Monthly Archives: October 2016

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Author’s note : Usually you don’t tell a true story until it’s finished... Except that this one is unfolding right now! I am in close contact with those who are living it and am going to try to convey it to you as faithfully as possible.

    The goblins are let out It all starts in Belgium, in a little town near Charleroi. Sandra (a mum like so many others) joins the band of parents spread out in a circle around the railings at the school exit.Suddenly the polite silence of the adults is broken by shrill cries: at that moment all the vacant looks turn towards the same point: the school. Indeed, as soon as the bell marks the end of the school day, an army of mindless little gnomes, free at last to express themselves, smash open the exit doors of the school building in a massive clamour of relief. Like a tidal wave, they burst forth in their bright colours into the empty, grey space of the school yard to land, in a great surge of affection, in the arms of their parents. Gloria, Sandra’s little girl, wants to introduce her new best friend Eva to her mother, and that is, quite naturally, how their two mums first meet. The connection The chat between the two women on the way home is so nice that it, quite naturally, becomes the basis for a daily get-together. They get to know each other and bit by bit become friends. Véronique, Eva’s mum, really likes reading, so Sandra passes on to her the book ‘Date in the Forest’. Potted history of the Berty family: Taking control Just like her husband Alex, Véronique is the survivor of a dysfunctional family. Abuse and the absence of a father (whether it be emotional or physical) leave a bitter taste in people’s lives. A taste that they would rather do without, and never reproduce. But to achieve that, they have to take control of their lives rather than put up with a hereditary curse. Véro gorges herself in books on self-realisation and drags her family along with her. The couple campaign for a healthy, ecological, vegetarian and moral life. They cling as best they can to recipes taken from here and there, while feeling guilty that they never really attain it. And as people tend to criticise everyone else for the things that they condemn the most in themselves, without even realising it, the Bertys have become merciless know-it-alls, seeking to convince themselves as well as those around them and believing that they are in this way contributing to saving our chaotic society (quite honestly, if everyone was like us, things would be much better, wouldn’t they?)… Levels of initiation Their commitment is exemplary but a little something is still missing… Their thirst for fulfilment has exposed an emptiness which increases as they try to fill it. The boundary with esotericism is very thin and, if you don’t pay close attention, you can easily slip through without even realising. Véro, followed timidly by Alex, tries out all kinds of attractive novelties (reiki, lithotherapy, etc.). Seeking the spiritual in stones to protect themselves from bad vibes, people, computers, the past … and finding energies capable of moving the pendulum and the Oracle cards! The origin of these forces is the ‘Universe’ (can’t be vaguer than that!), ‘people’ say that it’s positive and that’s enough not to do any more soul-searching (as it works…). Véro has the feeling of having under her control a power that gives her importance and of having at her disposal an answer to satisfy the buried expectations of her soul. But, in parallel, a kind of uneasiness sets in little by little (must get into it more deeply, that must be the reason…). So the Bertys free their chakras, consult all kinds of ‘specialists’: masters in guided meditation, mediums, kinesiologists, cleaners of cellular memories and even their animal totem (a snake!) to try to discover what they still lack

* not their real name…

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 To be followed next week...
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The incredible date of the family Berty* (part 1/4)

Author’s note : Usually you don’t tell a true story until it’s finished… …Except that this one is unfolding right now! I am in close contact with those who are living it and am going to try to convey it to you … More… More…

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The den of demons

Along with ‘my’ band, I’ve ventured onto the home turf of an alternative rock festival. It’s stuffed full of black banners displaying the anarchist symbol, death’s heads and other joys...
In the audience, a rather unpleasant-looking demon with a goat’s head is staring at me. Calm and collected, he is in the middle of a golden pentagram.  Cabalistic letters dripping with blood seem to circle him... Ah! My mistake, it’s just the design on his t-shirt!
The guy wearing this is decked out in metal chains that dangle right down to the ground and ripped pants (he must have bought them on Black Friday).
Despite that, he seems very nice (more so than many suited and booted individuals I’ve come across in more respectable places...).

The rocker’s prayer

The dark side of the force of the unseen world signals its presence in a very visible way on the human standard bearers who are slaves to their impossible dreams of freedom. Blinded by the fleeting lights of a stage at night, they’ve forgotten their ruthless masters and their own misery to the point they deny they even exist.
My blood boils, I can’t just leave them to their fate. Back stage, my soul seeks a closer connection with God, looks to Him to strengthen my right hand. One sigh from Him, and Hell will be on its knees. I fire up my distortion pedal, I tune my heart... I sense the prayers of an entire army behind us (maybe it’s you!).
I can’t wait to do battle, to throw myself into the fight with riff after riff.

Divine intervention

The warriors with me, I mean... the musicians, are ready for the off too. The group currently on stage start their last song glorifying sexual infidelity in a thousand different positions, each more depraved than the last…
Just after that, it’ll be our turn!!!
Our first songs are happy ones. In the audience, a group of young people, warned on my social media posts that I’d be there, are having a party. They’re easy to recognize: they look normal!).
When Lilou, our beautiful vocalist (and my wife), introduces a solemn song, God intervenes:
– This song is a prayer...

To say that God is always there is terribly clichéd in our churches, which are stuffed to the gills with the truth, but here... these words are like a thunderbolt! The thicker the shadows, the more even the dimmest light stands out.
Like a solemn appeal, a crystal-clear guitar solo rings out, suddenly piercing the quiet night air. There is real significance in that moment.
Our performance was greatly appreciated by the event organizers. All the bands in attendance (even though they were better-known than us) had a 5 minute interview on an independent radio station (a bit pro-anarchist). We, on the other hand, got to talk for half an hour on air.

There’s nothing special about shining your light amidst all the other lights.

However, the darker the shadows, the more helpful even the tiniest light."
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The rocker’s prayer

The den of demons Along with ‘my’ band, I’ve ventured onto the home turf of an alternative rock festival. It’s stuffed full of black banners displaying the anarchist symbol, death’s heads and other joys… In the audience, a rather unpleasant-looking … More… More…

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