Extinction and the Revolution of Love

Extinction and the Revolution of Love

By Charles Eisenstein

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Why would we want to serve life? Unlike self-preservation, that desire can only come from love.

Let let us consider one more dimension of extinction. Above I posed a scenario in which nature dies while humanity survives. To even state this, though, implies the separability of humanity and nature. In fact, we are inseparable; we are nature’s expression. Therefore, we cannot actually be “just fine” when the rest of life is dying. It is not necessarily that we cannot survive as the rest die. It is that with each extinction, with every ecosystem and place and species that passes, something of ourselves dies as well. With the shriveling of our relations, we become less whole. We might continue to progress in GDP, in miles traveled, in years lived, in floor space and AC units per capita, in educational attainment, in total consumption, in terabytes, petabytes, and exabytes, yet these endlessly swelling quantities will only mask and distract from a ravening spiritual hunger for all the things they have displaced: connection and belonging, a familiar birdsong that is a little different each time, the smell of spring, the swelling of the buds, the taste of a sun-drenched raspberry, the grandfathers telling stories of a place that the children know well too. With each step into an isolation chamber of our own making, so sharpens our suffering. We see already the symptoms of extinction in ourselves, in rising rates of depression, anxiety, suicide, addiction, self-harm, domestic violence, and other forms of misery that no amount of material wealth can assuage.

In other words, the depletion of life on earth accompanies a depletion of our souls. As we destroy beings, we destroy our own beingness. No longer enmeshed in a web of intimate, mutual relationships, no longer participating in life around us, surrounded by contained, dead things, we become less alive ourselves. We become zombies, wondering why we feel so dead inside. This is the ultimate source of the protests. We yearn to recover life. We want to overturn the Age of Separation.


Read the whole article by Charles Eisenstein in https://charleseisenstein.org.


New Story Hub – change the story, change the world

New Story Hub – change the story, change the world

A community of like-minded individuals of all ages and cultures dedicated to supporting the emergence of a coherent new story for humanity.

As we change our story, we change our world.

We humans find our way by story. Our stories shape us, hold us and give meaning to our lives. Every so often it becomes clear that a prevailing story is no longer serving. Now is such a time. Humanity needs a new, inspiring picture of the future to live into.

This website is designed to support the emergence of a coherent new story for humanity and the production of practical, collaborative ways to live this new story.

The New Story Hub is a resource centre for anyone engaged in the cocreation of a new evolutionary paradigm. We invite you to participate and to help us accelerate our collective understanding of what might be, what is emerging and what must change, both in us and in the Human Story.


This information comes from the website of New Story Hub.


The Storm Before the Calm – a New Cultural Story for Humanity

The Storm Before the Calm – a New Cultural Story for Humanity

Read this book for free…

Here, not a moment too soon, is a genuine reason not to be afraid of our Tomorrows. The author of seven New York Times bestsellers in the world-captivating Conversations with God series, Neale Donald Walsch offers us a striking explanation for the upheaval we are seeing all over our planet right now, then proposes a simple plan by which we can impact both our personal and collective future in an extraordinarily positive way.

This website is a direct outgrowth of the writing in the book The Storm Before the Calm, in which you have been invited to co-author a New Cultural Story for Humanity as part of a global Movement. That book is now posted here.


This information comes from the website of The Global Conversation. Read the book in its entirety her.


Can We Evolve Beyond Evolution? We Have To

Can We Evolve Beyond Evolution? We Have To

By Deepak Chopra

At the very moment when our planet is well into an ecological crisis, human beings need to evolve with the conscious purpose of setting aside our selfish impulses and start acting for the survival of all living things. I don’t think I’ve made a radical statement–almost anyone who takes climate change seriously would agree. But there’s a sticking point, which is evolution itself. The standard Darwinian position, which is universally taught in biology classes, is entirely mechanical and without purpose.

My point is that we need to evolve beyond evolutionary theory. The mechanistic processes that underlie it are a useful model created by the human mind and nothing more. It’s high time we abandoned a model that views Nature as without meaning or purpose when we humans stand as glaring exceptions, being driven by meaning and purpose and unable to survive when these are stripped from us.

To evolve beyond evolutionary theory means accepting the following propositions:

— The reality we accept is a human construct.

— Its building blocks are experience, perception, feelings, and thoughts. these exist entirely in consciousness.

— We should see ourselves as conscious creators who imbue reality with our own purposes. Instead, we build models, become comfortable with them, and eventually forget that they are simply thought-models, not reality.

— In fact, we have no idea what thoughts actually are or where they come from. No one has the ability to predict his next thought.

