Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Carpe Diem #1128 Imagine the Road to Santiago

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I haven't enough time today to create a full episode of today's CDHK month in which we are on our Road to Santiago, a beautiful pilgrimage. While we are walking this Road we are reading "The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho.

I love to inspire you today with only an image, say this is an episode of Carpe Diem Imagination. Here is the image to inspire you. It is taken somewhere along the Road to Santiago.

Somewhere along the Road to Santiago
This "special" episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until January 23rd at noon (CET).

Carpe Diem honors Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) A.) already red

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As I promised you I would like to honor Jane Reichhold with a special Theme Week around her 80th birthday. As Jane would be still alive then she would have turned 80 today. Today is Jane's birthday, January 18th. This is the reason why I will create a week of special CDHK episodes to honor Jane, whom is still missed by the haiku world and by me and several others.
For this special Theme Week I have created a nice logo (I think):

As you all know Jane died by her own choice last year at the end of July. She will be missed forever. Jane was a great inspiration to me and my mentor. She meant a lot for the growth of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and she will be here forever, her spirit will always be with us ...

I have only nice and precious memories of her and I remember that I first came in contact with her short after the start of CDHK. Before that moment I never had heard of her, but when I got to know her I have read all she has written. She even became our co-host here at CDHK.

Today I love to honor her with a few wonderful winter haiku:

the amaryllis bud
already red

already red
melted snow water
trickling over the veins
of a dried beech leaf

moving around
the wind in the pines
comes home

© Jane Reichhold

Three beauties I would say. Jane was a very gifted and loved haiku poetess ... she will always be in my heart.

I cherish the beauty of a queen red amaryllis

© Chèvrefeuille

This special episode in honor of Jane Reichhold's 80th birthday is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until January 23rd at noon (CET).

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Carpe Diem #1127 penitence

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

The Road to Santiago, one of the most famous (and most  beautiful) pilgrimages has secrets, but also along the way you can find wonderful villages, cities and beautiful places like churches and cloisters. Somewhere along the Road to Santiago you encounter a village named Osbanos where you can find a church devoted to Felicia of Aquitaine. In that church built somewhere in the 12th century a murder took place. Here is that story told by an old wise man which Paulo and Petrus met along the Road.


[...] ‘Right there. That’s the exact spot where love was murdered,’ said the old man, pointing to a small church built into the rocks.
The heat of the day was almost unbearable, and in all of the bars and villages where we stopped, the people complained about the drought. Because of the heat, we adopted the Spanish custom of the siesta and rested between two and four in the afternoon when the sun was at its hottest.
That afternoon, as we sat in an olive grove, the old man had come up to us and offered us a taste of wine. In spite of the heat, the habit of drinking wine had been part of life in that region for centuries.
‘What do you mean, love was murdered there?’ I asked, since the old man seemed to want to strike up a conversation.
‘Many centuries ago, a princess who was walking the Road to Santiago, Felicia of Aquitaine, decided, on her way back to Compostela, to give up everything and live here. She was love itself, because she divided all of her wealth among the poor people of the region and began to care for the sick.’
‘Her brother, Duke Guillermo, was sent by their father to bring her home. But Felicia refused to go. In desperation, the duke fatally stabbed her there in that small church that you can see in the distance; she had built it with her own hands in order to care for the poor and offer praise to God.
‘When he came to his senses and realized what he had done, the duke went to Rome to ask the pope’s forgiveness. As penitence, the pope ordered him to walk to Compostela. Then a curious thing happened: on his way back, when he arrived here, he had the same impulse as his sister, and he stayed on, living in that little church that his sister had built, caring for the poor until the last days of his long life.’ [...]
(Source: The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho)

Isn't it a wonderful story? Here the one who murdered love, his own sister, walks the Road and suddenly, how curious, he becomes the same as his sister ... This is what love can do with you when you are walking the Road to Santiago. It's a walk to enlightenment, to recover from all what happened in your life. At the end of the Road, there is light, there is the revelation that you are a good person, full of unconditional love.

first narcissus blooms conquering the long cold winter a new life starts

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until January 22nd at noon (CET).

Monday, January 16, 2017

Carpe Diem #1126 depend on yourself

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy to present a new episode of CDHK to you, but first this: Yesterday our Spring Retreat 2017 "fragile beauty" has started, you can find the link towards the Spring Retreat highlighted at the left side of our Kai.

Yesterday I stated that the Road to Santiago has connections with the Tarot and I love to explain that. As you maybe know on all the Tarot cards of the so called "major arcana" you can see flowing water. This water is also known as "the path of life", as in Jesus is the Water of Life. This path, our Road to Santiago, has that goal too. As we walk the Road we will grow spiritual and become more in tune with our surroundings and the Cosmos. We will cleanse our souls with the water of life ... becoming a part of the bigger plan ...

