Revealing our culture’s blind-spot, Radical Wholeness 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.
Visionary, yet fundamentally practical. Profoundly personal with global ramifications, Radical Wholeness promises to take you on an eyeopening journey home.
Published by North Atlantic Books, 2017. Also available as an audio book through Audible, iTunes and other audio booksellers.
"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
Writing provides me with a very special way of feeling my way into the world. When I have the sense that I’m dulled by a wall of assumptions, like a cloudy film between me and the real world, I begin writing and questioning, burrowing beneath the wall to surface on the other side, to see with new eyes.
There are qualities we all yearn to experience in our lives – qualities such as peace, simplicity, passion, grace, connection and clarity.
What makes those qualities elusive or transient for us is that each of them comes from an experience of wholeness – and we live in a culture that has obliterated its sensitivity to wholeness.
As products of that culture we struggle to feel the wholeness of the body, of the self, and of the world around us. We struggle to feel the present as a whole.
On the face of it this is strange, because wholeness is inescapable – it is the nature of reality. Everything depends on everything else, everything is in relationship with everything: there is only wholeness.
To be blinded to wholeness, then, is to be out of touch with reality. And yet we have been systematically trained to numb ourselves to wholeness and contract our attention within the boundary of the self.
We have been taught to live in our heads, disconnected from the body and at odds with the world. We have learned to accept that it’s normal for our lives to feel fragmented, reactionary and stale.
But how do you recover wholeness for yourself when you have been unknowingly taught to turn away from it? That is the concern at the heart of Radical Wholeness. The book brings together resources from neuroscience, anthropology, physics, art and myth – as well as from my extensive work as an international embodiment expert – to show you how our culture’s limitations live within your body, and to help you transcend them.
The book concludes with original exercises to help you reclaim the birthright of your wholeness, and begin to dwell within the qualities that come with that experience. Ultimately, I wrote this book as an invitation to a new way of being.
The more we free ourselves from the Story of ‘who we know ourselves to be’, the more we discover who we are in the mirror of the mindful Present.
— More Praise for Radical Wholeness —
In the 2660 days between the launch of New Self, New World and the completion of Radical Wholeness, Philip used approximately 110 Staedetler 2B pencils, 18,000 sheets of paper and, perhaps even more impressively, drank about 9310 cups of tea.