Artikel in Margriet 27 december 2019 – over Jinny Thielsch
(Article by Sarah Luijtens, foto Marloes Bosch, Visagie Astrid Timmers, Styling Sadia Veenstra. Kimono handmade and -printed by me)
The Art of Enjoyment:
Jinny Thielsch (63) is a Feng Shui, Astrology and I-Ching consultant. ‘We are all born with a jar of life energy.‘
I was born in Indonesia in a beautiful, large house surrounded by the most beautiful nature, when we arrived in the Netherlands and went to live in a suburb, I felt very unhappy there. Also at university or in an office I did not feel at home, I was always looking for more freedom. When I lived in a squat in Alkmaar and ran my own clothes shop there, a friend told me about the squatted artists’ village of Ruigoord. Years later I indeed moved there, when I got a relationship with my husband Gerben (Hellinga, writer, ed.), one of the first residents. I immediately felt at home, it was as if I had finally found my own tribe. Everyone who came to visit the tribe was immediately struck by the same tribe, Ruigoord was a special sanctuary for creative minds, a breeding ground avant-la-lettre, where everyone could be themselves.
After years of struggle with the municipality, we finally had to leave Ruigoord, because of the advancing industry in the area, we were no longer allowed to live there. However, we did manage to make sure that the houses became studios and that special parties are still being celebrated. Together with Gerben I have a studio there, it is a small green oasis, where I still love to be.
I have always been involved in astrology, with nature, Taoism and i-ching, an age-old philosophical system, which you can consult if you really can’t find a solution yourself. I work as a feng shui consultant in people’s homes or businesses and I do clearings of houses and places; by means of a ritual I free a place from the negative energy in the soil. I have clients all over the world, who are going to build a place first cleared by me. In Asia this is quite normal, but in the West they often look at it with a bit of scepticism.
Taoism has also taught me to celebrate life, and to see adversity as something positive. Life never gets in your way just like that for no reason. A funny example: the other day I walked around with a pile of sand in one shoe. It bothered me a lot, but I didn’t do anything about it. Until after an hour of walking I finally stopped to empty my shoe, and found a fifty euro note exactly at that spot! Sometimes adversities eventually lead you to the right track.
We were all born with a ‘jar’ of life energy, you can waste that energy, but you can also make sure that you keep filling up this jar over and over again. For example, by eating healthy, by exercising, but also by creating many beautiful memories. Because life is ultimately what you remember about it.