The Return of the King to Russia

I always wondered whether there would be heroes living today. As it was in the old stories. Like those knights who went to fight dragons. Long ago.

”Once upon a time” …

As a teenager I was impressed when I read the life story of Simon Wiesenthal. He did survive the death camps of the Nazis. Like those who survived the Gulag archipelago in Russia, during the reign of dictator Stalin (Russia).

But today – years after Magnitsky died inside Russia’s prisons – there is a new hero within Russia’s detention centers. Aleksej Navalny. He who uncovered the corruption of the mighty men of Putin has been jailed on charges of corruption. How cynical. It is the proven method of criminals to blame others for their own wrongdoings. We saw the same response pattern after flight MH17 was shot down by Russian paramilitaries in 2014. Killing within some seconds 298 humans … mostly Dutch citizens.

Navalny – No one will forget his name

Aleksej Navalny. Poisened by Russia’s secret services. Yet he survived. Thanks to many persons, like the pilots who decided to ground their plane after Navalny collapsed on board.

He met nearly his last breaths. But, like a modern Jesus Christ, he did rise from the death. It was not yet the time to descend into the grave.

Afterwards he could have chosen to stay inside the safehouses of Germany. But he decided not to bow to intimidation. Nor to dead threats. He vowed to return to Russia.

And he did. And was immediately arrested after arriving.

But there is one thing I know for sure. The days of Putin are numbered. Since 1999 he has extended his reign. Step after step. Every time an extra amount of four years. A power grab granted to him by the yes-men, who are sitting like Putin puppets in the parliament, the courts of ‘justice’, the police stations and the big (oil-) companies.

But be sure. The king has returned to Russia. The rightful heir to the throne.

The day will come that Navalny will be the new President of Russia.

Now that may seem unlikely.

But the tide is turning.

Time is already ticking away at Putin’s watch.

A new dawn breaks.

”A light from the shadows shall spring” (J.R.R. Tolkien)

The winds of change are blowing.

The fire of the blacksmith is shouting the old words:

”Renewed is the blade that was broken. The crownless will be king”. (J.R.R. Tolkien)

The Crownless Again Shall be King – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – YouTube

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Focus on All the Good You Have

It is easy to focus on the things we do’nt have. The things which we are desiring. Or the things we did loose.

But the challenge is to focus on all the good we have. Like a pretty health, a nice humor and an intelligent brain. That’s already more than some others have 🙂

And it is wisdom to let your wishes go. To surrender these to a higher level.

Knowing for sure, believing, deeply convinced that these desires will come true at the right moment and the right place.

Please, believe that more blessings are coming.

Do understand – far above thinking and feeling – that the best is yet to come.

Remember, others died in 2020. But we are still alive.

Enjoy your extra amount of time in the new year.

Let the blessing of love, abundance and prosperity rest on you.

Also in 2021.

Prosperity. It is a power.

The Power of Prosperity.

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Honor the Story inside the Elderly

I love grey or white hair.

Our elderly deserve our attention and care.

They have survived so much and are still present with us

Even when they have no stories to tell, they are themselves a story.

So listen to them and enjoy.

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We Are Just Here – Enjoy Your Moments

Already seven weeks living at home. Thanks to the Corona Virus. Working and living in and around the house. Like the old times, when the lives of people were concentrated in villages and hamlets, just before the rise of the big cities. When they breathed clean air. When there were no planes flying in the sky. And no big polluting chimneys.

A colleague who retired this week did not get a big farewell party. However, there were smaller moments when colleagues were playing music instruments in his street and when a big surprise cake was brought to the threshold of his home.

The retiring fellow worker was touched by all these gestures of love. He wrote a thank you message and told us that his soul had gotten callus during twenty years of being a policeman and detective. But at this moment in time he was feeling emotional … tears were filling his eyes.

There was also a picture in his e-mail. It is the photo above this post. The clock where the numbers have fallen down. And where the words are expressing an old Dutch idiom. ‘Does it matter? I am retired anyway’ … it is written there.

The strange thing is that it seems that many humans are working hard and waiting for the moment far away in time that they will finally retire. Than … only than … is the time to relax and to slow down …

But the ‘truth’ is that not anyone of us will reach that destination. For some of us it will be unreachable. Like it was for the innumerable ‘boys’ who were bleeding and dying at the red coloured beaches of Normandy, 75 years ago.

Within some days we will be remembering how precious our Freedom is. How hard-fought. How many sacrifices were given to regain it. Millions of humans wasted and thrown away. Like so many persons are nowadays dying in prison camps at ‘forgotten’ spots, somewhere at barren, wasted and overcrowded grounds.

So please … When you are living in a situation where you have a home, food, drink, a bed, a good health and (sometimes) the company of others like neighbours, friends, family, please try to enjoy. Be aware of your precious moments in time.

Your and mine time is limited. Even when we are getting older than the generations before us. Even than … Time is still flying … And we are flying away someday to other places of consciousness. Heaven? God knows. Probably.

But even when it is not there … somewhere before us in time … Try to enjoy the moments of ‘heaven’ … when you belong to the lucky ones who are living at comfortable places … in villages and hamlets … which can be seemingly dull and undisturbed …

But it is a great present to be free of danger, harm and controlling guards … It is for many of us at this planet a desirable luxury …

– Splinter of Wisdom

The Blessings of the Corona Crisis

These days which are seemingly like those of the Black Death in the Middle Ages are feeling for some of us like a prison (house arrest) or like the stripping away of everything that was giving a sense of comfort (like going to the sports club).

But for others of us these days are the beginning of a new era. A time when humans are giving more attention to their environment, like appreciating clean air (less planes are flying nowadays) and where the economy is more focussed on the balance and welbeing of everyone, instead of that the high profits are going to a small group of wealthy, white men.

So how are these days for me?

I am really enjoying it. I understand that it is easy for me to talk like this, because the Corona Virus has not come very close to me. Happily my neigbours and family members are still healthy … but even when it would come closer … I am really enjoying the beautiful blue skies and the brilliant sunlight. Did someone notice that the sunlight seems to be brighter these days? The Spring is surprising me with an abundance of flowers, colours, smells and beautiful, little, flying animals.

And I am enjoying the company of my kids. These days I have gone far more times to the playground, which is laying for our house, than anytime before 🙂

So yes … please … even when you are experiencing financial difficulties … even when you are feeling stressed .. please try to focus on Life and Light.

I know for some of us it is very difficult …

But please do’nt let your mind distract you. Please let the worries of daily life not overgrow you.

You and I … We are far stronger than our ‘weaknesses’ and tough moments.

There is a Power dwelling inside our bodies which is divine. It is giving us humans a divine design and ongoing energy. ‘God’ lives inside us … Is present in our blood, our veins and in our muscles …

So please, do’nt be distracted by the form of us humans.

There is a Presence inside us that is shining and hiding its Light behind our (facial) features. Our characteristics are less fixed than our most rigged thoughts and feelings …

So, please be comforted … And try to be a comfort for yourself and others …

Love yourself … and love God inside others … Humans, animals, trees and flowers …

There is and will be always an abundance of Light and Life.

Even in our – by our minds – obscured ‘dark days’ … 🙂

Turn on the lights!

How many lamps can you connect to this and keep them on?
(the answer is the number that is the symbol of eternity which is unchanged, even when it is upside down 🙂 )

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Staying Hopeful Despite Everything

Feeling the difficulties of life I am wondering why I am experiencing sorrows. What is the usefulness of sadness?

Wondering and pondering. Desperately trying to stay present in the moment. Discovering that even than there is a strength hiding inside me.

And deciding than to continue to pay closely attention to all the thoughts which are traveling through my brain. Because I really want to think positive and to stay hopeful, even when everything seems lost.

I will stubbornly believe that every situation will work for my good and will bring the best out of me, even when I am not knowing it or seeing it.

I am the one who is shaping my own life via the expressions and exclamations of my mouth. So I am observing my thoughts … like a mother who takes care of her children … 🙂

I am aware that I want to have a blessing tongue. Blessing myself and blessing others. Loving myself, even when I am feeling the failing and seeing myself falling down. Even when my feelings are mirroring the thoughts of tragedy.

