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Charles Eisenstein In Conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

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An inspiring listen … feed your soul with some heart-flavored meta-science:

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We are getting exhausted at maintaining an ugly world

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It’s been a while since I’ve heard Charles Eisenstein talking … in The Fertile Ground of Bewilderment it feels like a fresh wave of crystallization is passing through him: “… the core is changing … interbeing is the truth. We can only surpress it at great and growing effort, until we become exhausted. It’s like […]

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The Wild Edge of Sorrow

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Some months ago Charles Eisenstein published this conversation with Francis Weller and I got around to listening to it a couple of days ago. I resonated deeply with some of the things Francis said. It was also, of the podcasts Charles has done that I have heard, the most vibrant and clear conversation as it […]

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Crisis: Taking a Stance

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Though its 2 or 3 years old this talk by Maria Scordialos feels even more relevant on this day that Greece is holding its referendum. Two ideas shimmered for me in her talk: That the word for “crisis” in Greek does not mean something broken or tragic but that it means taking a stance. That […]

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Thanks to Peacemakers

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Fresh from Charles Eisenstein … read the entire post for the backstory: “It has taken a journey for us to reach this place, and the future may hold new challenges … To get here, we had to let go of all kinds of victim stories, hurts and resentment, reasons why one is right and another […]

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Suggested Price

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Iulia has communicated to me that there is an issue with money around the upcoming Yoga workshop, specifically that some people have expressed a feeling that the price is too high. I am going to try to speak to that in this post. If you are looking for a short answer that will give you […]

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Charles Eisenstein: Great Souls

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“We often think of misfortune as some kind of punishment for past evil, a theme that runs through religious thought both East and West … How else to explain the sweet, innocent babies in the children’s cancer wards? If we are not to resort to blind, pitiless, purposeless chance, we need another explanation for the […]

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Charles Eisenstein: Evil

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“Evil is not only a response to the perception of separation, it is also its product. How do we deal with this implacable, malevolent Evil? Because force is the only language it understands, we are compelled to join it in force … Human beings have been committing horrors for thousands of years in the name […]

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Charles Eisenstein: Psychopathy

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Most of the quotes I have recently posted from Charles Eisenstein have shimmered for me to share with others, this one is more of a bookmark for myself. “Here is another story from Book IV of the Liezi (translation Thomas Cleary): Lung Shu said to the physician Wen Chi, “Your art is subtle. I have […]

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Charles Eisenstein: Inner Activisim

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“Wouldn’t it be nice if the problem were indeed the greed and wickedness of the dastardly individuals who hold the reins of power? The solution would be so simple then—simply remove those people from power, scour the world of evil. But that is just more of the same war against evil that has been with […]

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Charles Eisenstein: The Power of Attention

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“The power of attention is much greater than the force of self-restraint.” Charles Eisenstein – The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

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Charles Eisenstein: The Fix

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“Our addictions and superficial pleasures aren’t only substitutes for something else – they are also glimpses of that something, promises. Shopping does give many people a fleeting experience of abundance or connection. Sugar does give many people a feeling of loving themselves. Cocaine offers a moment of knowing oneself as a capable, powerful being. Heroin […]

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Charles Eisenstein: Evidence and Logic

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“Evidence and logic are tools we use to justify and flesh out our beliefs, but we are deceiving ourselves to think that they are the source of our beliefs.” Charles Eisenstein – The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

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Charles Eisenstein: Technology

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“At the present juncture, the primary importance of the technologies of interbeing isn’t in what they can do. It is that they puncture the reality bubble in which we have lived, showing us that neither we nor the world is what we thought.” Charles Eisenstein – The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

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Charles Eisenstein: Receive a Vision

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“We must learn to see the world through the eyes of the gift … … it is not ours to decide what is true or possible. Some teachings ask us to start by creating a vision, but this is mistaken; the proper way to start is to receive a vision … The second step is […]

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Charles Eisenstein: Obviously, a gift

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“Things have to happen that we don’t know how to make happen. If you don’t ‘make’ it happen, and it happens, then how does it happen? Obviously, it happens as a gift. … How and why does this happen? If we could some how master the technology of being in the right place in the […]

