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Why Ralph & Vitalija consider leaving Cambridge

NEWS: Ralph & Vitalija plan to move to the Hebden Bridge area
in Calderdale / West Yorkshire in September 2012

[Actually we are still here (2006) - it takes a bit longer than expected to move to another country.
But one day we may move to Riga...]

       Ralph Nimmann 
on his 50th birthday party
Foto Vitalija at the Sacred Arts Camp May 2003

Well - why not?
All the years I said "I am living in Cambridge permanently - for the time being". And about every other year I considered to move away - but it never happened - I was tied up with too many self imposed obligations. My friend Anna came to live temporarily in Cambridge - 27 years ago. She warned me, that I might end up getting stuck here. Of course there are many reasons why to leave Cambridge. Actually please consider, that I live in Cambridge since 1997 - and I contributed quite a lot to the community in various ways (with the help of the Rainbow Network Cambridge).

My wife Vitalija told me what she called Zen wisdom some years ago, which I still remember and which fascinates me:

About 1999 I wrote Some Words about Life and Spirituality in Cambridge on the Spiritual Groups page - and I still feel that Cambridge is kind of an emotional desert. I did feel that I was meant to be here and - if you like - bring more heart to Cambridge. I think I have done this and helped lots of connections (spiritually and personally) to develop.

Yes - I could have stayed in Cambridge - maybe grow a belly and maybe manage to buy a council house and pay the mortgage off, waiting for the pension age...
I do remember, when I worked as a town planner applicant in the Dortmund city administration in the 70s, that I had an insight: either people leave their job after 5 years - and keep their enthusiasm - or they stay - and gradually become dusty adapted office ghosts, waiting for 5pm to go home with a "Thanks God it's Friday" hope, preventing them from dying before they reach pension age.

Just while my wife and I discussed our plans, my parents sent me a copy of a wonderful poem, which expresses, what I feel deep inside and what I was about to forget in to my busy life. This poem hits the point:

Ralph

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"Steps"
from "The Glass Bead Game"
by the German poet Hermann Hesse

"As every blossom fades
and all youth sinks into old age,
so every life's design,
each flower of wisdom,
every good attains its prime
and cannot last forever.
In life, each call the heart
must be prepared courageously
without a hint of grief,
submit itself to other new ties.
A magic dwells in each beginning,
protecting us
tells us how to live.

High purposed we must traverse
realm on realm,
cleaving to none as to a home,
the world of spirit
wishes not to fetter us
but raise us higher,
step by step.

Scarce in some safe
accustomed sphere of life
have we establish a house,
then we grow lax;
only he who is ready
to journey forth
can throw old habits off.

Maybe death's hour too
will send us out new-born
towards undreamed-lands,
maybe life's call to us
will never find an end ...
Courage my heart,
take leave and fare thee well."

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"Stufen"
aus: "Das Glasperlenspiel"
von Hermann Hesse





Wie jede Blüte welkt und jede Jugend
dem Alter weicht, blüht jede Lebensstufe,
blüht jede Weisheit auch und jede Tugend
zu ihrer Zeit und darf nicht ewig dauern.
Es muss das Herz bei jeder Lebensstufe
bereit zum Abschied sein und Neubeginn
um sich in Tapferkeit und ohne Trauern
in andre, neue Bindungen zu geben.
Und jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne,
der uns beschützt und der uns hilft zu leben.



Wir sollen heiter Raum um Raum durchschreiten,
an keinem wie an einer Heimat hängen.
Der Weltgeist will nicht fesseln uns und engen,
er will uns Stuf' um Stufe heben, weiten.
Kaum sind wir heimisch einem Lebenskreise
und traulich eingewohnt, so droht Erschlaffen.
Nur wer bereit zu Aufbruch ist und Reise
mag lähmender Gewöhnung sich entraffen.



Es wird vielleicht auch noch die Todesstunde
uns neuen Räumen jung entgegenschicken.
Des Lebens Ruf an uns wird niemals enden ...
Wohlan denn, Herz, nimm Abschied und gesunde!

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We have just moved house on Sat 31st July '04 in Cambridge and tried to reduce our material belongings... (view photos). Would you like to keep some things from us as a souvenir?
Please come to our new home to view and choose what you would like View list of some items we want to give away.

We had a wonderful farewell celebration weekend 3-5th September '04 with farewell party on Saturday 4th Sept.'04. and a Peace Dance Day with Ralph on Sun 5th Sept.'04.

Ra in bo w Network Cambridge needs to survive
Ralph has some home care, cleaning & garding jobs to offer.

So where are we going to from Cambridge?
We did plan to move to Riga, Vitalija's home town, later this year.
I see England as a big, old tree: stable and strong - with not much change or challange..
Latvia is a young, slim tree, flexible, with a huge potential of growth in many directions.

More information to come later on www.rainbow-cambridge.org.uk/riga

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