"If you take everything I've accomplished in my entire life and condense it down into one day... It looks decent!"
Lista Oslo Cannes Helsinki Moi Moss
"Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life."
"Now there is something in everybody that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in other people. . . . I must wait and listen for the sound of the genuine in you. . . .
Now if I hear the sound of the genuine in me and if you hear the sound of the genuine in you it is possible for me to go down in me and come up in you. So that when I look at myself through your eyes having made that pilgrimage, I see in me what you see in me and the wall that separates and divides will disappear and we will become one because the sound of the genuine makes the same music."
New kids on the Y-block 1959-2020
“We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”
Gazing at the Light
The lamps are different,
But the Light is the same.
So many garish lamps in the dying brain's lamp-show,
Forget about them.
Concentrate on the essence, concentrate on the Light.
In lucid bliss, calmly smoking off its own holy fire,
The Light streams towards you from all things,
All people, all possible permutations of good, evil, thought, passion.
The lamps are different,
but the Light is the same.
One matter, one energy, one Light, one Light-mind,
Endlessly emanating all things.
One turning and burning diamond,
One, one, one.
Ground yourself, strip yourself down,
To blind loving silence.
Stay there, until you see
You are gazing at the Light
With its own ageless eyes.
"I love a good nap. Sometimes it's the only thing getting me out of bed in the morning"
Kurt Vonnegut tells his wife he's going out to buy an envelope:
"Oh, she says, well, you're not a poor man. You know, why don't you go online and buy a hundred envelopes and put them in the closet? And so I pretend not to hear her. And go out to get an envelope because I'm going to have a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope. I meet a lot of people. And see some great looking babies. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the thumbs up. And I'll ask a woman what kind of dog that is. And, and I don't know. The moral of the story is - we're here on Earth to fart around. And, of course, the computers will do us out of that. And what the computer people don't realize, or they don't care, is we're dancing animals. You know, we love to move around. And it's like we're not supposed to dance at all anymore."
Isn't* she lovely? Y-blokka, Akersgata 44
Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun.
Frank L Wright
13 days in OsLove Rock / Concrete / Mud / Discarded Christmas tree City
"Eventually everything connects; people, ideas, objects, etc.,
of the connections is the key to quality per se."
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Oslo February 2020
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal."
1 Corinthians 13: 1
Love anyway / Stop apologizing / Call Batman
The Rainbow Connection, Oslo, March 2020
"We create our buildings and then they create us. Likewise, we construct our circle of friends and our communities and then they construct us."
Frank Lloyd Wright
OsLove in the early age of Corona / Corona in the age of OsLove
"But we must try to find our True Conscience, our True Self, the very Center, for this is the only first-rate choice-making center. Here lies all originality, talent, honor, truthfulness, courage and cheerfulness. Here lies the ability to choose the good and the grand, the true and the beautiful."
Silver Joy / Damien Jurado / Smartphone sessions / Corona-lullaby
Love I Cannes Defend / What you are seeking is seeking you
Love is stronger than death
Kjærligheten, den generelle, kjærligheten, den spesifikke:
For all we know / the Carpenters interpreted /
Engeseth / Sørli / Kinn / Nikolaisen
Black hole sun / Soundgarden / Corona sessions / Andreas & Elvira / musical social distancing / take # 1 / stay tuned for Corona-edits
Sinsen Kirke (Turid & Kjersti Bernhoff Evensen 1971) / Lilleborg Kirke (Harald Hille 1966)
What Things Want
You have to let things
Occupy their own space
This room is small,
But the green settee
Likes to be here,
The big marsh reeds,
Crowding out the slough,
Find the world good.
You have to let things
Be as they are.
Who knows which of us
Deserves the world more?
Denim weather / April in Oslo / What have you done to my heart?
Oslo Concrete City 1969 / 2020
The Y is alive with the sound of mJusic! Hilma Nikolaisen / NKOTYB / Show me the bloodline / Where do we go?
Party of one / Party of five / Show me the bloodline / Where do we go?
“Do not try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.”
From the early stages of rebirth / Pat Metheny is a fine midwife / Oslo - Lista 2018
Relationship goals / The Last Days Of The Y / May 7th 2020 / Show me the bloodline / Where do we go?
In the month of May
In the month of May when all leaves open,
I see when I walk how well all things
lean on each other, how the bees work,
the fish make their living the first day.
Monarchs fly high; then I understand
I love you with what in me is unfinished.
I love you with what in me is still
changing, what has no head or arms
or legs, what has not found its body.
