If there’s one person who has been the Indie Press champion of overthrowing the old story and bringing in the new, it’s Charles Eisenstein. His name has popped up on my blog a couple of times for his inspiring articles in Resurgence, so when he made his appearance in Edinburgh, post-New Story Summit, I promptly boughtt a ticket.
That was well over a week ago, and although the event was inspiring, I’ve struggled to find something coherent to write about it. This partly stems from the style of Charles’ talk. He did not arrive at St John’s Church with a ready-made speech. Instead, he asked four people in the audience why they had come and used their responses as a springboard to jump off of. The result was a rambling talk full of interesting insights but not something that can be summarised in under 500 words.
He did give quite a bit of attention to our being at a transition point. We stand at the edge of what the old story of separation can achieve. We know it is no longer serving the best interests of the Earth or its inhabitants, human or otherwise. We’re teetering on that edge, gathering the courage to launch ourselves into a new story, one of interconnection or even of interbeing, but we haven’t quite got around to leaving our comfort zone yet.
A week later what has stayed with me are a set of sound bites to mull over. These memes have the potential to help me through this storied transition, I’m sure of it, but at the moment I’m still mulling. In the meantime, I’ve ordered a copy of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible.
Top three thought bites from Charles Eisenstein in Edinburgh, 5th of October, 2014 (paraphrased):
- Synchronicity is an invitation to be part of changes you do not know how to make yourself.
- You can’t push the idea, you can only serve the idea
- A miracle is something that is impossible when look at from the old worldview/story, but perfectly possible in the emerging new worldview