Magic, magical – reality

I’ve always had a fascination for the unseen world, because with my minds’ eye, I could “see” it clearly.

I can create worlds and storylines, fit in all the elements I want, interact with people and beings and feel it, just as real as ‘this reality’. I now (think to) know this is called creating timelines, sometimes they turn into reality, sometimes they don’t.

There was a time when I was called a daydreamer, with a negative vibe to the message, and I felt very hurt about it.
It wasn’t until I read the books by Carlos Castaneda, Paolo Coelho and others (also anthropological studies, as opposed to novels) about shamanism and witchcraft, and I understood that they are also contemporary phenomena, not only confined to fairy tales! Finally I could put my personal experiences into perspective!

With hindsight I have much more understanding and compassion to the early struggles of the young Nina. The Universe is even so kind as to lift the veil and show me every now and then, where and when I took a turn into my current direction, and what would have happened…if! If I had chosen differently, if I hadn’t followed my intuition. I really don’t need a television, I’m being fully entertained by the stories and beings around me, human and non-human.

In my early adulthood I read the first books about Harry Potter, and swiftly adopted the term ‘muggle’ into my vocabulary… and: I got somewhat obsessed about Hogwarts.

I mean, what if there was a school for these things – magic, visualizing, time travel, telepathy and so on?! I was secretly hoping to find it (while I kind of already was enrolled in it whilst ‘just studying for my BA bookbinding’)…and I’m still wondering about the echoes I keep on hearing about it existing… If you know more about it, let me know!

In the meanwhile, I set up my own :)

It’s not a school, really, and not only for witches and wizards. My Magical Gathering is a meeting place for everyone who knows, or has hunches that there is more to this world than is apparent to the eye… A place to speak with your colleagues, to exchange techniques and knowledge, to assist, support and be your multidimensional self.

You don’t have to dress up (you may, if you wish), you don’t have to prove anything – just come and hang out with the rest the magical bunch!

The Magical Gathering is happening this Sunday, in Abcoude, the Netherlands.
Follow this link to sign up!

 

Ecology, the original economy

A practical guide for managing transition stress

Disclaimer: after an edgy start I am offering solutions!

Autumn 2018: Traffic jams. Stressed-out people. Not enough money/time. Frustration.

Is this what we really want?

The economy-paradigm, which has been ruling our culture for quite some time now, seemingly regards “economical growth” as more important than the rapidly diminishing biodiversity and loss of forests and water.
And so it mercilessly whips everyone forth: work more hours, build more roads and heavier internet network, for food it comes up with industrial production and ‘healthcare’ is reduced to expensive pills and medical interventions – do we really want that??

It is within the power of each individual to make small and larger shifts in our lives in order to change the course of things.

I suggest we follow our individual inner guidance as we’re shifting from the destructive era to an increasingly creative and nourishing times. Your Heart feels what is wrong and what is better, whereas your Mind might be programmed to think in a specific way by the society you grew up in. With every change, trust the voice of your Heart over your Head. Why?
Well, how does a seed become a tree? How do two lovers meet? At times in your life there are so many synchronities happening that you just can’t explain it, logically it’s ‘not possible’…

There is an underlying intelligence guiding Nature and its beings, a Life Force that penetrates all organic things, connecting us to our world, our home that we call planet Earth. And that, the intelligence of Nature, wants all its babies – yes, humans too – to thrive and flourish.
Nature speaks to its family – we might say: via intuition or telepathy, nudges, hunches and ideas. Some people hear words or get visions, others hear absolutely nothing but still get a sense of feeling good or bad as they’re about their things.

The permaculture movement uses nature as model and mimics its design. An excerpt from Wikipedia: “Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. ”

I entered this eco-thinking via permaculture, but via trial and error I’ve found that dogmatic things don’t suit me too well. So, whilst I’m gladly giving credit to the permaculture movement for waking me up into another way of doing things, I’m still an advocate of finding your own way.

