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The 2014 film about the Coalition of Joy!

In November 2013, we were on our way through California, and got inspired indeed! We met many joyful people – scientists, researchers, political activists, and spiritual seekers.

We recorded some of these meetings and interviews. In the film, I put together also memories and inspirations of the last five years, since the creation of the Coalition of Joy, and even further back to the beginnings of our play around laughter.

Enjoy!

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Mayan Philosophy

Mayan Philosophy

Visit of the Centre of Maya Investigation, Haaltun-Ha, January 2014

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Christina and I did not exactly come to Yucatan to study Maya culture. We even had some reservations about it after some funny experiences with Mayan priests in Guatemala some years ago.
We came to Yucatan and Mexico for more joyful reasons and also with the intention to continue writing our books, producing films, and having fun as always.
But being at the Peninsula of Yucatan, we became interested, read some books and texts, visited the ruins of Dzibilchaltun north of Merida, and swam in holy cenotes in very very clear and beautiful waters.

And at some point we were lucky enough to meet Gabriel, a descendent of a Maya priest near Merida, who opened with his openness our inner doors of perception.

Of course, synchronicity!
I had told Karla, our young, charming host in Merida, about my thoughts concerning Maya culture. „I would like to get a personal feeling about it“, I said. „In Christianity, I have heard the message, Love each other. I do not understand until now the message of the Mayan culture.“
Karla is a psychologist, and a dance and yoga teacher with her own studio in the house. She has studied spiritual subjects and is radiating friendliness and love. „I understand“, she said. „I have a friend, Gabriel. He knows a lot about it and is a very nice man. He has built his own Mayan centre. Let‘s go and see him next Sunday.“

So yesterday we drove with Karla and two friends to the village of Nolo. Gabriel‘s place is quite hidden, nearly in the bush. On his land we saw amazing things: His father had erected a replica of the pyramid of Chichen Itza, about half a meter high. He built a meditation stool of stones and a meeting place with a hidden meaning.
Gabrial was not there when we arrived. Karla explained us the meditation stool, and we tried it out. So much power!

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Then Gabriel arrived; a man of maybe 40 years. First he asked us to come to the special meeting place.

„Here is the big stone in the middle. It is made for rituals. And around there are nine stones to sit at. They are the nine months of our Mayan calendar.
The middle stone is directed towards North. The North is white, the South is yellow, East is red, and West is black.
East is the rising of the sun, the light. In the west the sun goes down; it is the darkness.“

He told us that his father had held reunions and ceremonies here, and that he was continuing with this tradition.
„We are a council of 25 Maya elders and priests in Yucatan“, he said. „Last December, at the time of winter solstice, there was a meeting of Maya priests from Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Belice here in Mexico.“

He led us to an open house. In its middle we saw a photo of his father who died at the age of 51, 17 years ago.
On the wall, there was a great black and white mural of Mayan mythology. Gabriel explained the meaning of the calendar, of the holy snake Kukulkan, and of the four directions.

„For us, it is Ku-ku ul ka an“, he said. „With the double u it means: Admired god of the infinite. Kukulkan with only one u means the feathered snake. This can only be understood by people who speak the Mayan language.“

„The most important questions in Maya philosophy are the following: Who am I? Where do I come from? Where do I go?“

No, here, a feeling of being at home entered me. This is perennial philosophy. These questions were put – and sometimes answered 🙂 – by philosophers over the ages. The oracle of Delphi, and Deepak Chopra. The Shift Network, and Christina Fleur de Lys.

Then he commented about the four last months of the Mayan Calendar. „They are the month of music, the month of dance, the month of knowledge, and the last month of the Here and Now“, he said. He explained the cosmology and astronomy of these months and said that the last one, the Here and Now, is only 5 days long. These five add to 360 days. „These days were especially celebrated“ he said.
We mentioned the book of Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, but he had not heard about it.
I then told him about our mission and vision of joy, and about the coalition of joy. I said that these four months for me were an expression of joy, because in joy we often dance and sing, and we celebrate the here and now. „This is wonderful“, he said. „And above all, it is a question of knowledge.“
Later we heard that there would be a Mayan celebration a week later with some more elders…in the yoga room of Karla!
„I invite you“, Gabriel said. „There you will meet Vicente. He knows much more than me.“
Of course we said yes.
„Do the people of the village come to your place?“ asked Christina. „No, they don‘t“, he answered. „It seems that places that are near are not so interesting“.

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In between, Christina and I talked about the question if we should give him some money, if he charged for his service. We asked Karla, and she said that he did not charge, but that we were free to donate.
So I asked him in the end if he would like a donation.
„I don‘t charge“, he said. „But if you like to contribute to the costs of the place, you are welcome to do it“. So we did.

We parted as friends. When we gave each other a hug, I inspired him to some laughter, and it was beautiful.

