torsdag 12. oktober 2017

THE INTERNET IS EVERYTHING

I go to the doctor to tell her I feel weak, tired and ask if there could something wrong with my body?
Doctor says: Right excercise is very important for the body to be at optimal health.
-I came because I don´t have the energy to excercise!

I go to my collegues to ask them if they can help me with my workload, it´s been too much for me.
They say: No, sorry. You haven´t been doing the things you should have been.
- I asked because I need help to to it properly!

I go to my family to find back to where I belong.
They say: You are here so seldom, we don´t have room for you.
- I came because I want to relate again!


I go to my singing coach who specialises on letting yourself loose on stage, because I want to be more free and in contact with my feelings and be more expressive.
She says: You are not putting your effort in it. There is no point. You are not working for it! 
-I came because I want to learn how to do that!

I go to my therapist for help with finding the reason for my lack of energy and happiness.
She says: No one can help you if you don´t want to help yourself.
-I came because I am trying to!

I go to my boyfriend and tell him I feel lost and need support.
He says: You are not taking responsability for yourself.
-I came because I want to change that!

I go to a spiritual guide and ask for guidance.
He says: I can´t help you on you level. You are not listening to the signs.
- I came because I want to hear them! 

I go into myself and ask what can I do.
I answer: I have been neglecting myself. I refuse to do anything!
- I asked because I want to make it good again!

I search on the internet and ask for advice.
It says: I have all you need!

And I booked a vacation. There is nothing that can be done anyway...
Thank god the internet knows me well enough to know what I need!

How is it that we don´t understand the sypmtoms of lack of basic needs in our society?  
It´s all about all the fuzz and doing and becoming, and gaining, and creating, and being on top of everything, isn´t it? 



fredag 6. oktober 2017

VINTAGE GÁKTI

Wearing my mothers old gákti at Rudolstadt Festival
Last year my mother was cleaning her closet, and she had a few gákti´s (sami dress) that are to small for her. They are supercute and vintage, so it would be too bad to throw them away. No way!
They are still usable, not too worn. And the gákti has not changed much since the 70ies, so its no problem wearing it. I guess thats the great part of traditional clothing. It never goes out of fashion! 

 I hadn´t got around to sewing my own gákti, so I was very happy when my mother said I could get from her. But one of them was a bit worn, so I didn´t feel I could use it for anything else then for example kitchen work, or everyday gákti. But I don´t really wear a gákti everyday, even though it would be cool if I did..
 It´s just that the skirts are so big on them and a bit annoying and impractical to wear all the time...
 I wanted to give the gákti a new life, but I didn´t want to cut it or anything, so that´s when I came up with the idea of dying it a different colour. A excellent idea!

søndag 10. september 2017

MAYAN SEREMONY IN OSLO

Today we went to a seremoni held by Mayan elders. They have been in Norway before - even in Karasjok, and came back now to connetct with the north.

Today is called "12 K´at" in the mayan calendar, and that is the day of the seeds. All kinds of seeds. Seed of the water, earth, trees, humans, every single smallest seed there is in the world.
It was also the day for connecting the mind-heart- and belly to create harmony in the feelings.


It was so interesting to see how Mayans do their ancient rituals and listen to them talk in the old K´iche language. I am not going to explain everything that happened - cause I cannot...
At the end of the seremony - Kjetil and I drummed a bit and we joiked.

But for me the things that came into my understanding is how important it is to give and take. - To let the energies flow through you. Don´t let them stagnate in your body. Let go. Both good and bad in flow - let them flow through you. When you receive  something - let it go through you and then let it go. Let it go back to earth for example.

First we got healing from our forefathers to a place in the body where we need it (of our own choosing) - and then after we had received this healing we gave it back to the water. We gave the healing energy to all the water on earth. We don´t want it to dry out - cause we need it. 

If you ever have the chance I would recommend going to a Mayan Fire Seremony. It was a really strong and profound experience  - if you let if be so, of course!

I hope to see them again - cause I don´t have the opportunity to go to their main seremony in Oslo the 22th of september.




fredag 8. september 2017

THE SMALLEST THINGS CAN MAKE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE

Feeling pretty with leaves! 🍃I like to wear things that remind me of things I love. 🌲 This leaf is a actual leaf that has been preseved in metal from Blattraush.de Its amazing! ❤️🍃#love #necklace #leafdesign #blattraush #nature

Don´t underestimate the power of small things. The size does not equal importance. I love wearing things that have great value to me, and mean something to me. Jewlery is a great example of that. It´s good to have something to remind you of the things you love. Whenever you need that extra support - you can just look at the necklace or ring you are wearing and be reminded of the good things in life.


When I saw Blattrausch jewlery at Rudolstadt this summer when we where playing there I fell in love immidiatly, and I wanted to buy everything! What they have done is to take real leaves and preserved them in different precious metals. The leaf will live forever! <3 Do you have something small and special you like to wear and for what occasions?

mandag 15. mai 2017

NEW SINGLE "SÀPMI"


The song "Sápmi" was the forst song Robin and I made together in 2015. We hadn´t met yet, so we did it over the internet... Sending files to each other utnil we were happy with the result. 

This song is now for me the symbol of gratitude towards my homeland - my inspiration and love, and all the people who supported Elin & The Woods in the finals of Melodi Grand Prix 2017. 
So many people voted for us, and did their best to show support and cheer for us. We will never be able to give back all the money they spent on voting and travelling to cheer for us, so I feel like this song is our way to give love back, and thank everyone for all the support we received. You are all in our hearts! 

We will be forever thankful for this, and never forget! It was a surreal experience for both of us, and we feel so lucky to have been able to experience this! I don´t even know how to put it into words!
💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 



mandag 24. april 2017

EVIL DREAM

Last night I dreamt a very bad dream. It was almost like a nightmare, but when I woke up I felt like I had learnt something impontant.

I dreamt that I was visiting an aquintaince house that was under contruction. Her friend was there too. After a while we went for a party. It was saturday night and we where in a part of the town where collage students live and go out partying. It was dead dark outside, and there where barely any lights anywhere, we could barely see the main street that was full of restaurant and pubs and so on.

We randomly picked a door and went in there. There where to guys lying on some kind of hospital beds with needles and tubes and they where looking for something to suck. I immidiately had the creepiest feeling, and wanted to get out, but it was too late - they had spotted us and where after us already. We ran up the stairs - which was not a good idea - cause we where trapped in the house, instead of going out again.. One of us got caught already in the stairways of this creepy zombie like guy who just took our friend and who knows what they did with her. They where looking for some kind of life force to feed on. We ran futher up, and miraculously I was able to get out of the house and survive the night. My two friends I don´t know what happened to them, but I assumed they where dead...

At sunrise I was on the main street again, and it felt like this creepy evil energy was not there anymore. It had lost its power. Instead I saw women in white clothes singing and chanting about how we should care about each other and be nice to each other. I saw religious pictures on the walls. Christian pictures and angel-like women who sang on the streets. Suddenly I saw one of them quickly go inside one of the doors, and not long after there was this angry little creature running out from one of the pubs acting insane and shooting some kind of silver pins at me, it looked like laser or something. I managed to get away from some of them - and then I woke up, and I immidiately started thinking about the dream. About what evil and good really are...

When you act like a zombie - act selflishly, you don´t have ANY consideration of any other beings except yourself. You take what you want and need whenever you want to, whatever comes your way, you will take it and use it for your own will. Is this what it means to be "evil". Or is evil some kind of stupidity? We had no chance to survive this "evil". It was foolish of us to go in there, we had no chance aganinst that force.

And in the morning they where singing about everyone caring about each other and world peace and so on. Why was she not singing this song last night, when we needed it? I knew it was because she would not survive the night. Her life force would have been stolen by those guys who where after us, and she would be eaten alive.

It was a reminder for me that there are different energies that rule at different times and places. Daytime, when those evil energies where sleeeping, she could sing about peace and love, and she would have that in her life as long as she keeps away from the darkness.
Where do I want to put my energy? Do I only want to stay in the light where I can sing about happiness and good life, and hide away at night when the other takes over? Or do I want to live like the evil guys did, just take what I want when I need it.
Is it possible to be both evil and good?
In old shamnistic beliefs there is no "good and bad" and the good being the preffered one. There is always a matter of what kind of enery is needed, and wanted. As humans we can choose, and unfortunately, I often forget this...

But I am curious, what do you think this dream meant?

torsdag 16. februar 2017

LISTEN HERE - LYTT HER - GULDAL DÀS

Here is our song on Eurovision 2017. I hope you like it! :D
Dá lea min lálla Melodi Grand Prix:as! Savan ahte liikot nu olu dasa ahte jienastat munno! 
Her er sangen vår på Melodi Grand Prix 2017. Håper dere liker så mye at dere stemmer masse på oss!








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tirsdag 14. februar 2017

NEW BAND! ELIN & THE WOODS - ELECTROJOIK

Last year in august I met Robin Mortensen Lynch and we wrote a song together called "First Step in Faith - Oadjebasvuhtii". Robin has produced a few songs on Eurovision, so we dcecided to send the song there. Alot of people write we every year and encourage me to participate in Eurovision, so I decided..why not try? And wouldnt you believe! We are one of the 10 finalists! And there where over 1036 demos sent, so it´s hard to belive we where elected!

This means our first ever gig will be at Norwegian Eurovision 11th of march 2017!

We called the band "Elin & The Woods" and you can read about us here:

www.elinanthewoods.com 
www.facebook.com/elinandthewoods
Instagram and snapchat: elinandthewoods!

Follow us around, and be sure to vote on us if you live in Norway!

