– I lean out into this Embrace, and become it.
– I am the Embrace.
– I sense the world as the Embrace.
Step 4: I am the Embrace
When we move from step three to step four, we move from resting in the subtle field of an Embrace, to take it as our first-person perspective, stepping into the realm of subjectivity / pure awareness.
I take the perspective as the Embrace. Becoming aware as the Embrace. I am the Embrace. As the Embrace, I’m aware of the manifest and subtle structures that are in me and around me.
A little smile arrives. It’s just there. I’m not smiling.
Transcending the Personal
Shifting from being identified as a single human being into being identified as a wider Embrace, is the most significant step in the Wider Embraces process, and what sets the Wider Embraces method apart from most other methods. Where there was a person, there is now an Embrace. An Embrace being all of its parts, including that person I was before. So in one way, this is an individual level, though the “I” is a collective. We transcend and include the personal.
If you haven’t experienced this shift of identity deliberately, you can’t think your way into an understanding. When I’m not identified as an Embrace, I can only remember it vaguely; ‘knowing about it’, not ‘being it’.
A Momentary Shift of Perspective
All our wider Embraces are already present, so there is no time needed to create or activate them.
The shift happens in an instant, and either you shift or not. There are no in-between perspectives because there is nothing in-between that can be the basis for the perspective.
It may Take Some Time to Get It
For some people, this is an instant revelation and a natural step. For others, it takes practice; it did for me. At first, it was just a vague intuition of something, a brief shift. Now I can move in and out of my wider Embraces when I want to, though to do it together with others is far more easy and enjoyable.
It can be easier to take an Embrace as my perspective if I’m in a slightly altered state. This is why we start by taking a couple of deep breaths and relaxing our bodies and moving slowly from becoming aware of an Embrace, rest in it, finally leaning out into it and taking it as our perspective.
All Information in Lower Resolution – Holographic
One way to understand why I, as a part, have access to the whole perspective of a wider Embrace, is to look at holograms. A hologram is distributed information; the information of the whole is present in all its parts, but at a lower resolution. This explains why we can take the perspective of anything of which we are a part.
There are No Otherworldly Embraces
The Embraces are not otherworldly, or separate from me, or about my inner world. It’s about our outer, collective dimensions. That said; I don’t claim that there isn’t otherworldly or inner stuff going on, it’s just not a part of the Wider Embraces concept. See the formal definition of Wider Embraces.
Something New – Emergent Levels
An Embrace has its own perspective. It’s not a conglomerate of its parts. Just as I, as a human being, have my perspective, and that perspective is not a coalition of my cells or organs. Each level is an emergent perspective, with its own unique viewpoint, scale and quality.
The emergent level ensures the integrity and privacy of the parts of an Embrace. I can’t sneak peek into my kidneys life, although it would be interesting. And as the Embrace of the group, I don’t have access to the other member’s thoughts and feelings, if they don’t choose to tell me.
The emergent level also reduces complexity. My biological body is immensely complex, and there is no way I could control even a fraction of the many processes that are going on each second. Me the person is an emergent level. I am dependent on my cells and organs doing their work, but I am not conscious of those processes. Simultaneously, the cells and organs rely on me to feed them and keep them safe but are unlikely to be much aware of what I’m writing here.
A Different Scale for Time and Space
When we take the perspective as a wider Embrace, the timescale and size are very different. A crucial aspect of working with the Embraces is to be open when we interpret what we sense and not anthropomorphize.
I can take the perspective as the planet, but my interpretation will inevitably be coloured by my knowledge and background and me being just one part. My processing unit, my human brain, may not recognise any time nor space, because they are so vast. I can never know how it is to be the planet. But I can gain deep insights by taking it as my perspective.
You can’t see a Perspective – Perspective Blindness
A perspective can’t be seen; we can only see as it. You can’t see the view itself, only see from it. The seer can’t be seen. This is true both for the perspectives we take as ‘normal’ people, and the perspectives we take during a session. You might remember the view from the mountaintop, but you can’t see from it at the base camp.
Struggling with ‘ego’
When I’m identified as Stina, this single human being, the wider perspective is not alive for me. This is why I often forget to lean out into an Embrace, though it would be a good idea. I have to choose to take it to realise how potent and true it is. I guess this is what some people mean when they say they struggle with their “ego”.
Consciousness and Awareness
We human beings normally operate on a level where awareness, processing capacity, agency, and memory are one, and we call this ‘consciousness’. I see awareness and processing capacity as two very different features.
Pure awareness, or subjectivity, is everywhere, and it’s a property of all objects and fields. You can’t have an object without subjectivity, or subjectivity without an object. Processing capacity, on the other hand, is something brains have and Embraces don’t have brains. They have no processing capacity in the way we have, and they are not conscious in the way we are.
Insights and Visions
As a part, in a wider Embrace, I can ask for guidance and be open for insights. Unexpected insights often occur during a session. They may come in many forms; as visions, emotions or aha-moments. It’s one thing to know about ecology, or that all humans are related, but experiencing the belongingness first-hand is profound. It’s a deepening beyond intellectual knowledge, making it our own.
You are the Mountain
You may have had similar experiences in settings like playing jazz; you are the music, or doing martial arts; you are one body doing the technique, or meditating; you look at the mountain, and suddenly you are the whole landscape.
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