My name is Morten Tolboll, and I´m a native Dane. English is only my second language, and I therefore apologize for eventual grammatical errors in my texts. There might also, especially in older texts, be a certain degree of unedited tendencies. I´m not writing in a controlled academical way, and I don´t have any help. This would require an enormous work, and I have too much on my mind to engage in such. I hope you will bear with me. Perhaps it might even be an advantage.
I hold an MA in philosophy (University of Southern Denmark 1996-2001) and a minor in psychology (Aalborg University 2002-2005). I have practiced yoga and meditation since 1985 and have during this period discovered and conceptualized the concept Meditation as an Art of Life.
The discovery happened on the background of an awakening of kundalini, and the following years of spiritual crises (see texts in the bottom of this page to follow the stages of my kundalini process).
Initially, this caused a critique of New Age, and its infringement of tradition, preparatory work and experiences with such. The critique is therefore not a part of the modern skeptical movement (which doesn´t understand that critical thinking is philosophy, and not science), but a defense of the original wisdom traditions. You can find the critique on the page: My Cultural Criticism.
After I realized that the crisis was a calling, and followed it, I finally found peace. Meditation as an Art of Life is first of all flowering from this primordial experience. Secondly it has been conceptualized and developed further through theoretical research. What I want to share, is my experiences of dangers and pitfalls on the spiritual path, as well as the solutions I have discovered due to distress. This resulted in the concept of Meditation as an Art of Life. And in this I offer Meditation Mentoring, either in connection with forest therapy in Rold Forest, Denmark, or in connection with vagabonding (pilgrimage).
I´m all in for bohemianism. I consider myself as a forest pilgrim in Rold Forest, Denmark, where I, as Bruce Chatwin said: “have a place to hang my hat.” When I´m not in Rold Forest, I spend my time vagabonding the world. As you can see everywhere on my website, I´m fascinated with the view of Life Seen as a Journey. Despite that I´m living on a very low budget, I´m blessed with that people want me as a pilgrimage/vagabond partner. Moreover, I´m blessed with the opportunity for going on one "Quest and Adventure" journey every year. My next "Quest and Adventure" journey, will be Greenland in September/October 2020. I call this adventure "A Quest For The Northern Lights". I see all my journeys as shamanic and spiritual in their nature. Read more about this kind of bohemianism in my article: My Life as a Vagabond. On my Facebook profile I post photos, videos, etc.
I like to refer to myself as a Philosophical Globetrotter, Life Artist, and Idler (a Dharma Bum, or a Holy Fool). I campaign against the work ethic (a religious, Protestant dogma, which capitalism is introducing worldwide, and which is making both people and environment sick) and promote freedom, autonomy and responsibility; in reality: the fine art of doing nothing. In this I take an anarchic approach to the everyday barriers that come between us and our dreams. So I´m in for spiritual anarchism, civil disobedience, and the right to be an idler (see my Links to Idlers).
Texts on the process of my Kundalini Awakening (The texts will alter between objective general descriptions of kundalini, and subjective, autobiographical and poetic descriptions. They will be part of an ongoing series, which you can follow below):
1) The Awakening of Kundalini (article. Introduction to Kundalini).
2) Philosophy as a Rite of Rebirth (a Shamanic Ritual) - (In this article I describe the spiritual practice which caused my kundalini awakening, and how I discovered the similarities with ancient incubation rituals. The awakening happened in a dream about Karen Blixen).
3) Karen Blixen - The Devil´s Mistress (in this Ebook I go further into the mystical connection between my kundalini awakening and Karen Blixen, as well as the relation between storytelling and philosophy in my teaching)
4) My Life as a Vagabond (some autobiographical reflections on the relation between kundalini, alcohol abuse, madness, shamanism, art, bohemianism and philosophy).
5) Seiðr Shamanism and the Art of Song Healing (in this article I continue my autobiographic accounts of my kundalini process seen in relation to shamanism and art. I see it especially in relation to the Scandinavian Seiðr tradition).
I have no view of my own. My critical arguments are simply reduction to absurdity of the views ignorance has created.
The delusion of money is not something I enjoy
Hercules Chasing Avarice from the Temple of the Muses
(1516-17 CE) Design by Baldassare Tommaso Peruzzi
Jesus driving moneychangers & merchants from the Temple
Engraving by Gustave Doré
Jesus, in his sermon on the Mount, preached idleness:
Sadhu of India
The greater blessing to all those living moneyless in the world without publicity
Question to Peace Pilgrim: Why don't you accept money?