Paulo has spoken with Father Jordi who has showed him a wonderful miracle with his scallops. They started to glow, yes Father Jordi is a sorcerer of the Tradition and he (Father Jordi) shows Paulo how he can reach the end of the Road. He has to depend on himself, not only on his guide Petrus, because he will not always have a guide to point him the way.

This is what the Road teaches us. Follow the directions given along the Road (see above image) than you will always return on the right track. In this I see the following: In our life we are learning constantly sometimes we do it our own way, sometimes we do it in a guided way. For example: As I was a youngster my parents taught me that you have to believe in God and in His Son. Of course I was delighted with that belief, but as I became older (and wiser?) I left the church were we were part of and became a member of an Evangelical church. I hoped to find the happiness of believing, but I didn't. In a way I couldn't find my path. I knew there was some goal which I had to reach, but I didn't know how. So I studied a lot of books and went to listen to several wise man and woman, but I didn't find what I sought for. Finally I decided to give words to my wishes, my believes and so I found my path ... without a teacher or guide. I had to depend on myself.

There is of course nothing wrong with following a teacher or a guru, but you always have to think "do I need him (or her), or is it a false prophet I follow? Depend on your own wisdom, your own knowledge. Let your heart speak for you and not your mind. Open up to the world around you ... listen to what nature tells you, or what say that Higher Power that is always around us ... and follow your own path ... we are all wise ...

Father Jordi says it in this way:

[...] ‘The Jacobean route is marked with yellow pointers, painted all the way across Spain. If you should lose your way at any time, look for the markers – on trees, on stones, and on traffic signs – and you will be able to find a safe place. Try to depend mainly on yourself ". [...] (Source: The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho)

Yesterday I said "if you would like to know more about the Tarot than you can read the posts of May 2013". I remember that May 2013 was one of the toughest months to create, because of the "bad, occult name" of the Tarot, but I succeeded to explain that month that the Tarot is Divine ... The Road to Santiago is Divine too. It will bring us the secret knowledge of ages and it will show us how to grow spiritual ... I am just your guide, your host, but you have to do it on yourself. I cannot say how you have to use the posts for inspiration ... you have to depend on yourself ...

flowing with the stream
the High Priestess on her throne -
divine mother
gave birth to the Son of God
through the Holy Spirit

through the Holy Spirit
mankind opened their eyes
secrets revealed
seeking the way to the Inner Self -
flowing with the stream

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until January 21st at noon (CET).

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Carpe Diem #1125 The Road to Santiago is part of the Tarot.

!!! The Spring Retreat 2017 "fragile beauty" has started !!!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a belated episode of our Haiku Kai. We are on our way to Santiago, on our virtual pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint James. While we are on our way we are reading "The Pilgrimage" by Paulo Coelho.
At the beginning of our pilgrimage I told you about the miracles of the Tradition, you will remember the story about Paulo's sword that he lost. It's that sword which drives him to walk the Road to Santiago, one of the most known pilgrimages on our planet and one of the most spiritual paths we will ever encounter.

Today, as you can read in our title, I love to tell you a little bit more about the connection between the Road to Santiago and the Tarot. (To learn more about the Tarot, you can download the CDHK E-book about it in our library, or visit May 2013). Maybe you know that the Tarot works with 54 cards, it has a "major arcana" and a "minor arcana".

While Paulo and his guide are on their way to Santiago, they visit the cloister of Roncesvalles where they meet with Father Jordi. Father Jordi is not only a monk, but also a sorcerer, a strange combination, but Father Jordi is a sorcerer in the Tradition. He and Paulo have a conversation together which I will re-produce here:

[...] "Father Jordi sat at the table, leaving me standing. He took some herbs and lit them, filling the place with their perfume. More and more, the situation reminded me of my encounter with Mme Lourdes. ‘First, I want to tell you something,’ said Father Jordi. ‘The Jacobean route is only one of four roads. It is the Road of the Spades, and it may give you power, but that is not enough.’
‘What are the other three?’
‘You know at least two others: the Road to Jerusalem, which is the Road of the Hearts, or of the Grail, and which endows you with the ability to perform miracles; and the Road to Rome, which is the Road of the Clubs; it allows you to communicate with other worlds.’
‘So what’s missing is the Road of the Diamonds to complete the four suits of the deck,’ I joked. And the father laughed.  ‘Exactly. That’s the secret Road. If you take it someday, you won’t be helped by anybody. For now, let us leave that one aside.” [...]
(Source: The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho)
As you can read in this conversation Father Jordi tells Paulo about the four pilgrimages. Paulo knows three of them, but the fourth he didn't know and I didn't know about that one too. It's the so called secret road, this points more towards the Tradition and more to the spiritual growth. Maybe we will see more about this pilgrimage later on this month.

Those four roads are refering in their name to the Tarot and I hope to tell you more about that in episodes to come.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until January 20th at noon (CET).