Anyone looking at the state of the world with a sober eye will understand that people have to come together or we will perish. We need to feel and nurture harmony, rather than grasping for yet more control. There’s really no other choice. As long as we insist on emphasizing division, we will continue to create stress and conflict. Human conflict has been with us a very long time, but the scale of it has grown exponentially, from thrown spears to guided missiles, and from campfires to coal-fired … [Read more...] about Our Challenges, Our Hope
A very happy, if slightly delayed, New Year to you. The delay is a direct result of my current obsession: working on my new book, Radical Wholeness, which is being published in November by North Atlantic Books. A deadline concentrates the mind wonderfully – but it also gives me a guilt-free excuse to do what I so long for: to dive into the writing, and lose myself to its demands, its questions, its patient journey to clarity. Yesterday I finished the last major chapter of the book, came up for … [Read more...] about An excerpt from Radical Wholeness
So much has been going on since the last newsletter that I hardly know where to begin. I’m preparing for a European tour with two workshops in England (Stroud on Nov 18/20, and Forest Row on Nov 26/27) and one in the Netherlands (Dec 3/4). And yesterday I just returned from a month in Australia with five workshops and various talks – more on all that later. The most significant major event in my recent life, though, is something I’ve looked forward to for almost five years: I’ve signed a … [Read more...] about Radical Wholeness – the book!
Excerpt from Philip's upcoming book Radical Wholeness, coming Fall 2017. I was blessed as a teenager to be able to travel on a bicycle through Europe, the Middle East, India and Japan. I learned radical lessons through the experiences of that trip – and unlearned a few things as well. By the end of it I had come to understand every culture as a unique collection of practices and received wisdom that, taken together, communicate a story about what it means to be human. In the years since … [Read more...] about The Personal Revolution
There’s a funny dilemma I face when asked, “What’s your book about?” or “What do you teach?” My work has grown out of a lifelong passion for identifying the patterns and assumptions that have seeped from my culture into my body. As with everyone, most of those patterns were already seeded in my cells in childhood, before I was capable of noticing and questioning them – and all of them serve to contain and direct my experience of what it means to be human. As such, they bias me toward a … [Read more...] about About the work I do