About this Program
This course is the third in a series. It may be experienced on its own, or as part of the series. In this course we deepen an inquiry into some important themes of Orland's thought, such as attention, the will, reverence, the soul, and the concept of being a host.
These courses 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. Orland’s words 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 the practical application of esoteric knowledge, 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 just three sessions, comprising thematic material from Day 2 of my conversation with Orland. We have done minimal editing; our intention is that you feel present to the conversation.
Each session consists of 2 or 3 segments totaling about 20-40 minutes. Perhaps engage with a new session every three or four days. That will give you enough time to sit with the material. I strongly suggest that, as far as you are able, touching in to the material daily, so you can become entrained in the "informational field" Orland speaks from. I find my comprehension of his words increases with repeated 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 a study guide 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, hosted by our online community "A New & Ancient Story. If you are not already part of it, click here to learn more about it and join. Once you have joined, go to the main menu and click "course forum."
Some Questions/Ideas We Explore in The Ecology of Consciousness
- The development of attentiveness
- What happens after death
- Moral intelligence
- Sacrifice and sacrament
- Collective willingness
We offer this course in the spirit of a gift. Upon registration, you 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, and we greet you with open arms. This is after all a very short course. 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.