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.

2018-03-22 by Stina Deurell


Our Multi-spices Global Culture

Multi-spices Global Culture

When we say “culture” we almost always think of the human culture – our habits, expressions and relations. But we are also embedded in a Multi-spices Global Culture.

During the last weeks, the Wider Embraces Biosphere Group have explored our Multi-spices Global Culture, and it has been eye- and heart-opening, a feeling of deep integration and humbling.

From the viewpoint of the Embrace of the Biosphere, the human culture is just a tiny part of the global culture. And not the most sophisticated, efficient and sustainable part of it.

The scientists just start to understand the complexity and richness of what is going on in the non-human culture. The intricate and dynamic web of relations across a multitude of species that have developed over billions of years.

Our modern human culture is great in so many ways, but when it comes to inter-species relations and long-term survival, we have a thing or two to learn. It’s time to reconnect and become a conscious part of the Multi-spices Global Culture.

2018-03-10 by Stina Deurell


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.

2017-11-14 by Stina Deurell


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

2017-11-06 by Stina 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.

2017-10-26 by Stina Deurell