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 good our intentions--will ultimately be wrongheaded. Above all, this book is an invitation to embrace a radically different understanding of cause and effect, and therefore, a radically differing conception of what is "practical." It is a clarion call to surrender our old belief systems of separation, so that we can finally create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
“Praise for Charles Eisenstein "I consider Charles Eisenstein one of the up-and-coming great minds of our time. Rarely have I met a person who combines such philosophical and spiritual depth with such practical insights into the cultural and institutional origins of the potentially terminal dysfunctions of modern society--and the potential solutions." --David Korten, author of The Great Turning On Sacred Economics "This brilliant and beautifully written book is a must-read for all those who believe our economic system is terminally sick and in need of radical, sacred rehaul. I hope this book begins a serious, worldwide conversation on how we can reinvent our attitude to money." --Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism On The Ascent of Humanity "Brilliant and original, with great depth of insight and understanding. The Ascent of Humanity easily ranks with the works of such giants of our age as David Bohm, Julian Jaynes, Jean Gebser, Alfred North Whitehead...." --Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of The Crack in the Cosmic Egg”