Contemporary society is experiencing a 'soul crisis', caused by the demise of outdated religion and the rise of hard-headed science, which has left us adrift in a purposeless cosmos, waiting for a meaningless death.
Pioneering philosopher Tim Freke offers a bold alternative to this bleak worldview, by urging a radical shift in our understanding of both science and spirituality.
He explores the new philosophy he calls 'emergent spirituality', which combines an innovative perspective on the scientific theory of evolution with a fresh understanding of perennial spiritual insights, to create a beautiful new vision of the nature of reality and the deep purpose of life.
Evolution has been a 13.8 billion year journey leading from the big bang to you right now, reading these words and understanding their meaning in your ‘psyche’ or ‘soul’. Is this just a fortuitous accident in a cosmos that exists for no reason?
Tim articulates a clear way of understanding the deep intuition that life is much more than that, and proposes that the process of evolution has not only seen the emergence of matter and life, but also the emergence of the soul-dimension that creates the magic and meaning of existence, which science ignores.
Evolution is the momentous story of the self-realising universe, which is coming to know itself through each one of us … and this process doesn’t end at death, because the evolution of soul has been accompanied by the evolution of immortality.
Tim's latest book is an inspirational guide to spiritual awakening based on Tim’s previous book The Mystery Experience.
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KNOW YOUR SELF & SHOW YOUR SELF
This is the definitive statement of Tim's groundbreaking, paralogical approach to awakening, in which he shares the ideas and practices you need to experience the exhilarating WOW of becoming deep awake.
He elucidates his revolutionary new approach to awakening, which celebrates the ego as the hero, not the villain, of the spiritual journey.
His ‘both/and’ philosophy shows how to both wake up to oneness and fully enter into the human adventure, so you become a lover of life.
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Lucid Living is a magical little book in which Tim presents the timeless wisdom of awakening in a funky new way. He shows that life is not what it seems to be and you are not who you think you are, because life is like a dream and you are the dreamer.
Tim shares eight life-transforming insights that will help you experience the ultra-awake state of ‘lucid living’. You don’t need to believe anything. You simply need to examine your directly experience as you read the book.
This book is an experiential journey that will completely transform your understanding of who you are and open up a wonderful new experience of being alive.
The Mystery Experience presents Tim's groundbreaking conclusions, after 40 years intensely exploring the philosophy and practice of spiritual awakening. Refreshingly down-to-earth, profoundly funny and uncompromisingly authentic, this book makes the awakened state available to all.
Join Tim for an exhilarating journey into the 'deep mystery'. Remember to wonder and become ‘deep awake’. Learn to think ‘paralogically’, beyond the limits of normal logic. Discover how we can genuinely embrace both science and spirituality. Know the ‘deep self’. Feel the ‘deep love’. Celebrate your life.
In this wonderful book full of inspiring stories from his life Tim offers profound insights and simple wake-up techniques to help you be spiritually awake in the perpetual now, while also passionately engaging with the adventure of life.
Tim clarifies common misunderstandings about what it is to be “spiritual”, presents an extraordinary new understanding of death and immortality, and invites you to explore the real world of meaning, miracles, and magic.
Full of warmth, laughter, tears, vitality, and style, this book is a breathtaking adventure that will help you appreciate the mystery of the moment and enjoy the time of your life.
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What if for thousands of years before Christianity Pagans had also worshipped a Son of God?
What if this Pagan saviour was also born of a virgin on the 25th of December before three shepherds, turned water into wine, died and resurrected at Easter, and offered this body and blood as a Holy Communion?
What if these Pagan myths had been rewritten as the gospel of Jesus Christ?
What if there were absolutely no evidence for the existence of an historical Jesus?
What if the earliest Christians knew that the Jesus story was a myth?
What if the truth has been kept from us by the greatest cover-up in history?
Drawing on the cutting edge of modern scholarship, this astonnishing book will change everything you ever thought you knew about Christianity.
Why were the secret teachings of the original Christians brutally suppressed by the Roman Church?
What if the Old Testament is a work of fiction, Jesus never existed and Muhammad was a mystical mobster?
What if the Bible and Qur’an are works of political propaganda created by Taliban-like fundamentalists to justify the sort of religious violence we are witnessing in the world today?
What if there is a big idea which could free us from the us-versus-them world created by religion and make it possible for us to truly love our neighbours, and indeed our enemies, as our Self?
What if it is possible to awaken to a profound state of oneness and love, which the Gnostic Christians symbolised by the enigmatic figure of the laughing Jesus?
At last the long awaited sequel to the Bible has arrived. Gnostic scholars Freke and Gandy present a post-modern gospel for the 21st century, which is a satirical parable about the journey to self-knowledge.
Jesus is back, but this time with a zany sense of humour, and he wants to set the record straight. He wants to prove that Freke and Gandy’s controversial theories about the origins of Christianity are right, so he sets out to convince his disciples that he’s really not an historical figure, but rather a character in an allegorical myth, which encodes deep Gnostic teachings.
Jesus explains he’s a character in a story who exists in the mind of the author; and this is important because the deep message Jesus has returned to reveal is that the reader doesn’t really exists either. Life is like a story and we all exist as characters in the mind of the Author of All.
Freke and Gandy’s Gospel of the Second Coming belongs to exactly the same species as the Gnostic Gospels of Nag Hammadi. Like them, it is a fictive dialogue presenting its authors’ best insights as if Jesus had said them. Okay, it’s a lot funnier than the Nag Hammadi books, but I’ve always thought satire is the true prophecy anyway. Read it if you dare!
Robert M. Price, Professor of Theology and Scriptural Studies and the author of Jesus is Dead
Better than the Bible.
Paul of Tarsus
So much fun I can’t wait for the Third Coming.
I want to see a copy in every hotel room.
