These are notes from our Wider Embraces sessions. They are written in a short form, and the primary purpose is for us to remember what happened.
You are welcome to read, but if you are not familiar with the Wider Embraces concepts, it can be a bit hard to get what it’s all about. Though you can always read it as poetry and find your own associations!
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.
Yesterday I leaned out into the Embrace of the Galaxy three times, in three different settings.
Firstly online together with a male friend; Stretching out into the Embrace of the Galaxy with the intention to connect and gain new perspectives.
Secondly online with three female friends; Floating out and up into the Embrace of the Galaxy, resting, feeling the energy and belonging.
Thirdly by myself; Going nowhere, just being Embraced by the Galaxy from all directions, as always.
Though all three had all the directions present and the same flavour.
The Biosphere has been through five mass extinctions and is in the midst of the sixth.
But as the Embrace of the Biosphere, I have no memory, no opinions.
I’m just embracing all living beings on Earth, here and now, unconditionally.
As this human being, resting in the Embrace of the Biosphere, I sense all the other living beings around me, and how we are held together.
I can open myself, relax into alignment with everything around me.
Become aligned by the Embrace of the whole.
When identified as a Group, me, the person, isn’t available.
I’m just a part of the Group with no personal responsibility.
And the Group is blind both to its parts to other Groups.
This is why it can go so wrong when humans get together.
Why a group with, or without, a mad leader can become so destructive.
Harmful to its members and harmful to its surroundings.
Of course, I’m personally responsible.
All the way up and down.
Resting in the Embrace of the Biosphere.
I’m held As this single, human being.
And all my organs and cells are held as well.
The Embrace of the Biosphere doesn’t favour one level over the other.
Alignment all the way up and down.
I am the Embrace of Planet Earth, holding the physical, biological and cultural parts of me. Intending to integrate everything.
That is impossible.
The evolution of life was a slow process, so I had a lot of time to integrate the biological realm with the physical.
Now, this human culture has exploded at a speed that is novel and alien to me. I can’t integrate it all. Can’t embrace and align it all.
We took the perspective as the Planet.
Focusing on my global subtle energy system, and the work some of my humans do to heal me through manipulating it. It’s tickling nicely.
But fracking is itching worse.
The healing of these wounds is more urgent.
Online with Staffan and Stina
Tags: Subtle energy
Resting in one of my wider Embraces.
I belong here, unconditionally.
The unconditional belonging being both a feeling and a fact.
The word “birthright” crossed my mind.
No, I have no rights, nor any obligations, as a part of an Embrace.
It’s just pure belonging.
Though, rights and obligations are an intrinsic part of our interrelations, of how we relate to each other, conditionally.
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.
Tonight I got the impulse to dive into the water of our bodies.
The water molecules in my right now have been oceans, rivers, lakes, clouds, rain, snow, glaciers. I’m part of the planets water cycle.
Water is constantly moving through my body, in and out.
Bringing all its experiences right into my being, into being me.
The Earth is circulating in me, and I am floating all around the planet.
Today when we were aware of the Embrace of the Earth, I realised that I perceived it as being mainly around the planet and above me.
When I identify as a wider Embrace though, I am everything that is inside me. I’m not a shell around my parts; I am them.
After this thought had passed my mind; I felt the Embrace of Planet Earth all around me and in me.
The concept of an “embrace” makes it easy to think of a Wider Embraces as something surrounding its parts. It’s not. There are no directions.
It’s hard to find words and metaphors that are perfect pointers.
Words and metaphors influence our experience very much.
There is no unique biological matter. The difference between mud and humans is the way the atoms are organised.
It has taken me some time to grasp this. I’m used to viewing my body as made of a kind of living substance, some biological matter. Though I know, intellectually, that I only consist of oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and a bunch of other chemical elements.
When I follow the matter that makes up my body back in time, I end up at the birth of the Universe. My particles have a 14 billion years long unbroken history of being around.
When I follow the cells that make up my body back in time, I end up at the first common ancestor cell. The information about how to organise a living cell has a 3,7 billion years long history of passing on information.
The depth of history my body contains is twofold mindblowing.
Online with Staffan and Stina
Tags: Biological, Deep History, Human body, Physical
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.
We sank into our physical bodies.
Becoming aware of the origin of all my particles who have been around since the birth of the Univers. The whole cosmic history with experiences from galaxies forming and stars exploding is inside me.
Becoming aware of all the different kind of atoms that are forming my body, atoms that are exactly the same as the atoms on the other side of the Universe.
Becoming aware that the number of atoms in my body and the number of stars in the Universe are of the same magnitude.
Thinking about this is fun.
Perceiving it is immense.
I’m apparently used to running a whole universe.
As one entity.
As the Embrace of the Group, we felt a pull downwards and followed it.
The inside of Planet Earth is a friendly, dense and slow-moving place.
There was no impulse to take the perspective as the Planet but to just be there, as aware beings, with our whole-hearted attention.
We project all the bad stuff onto the underworld; the home of trolls, our subconscious and Hell itself. It’s blocking us from fully inhabiting the Planet.
The inside of our planet is ignored, or feard, it’s all about the surface.
To inhabit the full globe is healing.
Tags: Planet Earth
I live in a linked house with my 87-year-old father. Usually, I embrace our “household” or our “family”, but today I changed and used the word “home”.
A very different quality; deeper, warmer, more love, more of an alive cocoon.
A bit uncomfortable for me as a modern, individualistic woman.
A family is based on kinship.
A household is a physical place.
A home is something that transcends and includes both.
We have experienced this so many times, that how we frame and name the Embrace, determines what we experience.
Our words are pointers to different layers of reality.
If we were a second wave civilisation on a planet somewhere in our Galaxy.
If we were living as parts of the whole, and as the whole of my parts.
Then we, as the Embrace of the Milky Way, would care about all life on all planets in the Galaxy.
And even if we didn’t know about planet Earth, we would Embrace it. Unconditionally.
Tonight we, four humans on planet Earth, leaned out into the Embrace of the Galaxy.
Tuning into the aspect of advanced civilisations ahead of us in their development.
Instant connection – Heart, tears, energy and calmness.
As parabolic antennas, we breathed in this new possibility.
We took the perspective as our Galaxy.
Feeling joy and warmth.
Aware of the planets with civilisations ahead of us.
The ones where the planet is one civilisation.
One super-organism, with many parts.
As the Embrace of the Galaxy, we are all these civilisations.
As human beings on Earth, we download the patterns and possibilities,
with hope and joy.
This morning, when I identified as the Embrace of me, this human being, I wondered why all my thoughts, memories and emotions are invisible to the Embrace of the Biosphere, or any other of my wider Embrace.
When I take the perspective as Humanity, I’m embracing all human beings and all their interactions, but I’m not concerned with their personal emotions and thoughts. It’s all about how it is to be me, the Embrace of Humanity.
I love this asymmetric blindness.
I have access to the subjectivity of what I belong to, though in low resolution.
I don’t have access to the subjectivity of my parts.
Leaning out into the Embrace of our country; Sweden.
Holding all citizens and all our relations and structures, as the Embrace of Sweden.
Feeling fragile and vulnerable.
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.
Wider Embraces mainly deals with the relation between parts and the whole.
Unconditional belonging and non-separation.
My everyday life is mostly about the relationship between me and you, or me and it.
Conditional belonging and separation.
Then we have a third type of relationships, the ones between me and something that includes me, but I see it as separate from me.
Unconditional belonging and separation.
Me and my family.
Me and the company I work at.
Me and the country I live in.
Me and this planet.
Me and God.
The Embrace of the Group was unusually calm today.
All our stress sinks downwards, slowly rotating.
Our stomachs are gurgling as they let go of tension.
Our vortex is slowly widening and touching everything around us.
Dragging all stress down, making it dissolve into the Earth.
Leaving us calm and grounded.
Focusing on the inside of this human body:
Recognising all the Embraces of all my parts;
Organs, cells, atoms, particles.
Focusing on the outside of this human body:
Recognising all the Embraces of everything I’m part of;
Family, society, humanity, biosphere, planet, galaxy, universe.
Aware of the immense quality of belonging that is the reality of my life.
The complex web of connectedness with Everything.
As the Embrace of the Biosphere, I’m normally a bit larger than the planet.
Tonight I suddenly expanded, and the Earth was a small marble inside me, and I wasn’t bound to our solar system.
We are part of the universal Embrace of biological civilisations.
As such we have all that knowledge; in low resolution.
Probably there are many more biological civilisations in the Universe.
Civilisations that hopefully already have gone through transitions like the one we are facing right now.
Activating it, by taking the perspective.
It’s so easy to think in the interrelational format; Someone or something from over there is visiting us over here.
The holographic explanation is much more elegant, but it takes a while to wrap your head around