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Renewal Time

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I just finished listening to a webinar online. With Rasmus Lindgren; “How to build a succesful online business and make money on your passion.”

I love to learn. I´ve listened to a few webinars lately, with a similar heading to the one I did today. Here´s today´s kitchen corner classroom… 🙂

It´s actually a new bench as well, we found it on a local secondhand facebook group, and went and checked it oout, and got it delivered yesterday. Isn´t it cute?! Perfect for our small space, and it´s even a Norwegian piece of furniture as the previous owner works in Norway!

Anyways.
Webinars, yes. Learning.
I´m in an avalanche of this stuff right now. Or. Maybe a bad choice of words, as I do enjoy it. It´s not overwhelming me. There´s just a lot of information sources, suddenly.
Which I myself have chosen to allow into my life, of course.

I´m doing Mind Movies, for example! Which is a tool for visualization that I invested in. Not a lot. 50 dollars for a year´s access, including several courses in how to get more done in less time etc. Phew. Exhausting title! Haha…

I´m also still doing John Assaraf´s self hypnosis audios. “Winning the game of money”.
And I´m waiting for a book to arrive in my mailbox, about “the millionaire mindset” as well, by Dean something.

I´m doing this internal renovation, looking at my thought patterns and changing dysfunctional ones for more beneficial ones… Whilst in my outer every day life, I´m busy renovating my home, getting hold of a new bed, new kitchen furniture, building Ikea stuff… sorting through my wardrobe and the 3 kids´wardrobes, driving what is too small, to a local recycling store…turning a bedroom into a clinic space…

Hmmm… I just went to check whether I have uploaded my self made mind movie to youtube yet. I haven´t. I will share it with you once I have. It´s a selection of words, images and video, with added upbeat soundtrack, meant to help me increase my vibration / lift my mood up, so as to align to the vibration of what I want to attract into my life!
Sounds like Greek gobbledee-gook? Well. Oprah is into it, so are all her top notch celebrity guests. Here´s a video of her and great author Wayne Dyer, talking about it:

And of course, the main voice in this area of knowledge. At least contemporarily;
is Abraham. Coming through Esther Hicks. Here she is interviewed by Oprah (But I have watched hundreds of videos from Esther´s Abraham seminars. I´m only using this interview with Oprah because it´s right underneath the one with Wayne Dyer. Plus, we are many who trust in Oprah´s judgment. For good reasons).

Here is one where you can see Esther, doing her usual work. Sound is also a lot better than the one with Oprah above here.

Search for yourself, though, if you are interested. Abraham Hicks is always uplifting, loving, optimistic, positive, humorous and…. yeah. So healing, actually. At least to me. And apparently to many others too, judging from her sold out seminars, about 50 of them each year… (And yes, to attend her seminar, IS on my vision board, of course it is)! 🙂

Anyways. Yes. I´m learning stuff now. And renovating in the outer and in the inner landscapes.

Plus I have my sound therapy clients. Which I love. Giving sound sessions is like meditation to me. First and foremost I´m at the service of Spirit. And it is so great to see how much the sound helps people, how relaxed they become, at ease…

I´m looking for ways to earn a good living, without compromising my wellbeing. I want to earn money on doing things that I love to do.
Which is sound therapy, giving hypnosis (though I need to practice that skill more first), writing, talking with people about how to deal with the challenges of life.

So.
In a year, when my youngest child starts his school years and more of my time is freed… then I want to start earning serious income, and let my husband who is a decade older than myself, start to decrease his work hours.
That is my goal.

Oh. I have to stop here and go pick Linus-Ferdinand up from kindergarten. It´s a quarter to one.

Seize ya later, ´gator!
Don´t be vile, crocodile.

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Steppin´up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anyways.
Enough.

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

Best wishes!
Lene

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

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Full moon. It´s 02:20 (! nice number), and I´ve been awake for 2 hours, after sleeping 9pm until quarter passed midnight…
I find my sleep “pattern” is rather peculiar these last few months. But. I just go along with it. What else can I do. Upstream is not my direction, I prefer going with the flow on this river of life. I surrender.

So what do I do when I wake in the middle of night? Well, right now I write. And then there is the reading and the listening. I do a lot of that when I find pockets of time for it in this everyday mothering 24-7 job that I´ve got (and enjoy).

This morning I spent 90 minutes doing a webinar about visualization, with a man from something called MindValley. Advert popped up on Facebook, as they usually do in my stream. Free knowledge. Yes please! Have myself some inspiration. Lovely.

As I was waiting for the webinar, I read my email and found one from Medical Medium. Which is a magical book I´m reading now. By Anthony William. Very fascinating read. And I had liked his facebook page, and in this email opened up an invitation to a whole free course based on the information on health from his book!! So I spent an hour in that space, with audios, text and questions. I will continue that course in the days or weeks ahead.

