About this Program
This program originated as a two-day filmed conversation between Orland Bishop and me, Charles Eisenstein. I approached Orland because I recognize him as a profound mystic who draws on deep knowledge and training in West African, South African and European Hermetic traditions. Yet he is no mere philosopher, having done groundbreaking work as a peacemaker and mentor in Watts, Los Angeles. The conversation takes the form of an interview, in which I pose questions and ideas for Orland to comment on. Orland’s responses carry multiple levels of meaning that reach deep into the psyche. I hope that others benefit as I have from his words, which transmit to me some of his clarity, will, and compassion.
You might be interested in this program if…
...you want to benefit from a lifetime of research into esoteric knowledge and its practical application, both to self-development and effectiveness as a healing force in the world. Join us if you are prepared to engage with knowledge that is, at first glance, unrecognizable. You won’t find it in any books on self-help or spirituality. Entirely free of cliches, Orland’s knowledge gives one the strong impression that it is coming from source.
This program is made up of five sessions that flow in the sequence they were recorded in our original conversation. Very little has been edited out. Our intention is that you feel present to the conversation.
Each session consists of about 4 segments totaling 30-40 minutes. I suggest listening to one session a day for five days. That will give you enough time to sit with the material; by returning to it daily, you can become entrained in the "informational field" Orland speaks from. I find my comprehension of his words increases with regular listening.
Video, audio, and transcripts of each unit are provided, as well as a complete stream of the program from beginning to end for uninterrupted listening.
The program includes study notes that I created after re-listening to the recordings of my conversation with Orland, along with themes for meditation and discussion. I invite you to join our discussion forum as part of this program, to deepen your understanding through engagement with others.
As part of this course, you are invited to join our dedicated discussion forum, with separate discussions for each session as well as a general discussion space for the overall course. It is hosted by the New & Ancient Story community, which you can join if you wish to connect further beyond this course.
Some Ideas We Explore
- The evolution of consciousness
- The nature and origin of creativity
- Ceremony and initiation
- Will, attention, and intention
- Bringing peace
- The power of unconscious and superconscious agreements
- Science and spirituality
- The potential of the earth
Upon registration, you will choose a self-determined fee that feels right to you. You can base that amount on your financial means, your feeling of value and gratitude, your desire to support our work, or the cost of comparable courses. Zero is welcome as well, because we offer this course in the spirit of a gift, trusting the generosity of participants to support us in developing and sustaining such courses if that is what we are meant to do. Gifts will be shared with Orland. Larger tax-deductible donations can be given directly to his foundation.
For many people, the right amount is one that embodies a commitment while fully respecting your financial situation. You may raise or lower the amount of your donation at any time throughout the course.