18 April 2010

tHe sHacK...


what an amazing book !!! I just finished this morning and I'm still so thrilled about it all... I highly recommend it ...lots of deep insights given with a nice sense of humour... you can check it out here on "the Shack" 's website.
It will definitely break down all your pre-conceived stereotype images you may have of God... :-)


Let me share just a little part that stood out to me, to give you a little taste :
(one of the many conversations between Mack, the main character, and Jesus)

" (Jesus) "Mack, the world system is what it is. Institutions, systems, ideologies, and all the vain, futile efforts of humanity that go with them are everywhere, and interaction with all of it is unavoidable.
But I can give you freedom to overcome any system of power in which you find yourself, be it religious, economic, social, or political. You will grow in the freedom to be inside or outside all kinds of systems and to move freely between and among them. Together, you and I can be in it and not of it."

(Mack) "But so many of the people I care about seem to be both in it and of it!" Mack was thinking of his friends, church people who expressed love to him and his family. He knew they loved Jesus, but were also sold out to religious activity and patriotism.

"Mack, I love them. And you wrongly judge many of them. For those who are both in it and of it, we must find ways to love and serve them, don't you think?" asked Jesus. "Remember, the people who know me are the ones who are free to live and love without any agenda."

" Is that what it means to be a Christian?" It sounded kind of stupid as Mack said it, but it was how he was trying to sum everything up in his mind.

"Who said anything about being a Christian? I am not a Christian."

The idea struck Mack as odd and unexpected and he couldn't keep himself from grinning. " No, I suppose you aren't."

" Those who love me come from every system that exists. They are Buddhists or Mormons, Baptists or Muslims, Democrats, Republicans and many who don't vote or are not part of any sunday morning or religious institutions. I have followers who were murderers and many who were self-righteous. Some are bankers and bookies, Americans and Iraquis, Jews and Palestinians. I have no desire to make them Christian, but I do want to join them in their transformation into sons and daughters of my Papa, into my brothers and sisters, into my Beloved."

"Does that mean", asked Mack, "that all roads will lead to you?"

"Not al all," smiled Jesus as he reached for the door handle to the shop. : Most roads don't lead anywhere. What it does mean is that I will travel any road to find you."........"


Wow...Isn't that a brilliant conversation?!!! it's something God has been showing me the last few years of my journey...
But I will not share much more... try to get a hold of this book...
If not more, it will for sure make you desire to be in the presence of God, have a wee chat and maybe a cup' a tea with Him, or Her, or Them ...eh, eh, eh ...Isn't God mind blowing !!!
:-)...

15 April 2010

wOnDeRs oF nAtUrE...


I just arrived from Dublin, after not being sure I was actually about to take the flight. All UK airports are closed because of a vulcano in south Iceland which erupted today...they say this ashes are really dangerous for the plain's engines so they are not risking to allow any plains to take off...
Even flights to Brussels were being canceled, I didn't understand...but I guess there was no danger to fly south to Portugal... Fiiiuuu...it was a bit chaotic at the airport, but I made it to the gate on time...
Thank God there are no major loses in Iceland, people are being evacuated, but no injuries nor deaths...just quickly read the news...
Made me think about the power and strength of nature, and how often we neglect the way we treat the earth... people were just complaining and stressing because they were either wasting time or money...maybe we could all think a bit more about our responsibility towards creation and stop being so selfish...maybe we could avoid flying so much :-/ ... I have to recognize that I do feel bad for taking so many flights...and it's so crazy these days...airports are more like bus stations... it's so cheap and easy... but how much longer the earth will be able to "afford" all this pollution? maybe till petrol runs out
:-/ ...

... at the same time, it's thrilling and beautiful to realize how magnificent this planet is ... the whole universe, created in perfect balance and harmony... supposed to be cared for, but instead, being used and abused, raped by our egocentric and selfish nature...
I stay in awe and fear before it and the One who create it with so much love and wisdom...

It was only 2 days before when I was walking with Emma along the coast on "the highway to health" in Whitehead (north of Belfast)... So beautiful landscape...green cliffs, caves...nice aromas and beautiful colours, all sorts of birds, wild rabbits... we were about to go back when I just decided to climb a rock and get myself inside a little cave :-)... I was admiring the beauty and vastness of the ocean, when suddenly I saw a big fish swimming... on my first look I thought it was a shark...but then it was obvious, they were dolphins... wow... I could never imagine nor expect that...it was beautiful... me and Emma were like children shouting at them... check out the video

there was a local there who said that they come around sometimes, but he never saw them jumping like they did... it was amazing... a gift to be able to witness it... I think dolphins like showing off :-)... it was brilliant !!! we were sooo thankful !!!

Anyway, I still have one hour to wait for my train and finally get back home... I heard from Lyna that Huck (one of our dogs) is bleeding and they can't treat him (he often doesn't allow anyone to come near)...we're just praying and hoping he'll be alright... can't wait to be back home :-)

12 April 2010

oNe mOrE suCceSsfUl PErMaCuLtUrE cOuRsE ...


we finished one more successful permaculture course at the land... with 13 participants, most of them Portuguese (which made me really glad), few Germans, one Dutch and a "multicultural" one (eh, eh, hard to define, but basically he's born in Holand, lives in Portugal for more than 10 years and his parents are both from America)... that's Chris Uhler for those who know, he's part of the "house" already...and he was also the youngest of the participants... It was a pleasure to know all of them... and it was a pleasure to spend some time again with Lesley who is such a delight... Most of the people who came were new for me, so it was nice to get to know them... all such beautiful people...
Marcia also came from Lisbon to help me and Lyna in the kitchen, and as she said, it was so nice to spend this time with
like-minded people, even though all different and unique in our own ways... it was soooo nice to be with Marcia again... I miss her so much...

I 've been wanting to post for long time, cuz the course actually finished on the 28th of March, 2 weeks from now... but I was totally exhausted and I didn't really feel much enthusiastic about being in front of a computer, even though I spent lots of time speaking about all the experiences and the ones I got to meet...
most people left the land on monday the 29th, and a couple, Gualter and Silvia with their baby Violeta, stayed with us till the following friday...
Nolan also came back after spending 2 weeks with his father and grandmother in Algarve... me and obviously Lyna missed him so much and it was nice to have him and Violeta together for few days... Lyna was a bit shocked with the new hair cut that Nolan came with , so she gave it a little "touch"... as far as we know a lady in Algarve was just going to cut "a bit" in front and ended up almost shaving all his hair... I like Lyna's "touch" actually...anyway, he will always be cute, no matter how he looks !!! :-)

On saturday I came to the north of Ireland, from where I'm writing at the moment, to take some rest and also to be with Emma and her family... It's been a lovely time so far, and today "brother Tom" arrived from Scotland and he will be around till saturday... I leave on thursday early morning though... I've already had a nice conversation as soon as he arrived... he has just started a community garden with his neighbourhood in the suburbs of Edinburgh (a place that sounds pretty "rough"), and he's totally excited about it... I am excited myself just from listening about it... it's like seeing the potential of a seed that has just being planted... can't wait for the follow up of the next years to come...

OK, I think I had enough for today...just "warming up"...eh, eh... but tomorrow I want to take more time to write about the week of the permaculture course on the Mount of Oaks blog ... so , just pop by soon if you're interested...