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Mystery Experience: A Revolutionary Approach to Spiritual Awakening Paperback – November 19, 2013
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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 honours 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 that have established his reputation as a scholar and free-thinker. 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.
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Abraham. It cleared a lot of questions I hadn't thought about in all the years since I gave up on religion. But in his later books I felt he was being redundant, and I never was able to get far into them. Now I realize that he has gradually become a guru type and this book takes the cake. No offence to gurus intended. I just don't cotton to them. I've never read a book on any subject that has felt so much like running on a treadmill and going nowhere. Paragraph after paragraph, page after page repeated over and over. A treadmill is great for exercise. You can always let your mind wander. I've experienced many revelations in my life, enough to expect I will arrive where I'm going, wherever that is. I shouldn't be looking for answers in this book, because I'm about halfway through and he hasn't told me anything new. God bless those who find this book helpful. I almost resent having spent this much time on it. But that was worth learning, I guess.
What I like the most about this book is it`s not a shallow "new age" book. It doesn`t have new age mumbo-jumbo. It`s deep, mystic and genuine that resonates with me so much, Tim Freke did a great job on this one! While I`m reading it, I feel the joy in myself, taking a step outside of ordinary...Highly recommended if you are into mysticism.
I`m eagerly waiting the next book.
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.
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.
Tim holds that this traditional view of enlightenment, along with a number of other commonly accepted assumptions about spiritual awakening and development, is basically wrong-headed. In keeping with a growing emphasis in current evolutionary spirituality, he emphasizes the crucial importance of "loving being," on the one hand, while "being loving" and compassionately active in the world on the other.
Very importantly, his approach to spirituality is also in elegant harmony with the paradoxical understandings of current science--e.g., the particle/wave nature of light and of quantum physics in general. In this regard, it posits the mystery of being as the "ground of reality" that manifests "paralogically" as both consciousness and matter.
This wonderfully inspiring book, in large part, is a distillation of the experiential processes that Tim has developed in initiating people into The Mystery Experience in his residential weekend retreats. After absorbing and savoring it fully, I can readily understand why the single most common response of Tim's retreat attendees in describing their experience is simply WOW!!!
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when we can see that all of life is both and it takes the conflict out.....no more positional stances to be had...Read more