Saturday, January 21, 2017

Carpe Diem #1130 Intuition

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

A belated post today, because I am on the nightshift. We are still on our way to Santiago De Compostela following in the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims, but also in the footsteps of Paulo Coelho. Paulo is one of my favorite authors, because of his spiritual novels. While we are on our way to Santiago we are reading one of his best novels "The Pilgrimage".

Today I love to speak about intuition. What is intuition? Intuition is: an immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object;  any object or truth so discerned; pure, untaught, no inferential knowledge.
Every one of us has in a way a kind of intuition. For example: you have only need for a few words to understand what your loved one means. Sometimes intuition gives you the feeling that you know that unknown person you encounter. Intuition can be learned.

In "The Pilgrimage" Paulo learns a beautiful exercise named "the water exercise'. I will tell you a little bit more about this exercise later on, but first I love to tell you what happened berfore Paulo learned that exercise.

Petrus, Paulo's guide, says:

[...] "Call up your intuition again, your secret side. Don’t be concerned about logic, because water is a fluid element, and it does not allow itself to be controlled easily. But water, little by little and in a nonviolent way, is going to build a new relationship between you and the universe." [...] And than he teaches Paulo the "water exercise":

The Arousal of Intuition (The Water Exercise):

Make a puddle of water on a smooth, nonabsorbent surface. Look into the puddle for a while. Then, begin to play with it, without any particular commitment or objective. Make designs that mean absolutely nothing. Do this exercise for a week, allowing at least ten minutes each time. Don’t look for practical results from this exercise; it is simply calling up your intuition, little by little. When this intuition begins to manifest itself at other times of the day, always trust in it.
Paulo himself tells us what he experienced while doing this exercise. It is really a wonderful experience he describes and for sure worth to try yourself.

[...] I emptied the remaining water onto the cement and a small puddle formed. I did not have any image or shape in mind, and I wasn’t seeking one. I swirled my fingers through the cold water, and I experienced the same kind of hypnosis that one feels when staring into the flames of a fire. I thought about nothing; I was just playing – playing with a puddle of water. I made some streaks at the edge of the puddle, and it seemed to become a wet sun; but the streaks quickly rejoined the puddle and disappeared. With the palm of my hand, I batted at the center of the puddle; the water splashed away, covering the cement with droplets, black stars on a gray background. I was completely lost in that absurd exercise, an exercise that had not the slightest purpose but was delightful to do. I felt that my mind had stopped working almost completely, a feeling I had previously achieved only after long periods of meditation and relaxation. At the same time, something told me that down deep, in places that my mind could not reach, a force was being born and becoming ready to manifest itself. That puddle of water established a contact – however fragile – with the Milky Way above me. It reflected the stars, created designs I could not understand, and gave me the feeling not that I was wasting time but that I was creating a new code for communicating with the world. It was the soul’s secret code – the language that we know but so seldom hear. [...] (Source: The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho)
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Carpe Diem honors Jane Reichhold (1937-2017) C.) bubbles in ice

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

My excuses for being a bit late, I am on the nighshift, so I hadn't time earlier to publish our new episode(s).
Yesterday I tried to inspire you through tanka by Jane Reichhold and today I love to inspire you with a few beautiful haiku written by her. As you all know, Jane would have become 80 if she was still alive, so therefore I have organized this special week to honor her.

deep in winter
the babbling brook
white as stone
bubbles in ice
bubbles in ice
holding till spring
the voice of the brook
the mountain brook
still with listening
winter winds
© Jane Reichhold

Three nice haiku. I love that 2nd haiku the most. The beauty of still water holding the babbling of the brook ... a little gem ... no a masterpiece I would say.

bubbles holding the voice
of the stream

© Chèvrefeuille

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Carpe Diem #1129 friendship

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We all need friends and friendships. Friends are necessary, because in times of sadness and joy you can depend on them. In times of sorrow they will comfort us. In times of joy and happiness, they will be celebrating with us. Friends ... we all need them.

In "The Pilgrimage" by Paulo Coelho, Paulo develops a friendship with his guide Petrus. They are on the Road to Santiago together and they will help each other to conquer the "devils" on their path, but they will also be happy together, or cry together. That's friendship.

Friendship isn't easy, it's a continuous "battle" to keep your friendship alive. Of course there will be friends who don't want to give energy to hold their friendship alive. If you have such a friend, let him go (is what Petrus, Paulo's guide says) he / she is not your friend, at least not your real friend.

In times of sadness you get to know who your real friends are, because they will stay close to you, they will comfort you, they will cry with you and they will give you new energy to go on.
As you all know my dad died last year, as did Jane Reichhold, it made me very sad and I wept a lot, I became depressed and I saw "friends" go, because they couldn't handle my sadness and my tears ... at the end of that period I had only one friend left ... Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This warmhearted and loving virtual family became my friend ... and that makes me feel alive again.

Friendship ... cherish your friends, cherish them because they will always be there for you not only in life, but also after life ...

[...] ‘Once, a poet said that no man is an island. In order to fight the good fight, we need help. We need friends, and when the friends aren’t nearby, we have to turn solitude into our main weapon. We need the help of everything around us in order to take the necessary steps toward our goal. Everything has to be a personal manifestation of our will to win the good fight. If we don’t
understand that, then we don’t recognize that we need everything and everybody, and we become arrogant warriors. And our arrogance will defeat us in the end, because we will be so sure of ourselves that we won’t see the pitfalls there on the field of battle.’ [...] (Source: The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho)

Isn't it wonderful? Friends forever always there to give a helping hand in all things that happen.

they fall one by one
and become one

© Chèvrefeuille (from my archives)

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Carpe Diem honors Jane Reichhold (1937-2017) B.) musical chord (tanka)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the second episode of this special Theme Week in honor of the 80th birthday of Jane Reichhold, queen of haiku and tanka. Jane passed away last summer, but if she would have been alive she would have become 80 on January 18th 2017. As you all know Jane is in my heart forever. Without her Carpe Diem Haiku Kai wouldn't have become "the best website on haiku and tanka" on the WWW.

We all know her from her beautiful haiku writing skills, she really has written wonderful haiku. I hope to become that great myself once, but until than I will bow my head in admiration of her beautiful haiku.
Jane didn't write only haiku, she also was a great tanka poetess and a great renga master / poetess. Today I love to inspire you with tanka written by Jane and I hope you all will honor her with tanka inspired on her tanka. I have ran through the many beauties by Jane and I ran into a few wonderful tanka.

flowered wind
in your wild hair
the will of love
as a bright nimbus
frames your rosy face

flowing over the mountains
wind in rain
the moaning of mothers
harsh breath among tears

musical chord
footsteps on the threshold
where growing up
a house once held a warmth
hearts beating alone together

face of the moon
in the hot tub
a swirl of bubbles
where one naked body moves
a liquid night-time sky

breaking to bits
fallen leaves
drawn down to earth
a hammered silver circle

© Jane Reichhold (A gift of Tanka)

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until January 24th at noon (CET). Have fun!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Carpe Diem #1128 Imagine the Road to Santiago

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I haven't enough time today to create a full episode of today's CDHK month in which we are on our Road to Santiago, a beautiful pilgrimage. While we are walking this Road we are reading "The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho.

I love to inspire you today with only an image, say this is an episode of Carpe Diem Imagination. Here is the image to inspire you. It is taken somewhere along the Road to Santiago.

Somewhere along the Road to Santiago
This "special" episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until January 23rd at noon (CET).