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Barbara De Roos is a former magazine editor, with two master degree’s (History and MBA in Cross Media), working mainly for women’s magazines in the Netherlands for more than twenty years. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1965, has lived in The Netherlands, Spain, Bermuda and Greece and is now living near Amsterdam with her husband Ernst and her youngest son.
Although Barbara was brought up in a largely non-religious environment, she had a strong interest in religion and spirituality from an early age and was independent enough to develop and teach herself what she needed. At age eleven she tried (and failed) to walk on water quite a few times and at age fifteen she had her first mystical vision after she had challenged God to prove His existence to her. This experience she only shared with her grandmother Oma Mientje, who had the same experience as a teenager and seldom spoke about her visions or other mystical experiences, only in her poems.
Mystical Awakening as a Bahá’í
While Barbara was living in the Greek mountain village Milies in 1994, she discovered and embraced the Bahá’í Faith, the youngest of world religions (1844), which has greatly contributed to her awakening as a modern day mystic. In the book she is currently working on (Heaven in Hellas) Barbara will describe her spiritual adventures in Greece at the time, including overcoming her fears and superstitions, that made her do strange things like spying on Bahá’ís behind a tree to observe how they would behave when they thought they were alone.
With this book, she breaks a silence of twenty years in which she entrusted her mystical experiences and conversations only to her non-believing husband Ernst and a pile of green notebooks
The Bahá’í Faith does not encourage a mystical approach to God or religion, as it teaches that God is, in essence, the Unknowable and that the best way to know Him is through His Prophets. Nonetheless the daily practice of praying and meditating and the inspiring messages and principles of the faith, like the oneness of humanity, God and His Messengers, had a strong and irreversible influence on her spiritual and intuitive development. Within two years after she had declared herself a Bahá’í, she found herself having regular and highly inspirational two-way conversations with a God-like friend during her meditations, much like the renowned author Neale Walsch describes in his book An Uncommon Conversation With God.
With this book, she breaks a silence of twenty years in which she entrusted her mystical experiences and conversations only to her non-believing husband Ernst and a pile of green notebooks. Seeing the world in its present state (and a friend die of cancer) gave her the courage to shatter the usual modesty and discretion code of Bahá’ís when it comes to expressing mystical experiences that can occur during the daily meditations. Yes, they’re personal and subjective and can’t be claimed as universal truths that apply to everyone. But on the other hand: is there any more genuine source of both heartfelt inspiration and crystal clear information than your own heart, mind and soul?
Walking the Path of the Inca Mystic
Since March 2015, Barbara is also an apprentice in another mystical path, that of the Paqo or Pampa Mesayoc. This healing tradition, largely based on communicating with energies in nature, like stones, rivers, animals, and mountains, has been preserved for many centuries by Qero indians and direct descendants of the Inca’s, who lived high in the mountains of Peru and passed it on from shaman to shaman.
She also hopes that one day she will write some mindblowing, magical realistic stories about her progress, insights and experiences as one of the first Bahá’í Paqos in the world
The mission of the Paqo is to preserve the earth, heal the sick and to teach people to treat everything and everyone with Munay, which basically is the energy of Love in Action. Who wants to know more about this incredibly pure and well-conserved legacy, can read the books of Trophonios Publishing and Elizabeth Jenkins.
Barbara hopes to finish her formal education from the Paqo’s in 2018, although she doubts she will ever consider herself “finished”. She’s mainly excited about the prospect of uniting mystical insights from a spiritually advanced past (Incan legacy) with mystical insights of a spiritually advanced future (Bahá’í legacy).
She also hopes that one day she will write some mindblowing, magical realistic stories about her progress, insights and experiences as one of the first Bahá’í Paqos in the world. Especially since she has visited Cusco and Machu Picchu (Peru) for the first time in the spring of 2016, she knows she’s on a magical path, that’s well worth sharing with likeminded people.
Barbara Dagmar De Roos is my birth name. I’ve known from a very early age that I wanted to be a writer. I even hid little plots in a big seashell for my future self, in case I would run out of ideas later in life. Fortunately I’ve never ran out of ideas or interesting topics yet. I’ve also had the fortune to lead a rich and interesting life, full of magic, beauty, love, laughter and transformations, living in five different countries, meeting a huge diversity of people and all the time having the perfect freedom to develop my inquisitive mind in whatever way I wanted.
Don’t worry, I’ve had my fair share of problems and challenges too in my life, that have helped me shape and refine my character. I suffered from a rare type of acne for over twenty years. I struggled with reduced fertility for more than four years. I raised a child with autism. I almost went bankrupt with my innovative publishing firm in 2012 and had to cope with a forty percent reduction of our family income ever since. I developed a rare psychological condition for a couple of years in which I occasionally couldn’t speak or move for hours. I secretly hated myself until I attended a three day course in personal growth in Amsterdam in 2010 and finally managed to turn all that that self hate and resentment around the full 180 degrees. Not exactly a carefree walk in the park, only walking on sunshine, blowing big, pink bubblegum bubbles all day, right?
Now that I know that all this abundance in my life, both the good, the bad and the ugly experiences, have made me stronger, wiser, kinder, happier and more honest, I’m deeply, deeply thankful for it. My main reason for writing is to reach out to other souls out there and give back some of that wealth in the highest, most creative, joyful and inspired form possible. Sharing out of sheer love and joy, even if only you and no other reader in the world would be genuinely touched and inspired by what I have to say. I can’t adequately explain why this is so important to me. It has something to do with my deepest and most treasured belief, that in essence we’re one, we all came from the same source, we’re all made from the same, divine material, and we will ALL meet again at the end of times in the deepest embrace possible.
With all my love and Munay *,
Barbara De Roos
*Munay is the Quechua word for “Love in Action”, something the Q’ero indian community of Peru learn to put into everything they do.