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I actually love to feel so tired that I fall fast asleep at 9.30 pm. Only thing is, i tend to then wake up at midnight feeling it´s morning. Not that it´s a problem. I enjoy being awake in the vast quietness of the night. Reading or writing. Or watching something on my laptop.

I joined Gaia.com two days ago. Been wanting to for a while, but it´s not free, so I´ve been hesitating. But two days ago I just felt dedicated, so I joined, and wow. Access to a big selection of films. Spiritual films, or. Stuff about the brain, ufos, healthy eating, fractals and yantras, just tons of the kind of stuff I love to watch and learn.

www.gaia.com

We´ve stopped the cable tv package this year. Costs a fortune. And we hardly ever watch tv, really. Time to stream instead. The kids channels are on apps. Dr. Phil must be findable online, as is Long Island Medium. And a bit of soccer for daddy-o.

New times. Dvds; our house is filled with good dvds, but we hardly ever watch them now, as we have Viaplayl. Which is a bit saddening, coz I´ve invested a fortune in high quality kids movies especially. They used to watch their favourite films again and again, and it was ok with me as it was really good cultural texts I didn´t mind them learning by heart. Astrid Lindgren, f.ex. And Miyazaki´s films. Norwegian classics from my own childhood. Mary Poppins. E.T. The Neverending Story. Barbapapa. And so forth.

Been years now, since I watched a good tv series. My favourite ever, is “6 feet under”. Michael Ball, was that his name? HBO. I should check out what´s new in that area. I used to really enjoy a good series. Especially watching together with a good friend who would drop by with a bottle or an ounce, and a bag of crisps…

These days my main use of media, is by far Facebook. A bit of Instagram, a bit of Snapchat. But Facebook. Is a place where I do spend time. I studied media science in uni. And anthropology, and organizational psychology, and comparative politics. The arena of Facebook for narratives and meaning making… to me it is extremely interesting. To see groups form. Over shared interest. Such as criticism towards a political trend. Conversations being created between people who don´t know eachother, maybe they have a friend in common, and meet in a thread openly sharing experiences of mourning, or of parenting… I always wanted to make poster campaigns. Facebook gave me an eternal poster wall.

Music. One of the corner stones of my life, really. I used to buy new albums all the time, spend Saturday afternoons in record stores, listening to big wads of records before deciding on which ones to take home… Played a lot of cds and minidiscs at home. Discovered new music. Went out dancing a LOT. (Pre motherhood days).

Now… I play old cds from time to time. Minidiscs in my garden hut. But same old same old. My husband is a musician, and makes a lot of …noise, haha… no. He plays guitar and piano a lot. So that fills the ether. Plus living 5 people together. Makes the need for sound… vacant. I also use sound in my therapeutic work, when I “sing on people”.

I´d like to get myself a radio, though. Isn´t there still an interesting station out there? I worked at a radio station for 2 years. These days I´m quite impatient with young people who sound like they just want to hear their own voice. I guess maybe I was just as annoying to someone listening, when I was a radio host… !

Podcasts. Want to check that out too. Have listened to a handful good ones.

But I enjoy video more, maybe. Or just listening to talks. Ted talks. Youtube. Abraham Hicks. Guided meditations. Self hypnosis.

I would like to switch focus. From taking in impressions, to making more expressions. Dance more. Write. Sing.

I dream of creating a playlist of great songs. To dance to, and to feel good listening to. Once I have 3 hours of great vintage reggae, world music, pop and rock anthems etc. Then I want to make a 3 hour long visual piece to go with it. And then I want to take these pieces to a dancefloor nearby and invite all my friends to come party with me!

I also want to make more songs myself, and make an album.

And another book or two. Send to a publisher, I think. As the book I self published in 11… I tend to give it away to people. Which is nice of me. (!) But. I need to start making some money now. Somehow.

I´m in the middle of a film on Gaia right now, called “Choice Point”. Inspiring. Says there are times in one´s life where one stands between what Robert Frost called “two roads diverged in the woods.” In between. Neither nor – status. Open. Options.

I feel I´m in such a place right now. I just finished a very succesful election campaign. My party´s head candidate is now the mayor (!). I am… floating mid air somewhere, waiting to see where my feet land. We´re gonna build this party. I´m gonna be having some functions and responsibilities. And influence over some issues that matter to me. At the same time, I´m building my clinic, receiving sound clients. And I would like to write books and make dance parties.

🙂

I went to a ciromantic in 2005. A good one. Palm reader. He told me “why don´t you just write? You have the skills. Let that be your priority. That, and mothering.” He also said: “One of your main goals this lifetime, is to develope trust. In Spirit. To rest assured, knowing that you are taken care of. It´s as if they are saying, just do your thing, from within, and we´ll support you, get you headhunted, or fix you some money when needed…”

So. I live by that. Actually. Trust in Spirit. As when he said that, it rang bells inside of me. Recognition of truth. So many times has my life just taken a 90 degree turn in strange directions. Guided by my heart. From finish line to start. Full circle non stop. Growing round and round and up.

Reminds me of one of my favourite songs. From 1967. What a year for music that was! Wish I had been born then. Or maybe I was there, then overdosed or flew off a rooftop on acid or something. To be incarnated again in 1972. Who knows? Not I. (This could be an opening scene in one of the episodes of 6 feet under, haha…)

Magical wonder. Beyond the yonder. Help me rise, help me land softly and blissfully on my flat, lucky footsoles. Show me the doors, the path to choose, the loopholes.

Amen.

And so it is.

I guess the headline for this post will be something “media use”… I had a one man company once. Called “Kaltwasser Media Freelance”. Wanted to use it for my jobs in the film making industry in Bergen. But then I realized I would not have the right to dole money in between projects. So I deleted the company. These days I´m thinking to make a company again. If I am to go serious about the vocal sound therapy. Media freelance can also cover mediumship tasks.

