The beauty of ‘our’ powerlessness

Some time ago I saw the movie Babel by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. The film is a mosaic (with a beautiful soundtrack, by the way) in which, as the movie progresses, four separate story lines seem to become more and more entangled. The central theme of these stories is how humans fail despite the best of intentions. In the end the central characters give up their resistance and give in to ‘what is’. The beauty is in the shift from being a victim to being a witness of that which is happening.

Thinking in terms of ‘failing’ is always personal because the thinking mind tells you that for you one situation is preferable to another. As Wolter Keers said, if you had to choose between a slice of pie and a toothache, you would choose the slice of pie. But that, of course, is not really a choice. ‘Body-thinking-feeling’ wants to avoid discomfort and pain, so it chooses the slice of pie. So you're not really choosing so much as following the mechanisms of biology.
But there is beauty to be found in observing how these processes of ‘body-thinking-feeling’ react to apparent success and failure. The greatest surprise is that we seem to experience this illusion as personal and real. And that really is amazing....

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In this edition:
Wolter Keers with no less than four examples of powerlessness
Jan van Delden about powerlessness and forgiveness
• Interviews about our theme with Ad Oostendorp and Jeff Foster
Douglas Harding about being Douglas Harding
Zil Chezero mercilessly disposes of everything that could possibly be ego

Alexander Smit said it this way:
‘we humans know only two problems:
something is there we don't want,
or something we want isn’t there.’
With opposites like desire and aversion, hope and fear, good and bad, creation creates itself. And sometimes, ‘we’ align with its natural expression.

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[Kees Schreuders]