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A peak-performance expert maps out a revolutionary new practice - hedonic engineering - that combines the best of neuroscience and optimal psychology. It’s an intensive program of breathing, movement, and sexuality that mends trauma, heightens inspiration, and tightens connections - helping us wake up, grow up, and show up for a world that needs us all.

This is a book about a big idea. And the idea is this: Slowly over the past few decades, and now suddenly, all at once, we’re suffering from a collapse in meaning. Fundamentalism and nihilism are filling that vacuum, with consequences that affect us all. In a world that needs us at our best, diseases of despair, tribalism, and disaster fatigue are leaving us at our worst.

It’s vital that we regain control of the stories we’re telling because they are shaping the future we’re creating. To do that, we have to remember our deepest inspiration, heal our pain and apathy, and connect to each other like never before. If we can do that, we’ve got a shot at solving the big problems we face. And if we can’t? Well, the dustbin of history has swallowed civilizations older and fancier than ours. 

This book is divided into three parts. The first, Choose Your Own Apocalypse, takes a look at our current meaning crisis - where we are today, why it’s so hard to make sense of the world, what might be coming next, and what to do about it. It also makes a case that many of our efforts to cope, whether anxiety and denial, or tribalism and identity politics, are likely making things worse.

The middle section, The Alchemist Cookbook, applies the creative firm IDEO’s design thinking to the meaning crisis. This is where the book gets hands on - taking a look at the strongest evolutionary drivers that can bring about inspiration, healing, and connection. From breathing, to movement, sexuality, music, and substances - these are the everyday tools to help us wake up, grow up, and show up. AKA - how to blow yourself sky high with household materials. And the best part? They’re accessible, by anyone anywhere, no middleman required. Transcendence democratized.

The final third of the book, Ethical Cult Building, focuses on the tricky nature of putting these kinds of experiences into gear and into culture - because, anytime in the past when we’ve figured out combinations of peak states and deep healing, we’ve almost always ended up with problematic culty communities. Playing with fire has left a lot of people burned. This section lays out a road map for sparking a thousand fires around the world - each one unique and tailored to the needs and values of its participants. Think of it as an open-source toolkit for building ethical culture.

In Recapture the Rapture, we’re taking radical research out of the extremes and applying it to the mainstream - to the broader social problem of healing, believing, and belonging. It’s providing answers to the questions we face: how to replace blind faith with direct experience, how to move from broken to whole, and how to cure isolation with connection. Said even more plainly, it shows us how to revitalize our bodies, boost our creativity, rekindle our relationships, and answer once and for all the questions of why we are here and what do we do know?

In a world that needs the best of us from the rest of us, this is a book that shows us how to get it done.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Jamie Wheal (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Amazing insights, lacking examples

Overall this was a really great book with some awesome insights, However I feel like it was lacking in physical world examples and leaned heavily on metaphors.
But maybe that was more of the point of it anyway and it’s probably worth listening to again because there’s really a lot packed into it. Enjoyable enough that I would consider it again and recommend it.

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I already intuited it all!

This book is so validating and insightful for those of us who have spent decades sitting with spiritual teachers and journeying with plant medicine and doing retreats and workshops and are now just ordinary people struggling in our marriages to remember the magic of the love that is all around us.

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  • T. Parish
  • 2021-04-29

This owner’s manual for the human spirit arrives with impeccable timing

Jamie Wheal has written the soulful, insightful, and actionable book that our world so needs in this specific moment. Rich with mind blowing information, heart melting sensitivity and galvanizing purpose, Recapture The Rapture takes a sweeping inventory of the current state of the world and provides with brilliant guidance a plan of action. This book is a defibrillator for the dysfunction of the human heart and our ailing world.

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  • John
  • 2021-06-10

solid meh

perhaps worth a read. listened to the audible. lots of metaphor. so much you will say "ah, yes, I get it" followed with another thing that you are supposed to feel the same about, but it's not necessarily true... the statement made. from nitrogen to BDSM, I'm not sure this was the book I thought it was going to be. I would title it, "friendly lectures of the outdoor coffeeshop smoke sesh from a person who knows a few interesting things, kindof." the thank you section at the end does wrap it up nicely. though my words are slightly harsh, what's true is this person wrote a book... that is not an easy thing to do. reading this book is better than scrolling through your social media, by far.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-10

A thought provoking read. Belief sculpting.

This is an amazing book that points in the direction of where humanity needs to be heading. For all the religious folks out there it’s a must read, but be ready to have your beliefs challenged. I believe this book will show anyone how to get closer to their gods than any preacher could. The only thing I believe this book could and probably should’ve included more of is the issues surrounding indigenous sovereignty especially in the America’s. It seems like this topic never gets brought up and I do not believe humanity can fully heal until we understand and integrate their pain fully into our culture. Regardless, I highly recommend and I hope everyone alive and breathing will reads this.

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  • Max
  • 2021-06-21

Elegant, exciting and informative

Beautifully written. Jamie captures not only our current struggle, but also our infinite calling. He does it in a way that is entertaining and enticing. This is an amazing book.

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  • Casey Bradford
  • 2021-06-07

AMAZING

Loved this book. Really well written, engaging, filled with insights. I will be sharing this far and wide with friends and family. Really grateful for having read this one.

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  • lacey
  • 2021-06-05

Yes.

There is much to appreciate about this book… The honesty, the ease, the wisdom, the humor, the compassion.... the list goes on. I just finished the book today but imagine it will take me weeks or months to truly process the content. I both listened to the book and read the book simultaneously.. it’s a lot to take in but worth the effort. Thank you, Jamie, for your work and for your courage.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-06-01

Think

Clearly thought out. Like having a wonderful conversation with a trusted friend. A light in the darkness. I am a new breed and I live to serve. Awake and awareness and direction towards a greater good. Thank you Jamie and everyone that helped create this book.

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  • Jan Mckingley Hilado
  • 2021-05-30

Amazing Followup to Stealing Fire.

I loved his first book with Steven Kotler, Stealing Fire that I rated it as one of my top 10 books to read! And this one, is an amazing follow-up to that book! This definitely falls in my top 10 list as well.

Due to the complexity of this book, i would understand that this will have a very niche and quite specific type of readers who will appreciate it, but if you're deep and far in the personal growth & self-discovery journey that you've already explored things related to Flow States and Peak Performance & mystical Experiences, Biohacking, study of Consciousness and the exploration of Spirituality & Metaphysics, and Healing & Catharsis, through Modalities such as Respiration or Breathwork, Movement & Meditation, Sacraments & Rituals such as Ayahuasca or through therapeutic use of psychedelics, then I'm sure you will enjoy this book.

Bonus if you get the Audiobook version, you get to listen to Jamie's Sexy British English accent.

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  • Zirrus
  • 2021-05-29

Poetic, vibrant, soulful

I’ve followed Wheal for a while and knew he was a sense-maker, but this book shows me that he is also a sage. There are so many poets, writers, musicians, gurus and even scientists that he references that are familiar to me, but he weaves it all so magically in this text it seems brand new. In the way that Joseph Campbell brought Jung to the people, this book can do similarly. I may need the printed copy as well...

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  • Ralph
  • 2021-05-26

For me more significant than the Bible !

Thank You Jamie!
I’m so deeply inspired. Going to need this in a hard copy to take notes and re visit!