A few things from the archive: books important to me in my teens, a signed book, a lending list

I am going through storage in Norway, mostly from my teens and early twenties when I still lived in Norway. It’s interesting to revisit that time and see what has changed and what has remained as threads through my life.

I thought I would put a few things up here. It’s interesting to me, although I can’t imagine it’s very interesting to others!

A book by the painter Odd Nerdrum and signed by him. I was an apprentice/student of his at the time so it was easy to get it signed. I thought this book was lost, but it was just in one of the cardboard boxes from that time.

These are two books that were important to me in my mid-teens. They helped transform my worldview and orientation to life, I was passionate about both books and the topics they talk about, and remember searching out other books referenced in these.

Erik Damman‘s Bak tid og rom (“Beyond Time and Space”) is about scientific research that goes beyond the materialism that’s mainstream in science today. As far as I remember, I was introduced to this book by my middle-school teacher who mentioned it in class. I love this kind of science, and for a while, I dreamt about doing it myself. I kind of did, in my own life. I also got to later meet and talk with Erik Damman, at one of his monthly Sunday gatherings at his house.

Fritjof Capra’s The Turning Point was hugely important to me. It’s about quantum physics, systems theories, similarities between certain areas of Western science and Eastern philosophy, and so on. I also loved his other books, and still do although I haven’t read them for a while. (I later got to see Fritjof Capra give a talk at Schumacher College at Dartington near Totnes.)

This is a book-lending list, to keep track of who I had lent which books to. I imagine some of these books could still be with these people!

My brother had Science, Order, and Creativity by David Bohm.

A friend from art school and university had Ken Wilber’s No Boundary. Another hugely important book for me at the time, reflecting and helping me further organize how I saw things.

A friend from school had a book by Rupert Sheldrake. I had several of his books and am not sure which one this was. (I later got to see Sheldrake too at Schumacher College at Dartington near Totnes.)

A friend from Art History at university had Goethe’s Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily which I remember also made an impression on me at the time.

Another friend from Art History had borrowed Energi og bevissthet (“Energy & Consciousness”) by Jes Bertelsen. Jes Bertelsen and his books were very important to me at the time, especially as he took a similar approach to me in terms of using elements from Christianity (prayer, meditation), Buddhism (Buddhist practices), energy work, and depth psychology (Jung). I visited Vækstsenteret, his place in Denmark, and felt deeply at home there. I likely would have been far more involved with that community had I not left Norway and Europe at around that time.

She also borrowed a collection of short stories by Kahlil Gibran. I loved his writing and drawings.

Marianne borrowed two books by the Jungian analyst Strephon Kaplan-Williams. He lived in Oslo at the time, I had done some sessions with him, and I loved his books and his dream cards. Marianne is Marianne Ihlen whom I met in a workshop in Oslo held by Hanne Bertelsen. We became friends. (She was a whole and amazing human being in her own right, although is publicly more known as the ex-partner and muse of Leonard Cohen. I discovered it when we talked on the phone one time, and she told me she had to go to catch a concert with her ex-partner.) Hanne divorced Jes Bertelsen, and I am not sure if she continued to teach. I had a very good connection with her and met her in person several times, so I miss that connection too.

A friend I met in Tai Chi class, Bitte, borrowed Smilende livskunst (The Importance of Living) by Lin Yutang, and also Tao Te Ching . I loved Lin Yutang’s books and read whatever I could find from him. Even more, I loved Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (Laozi), and I read and re-read whatever Taoist classics I could find or order through the main bookstore in Oslo. Bitte was and is far along the awakening path and is highly sensitive and clairvoyant. I remember we sat at the train station after tai chi class, comparing what we saw in the energy system of the different people there. We always saw the same. (Maybe she saw more than me, I wouldn’t be surprised.)

There is also a note I don’t quite understand about “a larger whole” and someone called Boyesen.

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