A Red Chair In The Middle Of Nowhere
WRITTEN BY CHRISTIAN KÖHLERT
The Good News
The good news are that we made our maiden drive with our camper vehicle, which gave us good confidence that this construction will last all the way down to South America and further on. Unfortunately Jens got the message that the delivery with personal items from Germany he expected already this week will take another 10 days to arrive. Well, even though we would like to hit the road rather sooner than later, we try to look at the bright side of this situation. Now we have time to implement some other features into our mobile home.
At the moment we are still dealing with the essential modifications that need to get done. Jens made a huge effort to design and prepare pieces for a cage system that will protect the hull of the camper and will give us more options to attach other stuff to it. To have the right means and tools to weld all rods and pieces to the hull we went on our maiden drive to a workshop located on a farm about 65 km outside of Medicine Hat.
This location was almost exactly what I expected from a farmland in northern America. We left the highway to the right and proceeded on some straight unmarked road. A road which ends like all roads here right behind the horizon with no curves at all. After 10 min still rolling on concrete we made another turn to the left in a 90° angle to the next dead straight road consisting of gravel. Then we took another left turn through a wired gate on a dirty way that leads to a modern box-like hangar which is used as a workshop. Now we are in full offroad mode.
Post-Apocalyptic Art Exhibition
My first impression of this place is hard to describe. It seemed almost surreal. Imagine a Matrix white room loading program or a blank virtual reality environment where someone at least made the effort to add some pure blue for the sky and some grassy texture for the ground. Now put this oversized white shoebox-like structure right in the middle of the scenery and place some random junk around it – and you should be able to visualize what our home for the next 3 days looks like.
Old cars are scattered like post-apocalyptic art sculptures all around the area. I am thinking this could easily be some kind of sophisticated exhibition, where the artist likes to make a strong statement on the decay of modern society. When the night was about to fall I gazed at the sunset, sitting on a red chair in the middle of nowhere with nothing more than blue and green in front of me. This is almost a zen like reduction to the essential of a landscape.
Philosophically speaking this place is a good mirror of my life situation. The hangar is like a bigger version of the camper, which is my shelter and the epicenter of my life right now. At least both objects are made of the same material and they have other semantic similarities which makes this a valid interpretation. The vast endless farmland around me is the undefined quantum space that needs to be filled with creative ideas, plans and wisdom. And, well, the junk that is lying around could easily mark the unprocessed emotional issues in my subconsciousness. Those things that disturb my inner peace.
That mess needs to be cleaned up, I reckon! I am not quite here yet with my full consciousness – I am aware of that. Still I am attached to people I love back in Switzerland. That feeling seems to be the biggest drawback for me; it prevents me to fully dive into this new experience. Maybe I should write about this situation at a later point in time. Anyway – the basic epiphany behind this contemplation is that I am still lagging to fulfill the first and most important pre-condition to create a new reality: letting go of my old one.
Letting Go Of Attachments
This is a tough challenge for me which Jens does not seem to have anymore. He has fully arrived in his new paradigm. While I am writing this he is working on the cage construction and I realize how complementary we are. While he is doing all that physical building stuff with all his engineering skills and creativity, I am able to totally focus on my way to express myself in the way I like it. I started to do some filming, taking pictures and do some writing as I am doing right now.
This journey we are about to begin is not only an attempt to live a new paradigm for ourselves, it is also meant to be a form of inspiration to others. We like to share as much as possible, so others can learn from our mistakes or the universal wisdoms that we already could implement in our life.
Todays lecture to me is a repetition of an old revelation I got a long time ago, but which needs a constant effort to be implemented in every single life situation.
“The very nature of life is inconsistency! Everything changes no matter how hard you try to preserve the status quo. Even physical death is just a transition into a new reality. Holding on to things or realities that have vanished or which are about to be taken from your stage of life leads to avoidable suffering. So the only sane approach to establish your own inner peace is in letting go of all attachments, knowing that nothing is for eternity. You came with nothing and you leave this world bare handed. There is nothing you can take to the other side, except from the experiences you made, which hopefully helped you to evolve to a better version of yourself following the spiritual evolution back to the source of all that is.”