Envisioning a Peaceful World with Charles Eisenstein

Envisioning a Peaceful World with Charles Eisenstein.

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Envisioning a Peaceful World with Charles Eisenstein

My wife and I will be interviewing author and what I would call a man who is interested in sparking the evolution of humankind, Charles Eisenstein.  I’ve read three of his books, Sacred Economics, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, and The Ascent of Humanity.

Charles envisions this:  By embracing our interconnectedness with all being on earth, we can change the world. Yes, we can have peace!

Charles is one of the seminal and pioneering storytellers of the new world. He explains how “fully embracing and practicing the principle of interconnectedness” will help us transcend our planetary crisis and have a positive influence on the world.. His latest book, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible, serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling. Charles reminds us that we are all connected, and our small, personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power.

Charles reveals how our culture’s guiding narrative of separation has generated our current crises. He shows us how we can change that narrative by telling the real-life stories of courage, kindness, and self-trust. He brings to conscious awareness a deep wisdom we all innately know: “Until we get selves in order, any action we take—no matter how good our intentions—will ultimately be wrongheaded and wronghearted.”

Joanna Macy, author of Active Hope says that he offers us “a rich feast for mind and heart.” Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life says, “He isn’t just describing a possible world. He is helping us find our way to it.” We are deeply honored to have this visionary guest with us to discuss how we can become more effective agents of change and have a stronger positive influence on the world.

PS: We have a copy of the book for the first person to call in during this live episode(646-652-2235).

Education as an Evolutionary Process: The Work of Steven Jones

To educate is to unfold potential.  It is a bringing forth of what is within.  As Christ said in the “Gospel of Thomas:”  “If you bring forth that which is within you, then that which is within you will save you.  If you do not bring forth that which is within you then that which is within you will kill you.”

As we gaze upon a decimated landscape of pollution, what IS killing us?  What in our troubled minds is doing this?

 

Education as an Evolutionary Process: The Work of Steven Jones.

Sexuality as the Essential Creative Dance of All Life Saith Lisa Vunk

Starry eyed woman Full of vision towards a world of loving revision

Starry eyed woman
Full of vision
towards a world
of loving revision

 

Sexuality IS the Essential, Creative Dance of Life

Lisa Vunk is a Spiritual Awakening Facilitator, Conscious Evolution Coach, and Healer helping you to find Peace and Inner Wisdom in these challenging and transformational Times.

Lisa introduces her offerings this way: “I am a mostly self-taught blend of a healer, nutritionist, naturopath/medicine woman, life-coach, chef, and mystic. I know Whole-Heartedly that I survived my life path to share what I have learned with others to help them heal, forgive both self and ‘other’, and release all that no longer serves them.  Lisa also supports people in their ego/Shadow Work (what most simply call looking in your own mirror). It is amazing what we can hide from ourselves no matter how smart we think we are.”

Lisa speaks to us about how to reclaim our Sexual Sovereignty. She calls on us to “identify, honor, and eradicate shame and disempowering subconscious self-limiting beliefs about our sexuality.” Lisa invites us to “Follow your Intuition and see where you are guided. We all have our own unique choreography to our healing and Awakening which is why my practice is called TranscenDance. We can learn to dance in the rain, surf tsunamis, and TranscenDance across the fires of personal purification.”

To listen to Lisa chitter chatter on Burl and Merry’s Envision This platter visit quickly the following link for an hour of sensuous wining and dining that shall make you think!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/envision-this/2014/06/25/lisa-vunk-sacred-sexuality-is-not-an-oxymoron#ixzz35iS2zt7b

Freeing Ourselves from Aristocratic Rule: Francis Moore Lappe Cultivates an Ecology of Mind!

Francis Moore Lappe

Francis Moore Lappe

 

Within the human body as well as the cosmos, what a particular cell becomes is in relationship to the needs of the whole. As Christ is said to come for the sake of us all, then so do we all come for the sake of us all. Yes, our lives DO have meaning! We are here to support life. All of it!

Who is the Never Ending Story inherent in the great myths if not us? As Hindus often say when awakening to Brahmin, “I AM THAT!”

Have you ever read or seen the movie, Never Ending Story? It’s on Youtube if you haven’t.The theme signifies that the reader reading the story is the story being read! (The link is at the end of this article)

Yes, we read scriptures, myths, objectified news and process poetry and it’s all about us. It’s all about all of us, including everything else other then us that is striving, thriving and dying on this little blue ball we call a planet. Oh, is a planet a plane, a dimension of experience flying about the Milky Way? What plane – planet are you playing on?