Håper du vil stemme på oss på Melodi Grand Prix!! 
Savan ahte mu jienastat Melodi Grand Prixas!! 


onsdag 6. juli 2016

REBORN INTO NATURE

Photo June Bjørnback
The cover for my album "Eamiritni - Rimeborn" have pictures of me naked in the forrest. Yes, it is true. I am naked.
When I talked to my photographer June Bjørnback about this the first time I was very specific about what I wanted. I wanted to be naked - but not in a objectifying manner, not being sexualised in any way. I didnt want any of my female parts to show, because I wanted the picture to be as neutral as possible. And still I didnt want it to look like I was covering up something, it should look like natural. I wanted it to look natural, beutiful, fairy-taleish, almost creature-like and mysterious... I did not want a male photographer to do this, simply because I was afraid he would not understand my mission of the pictures, and I would feel more comfortable with a female photographer.... June was totally in on it, she totally understood me - so we went for it!

I never doubted that these where the right pictures to have on my cover, because it is my inside reflected on the outside in a way. I felt that I had gone back to my roots. To my culture, but also that my life was shifting and I was becoming a different person when I was working on this album. I felt a new beginning in every area of my life, actually - like a rebirth.  Thats why I wanted the word "born" in my album title. Rimeborn - as in reborn in/with rime. And all of us are born naked

I felt I had returned back to nature when I moved back home to the north of norway. I felt like I was reborn into nature, that I can be myself and show myself - who I truly am when I am in nature. Nature never pretends to be anything else then what it is. In society we are always trying to be better or different in different ways, often dreaming of being something else then what we are...  Clothes are one way we actually can do that.  The minute you put clothes on you are giving others a percetption of what you are, or what you want to be. Clothes are so powerful this way, it shows you identity so strongly. By being naked - without clothes and makueup and all that - I wanted to show myself that I am what I am, and I can go in whatever direction from now. I will go wherever feels natural for me to move forward to. 
For me these pictures are the symbol of a new beginnig. The newborn me. I was reborn into nature, and I want to keep growing here.

fredag 17. juni 2016

A NEW LIFE


I have told you before the last 3 years have been really strange for me. It´s been difficult to keep motivated and the only thing that has kept me going is the love for music and nature. And without you people and some good friends I don't know what or where I would be at this moment. I have some incredible fans who always support me through everything, and they are so caring and loving towards me. They inspire me so much. I don´t feel like calling them my fans - I should find a better word for them, cause they feel more like friends....

Some weird thoughts have gone through my mind, and now I understand why people start using drugs for example. I am happy I made through all this without having to start using drugs for example...  Like anti depressives or sleeping pills, or even suicide or whatever super drastic things. I felt like I needed something like that so many times, but it never got to that - so I am very happy about that. The only thing I know I could have done differently was how I acted towards people that loved me. I didn't even trust them.

After 7 months at home in Alta now - it seems like only a month for me - it has gone by so quickly -  it took me several months to take in everything that had happened - not only the last year but the last 10 years. It has been a unbelievable psychological and spiritual journey - a journey I wanted to share with you - but I didn´t know how. But now I feel ready to share the things I have experienced.

lørdag 14. mai 2016

SHOW ME HOW TO LOVE


It was the winter stream
the coldness of the world
the coldness of my heart

Yes, to be strong and steady.
To be determinded, don´t look for approval from others - don´t look to others for love
Love yourself.
never make yourself dependent of anybody.
Never expect anything from anyone
Just do your own thing
warm your own heart
give yourself what you want...
All you need you can give yourself, no-one else can give it to you anyway.

So you say, but at the same time
- the opposite.
Sometimes all you need is someone to be on your side
someone who will love you when you cannot love yourself
someone who can remind you to love yourself like they love you
to show you how to love at the worst times
  
Someone to remind you that happiness is to be found.

- Elin Kåven

onsdag 20. april 2016

FORGETTING MYSELF

I have been feeling ill. Sick and tired.
Got distracted again. Distracted from the journey I am on.
So many things going on. I forgot myself. Forgot I was here too.
I forgot I am here all the time. Not only everything else...

I had felt conneced with myself for while. Able to feel how it feels to be me in this situation.
To know how I feel about it, not only what can, should and has been felt before.
But if I forget myself one day, I will get lost again, and wander off to who knows where.
Not that I know where I am going, but I can feel it. I CAN feel it. If i remember to.

I got this link from a friend of mine today:
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24109/the-secret-root-of-your-mental-physical-fatigue.html

This is excatly how I felt when I started wondering about why I was tired all the time. But I AM doing what I want to do. I love what I do, I don´t want to do anything else....

What else is there for me to do?
Obviously there is something more...

onsdag 17. februar 2016

A RELEASE CONCERT IN THE FOREST



For Eamiritni -Rimeborn  album I actually had 2 releases. One in Europe last november (when I was touring Germany) and one in the Nordic countires in february.
The release in Norway was up to myself to plan, but things didn´t seem to fall into place. Nothing seemed to feel right when I was looking for venues and places to have my release-concert.

After a while I really had to sit down and think about this "Why didn´t anything feel right, and why do I have so much difficulity making decisions?"

So then I figured. What would FEEL right to do for the release. Without thinking of HOW or WHERE but what is it that would FEEL like the right thing to do.

lørdag 13. februar 2016

AS I BEGAN TO LOVE MYSELF



grass field"As I Began to Love Myself" - Poem by Charlie Chaplin

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born.Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!

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