Kind Anger – How my sister, my son, my boyfriend and ayahuasca helped me to let go of anger

I’ve been angry all my life. Until recently. It started with being angry at my father for not loving my mother. One day he smashed my baby sister’s milk bottle against the wall, loudly shaming my mother for not being able to breastfeed her. My mother was protecting my sister by pulling her tightly to […]

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Ayahuasca – the Return of the Mothers

  She looked like a female version of Yoda, old and wrinkled. She sat cross legged on a blanket, her back upright and fierce. In her ancient face I saw both the grief of generations and the playfulness of a little girl. She was absently eating sunflower seeds, spitting out … Read more

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De levende wijsheid van het taoïsme

In het laatste boek van Aldous Huxley, ‘Eiland’ uit 1962, beschrijft hij een utopische samenleving op het fictieve eiland Pala. Zowel volwassenen en kinderen leven daar een gelukkig leven, volledig in harmonie met de natuur. Opvoeding, onderwijs, politiek, geneeskunde, seksualiteit – Huxley werpt een briljant licht op werkelijk elk onderwerp … Read more

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Ayahuasca – when the veil between life and death is lifted

  My two grandmothers were totally different. One was fat and cheerful, the other one thin and strict. I always wondered whom I would resemble most when I reached old age. When I was 16 my mother came to watch a theater show in which I played a queen. I … Read more

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The war of the sexes is over!

  Women’s night at the pub. Bosom friends. Each of them beautiful, confident women with a job and family. ‘Christian cheated on me’, announces Jennifer when the first round of mojitos has arrived. It’s as if she’s thrown a bloody piece of meat amidst a group of hungry lions. They … Read more

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In search of the mother's breast

My boyfriend has been trying to quit smoking for years. Every failed attempt leads to renewed contemplation about the cause of his addiction. ‘I think it’s because I was never breastfed’, he suggests. That’s a new one. ‘Smoking is a substitute for the instant satisfaction a baby experiences when he, … Read more

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Born to be happy

  Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, the heroine of palliative care, says that for a healthy person an emotion doesn’t last longer than 20 seconds. After experiencing and possibly expressing this emotion – crying, yelling, stamping – the person immediately returns to his natural state: a state of happiness, peace, cheerfulness and even … Read more

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