I consider myself a medium. A channel. For light & love, Higher Self.

I dream of further education in this field as well. My old teacher of mediumship, English Val Williams, the spiritist priest based in the UK. There is this old Harry Potter-ish castle, where she and others do all kinds of mediumistic courses. Trance mediumship, f.ex. Or Inspired Speech. I really want to go spend a week or two there.

Yeah. Money Honey. And plenty of Time. Thank you PlentyVerse for multiplying greatness in my life.

Wei Wu Wei (taoism; action of non action)

The attitude of gratitude
Is the way to go
Don´t worry be happy
Make your passion glow
Focus on the Good and True
Practice sitting silent
Listen to the inner will
So soft and smooth, unviolent.

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The Alternative´s first ever mayor in Denmark, is here!

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So. On Friday the 15.of December, the city council of Fanø was finally constitutionalized. As the last municipality in Denmark.
It was a… long process, from the night of the election 21. of November.

Negotiations became rather dramatic. Tv stations had a field day, citing angry citizens from our local Facebook group “Fanø Forum”…! Our island was turned into some kind of Disney universe, where the 11 elected politicians were divided into 2 opposing groups, one evil and the other good, the deceiving villains against the innocent victims. Comfortably black and white, for the purpose of good melodrama, i.e. maximum output on mediastory sales.

As I was myself a candidate on the list of the party The Alternative, I knew many details from the negotiations. But as the information is confidential, I could not tell the truth from my perspective. It was in fact incredibly hard for me. My blog here is called “Heart Matters”, and I have also previously self published a book (2011) with the same title. I am all about sharing openly, whatever feels important to me!

In the Facebook forum, I and one of the other Alternativet candidates, Julie, decided we had to be visible and participate in the defining phases of the narrative. Say as little as possible, and keep on the right side of the confidentiality line, of course. But show the local citizens that we were standing tall, self respect intact, not hiding in shame due to some “back stabbing run for selfish mammon, in the dark of the night”, as our elected candidate was portrayed on tv. Because she accepted the offer of becoming mayor, from the electoral minority group. Leaving the agreement she alas too hastily had signed with the majority group that had been founded primarily. (6-5).

Day 5 after Saturday 9. of December, where national media suddenly announced that The Alternative was to take the seat as the new mayor on Fanø, (and actually the first “mayor’s chair” in all of Denmark, in the history of the  only recently established party!)…. On day 5, Wednesday, the rage finally started to simmer down in Fanø Forum, after 3 citizens separately shared their views of how they personally understood the negotiation events, looking at it from an angle I could agree with.

To me this was a great relief. I actually lost weight during those 5 days, as I lost all appetite. When I was in public places, people would stare at me all angry and upset, as if I personally had done them wrong! Very uncomfortable, as I could not openly explain to them the reasons why we had made the choices we had made.

I wrote a letter to Tv Syd (South), which I also published as a comment in the forum. Telling them that their stereotyping and shallow coverage of the election process on Fanø, was doing damage to our community. That there were essential questions to be asked before they could claim to understand what had happened. And that their choices of dramaturgical tools; choice of descriptive words, visual imagery and abrupt editing, had a conflict escalating effect. And that in their position of power, they are not allowed to be unconscious about the effects of their choices of combining narrative elements.

The tv station replied a couple of hours later. Thanked me for the input, and said they would include it in their internal discussions on ethics.
The following day, the station interviewed the leader of The Alternative in Copenhagen, Uffe Elbæk, who con gratulated Fanø´s elected representative, and said that his perception was that she was showing integrity in the constitutional negotiations.

Then came the final deadline for negotiations to be finished, and the new city council to be constitutionalized. I filmed the meeting, and uploaded it, unedited. And posted it into Facebook´s “Fanø Forum” and “Fanø Online Opslagstavle”.  As our local station Tv Fanø was not able to broadcast live from the meeting.
Here it is:

In the days following the meeting, information started being freed. Not by me. But I could see in the Forum that someone “from the table” must be informing a couple of openhearted citizens, who took it upon themselves to inform the island of details in the constitution´s proces of negotiations.

I think it is beautiful they gave this work to the island. So many emotions have been thrown about, hurt feelings, disbelief, angry, unfair words uttered, about perceived deception and manipulation.

To see how, with information of what had really happened, and why things evolved the way they did… with information, insight, the discussions died down, basically. Very quickly. There were no more questions left unanswered. Anyone who really wanted to know who had been responsible for what, could now just read the whole story, delivered in portions throughout the comments section  in one single thread.

I also realized that the civillians (including myself prior to being inside the process), were lacking insight into “the political game rules”, i.e. what was to be expected from the 11 elected, and what did it mean when one group had majority, how much of the power had to, by law, still be given to the “big minority group”… and so forth. The fact that no signed deal is legally binding in the negotiation proces, until the final constitution is voted upon. Little details like that, which could have saved our community from a lot of stress, had we all known more about what to expect and how to analytically weigh the events that had unfolded.

Well.
The drama has been extremely intense, (for my taste), and the tale to be told is highly fascinating. But it is not mine to tell. If you are interested (and can read Danish), you can read the whole case in Facebook´s Fanø Forum. (It´s a public group, visible to all. The post to read, including comments, is titled “Lille Spejl…”). My position as a candidate for The Alternative, now suddenly a part of the island´s new mayor´s support team… My position is to make choices that make my party colleague´s job easier. And her job is to try and bring the 11 elected ones together, in co operation for our community´s future. Not to divide, but to bridge.  Make connections.

The drama is over. Water under the bridge.
And tomorrow is new year.
Speeches will be held, visions will be shared.
Truth proves quite unstoppable, and liars should be scared.

Happy New Year.

