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The Mystery Experience: A Revolutionary Approach to Spiritual Awakening [Hardcover]

Tim Freke
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May 2012
Prepare for the journey of your life. Literally. This book does not aim to make your life carefree, to make your problems disappear, to turn you into a saint free from blemish or blame. In fact, you may end up utterly bewildered by The Mystery Experience at times. But you will also be intrigued. Curious.Questioning. Loving. Loved. Overjoyed. Seduced out of the numbness of banality. And most importantly, awake. Gloriously awake, and full of wonder. Philosopher and author Tim Freke leads us on a journey through the nature of the 'Mystery Experience', via quantum physics, Gnosticism, the essence of Tao, meditation, Walt Whitman, Greek mythology, Buddhism, Dub Punk musician Jah Wobble, and Carl Jung. But what is the 'Mystery Experience'? You can taste it by simply focusing your attention on the mystery. But what is the mystery? The mystery is life. The mystery is the journey. The mystery is you. The mystery is me. The mystery makes you want to say, simply: WOW. No one has the answers, but asking the questions is what makes us come alive. Wherever you're coming from, you will find this journey rewarding.
The only real requirement is that you're willing to wonder about life - to be curious and open - to be an explorer. Now prepare to leave base camp, because we're about to set off on a grand adventure.

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  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Watkins (May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780281498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780281490
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 14 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,938,369 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.


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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to dazzle and delight 25 May 2012
By Rob L
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Tim Freke's 'The Mystery Experience' is a book to dazzle and delight anyone with an interest in spirituality and 'practical' philosophy. And that's just what Tim gives us: penetrating insight into the heart of mysticism, leavened by humour and a touchingly human approachability that is quite exceptional in authors within this genre.

The book is practical because it's not simply an inspired dissection of ancient and contemporary spirituality; it's also a 'how to' manual that gives many simple, direct exercises from Tim's own experience to help us discover for ourselves the 'Big Love' of which he writes. Big Love is, of course, none other than the sense of all-embracing connectedness and Oneness that spirituality has identified for thousands of years. 'The Mystery Experience', however, is a new kind of spiritual road map that takes us in an entirely unexpected direction. Tim Freke is one of the very first (at least in this reviewer's opinion), to make a convincing and 'livable' link between experiencing the vastness of impersonal Oneness whilst simultaneously expressing ourselves as flesh and blood, individual human beings in the mundane world.

'The Mystery Experience' is an eminently readable book of great insight. Intellectually deft, practical and funny. But don't just read it: do as the title suggests, and simply experience it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Paralogical Alternative 10 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Googling "The Paralogical Alternative" produces one, and only one, result: `The Mystery Experience' - but it won't be the sole response for long. This expression will be followed by many similar efforts to expound the ground-breaking, the incredible originality of the connections explored by Tim Freke in this, his most recent journey of the intellect. He has coined this expression as a new, indeed revolutionary, way of looking at a paradox that is at once as old as history itself and as new as particle physics - `the objective world and the subjective self co-exist and create each other'. The nature of reality.

After his introduction, the journey (as it always must be) passes through four stages starting with the wider world view and gradually, gently, taking the reader into themselves and their everyday lives. The entire process is most beautifully set out, simply but profoundly expressed. Tim includes a significant extent of hypothetical Socratic style exchanges between various figures and the wonderfully but pejoratively named `Clever' Dick. It's a device that works very well particularly where the subject is both scientific and spiritual - the exchanges between Dick and Uncle Albert (Einstein) being particularly memorable.

Tim also addresses in the most understandable way the two (dual?) aspects of duality: the physical attributes of wave/particle duality and the meta-physical attributes of oneness and separateness - C G Jung's "no reality without polarity". This greater duality illustrates to perfection the Neo-Platonic view about the inter-connectivity of all things - the `Catena Aurea' or Golden Chain.

`The over-all number of minds is just one' said Erwin Schroedinger who went on to `call it indestructible since mind is always now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Experiencing the Mystery 31 Aug 2012
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Tim Freke is authentic. He speaks from his heart and he speaks from his experience, the experience of a lifetime exploring a moment of mystery he encountered at the age of 12. Most of us encounter these moments on one or two occasions in our lives. The renowned psychologist Abraham Maslow called them moments of peak experience. Antonia White described them well in her book The Glass House as moments when `suddenly everything has a significance beyond itself' and which precede periods of creative activity. Sebastian Faulks' hero in Birdsong, on leave from the horror of trenches in Flanders, leans over an English field gate and suddenly "felt himself overtaken by a climatic surge of feeling. It frightened him....Then he saw that what he felt was not an assault but a passionate affinity.......for the rough field going down to the trees and for the path going back into the village where he could see the tower of the church: these and the forgiving distance of the sky were not separate , but part of one creation, and he too, by the repeated tiny pulsing of his blood, was one with them........bound through the mind of creation to the shredded white clouds, the unbreathed air of May, to the soil that lay beneath the damp grass at his feet. He held tightly onto the some residual fear that the force of binding love he felt would sweep him from the earth..... His body shook with the passion that had found him, from which he had been exiled in the blood and the flesh of long killing."
For most of us these moments are less intense and we let them pass. Perhaps we wonder, perhaps we fear, but they remain pinpricks in the normal business of life and for the most part the normality is a comfort and a reassurance that we know what we are about. It was not so for Tim.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Wonderful 7 Aug 2012
By Iannis
This book is truly a tremendous achievement.
It is profound yet simple to follow.
It is serious yet light hearted.
And it is in every sense of the word 'wonderful'.
I love the way Tim communicates. He does not simply
write on a blank page, he takes your hand and guides you gently
through a journey. With this book the travels lead to the WOW.
I cannot recommend this book enough!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Reading
This is the first book I read from this author. It was recommended by a good friend of mine. It's not my favourite book but I must say it presents some refreshing ideas so I'm... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fernando
5.0 out of 5 stars A great awakening experience
This book is a great help in my lifelong journey trying to understand what the purpose is of life and the many lessons we have to learn on the way. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sonia Eijkman - van Heemstra
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book
This book is a real delight as it manages to combine the warmth of a deeply loving approach with the light of rigourous and coherent thinking. Thank you!
Published 10 months ago by Gary Bean
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I bought the Kindle version of this book then received the paperback as a gift from my sister, who had been on one of Tim Freke's workshops. Read more
Published 11 months ago by JocelynB
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
This book is the third one I'm reading by Tim Freke after The Laughing Jesus and The Jesus Mysteries, read in reverse order. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Vincent Lassauw
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting book
very stimulating book, I found the conversation pages rather boring, overall very good book, I have read others by the author so probably makes a difference.
Published 17 months ago by Carol A. Geer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a good read
'The Mystery Experience' encourages us to do, be and come awake inside the mystery that is life. Even if we 'know' that the World is not as we think it is, we still, most of us,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Don Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars The Deepest Truths
Trying to write a review of this book, is a bit like trying to describe the mystery experience. The words that come to mind just won't do. Read more
Published on 4 July 2012 by Stunned Sexy Philosopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Experiencing the Mystery
Tim Freke provides the methods we can all use to experience the mystery of life. I found his step by step approach took me on a journey of understanding. Read more
Published on 2 July 2012 by alantodd
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is all you need!
The Mystery Experience is a beautiful book, written with honesty, humour and love. Reading it felt much more like an actual experience, an uplifting and engaging embrace with Life,... Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2012 by Ms P A Brooke
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