Reaching out or Embracing the Whole

Reaching out

I want to know the world, touch it, be a part, belong. I’m reaching out, following the news on the web, the radio and TV. Scanning my facebook feed to know what my friends are up to. I’m checking videos, listening to discussions about the latest topics.

The world is moving forward, and I want to be a part. I care about what is happening. I want to be responsible and well-informed, and because you are reading this, you probably want the same.

Yesterday morning I realised that this way of reaching out to the world is superficial, there is no real relation. I’m consuming bits of information from out there, from random sources, chosen by others. I’m overwhelmed by small pieces of data and frequently more confused than informed.

During 2018 I’ll change that and focus on two other ways of relating – one closer and one wider. Two ways of relating that are mutual and nurturing.

Closer relations

The closer way of relating is my personal relations with family and friends, and everyone I meet face to face or voice to voice. Interacting, playing, struggling, learning, living here and now, creating in this present moment. Just as we humans always have done and that all animals and plants do all day long in their way.

Wider relations

The wider way of relating is, of course, my relations to all my Wider Embraces. My relationships with everything I’m a part of, every Embrace I belong to; the Embraces of my family, my hometown, my country, the Embrace of Humanity, the Biosphere and the Universe and all Embraces in between.

Leaning out into them one by one, being them, taking them as my perspective, getting new insights, feeling how my body relaxes and my mind gets more still. Deeply belonging. Unconditionally.

Deeply belonging

Instead of getting fragmented and random events beamed at me, events I can’t do anything about, and that just makes me feel more distant and helpless, I’ll embrace everything, becoming more aware of my place as a single human being inside the complex ecology of relations that I’m a part of.

My relations with all my Wider Embraces are mutual relations. Something happens to me and to the Embrace when I activate the relationship by becoming aware of it, and as it. Something happens beyond the insights I get, and the bodily sensations and relaxation. My interpretation is that we strengthen the flow, the patterns, the communication, the belonging, the web, the whole ecology of Embraces that we are part of, that we are. And that is healing.

Dominant species

And yes, of course, it helps to know about the world, in order to Embrace it. So I’ll continue to check out the news now and then and look at documentaries, and glans at my friends facebook pages once in a while.

I will continue to be curious about almost everything but focus on my mutual relations – close and wide. That is my New Year resolution.

The Bisophere

All photos are taken yesterday in Tjörnarp, outside Höör, in the south of Sweden.

2018-01-02 by Stina Deurell


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.

2017-10-23 by Stina Deurell


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. 

2017-10-16 by Stina Deurell


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!

2017-09-14 by Stina Deurell