But the main aim I have now, is to finish my book on hypnotherapy before my course starts last Thursday in January. They will teach 12 of us, for 4 days (35 hours in those four days!), and then again same dosis last week of February. So 70 hours of being taught in hypnosis, in 8 days.  And after that an exam, to become certified in both a Danish and a European hypnotherapy organization.

I´m loving the book. Amazingly fascinating what hypnosis can help people with. It has always intrigued me, the sub conscious, the Higher Self, consciousness “in general”. Trance. Inner connecting with events from earlier in life, and for the person to be able do “communicate with her own trauma” and heal……..

Yeah.

I´m feeling dead chuffed about attending this course. Thrilled and excited. This is my inner compass, that I steer by. What I call following my heart. I feel what is right for me. My life doesn´t look like anyone else´s, and I have learnt to accept and embrace that. I was born alone, and I will die alone. In this life, I will trust in Spirit´s guidance and go where I feel I am to go, do what I feel I am to do.

Let me see if I have a picture to illustrate this. And then I will go back to bed. To read a bit more, Medical Medium or hypnotherapy.

If sleepiness doesn´t return soon enough, I will find a sleep hypnosis on youtube. Those haven´t  failed me yet.

Wishing you a positive full moon night. Stormy outside here. Lovely sound.

happiness is to not compare yourself

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LOCAL – Sustainable Lives (the Leaf Heap)

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Hello again! Been a while, haven´t written much whilst on holiday in Bergen, Karmøy, Flekkefjord and Kristiansand. Arrived back home last night. Went to bed with my 3-yearold, so I´m pretty fresh this morning.
He started his day with his favourite activity; a dvd on the sofa. “Frozen”. He knows all the songs by heart. 🙂

Anyways.
I want to tell you about a project that my friends Kristin and Eivind in Bergen, are instigators of.

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“Local. Sustainable Lives the Leaf Heap”. Løvstakken, meaning a heap of leaves, is one of the seven mountains surrounding downtown Bergen. It is the area of town where my friends live.
(There are also Sustainable Life groups in Sandviken and Landås, other areas of Bergen).

It started out with my friends an a couple of neighbours finding out they would really like to have a community room, for exchange of ideas on a sustainable, environmentally friendly lifestyle. So they found an old house where there used to be a fish shop, contacted the owner and were allowed to rent the space cheaply. (Later on, they now have Bergen Council on board with their ideas, and their expenses for rent and electricity are now funded by the council).

Here´s a picture of the old fish shop from the outside:

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There´s one more window in the shop, this picture is taken from the inside looking out:

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The poster in the window says: “Get started with a kitchen garden”.

The local group actually have a community garden as well. Where they grow vegetables. In the LOCAL space, they have courses in organic gardening etc.

Here is what meets the eye as you walk into Local Sustainable Life Løvstakken:

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Most of the furniture, they have made themselves, using palls that they got for free. The bookshelves, the sofa… made by hand from recycled goods, without other cost than creativity and labour. 🙂

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This is a wourkshop room, as it´s often not easy to use a saw in private homes… here people leave their tools for all in the neighbourhood to come and borrow.

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This is a sewing room:

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They have this kitchen, where they recently held a rubarb chutney making workshop! I got to taste the result, and ensured myself a recipe!

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These two ladies, by the way, are two of my best friends in the entire world. On the right stands Kristin, who is one of the instigators of Local. We visit eachother often, living in eachother´s homes Summer after Summer. The one on the left is Katarina, whome I have lived together with and shared many happy and sad times with, both in Bergen and other places.
I know I have these two amazing friends forever, and that makes me a very lucky and rich person.

There is also this room, where a local artist resides. She makes BEAUTIFUL notebooks, using traditional book binding techniques. I had to buy the talles one on the shelf there. (Plus a smaller one that was in the front room). The books are almost so beautiful I feel I can´t write worthy stuff in them, haha…

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They even have this in-between space, that they don´t know what they will do with, yet…:

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It is a truely amazing place, isn´t it? And the colours, their decorating it… makes it so welcoming and cosy… there is coffee and tea bags in the front room, and they use it as an office space, so that it is open for the neighbours to drop by and check out the facilities, those who don´t have a key…

One can sit down in the old sofa, and pick up one of the donated books about gardening, herbs, diy…

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This is a map of the local area…:

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This poster says Welcome to Sewing Club:

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This is a lamp made by one of the members, with knitting pins stuck into it… 🙂

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Yeah… I wish I could be a part of this place. I have told Kristin that if I win the lottery (I must remember to gamble, I always forget)!… then I want to rent a room somewhere in their neighbourhood so that I can spend some months there from time to time. It makes my soul so happy to learn about this new trend in Bergen. Sustainable Lives. Local.

Maybe we could try to create something similar here on Fanø?

Or where you live!

It is a movement that takes care, of the planet and of the people in the community.
A win win thing, all the way.
(Apart from for the profit makers in this world, but they can take care of themselves. And if they can´t, then all the better for all of us, really)!