— Science is a way of thinking. It has no privileged position beyond other methods of thought, because science is just as blind to what thought actually is as any other mind-created model.

— We only know that we are conscious, and until we follow this knowledge until it leads us to the source of consciousness, anything else we claim to know is suspect.


Read the whole article by Deepak Chopra in www.deepakchopra.com.


How out-of-body experiences could transform yourself and society

How out-of-body experiences could transform yourself and society

If we had an out-of-body experience (OBE) what would it bring to our lives? Motivated by her own personal experiences and her research of thousands of individuals who had similar phenomena, Nanci Trivellato, MSc in psychology and consciousness researcher, discusses the possible positive effects of OBEs for personal development and its ripples for society.

Nanci Trivellato, MSc in psychology, is an author, lecturer, and personal development coach who dedicates her career to consciousness research. Nanci is also a charter member of the International Academy of Consciousness and the Institute of Applied Consciousness Technologies.

This information comes from YouTube.

The International Academy of Consciousness give out a free book on this subject discussed in the TEDx talk.

 

 

In popular movies the subject of out-of-body experience is sometimes touched like in Doctor Strange:

Human Earth Awakening – a new story for a new world

Human Earth Awakening – a new story for a new world


 

The World needs a New Story

Stories are powerful. They shape our reality. Our society’s outdated stories are destroying the planet we love.

Weaving history and psychology, science and indigenous wisdom into an epic story of life on this planet and beyond, Human Earth Awakening tells how humanity woke up from the trance of Empire, stopped fighting and created a happy healthy planet.

Human Earth Awakening transforms “his/story” into a “his & her story” that includes the global voices of men and women, native peoples and Mother Earth herself.

In these challenging times of social unrest, eco-catastrophe and spiritual crisis, it resurrects an ageless vision of love and peace.

Human Earth Awakening is a mythic adventure where past, present and future collide and we have one last chance to heal our planet.

This story came to us at a time when we had run out of stories to believe in. It changed our lives and inspired us with an uplifting vision of the future.

​We hope this story resonates in your heart and contributes to the awakening of a Human Earth!


About Human Earth Awakening​

On a stormy spring day, all the nations of the world are called to an emergency meeting at the UN. Climate change is wreaking havoc and the world is on the brink of World War III. Delegates from hostile countries shout threats and shove each other. The General Assembly quickly descends into chaos.

Suddenly twin beams of light flash into the Great Hall. Everyone falls silent and stares transfixed as two mythic figures materialize.

Sky-Grandmother and Sky-Grandfather, humanity’s Sky Elders, have returned to guide their descendants at this crucial moment in their history.

Time hangs suspended as the Sky Elders take the UN people on a journey back to their forgotten origins as one family. The Elders reveal their startling evolutionary destiny — the creation of a Human Earth. But before that can happen, humanity must face the challenge of a fast-approaching cosmic apocalypse. In a climactic, consciousness-changing moment, the UN people realize that their personal lives and the life of the planet are one.


​To read more, download your free illustrated copy of Human Earth Awakening.


This information comes from the website of Human Earth Awakening.


Darwin’s Touch: Survival of the Kindest

Darwin’s Touch: Survival of the Kindest

Think of Darwin and “survival of the fittest” leaps to mind, as do images of competitive individuals — collections of selfish genes — going at one another bloody in tooth and claw. “Survival of the fittest” was not Darwin’s phrase, but Herbert Spencer’s and that of Social Darwinists who used Darwin to justify their wished-for superiority of different classes and races. “Survival of the kindest” better captures Darwin’s thinking about his own kind.

In Darwin’s first book about humans, The Descent of Man, and Selection In Relation to Sex from 1871, Darwin argued for “the greater strength of the social or maternal instincts than that of any other instinct or motive.” His reasoning was disarmingly intuitive: in our hominid predecessors, communities of more sympathetic individuals were more successful in raising healthier offspring to the age of viability and reproduction — the sine qua non of evolution…


Read the whole article by Dacher Keltner in Psychology Today.


 
Watch the short YouTube video: We Are Built To Be Kind

 
Or a longer one: Dacher Keltner – Survival of the Kindest

Marianne Williamson: Stand Up, Speak Out!

Marianne Williamson: Stand Up, Speak Out!

Stand Up, Speak Out!: Marianne Williamson at TEDxTraverseCity

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Marianne has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose & Bill Maher. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1.


If you want to hear more of Marianne this longer video is recommended:
Marianne Williamson on Consciousness, Spirituality, and Politics in America at Harvard Divinity School.


For more information about Marianne Williamson go to her website.