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New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century Paperback – August 10, 2010
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—Andrew Harvey, scholar, mystic, author of Son of Man, The Return of the Mother, and The Way of Passion
“New Self, New World is an extraordinary work—an awesome display of wisdom distilled from the world’s great wisdom traditions and the majestic individuals who have experienced them. This book is about achieving the highest dimensions of which humans are capable. Highly recommended.”
—Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine, and Healing Words
“Shepherd has written a masterpiece. New Self, New World calls us back to source, artfully reminding us of the divine magnificence that we have long forgotten in our disembodied culture. As I read it, I felt my shoulders drop as my heart became more available to the moment. Read this book, and remember your self.”
—Jeff Brown, author of Soulshaping
“New Self, New World is an exciting investigation of the human psyche, which is commonly male-oriented, and the deep-seated problems that result when deprived of its female counterpart. Using conventional spiritual concepts, such as the Holy Trinity, Shepherd provides a workable guide to achieving inner fulfillment by accepting the so-called ‘weak’ elements of our dual nature.”
“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… 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.”
—New Consciousness Review
“This ambitious and wide-ranging book grew out of workshops [Philip Shepherd] has led for more than two decades… Shepherd believes that the culture that influences our ideas and experiences tells us the big lie day by day: ‘the roots of the self do not lie in the world around us, nor even in the body, but are preserved intact within the blood-brain barrier.’ This fiction of self-achieved independence comes at us from all directions when everything in science and spirituality enables us to embrace the universe as an interdependent reality.”
—Spirituality & Practice
“Philip Shepherd has written a book which lays the foundation that could lead us humans to a much higher dimension than we now exhibit in New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century. The book constantly harps against the very things that stand in our way of achieving this heightened state: the self-centeredness that seems to dominate our mind and materialism that seems to become more acute with each passing day… The book provides exercises for the body, mind and being that will help begin the process of reaching the potential which we are capable of attaining.”
“Shepherd demonstrates how we come into our true humanity only when we unite with our core-the deep, innate intelligence of the body. Our consciousness is not centered in the head any more than the universe is centered around the earth… At once a spiritual handbook, a philosophical primer and a roaming inquiry into human history, New Self, New World cracks open the possibilities of human experience and, with clarity, inspiration and compassion, lays the groundwork for personal renewal.”
—Autumn Blues Reviews
“Philip Shepherd presents a fascinating examination of myth, consciousness, logic, and existence as our society grows increasingly more fearful and anxious. For anyone wanting a new perspective on achieving wholeness or a new sense of living a more present life, New Self, New World is a book worth reading. … exceptionally well-written and insightful.”
“Changing with the world is key to making sure it doesn't change you. New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century is a new age spirituality book from Philip Shepherd that offers wisdom on how to better face the world, shifting ourselves and controlling ourselves as the world turns. With much philosophy, Philip Shepherd offers much to ponder about our changing world and what it means to be human. New Self, New World is an ideal read for spirituality and self-help collections.”
—Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Foreword contributor Andrew Harvey is a renowned mystical scholar and founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism. He lives in Chicago.
Top Customer Reviews
What I could not abide with the book is that it is a 490-page tome that sounds more like a dissertation defense than a book with heart...and after all, isn't that just what the book says? that we don't have enough heart? Neither does the author, apparently, in writing the book.
The only reason I read as far as I did is because I kept hoping I'd get to a point where we'd heard enough about what's wrong with our culture and move into what we can do about it. Instead, it was ponderously repetitive, unbelievably repetitive, as though the readers are children who need to have the message drummed into their thick skulls ad nauseum. Very little space was devoted to how to actually "recover our senses," which is the subtitle of the book. I think if you are one who picks up the book in the first place, you're probably enlightened enough to realize our culture is seriously out of kilter, and you would be owed the respect of the author to devote more space to learning how to change ourselves from within to ameliorate the problem than focusing endlessly on the problem itself.
Don't buy this book. Look for the interview with the author in the April 2013 issue of The Sun instead.
Philip Shepherd takes the reader through mythology, various ideas about consciousness, what occurs when we place too much focus on the mind without consciousness, of just what encompasses an idea, of a lack of connection to the core of our heart and "pelvic" intelligence, several suggestions to reacquire our innate sensitivity that is meant to operate in balance with thinking and other parts of our existence, such as through the process of restoring consciousness of the body to awaken that pelvic intelligence.
It also challenges previous understandings of male and female activity and passivity, a misunderstanding of true logic, the importance of perspective (also redefined) on experience, and the power behind "being present" in the moment within this new type of balanced living.
Exercises are provided for the body, mind and being to begin this process. This is not a light-weight book and scientific, literary, mythological explanations galore fill these pages. This reader would have liked to see more examples of how this new self and new world operate; in spite of its premise, the book is quite heavy on a logical, "head" presentation. Still, for those seeking wholeness of living, this is a new presentation of old and new ideas that offer a map leading to an altogether different way of living, one that seems to this reviewer to be healthier, happier, and more productive than what most find in day-to-day living. Fascinating!
In this book, Philip Shepherd talks about the dangers of living entirely within the head (by separating mental consciousness from the body), and offers a new model of consciousness that brings mind and body into balance.
Philip Shepherd started writing this book in 2001, and spent nine years considering the issues surrounding the story of our culture and how it has become increasingly less relevant to our lives. He explains that part of the fiction of our culture is that the head and reason take precedence over the body and feeling. This leads almost inevitably to an emphasis on `doing' rather than `being'; of ignoring the body and not paying attention to what it needs.
The discussion in the thirteen chapters that make up the five parts of this book is underpinned by the inclusion of exercises that help to make us more aware of our bodies. The exercises are a useful way to reinforce many of the points Mr Shepherd makes. I have found a couple of them fantastic as a means of relaxation.
It took me a couple of weeks to read this book and to attempt some of the exercises. A lot of what I read made a form of hopeful sense to me, and I intend to revisit the book in order to obtain the most benefit from it. Oh, the irony!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I too read the SUN interview and was intrigued. As I read the book I would had many ah-ha moments and read what I had read again, trying to take it in. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susan Burger
Love his book...love his work...love being present . Wonderful to get out of my head trying to figure things out. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jes
Philip Shepherd leads us in the reclamation of our natural state of "feeling connected to everything" by showing us how to move our awareness into the pelvic bowl, the seat... Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Davie
In New Self New World, Phillip Shepherd shines a light on our deep rooted belief in perseity (the condition of existing independently) and then with the help of physicists,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by matthew Ferguson
Could not read this book. So heady. And that's ironic given the premise. The exercises seem interesting but not very practical. Read morePublished 16 months ago by LB
Profound. Lyrical. Life changing. Relevant. Catalytic. Affirming.Published on August 24, 2014 by Kathryn Dixon