The Soul of a New Self is a message from the future, an invitation from an intrepid explorer who has dared to leave behind the familiar and explore the leading edges of humanity’s next evolutionary stage

– Craig Hamilton,
Spiritual teacher & founder of Integral Enlightenment

The Soul of a New Self

by Jeff Carreira

The Soul of a New Self is an exploration of our sense of self, how it creates the reality we live in, and how we can change reality by changing the experience of who we are. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary and classical sources from David Byrne of the Talking Heads to the 18th century German Idealist Immanuel Kant, Jeff Carreira, explains that we are currently caught in an identity of separation and isolation from each other and the world. This book takes the reader step-by-step into the realization that we are part of an unfolding continuity – a wholeness that grows. As we embrace our potential for living in unity together we open into a new phase of existence.

Available now through Emergence Education Press

The Interview Series

Jeff Carreira recorded five hour-long dialogs with deep and original thinkers who influenced some of the ideas in The Soul of a New Self.

Opening To The Sensual with Jody Mountain

Practitioner/Teacher of the art of Lomi Lomi Nui/Kahuna Bodywork and it’s foundations in Ancient Hawaiian Wisdom.

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Evolutionary Spirituality and Collective Awakening with Bruce Sanguin

Author of The Emerging Church: a model for change and a map for renewal.

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Shift into Collective Being with Daniel Belgrad

Professor the University of South Florida and author of The Culture of Spontaneity: Improvisation and the Arts in Postwar America.

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Reanimating the World with Bonnitta Roy

Founder, Alderlore Insight Center Associate Editor & Integral Review Journal and Program Coordinator MA in Consciousness Studies The Graduate Institure.

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Reality Beyond our Stories with Jeffrey Kripal

Professor at Rice University and author of Esalen, America and the Religion of No Religion.

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Endorsements for the book


With this book, Jeff Carreira has done something extraordinary. He employs the philosophy of the American pragmatists as an interpretive framework for his own deeply coherent mystical experiences, and in the process opens up completely new possibilities for philosophy and contemplative practices. This is a work of discovery and invention; of observation and imagination, of intellect and embodied perception. Jeff has developed a unique and delightful narrative style, weaving a new kind of inquiry he calls “wormholing” with a personal account of his own journey and aspirations. His personal story draws us in as intimate partners in a deeply holistic universe of lived experience. His invitation to “wormhole” with him, helps us to examine the assumptions that underlay the metaphysical foundations of our existing paradigm that constrain all our current worldviews. This is as challenging as pointing out water to a fish – and yet Jeff guides us through his thought experiments with natural language and playful prodding. This gives us the opportunity to see the world through his enlightened eyes and experience his expansion of the ordinary self into a far greater possibility than we could ever know.

– Bonnitta Roy, Founder of Alderlore Insight Center
Associate Editor, Integral Review Journal
Program Coordinator, MA in Consciousness Studies, the Graduate Institute



In The Soul of a New Self Jeff Carreira weaves together a rich tapestry of wisdom traditions from the silken threads of figures like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Teilhard de Chardin, Sri Aurobindo, the American philosophy of Pragmatism and the Indian philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, in a sweeping textual vision of the new human potentials that appear to be emerging through our countless and varied mystical experiences. Of particular note are the author’s own spiritual realizations that reveal the deep experiential well from which this particular text was written. The result is another shining example of America’s mystical democracy and religion of no religion.

– Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of
Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion



Jeff Carreira shows the false assumptions underlying our conventional self-sense and what happens when those false assumptions are removed from the experience of who we are. The result is a fundamental change in consciousness. Since culture is based on consciousness – specifically, the prevailing mode of consciousness that dominates a society – The Soul of a New Self offers insights and guidelines for the emergence of a higher human culture, based on a significant number of people who have changed their consciousness from self-centered to Being- centered.

– John White, author of
Meeting of Science and Spirit: Guidelines for a New Age
and Kundalini, Evolution and Enlightenment



In a world in which university education is often thought of as a vocational certificate, seeing someone obviously relishing the acquisition and sharing of knowledge for its own sake is inspiring.