Or as we put it in my party:
Yes please to more transparancy!
Yes to a friendly rapid change / revolution!
Away with pollution, confusion and illusion.
Yes to humble empathy and generosity.
Yes please to bravery and humourous integrity.
So help us God and every-man.
Coz Yes indeed, together we can!

Pardon me for celebrating in all generous humbleness.
The thrill has been accelarating increasingly just recently.
We came, we saw, we won, God Bless!
The road ahead is bendy, steep and long, but none the less;
The gate´s been unlocked. With partners, we´re strong.
And here´s a little song  for us to sing as we walk along:

Never give up
Always take down
the barrier that stops you
from swirling freely ´round
Never fully stop
Always do move on
Flowing with the growing
´till the tough going´s just all gone!

Hoo! Hah-hah-HAH!

Aaaand, Billy Ocean will obviously  take it away from here… :

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The Alternative Fanø

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Hi guys

Sorry I haven´t written for a while, have I…
It´s because I have ended up running for election!
Local council, election date 21.of November.
Together with three other citizens, I´ve formed a list for the party Alternativet (The Alternative).

Very short: Alternativet thinks that climate issues and social needs, is as valuable as increasing profits. That there are three values to consider when one speaks of growth; economical, social strengthening and climate protection.
So in other words, we can increase the red and the green growth, and not always just look at the financial income / cost. There is such a thing as investing, too. In increased wellfare for example. Which the latest decades has lost a lot of meaning in Danish politics. The main aim seems to be to make money for the upper class.

Aaaaanyways. I said I would make this party presentation short!

The Alternative is based on 6 values,                                                            which really makes me feel good:
1.Empathy
2.Humour
3.Generosity
4.Trans…lucidity? No, parancy, transparancy!
(That political processes and decisions can be observed by the people, not made in hidden forums out of sight of  the public).

5.Humbleness (We don´t know all the answers. We listen to our “opponents”, we ask experts for advice, and we admit it if we make mistakes)
6.Courage

The Alternative want basically a NEW POLITICAL CULTURE.
Where we listen to eachother and work together, instead of seeing the political arena as a “battlefield” where everyone “fights to conquer” “opponents”.

Yes.

Our group of four, makes me very happy as well. The communication between all of us is remarkably harmonious and inspiring.

1.

Sofie Valbjørn is our primary candidate. She is a true local islander, she grew up here, has local family and friends, and has a background from another local political “party group”. So she knows a lot of important local information and political history. She has a university education in anthropology and sociology, and works in the Esbjerg council administration, so she knows a lot about this field of work.  She is the mother of three sons, and married to a nature conservation consultant (? I don´t know his formal title)  from Belgium.
Her main political focus is to strengthen the local democracy, increase cooperation between the council employees and the civilians.

2.

Julie Frey is our candidate no.2. She is a singer songwriter, mother of two, she´s from Copenhagen and married to a local “boy”, who is a surgeon. She is active in a good handful cultural ngos, has a BA in English, studies sociology, and has a company that does translation of texts Danish/ English… She is my good friend, and we have a lot of great ideas that we are in the process of exploring if we can turn into a source of income together. She is very outspoken, and not afraid of saying what she thinks, even if her opinion is not shared by the listener. She is also very funny, and paints amazing pictures, and she can sew as well… Her main political focus is school politics, to create contact between the generations, and ecological, green, sustainable lifestyle change.

3.

Simon Voigt is our candidate no.3, and he is also a good friend of mine. As well as an ngo colleague of both Julie and myself. He is in his late 20s, has a BA in folkmusic from Esbjerg Music Conservatory, and is active in running our cinema, he is a folk dancer, helps out in “Fanø music Club”, and sits with me in the Cultural Advice Board, (Kulturelt Samråd), where we receive applications for local citizens´cultural projects and give them financial support, from a budget trusted us by the council.
Simon is from east Germany and has lived on Fanø for 3 years. He is good at graphics, homepage building and stuff like that. He is very funny, and warm hearted, and helpful and. Yeah. Haha. You can probably read how crazy I am about both him and Julie.
And Sofie as well. It´s lovely to get to know her.
We have sons who will be in the same school class next year. And we have both studied social anthropology and worked with integration of refugees. A lot of common interests.

Simon is politically focused on maintaining the variety and quality of cultural ngo activity, as he sees it as a cornerstone to be able to be part of meaningful communities. It´s a question of good health and general life enhancement, for the individual.

4.

Me, I am our candidate no.4. I have insisted on being the last on the list. As I don´t really have time to be in the council. I am a vocal sound therapist and want to prioritize this work. And be of support in the background, for the candidate or candidates we get seats for.
I have 5 years of university education from the University of Bergen, Norway. An extended cand.mag degree. Social anthropology, comparative politics, media science and organizational psychology.
I have worked in the film industry for 8 years, making f.x. a documentary for cinema called “Welcome Home” for Piraya Film in 2000, about how refugees and immigrants from Africa and Asia feel about living in Norway.

I think maybe you know the rest about me? 3 kids, married to a musician / music teacher… active in Kulturelt Samråd, Fanø Music Club, The Incredibles (that make an annual children culture event for participation of all local ngos), actively helping the Red Cross with the integration of our “new” Syrian citizens, and I´m also a board member in the national board of Kulturelle Samråd Danmark.

(I´ve also self published a book of poems in English, and made a video installation for a local art exhibition in 2011, called Linking, you can see it on the Youtube channel in my name). I have previously done volunteer work for Tv Fanø, Fanø Kindergarten, Fanø AppTeam, Fanø Cinema… yeah. Ngos. I love them, always have. I have lived on Fanø for 10 years now, and I originally come from Norway.

