Archive | November, 2012

Perspectives and Values

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If I see from the perspective of me, Stina;
My happiness will be the most important thing in the world.

If I see from the perspective of my family or group;
The happiness of my family or group will be what I work for, what motivates me and makes me happy.

If I see from the perspective of humanity;
The happiness of all humans will be what’s important for me and I won’t be truly happy before everyone is happy.

If I see from the perspective of the biosphere;
The happiness of life will be my focus and I share the joy and the pain of all life.

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All these perspectives are true.

All these perspectives can be an intellectual idea, a heart feeling or I can actually become those perspectives and experience them in first person. That is what “Who is Embracing?” is all about.

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As a single, human being I can more or less ignore the biosphere.

Or I can start to see the biosphere. See it as something other, something out there, separate from me, something I can use or take care of. An It.

Or I can start to think about how I’m a part of the web of life on planet Earth. How we all are ancestors of the firsts cells on this planet and I can start to feel into that connectedness and relate to all life as You and We.

Or I can recognize that my consciousness is a local department of the Big Consciousness and that the biosphere is a regional department. And I ask myself “who is embracing?” and I become the biosphere, embracing all life including Stina. I am the biosphere.

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I’m not only embraced by the biosphere, there are an infinite amount of embraces. Circles in circles like an infinite spiral: Me, family, friends, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion, humanity, mammals, vertebrates, animals, the biosphere, planet Earth, the Solar System, the Milky Way, the Universe …

And looking the other way, there are equal infinite embraces:  my organs, cells, molecules, atoms, particles, strings …

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When I expand to a wider embrace, it’s an inhale, a widening of my consciousness.
When I turn and see everything I embrace, it’s an exhale, a widening of my heart.

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The more we see and love the world from different perspectives the stronger that perspective gets. What perspectives do you exercise?

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All photos of the same little leaf, but from different perspectives.

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