Reawakening To Life's Great Adventure with Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D.

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From the dark terror of his own breakdown, Kirk Schneider has come to live in a state of awe. He explored the roots of his nightmares and anxiety, and the habits that kept him depressed and disengaged, and found that life is something to marvel at. Now he shares the long, winding road he traveled from there to here, and offers guideposts each of us can use to find our own way. Join him as he explains the reasons we spend so much of our lives disengaged from our sense of wonder, and the many tools and teachers that surround us, ready to help us regain it. The rewards, he assures us, are many. “Awe is a vital way of experiencing life,” he says. “It has the capacity to lift one out of one’s narrow identifications. We so often get stuck in certain fears or judgments. And awe is able to acknowledge that we’re creatures, we’re anxious, we’re fragile somewhat. But at the same time it points us to the more - the more of who we are and the more of what we’re participating in.” Inspired by the wisdom of Dr. Schneider, you’ll find a renewed capacity to occupy parts of your being that you may not have considered before - your most vital, essential self. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and adjunct faculty at Saybrook Graduate School, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology.

He is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, including:

To learn more about the work of Kirk J. Schneider go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How our culture insulates us from experiencing awe
  • Why is awe important in your life
  • Why we are drawn to horror films and science fiction
  • How your dog or cat can help you tap into the awesomeness of life
  • Why efficiency interferes with inspiration

Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 11/2/2009       Program Number: 3327

Music Playlist

From Album: Deja-Blues
Artist: Steven Halpern & The Hot Chakra Band
2000 Halpern Inner Peace Music #IPM 7890

Opening Essay: Track 01 Deja-Blues
Music Break 1: Track 05 Trippin'
Music Break 2: Track 09 Astral Glide
Music Break 3: Track 10 Deja-Blues (reprise)