Monday, September 21, 2009

Peace - also for the Palestinians

Magical Summer NightToday is World Peace Day. Of course the biggest obstacle to peace is the continuation of atrocities by the zionist regime. (and we know they do not remain limited to the Middle East ...)
To me it is absolutely unacceptable that the holocaust is continuing, making daily life for Palestinians hell. And incomprehensible that those who are in power and have a mouth full of how horrible the holocaust "was", do nothing to stop it.

This week there are many actions worldwide for ordinary citizens to contribute to real on-the-ground peace.
In the Netherlands there are boycott actions, organized by the
Dutch Palestine organization. Visit the calendar here.
Did you know that the barcode, as indicated on the products we buy in the stores, and is different per country, is 729 for the israeli territories? Keep an eye on it when you buy your groceries!

Meantime I keep working on peaceful art ...:-)
I put up a
new gallery on Imagekind, which has a new look and feel compared to the previous one. You're welcome to visit! :-)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Scarf Tax

The Scarf - by Anne VisThe Dutch parliament is back from summer holiday. After a peaceful summer we are now facing the public humiliations of our country again.
The discussions around the budget gave an impression of something between a stand-up comedian act and a preschool on their day out. (mind you: this is discussing the serious crisis the country is in!)
Culmination was the proposal to impose a tax on wearing a scarf.

I still don't know if this is a serious intention, but it is generally booked under the chapter of "comedy". However, I think there is a serious undertone reflected by the irritation amongst many people provoked by women wearing a scarf.

Traditionally in the Netherlands women who were cleaning houses would wear a scarf. As the nature of this work does not require a high intelligence, these women were regarded as fairly "simple".
We all know how outfit influences the way people respond to you. A person wearing a uniform is easily regarded as having some sort of authority. A man dressed in rags is thought to be homeless. None of these have to reflect the actual situation or character of the person, nevertheless, the tone is set.
So it is easy to understand that women wearing scarfs, upon first impression are seen as not very intelligent. It's just how this culture and human brain work.
If that is the intention of the women, then they get their result.

Another aspect that also has to do with culture is how you would like to be treated. A matter of respect to your fellow citizens.
For instance, it would be highly inappropriate for a woman to walk around in Syria wearing shorts and showing a cleavage. As a sign of respect to the local population you just don't do that.
Unless you want to make a stance of revolt against the general status quo, it is rude to disregard the local feelings.
Many Dutch people take offence when foreigners do not follow the local codes of respect. The scarf is just one expression. Worse is probably when people who have been here for twenty years or longer still do not show any sign of wanting to learn the local language and adapt to this country.
Of course it is politically incorrect in this time to publicly say so (...)

From a new age viewpoint we strife to see man and woman as equals.
Watching women follow a man, as if we were still living 2000 years ago, goes against that. And then I am not even mentioning feminism.
Islam promotes the ideas of a guy who would for sure be behind bars according to current standards. Following these theories has big implications for daily life. It takes away the power and freedom of women.
I was talking with a good friend a while back and asked her if she would still sunbathe nude in the park, like when we were younger. And why not any more? Well ... the foreign men react badly so that you just can't do that any more. There are more ways in which the muslim religion makes our life "smaller", it goes gradually and almost unnoticed. My friend had not even realized that she had lost her freedom.

Of course the other religions are also very woman-unfriendly. I state that religion is just not from this time any more and is better to be left alone. A liberated person has their own connection to "God" or Source or whatever you want to call it. No need for mediation through old bearded guys ...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Exhibition in spiritual center Temple

Dreams ... - art by Anne VisMy muse Knor and I are excited that we now have our first official exhibition! :-)
You can see our work in print in spiritual center
Temple in Amsterdam (opposite Amsterdam central station).

