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I went to the cinema tonight. With my husband. It´s in our hood, a 2 minute walk from our house, if that. Had to see Bohemian Rhapsody. One of the best songs ever written, in my humble opinion. It is out of this world.

Seen 727 million times, it says on Youtube. 727 million. Million!

His charisma, his energy. His voice, his ki… his body language…
Freddy Mercury. Amazing man. Fantastic legendary unforgettable songs.

Just want to share the video with you. Bohemian Rhapsody is on my top 5 list of favourite songs of all times. It may even be no.1.

The other 4? Maybe these ones, I haven´t actually made this list b4 now… But a guess would be:
“The Gnome” (Pink Floyd-67),
“Brothers in Arms” (Dire Straits, 80s?),
“Purple Rain” (Prince, 80s), and the last one, hmmm…
Leonard Cohen´s “Hallelujah” 4 sure on the list!
“Into my Arms” (Nick Cave)
“Angel” (Githa Ben-David & Lars Muhl),
“Imagine” (Lennon) ….. so many wonderful songs… song-makers…
Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Bob Marley, Janis Joplin ….
“The End, (The Doors) …
“She´s like a rainbow”, (Rolling Stones) …

Anyways. Enough of that. I could go on forever about pop songs that have meant a huge lot to me. Kept me company and stood by me for better and for worse, through laughter and  tears and utter despairs…

The reason I want to update my blog right now, though, is mainly because I just found a great article in my Facebook river, shared by the site UPLIFTCONNECT.COM …
I have a yellow belt in iaido. Which is a form of budo; Japanese swordmanship. I know my way through some katas, i.e. patterns of moves, training with  a real samurai sword. I have a hakama (samurai black trousers). I love the concept of “Meikyu Shisui” – shiny mirror – and I LOVE zen. When I was 20, I spent the Summer in Temple Zen la Gendronniere in France. You can read more about this life changing experience here: Temple Zen la Gendronniére 

The link between Singers´ strong, (lyrical) voices, and samurai bushido (code of conduct)? They express the same energy. Power, courage, personal dedication to one´s truth, autonomy……. Both the  use of the voice in itself, and the use of words.
“For it has, I think so often been remarked; the pen is so much sharper than a sword” … — It´s a line from a poem I remember from my teenage years.
I believe it´s a poem by Oscar Wilde, but trying to google it now, it proves hard to find that exact line.

 

Actually, I wrote this haiku many years ago, first in Norwegian then translated into English and included in my self published book in 2011:

Haiku Samurai Zensho Iaido

Shiny, Still Mirror
Sword Slashes the Autumn Storm
Smilingly Quiet

 

Here & Now another freshly created Haiku Samurai Piece for you :

Pen Sharper than Sword
Smith of Words that Tell the Truth
Cut Through Illusions

Pointy Pencil Pin
the Sword can never Conquer
Spoken Truth Power

Sword Silences Voice
Still we Rise, we Never Stop
EverLasting Love

xxx xxx xxx xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx xxx xxx xxx

(Morse code S-O-S, in the pattern of those x-es.)

Because we do really need to get up, stand up, these days.
And one more time stand together
for our human rights
to equal safety and freedom,
against the fascist dragon that is finding foothold
yet again in Europe now,
through human beings´ fear of the unknown,
the unknown future that we have to face
in this present era of rapid change
into new paradigme.
The transition into the age of aquarius
is not easy, when those in power
are asked to share it,
when citizens are taught to fear it,
when the west bombs the east,
creating fleeing refugees,
the war lords´propaganda machine
turning their war victims’
despair into a story
that they come here
to threaten what is ours

Who are the terrorists?
Who are the liars, the killers?
Who is responsible for our lack of peace?
Leaders who cheat us, poisoned by greed.

The victor writes the history.
Or rather, “the victor” edits historical narratives, by cencoring which stories will be remembered by the future generations.
Well.
We are moving into the new, now.
Where every soul has access to the means of meaning production.
Camcorder telephones, easy editing tools, and the world wide web.
Rainbow warriors, Light workers, saving Mother Earth.
Unite. Our time has come.

And so it is.
(= Amen / I am in.)

