From ‘Best of the Embodiment Conference’. A rich and deeply connective conversation with a Charles Eisenstein, a man who has inspired many people to reframe how they view the planet, our relationship with it as our shared environment.
How much should I share in a public bio? It’s a bit of a dilemma. I could just give you the sanitized version, like one would put on a resume, and you would feel its insincerity. On the other hand, I am hesitant to expose myself too much to total strangers (no offense). So I’ll do my best to share what might provide helpful context for this site.
I was born in 1967 and was a very sensitive, intellectual, and dreamy child. I was always consumed by questions like, “Where did I come from?”, ”Why am I here?”, “Where am I going?” so of course, embedded as I was in a culture that sees science and reason as the source of truth, I tried to “figure out” the answers. I graduated from Yale University with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, but my development of reason and intellect brought me no closer to any truth I really cared about.
My quest had an emotional dimension as well. From an early age I sensed a wrongness in the world. Sitting in a classroom doing worksheets, part of me rebelled. “We are not supposed to be doing this! It isn’t supposed to be this way.” It was a half-formed thought, embedded in a cloud of indignation and bewilderment. This perception, abetted by a growing awareness of ecological devastation and social injustice, prevented me from whole-heartedly embracing a normal career.
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Thanks for listening!