Please read this page before joining your first session. We will all enjoy a better experience when everyone is prepared.
• One guide – Everyone contributing
We meet in person or online; we can be two or many. Typically one person guides, and everyone contributes, though the more advanced the group is, the more the process is a dynamic co-creation.
• Your experience is true and unique
Every session and every person is unique, so whatever you feel and experience is true and valid, right there and then for you. And by sharing it, you add to the full experience of the group.
• Some Experience of Inner Focus is Great
It’s an advantage if you have some experience of being silent and aware of your emotions and bodily sensations, but you can also use the Wider Embraces as a training tool to develop this capacity. Because we work together, the group helps us keep focused.
• Join Clear and Sober
You will get the best and most authentic experience if you are fully present and sober. If you are not feeling well or are under the influence of drugs, please don’t join a group session.
• You are Responsible for Taking Care of Yourself
If you are having mental health issues, it might be a good idea to refrain from participating and especially from taking the Embraces as your first-person perspective. If you are unsure, please consult a professional or ask your guide beforehand.
Prepare for an Online Session
• Find a comfortable and quiet place
Find a comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed. Turn off your phone and all programs on your computer that might interrupt you.
• Use a headset for good sound quality
The sound quality is so much better with a headset, both when you listen and when you engage in conversation. And less noise from your environment is broadcast to everyone.
Using a headset will also give you a feeling of having the voices of the others inside your head, and that is great for the experience.
• Use a webcam, so we can see each other
The Wider Embraces is about the collective, and it will be much easier for us to enter into the Embraces together if we can see each other during parts of the call, so please use your webcam and have some lights on in the room.
During a Guided Session
• When you speak during a session
- Keep yourself muted, when not speaking.
- Only speak about what you are experiencing right now, and keep it short.
- After the session, there will be time for reflection.
• Your privacy is safe
Your personal experience is private. The perspective from an Embrace doesn’t have access to the inner content of its parts. Just like you don’t know what your kidneys are aware of.
If someone shares something personal during a session, don’t share it outside the session.
• Don’t project your humanness
It’s important not to project our humanness onto the Embraces. We don’t know how it is to be the Embrace of the Biosphere. The size and timespan are so different. Not even the Embrace of Humanity is human.
• Avoid spiritual language
We use the scientific map to navigate our wider Embraces, and we avoid religious and spiritual interpretations and language. We all have different beliefs.
• Unfolding – The form of a Torus
If the guide talks about how the Embrace is unfolding through you, this is the torus form to sense into:
Connect via the Zoom Platform
We use the Zoom platform, it’s easy to use and stable. Just click the meeting link a couple of minutes before the meeting starts. Zoom is available on both computers and mobile.
You can test Zoom in advance – https://zoom.us/test.