🙂

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Rainy gray weather & festival holidays

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Hello people!

Goodness gracious, it is hailing!! Just started this instant, tapping vigorously on my home office window here now… It´s past mid May, for crying out loud!!

Well, that makes my improvized post title even more relevant then.
I don´t know what to write about today. It´s been a whole week since my last update! Because I have been too busy partying. As in partying with the kids, mainly, though.

We had this 4 day long holiday, because Jesus showed himself to the disciples after his death last Thursday, a few thousand years ago. So Thursday we went to the opening of “The Art Festival”, where about 30 local autodidact artists exhibited and held workshops, in the school cantine.
They had gotten a cake made with their logo on it!
Here´s a picture of my two littlest trolls, contemplating whether they may have a piece. 🙂

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After the exhibition we drove down to the harbour, where the library for the festival had placed a tiny little cute book-bus. And an ngo I´m a founding member of (The Incredibles, it has its own post on the blog, under the category Fanoe my home island), we had a stand there, sharing space with the library, handing out flyers and showing a local tv programme on a dvd screen, of the children´s circus we used to have on Fanoe, and that we want to help rise again.

It was windy and cold. One of my co ngo members did magic tricks, and sweets appeared, so my little ones just did not want to go home with me! I had to force them into the car so I could get home and warm up again, haha…

Friday, we went to a drum and dance workshop, at another festival, Oriental Dance. It was so great. Children and adults together, we learned some rhythms on the Arabic drums, and some bellydancing moves… perfect fun for families. My little boy got a bellydancing cape around his neck, and he ran and ran and ran, circling the big sportshall floor, shouting “I can flyyy! Look at me, I can flyyyy…!!”

In the afternoon he totally crashed out on the sofa, and my husband took our daughters to see the dance and drum group do a performance up in the art festival space at the school. In the evening I saw them perform, at the local corner bar. And as I love to drum and dance myself, and we were invited to join the dancefloor after the performance, it got quite late. Great fun.

Saturday, we went to a third festival. (I call Fanoe “The Island of Festivals”, I think we should use that in its branding, as there really are so many festivals here in the tourist season, from easter until end of autumn holiday in October).
This was a music festival, called “Fanoe Rocks”. Down at the harbour. My bonus son Kasper was playing guitar and singing, with his band The Grenadines on the P4 RadioStage. Here´s a video I shot:

(The disturbance of the sound is the wind blowing into the iPad…)
The toddler is my son Linus-Ferdinand. And Kasper is the guy to the right. (They are four guys, but one was ill that day. You should check their music out, they have an album out, and a facebook page).

Shame it was so windy and rainy. Ice cold on the harbour of an island when there is wind and rain.
Apart from The Grenadines, I saw a john Lennon tribute, with different Danish artists, and I discovered Kira Skov and Soeren Sko. Names previously unknown to me, which I will youtube. Great voices!

Kira sang A workingclass hero. Giving me goosebumps. Well done. I´m sceptical to cover versions. To me, if you want to do covers, then make sure it is a version that has its own identity, that it has something to add to the original. I HATE when people just sing out someone´s classic without total presence or soul, making it a poor copy of someone’s masterpiece, it agonizes me, it makes me livid!

Anyways.
After that act I went home and joined the rest of the family who had left the cold site after brother Kasper’s show. My husband went back to the festival while I fell asleep on the sofa next to our son. Our daughters were over at their friend’s next door, planning to stay the night there at hers.

After a couple of hours, us two sleepyheads went and joined dad at the festival again. After an hour or so, of enjoying being just us two and one child, Linus-Ferdinand and dad went home, and I stayed for another concert, with Loveshop, a pretty good Danish band also new to me. Then I went to the corner bar and found lots of other cold festival escapers there, happily removing their rain gear, scarves and hats.

Well so that was the Saturday of our holiday.
Sunday I was pretty tired. But it was Norway’s national day! A huge event back in Norway. And on Fanoe, us Norwegians always meet up and eat pancakes with icecream and sing some of the songs which are sung in the big parade by all the school children all over Norway, celebrating us being a free and independent nation. (Which Norway only has been since 1905).

We brought the booklets of song lyrics, and the guitar, and the kids reasonably well dressed, and off we went to the pancake place. A local woman recited a famous very long poem by Henrik Ibsen, about Terje Vigen, a man who travelled from Norway to Denmark in his rowing boat (!)…

Here´s a short video glimpse of her recital. Excuse my daughter there in the foreground, posing for the camera! hahaha… she is only five. No harm intended. (I hope the quality of the video looks better on your screen than on mine. It´s perfect on my iPad…hope it´s just my screen or I will have to delete it from my youtube channel and try to upload again I guess…mysterious).

Here’s a picture of the flagpole of the restaurant. Normally we sit outside in their garden, underneath parasols. This year there was hail on our return walk home! Rainy grayness.

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Five pm that Sunday I was on my sofa, refusing to move another millimetre until Monday morning! Hahaha…. not quite that bad. Not hung over actually, I managed to not drink too much at the music festival, thank goodness. But just the lack of sleep, and the busy programme of moving our five piece self from place to place, for set times…. yeah. Parents need a holiday after kids’ holidays! 🙂

Good fun though. Wonderful art seen, and drumming done, and bellydancing show, and big brother’s gig, and other gigs, and Norway’s 17.of May celebration enjoyed.

Now we have Wednesday, and our son started in kindergarten Monday.
Had his last day in nursery last Wednesday before the holiday.
I have spent these last two days mainly in the kindergarten together with him.
Leaving for an hour or two. Today I left 09.15 am and will go pick him up at 1pm.
So finally I have the space and time to update my blog.

While I’ve been gone, the blog has set a new record of amount of reads, on May 18.! So that is encouraging. That there are still readers, even when I don’t manage to write every couple of days.

I stop here. Lots of things awaiting my attention in our house now that we have had a busy holiday, and I have spent the last two days in kindergarten! 🙂

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Litteratur Salon no.15

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“….Just breath.
Birth ´till death.
Nothing serious.”

Sorry the filmclip ends so abruptly.
I got a friend to film it. Wanted the clip to cover the entire 20 minutes in one piece, but there were technical problems. Such is life. It is primarily an analogue experience after all. At least this snippet gives you an impression.

Of my reciting poems from my book last Wednesday night. In Gallery Henneberghus in Esbjerg. (As I talked about in my last post, that I was going to).
It was a great event. There were four men reading out their stuff too. Two read out a poem each, one read from a story about a man who is travelling in China, and the last one had translated a book of stories written by Spanish anarchists 1890-1915. They were all interesting people with interesting things to say, a very pleasant athmosphere indeed, in the small gallery, filled up, with 30 people in the audience.

In between the read-outs (Is that what it´s called? Like hand-outs, hahaha… no. Recitals, isn´t it). In between the recitals, a young student from the Music academy played for us on his instrumentarium; a self built installation consisting of a sampler, laptop, a shaman´s drum which he played with a foot pedal, and two cymbals plus a mike into which he sang these slow, melodic short sentences…. very poetic. He had also made a piece using war sirens, mixed with noises that to me clearly visualized tanks and bombs, suffering, anxiety, despair, grief…. quite impressive.

We got 20 minutes each, to recite. I had made Danish translations to 14 of the texts in my book of poems and reflections, written in English. (If you want my book, go to the blog´s page “Buy my book?”).

Here´s one I recited:

What I want

I´m a sucker for love
seeking the ultimate mellow fellow
I´m well tuned in to what´s above
yet my soundtrack´s ruled by cello

I don´t want no macho mouse
I don´t want no pessimist
He´s gotta be good to share my house
He´s gotta have the strength of the optimist!

I´m a lover of good times
laughter, dancing, food and drink
enjoying to live never was no crime
oneness in what I do say and think

I don´t want no meek admirer
I don´t want no manipulator
He´s gotta have a heart on fire
He´s gotta be a spontaneous structurator!

Here is the same poem, in video version. 🙂
(Landscape shots from Fanoe where I live, this quaint little lump of beautiful nature.
Notice there is a heart of blue sky between the clouds where I say “heart on fire”. And the straws visualize spontaneous structuring… You can watch the video installation in full in the post “Linking”).

But it is; “What I want”.

It felt really good to stand there and share my writings. I received positive feedback, both on the content, and on the sound of my translations. Lovely to meet other people who love to write. And people who love litterature and have come because they want to listen, take in, enjoy being read to.
Always a special athmosphere there in Tina´s Henneberghus Gallery. I have written about it elsewhere too, (f.ex. in “a piece of christmas peace”), I go there the first Wednesday every month, where she hosts her litterature salon. So heart warming and inspiring. A word oasis, she calls it. It truely is a place to relax and enjoy refreshing impressions.

They liked my poem about who the audience is, as well. (Which I shared with you in the post Being a poet, straight underneath this post). I was a bit curious whether they would like that one. Especially one of the other poets liked it a lot, he actually shouted out loud: “Hear! Hear!” (Only in Danish, where it has just one cyllable; “Hørt!”) That shout made me feel really good actually. I think it is a very telling piece, and especially when read out to an audience, but normally you don´t really get to know what they think, so easily… Direct, instant feedback. Should be a lot more of that stuff around.

Of course we have poetry slam, the genre. Where people go on stage and recite, and the audience “votes” by amount of applause, and it´s a competition where after the last round there is a winner. GREAT FUN.
If I didn´t have kids, I think I would be active on that scene. I have been to a few events. Danish championships in Copenhagen as well. Love it.

