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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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Status not so quo

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Hiya, friends.

Friday eve. Kids´ tv and candy. Means the week´s most quiet hour for me, in the kitchen´s arm chair. Dad is not even home tonight. Team building event at work. So the kitchen is all mine, all empty and peaceful, no piano being played, no one talking to me…. For a mother of 3 at the end of the first week of school/kindergarten after 7 weeks holiday…

MANNA FROM THE SKY !!! is how that feels. 🙂

I´ve been blogging too little, lately. Days are simply flying by! And whenever I have a second spare, I go into my “listening hut” in the garden, and listen to my self hypnosis audios, in a course I´m doing, called Winning the game of Money. Have I mentioned the course before? Can´t remember.

It´s great stuff. I have listened to Abraham Hicks on Youtube for a few years, so this is a very natural-feeling next step. Also, it connects well with my recent exam in hypno therapy. So I´m well chuffed. Learning is my favourite passtime…

I can feel my inner self changing as well. Which is kind of freaky. I can feel that I have gotten new boundaries! I feel a lot more certain about things, decisive. And I have lost some of my precious patience, with small talk and being polite to people who actually owe me an apology!

It´s a bit … unnerving to realize. I experienced myself the other day as not the attentive hostess I normally automatically always am. I simply could not be bothered, pretending friendship when I knew that they knew they owe me a big fat apology for something they said to me that actually made me cry and explain to them exactly why it made me cry, a couple of years ago now. They never got back to me to face what had happened, and give me their apology. Well. They came to visit the other day and I just. Was quiet. And serious. Not smoothing and small talking. Just responding to their words. And looking them straight in the eye. Waiting for quality and sincerety and depth that never came. Not so pleasant of me.

But ok. I accept myself as I am. And we all change thoughout our life times. Some of us probably more than others. As one has to be open, and embrace change, to make it happen, mostly.

I love change. To grow. Understand more. Develope new… fields of interest, deepen the fields that have always been there… Grow. Simply.

Maybe this is turning into a boring rant. Sorry. Hmmm. Well. I write about heart matters, so. Let it be.

Let´s see if I can find a visual break to lighten this text up:

Yeah… of course I agree with this. Still. I don´t think I have changed into someone less empathic. Rather my self respect has become more un-compromised. I consider myself an empath. It is one of the traits I am most proud of having.
Maybe of late I´ve just found a new level of empathy for myself. Hahaha…..

I have a busy life. Volunteering for 5 ngos. And trying to create a source of income. As well as being a mother of 3. Recently, I have engaged myself in the building of a new political party as well! Or… the party is built, but I want it to become represented locally, so we get something decent to vote for, come the election in November.

“The Alternative”. Is the party´s name. I´m a member of a party for the first time in my life! The party is built on 6 values: Humour, Empathy, generousity, humbleness, courage and transparancy.
I dig it.
It also operates with three fields of growth: Economical, Social and Environmental. So something can have great value giving social growth, yet not have financial profits. Money is not the only existing measure of value.
The party also wants political debate fashion to change, from a battlefield of winners contra losers, to an arena where we listen to eachother and find the best common solutions for our common challenges…

I do NOT want to be in the local counsil. We are 4 people on the list of representatives to vote for. I think we will get one or two representatives in.
So I´m safe, insisting on being no.4 on the list.
I want to support this initiative, though. I want a new direction for local politics. And this party has good thoughts,including global considerations…

Right. New visual. Bring it!

Rumi.
The great Persian poet. Love him. Or her? If Shakespeare might have been a woman…

Apart from all my ponderings about game of money, party politics, ngos and new expressions of self respect boundaries…

I remain first and foremost a Spirit. Working at the service of Spirit.

I ask for Light and Love every time I give vocal sound therapy to a client. I am a channel, letting energy through. I also channel in my poetry/song writing.

Soon I will go be a volunteer at a hospice. A bit… I don´t know if I will wish to stay there, but I think I will. I am always drawn to where I feel a bit scared. And it always shows itself to be the right new life move for me. I follow my heart.

In January, I think it will be, one of my sound therapy colleagues and I, go to Dorset to attend module 2 of the education into Soul Midwifery. To learn what is to know about caring for dying “friends” and their families, to support them in their (beloved´s) transition.

