What Is Emerging?
In his book, “The Most Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible,” Charles Eisenstein describes an important truth that ancient cultures taught, and mystics through the ages have kept alive, yet most of humanity has not grasped. The truth is that we, all of humanity, are divine beings who are here to be of service toward the creation of a new world. Eisenstein calls the new story the story of interbeing, of reunion. Some of the principles of the new story are: my being partakes of your being and that of all beings; we are fundamentally unseparated from each other and from the universe.
The transition from separation to interbeing is unfamiliar to us. Eisenstein says “We are following an invisible path learning from each other how to follow it. As we do that, and as we learn to see its subtle markings, the path becomes visible. Absent a map, we can only follow our intuition at each choice point, guided by our heart compass.”* We do this with others, in community, united together, one with the universe. It is this story of interbeing that unites us across so many areas of activism and healing. The more we act from it, the better able we are to create a world that reflects it.
We invite you to join us in contemplating the new story of interbeing. Have you noticed something new — that is, a discovery about who you are and who the other is that always was, yet is just being revealed to you now? Have you and I become aware of when we behave or respond to others out of the old story of separation? We welcome your reflections. Thank you.
An interesting footnote: If you read Elaine Prevallet’s book “Toward a Spirituality for Global Justice, A Call to Kinship,” you would have discovered very similar thoughts and ideas. I even wonder if Eisenstein was inspired by Elaine’s writing. Both authors use different words, yet the concepts are much the same. They both have an afterword — Elaine names hers “The Dance Goes On,” and Eisenstein calls his “A Gathering of the Tribe.”
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