Anyways. Gotta go now. Dinnertime. Don´t wanna be late for that. Nope. That´s not what I want. 🙂

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Being a Poet

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Tonight I will read out some texts from my book that I self published in 2011. It´s in English, poems and…reflections…? Not sure if the Norwegian word translates directly. But we use the word “refleksjon” about thinking about something, pondering and reasoning, thinking back, analyzing… I think reflection is a great metaphor for the description of my texts´ form .
If the word doesn´t quite fit in English, then it should, from this moment onwards! 🙂
The reflections in my book are a lot like the ones I write here on the blog.
(In my post “Radio years” I compared the form to radio talks, or “kaaseri” in Norwegian)…

Anyways.
I will read from my book, and then I have made Danish translations to 15 of the in all 78 text peices. So I will read a text in English, and then the Danish translation.

The process of translating the texts has been quite eye opening to me. To reshape a text and keep its form, content and rhtythm… almost impossible. Some easier than others. But languages are musical melodies as well as meaning. What sounds mellow and flowing in English, can sound abrupt and stiff in Danish.
To me this fact just makes it more interesting to read out the translated pieces. Also, in new shape, the meaning behind the words springs to life, becomes visible in a new, fresh way. Lovely feeling to me, I have worked these pieces through and through back then, when I made the book…

I have only read out loud my texts twice before.
First time was in a friend´s home, where there were a quite large group of Soka Gakkai students from Japan visiting. They were the sweetest, warmest audience one can imagine. So that luckily didn´t scare me off. (I used to have stagefright. I wrote about how I got rid of it in the post “a blogger and her blog”).

Then, the second time I read out loud in front of people, was last spring. In this little gallery in the town Esbjerg, which lies just across the water from my home island, a mere 12 minute ferry ride away.
Once a month there is a “Litterature salon” there, where the gallery owner invites people to come and read their creations. There´s also always music students there, sharing their things in between the reads. There´s only room for 30 people, and one has to book a chair in advance. It´s free to get in, and one can buy coffee. It´s a wonderful place with a very charming hostess who herself writes and paints.
It´s at this Henneberghus Gallery I read out again today, for the second time.
I will tell you all about how it went, when I know. 🙂

So today I am an author. Or a writer? A poet? The word “poet” actually means “creating”. So that word fits me well, I love being in the process of creating. Whether it is a song, a poem, a reflection, a film… Not many use that word these days. At least not in Scandinavia. It´s a shame.

I feel it is difficult to call myself an author. I have loved to write since I was 4 years old. I bought myself a desk at the tender age of 6, and my biggest wish for christmas was a typewriter. Which I got.
My texts have been published in magazines and papers every time I´ve gotten round to sending something in.
I have never sent a book script to a publisher´s. Not because I´m afraid they won´t want it. I´d just rather publish it myself, the way I see it should be, undisturbed by critics…
Not that I can´t deal with constructive criticism. I can. But. Somehow I feel the poems are sacred.
Many times I feel they come through me, that I did not invent them, just allowed them passage through my pen. Some times when I write, the words come out very fast so I dot them down in a rush, and only afterwards when I read through it, do I discover rhythms and rhymes… and old fashioned words I don´t normally use… It´s not automatic writing. But it is, I´m convinced, inspired by Spirit. Maybe channeled from time to time. I don´t know enough about these categories to tell for sure.
But many other artists and writers through time have been saying they don´t feel ownership to their creations, they feel they are receivers of messages from the collective consciousness or Spirit or… Yeah. Other dimensions. What to call it.

I wrote a song about the difficulty of identifying with labels. And filmed out the car window in Norway, and connected those images to the words in the song… It is me singing too. (And editing).

As a line in the song says:
“I´m a writer when I write, a reader when I read, a doer and a dreamer and above all I´m just me.”

There are two videopoems in this piece, there are 15 in all so I chose to upload some of them in groups.
The second, short film here is a haiku. (Formula 5 cyllables, 7 cyllables, 5 cyllables).
I filmed the route from my father´s hospits (hospital for dying patients), back to my parents´ home. After the last time I saw him. He died there ten days later. (26.of October 2010).

The haiku isn´t a sad one, though. It was not written at that time. yet it fits.
It REALLY fascinates me how our minds do what we in media science learnt to call “mindgapping”. Which means that the mind searches for meaning, and inserts connections where there may not be any intended.
So that when a poem gets connected to imagery, it widens its meaning, more can be read into it…
(some times imagery can also limit a poem´s meaning. But in my videopoems I feel meaning is added).

Well. Here you are, a song about the bizarrness of work title labels, and a haiku:

Tonight I am a poet. Who reads out her scribblings to an audience.
I remember last spring, it was so enjoyable to stand there and be listened to. Which surprised me a bit, because I used to be very opposed to getting up on a stage. The gallery also has no stage, but still. One stands before a group and is the centre of attention, and entertains, performs, expresses.

Let me share with you a poem about “who the audience is”. I´m reading this one out tonight:

About Who the Audience Is

My own True Self.
My Higher Self.
I am my witness.
Possibly also the
collective consciousness.

What is important is that no one judges
as
I don´t perform, I express;
presentation of content
coming through me, not made by me,
makes more meaning to me, not less.

I don´t believe in honour and shame
i don´t believe in life as a comparison game
I don´t believe in guilt or judgment either
I don´t believe in God / Satan-divide, neither
the “good” nor the “bad”
gives me value from the outer.
My soul validates me
there´s no need for a shouter.

An audience of listening
wordlessly resting;
the vast yet voidless
silence of within.

🙂

Tonight I am a poet reading out my creations.
It just…. sounds so……
It´s like a jacket with far too long sleeves and at the same time it´s too narrow across the back….

Labels.
Identity.
“What will you become when you grow up?”
Such a fricking annoying question, that, isn´t it?

Become?? More of myself, of course. What else can I become. A tree? Someone else?
Grow up? When IS that point in time? I´m growing ALL the time, until I die.
And I´m also the same at core as I was age 12.
Senseless babblings.

“So be an artist,” they say. “Just call yourself an artist.” But I never went to art school. I respect professions. I don´t see myself as an artist.

A poet. That´s the closest I get. As it only means to be in the creative process, creating.
Yes, that´s true. I do do that. I be that, then.

Just being. All this thinking. Thinking and labelling can never grasp the width and depth of being alive.
Simple as that.

I do sound therapy as well. Exams in December. I really enjoy singing those long tones on people, as they lay relaxed and drift off supported or guided by their body´s reception of the sound…
I really enjoy the sound giving. But to call myself a therapist….. is hard.
Maybe it will get easier once my exams are passed and I have more experience with clients.

I am a lot of things.
Or I am no
thing, I just do different activities.

A dreamer when I dream, a dancer when I dance, I´m a mother and a lover and a watcher of tv…
(From my song, if you didn´t watch the video above).

Wish me luck!
I´m sure it´s going to be a nice experience tonight.
What ever it is called.

🙂

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Swings for Grownups

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This swing is pretty crazy. Who would have the guts to get on this…

Posted by Extreme on 14. februar 2015

This is great stuff! I got all sweaty in my palms from watching this swing…
I used this video on Facebook the other day, to illustrate our great idea in Kulturelt Samraad to install two swings for grownups somewhere on Fanoe! (For more info about what Kulturelt Samraad is, read the post I wrote about it yesterday, a mere two posts scroll-down from here).

The swings should be located next to eachother, so one can swing with a friend and laugh together whilst having the fun.
We were thinking they should be overlooking the ocean. But it seems it could be difficult because of the tide, as there has to be a fall-mat of some expensive sort installed underneath the swings.
Another idea is to locate the swings on a kids´ playground. I´m sure the children would love to watch the grownups laughing on big swings, don´t you think?

And no. Most probably NOT a crazy ass swing like the one in this video. Although it does look fantastic. I don´t think there are too many who would dare to have a go on that one.
I might myself, actually. But I´m far from sure. You heard that, right? I said I`M NOT SURE I WOULD.

Hahaha… stuff like that tends to look more tempting from a distance, is my experience. I used to be wreckless as a child, but. Last time I visited the amusement park Tivoli in Copenhagen, I was surprised how much I disliked hanging up there in the thin, thin air, I just actually wanted it to end!
“The only constant in life is change”, said Heraklit, the Greek philosopher.
I can but nod. I seem to have changed on this score.

🙂

I just thought I would tell you about this wonderful idea, that our K.S. member Julie Koch brought to the table. (A German lady and mother of two, who lives on Fanoe).
We need more fun in our grownup everyday lives, don´t we?
I´m tired of standing watching my kids go on swings and slides, having a great time while I stand there feeling cold, wanting to sit down somewhere comfy. If I could sit down on a swing, I would join the little ones in their excitement, and that can be nothing but healthy, a win win for everyone involved.

So folks, let´s put up swings for grownups everywhere!
Wouldn´t it be nice?!
(Love this album)!

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Feather Weight

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One of my little mantra-songs, as I like to call them. I made this one whilst walking in the rain with my firstborn in her pram, on my way to The Media-workshop in Bergen (MiB, like Men in Black for those who know that ace movie)… where I was a board member for 8 years. (1999-2007).

Songs come to me when I walk, or when I shower, mostly. Then I have to sing it over and over and over and over, to remember it until I get to a pen and paper! 🙂
These days I just sing it into my phone. Which doesn´t actually work, as they just sit there ready to be developed but I forget they are there…until my phone breaks down and they are lost… or stuck in an old mac that breaks down…

I am an analogue person more than a digitality-lover. No doubt about that. I prefer a pen to a keyboard, and notebooks to computer files.
I love the means of production too, though, how dv camera and the free editing programme Adobe Premiere suddenly made it possible for anyone to go out and make anything, without investing hundreds of thousands of kroner into a film camera, pc and the rolls of film themselves…

In MiB we held workshops in different aspects of film making. And we had cameras, microphones, lighting and editing computers that all members could borrow for free. All financially supported by Bergen council.
We coursed school classes, we made short films, we invited professionals from the film business of Bergen to come and share their insights with us. We had movie nights where we also cooked a meal, we learnt to write scripts, and make storyboards, we were asked to be extras and gaffers in the local professional film projects… I learnt a lot those years. And we made some legendary parties as well. 🙂

But let me tell you all about MiB some other time.

