9781556439117

New Self, New World

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    9781556439117

  • ISBN10:

    1556439113

  • Edition: Original
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2010-08-10
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
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Summary

New Self, New Worldchallenges 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 Worldreveals 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 Shepherdrs"s vision into daily life, what the author calls a practice that "facilitates the voluntary sabotage of long-standing patterns."New Self, New Worldis at once a philosophical primer, a spiritual handbook, and a roaming inquiry into human history.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Do Be Do Be Do
The Elements of Mythp. 11
The Universal Lawp. 36
Our Axial Consciousnessp. 67
Divided Self, Divided Worldp. 114
Two Axes, One Purpose
A Perspective on Perspectivep. 163
The Journey Homep. 192
The Corational Corridorp. 214
The Exchanges of Being
The Heart's Compassp. 249
Becoming Conscious of Consciousnessp. 281
The Body as History
Leaving the Hubp. 321
Horse and Riderp. 338
Recovering Our Senses
Our Elemental Sensitivityp. 367
So as to Remain in Harmonyp. 409
Appendixp. 437
Acknowledgmentsp. 449
Endnotesp. 453
Creditsp. 471
Indexp. 473
About the Authorp. 495
Exercises
Listen to the Beatp. 35
Wakamep. 65
Floor Yourselfp. 112
Ordinary Heroismp. 158
The Naked Tyrantp. 189
The Elevator Shaftp. 211
The Flower and the Cello Stringp. 243
Just Receivep. 279
The Milk Jugp. 317
Figure Eightsp. 337
The Horsep. 363
The Hourglassp. 407
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