The Wheel of WE is our map; we use it to navigate our wider Embraces. Each step builds on the previous ones and opens a new perspective, a new way of being in the world.
I will explain each step in detail on the following pages; how we do it, what we gain and our present understanding. But first some lines about the Wider Embraces process in general.
The Wider Embraces Process – How we do it
A Guided Co-creation
We meet in person or online; we can be two or many. Typically one person is guiding, and everyone contributes, though the more advanced the group is, the more the process is a dynamic co-creation. Mostly we sit still, but we can also walk around in the room and move with the Embraces.
Everyone has to Belong to the Embrace
We start by deciding what Embraces we want to experience. Everyone has to belong to the Embraces we choose; you can’t rest in or take the perspective of something you are not part of; I am Swedish so I cannot lean out into the embrace of Denmark. However, it is possible to guide people from the outside. For example, as a leadership coach, you can guide members of a company out into the Embrace of their organisation, or as a therapist, guide a client out into the Embrace of his or her family.
Resting in Our Widest Embraces
We always start with a deep breath, being present here and now. The guide then leads the group out into our three widest Embraces in turn; The Embrace of our material Universe, the Embrace of our living Biosphere, and the Embrace of the human Culture. We Rest in each Embrace and feel our unconditional belonging.
From here, we move into the Embrace of Me, and we not only rest in the Embrace but to actually shift our first-person perspective. Shifting perspective is much easier to do than to explain.
Next, we evoke the Embrace of the Group and take that as our first-person perspective, shifting into a collective view. As the Embrace, we hold all members of the Group unconditionally. From the Embrace of the Group, we can move out into any Embrace we like to explore; rest in them and take them as our first-person perspective and sense as them. After the session, we share and reflect together.
Collective Intelligence – Better Together
Entering into the same shared space makes it much more real. It doesn’t matter who is speaking; the experience is mostly the same for all of us. When the speaker’s observations don’t match our own experience it’s often because something interesting is going on; a new distinction we need to make, or something arising that we were not aware of before.
Because it’s a guided process and we move together step by step, participants often get insight and make experiences far beyond their usual level.
An Anthropocentric Method and Universal Embraces
The Wider Embraces method is for humans only. But the Embraces are everywhere and hold everything. The moose lives inside the Embrace of all mooses, and humans and moose live together inside the Embrace of Mammals. We are not inventing, developing or creating the Embraces – they actually exist. And they are not emerging because we get more adept at finding them. But as we grow and learn more about the world, we can perceive and process more Embraces and more aspects of them in new and unique ways.
7 sections formed by 3 realms, 2 perspectives and 2 modes of time
So, for guides and people really interested in the method, there is a beautiful structure to the process, but it is not necessary to know anything about this structure to have a deeply rewarding experience of the Embraces. Read on if you want to know more, but it will all make so much more sense if you have practised for a while!
The method can be viewed as a movement through seven sections formed by three realms, two perspectives and two modes of time.
We move through the steps during a session, but not always in the numbered order, and not always through all of the steps. It depends on which Embrace we are working with and what our purpose is.
Here is a brief overview of the seven steps which generate the content of the following chapters. The chapters build on each other, so it’s a good idea not to jump around too much.