Spiritual ubiquity 

If the essential is invisible to the eyes, let us close them for a moment. If the essential is invisible to the eyes, let us close them and open the eye of the heart. Let us open all the inner senses in order to be touched, struck even, by the vibrations of the sound. 

If the essential is invisible to the eyes, let us close them for a moment and open our awareness to the invisible world, just as real as the visible world. Two parallel realities, such as heaven and earth. 

If the essential is invisible to the eyes, let us close them for a moment and allow ourselves to be blown through by the Presence, like the wind. Let the matter be infused and animated by the power of the invisible, letting go of all limiting thoughts! 

Breath, let us be breath.
Sound, let us be sound.
Light, let us be light.
Let us be! “

And between the words, invisible and yet audible, piano strings are manipulated in the den of the instrument, by the fingers of Joanna Goodale, an already established young pianist and composer.

The vibrations change, the pianist’s fingers join the keyboard and the closed eyelids of the audience open to a dance, or rather a prayer, that of a whirling Dervish, a Semazen, a body inhabited by a soul that turns between heaven and earth, receiving and giving, like an instrument at the service of the Greatest.

This is how we opened the Napoleon summit in Val d’Isère on January 8, Joanna Goodale and myself. The theme of this year’s summit was ubiquity and we had the honor to, not only offer the experience, but also to talk about it. Here is the presentation of my participation which describes, in my opinion, the challenge of this world: disconnect from the virtual to reconnect with nature and the spiritual!

“Heal the soul so that it can open up to the world”; that would be Annika Skattum’s definition of ubiquity. As a therapist, she practices healing through dance, art and various collective but also individual meditation practices. Her spiritual quest led her to travel the world: from Ivory Coast to Norway via France, journeys during which she meets different guides and feeds on diverse traditions. Disconnect from the virtual, reconnect to the greatness of nature, circulate our energies, this is what Annika offers us for our opening night. ” 

How to define ubiquity today? What challenges are we facing? What are the possibilities? What are the risks and threats? What role does technology play and how far will we go? All of these issues were addressed and much more. Among the speakers, several of us spoke of presence; the lack of presence by dint of being glued to our screens and the openness to the Presence, a key element for experiencing a spiritual ubiquity.

Many women spoke, including Kahina Bahloul, imam, who invited me to this summit, and Céline Godin Dartanian, shaman, but also female and male philosophers, psychiatrists, professors, entrepreneurs, researchers, directors, creators, founders, activists, artists and authors. The speakers mixed and exchanged with the (financial) partners and the participants, in order to form a community:

“The Napoleons are born from a conviction: by sharing ideas we can change the world. We are an open community of women and men driven by this shared belief and the will to promote virtuous, ethical innovation that benefits the many. The innovation we support is technological but also social, political and entrepreneurial. We defend it by confronting ideas and the cross-pollinization of skills and trades. With kindness and determination.

I support this initiative and any other initiative which brings human beings closer to their humanity, this humanity which by nature is linked to the two worlds; the visible and the invisible. And I thank all those who have worked and who work in this direction, whether their efforts are visible or not. With gratitude!

Annika Skattum

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