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.