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About the Author
Tim Freke has spent his life exploring the Mystery Experience and sharing it with others. He has an honors degree in Philosophy and is an internationally respected authority on world spirituality. He is the founder of the Alliance for Lucid Living (ALL) and author of more than 30 books. He co-authored the acclaimed The Jesus Mysteries, which was a Daily Telegraph Book of the Year and a Top 10 bestseller in the UK and USA. He lives with his wife and two children in Glastonbury, England.
Tim is an internationally respected authority on world spirituality. He is the author of over thirty books that have established his reputation as a scholar and free-thinker. He became well known for his groundbreaking work on Christian Gnosticism with his close friend Peter Gandy, including The Jesus Mysteries, which was a top 10 best-seller in the UK and USA, and a 'Book of the Year' in the UK Daily Telegraph.
In his latest book, The Mystery Experience, Tim presents a revolutionary approach to spirituality. He creates a new language of awakening, which makes profound ideas simpler to understand, so it's easier to experience a real transformation of consciousness.
Tim runs Mystery Experience Retreats throughout the world in which he guides people directly to an experience of oneness and all-embracing love that naturally arises in the 'deep awake' state.
The Mystery Experience is Tim Freke's piece de resistance -- and it should be recognized as such. Having labored under the radar for years, with many excellent books behind him, he now synthesizes all his work. He addresses the most pressing spiritual questions of today, while avoiding common pitfalls. For example, he steers clear of the wishy-washy platitudes of New Agers, the false objectivity of hard science folks, and even the inhuman detachment that Tolle's followers sometimes project.
While staying within the general range of spiritual subjects that mind-body-spirit authors generally concern themselves with, Freke weaves in a great deal of scientific insights. This should provide a bridge for MBS readers for understanding some of the scientific implications of their beliefs. It may also provide a doorway for more scientifically-minded people into the MBS realm.
All in all, this is a powerful and important book. It deserves equal attention as has been given Tolle's The Power of Now and similar books. Highly recommended.
"The Mystery Experience" by Tim Freke is a brilliant, integrating breakthrough in evolutionary spirituality. Even after nearly 40 years of immersing myself deeply in many of the world's great wisdom traditions and pursuing an ardent practice of vipassana meditation for most of this time, I have found the guidance in this book to be enormously illuminating and enriching--both to my formal meditation practice and in everyday living.
Through his introduction of a revolutionary new concept, paradoxity, Tim reveals the intrinsic "both-and" nature of reality; on this basis, he offers a spacious new way to understand spiritual awakening. On the one hand, it entails transcending the pervasive illusion of separateness and realizing that, in our essence, we are all one Being, characterized by Deep Love; of equal importance, however, we are ALSO uniquely individual expressions of this one being. This is highly analogous to recognizing the paradoxity that the ocean exists simultaneously BOTH as a single, unified body of water AND as its individual waves.
Accordingly, he shows how deep "gnosis," or knowing, of our essential oneness empowers us in honoring and celebrating our unique personal life "stories" more fully and also helps give us the courage to embrace all the joys and sorrows they entail, thus becoming true "lovers of life."
This crucially important emphasis is in sharp contrast to the key assumption in most of the world's great spiritual traditions that awakening or "becoming enlightened" requires an eradication of ego and the relinquishment of emotional attachments of all kinds.Read more ›
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I bought "The Mystery of Existence" because, like TIm Freke, I have a longstanding love affair with an unfathomable, exotic, alluring, mysterious mistress: existence. Not the existence of this or that, particular things, but existence pure and simple. Is'ness. The raw fact that any "this or that" exists.
For about the first hundred pages of Freke's book, I felt like he and I were on almost exactly the same mystery-loving wavelength. "Yes!" I kept saying to myself, as I read passages like this:
"The mystery of life is so enormous it takes my breath away and leaves me speechless. It's not some riddle I will one day unravel, but real magic to be marvelled at. It's not a darkness my intellect can illuminate, but a dazzling radiance so splendid that my most brilliant ideas seem dull.
I may go about my daily life as if I know what's going on, but the truth is I really don't know what life is. Nobody does."
Absolutely. Again, what we're talking about here isn't the particulars of life, such as how the brain and body are fashioned, or how evolution has brought about us humans.
Rather, Freke is pointing to the unarguable fact that nobody knows why existence exists -- or even if "why?" makes any sense when the question pertains not to the existence of some particular thing, but to the famous query "Why is there something rather than nothing?"
There is nothing more mind-blowing than to ponder the astonishing mystery of "is." Personally, I suspect that the fascination we humans have with the philosophical, religious, and mystical questions surrounding why existence exists is a byproduct of our all-too-human cognitive abilities and brain processes.Read more ›
The Mystery Experience by Tim Freke is the best book I've read in years! It clarifies and explores the spritual journey and meditation, bringing together all the religions of the world in the best possible way. I had several "ah ha" moments while reading including: why I have been so interested in quantum physics, why I have felt other explanations of the journey were incomplete and how I can consciously use the discipline of meditation to come back into the world with a more open heart. Tim has an excellent and indepth understanding of not only meditation and modern day spirituality but also all the traditional eastern and western religions of the world. (He has written books on most of the world religions.) This book is more important and much more comprehensive and helpful than Tolle's book on the Now. This author is one thought provoking and talented guy who is running under the radar. Oprah, get with it and bring this author into the mainstream. Lynn Hills Tatum