After some years of intimate connection with MotherEarth and thinking (at various degrees of intensity over time) about our society in relation to Nature, a few key principles* to get those creative thinking-juices going:

  • nature is intelligent; observe and mimic actions in nature, take time to reflect
  • be mindful with resources; collect, store and use wisely
  • take what you need, don’t over harvest – leave the rest for others
  • in nature there is no waste. Reflect before you discard; how can this be useful in another function or to someone else?
  • I prefer local connections in food, resources and services… with the idea of strengthening personal connections, the local vitality and diversity

Nobody is perfect, we’re all a work in progress. Think and adjust, re-think and re-adjust. Have conversations about our actions and choices in relation to our quality of life with your children. Educate the children. Collect the trash thrown in nature by the arrogant (and leave it in a see-through bag at the doorstep of the arrogant).
Do what you can. Work towards making “what I can” a bigger space. Question. Have conversations. Nudge.towards.a.better.World.

And hopefully, before we know it, we’re in a much better scenario, with true freedom, vitality and joy!

* inspired by the ‘Twelve Permaculture design principles’ articulated by David Homgren;

  1. Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
  2. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.
  3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
  5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
  6. Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
  7. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
  8. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
  9. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
  10. Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
  11. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
  12. Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.

Wealth

“Rich and famous”

It was my half-serious joke and secret ambition in the times when I was binding books by hand to become rich and famous.

As I was struggling with the seemingly contradictory elements of time and quality, I found out that beauty starts with inner alignment, and that needs introspection, which again, initially takes time.

The medias are suggesting images of fast rising stars and then everything will be fabulous.
The rising stars, I’m guessing, are beautiful packages, willingly harnassed in front of the money making machine of the ones pulling the strings.
How fulfilling is that, playing a role you’re ‘selected’, or pushed into? (disclaimer: of course there are the exceptions that prove the rule).

* * *

True wealth is inner riches: knowing your Self, deepening the relationship by frequent contact or, even better, continuous contact with your Self, your inner being.
Becoming very intimate with and clear about your values, so that you can act with integrity.
And, paradoxically, being like an empty cup at the same time – ready to receive the lessons and gifts this Life has to offer.

True wealth is love and joy with your friends and family, in all their colourful quirkiness.
But you have to love yourself in all your colours and quirkiness first, and be ready to question the triggers being set off in yourself by others. When you can laugh at the petty things, you can feast at the meaningful moments.

True wealth is savouring the meals at your table with gratitude.
The purity of simple things, the luxury of complicated dishes, the love in meals made by family members and friends, the skills of a chef in the kitchen of the venue you eat at and the magic of creativity in the kitchen made by yourself.
It is an interesting practice to listen to your body and intuition and ask your Self ‘what shall we eat today?’.

True wealth is respect and gratitude to your living surroundings: your home, your neighborhood, the land.
Like our bodies are the temples we’re living in in this lifetime, so is our surroundings the temple grounds.
Being mindful of our inner order makes us more sensitive to the external order. The inner affects the outer, and vice versa.

True wealth is time. Taking the time for your priorities, again measured by your own values and not by the echoes of the world.
It has taken me half a lifetime to slow down. At a slow enough pace, I can see the richness within me, around me and awaiting in the spirit realm, ready to spring forward according to my thoughts, followed by emotions and actions.

True wealth is much richer than the picture being projected by the tricksters of this world.
Turn around, inside, and from the inside tune into the Source humming. In this conversation you’ll find all the needed questions, answers and advice.

Your Heart is the compass, it will tell you which direction is good, which is not, without error.
Follow your longings. Believe in your dreams. Be brave enough to follow through the advice your Soul/the Source is offering.
Wonder. Support. Be kind.
Love.

 

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(image source: gevelstenenvanamsterdam.nl , gable stone ‘Batenburg’)

Instant Return to Balance

Carpe Diem – seize the moment

As I was re-visiting my stash of essential oils from the times of making natural perfume, I discovered, to my disappointment, that some of the exquisite oils had lost their vitality. They were flat, bland or outright offensive.
I had to throw away four little bottles of concentrated magic, just because I hadn’t used it it time.

‘Use it or lose it’ , as my dear friend put it recently, referring to life skills acquired along the way.

