Living - Survival into Happiness?
interviewed by Bomoon
What is the motivation that brings people together with the intention to
live in a community like FalconBlanco? Is it the dream to live in a different
world than what is presented in this society? With different goals and
wanting to find values that make more sense? Are people looking for conditions
and a place that can make them happier than what is offered in a normal
set up of average citizenship?
Yes, this can be one reason, although it is very rare that some one can
abandon ones established life style, leaving every thing behind and live
under totally different conditions. So it will not be enough that one is
tired of the rat race, the usual life with working hard earning money to
be able to have a life style that includes all that are part of the consumer
It is not enough to
be tired of all this, one will need to have reached a state in which nothing
makes sense anymore, maybe one has passed a deep depression and feels desperate
and then has the urge to find something that is more essential and satisfying.
What happens then? People start to dream, imagining something different
and then they might find information about existing forms of life style
that confirms somehow their image. This can be the description of 'Intentional
Communities'. Then they feel confirmed in their dream and go there to complete
That's the moment
when the first error happens: People believe when they find a condition
where things are different, that then they will feel different and be happy.
That's not the case and people are finding out about it soon. Maybe the
first few weeks they are excited and are happy, but then they fall back
into the same mood they have been before. And that is because they are
carrying their whole luggage with them, what means that they are conditioned
and coming to a unconditioned place that doesn't mean that they can drop
their luggage, that's because they are not conscious about their conditioning.
They are not even willing to drop this because it is part of their personality
and this part doesn't want to be changed. So what they want is a new concept
instead of the consumer concept, or more exact: they want a new concept
to put it on top of their established ones. Unless they find a place that
follows the same established concept like society and then has upgraded
it with a spiritual, political or any kind of other concept that fits to
the dream of the seeking person.
There are many communities,
groups and sects who offer all kind of substitutes for the consumer concepts,
mostly spiritual ones. Then the members of those groups are satisfied and
occupied, at least for some time and it might even last for years. Now,
in FalconBlanco we don't offer any kind of concept or belief system, not
religious, spiritual, philosophical or whatever. And that makes it difficult
for people. They need to confront a kind of void when they are not able
to live their old concepts and not being able to grab a new one, then their
self-image and so their feeling of existence is disturbed. The usual behavior
is that they find the fault for their uncomfortable feelings in the outside.
Then even being told that the reason can be found in their own unconscious
background structure, they don't want to listen and they don't want to
look at themselves and consequently they leave. There have been many people
coming and going over the years here at Falcon Blanco...
So then wouldn't it have been better to give them a satisfying belief from
that they could find the strength to continue instead of leaving disappointed?
Yes, this would have been possible, there are many very convincing and
beautiful spiritual concepts available, that have been developed over centuries
and especially during the last few decades these concepts became very sophisticated.
But I see any kind of concept as a trap and as a kind of personality game
and I reject any trick just to hold people here and that they are content.
If they are not willing and ready to question themselves and to look at
themselves, then this is not the right place... And as a consequence I
prefer to withdraw myself and live alone some where in the mountains, instead
of joining common games.
I understand, you are talking about self-knowledge. Philosophers are talking
about this since several thousand years, but obviously very few people
live this. So then how can you find enough people to keep FalconBlanco
Indeed, this is one of the difficulties we are confronting. Too many people
are coming and going and it wasn't possible yet to form a stable team that
could hold a group energy and then could support also short time visitors.
Let's come back to the here and now and let me ask you what is happening
at the moment at FalconBlanco?
There isn't happening much, we had some disturbance from that we could
survive and now we are living quietly and taking care of the place, the
animals, the plants and ourselves. We have various new projects like expanding
our Internet presence with audio and videos, but this must wait, because
we need a few people more. At this moment we have enough work maintaining
the place and the ongoing work with our recycling project.
What are you doing with recycling?
Watch the video at http://thestoryofstuff.com
then you will understand what's all about. We try to do something about
becoming aware of our consumer attitude and recycling is part of this.
Even though it might look senseless to visitors, what we are doing, mostly
because money interests do not motivate it. But at least we try to do something.
People are so much caught in their consumer attitude, that it seems impossible
to change attitudes and habits. People don't care at all about the destructive
results. Of course this shows peoples state of being unconscious, they
are just not aware what they are doing and that their life style is not
at all creative but destroying themselves and the planet.
has organized since several years a recycling system with different container
for paper, plastic, metal, glass and garbage. But it doesn't work, people
mix all and don't separate their waste. The same happens with big companies
like super markets. They don't know what to do for example with all the
wooden pallets. So these go together with all the garbage into the landfill.
I thought this is
just ridiculous cutting trees, making pallets out of them, using them maybe
only once and then they go into the garbage. So we are saving trees by
collecting those pallets and sending them back to the mainland that they
can be used again. This is a free service we are giving to various companies
and they are all content. It is a lot of work but it makes sense.
Apart of this it keeps
us connected with the real world outside of FalconBlanco and keeps us moving.
