Going to Brazil:
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As mentioned before, in 2005 I met Vasant Swaha who gives retreats and satsangs here in Norway as well as in Brazil and the Himalayas. (see above) The retreats have helped me to see that the truth has been inside us all the time, and that the idea of it existing outside of me was only an illusion.
When I visited Brazil in the spring of 2007, I was there for two months, and this time i do some work there.
It wasn't always easy to concentrate on work when looking out the window after waking up in the morning.
'Posada do Paraiso'
This is Rafaela with her dog Lala. She runs the place I stayed in before and after the retreat. Nice people that I got to know well.
Before leaving for home, I spent some days in a small fishing village. I felt at home here; fishermen were tending their boats, nets and fish on the quay by a narrow canal dividing the town in two. In the evenings, people of all ages gathered in a small square nearby, to just sit and be present. The few days I spent in this little square made me experience this lovely people and their beautiful country in a manner I will never forget.
One day I joined some friends from the retreat on a trip to an idyllic waterfall nearby. I especially enjoyed seeing that bamboo was part of the vegetation. When I was a little boy, we used long fishing rods made of bamboo when we fished in the river where I grew up.
From time to time, Brazilian friends visit me when in Norway for a retreat. This is Buhvana and Svetya after a dinner of self-caught fish.
Svetya on the 'fjoordss' just outside of Ålesund.
Buhvana is also a skilled dancer, and has contributed with her dancing on some of the video presentations I have made for the CDs, such ad 'Wakan Tanka' from the CD 'Anahata'.
This is Buhvana, Menaka and Taric during the filming in Brazil of another song, 'Egypt' from my album 'Wisdom from the Past'. After this happening, I gave Taric the name 'Moses'. Budvana is also very capable at organizing costumes etc.
As I tend to travel around Norway a lot, my 'studio' is rather mobile. This is from a garage in the Hedal valley.
Shivani has helped me from time to time selling CDs at fairs etc., and we have also held concerts together. You can hear her singing on 'Wisdom from the Past' and 'Dances from Beyond'.
This is Karianne and Hanna who helped several times in the large, annual alternative fair in Oslo Spektrum. Karianne (left) met her husband there the first time she helped me, and they now have a wonderful son. So my music has at least produced one tangible result ...
This is Terje, a good buddy, in full swing helping me to mail my "last printed" newsletter in 2005.
In the summer of 2007 I enjoyed working in my 'garden'. In the fall I was proud to decorate the table with 'my own' flowers.
Since 2003 I have gone to England every summer. On several of these trips I have traveled with John Gursli who arranges tours to energy sites around the world. This is John Gursli and friends at Land's End in Cornwall.
I am particularly interested in crop circles (www.egilfylling.no/cropcircle). This is Gursli getting lost at Milk Hill in Alton Barnes:
In the summer of 2007 I went on a private trip with two friends, Tormod and Swahila, and only toured the county of Wiltshire where most English crop circles occur.
This is Golden Ball Hill in Alton Barnes.
Tormod runs a great camping site in the Valldal valley, outside Ålesund. From time to time, he arranges 'alternative' meetings there, with bonfires, barbecues, drumming and meditation. This year many people brought their children and we had a great weekend in the spring of 2007.
During one of the meditations we gathered around a bonfire and sang 'AUM' all on one note. It was a strong and powerful experience with the river and the tall beautiful mountains nearby. Time stood still for a few minutes, and we all felt in tune with nature and with each other.
This is Ingrunn and her son Fredrik (who's now 15) and Merete at the Sylte mountain in Valldal, during another taping of a video. (Breath)
The neighbourhood where I live:
Photo: Terje Daugstad
The town of Ålesund is the most beautiful in the world. It has got everything: tall mountains, narrow sounds, the fjords leading inland, the great ocean outside, and an architectural style that is internationally famous.
In the summer, I prefer traveling to town by boat.
Some nature images from the surrounding area: