There is nothing new or extraordinary about the foundations of the Embraces. The unique is that we can relate to them and take them as our first-person perspective. This opens a whole new way of perceiving the world and invites us to feel a deeper belonging to everything we are part of.
The more knowledge we have about cosmology, biology, ecology, sociology and all other areas, the more Embraces we can explore. It was impossible to take the perspective as our Galaxy before we knew it existed. The more we know about sociology and psychology, the better we can explore the Embrace of a Family or an Organisation.
An Open Exploration
It has been an open exploration during the years; someone comes up with an idea: Can I Embrace my cat? Is there an Embrace holding all human women, excluding men, and vice versa? What about leaning out into the cultural Embrace of the Galaxy? The answers are; yes, there is a cultural Embrace of you and your cat; no, men and women are types inside the Embrace of Humanity; yes, something apart from us in the Galaxy seam to have a cultural aspect.
What I find astonishing, is the consistency and our consensus of the outcome. We find an Embrace or not, it’s a common experience, and bit by bit we have come to understand what constitutes an Embrace.
Physical, Biological and Cultural Embraces
Embraces are based on physical, biological or cultural belonging or a combination of them. We tried other ways of sorting it out but always got back to these three. They also map well with the scientific worldview and our everyday experiences.
Physical Embraces – Particles to Universe
Physical Embraces are based on the origin of its parts and their present location.
All particles that are me today have been part of the Universe since it formed. The atoms that make up my body today have been a part of this planet for billions of years; they have been everywhere on the planet. Inside me is the whole history and geography of planet Earth.
I am in this house, on this continent, spinning with planet Earth, rotating around the Solar, moving with the Milky Way and expanding with the Universe.
As this physical body, I belong here. Unconditionally.
The physical Embraces includes everything in the Universe, including living beings, but not their aliveness, only their physical foundation. To experience myself as a physical object is very different from my usual way of perceiving me.
Borders defined by human decisions are cultural Embraces, not physical. For example, we once tried to take the perspective as the physical Embrace of Sweden; It didn’t work. Instead, we found the physical Embrace of the Scandinavian peninsula.
When we lean out into physical Embraces, the quality we mostly experience is a calm and timeless space. Nothing to feel, think or do. Just be. No life, no death. The experiences vary depending on what we Embrace. The Universe is the most spacious one, and our Galaxy is my favourite, I feel very much at home as part of the Milky Way.
Biological Embraces – Cells to Biosphere
Our Biological Embraces are based on kinship formed during the evolution of life on Earth, and our relations in the global and local ecosystems.
I am the result of an unbroken, more than three billion years long, chain of life. So are all other living organisms on Earth. We are one huge family tree.
We live together as one complex, global ecosystem. Interdependent. Forming the Biosphere.
As a living being, I belong here. Unconditionally.
I’m part of many biological Embraces, for example, the Embraces of vertebrates, mammals, humans, my ethnicity, my family. There are also the Embraces of all insects or all lilies, but because I’m not a part of those Embraces, I can’t take them as my perspective. So I can’t know for sure if they are there, but I guess they are.
The Embrace of the Biosphere is the foremost reason why I work with the Wider Embraces project. If our human civilisation is going to survive, we need to become aware that we are a part of the Biosphere and start to act from that insight. There is no other way forward.
Most biological Embraces have an energetic feeling, an aliveness. Life has to constantly move, to act, otherwise; death.
Cultural Embraces – We and All of Humanity
Cultural Embraces are based on the knowledge and the things we’ve gathered throughout human history, and on our social interactions here and now.
I’m born into the human culture with roots going back some hundred thousands years. My ancestors have been adding knowledge, technologies and cultural expressions at an accelerating pace.
Today we are, for the first time, forming a global human culture, with numerous local variations.
As a node in the human culture, I belong here. Unconditionally.
I’m born into several layers of cultural Embraces; family, class, religion, region, humanity. Each has its traditions and ways to interact. And as I grow up, I find and form new cultural Embraces; my school, sports club, workplace, and maybe forming a new family — each with its boundaries and flavours.
Some cultural Embraces are fixed; others are more fluid. Any group, even if it’s just a brief meeting form a cultural Embrace. To tap into the Embrace of the group strengthens it.
All social animals have cultural Embraces, though because I’m not a part, I can’t know them.
When we lean out into our different cultural Embraces, the quality of the experience varies a lot. But most cultural Embraces has dynamic energy. The same Embrace can also shift its feeling over time and during a session.
Many people are working with and exploring “we-spaces” today. That is wonderful. What sets Wider Embraces apart from most of these methods is that we don’t see the Embrace of the Group as something we create. But rather as something that is present, as soon as there is a group of people. We just become aware of the Embrace. Another difference is that we also lean out into the Embrace of the Group and take it as our first-person perspective, sensing as is. More about this later.
Properties of our wider Embraces
So that was a short presentation of the three domains of Embraces: physical, biological and cultural. Here are some more notes about them and our relation to them and as them.
Types are Variations inside Embraces
We are all different in many ways, eye colour, personality type, gender, sexual orientation, and so on. It can be tempting to think that each type has its Embrace. We have tried but it doesn’t seem to work. I remember when we tried to find the Embraces of men, respectively women. We divided the group along with sex, and each group sought to tone into the Embrace of all women / all men. When we regathered, we all agreed that this was no success. So we leaned out into the Embrace of Humanity and felt into all the diverse expressions, what a richness!
Of course, we can form a group based on sex, gender, IQ, or sexual orientation, and then there will be a cultural Embrace holding us.
Lists are Not Embraces
People in my address book are all part of the Embrace of Humanity, but they don’t form their own Embrace. To form an Embrace, the parts have to be interconnected, not only have something in common, in this case; knowing me. It’s easy to think from a personal perspective; if I see things as belonging together, they should. You need to look at it from the standpoint of the Embrace; are all my parts interconnected?
A Different Scale for Time and Space
When we take the perspective as a wider Embrace, especially a larger one, the timescale and size are very different from our own. We are used to experience reality from our human scale; a thousand kilometres is very far, and a thousand years is hard to imagine. Planet Earth or the Galaxy moves on another scale and pace. Our interpretations of what we experience when we lean out into a wider Embrace and take it as our first-person perspective has to take this into account. My processing unit, my human brain, may not recognise any time nor space, because they are so vast.
Some Embraces are very well defined; our planet, a group of people gathered together in a room, an ecosystem on an island. What is inside, and what is not is relatively clear. Other Embraces have fuzzy boundaries; for example a species, a family, a mountain, a town. In our experience, it doesn’t matter if the edges are a bit fuzzy as long as the core is well defined.
No Free-Floating Embraces
The perspectives from our Embraces may sound like the Oneness spiritual people talk about, and it is, and it is not. The Wider Embraces method reveals the many “Onesesses”, all based in our manifest world. There are no free-floating Embraces. That not saying that there are other free-floating entities out there somewhere, but they are not part of what we discuss here.
Different types of Embraces often overlap. We can either work with each type at a time or the Embrace of all aspects.
For example, a company may have both a physical and a cultural aspect, and we can either become aware of each at a time or the Embrace that includes both.
Sometimes you can bring clarity to an issue by focusing on one type of Embrace at a time. For example, to look at your family from its biological Embrace and its cultural Embrace. The two will give you very different insights.
A pet can be part of the cultural Family Embrace, though not the biological. To include your dog or cat in a biological Embrace, you have to lean out into the Embrace of all Mammals.
Next part: Relations – Between, Beyond and Inwards