Soesen Edan Interview May 2013

Soesen Edan
What events, activities, projects, organisations, etc, would you like to see more of where you live?

More youth services with better staff, facilities & funding. Grassroots arts organisations. Free shops. DIY activism. City festivals. Street parties. Small arts organisations that offer something unique and more real from the main galleries. Free gigs, exhibitions, installations, happenings.

What is the epitome of beauty to you?

Nature, natural phenomenons, genuine human acts of kindness. Reminders of how connected we are to the earth.

If you had one year to live how would you spend your time?

Away from the cities, making fun in the green with loved ones.

What do you think the world would be like if there was no reiligion?

A load more peaceful – I would like to make a point that I believe faith, ceremony & reitual to be very important and also for us to follow the natural cycle of the planet, seasons, lunar cycles, day/night etc, in my opinion the roots of religious worship. For me organised religion today are not about these things.

What are the most important social issues that you care about?

Human rights, social welfare, working towards a time when we are not being controlled by a small group of very rich & manipulative people.

What are the most important ideas, projects, events or activities that you feel passionate about?

Alternative medicine/healing. Sustainability. Learning from others. Arts & culture.

What do you love most about your life?

My friends, my priviledges, music.
What have been your highlights of 2013 so far?

Trip to India. Practicing Sound Therapy. Moving into my own home (rather than a large shared house!)

What do you feel most grateful for in your life?

Friends & family. Music. My privileged life. Health.

If you could be paid to do anything in the world as a job what would it be?

Healing people with music.

What do you think is the difference between spirituality and religion?

For me religion is an organised collective belief with rules, Gods and places of worship. It can sometimes be incredibly powerful in both positive & negative ways but can also be very damming. Spirituality is a personal faith inside the individual. It is a guidance that can encompass one or many gods or not use the word god at all. It has no rules but ethics & faith. Having a spirituality can bring us closer to our higher self/more connected to the planet & everything & everyone in it/connection the universe/connection to a greater wisdom.

What are your favourite things about where you live and why?

Community, neighbours are friendly, say hello and are aware of who is living on their street. No barking dogs. We have ample space in our home for living and working. Living next to a big park is great with a big arts centre in the middle. I have a load of great asian shops no more than 5 mins walk away where I can buy cheap fresh fruit & veg and no more than 10mins walk I have an area with a great pub, wholefood shop & anything else I need. Many of my friends are in the same area so are in walking distance for popping round for cups of tea & we also have an amazing & very cheap Lebanses bakers/cafe just around the corner. Our local grocers & the Lebanses bakers are the community hubs of this area and you are guaranteed to bump into someone you know.

When you think about the issues that concern you what would you like to see more people do?

Being active in their community. Helping others. Being more open & less hypocritical. More doing, less talking.

How do you feel about the current government and why?

I feel utterly dissinterested, dissatisfied, let down & appauled by the current government but also not at all surprised.

What are the most exciting things that you are looking forward to doing this year and why?

Qualifying as a sound therapy & starting a new career.

What do you enjoy learning about most?

People, music, nature.

How do you think the education system could be improved?

Alternative learning methods to suit all learning styles. Increase in recruitment of teachers that want to teach and are good at it and a decrease in the recruitment of cheap newly qualified teachers without a passion for the children they are teaching.

What subjects, ideas or thinkers do you think are missing from the national curriculum?

Arts, Intuition, Philosophy, languages, global education & humanities.

If you were 80 years old sending a letter back in time to your present self what would you say?

Love yourself more. Stop feeling guilty. Be yourself & be present. Dont worry, we made it!

If you could send a letter back in time to your 16 year old self what would it say?

Love yourself more. Stop feeling guilty. Be yourself & be present. Dont worry, we made it!

In order for you to achieve your dreams what habits would you need to cultivate?

Creative visualisations. Being happy with where you are in the present. Believing that your dreams are already a reality (within limits!!!)

If you looked into a crystal ball and saw yourself living your dream life what would you see?

Living in my self built windmill, on a hill in the countryside with a woodland near by; enough land for my friends to live on also; being with my partner, his kids & our own childrend; earning enough money to live well doing something that I love that helps others; being healthy & well and getting enough sun & rest.

When confronted with a boy in a chicken costume speaking poetically about freedom what then?

I used to live with one. Make sure they are fed & watered regularly with enough sun & they will grow into a beautiful cock!!

What inspires you the most and why?

People, positivity, human kindness, regularly getting out of my familiar surroundings & seeing & experiencing something different.

What talents, skills, knowledge or experience do you have that could help others?

How to use sound & music in a powerfully healing way. A ridiculously nerdy knowledge of specialist music knowledge. Kindness & sensitivity. Organisation.

If you were in charge how would things be different?

I wouldnt want to be.

If you were given a choice how would you like taxes to be spent?

Health, education, social welfare.

What’s your favourite form of entertainment and why?

Dancing to heavy beats. Laughing with friends. Being silly in the countryside.

Do you have any good advice on how we can save money and survive these testing times?

Eat more fresh fruit & veg. Grow your own. Get free bones from the butchers & make into meat stock – highly nutritious if you have a poor diet. Walk or cycle places. Lift shares. Enjoy going out without drinking! Squat empty buildings. Get to know your neighbours, you never know when you might need them. Get over being scared to ask for help if you need it.

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