I have read a lot of books by Elizabeth Kübler-Ross. The pioneeer Swiss psychiatrist who invented the term “near death experiences”… check her out. She´s on youtube as well… video of her talking with people on their deathbed. She´s a hero of mine. So loving, humorous, warm… Wise. Strong. Giving. Empathic. She has my admiration.

Anyways. Yeah. So many balls in the air now, to juggle. I have my eyes on extended hypnosis training too. Marisa Peer. But I need to win the game of money first.

🙂

Visualing and manifesting my vortex vibrations… life is an exciting timespace.

I crave a lot of alone time and silence. One wouldn´t think so, maybe. I´m a very active person, involved in quite a few social settings. An anthropologist at heart. Hungry for expanded understanding in the field of “Social Man”. Always.
Still, though: To sit with Spirit. It´s part of my core. Literally. Hehehe…

Discovered a new word the other day: Ambivert. Meaning someone who is both an extravert and an introvert, changing according to context. That´s me. I´m real glad this word came along, coz I was annoyed thinking I had to belong to either one or the other box. I hate being forced into boxes. Either or. I don´t belong in an either-or-universe! My space is all inclusive; “both-and.” Yes please. Include me in the open-ness…
Ambivert.

My God, this is becoming quite a manifest of Who I Am. Huh? Well. As I said, a lot of stuff is changing in my life right now. I didn´t plan the heading for this post, even, it just typed itself and then I wrote on. Status not so quo. True enough.

Oh. This song. I played it loudly over and over, age … 12? 14?

Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi. They were on board Band Aid as well. Oh I do know my 80s pop rock data. It filled my entire life back then.

There´s a new version, from 2010, I just found out now! Check it out:

Oh fuck. No. The video from 2010 looks like they are visiting a group of happy children scouts…! Glorifying army life, in my opinion. All smiles and pictures of comeradery.

Hell. I´m actually really disappointed! Glorifying war. Look at these nice tanks, aren´t they a great feat of engineering, like…. and the beautiful women in uniforms, smiling and clapping…

In my inner teenager cinema, these lyrics showed pictures of tired young men disillusioned, “you´ll be the hero of the neighbourhood, nobody knows that you´ve left for good”… and “once you get there no one gives a damn”… “missiles flying over your head”…”Your finger on the trigger but it don´t seem right”… “But you just can´t see, is this illusion or reality?”…

I must be a reincarnated pascifist. How can they… redo their song in 2010, without a critical angle on the middle east being bombed back to the middle ages by the west… That´s just……. brain dead? Corrupt? Plain ignorant? No, that level of ignorance is not allowed or even possible anymore, is it. ?!

BIG SIGH.

Much prefer Bowie’s farewell album, then. There´s a real authentic, honest and foresighted voice, unafraid, wise, visionary.
I miss Prince as well. And MJ too. Leonard of course. My number one poet and singer.

So. Un-quo-ing that status of mine. Now just received a dounle meaning. Love multivocality.
No respect for that pussyfooting shite. Said using the mild version of the synonym for excrements there. Shite, spelled and pronounced like that, is quite acceptable to Brits. At least it was during the years that I lived amongst them. 1994-99.

Bottom line. What more do we all want than peace. The healthy majority of us.
Universal human needs. Peace. And Love.
You know it´s true.

Oh. Haha. Sorry, I can´t resist this:

And this. We do need love. Listen to LL here now. 🙂

All that … lovey dovey couple stuff…

A true, loving hymn for peace. That is what my heart really beats for.

I actually listen to this almost every day, in periods, on my bathroom stereo, while I shower. I sing this Assissi´s prayer lyrics of all force, bottom of my lungs.
Make me an instrument of Thy peace.
(The English lyrics start at 3:50, but the intro is absolutely lovely enough that you should chill and let it soothe you).

Yes.
“It is in dying that we are born, into eternal life.”

(This vid is seen 1,5 million times, whereas the other two, Milly Vanilly and LL Cool J, have been viewed like 26 million times…! Crazy… this fornication drive really have got a great grip on humanity´s balls/ovaries, doesn´t it, Goodness Gracious…)

Well. I should be dj-ing. And actually I do have a plan to create a playlist of dance floor tunes, and make a video installation to fit in with the playlist… Watch that space. I´ve gotta express that groovyness too, somewhere somehow…

Bye for now. Sorry if this took off. Then again. No. I´m not sorry. I´m just me.

