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New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century
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August 10, 2010

New Self, New World challenges the primary story of what it means to be human, the random and materialistic lifestyle that author Philip Shepherd calls our “shattered reality.” This reality encourages us to live in our heads, self-absorbed in our own anxieties. Drawing on diverse sources and inspiration, New Self, New World reveals that our state of head-consciousness falsely teaches us to see the body as something we possess and to try to take care of it without ever really learning how to inhabit it. Shepherd articulates his vision of a world in which each of us enjoys a direct, unmediated experience of being alive. He petitions against the futile pursuit of the “known self” and instead reveals the simple grace of just being present. In compelling prose, Shepherd asks us to surrender to the reality of “what is” that enables us to reunite with our own being. Each chapter is accompanied by exercises meant to bring Shepherd’s vision into daily life, what the author calls a practice that “facilitates the voluntary sabotage of long-standing patterns.” New Self, New World is at once a philosophical primer, a spiritual handbook, and a roaming inquiry into human history.

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New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century 2010-11-30 21:49:10 Julie Clayton
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Julie Clayton Reviewed by Julie Clayton    November 30, 2010
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Advance Praise for New Self, New World:

I am sixty pages into New Self, New World and the reading is slow going. This is a favorable comment however—a tribute to the rich and mind-opening ideas presented that deserve full understanding, and more so, to be fully experienced. At its core, this book is a cultural discourse about reconnecting to the wholeness of being human: to integrate the innate intelligence of the body into a functioning paradigm of human experience and evolution.

The idea that we “live in our heads” and are mostly disconnected from our body is not new. What is new is how this author extensively examines the historical, philosophical, scientific, mythological, spiritual, and social paths that have embedded this dissociative worldview as reality, to the extent that we are completely unaware that we are merely actors on a “headstrong” stage of our own making. He turns this largely unexamined perception on its head—or should I say, turns it inside out to reveal our “gut knowing”— that indeed we have alienated ourselves from our deepest truths and it is time to recover our senses.

To my mind, not since Ken Wilber introduced the Western world to the integral movement of East-West psycho-spirituality, has there been a catalyst for a paradigm shift that is so relevant and radically reinventive.

Stay tuned for post-praise.

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