Plane, planet, and play can be seen as one word? Do we define play as in fun or play as in an act upon the stage of the cosmos? Does it have to be either or or…..perhaps it can be either BOTH / AND or…

Are you happy with the plane you are flying through the Cosmos on? Would you like to change from this dimension evolving a wasteland rule of corporatization and the politician’s mind numbing masturbation?

To change, we need to go to the foundations. First step is to get our hands out of our pants and take a serious look at our misconceptions of life, our errors of thought; and second we need to evolve a more appropriate conception of who we are in Nature.

We are the whole of life expressed as a part. In us all is ALL! Thus a developing fetus begins by looking like a fish, a snail, etc. Furthermore, he goes through the mathematical process of Genesis 1 of the Bible, which is called the Flower of Life. What Life? All of Life.

Again: we are the Never Ending Story. When Genesis 1 of the Bible speaks to creation, it speaks to YOURS and MY conception. Consider the following Youtube video:

More than being a part, we take part in life. We are participants more so than particles. Unfortunately, we have been conditioned by The Man to be particles. And what are the ramifications of this? Who benefits in our thinking ourselves to be more particle than participant? It surely isn’t us, is it?

As you look at the world, do you think we human beings are in crises with our wars, sense of alienation, and in the destruction of the planet?

Are we at the crisis point yet? Crisis interestingly is defined in Chinese lettering as “Dangerous Opportunity.” Is it time for us to take this opportunity in order be born into another level of being?

“Opportunity for what?” we may ask. “Evolution,” I would answer back. But, evolution is a harsher way to go than shopping till you dropping or sitting in front of a “boob tube” all day long.   Yes, lets keep our selves mesmerized and hypnotized as our Souls and the planet dies.

Regarding evolution, author Francis Moore Lappe focuses on how things interrelate to enhance life, which is the most effective antidote to fear and despair.

Lappe has written a book titled, Ecomind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want. This thesis of Lappe speaks to our evolution. But, the cost is that we need to let go of the worldview that we have.

Can we do that?

Frances Moore Lappee has identified ecologically devastating thought traps in her book Ecomind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want. There is that Word made flesh thing again! To change the way we think we need to challenge and rid ourselves of what we ARE thinking. It is then, when we change, that the world begins to change.

Remember in Genesis all those “Let there be” statements which came to be? What is YOUR “Let there be” statement?

Did you know this points towards magic? Magic is in essence casting a spell on something to get a desired effect. Our words do matter. What has our wording of the world gotten us? Has it elicited the absurdity of corporate standardization that is made fun of in scenes like this?

This speaks to what we call black magic. Black magic is harmful to most of the creatures in the cartoon…well, except the monkey and cat.

What fundamental thought traps can you identify that get us caught up in pollution, constant warfare, and the devolution of our species, homo rationed? Why do we remain rationed?

Lappee identifies several of these traps that ration us in our rational minds. Lets go there with her!

Thought Trap # 1: No Growth is the answer

Thought Leap # 1: “Since what we’ve been calling growth leads to so much waste, lets call it what it is-an economics of waste and destruction. Then, let’s probe why. Dropping the distracting “growth verses-no-growth” debate, we can embrace qualitative notions of where we want to go, choosing terms like flourishing and genuine progress” that focuses our minds on enhancing health, happiness, ecological vitality, resiliency and the dispersion of social power.”

Burl’s thought leap: In the new Genesis, I believe the command needs to be “Let there be peace, love and understanding.”

Thought Trap # 2: Consumer Society is THE problem

Thought Leap #2: Let’s not confuse symptoms with cause. “Consumerism” – too much stuff – is largely a symptom of forces denying us choice. Let’s go for real choice as we delink what’s become an automatic association between buying things on the one hand, and luxury comfort and enjoyment on the other. Together, let’s imagine and create real luxury-rich stimulating and beautiful lives honoring the laws of Nature.

Yes, fast food buffs, have it your way at McDonalds is not a real choice. Nor does it speak to our richness. Rather, it speaks to our poverty. Fast food is simply a joke that has Ronald McDonald laughing all the way to the bank. And, what fool is being laughed at? Those of us eating a Big Mac!

Thought Trap #3: We’ve hit the limits of a finite Earth. We must power down to live within the limits of a finite planet.

Thought Leap #3: Because most people know they weren’t invited to the Too Good Party, the message of limits falls flat. An effective and ecologically attuned goal is NOT about more or less. Moving from fixation on quantities, our focus shifts to what brings health, ease, joy, creativity—more life! These qualities arise as we align with the rules of Nature so that our real needs are met as the planet flourishes.

