Through Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh) I came into contact with Ted Wilson. In the 1970ies, Ted was one of the first people in Holland traveling to India to visit this influential guru. This stirred up a lot of commotion in the smaller-minded circles of our small country. It even led to an article about Ted in the Dutch gossip magazine ‘Privé’.
Osho has contributed a lot to the fact that personal growth and spirituality now have a prominent place in Western societies. In 1988, Ted founded Center Venwoude, together with his then partner Danyo and a small, dedicated group of people including myself.
In the more than 20 years that I have been together with him, our relationship unfolded in many ways, including being lovers. But our deepest connection always was our shared love of consciousness work, developing the potential that we all get to experience as human beings.
In his final year, when he was already too ill to appear in public, Ted gave me his blessing to continue his work and spiritual lineage. Apart from the Day Opening at Venwoude, which I have led for about seven years, I also took over his annual summer retreat The Art Of Living, as well as the Circle, a group of some 80 people who had regarded him as their teacher over many years.
Now, more than a decade later, I look back in gratitude for his inspiration and his unwavering commitment and passion to manifest his dream: to create a community where people may discover and live the greatness they truly are. His dedication to ongoing critical self-examination, always reinventing himself, is another lasting source of inspiration to me.
Below, as an homage to his work and legacy, I share a few video clips of one his last appearances in public. In this retreat, the first one I took over from him, he spoke for one hour about his big passion: how we can learn to see through ‘the prison’ in which we all live.