My blog is a sharing-format of journaling, keeping track on a-ha moments, inspiration and deeper truths.
So here’s my shortlist of tools for Returning to Balance, seizing the moment in an instant. If you have been speed-reading until now, do slow down… and let the following words work in on you. They are concentrated, like little seeds without fluff. They need your attention to expand and flourish.

In order to Return to Balance, please use…

… Gratitude

In a time of ‘instant satisfaction’ – fast food, fast connections and short concentration spans – it is easy to get all ‘electric’; speeding through our days with frazzled nerves, a nagging feeling of missing out on something important and an underlying fear because we don’t take the time to inspect what it is that’s out of whack.

The strongest medicine to heal tension is Gratitude.
In three steps, from easy and light to taking most effort and being the most effective: make a list, regular meditation, giving offerings.

… A Right Attitude for Action Heroes (‘ARAAH!’)

Acknowledge your blessings (<-> gratitude), notice your chances (especially the out-of-the-box, wild-idea chances!) and take action! Use it or lose it.

… Reciprocity

Give thanks where it belongs. To your elders, your partner, your clients, your staff, your children, your wallet, your Self, your home, the nature in all its richness, the fact that you are alive.

Then pay-back, in all the enjoyable, creative, wonderful ways you can.

Be at peace. Be Love. Radiate safety. For what you vibrate forms your reality.
Here’s to creating a better World.

The flow

“The flow of Life” is an expression that I use, and also:”follow your flow”. But what does that mean, exactly?
Let me share a short story with you to illustrate it more clearly.

Some years ago, we were camping near a river. Every morning we’d get up early to take our morning bath in the cold, fast flowing river, in the stillness of the golden morning light – before the canoes with loud tourists in them would swarm downstream.

After breakfast, some playing with our dog and reading, we’d return to the river to watch the canoe-show. The most typical family had a strong-willed corporate-kind of father, pioneering downstream with his son onboard. With strong, determined pushes with their paddles, they’d fly downstream at a high speed, their gaze fixed at the yet invisible finish. A little bit behind, and slowing down the father-son vessel, was the mother with their second child, yelling out warnings of dangerous currents here and there, and telling the pioneers to wait for them with an ever increasing irritation in their voice.

The most cautious current-fearing people (not limited by age or gender) would try to steer their canoe in this slight bend in the river, get caught in the currents and then tossed and stuck on the shore before our eyes. So, every now and then we stood up, walked into the river and pushed them free again, and with a friendly smile, wished them a good journey.

But one day there was this single canoe gliding in the middle of the river, apparently with no one on board. No wait, we could see a bent knee and a foot lightly resting on the knee, rising from the bottom of the canoe.

This one canoe that effortlessly flowed downstream, carried a passenger, lying on his back, his head pointing downstream and him gazing at the sky and the tree tops framing his view. He had all the time the river offered him to make his easy journey, enjoying the view and the trip.

This little story floated up from my memory today as I was pondering on some recent events – how, as I am allowing relaxation in my longings and doing, as I have more trust that all will be very, very well even if I’m not pressing on it all the time, Life seems to flow ever so sweetly, carrying perfect timing and wonderful experiences with it. Try it if you don’t believe me! In fact I urge you to do it, what ever your prejudgement might be – just…flow with Life, get in synch, hum along.

I hope this illustrates more the background of the short exclamations of Trust. Relax. Go with the flow.

Wishing you a smooth flow and beautiful views.

 

7 reasons to serve

18 months ago I declared ‘Service’ as my core value.

The reason to make such a fuss about ‘service’ was that until then I had been taking in information and healing, inspiration, knowledge, assimilating skills and looking at others for guidance.

My dear husband was growing slightly irritated and declared I should “stop with input and start with output”. I’m not someone who jumps on command, so I took my time with examining his wish, and concluded it would probably be a good idea to follow his advice (duh..). So ‘Service’ it was.

In order to ‘warm up’ I was asking friends if they’d like to be my guinea-pigs, and offered the services as a practice, for free.

