Howie the Harp

Well kids, this will be my last post for a while. I did my best, did my best in school, made a career and Intl. Business and still: my parents got sick, I got sick, I’m pretty much broke and single. So, good luck! Do whatever you feel like 😉 Because I went back to school today… Peace ✌🏻

What we do in life, echoes in eternity

Tesla electrical cars, Elon Musk, the first commercial flight into space, anyways, the talk of the century.

But few people know where the name Tesla comes from. Do you? The car is named after Nikola Tesla, a Serbian American electrical engineer who contributed to the invention of the AC electricity supply system, amongst other things.

‘What we do in life, echoes in eternity’. A very powerful line so beautifully expressed by Russell Crowe, who starred as General Maximus in the 2000 movie The Gladiator.

Nikola Tesla’s heritage still echoes in eternity. His AC electrical supply system, or ‘electricity’ is still used every day all over the world. And in another hundred years I’m sure many many more electrical cars will drive around, plus commercial flights will go into space all the time. All because of what Nikola Tesla did in his lifetime, and Elon Musk after him.

Tesla once said: ‘If you want to know the secrets to the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration’. I do, I do think in terms of frequency. I believe life is like a set of waves, sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down.

What if you can learn to surf life like riding a set of waves? Find your own frequency and learn to surf life’s waves:

The waves of life

Growing up, I thought life was a linear upward line, or a nice round circle.

But this changed one day, when I was watching my brother ride waves from the beach. Watching him surf made me realize that in surfing you can find your right frequency, so to speak. What if you can learn how to ‘Surf Life’, I wondered. What if you can learn to ‘Surf Life’ like riding a set of waves?

I don’t think there is any doubt by now that there is an order in life, or in our Universe. Take the frequency of electromagnetic ‘waves’.

Are there others who believe you can ‘Surf Life’? I think Lao Tzu already gave a hint with his Taoism before he even knew what ‘surfing’ was. Taoism compares life to a river, it states that when we go along with the current, we align ourselves with its natural course. Hence, ‘going with the flow’.

Modern day writers as well, mention that ‘you can’t stop the ‘waves’, but you can learn how to surf’ (John Kabat Zinn). And that ‘when you go with the flow, you’re surfing life force’ (Danielle LaPorte).

In the end, to me, life is like a set of waves, sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down.

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‘People doubt that your thoughts create reality for you. It doesn’t, if you’re just sitting around thinking about something. It doesn’t. But there’s no question if the energy and the vibrational frequency is correct, is in sync with what is to come your way, that there is a space that you create, that allows that to happen.’

– Oprah Winfrey

The ‘Vision Quest‘

In 2014 I was handed this book, called ‘The Book of the Vision Quest’. The story goes that in some indigenous tribes boys, who are about to become of age, are send into the wild for three days and three nights. All by themselves, without any food or water. During these solitary 72 hours they are to imagine what they will become once they return to their communities as men. Will they be a fisherman, a medicine man maybe?

This story inspired me to go on my own Quest to the rest of my life. It took me from The Netherlands to Australia and the US West Coast, back to my home country. I got lost and finally found myself in The Hague. The Quest is taking me a little bit longer than anticipated, but I trust in a bright outcome.

Existential Crisis

‘When I let go of what I am, I become who I might be’. Lao Tzu

Let’s say spiritual and psychological awakening starts around age 35, and Xennials are born between the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. This means that this micro generation who turns 35 around 2015 will at some point go on a quest to the rest of their lives. They will learn how to Surf Life in those years, while dealing with life’s bigger questions: ‘Who am I and What do I want?’

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Life is like a box of chocolates

On my quest to the rest of my life I stumble upon a lot of content that helps me lead the way. And it makes me realize even more, I am, and have not been, the only ‘surfer’.

“Thinking of life as a journey is a metaphor. We can think of life’s journey in many different ways. From our beginning life is taking us to a destination with challenging adventures along the way. Life may be seen as an ocean voyage across unknown depths where storms occasionally toss us about as we seek the safety of calm shores. An old bluegrass song tells us that life is like journeying on a mountain railway with hills, tunnels, dangerous curves and the need of a brave engineer.

Other metaphors speak of life as a wheel taking us through the circularity of change. Life may be seen as a spiral leading us upward in our growth towards maturity. The movie character, Forest Gump, says that, “Life is like a box chocolates. You never know what you will get.” Take a chance and see what happens. Metaphors of life give us a vision of the life process and help us to understand what is required for the essential tasks of psychological and spiritual growth.”


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