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There are qualities we all yearn to experience in our lives - peace, simplicity, grace, connection, clarity. Yet these qualities evade us, because each of them arises from an experience of wholeness, and we live in a culture that enforces divisions within each of us.

In Radical Wholeness, Philip Shepherd shows the countless ways in which we are persuaded to separate from the body and live in the head. Disconnected from the body's intelligence, we also disconnect from the wholeness of the present. This schism within us is the primary source of stress not just in our personal lives, but for the systems of the planet.

Drawing from neuroscience, anthropology, physics, the arts, myth, personal stories, and his experiences helping people around the world to experience wholeness, Philip Shepherd illuminates what true wholeness means and offers practices designed to help listeners soften into the intelligence of the body. Radical Wholeness is a call to action: to recover wholeness and experience a new way of being.

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Best narrator I’ve heard in years of listening.

Radical Wholeness is a beautifully written book. The author and narrator, Philip Shepherd, delivers the best narration I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in years. His views on the cosmos, life, consciousness, sentience and what it means to be a human being are very challenging to the scientific status quo but he delivers such a well articulated argument that it will be fascinating to see how, or if, he can be effectively refuted. His philosophy is backed up by his own personal experience of being born into Western Culture as well as drawing upon many fascinating examples gleaned during a lifetime of research into other cultures, past and present, who did or still do perceive what it means to be a human being very differently to what is currently thought in the West. Not only does Shepherd explain his very exciting and hopeful philosophy very well, very persuasively but explains, instructs, how one can go about actually experiencing it. For many, this book will be life changing. It may well be a seed for causing a complete reawakening of Western Culture. I hope so!

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  • Nigel
  • 19-03-2019

Wisdom in unusual abundance and simplicity

Over the past seven years, hundreds of authors have accompanied me on my morning and evening walks. Many have wowed me with amazing insights. Still, as each book draws to a close, I recognise that my world has changed only incrementally. Not so with Philip Sherherd's Radical Wholeness.

Radical Wholeness is a thesis on the origins of wisdom. No - make that Wisdom. No - make that WISDOM.

Shepherd delivers a beautiful, simple conceptual framework. Being delivered in words, it can only be conceptual. Yet it is the most compelling exposition I have encountered for how to outgrow the constraints of living a conceptualised life. Love to escape your current frustrations and step into a world of ineffable beauty? A world to which you belong? Long to address a gnawing sense of incompleteness within your being? Need a radically new approach to avoiding wider ecological disaster? Or finding more meaning in your relationships with anyone and everyone? Shepherd's approach is relevant to all Life's challenges. And it is simple.

Shepherd delivers a compassionate, gentle manifesto. The lyrical beauty of his expression may make the hairs on your forearms stand to attention. Or that may be a side effect of the incisive simplicity of his gentle message. Or those hairs may have lost their enthusiasm and responsiveness to intrinsic beauty. But I would challenge anyone to read this book and not be profoundly altered by its beautiful insights into Life and what it means to be fully human.

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  • Kathleen Campbell
  • 07-06-2018

Everything about this book was extraordinary!

I enjoyed every minute of listening to Phillips’s voice. His care and concern for us and this subject is evident in all of the varied aspects of ‘voice’.

And the message: That we’re thinking with a portion of our beings rather than thinking with our entire beings.

Philip begins with an examination of what is modern day culture for many of us: “presently consumer based, patrifocal, reductionistic, technologically driven, information-obsessed, and individualistic.”

How our culture effects us: “of all the lessons we learn in the public school system, the primary one is to subdue the energies of the body and maximize the facility of the head for manipulating verbal and symbolic information”

And a great deal of research of several native peoples who possess more than ‘5’ senses and think from a place deep within their bodies.

I’ll listen again. Philip included exercises and meditations for bringing our entire being into our thought processes, a gift I will always appreciate!

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  • J. L. Sherwood
  • 09-09-2020

Nothing Compares

This is the perfect book for our time; a guide to discovering our way through it.

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  • stacey stokes
  • 03-10-2019

fantastic guide to spirituality

I loved everything about this book. I said meditating for maybe 8 years but this book took me to a deeper level

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  • H. Robinson
  • 10-03-2019

Brilliant thesis, beautifully read!

This book vividly identifies a huge blind spot in our modern, Western culture: we are stuck in our heads and it is at the root of own self-destruction. Luckily, the author provides a route back to our wholeness. And the author's naration is both engaging and soothing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-2021

Excellent approach to life

I had the pleasure of taking a workshop with Philip almost exactly two years ago. Finding this book has been so helpful for reintegrating the teachings learned at the workshop. I am so grateful for this work, and feel them even stronger now after reading this.
The philosophy in here is much like the way that I started thinking about life from a young age, and it fulfills that piece of me.
My critique on the presentation of the valuable material, is that it is from the perspective of an able-bodied middle-aged cis white man, that has gone slightly unchecked. There are a few moments where I recognized that a little more thought could go into it. Those specifically being racist, gender binaried, and ableist perspectives. I do not fault Philip for he knows not of the entirety of the soup we swim in. Those of us with privilege have a much harder time seeing it, but I hope that we all continue to grow towards recognizing our privilege and how it can be ostracizing for those who are neglected or addressed inappropriately.
Well worth the listen, but being mindful of that perspective is helpful, so that we may integrate greater wholeness into all of our beings.

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  • La Pluma
  • 09-12-2020

Clip and note sharing

The book is amazing, the audio application has a glaring lack.
When notes and clips are stored, the sharing feature has been removed.
Poor choice from the developer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-2020

Balanced, grounded and informative

Loved the content. Good examples from both science, culture and experience. Occasionally I got lost with too much detail and felt like I needed to relisten to fully grasp.

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  • Christopher K.
  • 01-08-2021

Too negative

If I went by this guy, I would have to blow everybody up because of all the heat that I had. This man is insane. I expected something about wholeness. And all I got was that western people suck.

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  • Steve
  • 20-07-2021

Paradigm shifting

Explains so much about our dysfunctional society and ways of being. Practical methods of finding one's wholeness.

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