Notes from our Wider Embraces Sessions

These are notes from our journeys out into our wider Embraces. 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.


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.

2019-02-06 by Stina Deurell
The Ladies
Tags: Alignment, Biosphere

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.
Always.

2019-02-06 by Stina Deurell
Online with Staffan and Stina
Tags: Group, Responsibility

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.

2019-02-04 by Stina Deurell
The Ladies
Tags: Biosphere

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.

Not yet

2019-01-31 by Stina Deurell
The Ladies
Tags: Culture, Planet Earth

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.

2019-01-30 by Stina Deurell
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.

2019-01-06 by Stina Deurell
Various Meetings
Tags: Unconditionally

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.

2019-01-02 by Stina Deurell
Various Meetings
Tags: Biosphere, Humanity, Laughing

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.

2018-12-30 by Stina Deurell
The Ladies
Tags: Human body, Planet Earth, Water

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.

2018-12-26 by Stina Deurell
The Ladies
Tags: Direction, Metaphor

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.

2018-12-21 by Stina Deurell
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.

2018-12-16 by Stina Deurell
The Ladies
Tags: Humanity

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.

2018-12-12 by Stina Deurell
Online with Staffan and Stina
Tags: Body, Physical, Universe