Reconnect with Your Deeper Self: The Embodied Present Process Explained

Shaking up the way we look at our self and the world, our guest Philip Shepherd documents how our culture systematically desensitizes our ability to sense the whole in his new book ‘Radical Wholeness.’

Philip shares with us how each of us is whole, yet we are taught life works differently. In this episode, he lays out a simple, practical way of undoing the divisions and compartmentalizations within us. You will:

  • Discover the profound healing intelligence of our body,
  • Uncover how to undo desensitization and return to living an experience of wholeness,
  • Unwrap how to find your way out of your head and reunite with your body’s intelligence,
  • Find ways to ground yourself in a wholeness-of-being that feels and supports the healing harmonies of life, plus much more….

Philip Shepherd is recognized as an international authority on ’embodiment.’ He travels the world teaching The Embodied Present Process™ (TEPP), a unique set of practices he developed for getting us out of our heads and reconnected with the profound intelligence of the body.

He is the author of two ground-breaking books, ‘New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-first Century,’ and the newly published ‘Radical Wholeness: The Embodied Present and the Ordinary Grace of Being.’

The books draw on a lifetime of research and experience and have been widely acclaimed for their original vision. Learn more about Philip at
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Full Interview Video

For this episode, Philip Shepherd, an expert in the embodied present process, shares with us a unique set of practices he developed to get us out of our heads and reconnect with the profound intelligence of our bodies.He relates how he came up with this idea through the study of physics and a 600-year-old Japanese theater called “Noh Theater.”

0:04:04.5 He compares our culture’s idea of the “gut brain” ─ the stomach prone to indigestion and weight gain ─ to that of the Japanese which they call “hara.” He has a beautiful explanation of how it means completely differently from ours and the way the Japanese culture honors it

0:06:52.0 As to the process of dropping in, they go into a detailed discussion on the importance of the breath and how it should be made available all the way down to the pelvic bowl, filling the body from the bottom up.

0:12:22.9 At this point, Philip goes through the four themes he uses in his workshops ─ the first being the breath ─ for the embodied present process.

0:15:20.4 After the break, Sharon expressed her concerns on “too much of letting go of the conscious mind” to which Philip distinguishes between safety and security. The fact is, if we’re alive, we’re not safe and we try to “diminish” our aliveness feeling which keeps us safe.

0:18:53.7 They also delve into intuition and the idea that everything is learned causing us to lose our ability to tap into it and deceive ourselves that there is no such thing. We have taken charge of our lives by using our head, getting things right, and knowing what the right answers and choices are.

Philip also says that wholeness isn’t something you achieve. It’s something we find only through surrender.

0:41:52.1 Approaching the end of the show, Philip tells everyone about his books, his programs, and his website. He has a set of audio exercises that be downloaded that will take us through the journey and will show us how to “settle.”


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