A Double Perspective – Being the Embrace and the Embraced

Being the Embrace and the embraced

You’ve probably seen the videos and the cartoons, maybe shared some of them yourself, where Mother Earth is crying or being wrathful against humanity, or Gaia hates her humans, seeing us as germs, hoping to get rid of us, fast.

Yes, we humans have messed up this planet, immensely. Especially the ones of us, who consume the most. Our feelings of fear and guilt are appropriate human emotions, but to project those emotions onto the Biosphere is neither right nor does it solve anything.

When we lean out into the Embrace of the Biosphere or any of our wider Embraces, what we experience is that we are held, unconditionally. The Embrace of the Biosphere holds me. I’m at home. I belong here.

When we take the perspective as the Biosphere, we are life on Earth, holding all living beings, including all humans, unconditionally.

And we can enter into a double perspective where we are the Embrace of the Biosphere and this human being at the same time. Being the Embrace and the embraced. Holding and being held. A two-way relation with an expanded self.

Great, no guilt, no angry Gaia, just unconditional Embraces! So I can keep going and continue to consume and I don’t have to think about other species or future generations? Not exactly.

When I know that I’m the whole Biosphere, that there is no separation, there is a lot of work to do and changes to make. But they are made from a creative and loving place. A place inside me, as this human being, and inside me as the Embrace of the Biosphere. A powerful place with potential for a profound transformation – inner and outer.

Humanity is not a part of the Biosphere – I am

Humanity is not a part of the Biosphere – I am

Humanity is not held by the Embrace of the Biosphere, but each one of us is.

This insight came to us last Wednesday when the group that is focusing on the relation between Humanity and the Biosphere met online.

We began with taking the perspective as the Embrace of the Biosphere, leaning inwards, enfolding all living beings, unconditionally. Then two of us took the perspective as the Embrace of Humanity, being inside the Embrace of the Biosphere. There was no connection, just separation, from both sides.

Then I asked the participants who had taken the perspective as the Embrace of Humanity, to let go of that Embrace and lean out into the Embrace of the Biosphere, as human beings. Instantly a distinct energy shift occurred in all of us and the Embrace of the Biosphere. No separation anymore, but a deep, joyful and healing connection.

I am a single, human being, part of Humanity, held by the Embrace of Humanity.
I am a single, biological being, part of the Biosphere, held by the Embrace of the Biosphere.

Every living being on planet Earth is held by the Embrace of the Biosphere, regardless of what species, we belong to. There is no group membership in the Embrace of the Biosphere. An Embrace is holding its parts, not other Embraces.

I thought I got it all sorted out when I went from seeing Nature and Culture as separate spheres, to see that Humanity is inside the Biosphere. But that is also a separation. There is no collective, human layer, which separates me from all other living beings. I’m fully and directly integrated into the Biosphere. No intermediation.

The Embrace of Humanity and the Embrace of the Biosphere are both real and of the same sort, but they don’t have a relation. The seer can’t be seen. The Embrace can’t be embraced. Perspectives can’t see each other. An Embrace is a perspective; it deals with its parts, not with other Embraces.

 

PS Yes, I know it isn’t easy to get your head and heart around this, not for me either. I’m still working on finding a structure and a language that can mediate our experiences in a clear and understandable way. And the only way to get it is to do it, to experience it yourself, welcome to join!

Photo by my father, Sten Deurell