I'm a Swedish writer, artist, and historian of ideas, writing fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an aikido instructor. More about me here.
Science fiction novel about a quest through the universe for a perfect world, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained. The great Chinese classic, translated and extensively commented by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
The Ancient Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. 389 quotes from the foremost Taoist classic, divided into 51 prominent topics. Translated and commented by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
The Greek philosophers and what they thought about cosmology, myth, and the gods, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Thoughts on life, death, and the meaning of it all, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Increase your life energy, by Stefan Stenudd. The life energy qi (also chi or ki), with exercises on how to awaken, increase, and use it. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
How to do kogeki, the attack techniques, by Stefan Stenudd. All the attack techniques in aikido explained, and how to do them correctly. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art, by Stefan Stenudd. Aikido principles, philosophy, and basic ideas. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
by Stefan Stenudd. The aikibatto sword and staff exercises for aikido students explained, with practical and spiritual aspects of the sword arts, equipment for training, and more. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
by Stefan Stenudd. Qi, prana, spirit, and other life forces around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
This book presents an imaginative reading of the Tarot divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot since it consists of symbolic images. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
This book explains what your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology. It also contains an introduction to astrology and instructions on how to read a birth chart. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Aikido, Art, Myth, Fiction and More
Welcome to my world
I'm a writer, artist, aikido instructor and historian of ideas - well, among other things. This is my personal website, where I present material about the subjects of interest to me. See the main categories at the top banner. I hope you will enjoy exploring it.
Through the years, I've posted quite a lot on this website and others of mine, and I'm still not the least bit tired of it. For any artist, this instant connection to the world is the ideal forum. No longer being dependent on publishers and other go-betweens is a blessing I wouldn't have dreamed of before 1995. Let's hope it stays this way forever. It's true democracy at work, for the first time in history.
Chapter OneRight now, I'm working on a new novel. I publish it here, chapter by chapter as they are written. Please have a look and let me know what you think about it. Here it begins:
My BooksI may be doing a lot of things, but primarily I'm a writer. In the left column you see all the books I've published in English so far. The links to the left go to the Amazon pages of the books. Here are links to webpages where I present them:
Books in SwedishNaturally, I started writing in my native tongue. That was back in 1976, but my first book was published three years later. If you happen to read Swedish, please go here to check out my Swedish books:
ArtIn my adolescence, I actually started painting professionally before writing any book, and had a few exhibitions. When the writing started to get serious, though, I sort of ceased to play with the brush - other than occasionally. But I please my eyes by taking photos with some frequence, even a few videos. Here are some of my oil paintings, drawings, photos and videos:
MythI've studied the history of ideas with great pleasure for a number of years. I'm still supposed to be working on a dissertation about the patterns of thought in creation myths. It will be a book one of these days, but don't hold your breath. For now, you can find my texts on mythology and ancient cosmology on this website as well as another site dedicated to the subject. Start your exploration here:
Greek PhilosophersAs part of my work on creation myths, I studied what the philosophers of Ancient Greece thought about the mythology of their time and the origin of the cosmos. It became a book, but most of its content can be found here:
AristotleMyths are stories, so I could not investigate their patterns without the guidance of Aristotle in his Poetics, where he explains how drama works. It's hard to leave Aristotle, once you've gotten familiar with him, so I've dwelt some more on him and his work. Here are texts about his life, his cosmology and his Poetics:
AikidoThe peaceful martial art aikido can be described as philosophy in motion, but I started studying it before getting any close encounter with Aristotle et al. It was in 1972, when I was 18, and I've been going on ever since. The aikido section of my website has always had the most visitors, who seem to appreciate the many texts, photos and instructive videos. I've also written books about aikido, as can be seen above and to the left. Here's the aikido section of my website:
AikibattoTo help my aikido students learn how to work with ken, the sword, and jo, the staff, I developed a system of exercises that I call aikibatto. It became a book, too, but most of its material can be found here:
Life EnergyIn aikido as well as the other Japanese and Chinese martial arts, the idea of a life energy called ki (also spelled chi or qi) is instrumental. Similar life force ideas can be found in many cultures all through history. As part of my research in the history of ideas, I made an inventory of all kinds of such concepts. I wrote a book about it, but most of its content can be found here:
I've also explained the Eastern idea of ki or qi in more detail, and developed a number of simple exercises by which to experience and increase it. That became a book, but most of the material can be found here:
TaoisticI've been a fan of the old Chinese classic Tao Te ching since I was about 20, and wrote a Swedish version of it that was published in 1991 (with several later editions). After years of hesitation I made an English version, published in 2011. I also made a website devoted to that book and other Taoist texts, where you find my whole translation of the Tao Te Ching, among other things:
I ChingOne of the oldest books of China is I Ching, presenting how divination is done with the 64 hexagrams. I made a website about it, where you can try it out online. Whatever you think about it, it's an interesting way of approaching ancient Chinese cosmology.
AstrologyI came across astrology quite by chance in my early twenties, and was intrigued by the complexity so different from what horoscope columns in the newspapers indicate. I know it's a controversial subject, recently labeled pseudo-science although it's much older than anything we today regard as science. It's interesting in so many ways - for example as a clue to how our predecessors thought about cause and effect in the world.
Anyway, I've written about it - in books as well as on the web. If you want to know what complete classical astrology is, you can start here:
My BlogI have an English blog, since a few years back, but I only write on it occasionally, when something triggers me. Then I can get quite lengthy, if the subject permits... Here it is:
About MeIf you want to know some more about me, here's my comprised bio:
Swedish WebsiteI also have a website in Swedish, with material about my writing, aikido and myths, but also some of the many texts I wrote as a rock critic for the newspaper Dagens Nyheter and as a restaurant critic for Sydsvenskan. Here it is: