This Sunday at KI (Kheprw Institute), the monthly book discussion will be about Charles Eisenstein’s The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. Isn’t that a great title? I didn’t suggest the book, but when someone else did, I said I had read other things by him that I really liked.
I was especially happy when the group decided to discuss this book, because it provides a worldview that is generally in line with that of the Quaker, KI, and indigenous communities. It will provide us the opportunity to share more about each other’s spiritual viewpoints.
One of the main ideas is that we are in a transition between “Separation” and “Interbeing”. Separation is the view that we are each separate from each other and the natural world. We are responsible for making things work for ourselves.
Interbeing says we are instead intimately connected to each other and the natural world. And each act can have powerful and unpredictable consequences.
We do not have a new story yet. Each of us is aware of some of its threads, for example in most of the things we call alternative, holistic, or ecological today. Here and there we see patterns, designs, emerging parts of the fabric. But the new mythos has not yet formed. We will abide for a time in the “space between stories.” It is a very precious—some might say sacred—time. Then we are in touch with the real. Each disaster lays bare the reality underneath our stories. The terror of a child, the grief of a mother, the honesty of not knowing why. In such moments our dormant humanity awakens as we come to each other’s aid, human to human, and learn who we are. That’s what keeps happening every time there is a calamity, before the old beliefs, ideologies, and politics take over again. Now the calamities and contradictions are coming so fast that the story has not enough time to recover. Such is the birth process into a new story.