I share this very good article from UPLIFTCONNECT here with you now. Hope you like it. I resonate with these 7 principles of Bushido. It´s my frequency. The wavelength that I tune into to be. 🙂

Living the Way of the Samurai Warrior in Everyday Life

By Gilbert Ross on Thursday January 18th, 2018

Image: Universal History Archive

The Seven Principles of Bushido

 

 

The ancient and traditional Japanese class of warriors, known as the Samurai, have been widely immortalized in popular culture as the ultimate icon of military prowess, stealth, swordsmanship, loyalty, and honor. Known to be an elite group of military nobility, the Japanese Samurai were perhaps most revered for their codes of honor and principles, known as Bushido; which governed the Samurai’s way of life and might also be loosely related to the European concept of chivalry.

The era of the noble Samurai came and went but the principles they lived by are universal and timeless. In a world where the romantic idea of chivalry or abiding by codes of ethics has eroded to make way for inauthentic lifestyles driven by self-gratification and a faulty moral compass, the Bushido way of life can offer more than a simple insight and serve as a reminder of how we can direct our lives for the better.

I am listing the principles of Bushido and some ideas on how it can be picked up by the modern ‘spiritual warrior’ to build a robust inner life, while creating more meaningful and authentic relationships with others around us.

Integrity

Living life with integrity is a good starter for the warrior’s code of ethics, before applying or adopting any other moral virtue or practice. Everything starts with your integrity. It is the moral fiber that holds all the other pieces together. Without integrity, there is quite the opposite–disintegration. Integrity is synonymous with rectitude, upstanding, righteousness and decency. The degree to which we live with integrity is reflected in anything we say and do. People around us can sense our integrity, even though it is an inner trait. Our trustworthiness pretty much hinges on how people sense our integrity or otherwise.

The principles of the Samurai warriorsSamurai are the ultimate icon of military prowess, swordsmanship, loyalty, and honor.

Yes, integrity is something you do solely for your own sake, firstly and mostly. It is for your own growth as a spiritual being. You can’t fake integrity. Yet at the same time, we need integrity in society because of how it is reflected clearly in the interactions and transactions we have with others. We are social creatures after all, and something like integrity is the glue that holds bonds of sane relationships together. This was–and still is–something so important in elite groups such as the Samurai or tribal communities. On the other hand, this is why we can observe so much insanity and distrust in today’s society. Integrity can be a scarce human resource to find nowadays.

For the noble Samurai, integrity or rectitude was principally the ability to make a wise discernment or judgment: “To die when it is right to die, to strike when it is right to strike.” Now, this might sound a bit extreme and bloody but the idea is that discernment can be applied to any circumstance and not necessarily life-threatening ones. Integrity gives us the discernment in thought, speech, and action. For example, it enables us to refrain from talking or acting in a nonsensical, hurtful or egocentric way. This generates peace both internally and between people.

Courage

Courage is obviously one of the first associations we make with warriors–both those on the battlefield and those in spirit. Many people overlook the difference between fearlessness and courage and there is a very important point to take home from this difference in our everyday life. Living without fear is most certainly an illusion. If you are completely fearless you are not alive or have a very short lifespan. Fearlessness can be equated with foolhardiness or ego-based illusions. Nobody can be completely without fear because, in its pure form, fear is an evolutionary survival tool.

Integrity comes first“To die when it is right to die, to strike when it is right to strike.”

Yet, we can recognize our fears and learn to put them in their own place without letting them run our lives. This takes courage. It is the courage that we summon in our hearts when we step out into the world and make that important move, even though we still have some fears and uncertainty about it. Courage is a beautiful energy that initiates a lot of changes and decisive movement that takes us far and forward in our life.

Compassion

Now, this is something that is not a stereotypical association with anything warrior-like but together with courage, it is one of the most important virtues of the 21st-century spiritual warrior. It centers us in the power of the heart space, which is the source of so many other beautiful qualities and feelings such as love, benevolence, sympathy, and empathy. Compassion is a very noble virtue and one that Bushido, or the way of the warrior, holds up high in importance and value.

Without nurturing compassion, you can’t sail very far in the ocean of life, for you are surrounded by so many sentient beings that are both a reflection of you and coming out from the same source as yourself. Compassion is in fact nurtured through a very simple first step–loving-kindness towards oneself. Without giving love to yourself and allowing yourself to be loved, it is very difficult to be compassionate towards others. In turn, lacking compassion is like living in a dried up river bed–disconnected from both the source and flow of life. The warrior understands the power of being connected with life and other sentient beings, and so, he understands the importance of compassion.

