The Irrepressible Life Force

The Irrepressible Lifeforce – Alder tree on the beach of Fulltofta, frozen lake

We all love the gifts of growth and development:
– Longer, healthier lives!
– Surviving kids!
– Food from all over the world, year round!
– Better, bigger houses with tap water and washing machine!
– Communication via radio, TV, computer, mobile phone!
– Travelling across the globe!
– Knowledge and entertainment 24-7!

Who wants to limit any of this for oneself?
Or tell someone else to limit their life?
Or tell the poor not to dream about it?

Though we know that we can’t have limitless growth on a finite planet and we consume 1.2 planets today, and the human population is growing.

The List of Suspects

To handle the downsides of our progress, we have a long list of suspects to blame:
– The rich and the capitalist system.
– Colonialism and the western civilisation.
– Men and the patriarchy.
– The rational mind and technology.

Pointing the finger, not sensing the underlying force in all of us.

The Irrepressible Life Force

Take a deep breath and feel that you are a part of life on Earth, all the way back to the cell 3,7 billion years ago, from which all life on Earth has sprung, including you.

Life on Earth is the story of the irrepressible life force, exploiting every possible niche. Our huge family tree lives in the oceans and lakes, in the air, on the plains, in the mountains, it lives inside hard rocks, cold ice, and hot springs.

Our family tree has gone through at least five mass extinctions but always got back and formed new species and new diverse and complex ecosystems. Though, to recover after a mass extinction event, takes five to thirty million years, depending on the scale of the crash. It’s not a quick fix, but a persistent struggle to keep on living and changing.

The Archetype of Planet Earth

If you put your feet down into the warm, slow-moving magma inside the Earth and feel the heart of the planet – you will sense the origin of the life force that is flourishing on its surface. The Force of Life is the archetype of planet Earth. We all live inside this force, and we are an expression of it.

The Irrepressible Lifeforce – Alder tree on the beach of Fulltofta, high water

Owning it – No Separation

We, as humanity, are the most potent and powerful expression of this life force. And there is nothing strong enough to counter-balance us, no outer borders that can hold us. Other than a brake-down of the biosphere, what we called our support system. Our mighty strength is our curse.

It’s about time to own the irrepressible life force in myself.
Feel it’s beauty and strength – It gave birth to me and everything I love.
Feel it’s limitless growth – It’s destroying me and everything I love.

There is no separation. Nothing outside me to point the finger at and blame.

When I am one with our Planetary Life Force – I can start to feel into how I might self-limit, as the Embrace of all of us.

The Irrepressible Lifeforce – Alder tree on the beach of Fulltofta, low water

All photos of the same alder tree at lake Ringsjön in Fulltofta. The tree lives through winter, high water and low water. Notable is also the reed and other plants that have started to grow in the sand due to this summers extream low water.
Photos by Stina Deurell.

To-do-lists, Judgement and Alignment

to-do-list

Yesterday was one of these days when I was not happy with myself. I had grand plans for what to accomplish during the day. But unfortunately, in the early afternoon, I refused to obey and started to watch TV instead. Blind to all to-do-lists.

In the evening I reflected on my day, and my life, and asked why it’s so hard to make myself do what I think I should do. The answer came almost immediately; I’m judging myself all the time, whatever I do, it’s not enough. I don’t measure up to what I expect of myself, I lose energy, I try to push myself for a while, and then I run away into some distraction.

This Sunday was no exception, and I know I’m not alone in this behaviour. This is how we live our modern lives, pushing and judging, planning for the future and condemning that we didn’t achieve everything. Reducing the present moment to a spot where we check off items from The List. Working hard so the future will be without guilt. But that will never happen, the list is filling itself up all the time. And the harder I judge me, the harder I judge others. Why should I not?

 

There is a side of me that exists only now, unconditionally. It’s the Embrace of me. I can lean out into that Embrace and hold this human being, with all her struggles and shortcomings. I rest in the Embrace of me, relaxing and getting nurtured.

The Embrace of me is holding the conditional me, unconditionally.
The Embrace of me being outside time, I’m acting inside time.
Together we are a complete team.

To let go of the Plans and the Judging feels like taking off an old winter coat.
It’s scary, and I’m afraid of becoming naked and vulnerable.
Who is going to steer me if the To-Do-List don’t?
Who is going to make me work if the Future doesn’t judge me?
How will Time move forward if I don’t fill it with meaningless escape?

It’s not about living in the now, not caring about tomorrow.
It’s about being informed by that which is outside time.
And by that which is inside time.
Aligning myself with all my wider Embraces.
Letting action arise in this human being.

 

I did check my to-do-list this morning, and one thing had to be done today, so I marked that one; calling my dad on his birthday. Then I started my day doing things when they arose. Being still now and then. And guess what, this was a very productive and happy day!

No fighting with myself.

I’m a Physical, Biological and Cultural Being

Below are the first four parts of one of the roads we walk during a Wider Embraces session. We use the scientific map and become aware of its outer properties, its inner qualities and our deep belonging.

Please, read slowly and let the meaning of the words touch you. To get the full experience, you have to do it together with others, and with a guide who can feel the process and lead. Wider Embraces is in its essence a collective method. That is both a feature and a limitation.

I’m a physical body

I become aware that I’m a physical body.

I consist of energy and particles. Particles forming atoms. Atoms forming molecules. Molecules forming larger structures.

From this perspective; matter is what I am.

What is me today, has been a part of this planet since it formed 4,5 billion years ago. My atoms have been oceans, mountains and air. I am a part of planet Earth.

The particles that formes me here and now, are of precisely the same kind, as the particles at the other side of the Universe. I’m connected with everything, through sameness on a very basic level.

And we were all gathered together in a tiny spot at the beginning, at the big bang, more than 13 billion years ago.

