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How Long is Now?: How to be Spiritually Awake in the Real World [Paperback]

Timothy Freke
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Book Description

7 Sep 2009

In this unique and exhilarating book, stand-up philosopher Tim Freke shares his own amazing journey of awakening to the ecstasy of oneness and the bliss of big love. He offers profound insights and simple wake-up techniques to gently guide anyone ever more deeply into an experience of being spiritually awake in the real world.

How Long is Now? is a book that can transform everyday life into a wonderful adventure full of meaning, miracles, and magic. As Tim explores his own journey he clarifies a host of common misunderstandings about what it is to be "spiritual". He also offers wisdom about love, romance, and relationships and he presents a radical new understanding of death. Full of warmth, laughter, tears, vitality, and style, How Long Is Now? is a timeless book to be savoured and treasured.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK; First Edition edition (7 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848500912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848500914
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Website: www.TheMysteryExperience.com
Events: www.themysteryexperience.com/events/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorTimFreke
Google+: plus.google.com/113011961119357996655
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TimFreke

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About the Author

Tim Freke is an internationally respected authority on spirituality and the author of many best-selling books. A passionate voice for our collective awakening, his groundbreaking ideas and inspirational presence have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world.

Author Residence: Glastonbury, UK

Website: www.timfreke.com

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey to Enlightenment and Beyond 9 Nov 2009
First I must confess that I know Tim and regularly attend groups that he runs down in Glastonbury. At these meetings there are always people who attend who have been raised as Christians with varying degrees of fundamentalism and have found Tim's `Jesus Mysteries' series helpful. That doesn't really apply to me; during my early twenties I managed to make myself kind of a fundamentalist for Eastern philosophy and pursued the attainment of enlightenment with dogged determination. I practiced keeping my attention `in the now' at every waking moment, believing that this blissful state of consciousness was always just around the corner. As the years passed I had many interesting experiences but that final `click' moment always eluded me. Eventually I started to question my belief systems and realised that I'd taken allot of concepts on board on faith alone, this left me feeling a little bitter, probably annoyed with myself that I'd done this. I know this is not an uncommon story, there are lots of people who have thrown themselves into Eastern mysticism only to end up feeling disillusioned (not in the good way) and go on to reject the whole thing. I think Tim's new book will appeal to such people as it did to me. People who want to separate the baby from the bathwater regarding the kind of philosophy that has come out of India since the 1960's and embrace it whilst retaining their critical faculties. The sub title `How to be Spiritually Awake in the Real World' doesn't refer to some sort of meditation you can practice at work, but rather what advita philosophy looks like striped of its unrealistic idealism. The American edition is sub titled: `A Journey to Enlightenment and Beyond' which in some ways I prefer, as this is a book for anyone who wants to go beyond living with the concept of enlightenment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightenment in Daily Life 25 Aug 2009
'How Long is Now' is Tim Freke's best book.

It is his best book because it is absolutely grounded in the joys and stresses of modern life.

Following a profound experience of expanded consciousness as a child, the book is a riveting account of how he has devoted his life to exploring its meaning. Yet this is not a life on a mountain top, hermit's cave or monastic community, but a journey through youthful uncertainties, the challenges of earning a living, marriage, fatherhood and all the other experiences that enrich life.

It is the story of how he travels to the East to understand what happened to him. Of how in the living room of an Indian Guru he once more tastes illumined consciousness - which this time takes root. He sees that it arises from a deep awareness of the eternal 'now' which we never leave and its awesome mystery.

Returning home, he then faces the challenge of nurturing transcendent awareness in the midst of modern western culture. As the experience waxes and wanes under the stress of daily living, he is slowly brought to ever-deeper understanding of what he comes to call lucid consciousness or being deep awake.

What really brings the book to life is its semi-autobiographical nature. It is the many stories, the kind of things that happen to you and me, and how they brought him to deeper insight, that lift this book to another level. The stories earth the book in daily living, where we must all learn to nuture the deep awake state if it is to mean anything.

Above all, this is a book that celebrates life. It is a profound enlightenment teaching, yet does not present expanded consciousness as an escape from a difficult world, but as a joyful way to dive in more deeply.

This is what marks the book out as different. It is why it could be life-changing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cutting Edge of Human Evolution 25 Nov 2009
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In `Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Robert Pirsig refers to those who `blaze their own trail into the high country' of spiritual experience. Tim is such a one as this, and in this book he invites us to join with him on the trail. He has blazed this trail with consistency, integrity and effort for some forty years. It has not been without cost, yet he does not speak to us as a guru dispensing hard won wisdom. He invites us to come alongside and join in the journey, or, if not to join in, to get a taste of it so that we can make more informed choices about our own.

The book is essentially an autobiography, but not in any sense of following a linear time line. It sometimes reminded me of reading `The Time Traveller's Wife' where you are located at a different time, and therefore at a different point in the stories attached to linier time, at the start of each chapter. The meta-story we are following is outside time.

A great strength of this book is that Tim does not speak as having arrived, but only as one marvelling in the excitement and traumas of the journey. At one point he describes how his encounter with Ramesh Balsekar in Mumbai, and the insights he gained from it, made him feel his "journey of awakening was over", but immediately he comes in with "I soon discovered I was wrong about this..." and we go with him to another seminal moment in his experience where the view opens up onto yet another vista of life. This sense of travelling and never arriving is maintained throughout the book until we understand that it is never the destination, but only the journey that is significant. We get the distinct impression that the final insight he offers, in the section headed `the koan pops!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sincere, funny and useful
Timothy Freke sounds like a great guy and I enjoyed his laid back, often humorous style of writing in this book.. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Neo
5.0 out of 5 stars Now That Was A Good Read.-)
An interesting concept about what consciousness is and how to develop it more,while Tim gives examples of his own "waking up" over the years. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Brizdaz
2.0 out of 5 stars A personal journal
I feel this book may be aimed at readers new to the topic of non-duality, and as such perhaps it is an accessible introduction. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2011 by Ms. Ej Newell
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightenment without bagagge
What differentiates this book from many in the self-help and mind, body, spirit genre is it's lack of baggage. Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2010 by Tom Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable - with slight misgivings
I really enjoyed this book - it's written in a very readable present tense style, very immediate and fast-paced. Read more
Published on 7 May 2010 by hughie
5.0 out of 5 stars The experience of oneness
Timothy Freke first experienced a state of heightened consciousness, which he describes as being "deep awake" , when he was twelve. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2010 by Tony B
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what i expected
I was dissapointed with the book. It was so full of how important and how researched the author is It was full of techniques and could have been written by many *new age*... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2010 by Diane White
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