Choosing to open up, to share my experiences with others. And to be surprised by their reflections of carefulness.

And their love is reminding me of the Love inside me.

And that I am still unhindered on the road to a big Eternal Expression of Everlasting Life.

– Splinter of Wisdom

Victory of Vulnerability Vibrates in Veins

When I was young I told myself that I was strong and independent. That I could live on my own. Without the care of others. And even without their attention.

But now I am getting older. And I am discovering an awareness deep inside me that I am every day dependent on the grace of others. That they are permitting me to be, to live and to have my own space and place.

And that we all as humans are confronted with difficulties, disasters, sadness, stress and pain. And that we are than, but also just now, in such a need of loving and protecting arms … warm hugs … and sometimes the smile of a stranger.

We are as beings such vulnerable. And somewhere between our lonely cradle and our buzzy peer group we lost that insight.

But I am happy that Life is giving me again the opportunity to experience the powerfull blessing of vulnerability.

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Escape Ego – Experience Your Presence and Strength in Your Breath and Belly

Our beautiful mind can make us mad. So much imagery, fantasy and memories. Light or heavy thoughts and emotions. We can feel frustrated and powerless. Useless and restless. Out of place and floating in emptiness, darkness and imprisoned in our bodies.

But all these things are mental reflections and interpretations of our tiny, hollow and shallow Ego, which is a shadow of the real Reality.

The real thing is that we are loved completely, whatever we are thinking, doing or feeling. And regardless our acts, we are still loved. It is a never ending Love Story full of hope, courage and faith. It is such fulfilling that there is never a shortage of it.

The whole Universe is embodied with love. More over: All emptiness and darkness is full of Light and Life. Even when we are not feeling it, not seeing it or not believing it. Even when we are unaware of it.

To escape Ego – which only exists in our mind – and the suffering which is created by ego, the drama and the disaster, we can try to realize that it is possible to leave the house of our thoughts. We don’t have to live permanently in the ‘attic’ of our head …

Just use the staircase inside your body to descend towards the place of your lungs and your belly.

Be aware … Feel … Breathe … breathe … And feel the Presence that is present there … The strength … The joy … The power of Life … It is inside you … Dwelling there … . Whatever you are feeling … Or whatever difficulties your are experiencing … You are not alone … There is a big, decent Being inside You …

Be invited … Descend and Discover … 🙂

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Finally Free of the Need to Drink Coffee – My Body and Mind Rejoice in This Choice

It was not a free choice of my will to get used to the drinking of coffee. I was twelve years and my parents convinced me that the drinking of coffee was an act which would prevent later a situation of social isolation. Because everyone is drinking coffee …

I remember very well my first gulps of coffee. The coffee in my cup was mixed with lots of milk and sugar, to soften the bitter taste of the black liquid. But even than my first nips of coffee were disgusting. I felt deep inside that I really did not want this. But I persisted, remembering the words of my parents about the threat of rejection by others.

And after 31 years of drinking coffee – the last years totally black fluid, to prevent me of getting too high doses of sugar – I have finally stopped this practice.

And yes I have felt it the first days. I was experiencing light withdrawal symptoms. I had for some days a very light headache. I felt lethargic – I was yawning more – and I had also moments of heavy sweating. And sitting behind my computer there was the desire of my mind: I really wanted to drink coffee …

And still I am sometimes missing my coffee breaks. Or the cozy moments that I am drinking a cup of coffee in a cafe and eating than also a nice cake or a piece of an apple pie. With of course a big blob of whipped cream on top of it 🙂

But the benefits for me are far more present:

My body is since August the 8th freed from the permanent feeling of stress and activation. My muscles are not anymore feeling that tight and tense. And my will is rejoicing that I am free of an – socially accepted – addiction.

Overall: I really want to be free of whatever form of binding and sneaking influence that in the long term can make me more mortal than I really like to be … 🙂

– Splinter of Wisdom