New Self, New World by Philip Shepherd
Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century

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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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About Philip Shepherd

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Philip Shepherd trained extensively with energy-work pioneer Denis Chagnon. He is the author of two internationally produced plays and a documentary for CBC television. The editor of The Compleat Art Critic, he lives in Toronto. Foreword contributor Andrew Harvey is a renowned mystical scholar and founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism. He lives in Chicago.
Published May 31, 2011 by North Atlantic Books. 514 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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There is also a very interesting portion of the book dedicated to history, and how we became so completely obsessed with dominance and ignorance of the body the moment we dominated the horse, that it “created a symbol that characterized the hetabrain atop the dumb beast of the body, and gave expr...

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He spells out just what this means as we begin to shift back to a female oriented culture where body genius is celebrated along with gentleness and sensitivity.

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