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Bernie on the Worship of Money

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Good morning. Sunday morning. We are heading off to the birthday brunch of our dear neighbour girl Alma soon, who turns 8. Big hurray for her. We have the most amazing, friendly neighbours, and it is such a strength and joy in our everyday living.

Anyways. I saw this video with Bernie, the man who would have been president now if it wwasn´t for the Democratic Party cheating him out of his right place.

I just leave the rest of the message up to him. And the pope. It is time we start talking about the worship of profit for private gain, goin on in the ruling class.

Thank Goodness there are still intelligent people on this planet.

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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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What should I ?

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Hello dear reader.

I have been very upset the last few days. Been reading and watching videoclips on Facebook about the new law the Danish government has made. I have written some statuses and many comments… I should write a blogpost about that issue. But it is too overwhelming.

Here is my main facebook status about it. Which covers my opinion:

Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen
28. januar kl. 16:39 ·

I am furious. I am so sad. I am livid. I write in English so I can reach everyone. This Danish government?
They have…destroyed our nation’s pride. Our dignity.
Our identity as a people who cares. Who shares.
Who stands for humanism. Equality.
These people in the government. Acting out of fear. Out of greed. Out of lack of empathy. Breaking human rights. Hurting families and children. Knowingly!!! Who does such a thing? What is the ideology? Ūbermensch I tell u. Evil ! A spade is a spade.
Tax relief for the rich. Thats what this sick government cares about. More money for the richest ones. Including themselves. Oh if we were in France 1789… heads would roll.
They are doing damage to Denmark these idiots. This is not how the Danish nation reacts to a wave of people in deep need.
Come on! This is a nightmare!
Imagine being a Syrian refugee. One month on the run, in dangerous boats, through woods, just scared. To escape. To find somewhere safe to live. For the future of your children. And then. They take your last posessions on the border. And they tell u that u will not see your kids and wife for three years.
How would u survive that?
Maybe suicide is the aim of the government. Saves money. You know. The AllMighty Fuckedup Dollar.
My condolances. This government.
The worst I have ever known in my homeland.
I really never imagined this could be possible.
Intelligence. Empathy. Dignity. None.
None. !
Un believe able.

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Here is one of my favourite songs for describing longing for peace in one´s homeland… Dire Straits with Brothers in Arms.

 

I have shared many videoclips and newspaper articles. About how they don´t listen in parliament, when one politician tells them the law makes her sad and explains to them its consequences. Her colleagues sit and chat with eachother while she speaks. Open disrespect. No manners!

And then they passed the law. 81 fore, 27 against. And 70 members of parliament were NOT PRESENT!!! Where were they?!?! Why were they not there?!?!

Two of the party Venstre´s ministers were called in to a questioning in Brussels two days before the voting. To explain their extreme, hostile law. And they stood there lying and avoiding telling the truth about it. For example that it breaks UN´s human rights convention for children!

They will now take jewellery from refugees to help pay for their keeping. Outrageous. Like the nazis. Yeah. Brilliant idea.

And much worse: They will make refugees wait three years before they can be reunited with their spouses and children, left behind in the war zone.

If I knew how, I would paste some of the facebook posts here. But I don´t know how to do that.

Seems easy, embed post, but… no. Just tried again. And read the tech help text. Oh well. Let go let go.

I share this one instead. Also a lot nicer to take in than the picture of those heartless politicians.

compassion necessity

 

It knocked me out of balance, that fascist law. To realize DENMARK can do such a thing. Shocking to me. A lot of Danes are shocked and disgusted and sad and shameful about this government´s new law.

I feel better now. Having talked about it with friends, having cried a lot and written about it. Also I have realized that the law of the three year long wait to be reunited with family, will be a reality for only about 10% of the asylum seekers. Not that that makes it less harmful. Or. Yes it does in numbers. But the pain it will induce on the ones it hits….. how can people come up with a rule like that. Ungraspable.

I am extremely relieved that the 3 year rule will not hit  my Syrian friend Asaad, who moved to Fanø first of December… and whose youngest daughter turned 2 years old on the 26.of January… he will not have to wait until she is 5 before he sees her again.

I am so relieved, and I just HOPE my interpretation of the law´s text is correct. It says that the asylum seekers who get only one year´s stay allowance (or how they phrase it). Those are the ones who have to wait. Most Syrians get 2 or 5 years stay allowance. Asaad has got 5 years.