Respect

Respect and/or politeness in the world of Bushido can be seen as a little bit parallel to compassion, in the sense that it stems from a sympathetic regard for the feelings of others. “In its highest form politeness approaches love”. Like compassion, to respect others you need to first respect and value yourself. Respect for others without respecting yourself is only a faint shadow of the virtue. We live in a world where politeness is often born out of conditioned responses or fear of being disapproved or disrespected in return, rather than true sentiments.

The importance of compassionWarriors understand the power of being connected with life and other sentient beings.

Real politeness and respect are authentic and very often do not require words–although a timely compliment or kind words and gestures do no harm. To be able to respect the feelings and opinions of others and use politeness to harmoniously keep social connections meaningful is both a beautiful virtue and skill to have. The real warrior is both respected and knows how to show respect. It is such a valuable implicit agreement between gentle souls.

Truthfulness

Truthfulness is also closely akin to the virtue of integrity. To have integrity also means, among other things, to be truthful in your words and actions. Slander, for instance, is such a self-weakening strategy and will eventually come back to bite you in the behind. Yet once again, and you will obviously start noticing the pattern here, truthfulness starts from being truthful to oneself. And here is the heart of the matter. We are so often untruthful to ourselves with all the stories and crap we invent–all the excuses and the banal rationalizations of irrational fears that we do not have the courage to face or embrace. I believe that most of the time people are less truthful to themselves than to others.

Standing in your own truth and guarding your authenticity, your sovereignty and that of others is tantamount to living the warrior way of life. Stay firm in your truth and speak and express it with courage. Nothing can ever harm you if you do those two things. Truthfulness is the heart of the warrior. It is both the spear, the shield and the armor.

Honor / Sovereignty

There is almost a romantic idea behind honor and the noble warrior, most accentuated in the Japanese Samurai culture. Honor is one of the highest virtues because it captivates and motivates the soul of the warrior to fight with valor and to summon up the courage from the heart. Honor is a goal as much as it is a way of being.

Modern spiritual warriorLearn to apply the values of ‘bushido’, or the way of the warrior, in modern life.

Although they do not directly translate into each other, I hold honor to be in resonance with sovereignty and this is another key idea for the spirit warrior’s way of life. Sovereignty has a bad historical connotation with ruthless powers and authoritarian forces. But it’s actually quite the opposite–what sovereignty really means, in the context of spiritual growth, is to cut loose of any shackles or dependencies that are stealing away your power; your birthright to be free and to be who you authentically are. This is pretty much the battle cry of the spiritual warrior. To regain sovereignty and break free from the chains that keep us limited, powerless, in suffering, and worst of all, in the illusion of something we truly are not.

Loyalty

Loyalty can also be pretty misunderstood and might appear to be in stark contrast with honor and sovereignty. In actual fact, it is quite complementary. Loyalty does not necessarily mean placing obedience or complacency on a higher power (or one perceived as such). Loyalty is placing ties, your efforts, commitments and resolutions where it matters most for your own freedom and spiritual development, and those of others. Once again, it is rooted in the practice of being loyal to one’s own feelings and intuitions firstand then placing your loyalty and trust where it ought to belong.

For the Samurai culture of Bushido, both honor and loyalty were highly regarded and to break one or the other was a disgraceful act, often punishable (or self-punishable) by death. For the spirit warrior of the twenty-first century, loyalty means above anything else, alignment and building strength in bonds of trust. It means to cooperate and co-create in loyalty to a cause or a shared vision. Even in practical day-to-day life, it is essential to know clearly other’s loyalty, and where your own loyalty stands. When you start living from your own truth with honor and integrity, you become loyal to your own purpose and sovereignty. Loyalty will then also build amongst those who share the same principles and way of life.

 

Right.
I shall stop here, with a poster I also encountered in my Facebook river tonight. I wish u all compassion & respect.  🙂

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Heart Matters is also the title of my book!

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Hello sweet people!

I´ve just gone through comments and replied. Very enjoyable work. Thanks for your comments! I appreciate it. I just forget to check them, but maybe I will get better at it from now on. U never know, u know. 🙂

I was especially uplifted by a comment on my post Pre Dawn, someone loved my poem. And it made me realize that probably very few of my readers know that I have actually self published a book of poems and short prose reflections. In 2011. Its cover is this blogposts heading picture. If you want to know more about my book and maybe even buy it, then on top of my website, there is a place where it simply says “buy my book”. Read more about it there. 🙂

Yeah, I´ve always written poems. Not heavy, hard to understand poems, but more like pop song lyrics, really. I make songs too sometimes…

