My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I found the first two-thirds of this book to be kind of a slog. There are some really insightful gems in there, but Eisenstein’s style is so incredibly wordy, I wasn’t sure it was worth it to keep reading. I kept going just because a dear friend said the book was awesome, and I wanted to get a sense of what she’d gotten out of it. With the chapter entitled “Righteousness” about 170 pages in (well beyond the point that I usually set a book down if it’s not doing it for me) the book really seemed to coalesce, and I started to get into it. It was still wordy, but it was either less so or the insights were profound enough for me that the wordiness no longer bothered me.
The basic premise is that the problems in the world are based on the fact that we operate within a Story of Separation, and that story isn’t firm reality; it’s just a story. As such, we can choose to live within a different story instead. Eisenstein offers the Story of Interbeing as the alternative, and goes on to enumerate the nature of the Story of Interbeing and the difficulties in moving from one story to the other.
What really struck me about this book is that I’ve been thinking about the myth of Separation myself for quite a while. Sometimes I’m more trapped in Separation and sometimes I feel almost completely immersed in the story of Oneness (as I think of it), but it’s always in my consciousness, pulling me towards it. Read More