Saturday, December 19, 2015

The only certainty is change

This month, December 2015, it is three years ago that Roberto and me started our journey, after we fell in love - a little more than four years ago - on the blue Ecuadorian ocean shore. Our encounter was not only love on first sight, but a cross-pollination that changed our lives forever, fortifying our longing to lead a different life than what most modern societies demand. 
The result was a travel and life experiment we baptised 'navigate on trust;' meaning trusting in life and ourselves, following an unknown road without plan, let the present moment be our guide, and use our hearts as compass. We had no big savings and no particular destination in mind - only the intention and desire to be together, connect and share with people, encounter new ideas, insights, and worldviews. It meant detaching to physical and material things as much as possible, and embrace uncertainty to the fullest - giving up our attachment to specific results and endpoints, and let the universe handle the details. But is also meant living the years like it were our last, enjoying our love, life, and nature, even when we didn’t know the outcome. 
That the outcome would be this - Roberto's death on December 6, after being severely ill for three months - and we would separate our physical existence together is, the least to say, the ultimate super challenge of that philosophy, and I hope that that same philosophy will fill the hole in my heart, give me the strength to keep going, and lead me safely into the future without my great great love and life teacher on my side. 
I will continue 'navigate on trust,' the blog and philosophy, and pursue the aim to understand, investigate, and live it even more profound and dedicate all the good that it will bring to him.
My love: nothing lasts forever, except for love, and especially ours. I know we are together always.

- Fenja


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Navigate on Trust in the Campervan diaries on NEST MAG

We have been out of the the air for more reasons we like to admit (some of which we will share on the blog in the time to come), but luckily the lovely online magazine NEST MAG did a nice story about Navigate on Trust on their website. Personally we like the piece a lot, and think it explains a bit more about the philosophy behind out journey.





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."








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