If I ruled Europe, we would invest in the refugees. Give them treatment for the trauma they have endured. Then education and later jobs. Actually, I would invest in Greece. They suffer immensely there. We could help them build a really good refugee camp there. And every European country could send a team of specialists, to help in every way, both the Greek citizens and the refugee citizens.

I would say that “Okay, Denmark has now received 15.000 refugees. We now close the border, because we must find the families of our new citizens, and start to integrate them. We have made a 5% tax for corporations that earn more than a million kroner a week. And this new stately income will cover the extra cost of our investment in the refugees´ wellfare. If we find that the cost will be higher, we will sell our war planes. We no longer need them anyway, because we have decided to stop taking part in the war in Syria. We will from now on be a nation for peace. No more war.”

“And as soon as were have the families reunited, and can see how things are going and what challenges and opportunities we have. Then we will of course open our borders again and accept more refugees. Because we see this as our human duty, to treat our brothers and sisters with love. We are one humanity and we must stand together in times of need.”

if u dont fit in its because u will make a new world

This is what I should. One thing is to report the evil. That is being done by journalists all over the world. Not always as well as it needs to be done, but. This Danish law and its disgrace, they have covered well.

What is MY mission, is to uplift. To help myself and others digest the difficulties, and keep strong and hopeful, solution orientated, positive and optimistic about the future and about human individuals´ capacity for love in spite of capitalism, in spite of xenofobia, fear of the unknown…

The refugees who come here, are people. Just like us. Individuals. The Danes connect with them really gently and friendly. One example is the facebook group phenomena “Venligboerne” which means “The Friendly Dwellers”. In the groups individuals organize help for the refugees. Find them places to live, give clothes and furniture to them, invite refugees to special cafe meetings… anything.
It started in Denmark and spread to Germany. I don´t know if more countries have them yet?

venligboerne

Check them out…. All in all, choose to focus on the positive, loving messages about the refugees. It is really so rewarding to get to know them. I have always been curious to get to know people from other countries. It does not drain me. A mutual bond develops, like in any other friendship. They need help, and it feels good to be of help to people. And to teach people about the local customs and how things work. And people who get help, want to give something back. You will find they also try to find ways of helping you back. Very rewarding relationships. Where one learns a lot, and laughs a lot actually, in the process of communicating with limited language skills…

Go familiarize yourself with the refugees and their situation. If we all greet and meet them, integration will be easy. When there is segregation, non integration, it is because the parties do not meet and get involved with eachother. We have tons in common with any other human being! Like a need and appreciation for food. And music. Dancing. Jokes. Like wanting safety and happiness. Like tears of joy and of pain. Like smiles.

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January Thoughts

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Yeah… I will move in the direction of these…

I´m always very careful with resolutions. I avoid making promises that   I´m not sure if I can keep.

The new year has started, and on Monday my husband is going back to work after having been home since October! He worked so much previously, that he could take all this time off!
It has been a gift. To be two adults in the household. Making both of us free to go for errands etc. without finding support for the children in the meantime… The little ones have hardly been to kindergarten. Instead we have hung out at home, they have learnt some piano playing actually, they have come with us to the dentist, or grocery store, library, or to the public indoor pool…

Appreciation. Gratitude. Is the healthy attitude.

I consciously try to count my blessings, and my victories, more than finding faults, noticing what is lacking.

I also say to myself “choose your battles”, when I get upset about daily life details. Some things are worth being stubborn about. Most things are not.

Dr.Phil has a good one: “Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?!”

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I love January. With its introspectedness, its calm and quiet rhythm of non action.
It fels empty, open. The old is over with. Before us lies the new, possibilities, opportunities, hope.
It is also a perfect time for creating expressions. Poems, songs, edit video, plan projects. Somehow a pregnant time of year, to use that metaphor.

u are worthy always

Yeah… acceptance…of one´s self and one´s situation, surroundings… central. Self worth. What do we have if we don´t have that? And yet, so many of us struggle with it. Not feeling that we are good enough.

We work with that feeling in our vocal sound therapy. “Sing ourselves free” from old wounds, traumas, damaging self images… out with the old, and in with new ways of understanding oneself, building one´s identity on new elements… Very efficient method, to use one´s own voice for the liberation.

Probably sounds a bit cryptic. If you want to read about it in depth, get hold of the book just translated into English: “The note from Heaven”. (Danish; Tonen fra Himlen). By my teacher, Githa Ben-David.

What else is there to say in the here and now…?

 

soft heart is courageous

Important to remember in these turbulent times… something is definitely changing on our planet. With the migration away from the drought areas and wars, into Europe… Europe´s shameful reaction of no reaction, building barbed wired fences in individual countries instead of standing up and helping our brothers and sisters in their desperate need for safety. Who would have thought this is what Europe would look like in a humanitarian crises, which is even created in part by Europe itself. Through participation in the wars in the middle east, and through cutting UN funds for aid …

But. Yes. Keep your heart strong and courageous, hence soft. Meet refugees as the equal human beings that they are. And know that what you give out, is what comes back to you. Treat people well, and you will yourself be rewarded. Very simple. Treat people aggressively, and they will answer with aggression. Trust begets trust. Right now it takes so little, to help refugees and receive their immense gratitude. How would you prefer for someone to treat you if you were in their situation? That´s the way to treat them! It is not hard to understand!

 

every religion teaches kindness

In fact, every religion says the same about this: Treat others as you yourself want to be treated.

 

Yeah… The new year… We are moving into the new, for sure… unknown challenges ahead… or history in repetition… I have been an anti racist all my life, joining organizations for peace and equality between the sexes, between the “races”, between gays and heteros…  I didn´t think our evolution would be turning in this direction, like this, and now. I thought that ok, history repeats itself , so the social sciences say, but. Not this soon after the holocaust. No. I did not think so.

Anyways.

comes back to u treatment

Yeah…. apart from these thoughts, it´s pretty quiet so far, my January. I have had 3 sound clients. And have seen friends and relaxed with my family. There blows a fresh breeze from Sibiria as we speak. So we stay indoors mostly. The wind makes the temperature minus 20 degrees celcius, I read somewhere! V-v-v-v-v-very c-c-c-c-c-coooold-d-d-d.

Here is a photo of our dear Fanø ferry, a day or two ago… And with this image I bid you fare well.

fanøfærge i is

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Just a handful funny things

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I just feel like sharing some funny things from Facebook with you. We need to keep laughing in this crazy world, when the going gets rough, the survivors keep their spirits high. (To quote myself, haha…)

stone henge easterisland

Isn´t that just great… haha… I actually read a few weeks ago that they actually did find out that there are bodies underneath the big stone heads on Easter Island…!! Google it if you want to find out more, can´t remember where I read it…

The big question remains. WHY did they go to those extents, of building those huge, heavy, very mysterious structures??? Fascinating. I love not knowing stuff. 🙂

Here´s a more political joke:

poor cant afford

Yeah… they have their problems, the rich…

A religious joke:
(Because to me, nothing is holy… I don´t believe in a God who has no sense of humour)

the word fuck

Ok, one more then:

rabbit god duck god

Okay, this is not a joke, but. Quite entertaining in a feel good way to us who are old enough to remember the 80s…

old tape friends of mine

This is…. more disturbing than funny, I reckon… humouristic drawings are great for telling some truths…

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Let´s not forget this kind of humour. Quite intelligent, this one, actually. 🙂

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And this too I dig:

raise yur standards

Okay. Let me finish up with one last poster, so this doesn´t become long.

Here´s the perfect Halloween-costume for next year! Cute as can be! 🙂

sushi costume

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Paris & the refugee crises

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I thought I was gonna finish my Budapest posts. But. World today. Suddenly someone decides to make a massacre and focus changes.

World at war. So disheartening. Of course they will strike back. And who says all killing must be done in the middle east?

I wish we  would stop interfering with other countries. I wish bombs were banned. And guns. That people could have their local conflicts “in peace” and get at eachother with spears and swords and find out locally where to draw the imagined red lines in the sand.  Red lines drawn with imagined enemies´  blood.

Human beings are really embarressingly immature. Predators. Growling and howling for territory. And making our own species extinct for the sake of private property.

This is how I feel:

earth hug

And this:

news helpers

And this:

angel protection

I´m not really a christian. But I am. I love the teachings of Jesus. But I resent the church for its desire for power, its twisting of truth and its fear propaganda.

I am a spiritist, relating to Spirit, passed souls, spirit guides, and yes, it seems, angels as well.

Deeply inspired I am by taosim and zen buddhism. Soka Gakkai chanting too.

nature is my temple

I have written many poems about spiritual belonging… versus being a member of a religion…
Here is one from my book “Heart Matters – a round abouts and previous pieces”

About whether to practice a religion

I never practiced no religion. I need to think for myself.
Not take on a package deal of ready made belief.

Since I was 12 I´ve been reading eagerly
about death and parapsychology
about thoughts on the why are we.

Later I joined university, studied social anthropology
and organizational psychology, enjoying the learning of theory.

When I was 20 I met with zen.
Swinging my samurai sword I found my kiai.

My heart tells me my truth.
My feelings show me right and wrong.
My inner compass for conscious conscience.

There are many masters to learn from.
They all point their lights to the same One All:
Love.

LKH 2011

(I rewrote it a little here now. Very rare I do that but. My view has changed slightly. To see the original text, you have to buy my book. Hahaha… Or you can find the video version of the piece on my Youtube channel. Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen, is the channel´s name. Look for “Linking” videopoems).

mask falls off

True that. I have lost some masks the last two years. Due to my educating myself into a vocal sound therapist. (There is a whole category on this blog with that title, for more info on the subject and on my process).

Paris. My heartfelt condolances on your loss. It is my loss too. Humanity´s loss.

earth hurts everywhere

From one of the most impressive and forgiving souls I know of:

mandela

We are a world at war. I call it the 3. world war in my quiet mind.
Westerners seem to be unable to differentiate between moslems and extremist military “moslems”.
Which is very damaging. And equals looking upon every christian as being in agreement with the Ku Klux Klan, for God´s sake!

unicef wall painting

This is from a house facade in Gozsdu, Budapest:
“1 family torn apart by war is too many”.  – Unicef –
Says the text at the bottom of the beautiful image.

The refugees coming into Europe now, are fleeing from the bombs we are dropping. And fleeing from millitant extremist violent “moslem” cults. Us westerners must be able to understand this and to help our brothers and sisters who stand homeless and countryless, trying desperately to survive.

free to be decent

I can feel that I am not willing to move deeper into words about it. I have watched a documentary on Swedish tv that was made by a group of Syrians, from they decide to leave their home and until they sit in different European countries as asylum seekers. It was a very good documentary. Provided insight. Made me cry a lot. I have always had refugee friends. My first boyfriend age 18-20 was a refugee. I have listened to many stories about being in that situation. Fleeing from terror. A very difficult and painful position to be in.

So.
I will just end this post reminding you of a very soothing, calming, joy inducing sensual impression which I think is universal to every human being on this our planet earth.
I think we all enjoy this; don´t we? Let´s remember to seek for joy and inner peace. No matter what.

smell of earth after rain

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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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The wave that is a drizzle

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Last few days, Facebook and tv news has been just all about the “wave” of Syrian refugees coming to Denmark from Germany and Hungary… and especially about how many of the refugees choose to run away from registering with the police as asylum seekers, and instead they walk towards Sweden. Yes, walk. With their children sleeping on their shoulders. They´ve dropped their luggage somewhere along the way, so they can keep carrying their children…

And the police won´t allow Danes to come bring the refugees food on the train station as they wait to catch a lift to Sweden. And there are disgusting racist idiots spitting down on the walking refugees from bridges, pictured in Danish newspapers!
Many Danes on the other hand, go out in their cars and pick up refugees and drive them to Sweden, or to a ferry, or give them money for train tickets. This is against the law. But people don´t care. “How can we sit and watch this happen without reaching out to help them?” Is the attitude of most Danish citizens. Thank Goodness for that!

Experts say that the politicians talking about this being a wave, a flood of people entering… that they are just wrong. We saw the same numbers of refugees in the Balkan crises, the war in Kosovo. And the 360.000 people coming up into the continent of Europe, equals 0.068 % of Europe´s population…
In earlier times, countries have co operated, giving asylum for a short amount of time, let the refugees stay and work until they could go back to their homelands again. Which people want to do! We all want to live where we come from! Where people understand our thinking, our language, people behave in ways we are used to and agree with…

 

rumi love is the bridge

 

I shared this image today. Rumi, the Persian poet. One of our greatest in the history of mankind.

