Touched by the hands of angels

You know how sometimes – if you’re very lucky – you have a magical experience that stays with you forever – inside the treasure chest of your memory?

Well, a few days ago, I had such an experience. At the National Museum in Stockholm of all places. I was one of six participants/audience members in an artwork called Symphony of a Missing Room.

The artwork consisted of us wearing headphones and listening to a voice and sound effects. Most of the time was spent blindfolded. Scary? No! The overwhelming sensation was one of love, caring and the endless possibilities of life.

I found myself being led by hands that felt like feathers. Soft touches guided me while the voice in the headphones helped me explore the architecture of my own imagination. I imagined magical rooms, enchanted gardens, the laughter of children.

When the blindfold came off, I found myself in a room full of columns and graceful sculptures.

I never once saw my soft-handed angel, but when I woke up the next morning, her memory was so strong I could smell her distinctive perfume.

And even now, I find myself taking out the memory of that magical walk through the museum, holding it like a brightly-coloured jewel and smiling softly.

And marvelling at the incredible – and beautiful – power of the imagination.

For other magical worlds, please visit: My World!

53 responses

  1. This sounds like an amazing experience.

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    September 20, 2010 at 19:06

    • It was – totally breathtaking and magical!

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      September 20, 2010 at 19:10

  2. wow. that sounds like hte most amazing experience…truly magical…good for you for doing it as well…

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    September 20, 2010 at 19:22

  3. Blu

    Well what an incredible experience, interesting to imagine how it might feel!!!!

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    September 20, 2010 at 20:16

  4. sounds very intriguing!

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    September 20, 2010 at 22:12

  5. What a fascinating experience! Were you especially chosen for it or did you volunteer or what? A perfect and perfectly different post for ‘that’s my world’ too!

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    September 20, 2010 at 22:30

    • My colleague told me about it. Then I went ahead and bought a ticket. As you can imagine, the tickets were sold out very very quickly.

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      September 21, 2010 at 06:07

  6. So fascinating! I love your “feather-image”

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    September 20, 2010 at 22:46

  7. Clive

    What an amazing experience!

    You were very lucky!

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    September 20, 2010 at 23:15

  8. My goodness. Just reading this gave me chills. That must have been quite the experience.

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    September 21, 2010 at 01:17

  9. That sounds like an amazing experience. Breathtaking. Peaceful. Thank you.

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    September 21, 2010 at 02:59

  10. I know everyone else said the same thing but it really does sound like an amazing experience. That feather photo is gorgeous!

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    September 21, 2010 at 04:14

  11. It sounds quite fascinating. I’ve never heard of anything like this. I’m glad you got to experience it.

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    September 21, 2010 at 05:00

  12. That sounds absolutely magical. And the photographs are incredible too.

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    September 21, 2010 at 05:23

  13. What a beautiful and incredible experience! Oh, yes, very magical! I’m so happy you were able to experience something so beautiful and unique! And thank you for sharing it with us along with your exquisite photographs! Enjoy the rest of your week, as I’m sure you will!

    Sylvia

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    September 21, 2010 at 05:40

  14. This sounds so amazing and yet kind of give me the goosebumps…very cool experience. šŸ™‚ XX

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    September 21, 2010 at 05:57

  15. Delightful feather shot.

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    September 21, 2010 at 06:51

  16. What an amazing experience.
    I love the photo of the white feather on the blue water.

    Kay
    Alberta, Canada

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    September 21, 2010 at 07:57

  17. lilalia

    Our sense of hearing is seldom used outside of a concert hall to experience art. What a brilliant idea to be led through a museum with the help of your imagination and angel wings. Lovely.

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    September 21, 2010 at 07:58

  18. Beautiful write up. šŸ™‚
    It is like I walked the dream myself.

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    September 21, 2010 at 09:53

  19. What a great idea Fi. I can imagine how your mind’s eye would see the experience too – Davealfie7

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    September 21, 2010 at 10:30

  20. Beautiful pictures, love the one with the feather

    Have a nice week,
    Greetings, Bram

    My Word Tuesday post

    Seen on My World Tuesday

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    September 21, 2010 at 10:53

  21. What a beautiful experience! It’s amazing what strong impressions our other senses can gather for us when our sight can no longer overwhelm our perception.

