“All the people of the world are on the move. They are travelling an extraordinary road. It is not a road that can be measured in kilometres or light years, for such do not exist in its dimensions.” (Martinus: The Road of Life, ch. 1)
“But then you do not travel in order to arrive. You travel in order to travel.”
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, to Caroline Herder, 1788).
“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” (Shakespeare: Hamlet, 1.5.167-8)
Who are we? Where do we come from? Do our lives and the Earth have a purpose? Why is there so much suffering in the world? Are we alone in the universe? Is there life after death? Is there a God and, if so, how can we communicate with this entity?
My name is Pernilla and I live in Stockholm, Sweden. I work with languages and teacher education and I have a PhD in German Studies. In my spare time, I love reading literature and spiritual works from all parts of the world. Like many others, I find life fascinating, wonderful and difficult at the same time, and I often reflect on the eternal questions of life.
But in a world that may be described as post-religious – at least for many individuals in Scandinavia – it is difficult to even ask such questions about our existence. There seem to be few answers that people can agree on, and hardly any answers based on empirical experience, according to contemporary scientific traditions. Nevertheless, it seems to be part of human nature to keep searching for answers to our questions, even the most challenging ones
When I was a child, my father told me about different spiritual writers, among others Rudolf Steiner and the Danish writer Martinus (1890-1981). This has influenced my life a great deal, and as an adult, I have become particularly interested in studying Martinus’ spiritual works. After having a profound spiritual experience at the age of 30, Martinus wrote down a comprehensive, spiritual world picture, analysing humanity and the universe. According to him, everything in existence is based on universal love. I have had (almost) no spiritual experiences myself, but for several reasons, I find Martinus’ writings immensely fascinating, beautiful and thought-provoking.
In this blog, I would like to share some of my everyday reflections about life and literature with anyone who is interested, in particular people who are also interested in Martinus’ works. To some extent, I also wish to explore how my “feminine horizon” has influenced my journey on life’s “extraordinary road”.