After all, I think that the presence of the Mayan ruins and the Mayan traditions give more meaning of life to the people of Yucatan. They are not only tourist attractions, but a subject of study of wonder. There is a Mayan language to learn. Their cosmos is quite complex, with two calendars existing at the same time, with astrological knowledges and studies, with mysteries yet to be solved.

It was inspiring that Gabriel did not charge. So it was a meeting of researchers of truth, of friends, of people who like wisdom – philosophers. (Philosopher means: lover of wisdom)
We met from different cultures and still had the feeling to understand each other.
On the way back, Karla said: „This is my secret place. I go there nearly every Sunday. And I would like to learn the Mayan language.“

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Dulce de Leche

Glücks-Begegnung am Meer

„Merengue, Merengue, Merengue!“ tönt es schon von weitem am Strand von Progreso. „Merengue!“ (Schneller und lauter werdend) „Merengue, Merengue, Merengue“! Der Mann kommt näher. So laut und schnell hat noch keiner seine Ware angepriesen. Was wird daraus?
Vorhin, als wir am Strand entlang schlenderten, wurden wir bereits alle 20 Sekunden angesprochen von den Bediensteten der Bars und Restaurants. Beim 15. Mal teilte ich einem netten Herrn mit, er sei somit Nummer 15, und nein, wir wollten noch immer nichts essen oder trinken.

Nun kommt also der Merengue-Herr des Wegs. Ich sitze allein auf einem Plastik-Stuhl, niemand ist sonst hier, und Christina tummelt sich im Wasser.
Der Herr bleibt vor mir stehen. Ein Auge ist ständig geschlossen.
„Wir sollten doch glücklich sein“, sagt er. „Mit einer süssen Merengue würden Sie noch glücklicher, und Sie würden auch mich noch glücklicher machen.“
„Ich nehme keine Süssigkeiten“, sage ich.
„Ich habe auch Dulce de Leche, das enthält fast keinen Zucker“, entgegnet er.
All seine Habe befindet sich auf einem grossen Tablett, das er auf dem Kopf balanciert. Dazu hat er eine Art Klapptisch dabei, den er nun aufstellt, um das Tablett darauf zu positionieren.
Aber es scheint ihm auch um die Philosophie des Glücks zu gehen.
„Wissen Sie, ich bin glücklich“, sagt er, „ich bin wirklich glücklich. Ich brauche nicht mehr als was ich habe. Gott ist auf meiner Seite. Wir sind einerseits so klein, wir sind bedeutungslos, die Erde ist ein winziger Punkt im All. Und andererseits sind wir Götter auf Erden, wir sind Ebenbilder Gottes.
Es wird gesagt, dass der Papst der Stellvertreter Gottes auf der Erde sei, sozusagen Gott auf Erden. Aber das macht keinen Sinn. Jeder von uns ist ein Gott auf der Erde.“

Er zitiert die Bibel und weist darauf hin, dass in den „Sprüchen“ viel Weisheit zu finden sei – auch über das Lachen. „Das Lachen stärkt die Seele und den Körper“, zitiert er.

Zum zweiten Mal begegne ich einem „armen“, glücklichen Menschen am Meer. Die Situation erinnert an unsere Begegnung mit Hanna am Strand von Arambol, Goa, im Jahr 2010. Hanna hatte einige Tücher über ihrem Arm und versuchte, sie zu verkaufen. Auch sie erzählte uns unaufgefordert von ihren Glücksgefühlen.

Inzwischen habe ich mich entschlosssen, ein Dulce de Leche zu kaufen. Das macht ihn sichtlich glücklich. Christina ist inzwischen dazu gekommen, und unser Verkäufer berichtet uns nun von seiner politischen Philosophie:
„Russland ist keine Weltmacht mehr, Grossbritannien ist keine Weltmacht mehr. Bleiben nur die USA, aber sie werden von niemandem geliebt. Ich denke, die USA werden sich mit dem Vatikan zuammentun.“
Der Mann hat sich viele Gedanken gemacht. Es wird mir nicht klar, ob er Christ oder Freigeist ist.
Wir haben heute einen Tagesausflug von Merida an die Nordküste von Yucatan, Mexico, unternommen. Ein hübsches Hotel liegt direkt am Strand, mit einer Terrasse über dem Meer, wunderbar. Hier werden wir nächste Woche ein paar Tage verbringen – wenn das Wetter gut ist. Denn in den letzten Tagen hat es häufig geregnet, und die Temperatur ist etwas gesunken.
Wenn wir zurück kommen, werden wir vielleicht noch weitere philsophische Gespräche mit unserem Strandverkäufer führen! Und Dulce de Leche geniessen – die Süsse des Lebens!

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California, first part: Bruce Lipton and more

In this blog, I describe our fun-tastic adventures in California in November 2013: Our meeting with laughter master Jeffrey Briar, our adventures sleeping in the car, and our inspired meetings with Bruce Lipton and Margaret Horton in Pasadena and Santa Cruz.

Long live the Coalition of Joy!

Here is the text in pdf. It will be part of my book, The Coalition of Joy. The chapter is not finished yet, I will go over it again.

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Report about the Coalition of Joy

Report about the Coalition of Joy Nov. 2013

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In the year 2010 I started with the idea of a Coalition of Joy. Having experienced the inspiration of laughter since 2000, I knew many other laughter teachers and joyful initiatives. I wrote then wrote my book „The Age of Laughter“ in Goa, India.
Co Cosseron of the International School of Laughter, France, was amidst the first ones to support the coalition, as well as Madan Kataria, Steve Wilson, and Steve Bhaerman (Swami Beyondananda).
I expected a vivid, creative exchange and a wild, funny and revolutionary explosion of joy and co-operation, but that did not happen.
So I released it a year later, but the idea came back to me after we had visited South America from January to March 2013. We met so many inspired laughter teachers and happy people that I decided to start again. The most important are Annelie Gareis and Ricardo Llorente, Ecuador, and Tosha Tobias, Chile.
In the spring of 2013 I started again, setting up websites, founding groups on Facebook, and preparing our next journey.
The online-friendship with Steve Bhaerman became important at this time. Steve is a spiritual comedian and great writer, quite well known in the US, and he supported me with advice and invited me to come to the US to exchange ideas. He also was optimistic that spiritual authors like Bruce Lipton, Barbara Marx Hubbard and others would joyfully join the coalition.

I wrote snail mail letters to some of them from Switzerland, but nobody answered.
At the same time we prepared to go to Mexico, since it seemed to be a country of laughter yoga leaders, and since we love Spanish-speaking countries anyway. Our plan was to stay in California in November, and to enjoy Mexico in December and January.

At a conference in Pasadena on Nov 8, we met Bruce Lipton, and we made friends with him. He gave us interviews and even invited us to meet him in his home town Santa Cruz on our way from L.A. to San Francisco.

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We also met Jeffrey Briar and Sebastien Gendry in Laguna Beach and Pasadena, two highly qualified laughter masters, and had so much fun and some interviews with them.
Jeffrey took us to a laughter yoga session with seniors at a center, and we improvised four hands together at a public piano meeting.
After that, we stayed for three nights in the home of Sebastien, Pasadena, and had great conversations with him of the highest spiritual level, hahahaha, and also interviewed him about the deepest and highest questions of life.
Sebastien has developed an online training for laughter yoga teachers which he showed to us. It is fascinating how he systematically goes through a curriculum with his students. „I have brought laughter yoga to a new level“, he proudly states. Being with him for some days, we felt the spiritual friendship very strongly, and we laughed a lot!

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Pointing in the right direction for joy with Sebastien Gendry

At the same time we prepared our journey to Mexico, and we are invited to give our workshop „To be happy is a quantum activity“ there. Also, we will have a celebration of the Coalition of Joy on December 15 in Mexico City.

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The caravan of the coalition of joy approaching Mexico!

The coalition of joy is also a book project, but I don’t really find the time to write during the journey. So the focus has changed a little: I enjoy so much the face-to-face-meetings, the spiritual exchange, the spontaneous friendships.

Basically, all is said about laughter and joy: It is good for your health, it is a spiritual path, bla bla bla, we all know it. The funny photos are everywhere in the network, hahahaha, but the don’t tell us anything unless we are part of this group.
The coalition of joy wants to bring our movement to a new level, which is the level of no-mind and of pure enjoyment in connecting with each other.

Bruce Lipton put it like this in his presentation in Pasadena: When the amoebae could not develop further, they discovered the possibility to form groups, and these groups were more differentiated then one single amoeba.
Accordingly, one human is limited and gets to a higher level by creating humanity.

For me, it would be enough to create and enjoy a playful coalition of joy, laughter, and love, and to celebrate it every minute!
I do! I enjoy every moment with my wonderful laughter angel Christina on this magic journey, and I am very happy that there are so many other joyful people on the planet!

Already now, for me the Coalition of Joy has been a great success: Through it, something new is created and celebrated, and more friendships around the globe are flourishing.

We got our biggest inspiration at inspiration point! This point is very difficult to find; you need a spiritual guide and a pure heart and lots of luck to find it. It is hidden along the coast of California in some unknown remote place, and don’t dare to go there without a trustworthy shamanic guide! We had one, and leaning over this point gave us the greatest inspiration in our life time: Be happy! Wow! That’s why we now celebrate our honeymoon every day!

P.S.: If you are interested, you can get my book „The Age of Laughter“ for free as a pdf. Just tell me 🙂

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Links to videos:

Joy with Bruce: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt6vSc5IUxM

Interview with Sebastien: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt6vSc5IUxM

Christina’s Interview with Bruce: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwMtAGc6sqQ