For young people, development is primarily
about growth, about conquering the ”world”, while reconciliation is more important
in the later stages of life. The focus of this article is reconciliation and
how Acem Meditation may contribute towards this end via introspective
sensitivity. To meditate strengthens the links to those aspects of the psyche that
are not shaped by history and that are anchored in an inner freedom and
autonomy; the changes have implications for the individual, for fellow human
beings as well as for society; they add a dimension of integrity, genuineness
and responsibility to the human interactions.
Everyone who has learned
Acem Meditation knows that meditation is not about emptying the mind, as many
others tend to believe. The challenge is to become friends with everything that
spontaneously emerges in consciousness. Restlessness, tension, and ruminating
thoughts may be experienced as garbage in the body and mind, but often hide a
sparkling diamond. This kind of experience is supported by old meditative
When being touched by a good book, you come closer to yourself. Longings, dreams, unease, shame — all sorts of feelings are activated.
Maybe you recognize this? That reading a really good book brings you closer to yourself. What about meditation? In meditation, there is no elegant story to be seduced by. You are alone, you are naked, you are left with those parts of yourself that you don’t want to accept or include.
In the fifteen chapters of this new book, experts in neuroscience, medicine, psychology, philosophy, and the humanities share groundbreaking perspectives on how nondirective meditation interactswith brain and body, mind and culture.
The next Acem communication course takes place 25 May – 2 June 2019, at Halvorsbøle, Norway. This intensive course has been an annual event for nearly fifty years and is open to those who have learned Acem Meditation.
Jimena Villegas appreciates the effect they have on her
“I read a book by a filmmaker who found that meditation helped him find new solutions when he felt stuck in the process of producing a movie. Though I work with music rather than film, the book inspired me to look for a chance to learn meditation, and my partner became interested as well. We searched the internet, and luckily we found an Acem Meditation course and signed up.”
An interview with meditating authorof crime fiction Bjørn Bottolvs
A naked man dead in a shed by a lake in the
outskirts of Oslo, with a small tea candle on his chest. Murdered? Bjørn
Bottolvs’s tenth crime novel is titled Facing Death.
In the novel, solving the murder case involves Acem’s cultural periodical Dyade, which in 2012 published an issue with the
same title. A coincidence? Hardly. Bjørn learned Acem Meditation at a summer
retreat in 1973 and has been meditating daily ever since.
What does science say? In this new book, experts in neuroscience, medicine, psychology, philosophy and the humanities share groundbreaking perspectives on how nondirective meditation interacts with brain and body, mind and culture.
On Gandhi’s birthday, 2nd October 2018, Dr. Are Holen received the Gandhi Peace Honor for spreading World peace and harmony. The award was given for his lifelong contributions to society and mankind, for his scientific work related to post-traumatic stress, and his research on and efforts in teaching Acem Meditation since 1966, an elaborate approach to meditation based on psychology and science.
13-20 July, Acem International Retreat Centre, Norway
Acem Meditation is more than relaxation. This weeklong retreat in beautiful surroundings is a unique opportunity to practice long meditations and get into deeper meditative processes. The evening seminars will be with Dr Are Holen, Acem’s founder. Guidance groups and social interaction further stimulate processes of change.