Politically I´m focused on …. yeah ….. well. I agree with all the other three, ofcourse. School, cultural ngos, and strengthening the democracy and the nature…
In my work as a therapist I help my clients with stress symptoms. A lot of other ailments and imbalances as well, of course. But. Stress relief is in high demand.
So I´m interested in decreasing weekly work hours for everybody, like the Swedes have done. And in health tools like “culture on perscription” which many Danish councils have adopted now thanks to initiative from The Alternative nationally. (It means you can get expenses covered for cultural input, as a part of treatment of f.x. depression). I think we should have this option on Fanø.

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This has become rather heavy on the written text side, huh?

I could insert some of the photos we took on the beach  Saturday 27/9, the day we started our election campaign with a splash! (The top photo of this blogpost is also taken that day, by Mille Borregaard). But I don´t have those photos accessible here & now…

Let me just finish this post up. I have to move on, to the editing of our election video for the local tv station. Lots to do, when one wants to run for election, I can tell you. All very new to me, and interesting.

You can read our election programme and join the local debate on Facebook, if you please. (Especially if you live on Fanø, otherwise it´s maybe not that relevant for you).

Our group is open for anyone to post issues or questions. it´s called “Alternativet Fanø, politisk laboratorium”.

Our logo, isn’t is brilliant?! I think it is. (It´s created by The Alternative on national level, not by our local party group).

 

 

 

 

 

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Fanø Freefolk Festival # 8; Saturday

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There. So. Now.

My second and last of this year´s Fanø Free Folk Festival films, is ready, and uploading onto my youtube channel as we speak.

It wasn´t easy. Well. Tons of good stuff to edit. But. I had to make a couple of tough decisions in this process.

First, I chose to allow one act to fill arond 20 minutes, quite a lot more than the other acts. Simply because this band had me…. hypnotized… their music trance inducing, no less… (Those of you who follow my blog, know that I passed an exam in hypnotherapy this spring. So I don´t use these words meaningless-ly…) This choice made a long film become even longer. But. So be it. Skip along the timeline, perceive it as a cd, and jump forward if something gets too long for you. Or dwell, and dive into that meditative state of being, that the music invites one to…. simply delicious…

They say “kill your darlings”. But some things are just far too dear to kill. Sorry. Not sorry. I even included at photo stills section, taken of their instruments on the floor before they got on stage. Oh. It´s so GOOOOOOOD !!! 🙂

(And it is such a satisfation to be an independent blogger, and not answer to external editors´  whims and fancies and boring conventions….)

The second, and much harder editing choice than the first one, is that… Well. I had to accept that my recordings from Sunday are… too few, and all in all just not of good enough quality. So I won´t be making a video from the Sunday programme. Sad to say.

Thing is, I had technical problems during the fantastic concert of Marie-Louise Munck. Hence I only got 27 seconds of that! Which totally ANNOYS me. Make sure you check her name out, it was mezmerizing. Maybe my favourite concert the whole weekend! She reminded me of a female Nick Cave. But at the same time, they´re quite uncomparable, of course. I bought her cd.

Why oh WHY did exactly this concert hit the exact point in time where my camera went down with no warning and no apparent solution for immediate fixing…?!  ARGH!!

Then, a bit later in the day, came Kottos, A Danish quartet, truely amazingly skilled… I was, by then, though, just completely and utterly exhausted! I shot two minutelong recordings, but there was a kid sitting on a chair  in the middle of the picture…  and the room was too crowded for me to go find a better angle to shoot from.

(I´m not the pushiest of people, I would prefer to be invisible, a fly on the wall or something, can´t stand drawing attention to myself, disturbing the stage performance and the audience. So mostly I find somewhere in the back to film from, apart from the rare occaions that I manage to stay seated during sound checks, and place myself at the front…I aim to get better at this, but after each concert it´s just so tempting to get outside for fresh air and a cold pint and a chat and all that…)

I left the room in the middle of Kottos´ performance, my brain boiling from intensity overload, after the Friday and the Saturday…!

Then, an hour or so of rest later, I wanted to go film Kaddal-Merril at the museum. An Egypt-UK-act, fiddle and flute as far as I could see, the two minutes I managed to stand and watch from the outside of the museum room there… I then realized I just basically couldn´t listen to any more music any longer!

So, I finally accepted defeat, packed up, found my car, and drove home, to the north end of the island. Fell asleep for 3 hours, woke up and had some food, and fell back into bed again 9 pm.

End of story.

Next year, if I am to film at the festival again, I will make sure I´m not tired as it starts out on the Friday.

I don´t have an ambition to cover all the gigs. Though they all deserve total coverage. I am just a blogger, and a local citizen who loves music. And I am far too perfect to be a perfectionist. (! … )

So it doesn´t bother me that I have missed some acts. But it bothers me that I have basically missed a whole day´s programme. The Sunday evening gig at Fajancen restaurant, for example. The owner, Jacob, is my friend. Last year I covered it, and it was such a lovely event.

But there you go. This is where I get the chance to prove I really am no perfectionist.

Haha. She laughed bitterly, teeth clenched. Her brilliant level of self insight forcing her to realize unwanted realizations. (Yet no one could say she didn´t own the precious gift of self irony. Maybe she indeed WAS an imperfect imperfectionist. But self ironic, yes she was, at least no one could take that trait away from her proud self).

My apologies to the ones I let down. Well, I guess…. Instead I should focus on saying “You´re Welcome”, to the ones I have filmed successfully. Shouldn´t I.

I choose to do both.

And with this, I consider the case closed. I did my best, as always, and due to valid reasons, my best wasn’t as good as i would have liked it to be, this time around. Such is life. Acceptance. Acceptance. Let go.

Here´s the film. Much deserved after all this reading, eh. Well, I needed to get that rant out of my system. Once explained, I can now move on.

Thanx for this festival. Year after year, it makes my Summer sparkle.

Check this out. It´s marvellous, actually.

