Sacred Economics – The End of the Age of Separation

We can do things without really knowing what we are doing
we can even sleepwalk our whole life
or the life of an entire culture or civilization
believing we know where we are going
only to realize at the dawn of our life
that it was all illusory

It is said that a lie told 100 times becomes a truth
and the lie of an economy that can operate without seriously taking ecology into consideration
is coming to its logical conclusion
but only after bringing us to the brink, and possibly pushing us over the edge

“Human Progress” has pushed us further and further into the extremes of separation
an act which has severed all our traditional feedback loops so that we can unwittingly destroy our life support system
and which has resulted in an entire global society losing meaning in life

For it is alien and unnatural for human beings to believe and live a life
in which they feel separate from nature
All the tensions of modern life
result from blindly following this conditioned impossibility

Humanity’s long journey is coming to a head. We are in the throes of a crisis which will destroy this civilization, built over millenia or from which we will recover and create a completely new society. Writer Charles Eisenstein has been exploring the meaning of this civilization for a lifetime and his penetrating insights are important for us to understand just how tumultuous the next few years will be.

While humanity has been blindly marching on the path of human progress, we have inadvertently built a progress trap whose sheer size is unimaginable. The scale of change required to escape this trap of our own making will challenge the best that humanity has to offer.

Sacred Economics

Sacred Economics is an economics that is aligned
with the sanctity of life

Charles Eisenstein is a firm believer in the Gift Economy and he practices what he preaches. Two of his important works are offered as gifts on his website, Sacred Economics and The Ascent of Humanity. Both these books are of critical importance to understanding the hidden currents that are moving human civilization towards an uncertain future. These works of wisdom are distillations of many decades of deep awareness and emanate from the mind of a gifted writer and humanist. The insights Eisenstein shares will take you behind the scenes of the machination of modern social and socio-economic fabric to see what really makes it tick. To understand and accept the monumental changes now taking place and especially to prepare for the global shocks to come in a few short years, Eisenstein’s books are essential prepatory reading. The understanding you gain from these books will determine if you react to these changes in fear and panic or in calmness and hope.

We have lost our way and Charles Eisenstein, reminds us of where the path is in his book Sacred Economics. Charles invites you to rediscover of the roots of the word economics, which comes from the Greek words οἰκονόμος (i.e. “one who manages a household”, a composite word derived from οἴκος (“house”) and νέμω (“manage; distribute”)) and οἰκονομία (“household management”).Along the way,  you will discover profound underlying relationships which you may have suspected. This book will confirm your hunch that the problem with the economics which drives the modern world has its roots in a deeply human and spiritual crisis.

Sacred economics is the holistic re-integration of economy, ecology and human spirit, fields that were split apart by the birth of the industrial age which sought to control nature. Eisenstein reminds us that all our attempts at controlling nature are beginning to backfire and he derives the reason quite simply to our alienation from nature.. Eisenstein writes:

Yet control, as we may or may not realize, is a key thread of the old story of humanity rising above nature, imposing technology and reason on the wild world and the uncivilized human. All around us, we see our efforts at control backfiring: 

  • wars to fight terrorism breed terrorism and create greater instability and distance,
  • genetically modified herbicides breed superweeds,
  • antibiotics breed superbugs,
  • oil-based mono-culture food production to feed the world leads to serious soil degradation
  • large manufacturing plants lead to loss of jobs in the local economy,
  • cheap energy that leads to explosive economic growth also leads to global warming,
  • wonders of communication technology such as  mobile phones lead to cocooning, more isolation and less authentic communication,
  • the internet shares information but also provides channels for spam and misinformation and distractions,
  • psychiatric medications lead to explosive outbursts of violence

A recent article entitled Housebroken, written by Guardian UK newspaper environmental writer  George Monbiot speaks to the continuing alienation that all modern parents know; the lack of concern of our planet by our next generation of children. Monbiot writes:

A new report shows that the UK has lost 20% of its breeding birds since 1966: once-common species such as willow tits, lesser spotted woodpeckers and turtle doves have all but collapsed; even house sparrows have fallen by two-thirds. Ash dieback is just one of many terrifying plant diseases, mostly spread by trade. They now threaten our oaks, pines and chestnuts.

So where are the marches, the occupations, the urgent demands for change? While the surveys show that the great majority would like to see the living planet protected, few are prepared to take action. This, I think, reflects a second environmental crisis: the removal of children from the natural world. The young people we might have expected to lead the defence of nature have less and less to do with it.

Eisenstein sees the philosophical and deeply spiritual problem of alienation as the root of a flawed economic system that promotes materialism to satisfy a false craving with empty calories at the expense our civilization and our planet. He practices what he preaches; his book is offered as a gift – pay what you can afford. You can download a copy of Sacred Economy here.

Charles Eisenstein’s Gift to the you: Sacred Economics

Chapter 1: The Gift World (German)(Swedish)
Chapter 2: Greed and the Illusion of Scarcity (German) (Swedish)
Chapter 3: Money and the Mind (German) (Swedish)
Chapter 4: The Trouble with Property  (German) (Swedish)
Chapter 5: The Corpse of the Commons (German) (Swedish)
Chapter 6: The Economics of Usury (German) (Swedish)
Chapter 7: The Crisis of Civilization (German) (Swedish)
Chapter 8: The Turning of the Age (German) (Swedish)
Chapter 9: The Story of Value (German) (Swedish)
Chapter 10: The Law of Return (German) (Italian) (Swedish)
Chapter 11: Currencies of the Commons  (German) (Swedish) (Dutch)
Chapter 12: Negative-interest Economics (German) (Swedish)
Chapter 13: Steady-state and Degrowth Economics (German) (Swedish)
Chapter 14: The Social Dividend (German) (Swedish)
Chapter 15: Local and Complementary Currencies (Swedish)
Chapter 16: Transition to Gift Economy (Swedish)
Chapter 17: Summary and Roadmap  (German) (Swedish)
Chapter 18: Relearning Gift Culture (Swedish)
Chapter 19: Non-Accumulation (Swedish)
Chapter 20: Right Livelihood and Sacred Investing  (Italian) (Swedish)
Chapter 21: Working in the Gift (Italian)
Chapter 22: Community and the Unquantifiable  (Italian)
Chapter 23: A New Materialism
Chapter 24: Conclusion: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Tell Us Is Possible

The Ascent of Humanity

This book exposes the futility, the fraudulence, and ultimately the baselessness of the program to control the world, to label it and number it, to categorize it and own it, to transcend nature and human nature. Thus exposed, that program will loosen its grip on us, so that we may let go of it before it consumes every last vestige of life and beauty on earth. The extensive scientific chapters are there to persuade you that the mechanistic, objective world of the discrete and separate self is not reality but a projection, merely the image of our own confusion.

- Charles Eisenstein

Author and thought leader Charles Eisenstein’s book The Ascent of Humanity is a rare book. Charles walks his talk. He talks about the coming gift economy and he practices this by offering his book for free on his website.

Charles Eisenstein has been trying to make sense of this world for a long time and this book distills his journey to come to terms with these turbulent times. He writes to spread the word of the coming revolution, an inescapable transition, whether brought on voluntarily or, most likely involuntarily through painful crisis, it is going to cause a shift in human civilization more profound than anything in history.

 Charles Eisenstein’s Gift to you: The Ascent of Humanity