In the Light of Death is a sensitive, inspiring and thoughtful exploration of the greatest of life's mysteries — that it ends in death. Tim Freke draws on the wisdom of the world's mystical traditions, and on his years of experience working with the dying and bereaved. He offers moving personal anecdotes, philosophical insight and guided meditations to elucidate a spiritual understanding of death. His intention is to help us transcend fear and suffering by revealing our essential immortal nature.
In the Light of Death teaches that to live with an awareness of death is not morbid or depressing, but wonderfully life-enhancing. Death is a powerful spiritual teacher, challenging us to discover who we really are, showing us what really matters and leading us to a deeper love of life that embraces both joy and sorrow.
This inspiring book offers an essential digest of the Greco-Egyptian writings attributed to the legendary sage-god Hermes Trismegistus, who was venerated as a great teacher in the ancient world and was rediscovered by the finest minds of the Renaissance.
These works of Egyptian and Greek esoteric philosophy and have influenced many of the greatest minds in history such as Blake, Newton, Milton, Shelley, Shakespeare, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Jung. The Hermetica is a marvelous volume for anyone interested in understanding the West’s intellectual roots in mystical thought.
At its heart, Islam is a profound spiritual path that teaches tolerance, love, respect, and plurality. The essence of Islamic wisdom has been kept alive by the great Muslim mystics known as Sufis. This book is a practical aid to help us transform our everyday lives into an adventure of spiritual awakening. The Sufi sages are calling us to join their caravan of love as it sets out across the desert of ignorance on the great pilgrimage to Allah. Are you ready?
The Tao Te Ching is one of the world's spiritual classics. The 81 chapters have distilled the wisdom of the sages, oracles and folk traditions of ancient China and are beautiful to read. They offer reflection and insight, and guide us towards personal growth and greater understanding. Tim's modern rendering encapsulates the freshness and simplicity of the original Chinese text and makes it relevant to our lives today. It is a book to dip into, to meditate upon and to treasure.
A book of Zen teachings is a conundrum because Zen is beyond words. Zen cannot be understood by the mind, because it is about becoming aware of the mind itself. Zen wisdom is not a clever theory, it is medicine. We suffer from the illness of the illusion of separateness and Zen is the cure.
In this inspiring little book the Sufi sages lead us on a mystical voyage of discovery; enticing us into a love affair with the Divine Beloved. Sufi wisdom may seem mystifying, but actually it is trying to point us to something so obvious that we miss it. God is everywhere and everything.
The wisdom of the mystics contained within this inspiring little book is the spiritual essence of Christianity. The mystics teach that the very purpose of human life is to know God and that if we turn toward God we will find that he has been waiting for us all along.
The ancient Pagan philosophers were charismatic sages who taught a perennial wisdom which is as inspiring today as it was to the ancients. 'Know Your Self' is their essential challenge, from which springs their profound teachings contained within this little book.
Tibetan Buddhism is far more than veneration of a buddha who lived 2,500 years ago. It has been inspired and shaped by a succession of living buddhas. Their wisdom, contained in this remarkable little book, nurtures the potential within all of us to experience enlightenment.
With some of the greatest Hindu gurus as our guides, this remarkable little book leads us on a mystical journey from ignorance to self-realisation; from separation to unity; from selfishness to service; from a troubled mind to an open heart; from illusion to love.
'Lovers have a religion all of their own. Their only creed is love.'
Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi
Rumi is a phenomenon. He raves with mystical intoxication, seducing us into the ecstasy of Love. He fires off pithy philosophical one-liners like a machine gun, demanding we reach beyond second-hand opinions and directly confront the Mystery of Life for ourselves. He playfully relates funny allegorical stories, like some spiritual stand-up, urging us to laugh at our own foolishness. Rumi knocks on the door of the heart, encouraging us to open up. He is burning with love and insight and he wants to set us on fire.
Rumi Wisdom is a year's supply of daily inspiration from the great Sufi mystic and poet, Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-73). Tim's renderings of extracts from Rumi's masterwork the Mathnawi are strikingly modern, capturing Rumi's intense devotion to God and enthusiasm for the Truth.
'A thousand mile journey starts with one step.'
Taoist Wisdom is an invitation to step into the mysterious world of the Taoist sages and embrace their profoundly simple vision of life. Contemplating their enigmatic insights, you will find yourself letting go of your anxiety, your need to control, and your fear of death and change. Day by day you will rediscover how to listen to the inner voice of your own heart, to celebrate the incomprehensible splendour of existence, and live naturally in harmony with the great flow of life which the Chinese call 'Tao'.
This book is an accessible introduction to the paradoxical wisdom of the Zen Masters. Challenged by their down-to-earth craziness, we can embrace our ignorance before the great enigma of existence. Learning from their mysterious ordinariness, we can penetrate the magic of the present moment. Inspired by their unsentimental compassion we can understand that enlightenment is not just for holy sages or the fanatically disciplined. Anyone can experience enlightenment – it is our birthright.
Zen Wisdom takes the reader on a journey of gradual awakening, which echoes the traditional Zen story of 'The Ten Bulls'. Each section of this book corresponds to a step on the path to enlightenment, beginning with quotes from the 12th-century Chinese master Kuo-an Shih-yuan, followed by inspirational thoughts of the day from the great Zen masters.
The Zen journey is not a direct one, however, and readers will find themselves at different stages at different times. But the tale of 'The Ten Bulls' is a powerful metaphor, in which the bull represents the seeker's self, which he or she must find, master and eventually relinquish in the search for the essential Oneness of all things.
The fervent belief in an after life is a phenomenon common throughout human history, whether it be the Elysian Fields, Vlahalla, Paradise or a Happy Hunting Ground. Tim presents a lively exploration of varying concepts of life after death in religious traditions of the world.
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