There should have been a part 3. But. This part 2 is still just smashing!  🙂

Let´s be grateful for the positive stuff we receive in life, and not dwell on what could have been, if only.

She said to herself.

Wisely.

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Fanø Free Folk Festival # 8; Friday

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Hello y’all

Another year, another Fanø Free Folk Festival. A great privilege to have such an amazing festival happen annually on this tiny island where I have my home.

I organized my holiday so I returned just in time to get to the festival. To me it is a highlight of every Summer.

Enough about me, here is the first video I have made from the weekend, 21.-23. of July… The 8. time the Free Folk festival was held…

I managed to see all 7 gigs on the Friday. Some of the concerts are represented more than the others… it doesn´t mean I couldn´t have filmed all of everybody´s performances, they were all great.         Gotta keep the workload down a bit, though.
And some of my recordings are better quality than others… so.     That´s why the limelight is spread a bit unevenly between the artists.

I am no judgmental music journalist.
I just love to participate somehow, and to express and share feelgood-stuff.

Enough explainings.
Hope you enjoy the outcome!
Please comment if you feel so inclined, I am always open to listening and learning.

Lots of Love;
Lene.

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School´s out

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Hiya…

It´s … Tuesday. Soon 11 pm. Just had a nap in my ListeningHut behind the apple tree. So I feel fresh, fresh, exciting…. (Kool & the gang)

School holiday started last Friday. My middle-kid Viola (7) is away on summercamp with the sfo (where they go after school every day to be looked after until parents come home from work)… First time she is away from home for that long. 4 nights! She was not worried at all. She´s my rock star. Or something else kool, calm and collected. (Maybe that´s not the foremost connotations to the concept of a rock star, now I think about it but. Anyways).

There are a lot of things happening in my life now. We had great success with Diversity-day on the 17. of June. Must remember to write a post about that sometime soon. Lots of children and their families came, and the atmosphere was so warm and friendly. Really moved me. Musicians, Syrian food… games for adults and kids together… yeah… must tell that story in full later.

And I have finished the intro course of my soul midwife education. I shall do the rest of the course this autumn, is the plan. Together with one of my dear fellow students from Githa Ben-David´s vocal sound therapy course. I will go be a volunteer at the local hospice, as part of this education. I have contacted a lady I know vaguely, and asked her to help me join the hospice, because I know she works there now. She said yes! It will really help me, to have her support. We have a date set for meeting in August. Well chuffed about that.

Also, one late night, suddenly I could see that my mother had called me! I sent her an sms saying I could see she´d called, and I hoped it wasn´t bad news… she doesn´t normally call me late unless something is seriously urgent… she replied to my sms saying no, no bad news, she just wanted to tell me she had decided to give me and my two sisters a big wad of money each! As a part of our inheritance after our father who died some years ago…

I have lived on a very small economy these last 5 years. So…. YEEEAAAAHHHHHH….. !!!!!! The thought of all that money in my account just…. aaaaaahhhhh…… what a relief and a joy, man…… I immediately decided to start the soul midwife course, and I found out that I want to get myself a proper bicycle. I have made do with a second hand, uncomfortable one for years. I miss my old cruiser that died on me in… 2011? So I went to town. Found out what brand has the best rep when it comes to cruiser bikes. Electra! Oh me oh my (there´s a light in the sky…” Steve Hillage, on the Green album…)

Yup. This morning the Electra helmet that I ordered from Germany, arrived on my very doorstep, delivered by two handsome young men, actually. Hah. It is a black helmet with a white no.8 on the side. Also, there are white race track squares at the back of it. They did not show on my computer screen! But ok. Can I live with it? Yes I can live with it. No sweat. Hahahahaha…..

 

The number 8 is my favourite number, and it´s the mathematical sign for endlessness / infinity. It can also symbolize balance, I read. Taking the good with the bad. So. A Straight8 it is. As Electra have named this helmet. 🙂

I think I will post the photo of the bike as the top illustration. Then it can also symbolize movement, moving into the new, as the tarot deck position no. 6 is, in the Celtic cross…

(I have done 3 tarot readings this last week or so! Out of the blue. For two of my closest friends here,  who both suggested it themselves, and for my husband. Very interesting indeed. Been quite a while since I I used my decks. Suddenly 3 readings in a week. Wicked).

What else… Oh yes. Around the same time as my mom told me about this …. downpour of dough on my lucky head…. I was watching a free 9 hour long brainathon with John Assaraf on Facebook…. He is a hotshot from the film The Secret…. and with him on the screen stood lots of different brain scientists, neuro-scientists, coaches, all recommending his course…. And I actually decided to invest in it! Which was not cheap. But it is all about changing my money story, with use of self hypnosis, guided meditations, exercises…. supporting my brain change with audios, videos and a facebook community, in changing the way I think about and deal with, money in my life…. I´m in the third week now, and I am absolutely LOVING it. I have worked with self hypnosis about money stories and many other things, by myself, for a couple of years already, using free videos on Youtube. Abraham Hicks… Michael Sealey… many many. But yeah. I feel so empowered that I could choose this for myself! It enthuses me, and I already feel new motivations building up, becoming aware of stuff… As a newly educated hypnotist, it also gives me a lot to hear this programme of top quality hypnosis audios… I realize there is a lot to learn still for me on that score. Great to test this out on my own brain/mind. Looking forward to attracting abundance more and more every waking hour for the rest of my life. Hahaha….. Not a bad affirmation that. Maybe something to add to my anchor.

The rest of the money from my beloved mom, will probably go to my student loan bank. I saw today they have written me a reply to my last application. I will read it tomorrow. But at least I will then be able to pay them off a few months, before the bill is stacked on top of our other household bills… Yes. Moving on up, love´s all that matters… (another theme song, I´m like a radio station tonight…)!

