Praise the spirit and may we all be used to serve this imperative message! Thank you Oprah for heeding the call! Charles, you have changed this one woman in Australia immeasurably. Just by your words, your thoughts, your behaviour.
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I think you are a wonderful man and your way of living gives me heart. Charles, What a beautiful evolved soul you are. Your brilliance and soul are inspiring! Carol Howe.
Thank you so much. I am Shiana Seitz, and I wrote, and ultimately self-published two books. Both on Amazon. Your first publishing experiences, and mind sets and intentions relate to my own. I am sharing Joy and Love every day in ways I could not have possibly imagined when those books of mine went nowhere. They remind ME, and that is the being that chooses to be an inspiration to others — to those people within my circle of daily interactions. Life is a Mystery is it not? Thank you for sharing. It is a validation for me, and undoubtedly for many others, too.
Namaste, Shiana. Wow, Charles, I enjoy your vulnerable sharing of your inner struggles. I wrote a book, self-published, sold a few copies, and now realize that my greatest pleasure arises from knowing how many free PDF copies have been downloaded. I enjoy a few solitary notes that dribble in from people who thank me for my writing.
Even when I wrote my introduction, I realized I write to hear myself tell myself the very things that I need to hear and remember. My goal is to be part of a team that builds localized resilience.
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Hey David, I did not know about your writing. I do know that you are a shining light in Lane County. Keep up the good work!
Hi David! Like Charles, you walk your talk, and keep listening as you say to your talk so you remember what your walk is. It is to remind myself of the essence of that story — stories — so my cellular awareness and my biome recognize my dedication to helping the story unfold — both my story and the bigger story of collaboration and as Charles says; We need each other! I am so blessed! May the Oprah interview open new doors hearts and minds for your hopeful and encouraging message, so necessary for those of us who struggle in this parenthesis between a dying civilization and a more beautiful world yet to be born.
Along with the wise words of the Zen master, you allude to a saying of Jesus about the rain falling on the just and unjust. That mysterious thing called the kingdom of god or heaven has a couple of interesting aspects. I, too, happen to be a self-publisher who put a little piece on the Kindle a few years ago, also in answer to a spiritual question I was asked.
I am not one bit surprised at this intersection. Oprah has long had a strong sense of what was needed for healing. This, to me, personally is awesome.
Small is good, yes, but sometimes bigger IS better, when it is at the right time and right place with the right people. Many blessings to you for the sacred work you are doing. Your gifts of empathy and eloquence are so needed during these troubling times. I met you through your written work a few years back and have been following you since. You capture and articulate with such clarity my own current life experience as one who has come through the community development and humanitarian assistance world into Transformational Conversation Living Awareness through Personal Life Coaching , which is where my heart has always been taking me.
Your authentic and courageous writing has helped me make sense of my own experience and to live more boldly into my highest soul commitment. Thank-you, Charles! Charles, your gracious telling of this posts humbling message is deeply inspiring. It plucks a cord that feels familiar to me as I walk a somewhat similar path in Australia. Thank you for this simple, yet powerful, goodness. Respect Charles. Thank you for your part in the ripple effect of kindness in this world. I resonate. Beautiful Charles, thank you so much for writing this. I certainly relate. You are the conscience of our generation.
Do you remember how we stood and looked at each other at the end of a Schumacher course? Long may this inter-connected presence inform the world of the centrality of respect, love, gratefulness and co-existence, as we journey onwards. I am on a similar professional path. Thank you for continuing to circulate the clarity you have received from The Spiritual Being. I needed that. And you are right about this gap beginning to shrink. Thank you for your work. According to my ambitions and the expectations of my family and friends, as a Columbia alumni, I should be working at a prestigious company and earning an impressive salary.
Your post helped me recognize the conflict of my motivations. Thanks again for being a mentor to me and many others. Like many others, I needed to hear this right now. But my heart tells me that there is an intelligence working through all of us, and I need only let that move me in the way it will. Thank you for your presence in the world.
It so reminded me of a wonderful book by Margaret J. This book describes how we can do our good work with dedication, energy, discipline, and joy by consciously choosing a new role for ourselves, that of warriors for the human spirit. I thank you for your openess and vulnerability. I know your way of seeing things is powerful and good. Charles, I struggle with the same issues!
I have even held myself back from writing another book until I was doing it for the right reasons… i.
After a few years of really working on my lifelong need for achievement and success and recognition, I can report that I have made a lot of progress. I am also learning to love and have compassion for myself! It is a hard, slow process. But now that I feel I am seeing lights at the end of the tunnel — at least this part of the tunnel! And finally, I feel like a new book is growing in me too. But I have much less attachment to it.
It will come as it comes. Charles, kudos on the Oprah interview and your humble attitude about it. If this is a portent of bigger things to come for you, I pray that you retain this attitude! Blessings on your success. Imagine an Oprah show or whole season that just tells the stories of the millions of ordinary people doing powerful daily work.
The threads in the fabric. The everyday heroes. Thank you for being one of them Charles. If you should go big, thank you for remaining, in your own way, small. Also a big thanks from me, Charles. I could also have asked all those questions that you ask. Would I be willing to make that same deal? Good questions! This time, it was or is the path you are choosing in doing the small things. But, it is heartening to hear about Oprah and we do need some messages of hope at times. Warm wishes, Brian.
You, and The Ascent of Humanity, have been at the center of many wild, deeply life-changing synchronicities over the past few years. Right out of college, on my first day in San Francisco, I got a big, hardcover copy of The Ascent of Humanity at a little bookshop. Almost two years of full-time work, burnout, and a deep depression later, I was on a disability leave from work and went to Lightning in a Bottle I was in a workshop you gave there we traveled in time :D , and then hung around the space for a bit.