I also made this video installation, of 15 poems, most of them in my book. 5 of the texts, I turned into songs. I have filmed and edited myself, everything is me in this video. Even the voice singing. 🙂 Check it out! I know the editing rhythm is a bit unusual. But it is a conscious choice I made. I want it to be… meditative. Dwelling. Allow the viewer to sink into the words, the imagery, sink into themselves as they are viewing. Here it is, if you fancy:

Actually, I have lots and lots of notebooks full of poems and ideas, half written stories, lying about. I should publish more. And I would like to make a cd too! But. It´s like, once I have written something, I am finished with it. Then I just want to write something new, or learn something more…

I love the sound therapy work. And to co-create cultural projects. And then there is the green party where I´m one of  the leaders. New local party, we went for the local council election in November, and we got in (not me, but Sofie did), and she is now the mayor!!!!!

So…. I need the days to have more time than 24 hours. And I need to make more money than I do now. That is why I have attended a business school online. I will start a company, and try to… sell online products, use my writing skills, video and learnings of self healing, and see if someone wants to buy my products, or book appointments for sound healing or just conversations… It is not clear to me yet, how it will all turn out, shape itself. But I´m in the process of finding out.

If I can crack the code and be selling information products online, that will free a lot of my time. To do my projects, my voluntary political work, and edit and publish more books, or that cd of songs.

Let´s hope life will be long. And my self discipline strong!

🙂

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International Women´s Day 8/3-18, on Fanoe

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Hey there people!

Today, 13/3-18, is the day we give birth to the green party Alternativet´s own solo division/group on Fanoe. Long story, which is not the one I´m gonna tell u now. It just takes up so much of my hard disc, that I have to share the 8.of March with u now, before the meeting tonight. So I tell the stories cronologically. If u get me.

Well.

I was invited by Ragnhild Kallehauge, and her one-woman-ngo KUK (Kontor for Ukontrolleret Kreativitet), to take part in marking the women´s international day of struggle. Marking it for the first time here on Fanoe. Last Thursday.

In Bergen, where I used to live, this day is a big deal, with marching, paroles, music and speeches downtown… here on Fanoe I have missed it so much. So it is great I could be part of the contributors from the beginning here. I hope it is the start of a new tradition.

I told Ragnhild I would write something for this date especially. So I woke up in the middle of the night on the 1. of March, with a long rant poem pouring into my mind. Got a pen and paper and wrote it down.

It´s in Danish. Here is the video of me reading it out that night, on The Corner Bar.

Ragnhild did two performances, she is a storyteller. One scene from the view of a victim of domestic violence. Very sad.
And one scene wearing long gloves and a pink wig, being Lulu the Lapdancer…
Excellent. Funny and serious. Thought provoking and entertaining. She´s our performance artist. Theatrical. Wonderful.

And our friend, Julie Frey, went on stage twice as well. Singing, first a song by Martha Wainwright, and then a song she´s written recently, after her mother passed away in October.
Amazing voice, and she played the guitar too… very very good. Love her work. My singer songwriter close friend. Sensitive singing.

I had decided that since the other two would enter stage twice, then so would I. So I´d decided to sing a song. And chosen “Gratuitude” by my vocal sound healing teacher Githa Ben-David. A lullaby she wrote to her children, and that I sing to my children. I chose it as a celebration of the mothering instinct, the feminine principle, of receiving and nourishing. Which all women have as a part of our biology or DNA, whether we have given birth to children or not.

Here is the video of me singing “Gratitude”:

After our 6 stunts on stage, we drank a few beers. Maybe 20 people came to take part in this event. That´s great. It´s about quality not quantity for me. And 20 people on a Thursday night in that location, for this type of event, is actually quite many for our little island.

Next year we have booked the community building! It´s a Friday, 8/3 next year. We will make a party, for both kids and adults alike, ending up in a dance party. YEEESSS.

My singing was not perfect. But this world needs rolemodels that dare to stand up and say, I will share this, I will be imperfect, and that´s okay, coz human beings are not perfect and should not strive to become so either.

The audience were moved by the song, they said. I can see that it was a brave thing to do. I didn´t know whether my voice would be calm or would shake, until the moment I started singing into the mike…! 🙂

I´m glad I did it, and I look forward to doing more stage stuff.
I enjoy it.

Ps The heading photo of me, is shot by Anne Jensen Zeuthen. Thanx for that, Anne! Much appreciated! 🙂 And it´s Julie Frey who filmed me with my phone.
Thanx, Julie!
Ds

Toodle-pip! Seize ya later, gators!

