Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Inner Light

A little while ago I read an amazing story. A story about how moral heroes, modern intellectuals, and ancient see-ers are often coming to similar conclusions about unexplainable forces that seem to be at work. It is a story about light... 

While still a student the French Jacques Lusseryan led a large resistance movement in Paris during the Second World War. Unfortunately, in 1943, Jacques was arrested by the Gestapo, betrayed by a member of his resistance group. He was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp with 2000 other French citizens, of which only he and 29 others would return. In prison Jacques kept organising groups and helped to motivate the spirit of resistance. But, truly amazing as this might be - the acts of a young person under extremal circumstances - he did this while totally blind and, according to himself, only guided by an absurd but powerful inner light. He wrote the following of his amazing finding...

"This was much more than a simple discovery, it was a revelation.…I was aware of a radiance emanating from a place I knew nothing about….I felt indescribable relief, and happiness so great it almost made me laugh. Confidence and gratitude came as if a prayer had been answered. I found light and joy at the same moment, and I can say without hesitation that from that time on light and joy have never been separated in my experience….Still, there were times when the light faded, almost to the point of disappearing. It happened every time I was afraid….Anger and impatience had the same effect, throwing everything into confusion….But when I was happy and serene, approached people with confidence and thought well of them, I was rewarded with light….Armed with such a tool, why should I need a moral code?….at every waking hour and even in my dreams I lived in a stream of light….Light is in us, even if we have no eyes."

According to the Romanian historian Mircea Eliade "the inner light that suddenly bursts forth after long efforts of concentration and meditation is well known in all religious traditions," however some illuminative experiences occur spontaneously, like Jacques' - as a matter of fact even some 5 percent of the American population has them, resulting them scoring exceptionally well on tests of psychological health.

And so our quest for stories of light continue, investigating what it is, what is does, and more importantly where it comes from, and of which the coming weeks we will post, hopefully, a lot more.   

- Fenja

Thursday, April 30, 2015

What is light?

Like Einstein, we wonder...

The coming weeks we will share a few stories of our (re)search of light.
Answers might not be found. Questions may be multiplied. 
But it is the quest that matters.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Summer in southern Uruguay

The summer was warm and long. Computers and technology were forgotten and life wheeled around what seemed to be the real important factors of existence: the ocean, surf, food, dogs and cats, wine, and of course each other.

From the moment we entered, Uruguay paved the road for a very smooth ride. The people embraced us like a warm blanket, making life too easy to wonder, let alone worry about it all.

Like so many foreigners around here, in the midst of seemingly nothing peculiar, we got trapped by an unexpected feeling of happiness. What are these places along the coast? 

Small, not much happens, and no world wonders. Good waves, yes. 

Maybe it is the Uruguayan coast, or just Uruguay in general. You find yourself going to a place, just for a few days, and weeks later still not wanting to think about when to move on…next week…maybe. 

And so the Southern summer months ran by, living the good life, and re-living the Uruguayan slow life, as our navigating journey began here in Uruguay during the South American summer of 2012. More good friends were made, more food was digested, and return invitations happily accepted.

Because plans or no plans, sometimes it is just time to go. Only if it would be to renew that passport stamp and stay for another month or so, or to start another great adventure in a unknown country ahead. 

And so we find ourselves again amazed by the mystery of simple joyful living, but this time making one thing sure: our farewell is just for now. We are leaving El Verde behind, safely stored on Uruguayan ground, performing as the perfect excuse to be back again soon.

We'll see where other vehicles will take us for a while, and pick him up again in a month or so, or the next summer. Who knows... 

Summer season at La Pedrera

Roberto and German friend Sven digging water ways for the tires

The Swell kicking in Punta del Diablo

Meeting travelers on the way 
Surfers waiting for the set

Faina who blends in well with the Uruguayan landscape

 Mauri in the water

View of La Viuda

Roberto waiting for the full moon

Mari and Mauri: a creative cooking couple, two beautiful people, and, our campground hosts for most of the summer.

Santa Tereza National Park

 House at Rivero, Punta del Diablo

 Pesqueros, Punta del Diablo

 Brazilian friend Thais with one of the many summer dogs

Roberto and Semilla on the lookout


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