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    September 21, 2010 at 11:15

  22. Astonishing. And so brave of the designers, who can have no idea how the audience/participants will experience what they have created….

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    September 21, 2010 at 11:26

    • Exactly. And each experience is unique to the participant!

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      September 21, 2010 at 11:35

  23. A most unusual experience that has clearly left a lasting memory.

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    September 21, 2010 at 11:26

  24. Imagination is everything -what a wonderful experience.

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    September 21, 2010 at 11:35

  25. a fascinating experience. the feather photo is exquisite.

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    September 21, 2010 at 12:49

  26. I can see why the tickets sold quickly–thanks for sharing your memorble experience.

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    September 21, 2010 at 12:56

  27. Simple pictures and a great beauty. Congratulations

    greetings

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    September 21, 2010 at 13:26

  28. Amazing experience!

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    September 21, 2010 at 13:57

  29. Such experiences are precious! Thanks for sharing!

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    September 21, 2010 at 14:17

  30. Beautiful shots. What an amazing experience you had at the museum.

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    September 21, 2010 at 15:00

  31. it seems like a super experience to you.

    the feather photo is like magic.

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    September 21, 2010 at 15:46

  32. zeal4adventure

    What an interesting experience. The imagination can really be intense. Great photos!

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    September 21, 2010 at 17:04

  33. land of shimp

    I love that you were chosen, because you are just the absolute right sort of person to be chosen. You weren’t going to sit there and reject it as being odd, or off-putting.

    Way to actually experience an afforded opportunity, Lady Fi. Then you turned around and shared it with all of us with such lilting, gentle words that truly evoked a sense of peace.

    They chose well, indeed.

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    September 21, 2010 at 18:31

  34. WoW, how very beautiful and I dreamed of a deer gettin’ in the house and lowering his head to charge me. Needless to say I awoke just in time. Heeehehehe!!

    Love the post Hon, just beautiful.

    Ya’ll have a magnificently blessed day!!! :o)

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    September 21, 2010 at 19:02

  35. I love the way you write these posts.

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    September 21, 2010 at 19:44

  36. I always feel that birds — especially Ravens — speak to us as the very voice of Nature.

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    September 21, 2010 at 20:26

  37. wow!!
    I think that would be just so incredible. I’m so glad you got this opportunity. It’s a life changer I would bet.

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    September 21, 2010 at 20:56

  38. What a magical experience!
    And to open your eyes to such wonderful things……

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    September 21, 2010 at 21:32

  39. LadyFi: Just beautiful captures, two jewels in your world.

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    September 21, 2010 at 22:52

  40. Isn’t it wonderful that we would all have a different experience under the same circumstances? That’s what imagination is, I guess – a very personal inside view.

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    September 22, 2010 at 00:10

  41. Wow … what an incredible experience! Beautifully described.

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    September 22, 2010 at 00:27

  42. wow! that was superb!!

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    September 22, 2010 at 06:28

  43. As many others have written – WOW!

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    September 22, 2010 at 11:58

  44. That sounds utterly wonderful and exactly my kind of thing!!

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    September 22, 2010 at 14:08

  45. I always love pie! šŸ™‚

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    September 22, 2010 at 19:56

  46. That sounds like a truly magical experience.

    Thank you for the kind words of support that you have provided.

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    September 23, 2010 at 01:28

  47. You are brave..I am afraid I would be afraid..of where they were leading me..you would have to trust someone so much to do this..I am not sure I could trust a stranger that much:(

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    September 23, 2010 at 04:56

  48. Oh this is something I would so love to try – but could I give myself up to trusting someone so totally? Yes I could.

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    September 23, 2010 at 09:42

  49. Wow. What an exercise in trust and letting go — two things I have a bit of difficulty with.

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    September 23, 2010 at 17:11

  50. Such a lovely and warm story, I felt myself there with you. It leaves one with a warm feeling. Thank you.
    PS I like your feather.

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    September 24, 2010 at 00:30

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