I just felt to share with you this short videopoem.
Which is from my video poetry installation called Linking.
(Which you can find in total under that name).
It consists of 15 pieces; 10 poems and 5 songs, all in all 38 minutes long.

Note, if you go for watching the whole thing, that I have consciously chosen a rather non modern, slow rhythm of editing. Note also, that the first line in the opening poem says:
“Patience…precious mode of being…”

🙂

(I shared that poem also in another post actually, titled, as the video´s opening poem; “Let it Come”).

I´m not into making excuses.
But I have had some reactions that tell me people don´t get that the rhythm is a conscious editing choice. It is a pace for dwelling, for sinking into oneself, sit back and breathe and listen to the words, accompanied by visuals that deepen or contrast the meaning of the poems/songs.
So yeah. I just want to say that. Not into being mis interpreted. Then again, who is. ? 🙂

I´m gonna cook a meal now, and sit out in the sunshiny garden and eat it afterwards. With my man and my tenyearold, my fiveyearold and my threeyearold.
Lucky mama me.
Hope you too are having a nice Sunday.
Take care out there!

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Kulturelt Samraad on Fanoe

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On Fanoe we have many special things. Life on the island has its own category on my blog menu, so check that out if this post makes you want to know more about this holiday paradise island.

Today I want to tell you about an organization, where I have been a board member since 2008.
It is called Kulturelt Samraad. Which can be translated into Cultural…Advisory Board, perhaps? It is a group of volunteers run like an Ngo, but really a part of the local council. K.S.receives a given sum of money every year, from the politicians’ budget, and then we take cae of the applications for local cultural projects and events. We have received about… £ 8.000, the last few years… 89.000 Dkr for those of you into knowing the exact amount.

So we meet once a month, in eachother’s homes, and look at the newest applications, and decide if we can support the event or project financially. It is a lot of fun actually. To see who wants to make what happen on our local cultural arena. And be able to give them a helping hand if we find its valuable to the citizens. Cultural events/projects is a very broad category. We for example last year got an application from a group who made a meeting of Citroen cars. We wrote them and said that we would support them and pay their expenses for posters and flyers, if they made a parade event for the locals and invited Fanoe’s citizens to their gathering in some shape or form. They were really happy. They had not imagined the local people would be interested in them in that way.
We give money to concerts, or the making of a puppet for a children’s play, or folk dancing workshops, Fanoe story telling festival, street theatre festival, poetry readingd in a gallery, a series of talks about music… anything. As long as the locals have access to it, and it is not a purely commercial project. A hard line to define. But between us we manage.

The discussions are always interesting, and we also make our own projects.
One year we got made a big wodden picture frame and placed it on the harbour!
It was three metres long and teo metres high, something like that. There was an elevated floor behind it, a kind of small stage. Lots of groups of tourists had their photo taken in the frame, resulting in Fanoetrips ending up in lots of local German papers, and facebook pages… It was a pretty frame, with big flowers carved into it. Hang on, I have a picture of it from an art festival last Summer, who borrowed it:

Hkf kunstnere i rammen

(I´m in the frame too, wearing a bright blue vest, in the middle of the back row there… I participated in the festival´s art exhibition with my videopoem installation Linking, you can see it in my blogpost called Linking… I also was hired to be the festival video documentation maker, so I filmed throughout the festival, all the exhibited pieces by 35 people, and landart and workshops…it became a 2 hours long chain of short films…wonderful job, I love to film and edit art).

When it comes to other projects K.S. has initiated, we invited a woman once, to do a play for the school children. And this winter we invited a musician to come and do a workshop in three parts for the kindergarten children (one group of 2-3yearolds and one group of 4-5yearolds), plus in the afternoon she make talks for adults about “The secret language of music”. (I have written a post about that project, called “work?”).

Some years ago we also made a sketch for a beautiful outdoor stage we would like to see on the harbour. (Different area to where the frame was put). Shaped like a huge sail, made of glass and iron, by local artists… we got a model made, and technical data put together in a nice presentation, we had meetings with the artists and the council. They were interested in the idea, but then suddenly, months into the proces, said it had to wait until later. Now they seem to have hired a company from the mainland to develope that area of the harbour. That’s a bit disappointing. We are so many qualified people here, who would like to make a mark on our island´s little towns. And we know what our needs are and our island´s esthetical style/atmosphere, more than a company from outside can ever know. But there you go. Politics. So many interests involved.

Our latest great idea, is to get two swings set up, for adults! So that two adults could sit down next to eachother, and have a turn on good size swings. Maybe overlooking the ocean. Or set on a children’s playground. It is a technically quite demanding project to materialize, one needs engineer reports and stuff like that. But we are working on it.