It’s a slippery slope, serving for free, because ‘free’ easily gets mistaken for ‘of no value’, leaving the server two-times-empty; it had cost a lot of money, time and effort to get to this point (‘how can you know so much?’ – I’ve been on this path since I was 14!), and if there isn’t even appreciation for the service, then there is no point in serving in that direction. But. Let’s get to our subject, Seven Reasons to Serve.

1. GRATITUDE
I’m serving out of gratitude, so thankful for this life, the support, the opportunities, meetings and healings I have received. Incredible, luxurious abundance and magic!

2. USE YOUR TALENT
I can imagine the frustration in the Spirit world when an artist doesn’t make art, a healer doesn’t heal or a teacher refuses to teach. Your soul has accumulated this highly beneficial skill over countless lifetimes and you’re not using it?!

3. WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER
As I so often say, it’s not a coincidence that we’re born in the same place at the same time. We should can be helping each other out with the specific skill sets we have, and experience the joy and satisfaction in doing so.

4. RESPECT
We serve also out of respect for the ones who came before us, the pioneers and path-makers who accumulated a body of knowledge and skills, lived through hardships and sometimes perished in exercising their particular kind of service.
Serve in gratitude and with respect towards our ancestors, they love you back anyway!

5. YOU NEVER KNOW
You never know, no matter how small your service may be, the impact it has on the life of the other. A smile, a kind word, an acknowledgement might save lives, or change the direction of someones life for the better.

6. THE OTHER OPTION
Not to serve? But to consume? Complain? Blame others? I just can’t see any satisfaction in that.

7.  The seventh reason – THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE – is that as I tune in and focus on the other, and healing and/or messages flow, the awareness in me notices that a part of the healing or message is applicable for both of us. We have our different reasons for the healing or advice to be so very beneficial, but the amazing part remains: one remedy cures many sores.

So cheers, here’s to the ever deepening practice of service, keep on walking your Soul Path!

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The master, the healer and the student

“You are a healer” – these words were given pure and undiluted, channeled by a master of Spirit to the student.

The student got overwhelmed with emotions – of surprise, awe and gratitude. An explosion of releasing the tension that had been built up by a deep longing that the student wasn’t willing to acknowledge was there.

“But how…?” these two bewildered words contained an ocean of questions. “How do you know? How will I become that what I am not but that I want to be so dearly? How will I know I’m on the right path? Where should I start?”

” Your Soul already knows. All you have to do is remember. Pick up a book on herbalism, read some, and it will float up to the surface for you to see again.”

 

Fear and previous lifetimes

And so it was. For two years I was immersed in learning, studying plants, energies, techniques, modalities. It was as if I had been starving for all of this, and partially, that was true: I had withheld myself from large chunks of holistic healing knowledge in this life. But…why??! The questions and answers flowed rapidly, arriving almost simultaneously in my awareness.

Herbalism had been a risky business for me in previous lives. As I gazed with my intuitive eye, I counted three times burnt as a witch, one of those memories returning in startling detail to me, (thanks to the assisting push of a friend).

It seems that fear is a huge part of not stepping into ones power. Irrational fear, fear of being seen – of being prosecuted… a subconscious memory, from previous lifetimes of your own soul and/or from the collective.

But dear ladies and gentlemen, it is 2018, and your gifts are needed.

 

Here is a technique to get over your fear that has to do with more or less conscious memories from past lives:

In meditation, state your full current name, the date and the location you are at. With compassionate patience, explain to your dear Soul that the horrors of the past belong to the past. You see them, you acknowledge them having taken place, you do not approve of them, it was wrong in every possible way, but this is a new life, a new world is being created and you need to take active part in it with the gifts you have.
It is 2018. You are safe, strong, wise and creative. You’ve got this.

The master, the healer and the student

 

Soul assignment, the masterplan

The Soul is immortal, and it carries the blueprint of your masterplan throughout the different lives you live.
In every lifetime, you come here to learn.

My awakening understanding is that this time around, it is up to all of us to remember – remember our true nature, remember that we are meant to be free, fully functioning, expanding and evolutionary beings and to remember that the suppression is an alien program, not belonging to this planet.

