Pearsall was hospitalized for some tests, due to be discharged,
became unresponsive and died of a spontaneous intracerebral
hemorrhage July 13, 2007.
Awe: The Delights and Dangers of Our Eleventh
June 12, 2007
Dear Publishing Colleague:
has changed the way I perceive myself and the world around me.
As a self-help editor, it is unfortunately rare that I am affected
by an acquisition in the way that Awe: The Delights and Dangers
of Our Eleventh Emotion has affected me. Amid all the pop psychology
and unoriginal ideas out there, you and I have seen it all, packaged
and repackaged. Awe, contrary to its brief occurrences in our
lives, has long-lasting, hard-punching impact on our health, our
psyche, our beliefs, and our exploration into the meaning of life.
Awe’s ability to have actually changed my daily interactions
with the world around me – and with enduring, positive effects
– has compelled me to write to you personally. I cannot
in good conscience have this book fall on blind eyes.
On Friday, while multi-tasking to the 6 o’clock news, I
consciously made an effort to stop and watch the space shuttle
Atlantis lift off. Before Awe, I would never have done this. And
what happened during the final countdown, scared and exhilarated
me. My eyes welled up with tears, and I felt chills and the calming
realization that the laborious and tedious week I had just completed
was truly behind me and ultimately so much less significant than
the moment I was experiencing in front of my television. It was
totally freeing. I was in awe. I chalk this moment up to what
I learned while editing Awe: The Delights and Dangers of Our Eleventh
Emotion and to my intense conversations with the book’s
author Paul Pearsall, Ph.D. Finally, a book that helps me prioritize,
de-stress, find security, reacquaint me with myself -- all of
the things that so many self-help books that have come before
Awe claim to help us do.
Paul Pearsall, Ph.D., who you may already know as the bestselling
author of The Pleasure Principle and The Heart’s Code (to
name a few) and the author of the controversial book The Last
Self-Help Book You’ll Ever Need, contends in his signature
anti-self-help style, that the meaning of life is exposed to us
every time we experience awe. In Awe: The Delights and Dangers
of Our Eleventh Emotion, Dr. Pearsall explains that humans are
hardwired to experience awe and that awe, if experienced and interpreted
correctly, can save us (literally) from a state of languishing
and launch us into a much-needed state of flourishing. He’s
right. I could’ve continued to languish in my Friday night
multi-tasking mode, but because of Awe, I now have the ability
to not only stop and see what’s going on around me, but
possess the consciousness to recall the feelings of that awe-filled
moment when I need them.
This book is filled with proof and justification using philosophy,
religion, politics, sociology, neuroscience, mythology, and psychology,
that awe is, indeed, a primary emotion that we do not know enough
about, and thus, do not know how to experience to its fullest
- Is awe a message from a higher power that enlightens us about
“what it all means” or is it simply a physiological
response that comes and goes?
- What do our leaders know about awe that enables them to use
it against us?
- How do religion and politics and even the current media trends
depend on awe and its emotional impact on us?
- Can awe be a healthy or hurtful emotion, and what happens
when awe falls into the wrong hands?
Just as Eckhart Tolle delved into the mystery of living in the
moment in The Power of Now, Dr. Pearsall teaches that “the
moment” – whether tragic or triumphant - is only worth
living “in” if we are willing and able to be in awe
I hope you enjoy Awe as much as I did and believe in its powerful
message, as I do.
Thank you for your time and for your support.
Contact the office of Paul Pearsall here.