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Pre Dawn

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I wrote this piece early this morning, directly as a facebook status. Woke up 04:44, wide awake, wanting to write. I may edit a bit more later. Not sure whether the title is final either. But. Probably is.
It´s got a peculiar rhtythm to it. I will play with voicing it, record it and find the right rhythmic flow for it.
Here u go, written version round one:

 

Pre Dawn 

When I wake from a dream with a happy urge to write.
To join in the silence to hear the inner light.
Whispers of quiet, foggy measures slowly turning into sight.
These are moments when I more than most feel vividly alive.

Words they carry meanings to and fro.
Clumsily yet quietly efficient also.
Between our heads, and at its best, between our hearts.
Passion is the fashion, open truely to your beat to find a start.

Humourous interventions are a must.
Digestion is such ease when dish induces appetite or lust.
Why so serious these few short years you’re here?
Replace the fear with care and have a good time with

the ones who dare.

Laugh and play, make jokes, and sing and dance!
Feel- good-factors that give u the perfect chance,
to be uplifted, elevated, glad.
Expressing oneself freely, makes a lot of stuff seem not so bad.

Sensitive to depth and width of sensory impressions,
vulnerable is strength, becomes the underwhelming lesson.
Protect oneself, withdraw and charge again,
refuse to live like told by shallow, hasting, angry little men.

Bottomline is coming up here now:
Please do move the focus in your life from what to how.
The way u do the things u do, the way you are.
Is what shines your dust, my darling being, be aware that u are made from star.

So rest, relax, enjoy and visualize.
Allow your belly laugh and sobbing cries.
Grab life with both your hands and hold on tight.
Reflection gives correction, on you flow, ever so feather light.

Lkh 6/2-18

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We are Nature.

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Indian woman breastfeeding

“This photo is revolutionary. It is revolutionary because I breastfeed, in a society where the milk formula is normal and fully accepted, where the ability of women to breastfeed is discredited, where our more instinctive and mammal side is supressed.
It is revolutionary because I show my body, which is banned for breastfeeding, but not that of a bikini model.
It is revolutionary because we dance and we restore our ancient Aymara and Quechua roots, because we believe that is in mourning pacha, under the cement behind the logging of forests, dams, genetically modified foods.

This photo is revolutionary, because I also am.”

Photo via Cata Contreras RisitadeArdilla in Chile

 

Saw this on Facebook this morning. I always share pictures of women breastfeeding. A matter of principles. A matter of children´s human rights for crying out loud. They need food! And it can´t just wait until the source is in a “socially acceptable place”.

Why is breastfeeding in public not socially acceptable?! When topless sunbathing is. And front pages of magazines picturing naked women? One should think the female body´s natural function was a holy one. She carried a new human being into life! And now she should hide when the baby is hungry? Feel ashamed for… what?

I just don´t get it.

Or could it have to do with the female body primarily being seen as a sexual object for men? And the breastfeeding makes them jealous, that a baby is getting what the men think belongs to them? No, surely people can´t be that stupid.

Anyways. Moving swiftly on.

feminist

Oh. I did not see atheist. I am no atheist. I am a spiritual person.
Liberal is a toxic label too. In this political era.

I am a reincarnated French revolutionary.
“Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood / Solidarity”.
That is my parole.

And of course I am a feminist. Someone should rename that word.
Into “common sense” or something like that.

If you don´t believe women are equal to men… it´s the same as believing black people are less good than white ones. Or that gay people´s sexuality is less glorious than hetero sexuality.
Or that Jews or Moslems are inferior. To the fascists.
Because that is the ideology of inequality, man. It is fascism.
The idea of “Das Übermensch”. The Superhuman.
Stupid translation. Superhero, superhuman…. confusing.

But. Its meaning is
that some humans are better than other humans.
Simple.
And these better ones (mainly defined by themselves, the white caucasion males, WASPs; white anglo saxon protestants) …
Yeah, these better humans, the super ones. They get to ethnically cleanse other specimens of our human species, to their free liking.

Fucking charming.

(Actually. I need to add that not all fascists are white. There are a lot of them in religious / political cults all over the world. Moslem groups. Chinese politics towards Tibet. So. Sorry, wasps. We need a new little label, to include the rest of the  antisocial assholes. Greedy, Egoistic, Violent, Uncompassionate Fascist Men… GEVUFM. For example).

Sorry, my blood is simmering. It´s this refugee crises. All the ugly fascist reactions popping up all over Europe now. Scary.

