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.
This blog is my photo blog.
First I will introduce myself, and hereafter tell about my photography.
I hold an MA in philosophy and a minor in psychology. I have practiced yoga and meditation since 1985 and have during this period developed the concept of Meditation as an Art of Life, which I have written a series of books on (read more).
The teaching is developed on the background of an awakening of kundalini, and the following years of spiritual crises. This has 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. I have collected the critique under the title The Matrix Conspiracy.
After I realized that the crisis was a calling, and followed it, I finally found peace.
So, I have somehow managed to create a philosophy and a teaching. This teaching could be said to be a mix between Nordic Shamanism, Christian Mysticism, and Tibetan Dream Yoga, but essentially it is a revival of Greco-Roman philosophy - see the explanation in my article, Philosophy as a Rite of Rebirth (a Shamanic Ritual).
What I want to share, is my experiences of dangers and pitfalls on the spiritual path, as well as the solutions I have developed out of distress. In this I offer personal mentoring.
An overall covering label for the intention of my work is The Peter Pan Project.
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 not staying in Rold Forest, I spend my time as a Flâneur somewhere in the world (mainly in the old cities of Europe). You can follow my forest pilgrimages, and Flâneurism, on this blog, and on Instagram. Also see my booklet The Art of Pilgrimage.
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 liberty, 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.
A few words about the photography:
I´m only a hobby photographer, and I´m in no way trying to create unique photos, or art photography. I want to give an expression of a kind of "storytelling photography". The accompanying text is a so-called Sûnyatâ Sutra (read more).
In the slideshows you can see the photos with the title of the sutra. By clicking the image the full text will open in a new window. Each slideshow presents photos from my different "pilgrimages". Below the slideshows you can find a video with relaxing meditation music.
On my other blog, Morten Tolboll - Blog, I write texts related to the storytelling aspect.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.