Not just with the real world but it also and this is even more important,
it keeps us connected with the earth, the ground on which we are standing
and moving. It is a challenge to deal with a lot of material, to organize
all and to recycle material that otherwise would be wasted. The most significant
is that by dealing with in parts ridiculous things one is reacting out
of ones old conditioning and so one has the opportunity to observe this
and then get to know oneself...
You mean one is doing a kind of therapy by relating to absurd and provoking
Exactly, outside conditions and happenings that doesn’t fit into ones self
image make us react and this helps to get to know ones unconscious
structure and also one understands how ones system functions, as part of
human nature. Indeed one can learn and gain self-knowledge, although one
needs to be ready for it. If the defense, to hold on ones established structure
is still too strong, then this person will find the fault always on the
outside and in others and then nothing can change. That's the same with
all systems on all levels. I have written about it in my article about
Yes, we can observe it at the political scene, the solution always will
be seen in the outside but never within the system. But let's stay with
what happens at FalconBlanco. What do you see as the most effective work
you are doing?
What we are doing outside probably has little effect and also our work
in the Internet, we can only represent ourselves, be present and express
ourselves. This has very little effect, at least the response or the lack
of response let me think so.
But you told me that there are positive responses and people are thankful
for the support from your Web site.
Yes, there are a few good feedback, but when there are about 5.000 visitors
daily at the FalconBlanco Web site and there is one response in one or
two weeks, that means one
out of 50.000 gets something positive out of what I'm writing and tells
about it. Maybe that's because I'm not famous. A football player or film
star has thousand times more response and friends.
Yes, but these people are on another boat. About responses I can tell you
that at the television stations it is seen as positive if one out of 100.000
gives a feedback and so yours is pretty good...
Indeed, those people who are excited about their hero are identified with
these and so feel confirmed. The hero is a kind of authority and they try
to copy their behavior and outlook. People who came to FalconBlanco are
also trying to get confirmation for their concepts, mostly of spiritual
nature, because they belief we are spiritual and so we must understand
them. But then they are disappointed because we don't support any kind
of concept. Then they try to convince us to adapt their beautiful spiritual
concept and are very upset if we are not interested.
Then often happens
the other game, that they want to see me as a kind of authority. This is
not possible with me and I am rejecting any kind of role as a leader or
If people don't understand
something, then of course they can ask. I don't want to talk anymore without
being ask. I told people here that they should watch the video about 'the
story of stuff' and I said that this would be important, to understand
what we are doing here. So one or the other watched the video, but there
was no comment... I see why: There is still this image present that it
is desirable to be able to buy what one wants and throw it away if one
wants something else and then of course 'recycling' doesn't fit into such
What else are you doing together as a group beside the recycling?
The daily work to maintain the place with all people, animals and plants
is enough to keep us busy, but there is enough time and space for each
person to find a way to express oneself in an artistic way. One is making
music, another one is writing and also poetry, another one is investigating
about alternative ways of self healing, one person is searching for ways
to train and educate dogs, another one is rising four baby cats we found
in a rubbish container, - a bit absurd because we have about twenty cats
we are taking care of. And then, it's not really a 'doing', but we are
doing meditation together.
You told me that you are doing nothing for money, all what you do is because
you like to do it and it makes sense and seems the best you can do. But
what about the needs every body has? People need a shelter, they need food
and many other things that one can only get with money buying it.
That's not the case for us, we have plenty shelter and every one here has
his/her own room and there is plenty of food, we could feed three times
more people... About what you say that people need: Let me give an example.
If one is thirsty then one can drink water, one doesn't need all those
color sugar drinks. If one has fallen into the trap of advertisements that
you will only feel great if you drink this stuff, then you will need to
buy it and you will not be satisfy just drinking water.
the established concept that one needs to buy things to be happy and of
course they are interested to keep it that way. This is false, the sense
of life is not consuming fake...
Moneymaker are investing
good part of the money they make to convince their customer that they need
these dubious products and so they keep the fake ball rolling. It is absolutely
impossible for me to do something about this. We only can act in our surrounding
and do what feels right, not depending and being influenced from others.
We have no possibility to make advertisements to influence people that
they change their attitude and behavior. This will need to happen when
they are sick and desperate enough to then start to question themselves
and then also ask what they might have done wrong…
What is your main interest in that you invest your energy?
My interest is to distribute information about the 'StressReleaseExercise'
because I'm convinced that this is the most effective one can do to find
a way out of ones personal cage to realize the freedom to get to know oneself
and explore spaces beyond ones personality. Then being able to enjoy ones
existence without fear entering into unknown fields. One can find the space
for this where ever one lives, although it is not an easy thing to do because
of the pressure from ones surrounding and society. That's one reason why
I have created FalconBlanco and I believe here it is much easier to find
the way to connect with oneself and so to survive into a newly grown state
of happiness that is more stable and permanent and doesn't depend on outside
circumstances and conditions.
Your questions make
me think that indeed it would be good to write done a kind of working concept,
so that people can understand better what we are doing and why we are doing
this. I will make a kind of step by step program. We can talk about this
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