It’s been a very busy time for me recently, because I’ve got a new book coming out called The Mystery Experience. This book was a real labour of love and I can’t tell you how pleased I am with it. In this blog I’d like to share with you the big idea that inspired me to write it, because it’s essentially very simple but it changes everything! Then if you’re intrigued you can download a taster ebook/kindle verison for free on my new website.
I’ve been exploring spirituality since a spontaneous awakening when I was a twelve-year-old boy. This lead me to study and eventually write books about all of the major spiritual traditions of the world. In my latest book I’ve drawn on this perennial wisdom to create a revolutionary new way to awaken, which combines lucid philosophy with simple practises to make the ‘deep awake’ state easily accessible.
Since Ive been sharing my new approach to spirituality with people, I’ve been astonished by what has happened. Nearly everyone who comes to one of my ‘mystery experience’ retreats experiences a profound awakening over the course of just three days. This has convinced me that the ‘deep awake’ state is available to all of us if we approach life with the right understanding and practical tools.
It’s hard to describe the awakened state with words, but I’m going to give it a go. When I immerse myself in the deep awake state there’s an awe-inspiring sense of oneness with the universe. It feels as if I’m dissolving in an ocean of love. The search for meaning is resolved into a wordless understanding, which is so deep it must be felt not thought. There’s the silent certainty that all is well; and such a feeling of relief… like coming home.
When I am deep awake the familiar world is transformed into wonderland. My sensual body comes alive. I am amazed by all I see and hear and touch. The mundane becomes magical. It feels as if I am seeing things for the first time. And I am overcome with gratitude for my life.
I want to suggest that this awakened state is available to everyone all of the time. It’s available to you right now. The doorway into the ‘deep awake’ world is wide open, we only need to enter in. And the way to enter is easy. We simply need to remember to wonder. We need to rouse ourselves from the numbness we call ‘normal’ and become conscious of the breathtaking mystery of existence.
If we wonder deeply enough we spontaneously start to awaken. It’s as simple as that. In my new book I take the reader on an extraordinary journey that starts with simple wonder … and leads to the discovery of the ‘deep self’ and the bliss of ‘deep love’. But you don’t need to wait to read the book. You can experiment with wondering deeply right now. You can you enter the mystery of this moment as you are reading this blog:
o Pay attention to how profoundly mysterious it is to be alive.
o Recognize the obvious truth that you truly have no idea what life is.
o Be conscious of this moment with that deep part of you that appreciates music and art … that feels the beat and dances to its rhythm … that finds truth in poetry as well as theory.
o Dive deeply into wonder and the world will start to sparkle.
o There will be an experience of intense gratitude that arises when you see how glorious life really is.
o There will be an experience of immense humility that arises when you see how impossible it is to comprehend such a mystery.
If you wake up to wonder you’ll come to life. Try it out … as an experiment … and let me know what happens. This is the beginning of the journey of awakening. If you want to go further, then check out my new website www.themysteryexperience.com. If you look deeper … you’ll find what you’re longing for.
TIM FREKE is a pioneering philosopher and the author of many groundbreaking books, which have been translated into 15 languages. These include How Long Is Now? (LINK: http://www.timothyfreke.com/now.php) Lucid Living (LINK: http://www.timothyfreke.com/lucid.php) and The Jesus Mysteries (LINK: http://www.timothyfreke.com/mysteries.php), which was a ‘Book of the Year’ in the Daily Telegraph and a top 10 bestseller in the UK and USA. His cutting-edge work on Gnosticism and pioneering spiritual philosophy have established his reputation as a scholar and free-thinker. He is often featured in documentaries and interviewed by the global media, such as the BBC and the History Channel. Tim runs ‘mystery experience retreats’ internationally, in which he guides others directly to a spiritually awakened state. He also performs as a ‘stand-up philosopher’ – a concept he developed from the ancient idea of a philosopher as a traveling ‘spiritual entertainer’ who transforms people’s consciousness. Tim lives with his wife and two children in Glastonbury, England. For free videos and talks visit www.timothyfreke.com
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I am intrigued by the fact that what I experience depends on my state of consciousness. Something I play with often is seeing what happens when I connect ‘I’ to ‘I’ with other people in my daily life. This means looking below the superficial appearances of things, so that I’m conscious of my ‘deep self’ within … and then connecting with the deep self in others.
I’m feeling embarrassed because I’ve made a series of silly mistakes. I run retreats internationally in which people come together to experience a spiritual awakening to oneness and ‘big love’, so I regularly send out emails to tell people about new events. In my last email I managed to get the details wrong, so I sent out an apology and the correction. Then I realized I’d got other details wrong as well, so I had to send out another email to apologize.