“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. We can all feel this in the anxiety, disconnection, and imbalances around and within us. We now face a new trajectory: a healing embodiment of consciousness that reunites us with the genius of our “being within the belly,” and harmonizes it with the familiar intelligence of the head.”
In this intimate workshop, Philip guides you through a series of simple and yet profound experiences that provide the insights, skills, and practices to carry you into that harmony and its attunement to the present. This is not a matter of listening to the body, as though it were divided from the mind by a wall; it is the wholeness of listening to the world through the body. When that happens, we find that we are not merely living in the present; we find the present living in us.
Recommended reading: Shepherd, New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century.
CE credit for bodyworkers; see leader.