Of course I´m a feminist. Was my point. I am PRO EQUALITY.
It is the only compassionate way to be. The only decent idea. Anything else lacks humbleness. Lacks respect. Lacks intelligence, actually, I will claim.
United we stand. Parted we fall.
Separation is an illusion.
We are all interdependently connected, we are one.
Including the rest of nature.
We are NATURE!
That´s why I can´t understand when the natural is frowned upon. Like breastfeeding. It is stupidity. Ignorance. Non reflection.
“Socially acceptable.” Us humans in groups we behave as fools!

If we don´t accept and respect we are nature, we will end up destroying our planet and living in fear of our fellow humans.
Oh. Yeah. That is what we are currently moving eagerly towards.

Aaaanyways. Rambling a bit now.

Found a third image on Facebook this morning, that I agree with:

different things empower women

Amen.

If we could just treat other people the way we would like them to treat us if we were in their shoes.
Like each and every spiritual master has always taught as a golden rule.  Actually.
We would not need many more rules than that one,
if we could follow it. Think about it.

I will round up. No. Not that Monsanto product, are you crazy?!

Sigh…. so many issues to fight for these days…
Here is a video.

We used to be hunters and gatherers, all of us.
I think that lifestyle suited me a lot better
than the one we have now.

dont destroy earths lungs

Again. We are one, and interdependent.

We are nature.

No trees, no air.
No bees, no food.
No compassion, no care.
No giving, no good.

Be one, be all
Be equal, be free
Be united, stand tall
Be Love and dignity

LKH @ now

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Inspired by Joni M.

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“Oh me oh my there’s a light in the sky….” (Steve Hillage, on the album Green)…

I just saw a hell of a great documentary. Made by Susan…Lacy, was it? About Joni Mitchell. Interviewing her, and all those closest to her, through all the different, oh so varied steps in her life / career… Enormously inspiring.

You may be thinking; Goodness gracious, you didn´t discover her genious until today?!
But yes, of course I have known of her, and listened to the occasional song by her.
But not in depth. Not really her poetry either. Didn´t know she was such a revolutionary.

I know my way around the music of the 60s and 70s okay well. Not very well. I was born in 72 after all. But I have always loved the classics, the Beatles, Lennon, Kinks, Stones, Incredible String Band, Syd Barret, Bolan, all the hippy hits, Mamas and the Papas…. many. Many.

But not really Joni. Until tonight.

Just Ice. Governed by greed and lust.

Effin fantastic.

The film made me cry several times tonight. Got to get hold of that film. Doesn´t seem to be on Youtube.
Graham Nash, who lived with her for a while, described how, when she was writing, it was like she was a medium, he couldn´t reach her, she sat right there but she could not hear him, she was not present…

She said her songs take a lot of meditation. And she paints in between the albums; without painting she doesn´t think she could write…

Genderless, classless music… Refusing boundaries. No boxes. Inclusion, not exclusion, as a fellow musician expressed it…

She had a nervous breakdown, “or, as they call it in some cultures, she said; “a shamanic rising”. ” She turned to nature. Fame turned her off.

Such strength.

Wow. Just.
There´s a whole bunch of albums I need to get hold of. Quickly!

I feel… inspired by her. And a bit sad, in a strange way. To realize that talent can have the size of hers. That old thought comes back to me. The one I have learnt, through hard work, should not steer me or limit me, should be calmed down or talked against. The thought that “why should I write, when someone like her has already done it so well?”

That old fear again. Not being good enough. At least when one can identify it, it has lost most of its power.

I have a manuscript in English that´s been lying in my drawer for years. Unseen. I have a collection of poems in Norwegian, also unseen. Which I was planning to send to a publisher’s, but I haven´t gotten it done yet. Had this plan for over a year. I have a third project, a story about a girl whose mother dies… that story is hard to continue writing…

But okay. To my defense or excuse, I have young children. I don´t get the priviledge of going within for extended time periods, to create, or even focus. I will get there.

success not what u see

That human mind. Endlessly comparing. I know it is silly. So I don´t really take it seriously. But it is how i deal with fear. I give it air, I voice it and listen to it. Accept it, comfort it, then watch it let go of me. Like a child, who gets through something that hurt comforted in its mother´s arms, then lets go and runs off to play again, relieved and happy, one experience wiser. Swiftly moving on to new learnings…

I wrote a poem about this. In my book. I wrote it in 2007.

About How I Deal with Fear

Fear.

