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

Report from our First “Humanity and the Biosphere” Online Session

Humanity and the Biosphere

Yesterday evening we met online for the first Wider Embraces session dedicated to the relation between the Biosphere and Humanity. Right there and then, the Wider Embraces and my lifelong dedication to sustainability merged. Yes!

We have been working with this relation now and then during the last five years as a part of our exploration into the wider Embraces. This time the purpose wasn’t to examine the Wider Embraces or develop the method, but to use WE as a tool.

Here are some hints about what we experienced during our gathering yesterday:

As the Embrace of the Group, we felt supported and a quality of the energy that was more active than usual.

As the Embrace of Humanity, holding all human beings unconditionally, there was a powerful energy field. Our impression is that there is an almost infinite demand. Humanity felt very occupied with itself, an inward facing bubble, with no real capacity left for other species.

As the Embrace of Humanity, leaning out into the Embrace of the Biosphere, we felt spaciousness, calmness, liberated and healed. The Embrace of the Biosphere is holding Humanity and every one of us, unconditionally.

Later in the evening, I felt a sincere hope, or more like a knowing, that Humanity will find its place on Planet Earth among all other living beings in a harmonious way. I don’t know if this is only wishful thinking, or not, but I know that it makes me grounded and dedicated to this work.

You are welcome to join next week, or any Wednesday evening in the future, at 20.00-21.00 CET. Everyone’s contribution is valuable.

Join an Online Embrace


The coming week, week 43, we invite you to two online sessions. One is about the relationship between Humanity and the Biosphere, and the other one is a more general introduction to the method and concepts.

In both sessions, there will be time for questions, but most importantly, we will lean out into some of our wider Embraces and both experience that we belong and maybe gain some new insights. Read more about the sessions and sign up here! 

I’ve also put together a video of everything you need to know before you join a session. The video is in beta, and I appreciate all form of feedback. My intention is to also make a more general video about the ideas and purpose in the near future.

Deeper Belonging – Listen to a Guided Embrace

Deeper Belonging

I am a physical body, resting in the Embrace of the Universe. I belong, unconditionally.
I am a biological being, resting in the Embrace of the Biosphere. I belong, unconditionally.
I am a cultural being, resting in the Embrace of Humanity. I belong, unconditionally.

Belonging is not a feeling; it is a fact.
I’m an integrated part of the complex web of matter, life and culture.
Separation is not possible.

I’ve recorded a twelve minutes long guided Embrace, in English and Swedish, that will give you a first taste of what the Wider Embraces is about. Listen and experience the unconditional belonging. 

Flowing Again

Time for Wider Embraces to flow out into the world again. This website will, bit by bit, be filled with resources:

  • Guided Embraces – experience the Wider Embraces yourself.
  • Online events where we take collective perspectives together.
  • Blog posts with ideas and theories around belonging, relating, consciousness, perspectives and much more.

It has now been five years of exploration, guided by the question “Who is Embracing?”. Every time I think I got what this is about, there is a new turn, a new insight.

In March this year, I was sure we had it all set, we were a dedicated group of friends and a well-developed method to present. So we invited a circle of friends. In May, a new insight struck – It has to be clear that Wider Embraces is more than a method, it has implications that may challenge your worldview. And at its core, it is about the relationship between Humanity and the Biosphere.

This new turn made it necessary to reorganise, again. Close down some parts and open to new possibilities and you, who read this, have the opportunity to join and be part of the future development.

Flowing again

At this turning point in the life of the Wider Embraces Project, it’s time to honour everyone who has contributed.  The ones who have been part of exploring the Embraces and developing the method from scratch. I’m especially thinking of the beautiful, playful group of ladies in Höör and my circle of integral friends from around Sweden. Every one of you has contributed in so many ways, with heart and mind, with your knowledge and time. Without you, the Wider Embraces would not be.

Now it’s time to take the next step together, old and new friends, inside all our wider Embraces!