The purpose of this website is to serve a change in our mythology. By this I mean a transition in civilization's defining stories that tell us who we are, how the world works, how change happens, how to live life, what is important, what is valuable, and what is real.
I use "we" and "our" here to mean anyone who has been touched by the dominant modern culture. If you are reading this now, you have surely been touched by it at least a little. Each of us is on a journey away from the Story of Separation that runs the world as we have known it. We are moving toward a new story that is also very ancient: a story of Reunion, of ecology, of interconnectedness, of interbeing.
Each of us is making that journey in a unique way, and each of us has a unique set of gifts to contribute to the transition, whether on the level of community, bioregion, place, and planet.
It feels a little dishonest to write about myself in the third person. This is actually me, Charles, writing about myself. A detailed bio about me can be found here.
The blog, podcast and learning journeys hosted here are more than ways for me to express myself and share the ideas that I have received. I also intend for them to be a kind of campfire around which community can gather. We are brought together by our desire to serve and contribute to a more beautiful world, a healed world, a world built on the story of interbeing. Because that story violates much of what we (as members of modern society) have been brought up to believe is normal, practical, responsible, and realistic, society exerts tremendous pressure to conform us to the old story -- the story of Separation.
About the Blog
The purpose of the blog is, over time, to contribute to a new set of defining narratives for our civilization, a new and ancient way of perceiving self and world. It is also to describe and propel the transition from a story of separation to a story of interbeing.
The new story emerging on this planet affects every aspect of life: social, political, economic, technological, relational, spiritual, and ecological. My blog touches on all of these, sometimes expanding outward from some picayune incident in my life, other times entering through the window of current events. I also use the blog to present and comment on essays and articles I’ve published elsewhere, or to share an interior view of my thought processes. Sometimes I write from a critical distance, and sometimes I described my personal intertwining with the topics I write about. And sometimes I do both in the same blog post.
About the Podcast
Approximately every two weeks I broadcast a conversation with someone who has inspired me with their work, their story, or their presence. Some of them are well-known; others are seemingly ordinary people, or perhaps they are so far ahead of the curve that they won’t be well known for years. They include people pushing the edges in activism, science, healing of every kind, and technology (broadly conceived).
Truly paradigm-breaking work often seems flaky, irresponsible, naïve, or otherwise suspect; we want to accept it and believe in it, but at the same time we are afraid to, lest we be a numbered among the dupes and the fools. Complicating the issue is that there are indeed a lot of ungrounded developers and practitioners of new-story technologies. As best as I am able, I curate this podcast to introduce you to innovators, visionaries, change-makers, edge-workers, and story-holders of integrity.
About the Learning Journeys
Self-guided learning journeys are built around a series of recorded conversations on a certain topic, featuring a selection of guests. Together we explore new edges in that topic, offering a glimpse into what a new story might be. In addition to the conversations and accompanying study questions, you will also be invited to join a moderated Facebook group with others on the same learning journey. That way, you can move through at your own pace while integrating and developing the ideas in community.
From time to time I may also offer live learning journeys (upon which future self-guided journeys will be based). When you participate in a live journey, you join conversations as they are happening with me and my guests, and have ongoing access to an active Facebook community that evolves as the live inquiry transitions to a fully developed, self-guided learning journey. My in-depth explorations afford the opportunity not only to listen to these ideas, but to work with them personally and in community.
Other Ways to Engage
The More Beautiful World Facebook group is moderated by a team led by my colleague Marie Goodwin. Run according to Miguel Ruiz’s “four agreements,” it is a conversation space for people wanting to engage more deeply with the ideas in all of my books, especially The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible.
In my experience, the most potent engagement with the work I serve has been through live multi-day retreats, workshops, and immersions. These are deeply intimate, transformative spaces that I can offer only a few times a year due not only to the time, but to the emotional resources they require of me. I limit these gatherings to about 30 people – the maximum size that everyone can know each other’s name, energy, and presence. While I am limiting these types of engagement in 2016 in order to write a book, you can find more information about my speaking engagements and other events here.
Marie Goodwin, Chief Plate Spinner & External Hard-drive
Laurie Young, Entropy Tamer on Special Projects
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