I can happily announce that we will continue to gather in a circle as we’ve been doing in a homely setting in Egå on several occasions in the last year or so. The last few times it became clear we could do with some more space. When we met the lovely tribe of the Holistisk Center at the opening of their beautiful new location in Mejlgade (Aarhus city center) on February 10th, it turned out that they had been having more or less the exact same idea of creating a reoccurring event where people assemble in a circle to embody the unique expression of their souls, share a potluck dinner and come together in conversation, music and movement. We decided to organize the next gathering in the Holistisk Center at March 3rd at 17:00 o’clock and agreed to call the event ‘Urkraft Ting’.
Assembly of free people
The word ‘ting’ exists in all Germanic languages and is nowadays primarily being used to refer to an object – a thing (or in both German and my mother tongue Dutch: ‘ding’). Its original meaning, however, is ‘public gathering’ or ‘assembly’ of all free people, which takes place at a specific time and location, with the intent to reach decisions about topics of common interest. A ‘ting’ is never an institution, but rather either a name for a gathering or a name for the process occurring during such a gathering. In this area of the world, there used to be all sorts of ‘tings’: landsting (country ting), herredsting (shires ting), byting (towns ting), folketing (peoples ting), sysselting (ting of a trade or profession), birketing (birch ting, as in the tree), and many more.
A ting of the past?
Landsting and folketing used to be the two chambers of parliament in the Realm of Denmark, the first being the meritocratic assembly and the latter the popular assembly. Since the meritocratic chamber, whose members were appointed based on merit, was abolished in 1953, the country has been ruled by whoever was elected into the popular assembly to represent the ones who gave them their vote. A popular assembly is what in old Greek would be called ‘dêmos’, which indicated the common people or populace formally constituted as a political body. The loanword democracy derived from the Greek word ‘dêmokratia’ – a composite of the words ‘dêmos’ and ‘kratia’ or ‘kratos’ (which means power, is seen as the divine personification of strength in Greek mythology and resembles an awful lot the both Danish and German word ‘kraft’ and Dutch ‘kracht’). The word republic comes from the Latin ‘res publica’, which translates to ‘the public thing’.
Originally, people would give their vote (from Latin ‘votum’, meaning wish, prayer, religious undertaking or promise, votive offering, promise to God; which in both Danish and German – ‘stemme’ – and Dutch – ‘stem’ – has the same meaning as voice) to the ones of their community most capable to make decisions – fellow members of their community that they fully trusted and had known all their life. However, in the course of history, power (alongside energy and resources) has been so increasingly centralized – meaning that a relatively small group of people are making a growing amount of decisions for the expanding population of the earth – that many of the latter are feeling powerless, while the ‘elected few’ are under growing pressure of the many decisions they are supposed to make. As a result of this mechanism, politicians nowadays simply lack time to give sufficient thought to reach decisions that are beneficial for the planet and current and future generations of the community of people they represent.
‘Magt’ or ‘kraft’?
Ironically, nowadays we tend to plead with politicians (who we have willingly been voting into power) to give back the ‘power to the people’, that we voluntarily keep giving away to them. The word power can in both Danish and German be translated to either ‘kraft’ or ‘magt’ (and in Dutch to ‘kracht’ or ‘macht’) – two exact opposites. Where the former refers to acting in a sovereign, autonomous and authentic way, is the latter about control, domination and influence. In these times we see that everything based on ‘magt’ is shaking on its grounds, to eventually and inevitably collapse. Therefore it is paramount that we distinguish the difference between ‘kraft’ and ‘magt’ within ourselves, so that we can stay calm during these stormy and confusing times as we restore faith in ourselves and our own power.
Personal empowerment: urkraft!
The purpose of the Urkraft Ting is to visualize, co-create and manifest an increasingly harmonious reality in which all of us stand in our own power and have faith in our own strength. We create the world and can perfect it through the power of our thoughts. In this circle we give voice to our thoughts, dreams and ideas, with the aim of realizing them. We celebrate that the source of creation is within all of us, that we possess all the tools to manifest and are co-creating this reality as it unfolds. ‘Urkraft’ (as well as Dutch ‘oerkracht’) can be translated to ‘primordial/primal/primeval power’, ‘life force’ or ‘force of nature’. The first part of the word (‘ur’ or ‘oer’) means origin or beginning, and feels quite similar to ‘ohm’ (or ‘aum’), which is said to be the primordial sound of the Universe. In the beginning was the word…