + Company. Moonlight in Glory by David Byrne and Brian Eno

4 Apr, 2008 Mushin

Right Brain Enlightenment

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how […]

31 Mar, 2008 Mushin

Meditation and Kindness go hand in hand

New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison finds that we can acquire a greater capacity for compassion through meditation training, in much the same way as athletes or musicians train to improve their skill. Were in the midst of a revolution in brain science. The long-held dogma that brain connections are unchangeable after age five, […]

28 Mar, 2008 Mushin

Art of Hosting – A Rave

Just a few days ago I participated in an Art of Hosting training, after Helen insisted for a couple of times,and I’m very happy I did. (You can find a lot of pictures of the event here.) Taking the train back to Berlin I wrote the following rave… Art of Hosting is not a method, […]

20 Mar, 2008 Mushin

The coming age of cooperation

Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action — and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group. As he points out, humans have been banding together to work collectively since our days of hunting mastodons.

15 Feb, 2008 Mushin

Spirits

Jamie Woon – Performed using a Line6 DL4 loop sampler. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZfDbEQAfOY While we have oceans Rivers that still bring us life Reasons to live in the moment Hold onto your timeLet your heart go where the wind takes it Pure like the raindrops of time Follow the path where it takes you Straight down the […]

10 Feb, 2008 Mushin

The Proust Questionaire

My dear friend Albert answered the Proust Questionaiere (wonder why it’s called that) and inhis comment dared us all to do the same. So here I go. What is your idea of perfect happiness? As soon as I let this question sink in a smile appears on my lips, and in my heart and mind, […]

7 Feb, 2008 Mushin

Yes We Can!

I just saw this for the first time. Not being American I still find it very inspiring – and I do hope that tomorrow will have Obama on top so that the whole world can be taken up in this inspiration… httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjXyqcx-mYY

5 Feb, 2008 Mushin

Getting what you want…

“You can’t always get what you want”, was what Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones sang, concluding “You get what you need.” Well, I can only say, the man is right! (And he needed a Rock’n Roll life, I guess…) Creating Gaiaspace is my passion, it’s what I want – and it is also what […]

15 Jan, 2008 Mushin

Which side of your brain dominates: right or left?

Do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise? Depending on which brain-side is dominant you see the dancer turn… (more below)   LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS uses logic detail oriented facts rule words and language present and past math and science can comprehend knowing acknowledges order/pattern perception knows object name reality based forms strategies practical […]

14 Jan, 2008 Mushin

Is the US rapidly going down?

Spending billions for warfare (on terror and whatever) the US seem to be going down as the leading ‘open society’ that once was a light to much of the world. Now it has become more like the bully of the world… So here the results of some research. The US Ranks worst, or next to […]

3 Jan, 2008 Mushin

What is possible cannot be determined by opinions, but only by attempt. And we were determined to make the attempt. � Dee Hock 1. Everybody is a leader �Leading by being Community Development professionals (CDPs) are the change they wish to see. CDPs provide relational and situational information and knowledge to members, who are seen […]

2 Jan, 2008 Mushin

Dancing With Systems

from Systems – We-Space Dancing With Systems by Donella Meadows Versions of this piece have been published in Whole Earth, winter 2001 and The Systems Thinker, Vol. 13, No. 2 (March 2002). Get the beat. Expose your mental models to the open air. Stay humble. Stay a learner. Honor and protect information. Locate responsibility in […]

30 Dec, 2007 Mushin

Integral Community Building & Collaboration Ecology – 05 Economic Opportunities for Communities

Encouraging, facilitating and fostering pluralistic conversations and action for a flourishing planet and society in an environment of exponentially increasing social diversity and complexity on all scales, this is the larger purpose Community Development Professionals stand for. To fulfill this purpose we focus, beyond the traditional economic capital, on social, cultural and environmental capital and […]

19 Dec, 2007 Mushin

Integral Community Building & Collaboration Ecology – 04 Collaborating for Community

Collaboration that creates and applies knowledge, understanding and eventually wisdom to create real community is very sophisticated behavior. Apart from subject matter expertise, skills, competence and experience (which are basic to competitive endeavours as well) the communities of practice that Community Development Professionals build require agreement and shared values, trust among individuals and organizations, and […]

18 Dec, 2007 Mushin

Integral Community Building & Collaboration Ecology – 03 Collaboration and competition

The dominant collective culture in most parts of the world today is a star culture in which “the winner takes it all; the loser has to fall” (Abba). In today’s economic world business leaders, entrepreneurs, CEOs, brokers, financiers etc, are typically regarded as some kind of star, even though the accomplishment and profit of any […]

13 Dec, 2007 Mushin

My Daemon

Having seen “The Golden Compass” and thoroughly enjoyed it – C4Chaos has a wonderful review on his blog – I went over to the website to find out what my daemon would be – and it is… Well, crows played a big part in what I call my Grand Delusionment, so it’s only fitting.

