Break Down. Wake Up. podcast – 009 – Integrating an Epiphany Through Daily Practice with Jules Evans


How a ski accident gave a practical philosopher the insight to liberate his own self worth from the judgments of others and to discover his own career path.

After years of social anxiety and self consciousness, Jules had an unexpected awakening experience that renewed his faith in his innate value that could not be boosted or diminished through the opinions of others. Although incredibly profound, Jules realized that this epiphany alone would not create sustainable change in his life. He then went on a search for practices to integrate this experience into his daily habits. This search resulted in two books that explore the importance of both ecstatic experiences and instrumental rationality. After a second meaningful and challenging experience, Jules edited a book that compiles real life stories of spiritual emergencies that brings to light these complex, difficult and insightful states of consciousness. Jules continues to hold the tension between opposites in both his life and research. In this episode, we explore the role that altered states of consciousness have in the business world, how we might create safe collective spaces for out-of-the-ordinary experiences, and the importance of incorporating both the rational and the ecstatic into our own lives. You can find out more about Jules and his books by visiting If you like what you’ve heard and want to be part of our podcast community, participate in special events, or discover the wisdom waking up in your own breakdown, check out our website at

The Break Down. Wake Up. Season 1 podcast is sponsored by JAEC Foundation: Rethinking Mental Health.