So stand up and step forward. Your time has come!

As a student of Spirit I got inspiration and clues from books, but I hoped for a mentor.

Later I found my mentors, different people beings in different places and times – mostly after ‘yelling a silent wish to the Universe’, things fell together quite naturally.

Life has its sacred timing, in human Life and in nature. Things fall into place when you let them.

Every master is also a student (and every student has the blueprint of mastery within them). And every healer needs a healer of their own, to get their alignment fixed.

So…be brave, be curious – and have fun!

Love, Nina

PS. Find my Mama Bear mentoring offer here.

Gathering

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Before the Gathering I was asked: “What is it?” and “What do you do in a Gathering?”

There is a general description about the Gathering (here), but let’s look at it a bit closer.

Who is it for?

  • the Gatherings are for mentally stable people from 14 to 150 years (I hope I made the margin wide enough at the end), who are genuinely motivated to understand Life, and their role therein better.

Although every Gathering is different, it always has some common features

  • a Gathering needs a minimum of two people. Otherwise there is no conversation, and no Gathering. I haven’t experienced a maximum limit of participants yet, but if that happens, I’ll revise this post.
  • A safe setting. The Gathering is a circle, and there is only one rule: what is spoken in the circle, stays within the circle.
  • Sharing. You need to share if you want to move forward at any speed. By coming out with your vulnerability, you hold the space for others to do the same. By bringing our ‘stuff’ into the light, we can transform it.
  • By the very special quality of the conversations and sharing, respect naturally follows. These are tender things we’re touching upon, and we respect the right of our fellow Gathering-member to have their opinion. We can ask questions or share our own experiences as a reaction to something we have questions about, but the respect is there.
  • A participant of a Gathering emailed me afterwards: ” It is special how a seemingly small happening can have so much impact.” That’s exactly what a Gathering is for! It a place for examining, clarifying and ultimately transforming things that need to evolve.

So what do we do?

  • Depending on the combination of people who come, the themes that we touch upon vary greatly, from spiritual growth and personal development to sexuality and raising children. Every Gathering is different because the people who come have their own dynamic together, and create a different ambiance together. It’s not even just the people, but also the time of year, the seasons, that affect the vibe. The themes ‘set themselves’, but there is always the opportunity to steer the conversation to a direction you wish to talk about.
  • We ask questions and receive answers. We share experiences and think. The very natural things we humans were born to do, together.
  • We can meditate and learn from each others techniques and experiences.
  • We often laugh and sometimes shed tears. These conversations shift to coming from the Heart, even if the beginning of the session starts in the Mind.
  • We see each other. Deeper than the outside shell. It is a Heart-connection of Souls.
  • We also enjoy silence when it falls, and have some snacks and herbal tea.

You’ll find the upcoming dates on the Gatherings page.

If you wish to organize a Gathering with your group at your place and would like to have me there, get in contact.

 

On illness, health and healing

Life energy – chi –  flows everywhere, also in and through our bodies.

When we are aligned with our Soul Paths – the things we came to Earth to do – we experience joy and ease, positive coincidences, we’re in a state of flow and synchronicity with Life.

When we are not aligned with that what we came here to do, it causes a discord, discomfort, imbalance, blockages and ultimately, illness. A physical state of illness is a shout from the Soul to pay attention, it’s done with whispering. And we’d better pay attention, if we want to get back to health.

I was happily minding my business, busy-busy, barely noticing the discomforts of constantly cold feet and fatigue, when – bam! – out of nowhere I sprained my lower back and was sent to the couch for a week.

My initial irritation of all the things waiting on my to do-list soon melted into curiosity and probing; what is my Soul telling me, what was I failing to notice?

 Illness is a blessing in disguise. Use the time of rest and recovery to dig to the root of the matter, and honour your wonderful chance of being here on Earth right now with the other twinkling souls, by re-setting your values and priorities.

Simperi offers holistic healing to individuals and small groups. Get in contact and ask about the possibilities for your situation!