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inside 6-7 The Bicycle Effect: Cycling as Meditation BY JUAN CARLOS KREIMER

10-11 The Solution is Just a Stone’s Throw Away How to bring deadlocked life situations back on track with help of the SOURCE-method BY KIRA KLENKE

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The Bicycle Effect: Cycling as Meditation


AT THE TURN of the ZERO COST millennium, the bicycle— RESPONSE TO MODERN LIFE formerly a children’s toy and means of transportation Just like meditation—another for people with low-income zero cost response to modern life—cycling empties the mind who could not even access a and opens it to other pathways. moped—became indispensable This is where there are real surfor everyday life, not just on prises and those new ideas flash Sunday mornings but for those up that have us say, “Ah, how living in urban centers. Four out did I not realize this before, if it of 10 young people and adults of was so obvious.” any city in the first, second or third world have a bike. And those who This effect of awakening, as it is called in Zen, expands to other don’t can usually borrow one. areas of life, and when we least The bicycle creates a habit. expect it, the mind notices that The same rhythm of pedal- something has happened in the ing, breathing, the view turned way we each consider our belief towards the open sky, affect the system. It’s not as if we have cyclist’s mind in a way that will actually changed. We are simply release preoccupations, expec- closer to our own nature. More tations and anxieties. To start in touch with everything. More with, you cannot talk on the aware that life is this too. It’s our choice to take it or lose it. mobile.


GETTING IN THE MIDDLE OF WHAT HAPPENS While getting carried away by road (or bike path), it is not uncommon to discover other areas in certain neighborhoods we thought we knew. We take in more details, read more into what we observe. We are not travelling in a shoebox and looking through the holes: We are in the middle of what happens. Beyond what changes in oneself, the cyclist notes soon after discovering cycling, that the bike indicates also coexistence. Motorized transport is a risk for him. On two wheels one constitutes one’s own carriage. If we indicate by arm the kind of maneuver that we are about to perform and estab-

lish eye contact before doing it, the answer is almost always a nod of approval. This, in itself, is a change: it speaks of mutual understanding. We are considerate towards the other; the other is considerate towards us. The more correct we move, the more they respect us. Invisible to the eyes is the same attitude that spreads to other situations in life.

formations that make a better life. Attitudes and acts that seem minor empower those for whom they become a daily practice. It adds more value to individual liberties possible in spite of all.


About the Author: Juan Carlos Kreimer is an Argentinean writer and publisher. He lives in Buenos Aires. Juan is in his early 70s and continThe bicycle boom, regardless ues to ride his bike around 20 to of its social dimension, records 30 miles a day. For more informawithin a series of personal trans- tion go to

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The Solution is Just a Stone’s Throw Away How to bring deadlocked life situations back on track with help of the SOURCE-method


HAVE YOU FELT annoyed at work by a boss or colleague? Maybe you’re stressed by upcoming change in your life? Are you worried about children or other family members? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” the SOURCE method could help you. SOURCE is an easily learned self-help method, which anyone can use to create constructive solutions for any kind of problem. The Source method is free of external advisors, authorities, coaches or expensive seminars. This tool utilizes our inner intuitive guidance to help with life situations. Of course physical or mental health conditions may require professional, medical or therapeutic guidance.


Some life situations generate feelings of helplessness or hopelessness and intellectual reasoning is not sufficient for figuring out what to do or what to change. Of course we must first bring reason. However, our patterns of behavior, thoughts and habits are stronger and often unconsciously block new ideas and attitudes for fear of the unknown. In this case, other approaches are required. One such approach is the intuitive SOURCE-method.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE INTUITIVE SOURCE-METHOD You need a handful of small (semi-precious) stones, which are visually distinguishable along with a large, free surface and a sheet of paper and a pen.

1. Get in tune: Relax and con-

sciously sense your breathing and your body, pay attention to your gut feeling. 2. Write down the issue or prob-

lem in a few sentences. 3. Make a list of all the involved

people and influencing factors. Select the five to seven most important on your list. 4. For each of these influencing

factors choose a stone to represent it. Make a note of it. 5. Gently hold the five to seven

stones between your hands. Ask for guidance to help you recognize the facts and interrelations that you have not seen. Throw the stones on the free surface. Before doing so ask that the pattern the stones make when they fall will

clarify the state of your issue. 6. What patterns do you see in

example “self-esteem” or “the power of saying no.” You have met your goal when viewing the stone constellation creates a sort of “aha moment” or a sense of relief.


