Art by Rima Staines
My name is Morten Tolboll. 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 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.
Everything I write is my own personal opinions, but, it is supported by philosophical argumentation.
In that way, I consider the work to be philosophically substantial but accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader in an adventurous mystery play.
After all, as I write in the introduction to this site: the whole thing is an online "satiric" storytelling game: the Godgame.
However, with Meditation as an Art of Life, as well as the philosophical counseling opportunity, I offer the reader a way to go beyond the Godgame.
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 (also see The Kundalini Files).
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 Philosophical Counseling.
I´m all in for bohemianism. I consider myself as a hermit in Rold Forest, Denmark, where I, as Bruce Chatwin said: “have a place to hang my hat”. When not in Rold Forest, I spend my time vagabonding the world.
You can follow my activity on my Vagabond Photography page, as well as on Instagram.
I like to refer to myself as a Philosophical Globetrotter, Life Artist, and Idler. 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 and a drop-out (see my Links to Idlers and Drop-out Philosophies).
"Hermit", from The Byzantine Tarot
In, The Wildwood Tarot, the "Hermit" is called "The Hooded Man".
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?
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