It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Charles Eisenstein (if you don’t know who that is, check out the film An Unlearning that I made about him). I read his book “The Ascent of Humanity” a few years ago, and it pretty much turned my life inside out.
It was a dream come true when I got to meet and interview him in Sweden in the fall of 2018. After the interview I remained in contact with him and his team. I released the interview in a nine episode series, and whenever I’d released another episode I’d drop them a line to let them know.
As it turned out, Charles was in the middle of a transition towards making his ideas more readily available online. Charles and his team reached out to me a while ago asking if I’d be interested in being part of this process, doing editing work, cutting interviews into less-than-60-second-clips for social media.
I was tremendously flattered and told them that yes I was interested. But there was also the voice of my “inner accountant” to contend with: “You’re already working full time with Campfire Stories, which gives you a very meager financial return. If you’re going to take on more work it better be of the paid kind!”, it said. So I told Charles + team I just needed to think it over for a couple of days.
And so it happened that I was up one night – the house quiet, kids and wife sleeping – listening to this podcast; a conversation between Russel Brand and Charles Eisenstein. I can’t remember exactly at what point it happened, but suddenly I just sat straight up, paused the show and said to myself: “I want to be part of spreading this message! All the better that I do it in the spirit of the gift. Sorry inner accountant, you have some good qualities but I’ll handle this one! This is quite simply something I want to do!”
It was a sudden realisation that things work in the opposite direction from how I’d been taught. The question isn’t “What do I need to do to make enough money to get by?”. The question is “What feels the most right to do?”. The realisation I had came down to this: If I do what feels right deep down, then all practical (and economical) matters will fall into place by the hand of the universe. I don’t need to “make anything happen”. All I need to do is to follow my inner compass.
So until further notice I’m donating one workday a week to the beautiful task of editing all kinds of interviews and presentations of Charles Eisenstein into these < 60 sec clips. Look out for them on a social media platform near you!