Sometimes I find the swimming gems close to the cabin. And sometimes the wind speaks. Returned home with the biggest feather I have found so far. A white swan was the messenger; reminding me of my words and the power they have.

Found my foxhole for the night. Swimming in Borrevannet during sunset brings a lot of associations.

Today the water heals me. The salty waters are a healing agent. Luna gets to swim and hone her frisbee skills.

Considering how close I live to this attraction (Mørkgonga), it was time to check it out. After doing kambo earlier, going for a hike in nature was a no-brainer.

Is it really “green” and “environmentally smart” to use clearcutting methods in forestry? Or is it an outdated, inefficient and heavily carbon-emitting practice that does not belong in a world already struggling with forest fires and a climate crisis? A film on eco forestry and about ecological alternatives to clearcutting.

In spite of the Swedish forestry industry’s advertising campaigns that attempt to cast them in the role of “green heroes”, the sadness in the film’s director’s soul at the sight of a clear cut area is palpable. How is it possible to chop down an entire woods and still use labels such as “environmental care”?

In this film you’ll see a variety of people talk about their relationship with the forest. There’s the hands-on practical advice for ecological alternatives to clearcutting, there’s the scientific evidence of what clearcutting does, there’s the politician using spoken word to convey her message and there’s the front line testimony from a man who lives large parts of the year in the woods.

The starting point is the gut feeling from the filmmaker that clearcutting simply feels wrong. The ending is a beginning; an invitation into seeing the forest as a collaborating partner rather than this “thing” for humans to exploit. How would our view of the forest change if we stopped seeing it merely as an economic resource, and instead as an invitation to an ecological partnership?

Let nature do its magic

In the 20th century we created this extraordinary story of “pharmacy”

What an incredible hero narrative has been told of these chemicals that we have extracted from oil, plants, and the microbiome that we then manipulate to create altered, unnatural, and thus patentable, technology for monetization.

The strategy is based on monetizing nature by manipulating her ancient design in an effort to control her. To double down on the financial opportunity, the same companies would come to own our chemical food system, with glyphosate always at the foundation of it – these chemicals block the ability of the microbiome and the plants that we consume to produce the medicines they once contained.

A monopoly on nutrients and the medicine in our food has been built.

There is not a single pharmaceutical drug you can take that can put you into balance.

There is no combination of medications that can bring harmony to over 280,000 different protein structures and millions of protein and hormone pathways that orchestrate human health.

Every drug disrupts these natural pathways of signaling and function. But the hero narrative prevails, and educated people all over the world are waiting eagerly for Pandemic salvation through a highly chemically laden, unnatural vaccine.

In a similar fashion, there are no amounts of probiotics, or dairy protein, or pea protein powders that can bring you the intelligence of nature. It is only in her biodiversity that real health and vital life is fostered.

The truth is, and always will be, that there exists an intrinsic ability for all of us to heal. It is the same intrinsic capacity that allowed us to begin life within the context of the vast life on this planet.

The intelligence of nature is within us, and beneath our feet. If we would step back and let her work her magic we would find grounded health.