the constellation? Examine the contextual relationships using the list created in step 4. For example: “My insecurity” is constraining “my request for a 8. The meaning of the stones can now be interpreted by their raise” locations and positions relative 7. What stones have to be to one another. The ultimate moved in order to harmonize pattern/constellation you create the situation? Sense how the generates a message. For examstones need to be shifted for the ple, the final constellation may situation to become more bear- suggest to you that, ‘My feelings able, more coherent and more are now at the center of things.’ peaceful. Proceed using your Look at your final constellaintuition. Trace and sense how tion and formulate a message each shift of a stone also imme- into a sentence that brings you diately changes the energy rela- strength. tions between the other remaining stones. You can add new stones, a.k.a For more information go to new influencing factors for Findhorn Press

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The Art of Shapeshifting: Visionary Art and Healing


In my creations, animals and humans share elements: one emerging out of the other in a transmutation that masks that which originates and that which follows. Origins and My work speaks of a longing for boundaries become fluid and wildness. Opposing forces of forms from the Dreamworld dark and light find their place. of the Great Mystery manifest through a thin veil. The creatures inhabiting my installations of art are hybrids of I am often asked what real entities in nature and imag- inspires my work and what inary forms. Different percep- lies behind my imagery. When tions of reality are questioned. animals speak to me, through Where do animal and human my psyche, dreams or visions, meet? Human and animal parts I honor their being by creatmorph to form new species. ing a piece of art. And when I Boundaries between the con- am ailing or suffering, I invoke scious and unconscious realms an animal that will bring healare blurred. One is invited ing and clarity. I witness that to question the relationships this can happen for the viewer between these creatures, and as well. Many of my images how they interact with us in our are a blending of the animal dreams, psyche, and everyday and human forms. I become the animal, and the animal existence. becomes me, shape-shifting soWITHIN EVERY ONE of us there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force of instinctual and creative being.


to-say. I feel the fur, the scales, or the talons moving through me, as well as the elements of the earth…roots, vines, rivers or oceans, piercing and running through my bones, flesh and skin. Simultaneously, my veins, arteries, cells and DNA move through and out of my body to join the elements of the earth, water, and sky. My work is about reclaiming our wild and instinctual being, and about reconnecting with our roots to heal individual, generational and collective trauma, and subsequently healing Mother Earth. It is about connection and disconnection, from our own bodies and from the Earth body; knowing that when we harm or disown our own bodies, Mother Earth and all her creatures are harmed as well. We see this today, as our planet is suffering and animal


“The Vision” (detail), 2015, mixed media on frosted mylar, full image is 50”x40.”

species are dwindling. And we see this in the loss of our voices and wild instinctual knowing. I bring exquisite beauty into my work, which allows one to look at the dark as well as the light,

knowing that the two are necessary and inseparable. Only by shining light into the darkness can we really shift, heal and CONTINUED PAGE 14...

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transform both our internal and and channeling of the unconexternal worlds. scious and as-of-yet unformed energies from all realms. Lines There is a precision to my and patterns are created and initial process in rendering a wiped out, over and over again, form, followed by a streaming until the truth appears. The ten-

sion of creation and dissolution are always at play. This speaks to the energies of other dimensions, and of impermanence, and to the repeated cycles of destruction and creation. Questions are asked of evolution, cellular memory, generational healing, energetic re-patterning, and the portals of unseen energies that come into and out of manifestation. The eyes of my creatures are one of the most powerful and important aspects of my work, offering gateways to the soul. Each eye carries one to another universe, their own universe, where their wounds and the wounds of the planet can be held and healed. Each image offers a mirror. One is reminded of the places within that have been cut off and disembodied, with a simultaneous knowing of the oneness and innate connection that draws us to life and living. Both fierceness and vulnerability are expressed through these

“Serpent-Rose Fox”, 2016, mixed media on frosted mylar, 54”x40”



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eyes: eyes that can see through the illusions of separation. Of other great significance are the veins and arteries, that become roots planted deep into the earth, all providing nurturance and sustenance, as well as portraying the blood of connection and the blood of wounds: a calling and connecting to our ancestors.


include the traumatic death of a best friend in my hands at age 22, a short stint in medical school, completed degrees in physical therapy and homeopathy, extensive training in energy healing and Craniosacral Therapy, continued self-healing and refection, and most significant of all, my mothering of two incredible and beautifully wild I am a self-taught artist, boys, now ages 11 and 17. and the wide array of life experiences that inform my work, Paula’s art can be seen by appoint-

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ment at her Casket Arts studio in Minneapolis (http://casketarts. com/), and during various exhibitions throughout the year. These exhibitions are routinely updated on my website ( Paula also does commissioned work for those wanting to bring in the medicine of particular animal totems that they are working with. In addition to her artistic practice, she practices Craniosacral therapy and energy work out of her Minneapolis home office. fall 2016


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