Are you a Nature-person or a Human-person?

Birch and electricity

On what side of the divide between nature and culture do you live? Or are you one of the few who are living wholeheartedly in the Biosphere? The Biosphere embracing everything alive, including humans.

I used to be a nature-person, but then something unexpected happened. This text from my diary April 2011 tells it well:

“Yesterday evening during meditation, the Field of Humanity emerged/came down on me or how to say it. I was a part of it, inside, home. Breathed in deeply. One with all of humanity. Humanity as a specific field of consciousness that I’m a part of.

Feel like a lost sheep coming back to the herd. A herd I never belonged to. Not even knew it existed. Not in this way.

My life so far has been about the Planet and Nature. It has been my home and focus, where my heart has been. Humanity has been a concept – all those other people living on the Planet.

Tonight I dared to open to the pain – all the pain humans suffer, the suffering we, as humans, cause other beings, my pain of being a part of this, the pain of being able to do almost nothing about all this pain and suffering.

When the pain had finished its session in me, I dropped into the embrace of ”Everything is perfect as it is”.

To not go crazy on this Planet, you either have to numb your self or hold a paradox.”

Greater distance, more love

The day after, when I went for a walk, I met a beautiful pheasant. I, as a human, met the bird. We were in different fields. It was a bigger distance between us than before, but more love. Before we were both inside the field of Nature and more of the same; a we. Now it was a different love. Then I met a woman I know, and we also had a different relation, much closer, less distance, we were two humans talking together.

After this experience, I could hear and feel from what perspective someone I spoke with came; if they were identified with the field of Humanity or the field of Nature. My environmentalist and nature photographer friends mostly belonged to the latter, my other friends to the former.

So what are the perspectives and where do you belong?

THEY destroy nature!

Nature-people feels deep pain when a forest is cut down, when the bees get fewer, when ecosystems collapse and species go extinct. To handle the pain, we disassociate from humanity. It’s THEM destroying nature, not me. I’m not part of this!

We grief every extinct species for the loss in itself, and every habitat loss is a wound in our body.

We pay a high price for this; always feel a vague distance to other people. Though we are so used to it, we think this is how it is for everyone.

As a nature-person, my challenge is to realise that I belong to the Embrace of Humanity, unconditionally. My life is part of the destruction of the planet. It hurts, but it’s true. To dare to feel into my personal part in the destruction and my part as a member of Humanity.

Being a part of Humanity also let me take pride in all the amazing human achievements and feel more at home among other humans. For me, this has been very healing on a personal level.

harvest energy and food

Humans first!

Human-people feels pain when other humans suffer; we humans are the important ones. Nature is over there, and I’m not a part of IT, I’m a human. Though of course I can visit nature and enjoy its beauty and go hiking, biking, skiing, outdoor life is great for my health.

We disassociate from nature, and the guilt and grief we may feel are towards future generations of humans.

We talk about preservation and sustainability from our human-centred perspective. We protect the animals and plants for the benefit of our economy, and we are grateful for all the ecosystem services nature gives us. And pandas are adorable and should be saved so my grandkids can enjoy them, and we don’t know what plants may provide us with a drug for a disease, so we should keep the rainforests.

As a human-person, my challenge is to feel into all the pain we cause other living beings on the planet. To sincerely grief the death of every tree and bumblebee. Not as a loss for us humans, but as a loss in its own right; to meet the guilt. And to feel into the truth that I’m part of life on Earth, part of our vast family tree and the global ecosystem.

On the other side of this process lays a deep belonging to both Humanity and the Biosphere.

The Embrace of the Biosphere

Culture vs. Nature

The path to healing the divide inside ourselves and to handling the guilt, despite we are a human-person or a nature-person is to realise that it’s not two separate spheres.

Humanity inside the Biosphere

It’s two nested Embraces, and I live inside both, we all are, always.

All living beings inside the Biosphere

And I’m part of the Embrace of the Biosphere as a single human being, as are all living animals, plants, fungi and bacteria. Unconditionally.

Nature and Culture are words of separation. The word Biosphere transcends and includes them, that’s why I prefer to use it when we are talking about the bigger picture. But when I’m going for a walk in the forest or planning a trip to the theatre, nature and culture makes perfect sense. But to move into the future on our planet, the Biosphere is a much, much better and more accurate concept.

To dare to belong may take some courage and time.
To own the guilt and become aware that I belong to both Humanity and the Biosphere.
Unconditionally.
It’s the only path forward.

2019-05-25 by Stina Deurell

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The Biosphere and Alignment

Alignment and the Biosphere

I love the word “Alignment”. It’s a gentle move; finding my place together with others in a broader structure, and as an over-arching structure, letting my parts find their optimal place. All the way up and down.

All the cells in my body are aligned, forming this human being. All species in a healthy eco-system, are aligned with each other and the environment.

I see alignment as an essential path forward, whatever happens in my life and on planet Earth. It’s a tool for building stable foundations, and it’s a tool for handling rough times together, and for healing myself. It’s an outer and inner work, done by individuals together.

As a human being, I align all of me with the Biosphere.
As the Biosphere, I align all my parts, all living beings.
Unconditionally.

Alignment and the Biosphere

The Wider Embraces method, is the best tool for alignment I know about. Please tell me if you know a better one!

It’s powerful, yet soft.
It’s complex, yet simple to do.
It’s a collective work, yet respects the integrity of every individual.

Alignment is essential, and I insist that you give it a try.
Do it for yourself, Humanity and the Biosphere. We need each other.
Join here.

2019-03-27 by Stina Deurell

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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.

2018-09-25 by Stina Deurell

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