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The more beautiful world our hearts know is possible
Eisenstein, Charles, 1967-
9781583947241 (pbk.)

1583947248 (pbk.)
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x, 273 pages ; 23 cm
Sacred activism series

Sacred activism series.
Argues that because human beings are all connected to each other and the planet, the key to creating a better world is to understand that our personal choices contain transformational power.
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Pub Date:
North Atlantic Books, [2013]


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Adult Non-fiction Book 158.1 E36
Adult Non-fiction Book 158.1 E36

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"In a time of mounting chaos and crumbling institutions, how can we as individuals do anything to make the world a better place? This inspirational and thought-provoking book serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what's true- We are all connected, all living in mutual symbiosis, and the small, personal choices we make as individuals are far more effective and transformational than most of us imagine. By fully embracing and practicing this principle of interconnectedness--called interbeing--we inherently become more effective agents of change and have far more positive influence on the world around us. Throughout the book, Eisenstein relates real-life stories of interbeing in action- how small, individual acts of courage, kindness, or self-trust have made the world a little more beautiful, and how the worst crises of our past and present have stemmed from a fundamental sense of separation--the very opposite of interbeing. He brings to conscious awareness a deep wisdom we all innately know- until we get our selves in order, any action we take--no matter how goo

Author Notes

"Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His writings on the web magazine Reality Sandwich have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, and spent the next ten years as a Chinese-to-English translator. The author of Sacred Economics and The Ascent of Humanity , he currently lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Information about his work and future appearances can be found at"

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The crux of dizzying social, economic, political, and environmental problems, says Eisenstein (Sacred Economics), is the underlying-and largely unexamined-"normal" worldview and story that programs human responses; he calls it the "Story of Separation." The good news is that simultaneously a new story is emerging, the Story of Interbeing, a "story of the world that we really care about." This book is a guide through this time of transition between stories: "Internally, it [the transition] is nothing less than a transformation in the experience of being alive. Externally is it nothing less than a transformation of humanity's role on planet Earth." Eisenstein brilliantly deconstructs the old story and simultaneously weaves an ambitious and empowering narrative of the new story, relating real life stories that demonstrate the best way to interrupt the story of separation: give someone an experience of non-separation. This is a revolutionary and interactive book-in the sense that it inspires the reader to think out of the ordinary. Eisenstein will be noted in antiquity as one of the seminal and pioneering storytellers of this new world. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.