2nd Wave Future

2nd Wave Future

In August 2018, I had an extraordinary experience that I’ve hesitated to share because I don’t want to be seen as crazy, nor as hopeless and pessimistic.

But the more I’ve dived into the message I got, alone and together with my beautiful friends, the more I’ve come to see that it’s a very fruitful and powerful perspective from which to feel and act. So I’ve decided to share it.

From my diary 7th of August 2018:

Took the perspective as the Embrace of the Galaxy and held all my stars and planets. Unconditionally. Focused on all my planets with life.

In an instant, I realised that the first wave of a technologically advanced culture on a planet never makes it. It’s the second, or more commonly, the third wave that succeeds in creating a long-term, non-destructive culture.

As this human being, I gain some comfort from this. Being a part of the first wave on Earth, we are not supposed to make it. We are a part of a long planetary development.

There is no way to check if this message is true, but the quality of my experience was vivid and clear. I’ve had similar types of insights before, and it has always been a good decision to take them seriously. We can use the message as a lens and look at our planet and moment in history through it, and we can feel into it and let it hold us. It’s a surprisingly nurturing and comforting place.

The Life Force and Our Guilt

The Life Force and Guilt

The message tells us that we are not evil or doing it wrong; it is just an impossible task to switch from 3.7 billion years of striving to survive and grow while being firmly limited by external forces, to in a few generations, becoming so powerful that the only thing that could hold us is us. And we are not able to do that.

We have come far in our development, to the beginning of global solidarity among humans, that is huge. But focusing on only humans have undermined all other life forms and the climate, and that is not a path to ”creating a long-term, non-destructive culture”; it’s a path to collapse.

I’ve written more about this in the blog post ”The Irrepressible Life Force”. It builds on experiences from a small gathering of friends where we dived into the forces that have brought us here; how one cell that lived around 3,7 billion years ago has exploited the whole planet, how we all are related, and how we are all descendants of the survivors from each generation.

Meaning – Hope – Hopeless – Hopefree – Future

Meaning in the Long Run

I’ve been a part of the environmental movement since the 70ties. Always with a positive attitude, things are getting better, and we can fix the problems! Now I’ve come to a point where I don’t believe that anymore, the challenges are too numerous and sever. You can read more about this in my former blog post “No More Polite and Positive Thinking“.

With the message about the 2nd wave future, I’ve gained a long term view that gives meaning. It’s not about us humans here and now; it’s about life on Earth in billions of years ahead. It’s humbling and motivating.

A Foundation

Creating a Foundation for the 2nd Wave Future

So the vital question becomes; how do we create the best possible foundation for the second wave of a technologically advanced culture on planet Earth?

  • What not to destroy or invent that will cause long term harm to the planet?
  • What gifts and warnings would we like to send forward to our successors?
  • How do we do that practical? Ceramic plaques, stone carvings, hard drives?
  • Can thought patterns and consciousness be sustained over time?
  • Is it about some hundred years, some thousand years, some million years or more?

What would you like to send into the future?

How to deal with this?

How do you feel when you think about the future?  It’s not easy to grapple with what’s going on and how to hold it as a single human being. Our local group of women have been processing the “2nd Wave Future”-message in several ways since August. Here are some hints about how we have dived into it:

Get the Facts

Dive deep into the facts about the state of the Planet. The dark and the lights. Knowledge is essential and also to acknowledge uncertainty.

Hope or Hope-free?

Choosing between to keep hoping that we will make it, or let go of that idea. Changing energy from hopeful to a palliative state of mind, or not. It’s scary to lose our usual way of living, to face the death of civilisations, species and ecosystems on a global scale, though humanity has gone through that on a regional scale throughout history.

Mourning and Grief

Let all the emotions that your hope blocked flow freely. Let them pour out into a mighty river of sorrow, grief and mourning. It’s a sane response. And even if you think we will make it, there are so much to grief amid the sixth mass extinction.


Gratitude for what we, humans and the whole planetary family tree, have accomplished so far. We created the first wave of a technologically advanced culture on this planet together!


Joy and Beauty

Enjoying life and all the small things we can do together; eating good food, dancing, painting, walk in nature, and so on. We do this both for our own sake here and now, but also as a part of our legacy.

Since I made the leap and started to focus on the second wave, the value of the present moment has increased. Joy and beauty are everywhere, here and now! Though some days are dark, and that is okay.

Moving on

The path to eventually turn our 1st wave of a technologically advanced culture on planet Earth into a long-term success, or to provide for the 2nd wave, are very much the same work. Though the later offers a broader perspective, less stress and a more open heart; so I go with that, it motivates me much more to act and live fully.