We have a facebook page and a facebook group for locals to advertize their events etc.
(Search for Fanø Kulturelt Samråd, I can´t figure out how to link to the page directly here now)

And we have a new homepage, findable on Google!

www.kultureltsamraadfanoe.dk

(I wish I could make it pop up here with a direct link, but).

We are nine members. From age 19-70. Every year we hold an election, and some may leave and new people join. So the group is dynamic and it’s interesting to see how the group’s energy changes according to who the members are. Our meetings are very “hyggelige” (see my post Danish “hygge”, it’s a cultural concept central to why Denmark is said in a UN report to be the country in the world with the happiest population)! We have bread and cheese at the meetings, coffee and wine most times. And we are ofcourse interested in arts, all of us, so there is plenty to talk about. And then we just give money to people. Sweet as a nut.

KS utenfor strien 30års jub.2013

Here is a picture of the KS board at our 30.anniversary party in November 2013. It was one amazingly brilliant party, for children and adults alike, the island’s foreigners made an international buffet of hot dishes and of cakes (extremely popular), and 35 artists gave an act on the stage as a present to the board. 500 people came. Big succes. (Fanoe has 3000 citizens).
It was so much fun to organize it, the nine of us lifting together, creating something quite remarkable. The party is a big source of inspiration for the new ngo I am part of creating these days, called The Incredibles. Read all about that fantastically ambitious project, in the post “The Incredibles on Fanoe.

Here is a paragraph about the K.S. party from that same blogpost,”The Incredibles on Fanoe” I quote:

“The climax of the party happened when the last act went on stage. It was belly dancing by the woman we all know as our tourist information desk lady.
She was wearing this great bellydancer costume, everybody was smiling and clapping, suddenly she comes dancing down the stairs from the stage snd she shouts at us that we must join her and dance too!
And immediately, I tell you, hundreds of people jump up from their chairs and we just burst into this wonderful freestyle dancing to Arabic music! Everybody just grinning.
You don’t get a lot of those moments in a lifetime.
After the dance, we all took each other’s hands and formed a circle, and we sang the local song always sung at the end of a party. It goes, “To gather and to part, welcome and farewell…” Very nice, old melody.
After that a man played a tune on his bagpipe (!) signalling the party was over, time to leave. And then. I expected people to drizzle off and for the nine of us to start tidying up the place. But everybody just jumped to their feet and started taking tables apart, gathering garbage into binbags, taking chairs to where they were stored…. I mean. That´s just… plain… opposite of evil. ! It was mindblowing for me to see the guests involving themselves in the tidying up. We were all just very happy, tidying up like a whirlwind, finished in no time. Sweet!”

Yeah… Kulturelt Samraad… wonderful organization.
We just held our yearly election meeting last Wednesday. Cake and coffe for the participants, in a local restaurant. (Every citizen of Fanoe above the age of 14, are members of K.S., and can come to the annual meetings and ask for election or vote for the people who want to be elected).
At the annual meetings we read out loud our accounts and budget,(everyone receives a printed copy of our balancing sheet, stamped to be legal by our accountants) and then the fore-woman’s report is read out, all about what we have done this last year, which events we have supported…

Three members wanted to leave this year. We will miss them. One of them, a pensioned librarian who also makes lovely paintings, he joined the board in 08, same time as me. So now I am the only veteran, who has been a member the longest. Our three new members are all women, one in her 20s and the other two a couple of decades older. Very nice ladies all three of them, known individuals by us remaining KS members.
It isn’t easy to recruit new members to volunteer boards here, as there are so many ngos on Fanoe. People tend to already sit in a couple of boards.
Fanoe has got the most ngos per citizen in the whole of Denmark! It has a very high level of activities. Anything from one wheeled bikeriders club to petanque, anything from horse riding to yoga to different music festival organizers, to a yearly event where they show the old folk costumes and the special folk dance and Fanoe folk music…

Yes, it is easy to get too organized here! 🙂
So our three new members are friends of our existing members. I’m looking forward to meeting with the new group, and for us to get to know eachother and have discussions with voices from new angles.
We have our first meeting on Wednesday. So I have to get the report from the year meeting sent out to them, reminding them of the address and time of the meeting. (I´m the secretary in K.S.).

Wish us luck with another year of cultural fun!
And feel free to like our Facebook page. We don’t update that often, but there are photos etc… a Facebook like is always a nice thing to receive.

I hope this post can inspire. All local councils should give away this bit of power to the citizens, I reckon. It really gives us a feeling of having influence, when the local cultural events supported is decided by a board of civilians, not party members with political agendas. The council gives us a high degree of freedom. We have made the criteria for giving support, and other rules, ourselves.

Empowering. An important word. A central feel good factor in anyone’s life.
I am so glad to have gone on board this board. I’m not at all bored!
🙂

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