And why shouldn’t the miraculous,
caught on this earth, visit
the old man alone in his hut?
And why shouldn’t Gabriel, who loves honey,
be fed with our own radishes and walnuts?
And lovers, tough ones, how many there are
whose holy bodies are not yet born.
Along the roads, I see so many places
I would like us to spend the night.
Norwegian kindness is overflowing / and I think it's going to rain today
Liminal space / Richard Rohr
We keep praying that our illusions will fall away. God erodes them from many sides, hoping they will fall. But we often remain trapped in what we call normalcy--"the way things are." Life then revolves around problem-solving, fixing, explaining, and taking sides with winners and losers. It can be a pretty circular and even nonsensical existence.
To get out of this unending cycle, we have to allow ourselves to be drawn into sacred space, into liminality. All transformation takes place here. We have to allow ourselves to be drawn out of "business as usual" and remain patiently on the "threshold" ( limen, in Latin) where we are betwixt and between the familiar and the completely unknown. There alone is our old world left behind, while we are not yet sure of the new existence. That's a good space where genuine newness can begin. Get there often and stay as long as you can by whatever means possible. It's the realm where God can best get at us because our false certitudes are finally out of the way. This is the sacred space where the old world is able to fall apart, and a bigger world is revealed. If we don't encounter liminal space in our lives, we start idealizing normalcy. The threshold is God's waiting room. Here we are taught openness and patience as we come to expect an appointment with the divine Doctor.
Some native peoples call liminal space "crazy time." I believe that the unique and necessary function of religion is to lead us into this crazy, liminal time. Instead, religion has largely become a confirmation of the status quo and business as usual. Religion should lead us into sacred space where deconstruction of the old "normal" can occur. Much of my criticism of religion comes about when I see it not only affirming the system of normalcy but teaching folks how to live there comfortably. Cheap religion teaches us how to live contentedly in a sick world, just as poor therapy teaches us how to accommodate ourselves to a sometimes small world based on power, prestige, and possessions. A good therapist and a good minister will always open up larger vistas for you, which are by definition risky, instead of just "rearranging the deck chairs" on a sinking Titanic.
St. Hallvard Kirke May 15th 2020 / Lund & Slaatto 1966 / Oslo Concrete City / Show me the bloodline / Where do we go?
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
The heart of Worship
Bending the rules to let life in / To Forgive / To understand / How flexible the muscle is / Even the heart of a broken man
The heart of the matter / Festung Lista / Alfred Vaagsvold / On the threshold of transformation
A protege whose mentor is a Costanza / May 17th 2020
HeY that's no way to say goodbye / Cohen interpreted / Nikolaisen / Sørli / Engeseth / Gulbrandsen
«There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag - and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you. ”
When in Rome / Jerusalem / Moi:
«Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
« And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.»
Proverbs 27:27 (knäkkis med brunost og agurk er det beste jeg vet)
«Do not underestimate the value of your preferences, for the evolution of your planet depends on those of you on the leading edge of thought continuing to fine-tune your desires.»
«Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.»
John Niko / Einar Skjæraasen / Tormod Hansen? / Du ska itte trø i graset / Lykke
God makes all things beautiful in his time
If the church of the future is to be a healing church as it was intended by its founder, and if it is to function as a living organism in the lives of its members, then it must appeal to the undiscovered part of man, to the vast, hidden and laden forces within him, which he has never been able to get hold of himself. It must be so integrated in his mind and heart that it will give meaning and power to his life. It must unlock the new forces and resources which will enlarge him. It must change its «come to Jesus»-type of theology for the «let Christ be formed in you»-variety. It must stop generating morbidity, guilt, inferiority, inadequacy, sinfulness, pessimism, hopelessness, poverty, doubt, resignation to life as it appears, fear of a distant God, and start cultivating health, well-being, prosperity, happiness, buoyancy, poise, confidence, courage and faith.
One of the chief functions of the regenerated church must be to put man in possession of himself, physically and mentally, morally and spiritually, to discover a new man in the old one. To make him dominant it must spend more time redeeming him from the problems, worries and ills of life and less time to the bolstering ecclesiastical institutions. It must give more thought to the cultivation of God-consciousness, and less thought to church-consciousness, more attention to applied religion and less effort to competition, more emphasize on the kingdom of God and less upon dominations. Less talking - more living.
Practical religion is really nothing more than getting rid of the obstruction, so that the great force can get through us. We often speak of our power - it’s really not our power at all - it is merely that through confidence we free ourselves to become channels through which the power can flow.
All is well