– Dr. William O. Shropshire



The Soul of a New Self explores the most vital question of our time: Who are we? Jeff Carreira’s passionate quest and response to this question moves me deeply. He describes his recognition that “I”, the being that I am right now, is the universe awakening to its own existence. Yet it is also true that the individual self is an expression of the universe in unique form. I love this book. It is worthy of true dialogue among us. I hope you will read it and that we will explore it together.

– Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of Conscious Evolution
and founder of The Foundation for Conscious Evolution



This book is subversive. It offers the reader, step by step, nothing less than a new way of imagining our very identity. It is a radical inquiry into some long held cultural assumptions about the nature of self, and the filters we place on reality that limit our capacity to see what’s in front of our eyes. The result transcends arid, rational thinking. It is what the perennial traditions call wisdom, reflecting the heart of a true mystic. Reading this book carefully results in a transformation of consciousness.

– Bruce Sanguin, author of
Jesus and the Evolving Mytic: The Path of Love



The Soul of a New Self encourages us to question our assumptions of separation and isolation so that we can embrace the deeper harmony that connects us all. With humor, intelligence and grace Jeff reveals why our current separate sense of individual identity is not the totality of who we are. In these pages you will encounter a profound vision of how deeply connected you are to all of life, and catch the vision of a dramatically different possibility for human experience.

– Katherine Woodward Thomas, author of
Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After



This is an important book. In writing this Jeff Carreira is prompting us not only to find our individual enlightenment, not only to seek enlightenment collectively, not even to open ourselves to a higher source of wisdom, but to escape the limitations of our dimensionality and actually recognize the relational field as a being. Then to see not only that “I am that” but also we all are that, and “that”, now and forever, is the soul of the new Self.

– Dr. Jeffrey Eisen, author of Oneness Perceived and founder of
The PsychoNoetics Science Institute



In Soul of a New Self, Jeff Carreira guides us past the illusion of separation, and into the foundational consciousness of a new way of being. The book brings us to the edge of who we knew ourselves to be, individually and as a species, and opens us to possibilities of transcendence. This profoundly absorbing work ushers in the ‘First Light’ of a new Spiritual Paradigm that is awakening from the ground of our Being. Jeff’s potent experience in spiritual mysticism and profound sensitivity to the deeper blossoming of consciousness opens us to a precipice of illumination. The Soul of a New Self is a beacon guiding us towards an awakened world beyond our imagination.

– Jody Mountain, Lineage of Light

About Jeff

Jeff Carreira is a mystical philosopher, spiritual guide, and author who teaches meditation and transformative philosophy to a growing number of people throughout the world.

As a spiritual guide, Jeff offers retreats and courses leading individuals from across the globe in a form of meditation he calls “The Practice of No Problem.” Through this simple and effective meditation technique Jeff has led thousands of people in the journey beyond the confines of fear and self-concern into the expansive liberated awareness that is our true home.

As a philosopher, Jeff is interested in defining a new way of being in the world that will move us from our current paradigm of separation and isolation into an emerging paradigm of unity and wholeness. He is exploring and teaching some of the most revolutionary ideas and systems of thought in the domains of spirituality, consciousness, and human development. He leads courses in this new understanding of reality and teaches people how to question their experience until previously held assumptions about the nature of reality fall away to create the space for a dramatically new understanding to emerge.

Jeff is passionate about philosophy because he is passionate about the power of ideas to shape how we perceive reality and how we live together. His enthusiasm for learning is infectious, and he enjoys addressing student groups and inspiring them to develop their own powers of inquiry.

Jeff has taught university students about Charles Darwin’s influence on American thought, spoken with recovering alcoholics about the transformative philosophy of William James, and addressed Unitarian church groups about Ralph Waldo Emerson and the roots of their faith. He has taught college courses on philosophy, spoken at conferences, and led seminars worldwide.

Jeff is the author of six books. Three of these, The Miracle of Meditation, The Practice of No Problem, and Embrace All That You Are, clarify his teachings of meditation. The other three, Philosophy Is Not a Luxury, Radical Inclusivity, and The Soul of a New Self, offer a continuously expanding presentation of his philosophical investigations into the nature of reality and how it evolves.

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