I become aware of the Embrace of the Universe.
The Embrace that is holding me, and everything that exists.

I rest in that Embrace.
I belong here – Unconditionally

Nothing to do or think.
Meaningfree.

I’m a biological being

I become aware that I’m a biological being

I consist of cells. Cells forming organs. And my human cells together with bacteria and fungi form all the complex systems that are my body. I am a multi-species-organism.

I’m the result of an unbroken chain of life, stretching back to a single-cell organism that lived 3,5 billion years ago. Everything that is alive today on planet Earth are direct descendants from that one organism. We are all related; we are all cousins.

We are one huge family tree.
One life, breathing together.

I become aware of the Embrace of our planetary family tree. The Embrace that is holding all life on Earth.

I rest in that Embrace.
I belong here – Unconditionally.

Alive.
Roots.

I’m a cultural being, a relational being

I become aware that I’m a cultural being, a relational being.

I was born into a family, with its own ways of behaving. I was raised in a society with its unique culture. I learned how to act, talk, think, what to eat, what is good and what is bad, what to be ashamed of and what to be happy about.

How I behave today has roots back to the dawn of humanity, hundreds of thousands of years ago.

I relate to my environment, to humans and other animals, to plants, fungi and bacteria. And they relate to me and to each other. During billions of years, we have evolved together as a multi-species web of cultures; our global ecosystem.

Everything I do, or not do, changes all the cultures I’m part of a tiny bit.
We are all changing the culture moment to moment.
Relating or not.

I become aware of the Embrace of our planetary culture.
The Embrace that is holding all relations and ways of being on planet Earth.

I rest in that Embrace.
I belong here – Unconditionally

Ever-changing.
Fluid.

The Embrace of me

I become aware of the Embrace of me
The Embrace of this single human being.

The Embrace that is holding the physical, biological and cultural me.
Holding and integrating everything that is me.

Holding light and shadows
Holding past present and future.
Holding everything that is this human being.
Unconditionally.

And I’m held by all the wider Embraces I belong to: Physical, Biological and Cultural, all the way up and down.

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From here we usually move out into the Embrace of the group and then further out into some of our wider Embraces, it can be our families, teams, countries, continents, the solar system, the galaxy …  And we make a shift in perspective and become aware as them. You have to experience it to get it.

Welcome to join!

Hi, I’m Planet Earth

Planet Biosphere Humans

Hi, I’m Planet Earth and here is the story of me and one of my species; homo sapiens.

For 3,7 billion years I’ve been developing a multitude of species, who are living in a complex web of interdependences; with advanced communication and resource allocation systems, energy efficient and with well-integrated recycling. I’ve had my ups and downs due to asteroids, volcanos, climate change and sea level fluctuation. But I’ve kept living and breathing through ever new species.

Some hundred thousands years ago one of my species, homo sapiens, embarked on an exciting journey. They started to become self-aware and develop a new sort of culture, with art, dance and learning. They began to think of me as a set of gods who lived in the animals, rivers and mountains all around them and their ancestors were hanging around as spirits. Even if the humans were a bit disconnected from my other parts, they still listened to me through shamanic journeys, trans dance and so on. They had to keep the connection if they wanted to find food and survive.

After hundreds of thousands of years of hunting and gathering, they started to farm plants and tame animals, and they created their own local ecosystems with as few species as possible, with the aim to produce wealth only for their species. Their gods moved away from the village, up into a huge tree or to the top of a mountain far away. They thanked their gods for what the plants and animals produced. Weird.

Well, my humans formed larger societies, and their gods became disconnected from me and moved up to heaven. This made it possible for more people to worship the same god and they formed larger societies based on trust and fear of this one god. My humans now started to believe that it was their god in heaven that had created the planet and given it to them. Well, well.

Some hundred years ago my humans discovered the stored and concentrated sunlight that my plants had collected during hundreds of millions of years. Overnight they became almost omnipotent. They needed no god anymore. The planet was theirs to enjoy, exploit and reshape. And they did, oh yes they did!

Not very long ago, they went to heaven and took a photo of me from outer space. I love that first photo of me. Looking at that photo, my humans finally understood that I’m a sphere and waste and pollution doesn’t go away, the sea isn’t limitless, nor is the land or the air. They started to call parts of me “ecological”, “organic” and “natural”. They began to talk about protecting me as if they were not a part of me, like I was a child to take care of, though I was the one who gave rise to them and has been feeding them and living them all the time.

Some of them reconnect with me, using shamanic techniques or spending a weekend in a “wild” part of me. While they still are consuming stuff as if I was four times bigger, then I am.

The last fifty years, their recognition of my web of life, what they call ecology and biology, has increased tremendously. So has their understanding of my complex metasystems and they start to become a bit humble before what I have accomplished without their help.

Though most of my humans are still absorbed with issues concerning their own species and their personal goals of power, pleasure, growth and enlightenment. A few of them have started to understand that they are me and I am them. That they are part of the planetary family tree, as are all living beings, and that they are part of the global ecosystem. Slowly they get that they belong here, they are not separate.

What they were unconsciously embedded in before, they can now consciously reconnect with. They can make me self-aware and themselves conscious contributors to life on Earth.

The idea of the one god, the omnipotent humanity and the separate individual made it hard for them to realise that it was me they experienced when they turned inwards. A holographic reality.

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This blog post is my answer to ”Share an example of how you have the Spiral Dynamics levels in organisational contexts”, in the course ”Organization by Natural Design”, by Peter Merry. www.ubiquity.courses/p/organization-by-natural-design. I know I’ve stretched the topic a bit, but this is a story I use to understand where we come from and how to move forward and the organisational context is this Planet.

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If you like to consciously reconnect with the planet, you are welcome to join our Open Embraces every second Sunday.