Gunnar Jensen

Gunnar Jensen

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
August 31, 2006

Q.    Who is Gunnar Jensen?

A.   I was born in 1954 in a small town in the north of Denmark. After high-school I spent almost 30 years in the IT-industry, but in the beginning of 2005 I quit my job to finish my first book “WHAT IF …?”. I have always been very interested in the big existential questions and the book is a series of questions and reflections about life and existence. I am married to Mexican born Roxana and we have two daughters of 19 and 23 years of age respectively. We all like to travel and Roxana and I are both very passionate golfers.

Q.    What inspired you to write the book WHAT IF…?

A.   About three years ago when I was meditating the words “what if?” came into my mind. I really didn’t understand the meaning of that so I spent a lot of time thinking about it. Suddenly I got the idea that it would be a very good title for a book. An inspirational book consisting of only questions and reflections thus leaving the answers for the readers to contemplate. This concept would differ from other books because these books normally provide answers.

Q.    How did you come about the title?

A.   It came to me from a higher source of consciousness.

Q.    What is your outlook on religions?

A.   I think that religion is a very good thing if it is not misused or misinterpreted. Religion gives people faith, hope and trust. I also think that the major religions in the world are all expressions of the same attempt to explain the all-encompassing power and intelligence in the universe. I think that everybody should respect and accept anybody else’s religion and concentrate less about the different ceremonies. After all most religions speak about a big power (God, creator, father…) and some kind of spiritual and/or eternal life. Personally I think that reincarnation is the most logical and understandable way of eternal life and I think it can be combined with the Christian religion. In my opinion paradise and hell might be expressions of good or bad periods in future lives, which is very similar to the law of karma saying that what you give is what you get.

Q.    How do you view the world?

A.   It is very likely that the universe is a single vast living being consisting of living galaxies and solar systems. That everything is alive and connected. I also think that we are part of an eternal evolution and a universal consciousness. I think that we are all here for a purpose which is to learn and develop ourselves as spiritual beings. If we see the total picture which (in my personal opinion) includes numerous past and future lives it is also possible to find justice in everything around us. Looking at a specific life of a specific human being it is very difficult to find any justice: Why are babies in Africa dying from aids? Why is a small child killed by a car? If, however, we consider the possibility that everything we give is what we get (remembering that we are eternal beings living a countless number of lives) it might all make sense. Personally I think that everything has a happy-ending for all of us, but we are in different levels of our evolution and some of us have to suffer more than others in order to evolve as souls.

Q.    How long have you been writing?

A.   For about three years.

Q.    Are you currently working on another book?

A.   Yes, I already made a new manuscript but I don’t know how and when to publish it yet.

Q.    How was your life style living in Mexico different from the way you live in Denmark? What are the similarities?

A.   The life in Mexico City was a lot more hectic than it is in Denmark. Living in one of the biggest (probably the biggest city) in the world means a lot of traffic, noise, pollution etc. On the other hand the Latin way of life is very happy, relaxed and easy-going so in a way it was a life style full of contrasts. In Denmark we live in a small town 35 kilometres from Copenhagen. The life here is very relaxed (the young people call it boring) but we have a lot of fresh air and we can be in the centre of Copenhagen in half an hour. We also have our golf club only 15 minutes from our house and in Denmark the sea is never far away (for us it is about 15 minutes as well). When we lived in Mexico we were just married and very young so we had a lot of parties and fun. In Denmark we have been raising our kids and living a more relaxed family life. We still like parties and fun, though!

Q.    What type of atmosphere do you require to write?

A.   Just a normal family atmosphere - of course without being disrupted too much.

Q.    What message would you like readers to receive from reading WHAT IF …?

A.   The whole concept of the book is to give people inspiration to contemplate their own answers. Therefore there is no message as such in the book. However, the questions are organised in a way that people might be more positive and optimistic. I am very positive and optimistic myself and I think that if people can find a meaning with their life and the existence (a positive meaning of course!) they are able to live a more happy life. Also, if they consider themselves as part of an eternal journey they will not fear the death.