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New Self, New World: 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 fals ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by North Atlantic Books
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Meaghan McQuade
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. This is one of the most intelligent, on point and relevant books I have read in a very long time. The author puts into words the almost intangible connection between the mind and the body. He shows how our culture has lived from the shoulders up in the male element of thinking and doing, and why it is so important to balance that with the feminine aspect of being. The only way to merge with the present is to be in the body. Phenomenal.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a paradigm shifting book for me. The integration of many cogent ideas has taken me to new explorations and integrations. I don't agree completely with anyone, but this books hits the mark often. I am looking forward to his next book, I appreciate his perspective.
Orbs n Rings
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Be present, step through the door to an anxiety free lifestyle.

Anxiety runs like an undercurrent through our daily lives. We often feel distracted and out of touch with our deeper purpose. These common feelings are the by-products of an exceedingly cerebral Western culture. In New Self, New World, Renaissance man Philip Shepherd explores the root causes of these feelings and presents practical solutions in terms so fresh that they open your eyes and your heart to a compelling reality.

In our cult
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been recommending this book to everyone. It's a mind blower and is written beautifully. I am not going to say what it's about because I wouldn't know where to start. This is a book I took on my daily walk. I would read a few paragraphs and then just walk and feel the ideas sink in. This is not a book to rush through.
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
When the publicist for Phillip Shepherd’s New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century contacted me and asked if I was interested in reviewing a copy of the book, I said “sure, it sounds very interesting” or something along those lines. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The premise certainly did sound interesting (I never accept books that don’t appeal to me on some level), but I was a little worried that I was getting another “do this, do that and life will be great!” self ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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‘The single greatest harm done by the story our culture tells, though, comes from the divisions it enforces within each of us.’

For centuries, people have relied on tradition and religion to provide stability and a sense of contentment to their lives. While there can be comfort in the certainty provided by ritual, there is often a separation between what we feel or know, using our whole body, and what we think, using our brain. There is a tendency in western society to separate mental consciousne
John Spiri
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just wrote a long and detailed review that was lost due to a webpage glitch, so I'll be brief. This is an excellent, mind-blowing book that has the potential to change your life. Shepherd gets it, the reasons for the most fundamental human problems, from those in society (war, environmental degradation, etc.) to those in an individual (alienation, fear, insecurity, etc.). The book is extremely ambitious as he traces the roots of humanity's wrong turn, how we got here, and why the path of human ...more
Martha Love
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a five star book! I always get exuberant when I see a successful book on uniting body-mind, and particularly when the enteric nervous system is acknowledged as having its own intelligence. When Michael Gershon published his book 1998 on his medical research finding the ENS as a "Second Brain" with independent responses from the head brain, he opened the door for people in the field of psychology-philosophy to publish their work on the body-mind connection. Until that time, there just ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shepherd, like many authors on "spirituality," argues that development of a new worldview based on a truer understanding of the self can lead to a changed world. The emphasis is on the nature and origin of one's worldview, and how that might change, not on the cultural effects of the change.

Shepherd takes a more scholarly (rather thorough, and lengthy) approach to a subject visited by many other authors. He clearly explains how culture, through the history of civilization, has influenced our thi
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Philip Shepherd, at the start of his book New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-first Century, reveals that the role of a hero is to respond to the call to adventure, which opens him up to an expanded reality. On his return, his task then is “not to threaten his society, nor to take it over tyrannically with his newfound perspective, nor to abandon it; his task is to bring his new perspective back to be integrated in such a way that the society’s self-definition loosens and sh ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fascinating exploration of how our culture has taught us to disconnect from our own inner knowing- and the intelligence of the living world- by giving primary importance to the head over the heart. I especially appreciated Shepherd's forays into linguistics- the assumptions at the root of many common words is profoundly telling. My only criticism of the book was that it was a couple hundred pages too long. After the first 150 pages or so, the book simply keeps making the same point.
Lisa Kelley
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book presents several extremely and well thought out concepts about our selves, our brains, our relationships, spirituality and the history and values of myths. Extremely well written and worth a second read to really take it all in.
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm almost finished with this book... and it is amazing. I've learned so much, had my mind blown a few times. I already want to go back and read parts of it again.
Andrew Miller
Feb 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
In the forward to this book, Andrew Harvey argues that you need to read it slowly and that it is not some form of self-help; his opener felt more sales pitch than addition to the content. The content of the book, however, begs the reader to rush through it, using bold and italicized print to "focus" your attention to specific ideas. In reality, these phrases and expressions which occur on nearly every page are, in fact, the only thing worth paying attention to. I'm in agreement with what Shepher ...more
David James
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Some good content, I feel much of this I have read before. Enjoyed the discussion upon mindfulness and operating with as little past self fixture as possible. Stereotype and cognitive shortcuts are known to be detrimental in my work so this was an interesting discussion. A little padded.
A little cumbersome at times, but wonderful and insightful. I recommend this to anyone interested in spirituality and awareness
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Philip Shepherd is recognized as an international authority on embodiment. His unique techniques have been developed to transform our experience of self and world, and are based on the vision articulated in his celebrated book, New Self New World. The approach he takes heals the frantic, restless pace of the intelligence in the head, which tends to run on overdrive, by uniting it with the deep, pr ...more
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“By letting go of what is known, you are free to encounter the living present, in all its perplexity and revelation. Just as silence is the possibility of sound, self-confessed ignorance is the possibility of encounter.” 5 likes
“the consciousness that joins self and world is analog, and the energetic potential for exchange between them might be named the analog axis. In the way that analog audio technology leans on the vibrating source—the music—and enables its waveform to shape the groove in the LP, the analog axis allows our sensitivities to lean on the One Source—the present—and receive the impression of all the subtle waveforms of Being. Taken together, those waveforms, those currents of exchange, are the one reality. On the subatomic level, even so-called ‘particles’ can be understood in those terms. Physicist Heinz Pagels explains, The electron is not a particle … it is a matter wave as an ocean wave is a water wave. According to this interpretation … all quantum objects, not just electrons, are little waves—and all of nature is a great wave phenomenon.199 We might also say that Being is a great wave phenomenon—and that its every ripple conveys information.” 1 likes
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