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Charles Eisenstein: No Map

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“When we have a map from A to B, we can just follow the directions. Now is not that time. The calculable results are not enough. We need miracles. We have caught a glimpse of our destination, the destination that hope foretells, but we have no idea how to get there. We walk an invisible […]

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Charles Eisenstein: Our House is on Fire

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“Specifically, when are the methods of ‘practicality’ appropriate? Quite simply, they are appropriate when we know how to do something from within our current understanding of causality. If your stove is on fire and you have a fire extinguisher, then of course you use the fire extinguisher. You don’t ignore it and pray for a […]

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Charles Eisenstein: Futility of Control

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“The ideology of control says that if we can only identify the “cause”, we can control climate change. Fine, but what if the cause is everything? Economy, politics, emissions, agriculture, medicine … all the way to religion, psychology, our basic stories through which we apprehend the world? We face then the futility of control and […]

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Charles Eisenstein: Mentality of War

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“… I am a bit wary of the conventional narrative about global warming, in which reducing CO2 and other greenhouse emissions is the top environmental priority. This narrative lends itself too easily to centralized solutions and the mentality of maximizing (or minimizing) a number. It subordinates all the small, local things we need to do […]

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Charles Eisenstein on Profit … kinda

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In this article Charles Eisenstein speaks abouta relatioship between current business norms and ecological sustainability. I read into something that I’ve been thinking and saying for some time: I see a future where for-financial-profit incorporations are … well … a thing of the past. There are plenty of other profits to be made … but […]

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Charles Eisenstein & Polly Higgins in Olso – November 2013

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A fresh conversation between Charles Eisenstein and Polly Higgins. Having heard them before the talk itself feels like a repeat but the audience questions (almost an hour) brought some new, interesting and fresh things to the surface. I first read about Polly Higgins and her ecocide work in Permaculture one or two years ago. It’s […]

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Rupert Sheldrake – The Science Delusion

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I’ve been fairly quiet in terms of blogging for many months. At first it was for lack of energy, then is was for lack of motivation, then, most recently, it was for lack of Internet connectivity – which we have but has been very unstable and frustrating to use (never know when hitting that publish […]

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When they laugh at my misfortunes

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A different kind of voice speaking about disenchantment and Africa. Bayo Akomolafe: We Will Tell Our Stories from The Economics of Happiness on Vimeo. I feel similarly about Romania. Romania is much further (then Africa) down the road of enchantment by the western offerings … so it has a lot more to gain through disenchantment […]

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Sacred Economics

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I first learned about Charles Eisenstein when Andreea sent me a link to an article he wrote about Permaculture. It was kind of like my first date with Andreea in the sense that it took me a while to get back for a second date (not very romantic but that’s how it happened). Since then […]

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A New Story of the People

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I didn’t enjoy Charles Eisenstein’s talk at TEDxWhiteChapel – not because of its content … something with the energy wasn’t working. I wasn’t surprised. For a long time I have felt that TED events have drifted away from thought leading towards mediocre entertainment … so it made sense that Charles’ energy would be out of […]

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Self Control and Facebook

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This entertaining post on … ummm … how using Facebook can make you fat was brought to my attenion by Matt. However on the heels of completing (yesterday) my first reading of Charles Eisenstein’s Sacred Economics, what caught my attention most was this: “The final experiment of the study found that those people who reported […]

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Fear is a Guardian

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“Actually fear is a guardian, holding us in a safe space in which to grow; you could even say that fear is a gift. Eventually, as we grow, the fears that were once protective become limiting, and we desire to be born. That this will happen is inevitable. Trust yourself now, and you will continue […]

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A Beauty that is absent from Apple Products

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I am happy to have found these simple and clear words to describe one reason(there are others) for my cricism, discontent and disassociation with Apple and its products. My arrows are aimed at Apple because it is a prominent company that is perceived to be a thought leader. Yet there are many companies that deserve […]

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Earth’s Contractions

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Another jewel from Charles Eisenstein’s Sacred Economics “It is, for example, a positive feedback cascade of self-reinforcing, self-augmenting hormones that triggers the childbirth process. Childbirth labor is unsustainable–it would kill the mother if it continued too long–but once its goal is accomplished, the mother returns to homeostasis. Positive feedback phases take an organism or ecosystem […]

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Spirituality & Money: is “wrong” a stepping stone toward “right”?

