“INNSAEI”— Science, Nature and Creativity


Science, Nature and Creativity

Amos Lassen

“Innsaei” is a story of soul searching, science, nature and creativity that takes us on a global journey to uncover how to connect within in today’s world of distraction and stress. Everyone is familiar with the term intuition but how many people really know what it is. We learn here that intuition is the sum of the experiences that one makes in the course of a life and the instinct that is innate to one. Two Icelandic women, Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir and Kristin Ólafsdóttir, interview people too see what they have to say about intuition.

There are research groups that measure intuition, but here we see Gunnsteinsdottir’s defining directional themes for her film: the discrepancy that is becoming more and more visible in individual human— looking at everyday experience between feeling and object, between human and measurement. The ability to look and the ability to trace sensitive perception is what the filmmakers want to show.

Our ability to perceive intuition implies a degree of empathy, not only for oneself, but for others as well. Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir was at the start of a promising career at the United Nations. She campaigned for women’s rights, helped traumatized women in Kosovo, and got a permanent position at the UN in Geneva. And then, at the age of 29, she felt burned out and resigned. With her friend, filmmaker Kristin Ólafsdottir, she embarks on a cinematic journey to academics, artists, spiritual teachers, and a school in England where children practice mindfulness. She examines what needs to be done so that people will not be cut off from their inner sources of power in the future.

The film explores the roots of the evil and the sources of a possible cure. Here she finds a key word in her own old Icelandic language: InnSæi. The word means the inner sea, the view inwards and the view from the inside to the outside. Being cut off from one’s own internal sources is the cause of personal suffering, but is also the root of far-reaching social ills. The film maintains that an inner compass has almost completely disappeared from the modern man.

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