What else is there? Oh yes. Well. Two things. Both a bit secret for now. But I have a great vision developing, together with my good friend here on the island. A social experiment. We are working on a project description and will try to find forces to join us in this process, that could become a great adventure, and a win win for several  central local parties in our community…

The other secret news, is… hmmmm how to tell it without telling it…. No. I think I will actually have to wait with that one. But I will tell you soon. It will be out in the open on Friday. Mindblowing for me. It has happened very suddenly, and it will… be fun, cost a lot of energy but also give me lots of energy, insight and new learnings, new relationships in an exciting teamwork….

Yeah. Friday this thing will be official. And Saturday we jump in the car, my hubby, our 3 kids and I,  and go to Norway for 20 days. First a week at our close friends´ in Bergen, then a week at my mom´s place, then my mom and her man holds a big party at my aunt´s place by the waterfall at the innermost bay of the Åkra fjord… from there we will then drive across the mountain (takes 6 hours, if not 8), down to Oslo, to another close and dear friend of mine and her lovely family, and from there we sail on home…

So this week, I´m just getting ready. Hanging out with the two kids that are still at home. Receiving a sound client tomorrow and a hypnosis client Thursday. Packing. Washing clothes. Buying presents to bring with us. Listening to my money story audios. And waiting for my new fantastic bike to be delivered to my door. I must remember to order those 2 books about soul midwifery, but probably better if I wait ´till we get back from the trip.

Lucky is my middle name. As I always say. I am so right about this!

🙂

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Diversity-Day # 2

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The annual cultural event with focus on children and their families, is here again for the second time.

The ngo “The Incredibles”, where I am a proud member, started on 8.of March 2014, and last year we could finally show our ideas in real action. A day in celebration of our local community on this little island of Fanoe, population 3000. We invite every citizen and every ngo to participate in creating a wonderful day of fun, giving centre stage to the local children and youth.

This year we have a family team competition, we have crocket and petanque, the riding club, One wheel bicyclists, a dance group that will teach and perform, we have skaterkids who will show us some tricks and spraypaint their skating ramps on the day, if the school manages to set it in motion for the date of 17.of June…

We have a cafe, where some of the Syrian women from our Red Cross women´s cafe will bring some dishes for us to sell… We have a Syrian troubadour as well who will come sing and play for us, we have local musicians as well, we have cakes and coffee in our big party tent…
We will play baseball, adults against kids probably, and we have rented sumo wrestling outfits, adults and kids sizes, so we can play some interesting soccer wearing them. Meanwhile all these ballgames go on, local performance artist (And member of The Incredibles), Ragnhild Kallehauge, will be storytelling in our new “Memory Garden” which recently has been created for the citizens suffering from Alzherimer´s disease… Yes, we proudly present a programme that has thought about all ages and nationalities, all genders and weirdotypes, that can possibly be living here, making our island such a wonderful place to live our lives. 🙂

You can see photos and videos from last year´s Diversity Day on our facebook page: “Foreningen De Utrolige på Fanø”. If you drop by there, please give us a like. It cheers us up and cheers us on, to keep meeting monthly in order to organize this yearly feelgood-factor. (One can also become a member of The Incredibles, for a very small, symbolic lump of money. Find our email address on our Facebook page, and ask for our bank account number).

I will leave it at this, and return after the day is finished with more info. Hurray for diversity, thank Goodness we are all different, or else life would be incredibly boring!

This photo is from a race we did last year. I can see we are lacking in stills from last year´s Diversity-day on our facebook page. More videos, and stills from the preparations. I will try to take more stills this year. And hopefully someone else can do some photography as well… This photo was taken by a guest; Niels Christian Nielsen.

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Steppin´up

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Hiya. Sunny Sunday here today, first barbecue dinner in our garden, yey…

And I had a meeting with the Red Cross Syrian women´s group café today, and they agreed to make some dishes for our big family event “The Diversity Day” on the 17. of June. Where the ngo The Incredibles, we invite all local ngos to get together to create a fun day with our island´s children in focus…

Anyways. Will write more about that later. Second time we do it this year. Check out the facebookpage for photos and more info. (“Foreningen De Utrolige på Fanø”).

Today I did another pretty big thing as well, you see.
I published a facebook page for my vocal sound therapy.
I have known for a while I would make one. But somehow it took time.
I have quite enjoyed the nice and easy trickling of customers.
But I… want the world to know I´m ready to receive people.
And I also need growth to build my clinic up, so it becomes
a stable source of income.

Let me try to glue my new facebook page in right here…:

Sigh. No of course not.  I need my WordPress genie! I’m pretty sure it can be done. “Encapsule link” or something. Can´t find it anywhere on my facebook page´s menus though.

Oh well. My new page is called “Kaltwasser Vocal Sound therapy”. You´ll have to go there to see it. Sorry.

I´m pretty pleased with it. Chose a documentary of my teacher to remain on top of my page. It gives a perfect insight into what she knows and what she does with sound… Which is the methods I use too. The film shows examples of a sound scan and a tinnitus reduction session…

And I added a long text on the “about” section of the page. That I can copy to here, hang on:

Om (=About)
I “sing on people”. Listen for resonnance, and add the sound the body needs. Relieves physical pains, reduces stress levels… Strengthens inner balance.
Send me a message to book an appointment. My clinic is in my home on Fanø, south west coast of Denmark. Write me through facebook here, or send an sms to (45)42801902.

I am Norwegian, and I have lived on Fanø for 10 years, so I speak Danish. And of course English. (I write in English here so that everybody can understand).

A sound session lasts for 60 minutes. It is a rather new field, this vocal sound therapy, so people don´t know what to expect. I tell you all about it when you come the first time.

If you wish in depth understanding, I recommend my teacher Githa Ben-Davids trilogy about her way with sound, how she found the method etc. Wonderful books.

