We leaned out into the Embrace of Humanity, focusing on greed, wrath and gluttony. It’s a lot of that going on, on all levels. But, we humans are also very eager to limit it, on all levels.
We changed our focus to human goodness. Feeling into all the kindness, fairness, and impressive achievements, we, as Humanity, have accomplished.
The overarching story in the Embrace of Humanity is that we should limit all evil and expand all good. We can discuss the details, and it’s a never-ending task, but we agree on the idea.
Well, we changed our perspective to the Embrace of the Biosphere.
And our human story broke down. Painfully.
Hitting the hard borders of the planet and all other living beings.
From the perspective of the Planet, the internal human goodness is seen as greed, wrath and gluttony. One species is exploiting all others in order to be good to each other.
Where are the limits of good, all the way up and down?
Resting in the Embrace of Humanity, sensing into our creativity and the joy we get from developing and sharing all types of expressions with each other. Building an extraordinary planetary culture together.
Seeing grey bubbles floating around in the Embrace of Humanity. Our shadows; our denied parts, the dark downsides of our expansion.
Embracing the bubbles, feel how they pop open and dissolve.
Healing all of us in our unconditional Embrace.
We became aware of all the plants and animals we humans have cultivated during the last ten thousand years. How livestock, pets, crops, timber trees and humans have come to dominate the planet.
We leaned out into the Embrace of the Cultivated and took it as our perspective.
Near to erupt.
Couldn’t move, because nowhere to go.
The Embrace didn’t wont to let go of us; I promised that we will be back and immediately was released.
It was an unusual perspective, a forgotten one, but a significant one. We all live inside the Embrace of the Cultivated every minute of our lives; it’s part of who we are.
We started out as usual with becoming aware of, and resting in, the Embrace of the Universe, the Biosphere and Humanity. From there, we always move into the Embrace of Me, of the Group and the choice of the session.
But tonight Humanity didn’t let go of us. The Embrace felt creative, proud and calm, and not stuck as in our last session. We figured that we had tuned in to a different place this time.
We felt a strong energy going through us, mainly in our foreheads, chests and hands. There was an image of Humanity being well integrated into the Biosphere. Our intuition is that this whole experience came from either the future or something outside the planet.
When we have experiences like this, it’s tempting to start to build a world-view that will explain it; to give names, make drawings and try to put it in a nice box. The challenge is to hold it lightly, without denying what is happening.
The four of us were gathered for our monthly meeting yesterday, and in the end, we sat down and leaned out into our wider Embraces. We decided to focus on Humanity.
We sat with this perspective for a long time, being the Embrace, holding all Humans, unconditionally.
The Embrace of Humanity in itself was, as always, a calm presence.
The embraced, all humans and our culture, was a stressful, viscous swarm.
Suddenly we all felt that the energy shifted. It became fluid, harmonious and congruent.
Something happened, what happened and if it has any impact on the world outside us, we don’t know. But the evidence of prayer and meditation impacting the outer world are significant.
When we rested in the Embrace of the Human Culture there was a new energy.
More heart, more harmonious, more confident.
Humanity was One.
When we took the perspective as the Embrace of the Human Culture, there was no impulse to become aware of the Embrace of the Biosphere and be held by it, as it usually is.
Maybe it has more to do with what we tuned into than that something has changed.
We are tuning into our cultural history; how it started several hundred thousand years ago.
Fire, cooking, tools, dancing, painting, stories, farming, technology, society and so on.
How we develop and add knowledge generation by generation.
How we love to express and share.
How our modern technology let us do that this on a global scale.
One human culture with many local variations.
We belong to Homo Sapiens, and we can rest in the biological Embrace of our species, as can all species in their Embraces.
As humans, we also have a global cultural Embrace, though in our work with the Wider Embraces method this is the one we have struggled the most with. For a while, we reduced it to interactions inside the biological sphere. Then we tried to find the human cultural Embrace through a more personal lens, being a part, interacting with other humans. It didn’t work very well, either.
Yesterday I skipped the personal and focused entirely on our shared history and how we humans have gathered knowledge and stories over hundreds of thousands of years. How we are the only species on Earth that can sustain and share information over time and space. We are telling stories, painting and writing, we can add knowledge generation, by generation and cross continents. This is our unique feature.
From this viewpoint, our human culture became clear and alive in a new way for all five of us.
We rested in the Embrace of Human Culture.
We belong here.
As the Embrace of Humanity, we felt lost today, confused and orphaned.
As the Embrace of the Biosphere, we felt solid and firm with our 3,7 billion years long history of life.
The idea that humans are the stewards of the planet and shall take care of the Biosphere, crossed our minds.
Annelie and I burst out into a great laugh.
It’s such a ridiculous and funny idea from this point of view.
When we leaned out into the Embrace of Humanity, I got the image of us being a teenager who has been growing too fast and who doesn’t know her strength or boundaries.
I know that this is an old metaphor, but I haven’t seen it so vivid before.
Humanity being a teenager who is just beginning to understand herself but is not at all ready to take responsibility for others, not even to see them. It’s all about her growth and inner life.
As the Embrace of Humanity, we held all humans and all our relations, unconditionally.
Maybe it will help us to mature on a collective level, perhaps not. But it helps my thinking to evolve.
As the Embrace of Humanity, we held all humans and all our relations, unconditionally. Letting the pain of the 80 000 children that have starved to death in Yemen, touch our human hearts.
Recognising that when we hug one human being, as conscious parts of the Embrace of Humanity, we embrace everyone. Holding one person at a time, and all at the same time.
Feeling into the potential of the Wider Embraces concept.