When I think about my new book, Radical Wholeness, I am held by a deep conviction that its core message is crucial – essential to both our freedom as individuals and to our survival as a culture. But its message is not easily conveyed, because it points to a blind spot in our culture’s understanding of the world that we don’t notice or talk about, yet which affects us all and directly impairs our senses. When we act on the world with impaired senses, we can only do it damage. I see this blind spot as the source of the most pressing problems we face as a civilization.
And what is this blind spot of our culture? I call it whole-blindness. As products of our culture, we struggle to feel the wholeness of the present, rather than merely its bits and pieces. “Just feel the present” we are told. But how do you feel what is essentially whole when you are dulled to wholeness itself? And so we lose sight of what it means to feel the self as a whole, to stand in the resonances of that wholeness, to speak from it or listen from it. And this isn’t a minor disability: wholeness is the nature of our reality. Losing our sensitivity to wholeness leaves us desperately out of touch, as though our hands were trying to feel the world around us while wearing oven mitts. We paw at it, but only dimly feel its response.
That in a nutshell is what Radical Wholeness is about. The reception it has met has been wonderful – both world-renowned authors and everyday readers have raved about it. But the response has also been limited. There has not been one review of the book in any newspaper or magazine since it appeared last November. Neither mainstream media in any form nor specialized publications have shown interest. And I’m fine with that – except that the message of the book is hamstrung by it. Unaware of its existence, people don’t have a chance to weigh the relevance of the book for themselves.
And that brings me to my reason for writing to you now. We are re-launching Radical Wholeness on Thursday, June 7th, and I am hoping you might assist with that. I’m hoping you might be an ally. The launch details are still being finalized, but I wanted to give you a heads-up, so that you can watch out for my next message, where I’ll outline some specific ways in which you could lend a hand.
And realizing that you may not have had a chance to look at Radical Wholeness for yourself, here’s a link to Chapter One. https://philipshepherd.com/Radical-Wholeness-Philip-Shepherd-Chapter-1.pdf I hope you enjoy it.
And to help clarify why I so urgently want people to find out about it, here are some sentiments expressed by a few of the formidable authors who have commented on it:
This book 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 of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
Reading Radical Wholeness offers us real hope, the kind of hope that sees a way out of the quagmire of living in an 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
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
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