Remember this quote from The Matrix?
'' You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.''
I think we have all had this feeling, on some level,
everyone knows there is something wrong with the world.
Charles Eisenstein does a mind-blowing job of telling it exactly like it is, but unlike in The Matrix, he pits no one side against another, and instead shows that all we know from the current mess we find our world in, is simply from one story.
There is no 'evil', no enemy, no one to be conquered.
All these ideas (including The Matrix!!) are from the old narrative of our world:
'The Story of Separation'.
His message is a simple one. There is a new narrative being created: The Story of Interbeing.
We all know the truth of this story, underneath the conditioning and 'normalising' of our suffering, despair and disconnectedness.
We feel it at moments, this deeper knowing: '
'we find it in the body, in the woods, in the water, in the soil.
We find it in music, dance, and sometimes in poetry.
We find it in a baby's face, and in the adults' face behind the mask.
We find it in each other's eyes... in an embrace... in laughter and sobs,
and we find it in the voice behind the spoken word.
We find it in fairy tales and myths... in silence and stillness...
in pain and loss... in birth and death.''
We know it's there and yet struggle to stay in it every day.
We need a community of people around us, who also have seen that place, who remind us:
But it is already working: the old story truly is collapsing.
I see it everywhere: the lack of faith in our government systems,
our struggle when it comes to money, the destruction of our environment.
People are realising all the time that these narratives are false,
they just have such a hold on us that it's difficult to see the new story emerge.
We are now in the space between stories, and it's going to be messy!
But how massively exciting!!
Truth is given to us through those things listed above: it's a gift.
Be grateful for it, embrace it, and know that reading these words shows that
you are receiving it right now!
Read this book, seriously, if you read no other book ever, read this one.
Our hearts do know a more beautiful world is possible, and we can reach it.
I cannot emphasise enough how much this book meant to me,
how much relief I felt when I recognised those words,
as if I'd been waiting my whole life to read them.