My Trigger: Deep Adaptation

It was viewing two videos by professor Jem Bendell that triggered me to write this post now, more than half a year after my experience. He is working with a concept he calls Deep Adaptation; how to live and act in a world of ecological and social collapse. I recommend the videos and his paper:

14 minutes video: Jem Bendell – Deep Adaptation
44 minutes video: Deep Adaptation – Jem Bendell & Toni Spencer
Pdf: Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating ClimateTragedy

What I found diving into his work is that the “2nd Wave Future”-message adds two significant aspects; the release of guilt, both on a personal and societal level, and the meaning that comes from sensing into a future civilisation, even if it’s far away. And the Wider Embraces method adds the broader perspectives as the Biosphere and the Galaxy, that transcends and includes Humanity.

Photos: I love to photograph ice, its so organic and diverse in its expressions.

2019-03-14 by Stina Deurell


No More Polite and Positive Thinking

No more Positive Thinking

The last days I’ve come to a point where I’m fed up with being nice. I feel trapped in a bubble of politeness and normality. Our current time on planet Earth is not normal. Positive thinking and pointing at alternatives and being polite is not the way forward anymore. It has been overdue for a long time.

Below is a brief summary of some of the common thought-patterns, that I see as false or counterproductive or both. How many of them do you subscribe to? Why?

I end this text with my suggestion for a path forward; Alignment.
It’s not a solution, but a decent path.

Uncertanty – Reluctant to comprehend feedback loops, tipping points and consequences we can't foresee


We talk as if we are in control and can choose between 1,5 or 2 or 3 or 5 degrees rise in global temperature. Reluctant to comprehend feedback loops, tipping points and consequences we can’t foresee.

The forecasts, the goals and the treaties about degrees make us believe that the scientists and politicians have it all under control. They don’t.

The idea that the earth is a system we humans can control and steer is false. It puts us above the planet. Yes, we are making a vast impact, but we are not in control. The earth is not a machine, and we are not its stewards.

Our brains are not the most complex thing on Earth, they are part of the global ecosystem, of the biosphere.

Other Crises

Other Crises

We have narrowed our narrative to climate, but the Earth is a system in many crises. Today’s focus on climate change makes us forget all the other problems and provides us with the illusion that if we solve this issue, everything will be fine. It won’t.

The problem is not carbon dioxide, it’s our way of thinking and acting, our dominance and strength. That we see the Biosphere as resources and not as our home.

We hope that technology will save us


We hope that technology will save us. That the solar panels and some future machine that sucks carbon out of the air will solve our problems. But the climate is in essence not a technological problem.

If technology delivers one solution, we will use that extra space to consume more or become more people. There is nothing that will limit us, except the break down of the planet. Or that we, in one way or another, align ourselves with the Biosphere.

This has brought us to the midst of the sixth mass extinction.

Human Centeredness

We focus on people, on each other, we are the ones that count. Forgetting that this planet is the home to millions of species and a multitude of organisms that are non-human. We externalise the costs to other species to make this a beautiful world for us. This has brought us to the midst of the sixth mass extinction.

We, humans, are related to all living beings on the planet, all life on Earth formes one huge family tree and we live and breath together. We belong here, as do all other organisms. Unconditionally.

It will not be a wonderful world for anyone if we don’t align ourselves with the Biosphere.

This prevents us from feeling into the situation on the planet.

Positive Thinking

We assure ourselves that positive thinking is the best way forward. If we are hopeful and look for solutions, we can find new paths and inspire others. This prevents us from feeling into the situation on the planet. It makes us shallow, artificial and neurotic.

We are living in the midst of a global funeral. It’s time to mourn, not to be optimistic. To breath in death and pain. To accept what is going on.

To align ourselves with the Biosphere is a path forward. To open ourselves to the pain and the deaths we are causing.

Alignment is a gift to the future.


I will prioritise truth over nice and share my fears and sorrows, even if it upsets you. But most of all I’ll work with alignment; all the way up and down. Finding my place, both in the Biosphere as a whole and in the Biosphere as a system of related parts.

Alignment is a way to deal with what happens here and now.
Alignment is a gift to the future.
It’s a path forward whatever happens.
Not a solution.


If you are interested in being part of forming a new online group that will use the Wider Embraces method to explore and work with alignment, a group with space for truth and sorrow.

The first meeting will be at the beginning of March 2019, and you are very welcome to join, read more.

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 All images are composed of two photos and are from my series “A New Level”.

2019-02-07 by Stina Deurell