Afraid of Spiders? (Part 1 of 2)

The week before last, despite a mountain of work to do in preparation for the launch of my Mastery Classes in September, I attended a short course at the Schumacher College in Devon presented by the contemporary philosopher and “sacred activist” Charles Eisenstein.

The course was designed to explore the ideas and notions in Eisenstein’s latest book The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible. This is a work that acknowledges this time of social and ecological crisis as being symptomatic of the Western mind’s “Story of the People” breaking down. He suggests that our senses are awakening to a New Story, a narrative that expands and includes the wisdom of all of the Earth’s peoples, one that will underpin a

… new kind of civilization, an Age of Reunion to follow the Age of Separation.

The coming Age of Reunion will reawaken the Western mind to the interconnectedness of the World’s ecosystems and of all life at a deeper spiritual level of existence. It requires us to recognize, honor and include the stories told by our indigenous peoples, and to examine fully our perception of the world through our belief systems. As Eisenstein remarks,

… we can say that the ecological crisis—like all our crises—is a spiritual crisis… encompassing all aspects of our humanity.

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