Carla Helland: “Acem Meditation has become a valued part of each day. I have been meditating regularly for a […]
What will Acem look like in 50 years, on its 100-year anniversary? The year will be 2066.
Just saying that number feels abstract, futuristic, and far far away.
It raises another question: what will the […]
The classic introduction – available for the first time in English
This book presents the classic introduction to Acem’s theory and practice of meditation, written by the founder. Psychology of Silence provides an easy-to-read account of the technique and its effects on health and personality. The book also includes […]
Acem’s Training in Interpersonal Communication helps you improve your empathetic capacity and understanding of yourself and others. This year’s course will have English, German, Spanish, and Scandinavian groups, provided a sufficient number of people sign up for each language. The registration deadline is 15 April, with 15 March […]
A group of young students also sought new views of the world. They were convinced that man has an inner potential for change. In the beginning, they looked to the East. There they found meditation, but soon discovered that Eastern ways were not always suitable in the context of Western culture and psychology. So what would be left if the religious element were taken away from the meditation technique? They discussed, experimented, tried things out, and did research. On 27 January 1966 they established Acem as an organisation.
It started with an experience. The last half of the 1960s was a period of open exploration, with large cohorts of young students from the post-war generation entering universities, seeking to change the world with their utopian and revolutionary dreams and ideologies. The people who started building Acem had come across a method that challenged inner dogmatism and narrow-mindedness – a sound-based meditation that facilitated change.
On January 27th, 1966, a group of students came together in Oslo on the initiative of Are Holen, who was a student of psychology at the time, to found Academic Meditation Society (AMS). A few years later, the name of the organization was changed to Acem. Fifty years have passed, and an enormous amount of idealistic work has resulted in an international organization with centers and activities in many countries on several continents. Acem is unique in its focus on meditation guidance and the development of a down-to-earth and wide-reaching psychology of meditation.
On 25 February 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Acem and Centurion University in India. At the same time, 25 female engineering students at the university learned Acem Meditation.
It is a wild mixture of everything you might possibly be interested in: TV personalities, storytellers, famous politicians, members of parliament, spiritual gurus, proponents of alternative energy, as well as some of India's most popular singers, healers, and fortune tellers. In the midst of all this, Acem India Chairman Torbjørn Hobbel is awarded the International Wellness Award for his outstanding contribution in the field of meditation.