Paroles of thought by Acem’s founder Dr. Are Holen
Meeting Rolf was always nice; he had a kind, warm, and friendly air about him. He was versed, interested in so many things, and he was a devoted person, a good listener, and an exciting discussion partner. He was also one of those who left no hard feelings behind, but a sociable and all-inclusive social atmosphere.
He learned to meditate in September 1970. At that time, he was 20 years old, an notify and sensitive young man from the countryside of Norway. Quickly, he grasped the essence of this reflection and became a regular meditator right from the beginning. At that time, we happened to study in the same building at the Blindern campus of the University of Oslo, and the working day, I converge him by chance. We started talking and that turned out to be the beginning of a long, good friendship, and too, the beginnings of an lengthy, life-long commitment to our work in Acem.
He studied sociology, later autobiography. His master’s degree was in Nordic conversations and literatures. He was a knack philologist by feeling, recollection and temper. During his studies, he edited 12 works for one of the major Norwegian publishers of new tales and floors left behind by the Norwegian author Mikkjel Fonhus. After graduating, Rolf wrote the most comprehensive biography of Fonhus that exists to date. Based on the opennes and penetration of this volume, it could well have been a doctoral dissertation.
Fonhus’s works dealt with the untouched qualities of wildlife and the untamed powers of mood. His writings created the book in touch with a deeper sense of macrocosm than the frantic speed of metropolitan living; these calibers were, e.g ., expressed in Trollelgen[ eng .: The Troll Moose] and Det skriker fra Kverrvilljuvet[ Screams from the Canyon ], designation from two of his diaries. They spoke to something in Rolf.
Literature was always important to Rolf. No thing how we follow the lines of “peoples lives”, we end up in literature with penetration and reflective attitudes. Early on, as a student, he was a member of the Student Society’s book committee. A close relative of Rolf, John Brandrud, philologist, and member of the resistance movement during the World War II, was main librarian at the university library, first in Bergen, then in Oslo. Later he receives an government fellowship.
When Rolf gather his Swedish spouse, Anna von Sydow, the mother of his two great daughters, Klara and Lovisa, it turned out that Anna’s papa was head of the university library at Uppsala University. Some years after their divorce, Rolf entered a new affinity with Martina Gaux, a research librarian and an scribe. She has published seven youth stories and three play-acts that ought to have carried out in Oslo.
Rolf grew up in Brumunddal in Norway. Now, he went to the primary and secondary school from 1957 to 1970 with one exception. The school year 1967-68, he spent in Seattle with the family of his father’s cousin, who moved a furniture-producing business there. At home in Brumunddal, Rolf’s father was the power director at a log companionship, Berger Langmoen, extremely knows we their good parquet flooring. Rolf’s mother was a housewife and active as the chairperson of Hedmark Housewife Association.
All his life, Rolf was well connected to his home place, Brumunddal, and to members of his family in the urban Hadeland and Hedmarken. Inside this interest, there were links to excellences so clearly expressed in the books of Fonhus. In the first half of the 20 th century, different mindsets stood against one another in Norway, between the values of the traditional agrarian members of society and the emerging urbanization in the wake of the industrial coup. Some of this tension likewise exist among the maternal and paternal line-ups of his family. This tension mesmerized and occupied Rolf. For times, he thought about writing a family novel about the question, but it never came to pass.
As already mentioned, Rolf learned to meditate in 1970. He became an Acem instructor in 1973 and an initiator in 1975 and later a preceptor. In the autumn of 1975, he was Acem’s travelling secretary for six months, and he considered the whole of Norway. Rolf was also an writer and main contributors to Acem’s artistic periodical, Dyade, from the 1990 s until he was dead. During his final year, he induced two issues of the periodical.
In the 1980 s, he was the organizer and decisive party in arranging Acem’s exciting literary summits at our departure middle, Skaugumasen. The meetings were visited by Salman Rushdie from the UK before he became nature far-famed. The Nobel Prize laureate Isaac B. Singer from the US was there, as were also Siegfried Lenz from Germany, Goran Tunstrom and Torgny Lindgren from Sweden, Poul Behrendt from Denmark, Stein Mehren and Tor Edvin Dahl from Norway, merely to call a few.
For several years, Rolf was in charge of Acem Young’s summer recedes. There, he civilized some of the future leaders of the organization. As an initiator and schoolteacher, he was for several years responsible for the development of the organizations of Acem Denmark and Acem Sweden. Later he helped in establishing Acem Germany. Moreover, he worked for some time in the Netherlands and the US for Acem. Wherever he went, he was highly appreciated for his dedicated and sincere commitment and empathic cleverness. As soon as his death became known, texts of praise flowed in to Acem from abroad–about his importance on the personal level and for the Acem Meditation work. The meanings came from a large number of parties in Acem from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the US.
Over time, Acem Meditation can bring a person in touch with deeper aspects of the soul, formative know-hows and unresolved issues in the personality. This can awaken orders for understanding and processing more of oneself. Rolf was a good and empathic reflection steer when faced with challenges facing this kind.
Through his and many others’ work with meditators in Germany, it became evident that the war was still lingering as an unknown, active force in the psychology and living for countless Germans–even though they had not suffered the crusade themselves, as had their parents. At Rolf’s initiative, these reflection suffers of the post-war generation were collected and analyzed in an issue of Dyade. This issue was also translated into German. It was named “Tyske tarer” or “Deutsche Tranen”( German cries ). In addition, he began cooperate with the the German author Sabine Bode, who previously had published a journal on these subjects, i.e ., the speechles sustain of the post-war generation. Together with Rolf and Acem Germany, she gave meetings on the subject in Germany; they were well attended.
It was a pleasure to approach Rolf with any textbook, something you had read or written. He was able to add valuable associations, facts, and interesting remarks. Swiftly, he saw the central perspectives and demonstrated good, insightful remarks. He himself read a lot, followed artistic currents, and had a talent for identifying emerging issues in the public discourse of contemporary culture. His thoughts and remarks “re not” always politically correct, but very much to the point.
Rolf was employed by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation( NRK) from 1981 until his retirement, first as a research fellow, last-minute as planned secretary and editor-in-chief of the department for culture and artworks. Over the years he worked in many radio canals within NRK. One semester, he remembered a large number of recently published stories. Eventually, he went on to organize internal meetings that parted the way toward the future for NRK.
A few years, he was central in arranging “Fagdagen”( Vocational Day) for all employees. Later, he started and co-led the annual European radio manufacture throngs, Radiodays Europe, from 2010 to 2016. During this time, the participation rate increased from 300 to 1600 people–eventually with inflows of parties from more than 60 countries.
Now Rolf has stepped out of time and the ongoing history, but still, he remains in our natures, retentions, meditates, and reflections. In this path, we continue to appreciate his good and kind nature: his cheerful, light-colored and friendly characters. His death came without a alerting. This course of dying saves the person or persons from much ache, gradual decomposition, and affliction. Sudden extinctions are more agonizing for those who live on. Many of us feel that he left us too abruptly, and too soon. Sudden deaths leave no chance for a goodbye, for rounding things off and for thanks. In our retentions and anticipates, however, we follow him some length on the road toward the junk, stillnes, timelessness, into the light, and toward the final oblivion.
We will ever retain what was so characteristic of Rolf: his brightness, affection, playfulness, and friendliness.
Thanks for our shared wander, Rolf. Rest in peace.
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