is the author of New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century, which shows how our relationship with the body has changed over history, and serves as the template for all our relationships.
“Here’s a little-known fact: 8,000 years ago our ancestors experienced their thinking in the belly,” proposes Philip Shepherd. “They relied on that thinking because it allowed them to consciously ‘be,’ feeling the life of the world around them. As we became a culture of ‘doers’ who farmed, erected buildings, and rode horses, our center of thinking began to rise and change. When it migrated into the head, we turned away from the Mother of earthly abundance and gave our allegiance to male gods of the sky. Our evolving consciousness has arrived at the limit of that trajectory.