Thought Trap #4: We must overcome human Nature to save the planet. (Burl Hall’s reflection: In our world order, we are not supposed to be who we are by Nature, which is a violation of Nature. To violate who we are is a violation of God who goes by various names of the Self such as Brahmin, Yahweh and Nature. Remember God didn’t get “pissed” because Adam and Eve took clothes off but because they wanted to put clothes on. Being nude is being Natural…got it?)

Thought Leap #4: Sure, we can be selfish, fixated on material gain, and narrowly competitive. But here’s the key to our future: We’ve also evolved deep capacities for cooperation, empathy, fairness, efficacy, meaning and creativity. We can’t change human Nature, but that’s ok. We can change the norms and rules of our societies to keep negative human potential in check and to elicit these powerful, positive qualities we most need now. Let’s focus these with laser intensity.

Thought Trap #5: To save our planet, we have to override humanities natural resistance to rules. Because humans- especially Americans-naturally hate rules and love freedom, we have to find the best ways to coerce people to do the right thing to save the planet

Thought Leap #5: The Nature of Nature is rules, and humans love rules that enhance our sense of belonging and give our lives structure, shape and meaning. They work and take off fast when people feel engaged in shaping them, and they make sense to us. Knowing all this, we can go beyond rules that limit harm and establish rules that avoid harm to begin with.

Burl’s reflection. When I changed from eating the typical American diet of fast foods and began buying locally grown food and, even, growing a lot of the food I eat myself, I experienced a deeper connection to life, as well as loosing well over a hundred and fifty pounds. Yes, I was under the typical American diet at well over 340 pounds. Today, I go between 180 and 220 depending on whether my Chrone’s disease is active.

Thought Trap #6: Humans have lost the connection to Nature. Now thoroughly urbanized and technology addicted we’ve become so disconnected from Nature that it’s pretty hopeless to think most people could ever become real environmentalists.

Thought Leap #6: We can count on one thing for sure: Humans evolved to love Nature. So, city dwellers, too, can and are rediscovering that natural connection, finding that it enhances our health, learning, and fun. As we reconnect with Nature in all these ways and more, it’s likely that support for public action to heal the natural world will grow too. (Burl’s reflection: Nature means Essence and thus loving Nature is to love one’s Self for one’s Self is one’s Essence. The issue of shame regarding nudity is about non-acceptance of who we are by Nature. Shame and judgment are the sin of humankind.)

Thought Trap #7: It’s too late! Human beings have so far overshot what Nature can handle that we’re beyond the point of no return. Democracy has failed—its taking way to long to face the crisis. And because corporations hold so much power, real democracy, answering to us and able to take decisive action is a pipe dream.

Thought Leap #7: It’s not too late for life. And it’s flourishing depends on democracy attuned to all we now know of Nature and to what history teaches: that centralized power cannot lead to the sustained goal of the whole.

Plus, today’s crises are so interrelated, vast in scope, and complex that solutions depend on tapping the direct experience, common sense, and passion of people most affected. And, that’s billions of us! With the buy in that comes with having a real voice, most of us want to contribute to solutions that turn the planet to life. So, the Mother of All Issues is removing the power of concentrated wealth from public decision-making and infusing citizen’s voices instead. It’s beginning in surprising places.

Sounds similar to Rob Kall’s “Bottom Up” idea to me.

Francis ends with a chapter titled “Thinking Like an Ecosystem.” In honoring her wonderful work, I’m going to end with what I said at the beginning:

A particular thesis about the planet Earth that I personally like is James Lovelock’s “Gaia Hypothesis.” In short, this thesis states that the planet operates as a singular organism. In order to wrap my head around what Lovelock is saying, I tend to meditate on fetal development where cells become parts of various organs based on the needs of the whole.

This is how an ecosystem thinks! Its all for one and one for All!!! What does this mean to us? In essence, we are more than particles, We are participants participating! So, participate! We are more verb than noun, process more so than product. Focusing on products more so than processes has gotten us into a real mess in which extinction rates are high, and the human being is alienated. Products isolate, processes relate and unify.

As if to reinforce my meanderings of mind, there was a book written by a Jewish mystic that was called, “God is a Verb.” To that I would answer, “WE are a Verb.”

Who are we alienated from? Yahweh (I AM) or Nature Herself?

Mm, to say we are focused on the Self is to be focused on the All? As the Three Musketeers put it, “its one for all and all for one.” All and one are truly not separate in our uni-versity or unified versatility.