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Wrong Spirituality One of my current weakenesess is that I still get angry at superficial spirituality … of which there is plenty. My own life experience has, with much hardship, patience and reflection, taught to me to value that within me which is life … an unrelenting, subtle light which insists on shining forth despite […]

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(Not So) Great Britain Reenacts the Original Robbery

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Last night I was reading more from Charles Eisenstein’s Sacred Economics and came across this in a section titled The Original Robbery: “Property is robbery,” proclaimed Proudhon: tracing back the origin of any piece of property through a succession of “legitimate” transfers, we eventually get to the first owner-the one who simply took it, the […]

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Man has a natural right to the earth?

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In chapter 4 of Sacred Economics Charles Eisenstein rightfully describes this following quote, from one Silvio Gesell, as extraordinary: We frequently hear the phrase: Man has a natural right to the earth. But that is absurd, for it would be just as correct to say that man has a right to his limbs. If we […]

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As Above, So Below

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I found this in the footnotes: “As above, so below. Having made nature into an adversary, or at best a pile of “resources,” it is no surprise that we manifest the same relationship within our bodies. The defining diseases of our time are the autoimmune diseases, the somatization of our self-other confusion. Just as the […]

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Misplaced Gods

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“Three or four thousand years ago the gods began a migration from the lakes, forests, rivers, and mountains into the sky, becoming the imperial overlords of nature rather than its essence. As divinity separated from nature, so also it became unholy to involve oneself too deeply in the affairs of the world. The human being […]

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When Hopelessly Radical Becomes Common Sense

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I first heard about Pauly Higgins and her work on Ecocide in Permaculture magazine. Great to see her speaking alongside Charles Eisenstein: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4HBWLzw49g]    

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Wealth Tax

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I arrived at this article by following a link from Jeff Sachs. In talks about taxing wealth rather then income: “Wealth inequality has worsened for two decades and is now at an extreme level. Replacing the income, estate and gift taxes with a progressive wealth tax would do much more to reduce it than any […]

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What is it that stays in business forever?

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I tend to be direct and honest in my life and so when Fred Wilson announced that he was giving a online-course on “How to Stay in Business Forever” I was anxious to hear what he had to say, but even more then his answers I was curious about the questions he would raise around […]

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More Charles Eisenstein – July 2012 – London

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I continue to draw joy, inspiration and insight from every talk he gives and is made available online. There is of course repetition, but every talk brings something more with it. This is a recording (audio only) – but a relatively recent one … so it comes with freshness 🙂

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Sacred Economy: Bringing an End to Strip-Mining of Community

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This isn’t the first post in which I’ve mentioned or pointed to Charles Eisenstein … however … this is another one 🙂 Today we finished making another batch of Zakuska (cooked vegetable mash prepared as a winter preserve). We started working outside and got most of the cooking done before a welcome fall-rain arrived. So […]

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What if negative is a good thing?

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Moody’s has lowered its outlook for the European Union’s AAA credit rating to “negative” and warned that the bloc’s rating could be downgraded. Charles Eisenstein speaks about the limits of economical growth and the need for negative growth. When articles like this are written and read it is presumption that economic growth is a good […]

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Money and My Life

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Money & Life This post has been brewing for a few days and it seemed to me like it was going to be one of those posts that wouldn’t mature and reach publication. I had pretty much given up on it. That was until last night I recieved an email that breathed life back into […]

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Let’s Make Money Like Grains

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“When did we decide and why did we decide that the best way to run the world is to make it a mathematical maximization problem? Where is the heart of that? Where has it brought us? Do we really want more of the same?” A couple of months ago Andreea sent me a link to […]

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