To be allowed passage.
To be faced.
To be taken seriously.

To be reasoned with, talked to,
analyzed, to understand its cause.
To be cried.
To be accepted.

To try and change my inner dialogue.
If unsuccesful, to get help
from NLP or other specialist.

This is the song I knew from before. Masterpiece. As, honestly, it seems, all her work is. Master´s pieces. And the moving between genres, writing such personal, psychological lyrics long before others did… She´s something else. Outstanding. Un comparable.

I guess she received yet another fan tonight, huh.      🙂

I just become so grateful when someone expresses the universal so well. Form and content not just mastered, but invented! The immensely special way that she uses her voice… Yeah. I could go on.

Thank you Joni.
I shall enjoy your work and be inspired by it.
And work on not faling into the pit of fear.
I am good enough too. My work has its place, just like anyone else´s.
Let this be the year where I send my finished stuff to publishers.
And let my story about the girl, keep moving forward.

Amen.
So to speak.

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Love & Happiness

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life is love

Yes.
Fear, sin and guilt is the language of the ego.
But we are spiritual beings. Come from Light,
and to return home to Light again we will, once this life experience is finished.

a good life is when

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Love her face.
And there is truth in that statement. Food for thought.

 

hap comes from your own actions

Isn´t he lovely. I feel so close to him. So grateful that he is around, and that he shares his insights the way he does.

 

thoughts cause unhappiness tolle

 

I love Eckhart Tolle too. Read  his books “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth”, if you haven´t already. He also gives talks on Youtube.

 

Hahahaha, Al Green my SuperGrooveHero… I just realized that the title of this post would be Love & Happiness, and bam! Al´s song smoothed itself into my mind…. He is just one of a kind…

love is endless

Remember that.
Endless.

 

negativity brings down immunesystem

 

So let´s enhance that gratitude-attitude. Cultivate it. Make it grow.

Which reminds me of a poem from my book;

 

A better view from here

Momentary madness

Rushes of sadness

Both joy and pain

are to our gain.

In retrospect

all is perfect!

Let go and flow;

Life loves us so…

 

In hindsight

I realize

that I have met

nothing but angels

giving me knowledge.

Dark or bright,

heavy or light;

always a widening insight.

 

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Love is the New Religion

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Greetings…

So I fell ill with a cold Friday, and now Tuesday I´m better but coughing badly. I´ve spent the days in bed, reading about the refugee crises on Facebook, and feeling sad about the human situation, crying and processing emotions through use of pen and paper. Like I always do when inner turmoil and physical fatigue overwhelms me.

Yesterday I stumbled upon this video, and it really moves me in a profound way, it makes me feel uplifted and less alone.

I hope you like it too.

 

Strong stuff, huh?     🙂

I love it. With a capital L.

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This Facebook-poster has been one of the most popular ones on my wall these last few days. I post a lot about the refugee crises. In-depth explanations of the conflict in Syria. And appreciative posts, showing the compassionate caring shown the walking refugees by Danish police and citizens. Also some criticism on the Danish ministers, who really behave quite racist and generally unintelligent about all of this, creating an international reputation of Denmark as a rightwing, unfriendly country… big sigh… I don´t post more negative criticism than I find necessary,  though. My aim with what I publish, is to help build hope, and trust, help us all find ways of loving co existence.

(Read my last post http://kaltwasser.dk/the-wave-that-is-a-drizzle/ for more on my understanding of the Syrian refugee crises)

I have shared this song before, but it is one of my alltime favourites, and it fits so perfectly with the title of this post and of that inspirational video. So here you are again. Bob Marley´s son Ziggy. Enjoy this!

“I dont condemn I don´t convert. This is the calling, ain´t you heard? Bring all the lovers to unfold. Coz no one´s gonna lose their soul. (…) Hey you can take it or leave it. You don´t have to believe it. (…) Well I´m done searching now. Found out what this life is worth. Not in the books did I find. But by searching my mind. So don´t let nobody stop us. Free spirits have to soar. With you I share the gift. The gift that we now know. Love is my religion. All we need is Love.”

Wonderful lyrics.

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Now, this poster on Facebook last night, made me very very relieved and happy. It is from the election which was in Norway yesterday. It is the relatively new Norwegian party; “The environmental party the green”. Look at those faces!! They are watching the vote results as they roll in, realizing they have a lot of support in the Norwegian population. It gives me goosebumps, actually, watching them here.