I have also written a few posts on my blog about my training, during the two years I attended courses with Githa. They can be found in the category “Vocal sound therapy” on my site: www.kaltwasser.dk

In addition to the vocal sound therapy, I have just taken an exam in hypnotherapy. So this will be another tool in my toolbox, but first I need to practice, it´s like I just got the driver´s licence, now I need to do some driving to become a good driver. I will practice in the months to come though, so I expect to be a confident and skillfull hypnotist pretty soon.

I love to study. My background is in social sciences from the university in Bergen, Norway. Yet it is hard to find work as a social anthropologist.
I have worked with documentary film production, and I use video in my blog posts. Also made a video poetry installation once, (can be seen on my youtube channel) and self published a book in 2011 in English, poems and short prose reflections on a soul´s journey looking for life´s meaning.

I have 8 weekend modules of training clairvoyance skills at The Clairvoyance School here on Fanø. Ever since my teens I have been reading a lot of self help books, with psychological and spiritual angles.

And I´m thinking to educate myself as a “soul midwife”. To help people who are dying, make their transition… Death has always been very interesting to me. As I don´t believe in its existence. It is just another birth.

Aaaand I love to write. Hahaha….
All this background stuff is not really important. But. It is also nice to know a little bit about someone you choose to confide in. I think.

One of the strengths about vocal sound therapy is that we don´t need to talk so much about issues and their whys and hows. If you want to talk, though, then we do that. And if we are to try hypnosis, some words are needed to replace the dysfunctional thought patterns with more functional/positive ones.

Anyways.
Enough.

Looking forward to meeting with you. I love doing vocal sound therapy. People become so relaxed, surprised and happy. Relieved.
Come have a go and see for yourself if it can be of support for you.

Best wishes!
Lene

Yeah…
This is my profile picture on my therapist page. It is a photo I took of myself as a response to a very sweet message my eldest daughter sent me a few days ago. I took this and sent it as a reply to her.
So now it is out there. Born. My official self presentation as a vocal sound therapist. It feels good.
One third major thing I accomplished today, after publishing this professional page, and gaining the Syrian women´s support for Diversity-Day…
Was that I emailed the Soul Midwives in Dorset and asked them to send me their application form. For their course.
So.
Three hurdles crossed. Three things ticked off my to do list.
The future feels friendly and exciting.
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Fanø Free Folk Festival # 7, Saturday Compilation

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FINALLY!!! Oh my dear blog (-readers), how I have missed you.

It´s been months on end without a word between us! It´s entirely my fault. Coz I made a vain decision: I wanted my three blogposts from the Fanø Free Folk Festival to be “on the trot”, so to speak, in a row, not interrupted visually on the blog, by other posts. Problem was, this third and final blogpost from the festival, required for me to finish editing a compilation video first. (I had laid upon myself).

Editing takes time. Sure. But the problem this round has been that I have had difficulties accepting the limitations of my raw material. The first band I filmed that Saturday, was “early” in the day and it was very hot. I was dehydrated and very tired after falling into bed the night before around 05 am.

No excuses, though. Just explaining. I filmed Yngel, the first band out, for far too few minutes, then headed to the “house of gatherings” to get hold of a chair and a big glass of ice water…

The following acts, Victor Herrero, Kloster, and ML Buch, I have already made longer videos from. So in this compilation here, I´ve cut it down to just a taste.

After dinner, Nasa Dude felt extremely intense to me! My brain was just throbbing with all those new impressions of new to my musical horizon, soundscapes… I managed to film 10 minutes or so of Nasa Dude, and then I actually made an escape from the whole festival site! Went and sat on the grass outside a house a few hundred metres down the lane, for an hour! Just listening to my own breath! I was quite surprised at myself there. I HAD to have a break, and take back control over my ears!   🙂

So I missed the performance of the percussionist altogether. P.O.Jørgens. My apologies.

Not that I had promised Rasmus (The festival leader) any particular amount of coverage. I just like to cover the whole thing when I film a festival, or an exhibition. Not the whole thing, but that every participant at least gets represented,in various degrees. Maybe I should adjust that rule a tad. And go for a “Personal favourites” style. Feels unfair, though. And my taste does not define good taste. Every act in this festival is always interesting! Not exaggerating. Every act is not pleasant, to my ears, but it is all very fascinating, innovative, interesting in some way or another.

Anyways. Josephine Foster I have also made a seperate video of (although not to my satisfaction, as the room was too full to find a good angle for the camera). And Arlt, likewise. You find those videos in my 2 previous blogposts from the Freefolk Festival, or on my Youtube channel (called Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen).

The most unsatifactory piece of raw material was Origami Arktika, though. The room was very dark by this time, and I wasn´t too sober either, to be honest. Not drunk at all, but not attentative enough. A lot of my material is useless due to unstable camera. Add the in and out of focus due to darkness. Not much left to play with.

Anyways. That´s enough of the explanations. Let me give you the video compilation of 9 out of the 10 acts in the programme Saturday:

Any comments, especially from you musicians or audience present at the festival, is very wanted and welcome.
I am aiming to film acts at the festival next year as well. If there is anything you think is too much, too little or too bad or too wrong about my work this year, let me know and I will try to adjust. Also, you can tell Rasmus and have him let me know.

At the end of this video,for example, I have included a folk dance late at night by two local lads. I talked a lot to them, so I don´t think they will mind being published. But if so, I will edit them out. Same with the last clip, which is a group of friends passing a ukulele around after the programme was finished, whilst waiting for buses etc. It was a private moment, intimate and vulnerable, but so beautiful. And that atmosphere is what I treasure more than anything about this particular festival. Let me know if anyone feels obused by my filming this, though.

It is very important to me to respect those I film. I always edit to show acts and people from the most positive side possible. Anybody picking their nose or stuff like that, I scrap the material. False notes played/sung, I consider context an extra time before I publish. I am a person of high ethics. It is a central part of my character. And also, I hate to intrude. To disturb. If I could be a fly on a wall with a camera, no one noticing me, that would make me a very happy high-flying film-fly. 🙂

Right.
With luck, everyone is happy. And if someone is not, don´t hesitate in letting me know. I don´t take criticism personally. And I want to be trusted. Also, I want to get better at these video workings, coz I just love to shoot video, especially concerts (and sculptures), actually.

I fade out with a boomblast crescendo piece why not. Just to make this post even a littlebit more about me and my thoughts about me!
(At least no one can claim I don´t have self irony. Another central piece in my character, besides the ethical focus. And that claim is not bragging, it is me shining my light shamelessly, like we all should).

I´m just a soul whose intentions are good.

Ciao for now, and hope to catch you in my next blogpost!
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Fanø Free Folk festival # 7 part 2

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Greetings! This Sunday morning…

I´ve been editing more concerts from the Fanø Free Folk Festival these last couple of days. Enjoyable work. I uploaded the set with Sophie Cooper, with that brilliant loop pedal I mentioned in the last post about the festival; Fanø Free Folk Festival # 7 part 1

Here´s Sophie Cooper: (Delphine Dora also joins her towards the end).

Great to experience something unusual, something not seen before. At least to me, this was new and refreshing.

If the films that I have made stop and start from time to time, it´s because they are shot and uploaded in HD quality, so the files are rather big. I have tried to upload in a smaller format, but the pictures become grainy. So. It´s up to the quality of streaming power and flashplayer that makes the difference between smooth viewing and non smoothe. I think that pretty soon all devices and streaming will adapt to deal with the HD sizes.

Here is one more piece from the Sunday programme. Flygtningestemmer. Voices of refugees. It´s a pretty long film. That´s because I care deeply about the issue of refugees, I always have. Back in 1990, 18 years old, I was the leader of a local group of Sos Racism. We helped the newly arrived asylum seekers, showing them around town, involving them in voluntary work projects such as helping to paint an old people´s home… we arranged a women´s cafe once a month at the asylum centre, where we locked the door and drew the curtains, and off came the abayas, and all the infants were laid on the pool table to sleep once they had been fed… and we cooked great meals together, and they taught us bellydancing and told us dirty jokes…!! Hahaha… I remember I got so surprised. These ladies, whome on the street were all wrapped up in their burkas, almost invisible. Behind closed doors they were anything but invisible. Great characters. A lot of fun to hang with.

Yeah. So I include the stories between the songs here, about the project, and Nour´s thoughts on being in his situation… Thumbs up for international meetings and co creating music to share important stories!

 

I have also edited together a series of glimpses from the Friday happenings. A couple of the acts I have also made longer concert films out of. You find it all on my Youtube channel, which bares my name; Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen.

I have not turned every act into a separate video. Because one, it takes a lot of time to edit. And two, not all my recordings are good enough, I really need to get hold of a small tripod with a tilt-and-pan-handle… Three, there are gigs where I have only filmed a couple of minutes, because I was tired or needed air / it became too intense for me… (Not meaning to say the music I have filmed less, is less great than the music I have filmed in full, of course). There are also a handful gigs I didn´t film at all.

So. With that said, here´s a compilation of the Friday programme:

(The Great Park, Tidebound, Rasmus Kjær, Uhrbrand/Bjørslev/Brodde, Rowan Coupland, Eric Arn, Boucheloud and Christian Pallin).

Yeah. So. That´s what I´ve got for now. I´m in the process of editing a similar piece from the Saturday programme. The Sunday artists I have covered as individual pieces, minus Ghost flute and Dice, because I was exhausted that morning and couldn´t make it to the Forsamlingshus (House of Gatherings) until Sophie Cooper´s set. I´m only human. All those mindblowing gigs, and beers and coffee punches into the early hours of two mornings on the row…

Here is a video of Ghost Flute and Dice I found on Youtube. Darn, it´s so annoying I missed this, man!

Okay.

Ps, if you go to my blog´s facebook page; Kaltwasser Heart Matters, and give it a like, then you will be notified every time I publish a new blogpost. I share every new post onto that page.
I write about my life on Fanø, about spirituality, about vocal sound therapy which is my profession… I share some of my (video-)poetry, talk about sexuality, equality, cultural events and… yeah. Anything that is in my heart to talk about, and that matters to me.

I will publish this blogpost now and get ready for the Red Cross event this afternoon, for refugees and their local friends to gather and eat some cake. That´s gonna be nice.

Fanø has taken more refugees than any other kommune /county in Denmark, related to the size of population. (3000 people live here).
We are proud of that fact, and also proud to say that we have great success stories from the integrating of Bosnians and Burmese citizens, and now we welcome our new Syrian neighbours and make an active effort to meet them and show them what life on Fanø is all about.

I´m a member of the ngo Kulturelt Samråd, and we arranged a welcome party for the Syrians last April. With Syrian and Danish folkmusic and folkdancing, and an international cake buffet. 35 nationalities are represented in the Fanø population! You can read all about that splendid day we shared, here: People Meet! An event to welcome refugees

I actually think this event should be copied by cities and counties across Europe. To organize an arena where we can communicate as equals, without so much need for verbal language. We can appreciate good cakes together, and dance and laugh…. be human beings together,  showing interest in eachother´s  cultural expressions… Yeah…

We had a wonderful welcome speech written by the leader of our ngo, and we had one of the newly arrived Syrians with us on stage, translating it  into Arabic, so everyone got the message…

Aaaaanyways. Yes. It´s all described in that other blogpost there. People meet.

And so we also did at the Free Folk Festival. Thank you so much for that weekend. I will edit a compilation of the Saturday programme, and make one last blogpost about the festival.

See you!   🙂

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