Charles Eistenstein’s (www.charleseisenstein.net) princples of “The Story of Interbeing”, excerpted from his book “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible” are shared below. His work is an invitation to let the old Story of Separation fall away so that we can stand firmly in a new Story of Interbeing. We’ve also added an interview of Charles in which he shares more in person about that New Story.
A recognition of alliance is growing among people in diverse arenas of activism, whether political, social, or spiritual. The holistic acupuncturist and the sea turtle rescuer may not be able to explain the feeling, “We are serving the same thing,” but they are. Both are in service to an emerging Story of the People that is the defining mythology of a new kind of civilization.
I will call it the Story of Interbeing, the Age of Reunion, the ecological age, the world of the gift. It offers an entirely different set of answers to the defining questions of life. Here are some of the principles of the new story.
• That my being partakes of your being and that of all beings.
This goes beyond interdependency— our very existence is relational.
• That, therefore, what we do to another, we do to ourselves.
• That each of us has a unique and necessary gift to give the world.
• That the purpose of life is to express our gifts.
• That every act is significant and has an effect on the cosmos.
• That we are fundamentally unseparate from each other, from all beings, and from the universe.
• That every person we encounter and every experience we have mirrors something in ourselves.
• That humanity is meant to join fully the tribe of all life on Earth, offering our uniquely human gifts toward the wellbeing and development of the whole.
• That purpose, consciousness, and intelligence are innate properties of matter and the universe.
A recent post from Charles at his website shares how olive trees that have been dying in a region of Italy is one example of the relationship between humans and the material world, with consequences far beyond those trees.
CHARLES EISENSTEIN is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four children. www.charleseisenstein.net