My name is Morten Tolboll. 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).
I only refer to myself as a forest philosopher, and not as a shaman, mystic or guru. 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.
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 philosopher 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. 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, The Tales of Norna-Gest, 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.