I’m a big fan of Charles Eisenstein. He’s a writer, teacher and speaker, and his message is different from anything I’ve heard before. It’s difficult to briefly summarize what he has to say, but in a nutshell, it’s this: Our separation from nature is the cause of all of our problems, from climate change to global financial instability. Trying to solve these problems from within a separation paradigm won’t work. It creates more of the same. We need a new worldview.
Charles’ work has had a big impact on my art and my life. He says that each of us has a gift to offer the world, and we will not feel happy unless we are giving that gift. Giving our gifts enriches us all. He has helped me to see that even small acts have a big impact on the world, sometimes in ways we can’t begin to understand.
I highly recommend his books. My favorite is The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible.
And you might want to watch his 2013 TEDx Talk where he describes a new worldview that’s beginning to emerge.
I’m inspired by Charles’ teachings about a “more beautiful world,” and it makes me want to be a part of it. I want my art to reflect the hopefulness of the possibility of this more beautiful place. I want to stay focused on the positive.
What gifts, large or small, do you have to offer the world? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Painting at top: “All In a Dream,” 40″ x 40″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas