This book is about feelings, and the ways that we, as individuals and as a culture, have numbed ourselves against them. It is about unleashing the possibility of conscious feelings to re-make our lives into what really matters to us.
The Power of Conscious Feelings introduces readers to the concept of the “personal numbness bar” – a measure set high by modern culture as a way of keeping everything “cool,” under control, and consequently out of touch. This book provides the insight and the means for lowering that numbness bar. “You can feel more,” the author asserts. “You can regain the intelligence and energy of your feelings, so long denied and dressed up to appear acceptable.”
The Power of Conscious Feelings is so much more than a book of self-help or inspiration. Ultimately, it is about our connection with and responsibility for the fate of the Earth. When we are no longer numb, we are freed from solitary confinement in our private world of thoughts and beliefs. We emerge, already connected with other human beings, connected in the world of feelings we all have in common.
Choosing numbness was probably unconscious for most of us. But Callahan is committed to showing us, step by step, in this moment, how we can change the mind and learn to consciously feel.