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Summary

In a time of social and ecological crisis, what can we as individuals do to make the world a better place? This inspirational and thought-provoking book serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what's true: we are all connected, and our small, personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power. By fully embracing and practicing this principle of interconnectedness - called interbeing - we become more effective agents of change and have a stronger positive influence on the world.

Throughout the book, Eisenstein relates real-life stories showing how small, individual acts of courage, kindness, and self-trust can change our culture's guiding narrative of separation, which, he shows, has generated the present planetary crisis. He brings to conscious awareness a deep wisdom we all innately know: until we get ourselves in order, any action we take - no matter how good our intentions - will ultimately be wrongheaded and wronghearted. Above all, Eisenstein invites us to embrace a radically different understanding of cause and effect, sounding a clarion call to surrender our old worldview of separation, so that we can finally create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

With chapters covering separation, interbeing, despair, hope, pain, pleasure, consciousness, and many more, the book invites us to let the old Story of Separation fall away so that we can stand firmly in a Story of Interbeing.

©2013 Charles Eisenstein (P)2015 North Atlantic Books

Critic reviews

"This is a revolutionary and interactive book - in the sense that it inspires the reader to think out of the ordinary. Eisenstein will be noted in antiquity as one of the seminal and pioneering storytellers of this new world." ( Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
"When I read Charles Eisenstein I felt as if I had just put on an extraordinarily clear, lucid, morally honest set of glasses. I see my outer and inner worlds in penetrating detail. He isn't just describing a possible world. He is helping us find our way to it." (Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life)
"A powerful pick for any who would combine spiritual perspectives with social change. This book thwarts cynicism and offers keys to connecting personal choices to powerful change. ... An uplifting, inspirational, spiritual and social examination recommended for a wide range of readers looking for positive encouragement." ( Midwest Book Review)

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Watch yourself, change yourself, change the world

This book was not what I initially expected but I enjoyed it thoroughly. It has given me a framework to observe and question all my assumptions about who and what I am, how the world works, and if reality even exists. By loosening our grip on absolutes, on what we tell ourself to believe, it creates space for a new narrative, a new story of a world that we actually want to participate in. If like me you're put off at first by the narrators voice I urge you to pay on and you will forget it was ever a issue.

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Excellent expansive perspective on the world

This book takes a massive, complex and frankly heartbreaking subject and breaks it down into digestible and most importantly uplifting chunks. It's lucid and compelling, and frequently stopped me in my tracks and brought me to tears. A more beautiful world IS possible.

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One of the best books I ever red

Thank you so much for the amazing research, for the compassion, for the inspiration and the hope you transmit through this book. I think if each person on the planet red this book, we would have a peaceful earth.
I will recommend it to all my family and friends.
Thank you Charles! Thank you so much!

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Deep insights

Deep insights into current paradigms of the world and how the world won’t change with the current paradigms in place. A true new way of seeing and being is required and force isn’t what’s required, force is part of the old story

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beautiful

Engaging throughout and ideas were explored in a clear and concise manner. Love it

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I adore his ideology but have such a hard time following the book, would nevertheless recommend it.

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Incredible story!

Loved it! Eloquently written, challenged my thinking and was inspiring to see how separation can be transformed for oneness and a more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

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Amazing!!

An absolutely amazing, inspiring book.
Cant wait to delve deeper into his work, he's truly an inspiration.

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An inspiring book that shines a positive light on to the world we live, and the way we can be part of the change.

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A book for current times.

Excellent book and great content. poor narration. droning on with no regard to grammar or vocal intonation.

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  • Christina P.
  • 03-06-19

Excellent concepts; narration detracts a bit

Charles Eisentstein presents some excellent concepts for how to address the serious ecological challenges ahead. He makes essential connections between problems humans have wrought on the natural world and those we face in society and our personal lives. I wish there had been as much on solutions as on describing the problems. Other than that, I'm glad to have listened to it and I learned some good things new to me.

Paul Geiger's narration often sounded as if he were a machine. It almost got in the way of my hearing this book since a machine voice is completely opposite to Charles Eisenstein's message. I wish I could have heard this book in the author's own voice.

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  • Elan Sun Star
  • 31-07-17

Astounding lucidity a pasterpiece

What did you love best about The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible?

I have thousands of audiobooks and tens of thousands of books,
This stands as one of the very best top 3
Brilliant and clear
A must read

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  • Molly Gordon
  • 19-01-17

A phenomenal book offering hope

This is perhaps the wisest and most hopeful book I have read in my lifetime, and I have read many. In his wisdom, the author doesn't claim to be right, he claims only to be pointing in the direction of an understanding that can free us from the painful experiences of separation, lack, and entity that plague us. Read it with an open mind and heart. Notice what it wakes up in you and celebrate the unfolding.

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  • Thomas
  • 09-05-15

This is an exceptionally good book!!

If you could sum up The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible in three words, what would they be?

Sacred Storytelling Turning/Tipping-Point

What other book might you compare The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible to and why?

Gregg Braden: Turning Point - which also tells the story of our rapidly transforming world.

What about Paul Geiger’s performance did you like?

Great clarity of calm tempo - which was helpful to digest the material.

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  • Violet
  • 18-09-20

Just didn’t resonate with me

This book was recommended to me by a very like minded, respected friend. So I was very excited to listen. I found it to be at first, over complicated and intellectually pretentious...then just trite. I really was hoping for something inspiring and eye opening. Not sure why I just couldn’t appreciate it. I can see that many very smart people found the book to be magical. Didn’t do it for me.

I am vegan..and didn’t really love his treatment of the subject of veganism...I tried to remain open in spite of that. I feel that the message could’ve been conveyed in one chapter...

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  • P. Metz
  • 10-04-15

The Most Important Work of our Lifetimes

When I first read this book, I felt as if Eisenstein had written the book that had been floating around in my head for the last several years. In this work, the author draws on the totality of knowledge that has been gathered by humans over the course in history and his previous, lofty works to answer the all-important questions: "How did we get to where we are as a species?" "What needs to change in order to change the course of humanity and the planet?" "What can I do about this nagging feeling that something is wrong here?" and "How can one solitary human make a difference in this out-of-control world?"

Charles argues that the negative direction that this planet and our species is heading can be traced back to one root cause: the stories that we live by that we use to answer the questions "why am I here?" "who are we as a species?" and "what is the right way to live?" I picked this up right after finishing David Korten's "Change the Story, Change the Future," and this work illuminates both the current story we are living by and the one that we need to inhabit in order to change the course of human history.

Read this immediately and begin standing in a new story of humanity.

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  • Joseph Arnold
  • 20-04-17

This book will change your life

Listening to this book felt almost like remembering some forgotten dream; almost as if I were listening to a version of myself from the future, where I had become a more badass and mature version of myself.

Boo-yah!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-19

Great, important book. Read it yourself.

The content of Tthis book Is so mind expanding and so important. Sadly, the performance is subpar. Many words are mispronounced, the delivery is robotic...

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  • Ken R
  • 23-10-18

Wondering if this should be your next listen?

I would say it probably should! Amazingly well written and thought provoking book. One of my favorite listens ever.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-01-22

One of my top 3 books of all time

Wow. I've never recommended one book to so many friends. A must listen if you feel the calling for something beyond separation!