The Two Views

When we lean out into our wider Embraces, our perspective changes in many different ways. From living in the past and the future, to the timeless now. From being a part, to be the whole. From conditionally, to unconditionally.

As this single human being, I see how we, humans, are destroying life on Earth. We produce nuclear waste, are spreading chemicals everywhere, and are erupting the climate. We are at the beginning of the sixth mass extinction.

As the Embrace of Planet Earth, I’m complete and whole, right now and here. I hold all my parts and everything that is going on, unconditionally.
Nothing to change, nothing to do.
I am perfect.

Can you grasp the paradox that both these views are genuinely true?
That there is no choice between them.

We live both inside and outside the flow of time:
– With memories of the past and ideas of a future. Where things matter.
and
– In an eternal Now.

We are both parts and the whole:
– Relating to everything around me that is not me.
and
– Embracing everything I belong to.

We are both held conditionally and unconditionally:
– Being loved and seen for who I am and what I accomplished.
and
– Being accepted, whoever I am, whatever I do.

I am one of many.
and
I am the Embrace of all.

Separation is true.
and
Oneness is true.

To heal, we need both views.


To experience it – Join a Guided Embrace

2019-12-07 by Stina Deurell

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We are the Planetary Self-Healing System

The Planetary Self-Healing System

Do you feel like a victim of a destructive human-made system crashing the planet? Then this is an invitation to take a step forward and embrace it all, heal it all. It takes some courage, but it’s worth it. And if you have the courage, you are needed.

Thursday evening Annelie, Bettina and I met online. We had a powerful session: The stillness in the Embrace of the Universe, the aliveness in the Embrace of the Biosphere, and the creativity of the Embrace of Humanity. Then the healing alignment of all parts of me, and the intimate but non-personal Embrace of the Group. And finally, we leaned out into the Embrace of the Planet, asking how we could align and contribute. We took the perspective as the Embrace, holding all parts in alignment, unconditionally. An insight surfaced, we are part of, and we are the Planetary Self-Healing System. 

It’s not the planet healing us, and it’s not us healing the planet. It’s one system healing itself, and we are one “Planetary Self-Healing System”. 

The Planetary Self-Healing System

When we become aware of the ongoing destruction of the living planet, it’s easy to see ourselves as victims of forces we can’t control – feeling trapped. We blame and fight “the others”, and we feel guilt and shame because we are part of the system and benefit from it. Or we try to escape it, growing our food, preparing for the worst, separating ourselves from” the others”, the destroyers. 

The Planetary Self-Healing System is a call to embrace everything, including all humans and all human activity. Yes, all of it. You can’t heal something you are not. We are all part of the whole planet, deeply embedded. 

The Planetary Self-Healing System is not about having hope, but being hope, without knowing the outcome. It’s about holding potential and being alignment. Unconditionally. 

There is no separation, I am the Earth.

If this resonates with you or makes you curious, please join, and become more aligned, all the way from the human you, to the whole planet. Right now and into the far future. 

2019-11-23 by Stina Deurell

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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

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!

Process

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

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The Irrepressible Life Force

The Irrepressible Lifeforce – Alder tree on the beach of Fulltofta, frozen lake

We all love the gifts of growth and development:
– Longer, healthier lives!
– Surviving kids!
– Food from all over the world, year round!
– Better, bigger houses with tap water and washing machine!
– Communication via radio, TV, computer, mobile phone!
– Travelling across the globe!
– Knowledge and entertainment 24-7!

Who wants to limit any of this for oneself?
Or tell someone else to limit their life?
Or tell the poor not to dream about it?

Though we know that we can’t have limitless growth on a finite planet and we consume 1.2 planets today, and the human population is growing.

The List of Suspects

To handle the downsides of our progress, we have a long list of suspects to blame:
– The rich and the capitalist system.
– Colonialism and the western civilisation.
– Men and the patriarchy.
– The rational mind and technology.

Pointing the finger, not sensing the underlying force in all of us.

The Irrepressible Life Force

Take a deep breath and feel that you are a part of life on Earth, all the way back to the cell 3,7 billion years ago, from which all life on Earth has sprung, including you.

Life on Earth is the story of the irrepressible life force, exploiting every possible niche. Our huge family tree lives in the oceans and lakes, in the air, on the plains, in the mountains, it lives inside hard rocks, cold ice, and hot springs.

Our family tree has gone through at least five mass extinctions but always got back and formed new species and new diverse and complex ecosystems. Though, to recover after a mass extinction event, takes five to thirty million years, depending on the scale of the crash. It’s not a quick fix, but a persistent struggle to keep on living and changing.

The Archetype of Planet Earth

If you put your feet down into the warm, slow-moving magma inside the Earth and feel the heart of the planet – you will sense the origin of the life force that is flourishing on its surface. The Force of Life is the archetype of planet Earth. We all live inside this force, and we are an expression of it.

The Irrepressible Lifeforce – Alder tree on the beach of Fulltofta, high water

Owning it – No Separation

We, as humanity, are the most potent and powerful expression of this life force. And there is nothing strong enough to counter-balance us, no outer borders that can hold us. Other than a brake-down of the biosphere, what we called our support system. Our mighty strength is our curse.

It’s about time to own the irrepressible life force in myself.
Feel it’s beauty and strength – It gave birth to me and everything I love.
Feel it’s limitless growth – It’s destroying me and everything I love.

There is no separation. Nothing outside me to point the finger at and blame.

When I am one with our Planetary Life Force – I can start to feel into how I might self-limit, as the Embrace of all of us.

The Irrepressible Lifeforce – Alder tree on the beach of Fulltofta, low water

All photos of the same alder tree at lake Ringsjön in Fulltofta. The tree lives through winter, high water and low water. Notable is also the reed and other plants that have started to grow in the sand due to this summers extream low water.
Photos by Stina Deurell.

2018-09-25 by Stina Deurell

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