5:00 – 8:00 Pm
@Smelt , 213 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro
Doors open @ 5.00pm. Come enjoy a beverage from Fair Game, Starrlight Meadery and grab some uber local food from Copeland Springs Farm & Kitchen.
5.30pm-6pm: Enjoy the music of local musician, Jimmy Magoo, singer, songwriter, actor, educator, playwright, poet, and puppeteer. A mix of all original music – gentle, reflective and generally uplifting songs around the themes of living, loving, and loss.
Join us in welcoming Charles Eisenstein to Abundance NC for a special evening of learning and discussion around the spiritual work of our times, as we explore how we might navigate grief, endings, beauty amid the shifting consciousness emergent in our modern world.
“Our perceptions shape our stories, our solutions, and our world. When our narratives and assumptions are unquestioned, we end up weaving threads of the problem into the changes we want to make. To exit these well-worn ruts…we must somehow see and question assumptions that we may not even be aware of. In other words, we need to “clear the field” on a personal level and a social-political level.
We need to “unlearn” the things we assume we know.
Questions like, “Who am I?” “What is important?” “How should one live life?” “How does the world work?” “What is a human being?” “What is real?” are becoming obsolete….We no longer believe so firmly in old paradigms like the conquest of nature, the “onward march of civilization,” or better living through chemistry….[This is a] time when the old story of who I am, what is real, and how to navigate life has broken down.
It is the time when… familiar ways of making meaning are no longer relevant. I don’t know who I am. What had seemed so permanent, reliable, understandable and real is revealed as an illusion. It is a state of “I don’t know.” Usually some kind of crisis initiates it, perhaps in work, relationship, health, or money. It could also happen through a powerful experience that irreparably breaches one’s story of self and story of the world. Either way, we know that normal isn’t coming back again.
Only from the emptiness, the letting go…can something truly new emerge. It happens in its own time, according to its own unknowable wisdom and logic. Sometimes the new…ways of thinking, being, and doing…emerges gradually, in glimpses and revelations, disappointments and setbacks. [Sometimes] it seizes…and plunges [us] into a new world so quickly that [we] hardly know what happened….Because we live in a society built upon the Story of Separation, those living in the new story face great challenges – economic, social, psychological – that come from that disconnect.
This transition has many dimensions….Bound by the unconscious habits of separation in one area, while free from them in another. But…each breakthrough invites others to happen, until no aspect of life remains untouched. The old world isn’t coming back, but the new one hasn’t arrived yet either….it feels maybe a little tender or fragile, and [we need] support and a frame of reference to help navigate its challenges…
Charles Eisenstein is an international teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. He is the author of Sacred Economics, Ascent of Humanity and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible.