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Documentary: Innsæi, the sea within



Although the documentary Innsæi is not specifically about death, we do learn about that which we, on the surface, cannot immediately see with the bare eye.


The ancient Icelandic word for intuition is “innsæi.” It can mean “the sea within” which is the borderless nature of our inner world, a constantly moving world of vision, feelings and imagination beyond words. It can mean “to see within” which means to know yourself, and to know yourself well enough to be able to put yourself in other people’s shoes. And it can mean “to see from the inside out” which is to have a strong inner compass to navigate your way in our ever-changing world, just like in the case of death.


Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir and Kristín Ólafsdóttir meet with world-renowned scientists like Marti Spiegelman, an expert in neuroscience and indigenous consciousness who believes that we are only using a fraction of our capacity as human beings, with devastating consequences for the planet; artists like Marina Abramovic, the “grandmother of performance art” who teaches that “in order to create something new human beings need to go into the unknown”; and spiritual leaders like the captivating Malidoma Patrice Somé, a West African elder and author who reasons that to see we need to go beyond our eyes and ears.





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