Tapping insights from Jungian psychology and the author’s personal study, reflection, and experience, this book illuminates the process of “traumatic transformation” through a “personal Apocalypse,” exploring how we can re-create ourselves and rebuild our lives when health problems, financial ruin, business failure, natural disasters, and other catastrophes strike.
This book is not about Apocalypse as we usually think of it -- no “Doomsday, the Last Judgment… a Gigantic Worldwide End of the Line Event where the seas boil, the sky turns black, the Earth opens up and swallows New York, a billion galaxies collide, and lots of other great special effects happen all at once… No Armageddon, no End Times, no Rapture or Tribulation, no predictions or prophecies, no war of sticks and stones, no aliens… nothing you could sell to TV or make a movie out of, or a dystopian novel. Or a sermon.”
Instead, it’s about “our lives when death, disease, accidents, injuries, relationship breakup, financial ruin, business failure, performance failure, failure generally, public embarrassment, guilt, shame, betrayal, war, attack, flood, famine, natural disaster… make your own list and include on it whatever kind of catastrophe you can think of that happens to people but wasn’t ever supposed to happen to you… and now it has. That’s the kind of Apocalypse we’re talking about here.”
This book offers an experiential framework for extreme personal transformation, Apocalyptic style: starting with the initial catastrophe and continuing through the four phases of the Jungian Apocalyptic Archetype and a visit from the Book of Revelation’s Four Horsemen, and all the way out the other side, to a new sense of self and a new life to match.
Although backed by research and scholarly inquiry, this book is written in the author’s characteristic clear and conversational style, without stuffy language or citations to research, experts, and other people’s stories. This book is not an analysis of transformation, it’s here to walk with you through your own experience of the transformational process. Instead of theory, it offers experiential guidelines based on the predictable phases of Apocalyptic transformation, and invites you to use them to make sense of your own transformational journey.
This book caps the author’s “Inner Game of Being Human” series. It’s short (less than 50 pages of text), vibrantly written, and rich with meaning -- a compelling, engaging, and often entertaining read, a book you can return to now and again as you move through your own process of traumatic transformation.