It is also possible to order any of the other works that you see in our
online gallery and have it delivered to Temple. Prices may vary. Sizes 30x30 cm.
Contact Anne for more information!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Cuby & the Blizzards

When I found out that Cuby & the Blizzards were going to give a free concert just around the corner from where I live, it was clear that I needed to be there.
To me it is incomprehensible that they are not as famous as John Lee Hooker, they certainly do have all that it takes. A while back I already wrote about them, as a documentary about them was broadcast on television. The story behind them is fascinating too.
They have their roots in the north of the Netherlands, an area where I am from as well. In the time we grew up this was a very depressing place and it just makes sense that a great blues band originates here.
Interestingly enough the texts of their latest album have depressing topics, like the blunt and violent attitude of Dutch people, the war in Iraq etc. But the new music is more upbeat and the texts are clumsy enough to make it actually hilarious.
For some reason music that we hear in our youth seems to make a deeper impression, always capable of moving us.
As Cuby was playing their old blues, it was for me clear that I do not need drugs: I had nothing less than an incredible trip. Brain research describes how some people can actually "see" sound or "smell" an image. I normally do not experience that, but as of this moment I feel like I know what it's like.
I had the most lively color images and strangely enough could also hear other sounds through the music that was pretty loud already. And despite the previous song about the devil creating religion (yes, honestly, that is one of the titles on their new album! :-))), I had the most beautiful experiences during the real slow blues songs: I was in stunning landscapes with extraordinary colors, I saw al sorts of beings there, angels, deer, birds ... The flowers were of the most vivid colors. The scenery kept changing and also took me under water, where I met the most beautiful and extraordinary beings, living in fairy tale like castles.
The best song they ever made in my opinion is called "Window of my eyes". I think it is the vibration of the low bass that makes it more tangible in a life performance than when listening to a CD ... like every cell in the body starts resonating ...
I have listened to that song hundreds of times, but it never did what it did today ...

Makes me wonder, does every song have an "angel" version ...? Would it be possible to hear that at will ... ?
Cuby & the Blizzards in Amsterdam Westerpark
Cuby & the Blizzards in Amsterdam Westerpark

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Bookstore Temple

Tara - acrylic on canvas by Anne Vis
I seem to become more and more part of the furniture in bookstore Temple in Amsterdam ... :-)
There are so many fun activities and of course I love books, so the environment feels like home. One of the activities involves Tibetan art. There are several classes in painting Buddha. As you can see above, I attended a day workshop yesterday. I found it difficult to get good color transitions and
Knor, having watched me struggle all day, finally lost patience and decided to interfere and walk with her cute "pawsjes" all over ... :-) So now it looks more like a Tara than a Buddha, but oh well ... :-)

Then there are several other healers and readers who offer drop-in sessions, especially in the weekend.
At the moment I personally offer drop-in sessions Reconnective Healing on Tuesday afternoons between 4 and 6. I hope to welcome you there one day! :-)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The importance of Angels

Autumn with the Angels - by Anne VisIf I would not read the news I would have no idea that we are in a recession. In the small stretch of the street I live there are at least 6 building projects going on. At 7 AM I wake up at the wonderful sound of jack hammers which during the day gets into a nice symphony with chain saws ... really delightful! :-(
What this proves is that statistics do not apply to everyone. It can also be that you experience positive things during so called times of recession. (of which the above is not an example! :-)))
Maybe your business has a larger profit against all odds. Maybe you are one of those lucky ducks who do not get any flu ... ! :-)

I know that in times of stress I am always grateful for the presence of angels. They let themselves be known in many different ways. One of them is that they oftentimes paint wings in my artworks.

I know I owe a lot to the angels, as they often save me from getting into all sorts of trouble. (that's what you get when you have a
knor as muse! :-))
At the moment I am seeking their advice in yet another sort of building dilemma. I live in a very old house (hence all the building activities here in the street). My neighbors are all smoking and you guess it already: my bedroom smells like a "brown pub" as we say in Dutch, which makes it almost impossible to get any sleep. Anyone who would like to volunteer as angel and offer any advice welcome! :-)

I am already looking forward to
Angel's Day, later this month on the 12th!