Humanity’s Second Shock and Your Unique Self
Paperback: 122 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 7, 2014)
Every human being meets with pain in his or her life. When we discover this, it shatters our expectations. Our main reaction to this ‘First Shock’ is avoidance. In our collective life, this avoidance represents the consciousness of the Separate Self or ego. In trying to impose its will on the unfolding of life, this Separate Self makes things worse rather than better. It may end up destroying the life that has been given to us as human beings, as well as life on Earth in general. Our waking up to this dilemma is what Mauk Pieper calls our ‘Second Shock’.
This book urges us to ‘rethink’ the evolution of our consciousness and offers a glimpse of a new, emerging level of consciousness that is able to process this Second Shock, giving rise to ‘realistic hope’ for a better world that is in alignment with the evolutionary impulse.
“Mauk’s love for the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and Ken Wilber, his experience as a psychotherapist specializing in trauma, and his position as a leader in a unique spiritual community come together in this brave and brilliant work, shining light on these troubled, “interesting times”. A must-read for anyone interested in spiritual awakening and evolution.”
Doshin Hannya Michael Nelson Roshi, Mondo Zen
“This book answered a lot of my questions. And it gives voice to many of my own intuitions and thoughts on why Unique Self is so important -both as an evolutionary emergent in spontaneous realization and as a Dharma that needs to be shared and go mainstream in the years to come. I especially like how Mauk Pieper interweaves insights from his therapeutic work on individual trauma with what he calls the collective shock experiences of humanity.”
“This is an important book written by a true scholar, psychotherapist- spiritual teacher and leader. It will deepen and broaden your perspective of adult development and how to bring that into your life. A great synthesis of the pioneering Unique Self and Integral Theory.”
Sean Wilkinson, Circling Europe