Emptiness.works is about acknowledging the usefulness of emptiness. Appreciating emptiness. An emptiness that feels pregnant with fulness. In order to learn anything we need be open and empty. Emptying out before filling in.
About Frederik Sw. Ananda Vimal Krups
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Born October 27, 1986 in Palo Alto, CA, USA
Raised near Solingen, NRW, Germany
And grew up mostly north of Copenhagen, Denmark
2020 Self-employed @ Tomt ApS & Jordforbindelsen ApS
2018 Self-Management Consultant – Bringing transparency, and a culture of consent – No one-size fits all. Action Aid Denmark. Developing an agile OD methodology, surveying, conducting interviews, entnologically mapping the people in the org and attempted at implementing integrative decision-making and governance tools to support and administrate these processes.
2016-2018 (Re-)Start-up and orchestration of a community, a seminar House incl. own events, festivals, retreats and workshops and a 0.5 ha bio dynamic vegetable garden – De Vlierhof
2016 – Art & Business, 1 semester BA – Alanus Hochschule
2015-2016 Dragon Dreaming introduction and intensive workshop – Dragon Dreaming
2015 – Addictions Counseling CAC1 – The Oddysey Training Center
2013-2015 – Tibetan Buddhism and Psychology, 3 semester BA – Naropa Univesity
2008-2009 – Chef in trainin – Restaurant Piu, Amsterdam & Leila Backstage Catering, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2007-2008 – The student program and The therapist program – The Humaniversity
My Inner journey started with a break-down of identification with who I thought I was, during high school, when I was 18. The break down led to a deep inquiry into my sexual identity and a questioning of how I had lived my life til that point.
I was introduced to Kabir Jaffe, a therapist, teacher and neo-sanyassin, through my father, who guided the transformation and awakening I was going through. I went to India to Osho’s Meditation Resort, where I got into the dynamic meditations, more therapy and met people from the Therapeutic community, The Humaniversity in The Netherlands. I dove deeply into experimenting with the dynamic meditation, meditations from the book of secrets and other active meditations for the coming two years. I spent a year off and on at the humaniversity – healing emotional wounds and feeling OK about my nature – including my sexuality. Coming to a point of self-acceptance.
Kabir suggested I live in a conscious field and recommended Naropa University. I had resistance to going and went to live in the Osho Mevlana Commune in Amsterdam with my friend Bastiaan instead.
It was here that I had my first climpse of who I am (or rather who I’m not), after having meditated intensely for years a quantum leap or rather an implosion took place. This brought me into a peaceful, untouched and silent place a few cm beneath my belly-button, where a nothingness is still an untouchable.
I went deeper into this silent state by experimenting with jogging, yet was eventually pushed by life to doing outer work. I intended to meditate in the market place and partially succeeded. Success as in staying disidentified with the mind.
I worked for the following year at first as a dishwasher, then a cold-dish chef and later on as a catering chef.
It was, during that time, that I met Rajneesh who further propelled my consciousness into realizing who we really are. Meeting Rajneesh, deepened my trust in self-inquiry. His biography demonstrated being in but not of the world – A encouraging role-model to follow. It was he who gave me the name Sw. Ananda Vimal.
After Meeting Rajneesh I decided to go back to Denmark for some reason, where I got sucked into old patterns, made some mistakes, and had difficulties balancing the inner with the outer life.
I fell as low as I had risen high and spent two years in a downward spiral only to slowly but steadily pull myself out and up of this low.
I worked as a runner (on film sets) and stage builder a bit in Copenhagen, remembered Naropa University and applied to study there. I got accepted yet postponed the start for a year to integrate into the alternative scene in Copenhagen.
I then went to study Tibetan Buddhism and Psychology in Boulder, CO, USA for the following 1,5 years. Building fences and testing software to make a living on the side. I went to weekly japanese tea ceremonies and dived deeply into buddhism. Not only the shambhla path, but I was in particular drawn to Dzogchen and darkness meditations. I searched for a place to meditate in complete darkness in the mines of the rocky mountains, yet did not find a place, and perhaps did not search thoroughly enough.
I went back to Europe on my summer holidays and decided to go to a sufi camp in the alps where I met someone who pointed out there was someone in the middle of Germany offering psychology internships to students. I was searching a way to gain insights into working practically with people. I applied and did this Internship with Andreas Neerav Koch and lived and worked in the Osho Parimal community, where he lived, for a year. I could not really find my footing professionally there and I could not see myself studying psychology for another 6 years before I would be legally aloud to work with people as a psychotherapist in Germany. I therefor decided to study art and Business at the Alanus Hochschule instead. Walking partly in the footsteps of my forfather on both sides of my family.
I got accepted to the Alanus Hochschule, dropped my stuides at Naropa Univeristy (and the high tuition fees), and studied art and business for a semester. This was a dual study, combining university courses with practical work in parnter companies. My intention was never to finish the study but to use the study to gain access to a workplace where I could excel and build on my experience. I was living in a shared flat and working for the local CSA farm on the side. Yet I wanted to contribute to a movement and I somehow did not want to contribute to the student movement, as it felt limited by an educational system and “too old”. I was applying at companies for the practical part of my studies and found Vlierhof. Vlierhof was unable to partner by paying my tution, but I was given responsibility and could join the Global Eco-Village Movement (GEN) through this eco-community. The founder also happened to have lived at the Humaniversity, which we had in common. Both the eco-village and sanyas movements I could see myself contribute to.
I committed to staying there for the coming two to three years to transform, myself furhter, the place and its community. Here i could apply all my studies practically. Learning about legal entities, finances, group dynamics, facilitation, governance, organizational development, entrepreneurship, project management, HR, book-keeping, and the list goes on. I dropped my studies to give everything to this community, which in hinesight was unnecessary, and perpetuated my partern of resisting the educaitonal system. I believe I attracted this place into my life while reading the book: my childhood with Gurdjieff, which is an account of Gurdjieff’s spiritual community outside Paris, France. The institute for the harmonious development of Man it was called, which had many similarities to Vlierhof.
Since Vlierhof I work as a freelance organizational orchestrator. Specializing in self-organized management, and turning workplaces into holistic, creative communities or eco-systems.
My emphasis lies on musical and playful operations that deliver and trans-personal development of the members of these work communities. I plan to work more thereapeutically again with individuals and groups once passed the Heilpraktiker for Psychotherapie exam in 2020. Therapeutically I work with body oriented with Hakomi and Core Energetics. Systemicly with Family Constellations.