Other Voices: Charles Eisenstein

by Carol Kelly

I first heard of Charles Eisenstein through my colleague, Patrick Kennedy, during a talk he gave on “Spiritual Activism.”  I was captivated right away by the title of Charles’ latest book: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible.   Many people sigh just hearing the title alone. It is an inspiring and uplifting work.MBWOurHearts_full

“The state of interbeing is a vulnerable state. It is the vulnerability of the naive altruist, of the trusting lover, of the unguarded sharer. To enter it, one must leave behind the seeming shelter of a control-based life, protected by walls of cynicism, judgment, and blame.” – Charles Eisenstein in The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible.

Charles Eisenstein presents his “case” that a more beautiful world is not only possible but actually “in the making” with short, succinct chapters with one-word titles such as ‘Separation”, “Despair”, “Hope”, “Reality” “Cynicism”, “Truth” and “Consciousness”.

He presents an imagination of a world many of us have already imagined for quite some time! It comes first as a relief – and then as great pain at the seeming impossibility of it. Then we feel a new light of hope as he makes intelligent arguments as to how and why a new way of seeing the world will help to change it. And as more and more of us begin to live in the imagination of a different way, we begin to notice how it affects our decisions and our way of being with others.

“Ultimately, work on self is inseperable from work in the world. Each mirrors the other; each is a vehicle for the other. When we change ourselves, our values and actions change as well. When we do work in the world, internal issues arise that we must face or be rendered ineffective.” – Charles Eisenstein in Sacred Economics.

I have found this book to be inspiring. Charles has put into words some of my deepest hopes for the future and given me courage to keep holding those hopes while putting my will where it can do the most good. His is a voice we hope many more will hear.

Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer on themes such as consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. He is the author of “Sacred Economics” and “The Ascent of Humanity.” He graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy. He currently lives in Camp Hill, PA. Learn more at charleseisenstein.net

On Fridays in this blog we turn our attention to other people working, living and creating in ways that speak to our true humanity.

Carol Kelly is a priest in The Christian Community in College Park, MD.  You can find out more here:  http://www.ccgwb.org / www.thechristiancommunity.org

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