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Radical Wholeness: The Embodied Present and the Ordinary Grace of Being by [Philip Shepherd, Jeff Brown]
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“Philip Shepherd has gifted us a book that reframes our basic understanding of getting the most out of body intelligence. It rearranges the familiar top-down authorship from cerebral brain to body and restores body presence to a borderless merging of intelligence that includes inside/outside and sensory awareness. Ingest this book and let it ruminate throughout your daily dance. Take Shepherd’s experiences to heart and practice the exercises he shares with us to reclaim our inheritance as fully functional breathing sensing alive awake beings.”
—Vinn Arjuna Martí, Designer of Soul Motion®. A conscious dance practice.
“Radical Wholeness is an important book. It’s a “deep dive” into understanding our  somatic  experience of being and provides a path back to wholeness. And for students of the Enneagram, this is a book not to be missed. You’ll be amazed and delighted by how what Shepherd reveals so exquisitely adds to the exploration of the three centers of intelligence.”
—Curt Micka, President of the International Enneagram Association (IEA). (The opinions  expressed here are not an endorsement by the IEA.)
“With words of shimmering clarity, Philip Shepherd blows the door between body and mind off its hinges. Calling us with rigor, sensitivity, wisdom and imagination towards a future grounded in resurrected human capacities of awareness, he shows not only why but also how to develop those capacities, awakening intelligence we didn’t know we had. Radical Wholeness is sorely needed and sweet-tasting medicine for a fragmented world.”
—Amnon Buchbinder, author, Biology of Story, Professor of Screenwriting, York University
“This very wise book shows why it is impossible and ultimately suicidal to attempt to secede from  nature, as our  culture  has tried to do through denying our oneness and wholeness with the world. We are nature, and there is no ‘out there’ that exists independently from our consciousness, our knowing. As Max Planck, the founder of quantum physics put it, ‘We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness’—for consciousness, he said, is ‘fundamental.’ But do not think  Radical Wholeness is merely a philosophical treatise. It is a practical blueprint for embodying information in the service of human welfare and survival. Our future depends on the vision Philip Shepherd powerfully and eloquently presents in Radical Wholeness.”
—Larry Dossey, MD, author, One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
“In a culture as broken and fragmented as ours, this book is painfully overdue. Going beyond outdated notions of ‘holistic,’ Philip Shepherd has captured the essence of individual embodiment  and its inextricable connection with everyone and everything. What our world desperately needs now are not more smart homo sapiens, but fully present and embodied holo sapiens who feel and  live in grounded inter-relatedness. In this book, Shepherd has provided us with an extraordinary tool kit that tenderly and skillfully integrates  mind, body, and soul with all life in the universe. If you long to reconnect with your deeper self, other living beings, and the Earth, you must read this book.”
—Carolyn Baker, PhD, co-author with Andrew Harvey of Return to Joy and author of Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse: Cultivating the Relationships We Need to Thrive

“When Philip Shepherd asked me to look at his new manuscript, I was unprepared for the extraordinary experience that awaited me—within minutes I literally couldn’t put his book down. Radical Wholeness was not just talking about, but was literally speaking to—and invoking—a deeper, more whole and healed part of myself. While I was reading, I had the overwhelming feeling that it is as if this book is a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement—real medicine—secreted by the universe itself to help us heal our collective insanity. I can’t recommend Radical Wholeness highly enough.”
—Paul Levy, author of Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil
“Philip  Shepherd is a force of nature. Fully embodied and present in the world, he stands  outside the most fundamental bias of Western culture and offers us nothing less than a new center to live from. In his hands, wholeness is no longer just an idea or a goal to strive for; it becomes a visceral experience, and one that can be accessed at will through brilliantly simple practices. Here you  will find both the vision and the means to come home to your own wholeness. This luminous  book is clearly a lifework. Don’t miss it. It will transform you.”
—Morgan Farley, PhD., author of Name Yourself Feast
“As a social ecologist I highly recommend this book as a valuable guide to a new way of being whole in our fragmented world.”
—Ben-Zion Weiss, PhD, author of The Creativity  Revolution: Steps to an Ecology of Culture
“In Radical Wholeness, Shepherd has given us an insight into what it really means  to be human, and  it could very well challenge our fundamental assumptions around this. Radical Wholeness is a profoundly personal message with  truly global ramifications, written at a time of great need.”
—Michael Anderson, CEO Mediaworks NZ

“Radical Wholeness is a profound, ground-opening, stunning book—a true masterpiece. Shepherd illuminates the madness of our western culture and entices the reader to drop into the wholeness that is always here with a powerful/urgent/gentle invitation to live from it. The radical wholeness that Shepherd embodies, in my experience, is the goal of all therapy and spiritual practice. This is one of the most profound books I have read in twenty-five years of practice and I will be recommending it to all my peers and clients.
—Natalie Lascelles, Psychotherapist and mindfulness coach
“This wonderful book written with tremendous clarity and profound wisdom should be in the library or backpack of every spiritual seeker. Its advice on embodiment is the best around and the practices Shepherd has evolved are matchlessly effective.”
—Andrew Harvey, author The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism
“This is the best book I have read on embodiment, I cannot  recommend it highly enough.”
—Jill Angelo, author Sacred Space: Turning  Your Home into a Sanctuary
“Philip  Shepherd shakes up our way of looking  at ourselves and the world.  He challenges  the way we were taught  to think,  and offers  us  something  that  could  radically  change  how  we  live. Reading Radical Wholeness offers us real hope, the kind of hope that  sees a way out of the quagmire  of living in a unsustainable way in our own lives and our shared  world.  If there was ever a time for this book—this is it! Read it. Breathe it in. Let it change how you see and live and love your life and the world.”
—Oriah “Mountain Dreamer” House, author of The Invitation

From the Back Cover

Radical Wholeness reveals that our culture is whole-blind, and it documents the devastation inflicted by that disability on our personal lives and the planet. But the book is also a practical guide for initiating a personal revolution. By finding your way out of the head and reuniting with your body's intelligence, you can ground yourself in a wholeness of being that feels and supports the harmonies not just of your life, but of our wakeful world.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B06XBKGPM2
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ North Atlantic Books (December 5, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 5, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 748 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 329 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1623171776
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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About Philip Shepherd

Author of New Self New World, Radical Wholeness and Deep Fitness.

Philip Shepherd is recognized as an international authority on embodiment. He is the author of two books: New Self New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-first Century (2010); and Radical Wholeness: The Embodied Present and the Ordinary Grace of Being (Nov, 2017). Both books lay the foundation for The Embodied Present Process (TEPP), a unique set of practices Philip developed for uniting the anxious, restless pace of the intelligence in the head with the deep, present and connected intelligence of the body. He travels the world teaching TEPP workshops, and also runs programs to train and certify others in facilitating the TEPP embodiment practices.

Philip has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of wholeness, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.

As a young teenager, Philip could feel that influence pulling at him like an undertow to conform to given limits of thinking, understanding, values and body awareness, and felt he could resist its pull only if he understood it. That prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, Onion, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, write two internationally produced plays and a television documentary, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach. Philip has been an actor his whole life, and has played lead roles on stages in London, New York, Chicago and Toronto.

When not traveling, he lives with his wife in a quiet, car-free community in Toronto in a home they designed and built. More information about Philip and his work can be found on his website:

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Find true wholeness of being. By attaining wholeness, you begin a transformative journey to become your best self, living in aw
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