Charles Eisenstein in Oakland, June 2015
Last weekend’s Whole Person Economy Satsang at Oakland’s Impact Hub featured speaker-author-philosopher Charles Eisenstein, who is conceptualizing new ways of living on the earth.
Eisenstein’s grounded hope, great mind, big heart, and gritty vision all conspire to inspire.
Below are 20 ideas I was particularly struck by from his Oakland remarks. If these quotes speak to you, follow the links in the endnotes for abundant ideas and inspiration.
1. We are witnessing the death process of the story that has been part of humanity for thousands of years… the story of separation.
2. Racism, sexism, ecocide are all the fruits of a world view rooted in domination. The ideological core of our society is hollowing out. We don’t believe the old story any more.
3. In the space between stories, our own understanding of causality has become suspect. How do we navigate in such a moment?
Hindu scholar and teacher Prabha Duneja recently spoke at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on “Meditation and Mantra.” She has a gift for expressing Hinduism’s complexities in a direct, accessible style. Here are 14 pearls from Prabha’s talk.
1. Mantra meditation creates a connection with the Source. In mantra japam, whisper the mantra, one repetition for each bead. Then continue silent japam with sealed lips. As the silent japam becomes stronger, one becomes aligned with the Source of All.
2. Mantra is the word that liberates the mind and leads to the silence of the soul. The power of mantra is released by constant devoted practice.
3. Mantra and meditation are two sides of the same coin.
These days my adventures in learning center around how we as humans can shift our course and our consciousness to create more harmonious relationships with the biosphere and one another.
A Collective Learning Journey
We have entered a new era of humanity, a time when the continued viability of the biosphere to sustain life is no longer assumed or assured, but must be worked for. It is unknown whether our species can succeed in creating a long-term future that is biologically and socially favorable.
Time to get busy with the sacred work of transforming our world. As we go about reweaving humanity’s ways of being on the earth, this will bring much learning, connection and meaning to our lives.
In this blog I will share occasional quotes, resources, inspiration, and questions, exploring themes of personal and planetary transformation – interfaith spirituality and ministry – nature as beloved, nature as self – changing the Story – social justice – psychodynamics of social change – Hinduism – bedside singing – and more.