“Holding point as a dark seed is at the core of the Temple and combines a turning out in soul service, with a deeper surrender into the dark intimacy of the singularity at our core. We gather and listen together to the empty centre and the land”
Founders & Stewards
Since I was a teenager I wanted to be an artist, but coming from a rather materialistic and prudent family it felt too big of a risk to me. So at the age of 16 I decided to follow the footsteps of my father and became an architect. I worked as an architect co-running my own office for 25 years but I never felt that architecture was my passion.
When I quit working as an architect in 2015, at 45 years old, I began to create bronze sculptures, doing the whole process from start to finish. All the sculptures I have created so far depict key points on my spiritual path, my search into the fundamental questions of “who am I” and “what is my purpose here on this Earth”. My desire is that they transmit the energy of these experiences to others in a deeper way than is possible for me to describe in words.
And this is how I met Nikkilä. I was searching for a place where I could live and build a foundry and be inspired by nature. From that very first visit it was Soul Love at first sight, and I never visited anywhere else. What I didn't realize at the time was that my Soul clearly called me to this place and asked me: “Are you willing to trust and surrender? “Are you willing to give everything?” Since April 2020 this has resulted in a rollercoaster of emotions, pendulating between fear and contraction, and excitement and peace.
Nikkilä has tested me for sure and continues to be an initiation. I have had to let go of my tendencies to do everything myself, not being able to ask for help or rely on anyone else. It’s been an opportunity to let go of deeply hidden inclinations to have power over, own, possess, and shift from satisfying my personality’s desires into knowing that I do not own this property, I am one with the land, I serve this land, co-exist and co-create with it. Nikkilä has also tested me around the money piece. I have let go of what I thought was my retirement plan, my investments, my source of passive income, my safety net, in order to buy Nikkilä. I did so willingly, with joy and lightness in my heart. 30-years of personality based generated resources, sold and washed over to soul. And with that I felt relief, I felt like I was free from the shackles of my past.
Nikkilä is magical and alive. It has already taught me so many lessons and keeps teaching me, polishing me. The bottom line: all I need to do is set my fears and ego aside and listen to my soul. It has already helped me shift from believing the world is a hostile place and that it’s every man to himself, into Gnowing the world is full of love and abundance and I that I’m here to give! I want to give my work and my time to Nikkilä for all the people who will come to benefit from this Temple. I am honored to be a guardian of this place and I am waiting on one hand with childlike curiosity and excitement, and on the other hand with such solid peace and trust in what the future holds.
In 2007, at 31 years old while based in New Delhi, I quit my job as a diplomat with the UN. The inner call to find the answers to the questions “who am I”, “why am I here”, and “where do I belong” haunted me and I could no longer ignore them. Living off my savings I dedicated the following 4 years to full time inner clearing, of wounds, fears and traumas, and reconnecting to my body. In 2011 I started to share from my experiences with others, but continued the intense inner work. This inner and outer work has left me burning with the desire to live in a world where we all know ourselves as souls in sacred matter, our bodies, living our purpose, aligned with Spirit.
Since first hearing Bruce Lyon talk about the re-emergence of the mystery schools and temples in 2013, I have Gnown that I am here to be a part of that. I didn't know I would help birth one, I didn't dare dream of it. And now, standing at the precipice of this great adventure, I know this is what my soul has been preparing me for all my life, for many lives in fact! And I know this is what the rest of my life will be committed to in one-way or another: the reemergence of the temples and schools, supporting them as a midwife and sustaining them in different ways. This is my soul’s calling in this life. To support soul emergence on this planet. By modeling it, how I live my daily life. By what I transmit as a facilitator. By supporting the emergence and establishment of mystery schools and temples, safe havens and oasis for souls, with all my time, energy, presence, heart and money, and all the resources I have access to and that move through me.
Just a year after hearing Bruce speak about the mystery schools and temples, so in 2014, I received powerful signs that took me 7 years to understand what they were pointing to Nikkilä. A choiceless choice, choosing what had already been chosen, destiny. But to say yes I had to face deep-rooted fears, to commit fully to one place. I felt like a Kiwi, sacrificing my wings to marry Earth and becoming a flightless bird. And not only that but it’s not even a place that my personality would have chosen. I am not from Finland, I don’t speak the language, the culture is quite foreign to me, and I’m not a fan of under 18C weather (that’s above 0 mind you!). So in spite of my personality, my Soul pointed me this way 7 years ago with certainty. Clearly, this is Love choosing. The love I have for one being through whom I ended up in Finland, for this country that has adopted me, and for this land Nikkilä. I have the longing to worship Nikkilä, be devoted to it, take care of it, and love it as I have for him. And I dare, I dare let myself love so deeply, so openly, so vulnerably. And I dare, I dare let myself commit fully and stand as a guardian of this Temple. 14 years since these questions haunted me, I stand here, knowing who and what I am, why I have incarnated at this time, and where I belong. And I wish nothing less for everyone!
“Not everyone is ready to give everything for a taste of nothing… As the core of the Temple is approached there is a deeper surrender until the inner teaching is experienced as ‘to those who give all, all is given.’ When one truly belongs to life itself then the resources of that life become available.”