Dare we deny the wisdom of the Three Musketeers?

To learn more from Francis in an interview with this author and his wife on Envision This!, please visit: <div style=”font-size: 10px;text-align: center;width:400px;”>Discover Culture Internet Radio with <a href=”http://www.blogtalkradio.com/envision-this&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>ENVISION THIS</a> on BlogTalkRadio</div>

Francis’ website is at: http://smallplanet.org

The Never Ending Story is available for a cost on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF3K7Ja_C5U

If you are on a deep quest for Truth while also being able to understand the metaphorical (great sound) language of myth, I highly recommend this movie.

God is a Verb can be explored on Amazon. The url is: http://www.amazon.com/God-Is-Verb-Kabbalah-Practice/dp/1573226947

 

Francis with Vandana Shiva

Francis with Vandana Shiva

 

A Quick and Dirty (not in a Sexual manner!) Reflection on Steven Jones and the Gaian Web

In addition to writing, I work with my wife on an online radio show called Envision This!  This show is hosted by Blog Talk radio.  In our show, I am fascinated regarding the threads of change that are in the air. IN ancient Goddess spiritualities, the Great Mother, who is all of Nature, including OUR Nature, spins a web tying everything together. This weaving is reinforced in biologist James Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis.

This morning I posted a blog regarding Seven Jones of Antioch College of New England (located in New Hampshire).  Interesting how “New” everything was for those that conquered the Native American lands; which, to the Natives, were pretty old.  Yet, as I muse about this “New England,” even though school reported that the colonists wanted a new life; it appears they wanted the same ole shit on a different day.  Thus the political and institutionalized religious structures of the old were made anew in the land of America.

It was here in America that we continued the slaughter of the traditional peoples and instituted philosophies of transcending Nature such as reductionism, rationalism and all other fantasies of thought that has been used to control our minds, souls, bodies and even bladders.  Yes, sir re, we just needed to be lead by the “Man on the Pulpit,” be he in the form of priest, preacher, guru, president, congress, or judge.  The psychiatrist Eric Fromm was aware of this dynamic.  He wrote a book titled, Escape from Freedom.  Now, why in the hell do we want to escape from freedom?  Is it truly easier for us to surrender our Souls to the “man behind the curtain?”  Could the Wizard also be all of us who are hiding our true self and humanness behind a curtain of facade?

Oh, that’s another blog!

This Gian pattern is also by people such as Steve Jones. Indeed, in reading, researching and speaking to people like him, and people like Charles Eisenstein, the web, for me becomes more and more clear.

This movement is huge and growing larger!  Not only is Eisenstein aware of it, but author Anne Baring in her Dream of the Cosmos:  A Quest for the Soul.  

The more I study this and talk with people like Jones, the more I see the weaving hands of Nature. Yes, those hands are silent and subtle”.but they are there screaming at us to awaken to The Pattern”.both in terms of the Soul Suppressing pattern of Western Civilization and the Pattern of Awakening that is taking hold on this planet.

If truth be known, we ARE the Sleeping Beauty knocked unconscious by Vanity (i.e., mirror, mirror on the wall, who IS the fairest of them all.). Is it time that we become lovers of Love Himself? Is He truly external to us or is He at the foundations of our Being? No vanity there. Only the ecstasy of Love.

Ok, enough talk.  If you’re interested in listening:

The interview of Steven Jones is at:  <div style=”font-size: 10px;text-align: center;width:400px;”>Online Education Radio at Blog Talk Radio with <a href=”http://www.blogtalkradio.com/envision-this&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>ENVISION THIS</a> on BlogTalkRadio</div>

Anne Baring’s interview is at:  <div style=”font-size: 10px;text-align: center;width:400px;”>Popular Culture Internet Radio with <a href=”http://www.blogtalkradio.com/envision-this&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>ENVISION THIS</a> on BlogTalkRadio</div>

Charles Eisenstein will be interviewed on Wed., July 16 at 3:00 PM Eastern time.  If you can’t make live, the show will be archived.  If you know anything of Charles’ work and want to call with a question, that too is an option.

 

 

 

Steve Jones, President of Antioch University of New England Speaks to Education as Evolutionary Process

The term education in its epistemological roots signifies an evolutionary process.  Its function is to unfold the potential of a person.  What we have in our day and age is not education.  It is indoctrination.  This article speaks to the work of Steve Jone, President of Antioch University who takes the epistemological roots of religion to heart.

The article furthermore leads the reader to an interview the author and his wife did with Steve.

 

Steve Jones, President of Antioch University of New England Speaks to Education as Evolutionary Process.