Awakening to Awe is a self-help meditation on one of the most profound experiences of living-the sense of awe. Awe is the humility and wonder-amazement-before creation. It is also an attitude that can be both healing and life-transforming, particularly in our "awe-depleted" age. Through an in depth focus on people's life stories (including that of the author), this volume explores the nature and power of awe for individuals, for societies, and for the potential course of humanity.
Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for humanistic psychology. He is the author of eight books, current editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, adjunct faculty at Saybrook Graduate School, and vice president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute.
Preface Introduction: Awe-Wakening Part I. Our Awe-Depleted Age 1. What Keeps Us from Venturing? 2. The Stodgy Road to Awe 3. The Awe Survey: Format and Background Part II. Awe-Based Awakening: The New Testaments to Spirit 4. Awakening in Education 5. Awakening from Childhood Trauma 6. Awakening from Drug Addiction 7. Awakening through Chronic Illness 8. Awakening in Aging 9. Awakening through Humor Part III. Toward an Awe-Based World Awakening: Guideposts to an Awe-Informed Life 10. Awe-Wakening in the Everyday 11. The Societal Challenge Conclusion