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Laura Delano: Sanity in an Insane World (E28)

Laura Delano: Sanity in an Insane World (E28)

Podcast
This conversation explores the contentious subject of the mental health system, through the story of patient advocate Laura Delano. Her journey into being institutionalized and recovering sovereignty over her mind and body has larger significance in our society. Her organization, Inner Compass Initiative, supports those who want to wean themselves off medication -- a formidable task not to be taken lightly ... More →
Two Conversations with Orland Bishop:  Part 1 (E26) & Part 2 (E27)

Two Conversations with Orland Bishop: Part 1 (E26) & Part 2 (E27)

Podcast
Orland Bishop does peace work and mentoring with gang members and others in Watts, Los Angeles. He is also a mystic and philosopher with deep knowledge of African and Western esoteric traditions. In this first of two conversations, we talk about the development of consciousness, inner life and social breakdown, initiation, the death process, and more. In Part Two of this conversation, we discuss the reanimation of materiality, ritual and attention, the nature of the ancestors, and the stage of life we call middle age. And also Orland's extraordinary book, The Seventh Shrine. Listen deeply to Orland -- his words will alter you on many levels. Part 1 Part 2 ... More →
Eivind Skjellum: Journey to the Inner Throne (E25)

Eivind Skjellum: Journey to the Inner Throne (E25)

Podcast
Eivind Skjellum is the creator of Reclaim your Inner Throne, a training program for men. In this conversation, we talk about masculine and feminine archetypes, leadership, elderhood, and stories of transformation in this time when the old story of what a man is and how to be one are dissolving. The next Reclaim your Inner Throne program starts on April 2.  ... More →
Gigi Coyle (E23)

Gigi Coyle (E23)

Podcast
This conversation with the amazing Gigi Coyle was recorded with a small live audience on a houseboat, where Gigi was recovering from knee surgery. Gigi is a source of valuable wisdom for activists and change-agents today; a veteran of 1970's feminist and environmental movements, she has turned to deeper levels of activism. We connected on topics of ritual, surrender to a path, the importance of water, community, ambivalence and paradox, living our songlines, myth as a conveyor of truth, and more. I wish more people would have the chance to learn from Gigi, someone who is, in my eyes, a true elder ... More →
Joanna Harcourt-Smith (E22)

Joanna Harcourt-Smith (E22)

Podcast
Joanna Harcourt-Smith is a fascinating woman whose life story spans her origins in Europe's power elite to a marriage to Timothy Leary. Our conversation spans questions like, "What has to happen for hate to turn to love?" I'd say that is the underlying theme of the conversation, which touches on politics, despair, race and class, and the idea of "being useful." Also I think this recording conveys her extraordinary energy and presence, her tremendous zest for life and acceptance of what is. Joanna is a true elder ... More →

Oprah Winfrey Interview (7.2017)

Video File
Charles and Oprah sit down and discuss the themes of civilization, human cultural evolution, how change really happens in the world, and the importance of interbeing.  ... More →

A Question for Everyone

Video File
Recorded at The Alchemist's Kitchen in NYC on June 10th, 2017. Krishnamurti once said, "It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society." In this gathering, Charles Eisenstein and psychiatrist, Dr. Kelly Brogan explore depression, ADHD, and other pathologized conditions as a kind of soul-level rebellion, a meaningful resistance to participation in life as it is offered to us, today ... More →
Kelly Brogan: Restoring Blunted Consciousness (E17)

Kelly Brogan: Restoring Blunted Consciousness (E17)

Podcast
Kelly Brogan is a psychiatrist who made a radical break with pharma-centered orthodoxy to pursue holistic approaches to mental health, with extraordinary results. We recorded a conversation that started with psychiatric drugs and visited many perennial topics: working inside versus outside the system; the importance of community, the blunting of consciousness in our society and the power of grief to restore it; and the recovery of our power as agents of planetary change. I hope you enjoy this deep and playful conversation as much as I did. Note: Here is the link to Kelly's online program for anyone who is intrigued by what Kelly shares about it in this conversation ... More →
The Next Level Podcast (5.2016)

The Next Level Podcast (5.2016)

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A podcast interview with Jeff Agnostelli, on the Next Level Podcast on "Navigating the Space Between Stories:"  Some of the topics include: The old story of who we are, how to be a man, how to be a woman, how to be human, how to live a life Different forms of rebellion Charles interest in “the origin of the wrongness” Why he wrote Sacred Economics first What is our true fundamental motivation Forging your path in a new world The sometimes harsh reality of leaving the old story behind Jeff’s story about the first time he left the old story behind “Any path that already exists is the wrong path” David White Trusting the process of life How sometimes regret ... More →
Psychedelics and Systems Change

Psychedelics and Systems Change

Essay
The revolutionary potential of psychedelics lies first and foremost in their power to reveal the Story of Separation as nothing but that:, a story ... More →
Julio Olalla: A Story of Gratitude (E05)

Julio Olalla: A Story of Gratitude (E05)

Podcast
Charles speaks with life coaching legend Julio Olalla about the power of gratitude, and more generally, the role of story and perception in forming the ground from which actions arise. Julio shares an amazing story of synchronicity and gratitude that also hints at the world-changing effects of choices that, in the moment, might seem insignificant ... More →
Francis Weller: Of Grief and Reverence (E04)

Francis Weller: Of Grief and Reverence (E04)

Podcast
Charles talks with Francis Weller about grief as a gateway to joy, to reverence, and to community, and the power of public grief to bring healing on a personal, community, and political level ... More →
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The Humbler Realms, Part 2

Short Reflection
My last post about the contributions of humble people seems to have struck a chord. People are writing to tell me about the “Charlie’s” in their lives, the people who unostentatiously contribute to their places and communities. One woman wrote,"He is a man much like Charlie. He takes in the stray cats and loves them like family, brings his neighbors fruits and vegetables from his garden, makes homemade pickles and dried apples and sends them to his grandchildren, much to their delight. He visits loved ones in the hospital regularly and knows everyone in his very small town by name. He always offer a big hello and smile to everyone and, if they're willing to lend and ear, he'll tell ... More →
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The Humbler Realms

Short Reflection
I met three beautiful souls on my walk today in the Harrisburg Greenbelt, a charming, albeit poison ivy and tick-infested, oasis of greenery near my semi-urban neighborhood. The three were retirees who do maintenance on the greenbelt, in this case removing a fallen tree. They are volunteers who get paid nothing in money and little in thanks, since, it seems, most people just assume that the greenbelt is maintained by the government. (It isn’t and hasn’t been since the city went into decline after World War Two.) Joggers and dog-walkers passed by the three as if they weren’t there, treating them the same way most people treat a cashier. That is to be expected in a society that surrounds us ... More →
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