12 Dec, 2007 Mushin

Integral Community Building & Collaboration Ecology – 02 Community & Collaboration

A human community in its very essence is a network of conversations. Communities are held together by the stories they tell, to each other and to the outside world, and by the beliefs they share — even though opinions might greatly differ. The emergence of a global civilization or community is therefore much more a […]

11 Dec, 2007 Mushin

Integral Community Building & Collaboration Ecology – The Knowledge Age

I’ll be posting some thoughts I’m having that’ll probably be incorporated into an upcoming article. The industrial age is slowly being replaced by what has been called the informational age. With the advance of the Internet information is turned into knowledge by millions day and night — knowledge being information that is useful for deciding, […]

11 Dec, 2007 Mushin

5 Ways to Shape the Soul of the Internet

On my journeys through the ‘net I came across a very interesting article by Alexandra Samuel, CEO of Social Signal, that brings together some strands worth looking deeper into: What kinds of choices can create a relationship to the Internet that supports positive personal and social change? Let me propose a starter list of principles: […]

3 Dec, 2007 Mushin

Sustainability Market Collaboration

Just in case you wondered where I’m going to be in the next few days… I’m at the Energy EASE07 UnConference on Sustainability Market Collaboration in San Francisco November 16-18 at Fort Mason Berkeley, CA. Energy EASE07 opens in San Francisco on Friday with sustainability leaders and participants collaborating to develop market growth, exchange and […]

13 Nov, 2007 Mushin

If you’re going to San Francisco…

… be sure to wear some flowers in your hair… Well, hmm, now you probably know in what range of age you have to place me (which is al right with me anyway). But I won’t be wearing flowers in my hair but visit and speak about the EASE.Gaiaspace at the EASE UnConference at Ft. […]

12 Nov, 2007 Mushin

Participatory Spirituality

Michel Bouwens, founder of the p2p foundation (whose blog is really a must follow, I think), has written a short commentary on one of the most influential books in my life: John Heron’s “Participatory Spirituality”, a book that I would recommend to everybody who believes that we need to go from a teacher-student relationship to […]

11 Nov, 2007 Mushin

I can’t open the linked pages on this blog…

… anymore. The change was recent… I guess I’ll wait until wordpress 2.3.1 is released and work at changing it then. —– 27. Oct. I found the mistake – and fixed it… (deleting the blog address in “General Options” and saving was enough…) Blogged with Flock Tags: blogging

26 Oct, 2007 Mushin

On being Audacious

Originally posted by White Rhino this is an inspiring story by Joe Laur from SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning, friend and systems thinker was recently at 7th Generation with the SoL Sustainability Consortium. SoL’s soul purpose is to build the capacity in organizations and society to achieve economic, ecological and social sustainability so that […]

25 Oct, 2007 Mushin

A New Browser

I just started to use Flock (the Beta 1.0 version) and I’m really taken with the elegance and usability of it. It does make social networking very easy, and the potential to become the next big browser after Firefox is immense (it is obviously part of the family, and it seamlessly took all my Firefox […]

25 Oct, 2007 Mushin

The Truth about Sweet Spirituality

My dear friend Sandra put up an interesting post with some music, and among the three vids here was Tom Waits celebrating Chocolate Jesus. Sometimes when I hear music it sends ripples of joy through my body – it almost feels like my veigns are bubbling champagne – or should I say the sweetness of […]

23 Oct, 2007 Mushin

A peep into the near future of my work

In this video Jeff Han and Phil Davidson demonstrate how a multi touch driven computer will change the way we work and play. Hey, I really can’t wait until these computers are available at an affordable price so I can really work! httpv://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid769469373/bctid769654555

18 Oct, 2007 Mushin

Evolution, technology & your assignment in life

I’m just reading Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World by Kevin Kelly and found a video that indicates what he’s explaining in his book quite beautifully… so here it is: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap-ZC21bk18 Kevin Kelly traces the remarkable similarities between the evolution of biology and technology, ultimately declaring technology […]

16 Oct, 2007 Mushin

Baboon Hierarchy

Sometimes we think, we’re the only ones – but we aren’t. Baboons, which branched of from our evolutionary stream (or vice versa) some 30 million years ago, definitely share interesting traits with us, and two biologists have put some of them squarely on the table. (extracts from the NY Times) Dr. Cheney and Dr. Seyfarth […]

15 Oct, 2007 Mushin

Happiness

Thank you Brian for pointing me there…. In his book, Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman condenses what it takes to be happy to a very simple statement. Discover your strengths and use them often. (If you want to discover your strengths, you can do so with the strengths assessment test) Want a truly meaningful life? Discover […]

8 Oct, 2007 Mushin

The Most Effective Way to Change the World

Wow… that’s really a headline, isn’t it? And that is really what we’re going for here, isn’t it? Well, one extremely effective way to not only change the world but your self as well is: Changing the World one smile at a time. If today we all make at least three strangers smile – maybe […]

20 Jul, 2007 Mushin

Organic Farming Can Feed the World

As Whole Foods CEO John Mackey seems to have had his share of seemingly not too integral business (we’re all infallible, remember?) This bit of news reached me, and I’m happy to report it back to you… just in case you get into one of these arguments that we need ‘chemical farming methods’ to feed […]

16 Jul, 2007 Mushin

Knowledge is…

… to man what pheromones are to ants, and the dance is to bees: it is a way to navigate in life to the greater good of all. Love, of course, also is a way to navigate, and so is ‘following your heart’, as is inquiring into the truth and beautification. Take this quote: Human […]

11 Jul, 2007 Mushin

The Collective Buddha – Polilogue 1

Since I’m pretty busy these days with developing the concepts around a knowledge & community ecology online – more about this once we’re ready to go BETA for the general public – dearest Helen has taken the time from her busy schedule to finally place the polilogue (term derived from dia- , meaning two, to […]

5 Jul, 2007 Mushin

Future Environment

A fantastic video showing what we will have done for the environment (at least if you are a citizen of the US) in the the year 2055… and it worked. It really inspired me, and I hope it inspires you as well… httpv://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=3674296 Climate: A Crisis Averted

26 Jun, 2007 Mushin

Integral We-Fullness – A Trialogue (The We of Us – Part 2)

The last trialogue The We of Us [alas, link no longer functioning] was published here on May 21st. Since then there has been two posts by Michel Bauwens of the P2P-Foundation on his blog; one in which he talks about my post “We are the Next Buddha” and one where he looks at Helen’s post […]

8 Jun, 2007