AKI CEDERBERG

Aki Cederberg on Helsinkiläinen kirjailija, muusikko ja elokuvantekijä. Cederbergin suvussa on merimiehiä, pappeja ja lääkäreitä, mistä ehkä juontuu hänen vaellusviettinsä ja monet hänen mielenkiinnon kohteistaan, joiden jäljillä hän on matkustanut laajasti. Cederberg on kirjoittanut kirjan Pyhiinvaellus: Matkalla Intiassa ja Nepalissa (Salakirjat 2013) ja hänen kirjoituksiaan on julkaistu mm. The Fenris Wolf kirja-antologioissa, sekä muissa julkaisuissa ja lehdissä. Hän on ollut osana yhtyeitä joiden kanssa hän on julkaissut levyjä, järjestänyt näyttelyitä ja esiintynyt eri maissa. Hänen osana Halo Manash yhtyettä tekemänsä elokuva Taiwaskivi on julkaistu DVD-kokoelmalla "Back to Human Nature" Njuta Films toimesta. Cederberg on myös osa Radio Wyrd podcastia. Cederbergillä on kulttuurialan tutkinto ja hän työskentelee kirjoittamisen ja elokuvatuotannon parissa. Hän asuu Helsingissä ja harrastaa nyrkkeilyä. 

Tämä sivusto kokoaa yhteen Cederbergin kirjoitukset, matkat sekä meneillään olevat työt.

Aki Cederberg is a writer, musician and filmmaker from Helsinki, Finland. Coming from a hereditary line of seamen, priests and doctors, his disposition and many of his interests and passions can perhaps be derived from these ancestral streaks. Relating to his engagement with various esoteric traditions and realms of knowledge and culture of which he has sought first-hand experience, as well as his interest in sites of mythological or historical significance both ancient and modern, he has travelled extensively. Cederberg has written a book published in finnish language titled Pyhiinvaellus ("Pilgrimage", Salakirjat 2013), as well as contributed to The Fenris Wolf book anthologies and several other publications. He has been part of several musical groups, with whom he has released albums and films, as well as conducted exhibitions and tours both in his homeland and abroad. The film Taiwaskivi, made as part of Halo Manash, was released on the DVD-collection ”Back to Human Nature!” (Njuta Films). Cederberg is also a part of the Radio Wyrd  podcast. He has a Bachelor of Culture and Arts (directing and scriptwriting) and currently works in writing and film production. He lives in Helsinki, and enjoys boxing.

This website functions as a resource on his writings, travels and current works.

 

THE TRINITY OF KNOWLEDGE

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Many years ago, a wise old man spoke to me about how all things in nature are marked. Instead of looking at what things mean and represent on an abstract and symbolic level, we should seek out marks, which are in the things themselves. He called this "reading the book of the world". 

All things in nature do seem to be marked in specific and sometimes strangely profound ways. 

In traditional folk medicine, plants are often viewed as being marked with subtle signs and resemblances in their shapes, colors and other properties, which can reveal something essential about their nature and usage.

The Ginseng plant, which looks like a human being, is a widely known adaptogen and all-around human tonic. Equally, the walnut, which resembles a human brain, has been discovered to aid brainfunction. Other plants that have a protective nature, such as the stinging nettle, have been found to improve the immune system.

These marks can also act as warning signs, in the form of specific patterns and bright colors often found in reptiles and insects. The northernmost snake in the world and the only poisonous species in Finland, Kyy (the adder) has distinct, sharp saw-like patterns on its back, whereas the non-poisonous snakes are more plain in color.

Same is true of human beings in many ways. Often meeting with a person face-to-face will reveal more about them than any number of their words ever could divorced from their speaker. The body is a temple of the ideals that dwell within. The body has its own language that seldom lies. And the human face is often marked with patterns of life lived, its tragedies and victories written all over it. "As within, so without". 

And we as human beings are treefold like trees, with our roots hidden in the murky underworlds, our spines vertical as trunks, and our branches reaching skyward for the sun, the stars and beyond. 

In all of nature there are reoccurring patterns and ratios, and the balance of these patterns and ratios is often what we perceive as harmony and beauty. This harmony and beauty we recognize as something timeless, both in raw nature and in our own creations that express these very same ratios.

Beyond abstractions and symbolic constructions, all of life can be "read" by its marks. To find and reinforce the connections and subtle nuances that speak of a larger whole is central to many traditional paths of knowledge and wisdom. In the West, this is the tradition of magic, hermeticism, alchemy, et al. In the East, this is yoga, ayurveda, chinese medicine and many other traditions.

A few days ago, my partner and I were collecting Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris), a plant I have had a special relationship with for a long time. It is a classical magical plant hidden in plain sight, used for its dream-enhancing qualities. Its leaves are trident, algiz-rune like in shape. Indeed, it is known as the "Trident of old Shiva" in Nepal. I ingested the mugwort plant every monday for a year in tincture form that I had prepared. While doing so I kept a dreamdiary, as the spirit of the plant was clearly acting as a guide for me in vivid, remarkably acute and often darkly violent dreams. As part of a musical group, we recorded an entire album guided by the plant and put a dried stamp of its shape on the cover. When I first met my partner, I discovered that she had been listening to this very record for three years every day, using it for her morning practice and yoga lessons. 

What all this tells us about is that life and nature are interconnected as they spring from the same source. As all life is brewed literally in the same cauldron, things are subtly connected and resemble each other. Finding and reinforcing these resemblances, correspondences and connections, we come to learn more deeply about the trinity that is the world world within (subject), the world outside us (object), and ultimately the realization that these two are not separated but a union reflecting each other.

  

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.
H.H.
Olen ollut ja olen edelleen etsijä, mutta olen lakannut kysymästä tähdiltä ja kirjoilta; olen alkanut kuunnella opetusta, jota vereni minulle kuiskii.