So grateful that there are political parties that really NOW want to focus on our Mother Earth. Because in my understanding, if we don´t move environmental care to the top of our agenda, we will soon not be able to live on this planet. No air and water clean enough, no fish to eat, and our soil destroyed by gmo experiments. So without falling into doomsday mood here, I just want to say CON GRATULATIONS, Green Ones in Norway. Good luck with your work, I am sooo happy about this positive development in Norwegian politics! Hurray!!!

We have soon had enough of this kind of “sharing” of our world´s resources, seen below here, haven´t we?

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And to me, this is the kind of revolution we need. (Revolution means “quick turn-around”, in the dictionary):
We need to turn our mindsets and actions in the direction of Love. Love of the nature, love of the human race, behaving as One, seeing that we are all connected, we are the extensions of eachother, and our happiness depends on us treating Earth and all of its Lifeforms with respect and compassion.

reloveution

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4 songs 4 u 2 enjoy

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Just feel to share some ace music with you. This group is called L.E.J. They are from France.
Amazing talent!!!!! I LOVE it!!!!! And so it seems people on Facebook do too. 10 mill hits on Youtube so far. Con grats, ladies. Well done!

Then there is this other brilliant song by Danish rapper Per Vers, singing about His FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out, on our net´s “liking action” on social media.  The lyrics are of course only understandable for Scandinavian viewers, but. It is a marvellous piece. So.

Let´s hope he adds English subtitles at some point. Very good thinking in his lyrics in general, and this one is no exception. I also like his style of swinging from talking into half singing and back out into talk mode again… By the way, the video is shot in Sønderho, the village at the southern tip of Fanø, the island where I live. It was voted to be Denmark´s quaintest village, the other year. Beautiful there.

I also want to give you this one, by Roger Waters, from one of the biggest albums of my life, I have listened to his “Amused to Death” album hundreds of times. Literally. This track, “Watching tv” is so moving. And a perfect comment on the issue of media´s use of images in crises. Such as the one of little Alan on the beach in Turkey, a handful days ago. The 3yearold Syrian refugee who drowned.

“Half victim, half superstar, she´s a victorstar; conceptually new. (…) She´s different from the Aztecs, and from the Cherokee. She´s everybody´s sister, she´s symbolic of our failure. She´s the one in fifty million who can help us to be free. Because she died on tv.”

He wrote it about a famous photographed victim on Tienanman Square. This is a beautiful song.

Okay, I want to leave on a happier note than this one. Though an incredibly important song, it also makes me feel sad that such songs are necessary to feel grateful for…

Oh yeah. Of course. Zita Swoon.

Who jumped into my life one sunny afternoon in a festival in Rotterdam, Holland, Summer 2001 or 2002. My mind was blown, my heart so happy, my soul a-sailing a-zick-zacky bliss…
Catch this!

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Recommended Album

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lars og githa

At the bottom of this post is an interview with my sound healing teacher Githa Ben-David and her husband, former popstar (and present author of spiritual books) Lars Muhl. They will release their new cd September 22., and I am so very much looking forward to that.

I have listened a LOT to their last album from 2012 (I think); “To heal the space between us”.  Amazing songs. Which all have catchy melodies and beautiful lyrics, many of them functioning as affirmations and prayers to me… I sing these songs very loud in my car when I have emotions that want to be expressed.

“Any wrong condition, in my body, mind and life, is dissolved and crushed by Divine Love…” Is just one example of affirmations…

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Here is a medley:

Beneath is the interview from Vimeo, with the two wonderful people. And in between them talking, are ten clips from the songs on the upcoming album. Their two sons, age 18 and 10, are also singing on the album. And one of the songs, “A message from Dennis”, came through as Lars was sitting playing the grand piano at their friend´s place, Al Jardine from Beach Boys…

Yeah. That´s all I want to write here and now about this. I just got so excited seeing this vimeo video, that I needed to immediately share it with you!

You can see many videos with both Githa and Lars on their site Cosmoporta. Also in English. This interview alas has no English subtitles (yet?).
They explain why they have chosen to record this album using analogue, old school equipment… very interesting. So at least Scandinavian blogreaders, do enjoy their talk! The rest of you, who don´t understand Danish, enjoy the clips from the songs, and check them out on Cosmoporta, Youtube, books, cds… these two are very special people, and I love them very dearly. Maybe you will too.

Like I said, she is my teacher, so you can read about the education she´s giving in my blog category “Vocal Sound Therapy”. There is also a blogpost called http://kaltwasser.dk/introducing-githa-ben-david/

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