• Recapture the Rapture

  • Rethinking God, Sex, and Death in a World That’s Lost Its Mind
  • By: Jamie Wheal
  • Narrated by: Jamie Wheal
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (422 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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Awesome Message

Wow, Jamie nails a humanist version of what I know to be the essence of Christian Universalism, the prevailing belief system of the first 500 years of Christianity, now all but completely buried by man’s lust for power. Thank you Jamie for sharing your wisdom!

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Want to think?

This was a great book- it got me thinking and challenged me in great ways. There is a lot here to get your head wrapped around.
Will definitely listen to it numerous times!

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Phenomenal book /audio and presentation!

I am on my third reading of / listening to Recapture the Rapture. Remarkable material, perfectly researched and presented in a sequential, challenging and entertaining format. Brought me out of the grey days of Covid and back into the light with renewed hope for humanity in the One. Thank you, Jamie Wheal, and all who helped bring this into being.

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Captivating and inspiring

Wheal makes a compelling case for living a life that is far more than just status quo, that it is our duty.

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An Intellectual Playground for the Human Spirit

A titillating and optimistic exploration of the human condition. Exploding with substance.
Masterfully narrated.
This book could be particularly helpful for one caught in the struggle between the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment while managing a mundane human life.
Loved It! I think I’ll will immediately give it a second listen.

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Author is not a fan of space travel, did not get past the intro, very preachy.

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One of the most important books in a decade

I was on the edge of my seat for this whole ride… If your worried about the world and looking for ways to plug into meaning - Just get the book. The author just happens to be an outstanding speaker which made this so much fun to listen to.

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  • 07-27-21

Wow!

Very, very interesting. I am impressed at the sheer amount of research behind this thing.

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  • Louis Raubenheimer
  • 02-03-22

A guide on how to change the world

Scientific, well reasoned, with the necessary reverence paid to ancient and modern spiritual practices, which, according to Wheal, hold the keys to unlock the personal and ultimately societal change that's going to be required to remake our collective future.

The book is filed with great practical, scientific and spiritual insight, but also asks the critical question of why we find ourself in such hopeless times when all these have been at our fingertips, many for millennia.

It is possible to change ourselves, it is possible to change our communities and it is possible to do so without falling into the trap of creating cults or societal organs that seek to control and corrupt us. But in order to do so our intentions need to be pure and we need to avoid the traps that all other generations have repeatedly fallen into.

Great read. Amazing ideal.

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  • Alfie
  • 01-22-22

One of the best books of our time.

Dearly recommended by philosopher at the crossroads of fact and fiction, Hanzi Freinacht.

Grants a blueprint for the metamodern age.

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  • 01-11-22

Read m with dearness in your heart.

A must read and re-read. your eyes will be opened to the truth once more. Its for me very interesting as first reading Maps of meaning about 7 years ago.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-21

Awesome book

I really love Jamie"s train of thought. I believe that this is a book that every adult should read ()listen) Especially in these days of turmoil. Thank you for it.

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  • 04-23-22

For anyone into finding meaning & building communi

The book I've been waiting for for a long time. Thank you for bringing it all together to deliver hope for a non-crazy world!!!

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  • Kylie Ryan
  • 03-06-22

Essential for aspiring change-makers

I will come back to part 3 over and over to help guide me. Powerful research and insights on how to evolve consciousness at an individual and collective level.

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  • Bill Gye
  • 10-31-21

What’s it all about

Beautifully putting it all together. Poetic prose and conceptual flows riffing on our personal and planetary situation and response. Great mind comprehensively monitoring and synthesising multiple significant information channels regarding what it important at this critical cross road.