Since February, we have been exploring the Next Stories from Charles Eisenstein’s January blog on Substack.com. In that blog, Charles Eisenstein lists some old stories that humanity has acted on as real and some Next Stories which are the explorations of another reality for humanity. We have delved deeper into our thoughts, our hopes, our wonderings.
In May 2023 we will discuss five of the Next Stories. Ask yourself what evidence is there for this Next Story?
What would life be life if it became a norm for our society?
Thursday Dates: May 4,11,18,25
Thursday Times: We will meet for one hour weekly on Zoom, 5:30pmPT on Thursdays.
There are 29 Next stories identified by Charles Eisenstein in his blog in Jan 2023. Read the blog and get as excited as I am to talk about these ideas and the evidence in our lives that the next stories are beginning to be lived not just dreamt!
For those of you who write Creation Exercises, we can also explore how those can be part of our discussion and exploration!
Old Story: Only what can be weighed, counted, or measured is real.
New Story: Reality has a qualitative dimension that will always elude reduction to quantity.
Old Story: The universe is like a machine, best understood by analyzing the action of mathematically describable forces on its parts. To understand something, take it apart.
New Story: The universe is alive. Reductionistic causal explanations cannot grasp the phenomenon of life. Emergent qualities of wholes explain the behavior of the parts.
Old Story: At bottom, reality consists of generic building blocks with standard properties, each identical to the others. The uniqueness of macro objects is merely the result of different permutations of the same generic building blocks.
New Story: Every being, even an electron, is unique. That’s why each behaves differently (quantum acausality). Reality is the totality of the relationships among unique beings at every scale.
Old Story: The universe progresses inexorably toward greater entropy. The amount of usable energy is finite and ever-decreasing. Scarcity is built into physics.
New Story: New energy and new matter are forever being born. Infinite energy is available from literally nothing. Abundance is built into physics.
Elektra Porzel, the Director of the Language of Consciousness Institute, will lead this discussion group as we explore how we see each Next Story evidenced in the world and in our personal searches. More of Charles Eisenstein’s thinking can be found in his book, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible. Recordings will be available to those who participate.
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