Sten Linnander grew up in Sweden, Afghanistan and Nepal, and later earned a degree in physics and geophysics from the University of Stockholm. He currently lives in Konstanz, Germany, where he divides his time between running an NGO to improve the lot of schoolgirls and women in one of the poorest districts of Western Nepal and working to make “living globes” that depict the Earth as she looks right now available and affordable. His quest in life is to understand how we can reconnect with the living world around us and take our rightful place as conscious participants in its evolution.
In his own words…
I spent my first six years in Sweden. Then our family moved to Kabul, Afghanistan, for two and a half years where I began my education in an English-speaking international school. After another year in Sweden, we traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal, where we stayed for three and a half years. There I first attended a Jesuit school for Nepalese children and then an American school.
Back in Sweden I went on to study physics and geophysics, graduating from the University of Stockholm in 1975.
After a year and a half of work, I left Sweden and joined a radical community in Austria. I was to stay there for three years. Upon leaving the community, I spent the next three years mostly in the United States, acquiring patents for and marketing new German inventions for cleaning oily waste water and other ecologically-oriented technologies.
After that I took a leading role in the development of a social experiment in Germany, working mainly with various aspects of consciousness research. I was the head of a “free university,” organizing visits by internationally acknowledged researchers and innovators from the social, scientific, and spiritual areas. I stayed with this project for eleven years.
In 1989 I co-founded and led a German non-profit organization, which organized aid programs and technological transfer, and carried out a number of small-scale model projects in the areas of ecology, medicine, and city administration in the former Soviet Union. We also worked to promote an international project for the protection of the Arctic, which was sponsored by the Association of Cities of Northwest Russia.
In 1992 I began studying the spiritual-shamanic teachings of the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path, an eclectic synthesis of the knowledge of medicine men and women of the Americas and Australia that also incorporates modern scientific and psychological insights. I continued these studies until 2010.
In 1994 I and my wife moved to Arizona to both focus more deeply on the Path. During the next eight years I worked extensively with “Energy Synthesis,” a theory of fluid self-organization in nature developed by the late Alfred Wakeman. I also established a non-profit research organization and initiated a project to prepare for the worldwide distribution of live high-resolution images of the entire Earth, taken from a satellite that unfortunately was rebuilt to observe the Sun as opposed to the Earth.
In 2002 we returned to Germany and I continued working on making real-time images of the Earth a reality and undertook new ES experiments. To make a living, I have worked for over 30 years as a translator from German into English for companies and private customers.
In 2011 I wrote a book called “I Am with You. The Earth Wants to Speak with Us.” It was based on experiences I had in 1996 as a result of a ceremony in which I experienced the Earth “speaking” to me. I later wrote a second book on a similar topic called “Welcome Home. Connecting with the Earth from within.”
In 2016 I traveled back to Nepal, where I had spent the happiest years of my childhood. I decided to spend three months there to regain that feeling. On my third day there, I was greeted by a stranger on the street with the words: Namaste, sir. This was the beginning of my work with several aid projects for the empowerment and self-empowerment of girls and women in rural Nepal, which are implemented by the Nepalese NGO HEAR Nepal (HEAR stands for Health, Education, Awareness and Rights). I continue to work with these projects (see https://hearnepal.de/), which always present me with great challenges and great satisfaction.
In May 2021, I relaunched my project to disseminate live images of the entire Earth, this time with the goal of creating “Living Globes” – round displays, or globes, that continuously display live images of both the sunlit and nighttime views of the Earth, taken from satellites. We will be able to see the Earth on our coffee tables as she looks right now. The project, which will be implemented by a tax-deductible non-profit organization (see https://livingglobes.org), is still in its early stages, but we now have a strong team that is preparing for its realization.
I have been living in Constance on Lake Constance in the south of Germany since 2022 and continue to work on the Living Globes project and the projects in Nepal.
In 1983 I met my beloved wife Karin. We became a couple the following year and married in 1988. She has been one of the harshest critics of my work, but has always encouraged me to follow my own unusual path.