I shared it with a friend of mine who is a refugee from Syria, now living in Denmark. He has been here a month or two. I met him and his friends, his fellow asylum seekers, at a most wonderful party in Åbenrå 2-3 weeks ago; http://kaltwasser.dk/aabenraa-international-music-and-culture-party/

I´ve become facebook friends with some of the people I met there. A great honour for me. I deeply appreciate building friendships with people from far away lands. Always have done. I have quite a few Kurdistani friends who now live scattered around Norway…

In 1988 there was an asylum centre built on the isle of Karmøy where I lived with my parents and went to college. (Gymnasium). A bunch of us local teenagers started Sos Racism. I was the leader, age 18-20. We would arrange evenings at the asylum centre for cooking with the ladies… we took the guys who wanted to, with us as volunteers to paint an old people´s home… we made sure the local newspaper came and took a picture and interviewed us, smiling, with paintbrushes, helping the old people for free…

sos racisme

 

We danced eachother´s folk dances at a xmas party in the local school hall… I made friends with people from Romania, Kosova, Macedonia, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Palestina, West Sahara, Marocco, Eritrea, Somalia, Angola… I learnt a lot from them. From each one of the people I met.

Very interesting conversations. And nice to be able to help them get used to what Norway was all about. But more than anything, I appreciated the opening of hearts. To hear their life stories. Their pain about having left family behind. How they worried, for their mothers, children, brothers, wives. And for themselves, how they feared the police would come one night and just put them on a plane back to the torture they escaped from, back to death threats and a government who gladly let opponents of the system disappear, vanish, without a trace…

I wish Denmark´s refugee policy was the same as Sweden´s. That an asylum seeker is granted to stay, on arrival. Not after waiting for a year or so, and then maybe get a “No. Leave.” Also, in Sweden, family reunification is done quickly. No long wait before you can be reunited with your toddlers whome you left in that war zone.

I so understand why the refugees want to walk to Sweden, and not stay in Denmark. Danish politicians have even made an advert campaign in eastern European newspapers, saying “Hey refugees, you don´t want to come to Denmark, coz we have just made a law that will make sure you only get an income that you really can´t survive on.”

How embarressing. How low. Unempathic. Compassionless.

As if seeking asylum is a crime! It´s not; it´s a human right!!

And we know that Europe actually needs the working hands these foreigners can contribute with. Check out reports from professors, people who come from education, who know what they are talking about. I would link to a facebook article or two here, if I knew how to. “Informationen” is a good Danish newspaper to check out.

Sorry I can´t find out how to copy the URL for the good articles.  Also a very wise professor called Hans Rosling, is working very hard to help Scandinavia understand the crises in Syria and why the refugees are forced by our rules to go on the deadly journeys to seek asylum…

 

I found this refreshing voice on a good friend´s facebook wall today… Totally agree with his viewpoints here:

 

Well.

If I had lived closer to where the Syrian families are walking right now towards Sweden, I would for sure be driving some of them to their destination. How can we stand by and watch children, hungry, thirsty, too tired to walk anylonger… and not give them a bus?!

Many people have brought drinks and food to give them. The decent Danes, which, believe it or not, are in majority still in this politically fucked-up country… the decent Danes are ASHAMED of this treatment the refugees are getting here now. Please believe me. The Danish people are actually warm hearted and caring people.

Yes, the Danish government is taken by surprise, and they don´t know how to deal with all these people coming into the country suddenly. But come on. Refugees have been drowning in the Mediterranian ocean since spring! And whatever the deal is, I thought that christians would help fellow humans in need. Isn´t that what Jesus was all about?!

I feel so tired. Disappointed. At the same time I´m also positively surprised by the kindness coming from individuals, insisting on helpíng the refugees, even though they risk prison for doing so.

But I really have overestimated the intelligence of the Danish government. The politicians are not wise leaders. They are selfish, greedy, compassionless ignorants. It´s, sadly, what I believe to be true.

why war

Denmark went with big brother dictator Usa to war. They helped bomb Syria back to the stone age. And when the victims come crawling out from the ruins that once was their home…. they are not welcome to Denmark for shelter? In what universe does this make sense?

Well. I guess I will have to write a poster and put in the back window of my car: “Refugees are welcome in my world”.

dear refugees

And I will for sure get to know the refugees I meet on my way, some I will get along with, others I will not get along with, just like with all people from everywhere.

But the ones that  I can connect with, with a smile and an open heart, I very much look forward to building friendships with them. Such bonds make my life richer, stronger and happier.

 

Heal the world. He sang.

 

We are the world. We are the children. We are the ones to make a better day, so let´s start giving. Remember that song?

Check out this beautiful art piece on the wall of the archeological museum in Stavanger, Norway.

world heart

Bottom line is:

money to help

And:

NoMigrants

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