061. Tim Freke

Tim Freke

Photo Credit: John Day

Tim is a philosopher or ‘lover of wisdom’ who is pioneering a simple new way to experience a profound spiritual awakening, which fully embraces our everyday humanity. He has spent his life exploring the awakened state he often simply calls ‘The Mystery Experience’.

Tim has articulated his own revolutionary ‘philosophy of lucid living’ designed to help people go beyond ideas and actually experience a ‘deep awake’ state, which replaces out-dated spiritual jargon with clear new concepts which are simple to understand.

He has also developed a profoundly simple ‘Mystery of the Moment’ attention technique and a number of powerful ‘I to I’ practices, which quickly awaken practitioners to ‘The Mystery Experience’ and help them commune with others in oneness and ‘Big Love’.

Tim has an honours degree in philosophy and 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 is best 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 recent years he has articulated his own ‘lucid philosophy’ in The Laughing Jesus, Lucid Living, and How Long is Now?

Tim is also an innovative ‘stand-up philosopher’ – a concept he developed from the ancient idea of a philosopher as a traveling ‘spiritual entertainer’ who transformed people’s consciousness.

He is a passionate and playful communicator, whose enthusiasm for life is contagious. He is often featured in documentary films and chat shows broadcast by the global media, such as the BBC and the History Channel. Tim is the founder of The Alliance for Lucid Living, (The ALL), an organization dedicated to our collective awakening. He lives with his wife Debbie and their two children in Glastonbury, England.

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Interview Recorded 3/13/2011

Video and audio below, each in two parts. Audio also available as a Podcast.

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11 thoughts on “061. Tim Freke

  1. What a wonderful talk, and what a lovely and lively mind Tim has! He really exemplifies the natural beauty of the human mind and its creative conscious experience.

    The ‘both/and’ perspective very much hits home for me. The more one delves into the mystery of it all, the more one realizes that there is no way to disentangle the absolute perspective from the relative perspective, or the awake experience form the dream experience. Like Yin and Yang, Shiva and Shakti, they appear only as inseparable lovers in the dance of life.

    And the human mind — however one defines it — and its conceptual language (i.e. words) is really the only way we have to create and realize that experience. It would seem that even the ‘Absolute’ itself would be inconceivable, if there were not a conceptual mind/language to conceive of it in the first place.

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Does that not say it all?

  2. The interviewer is still Much louder than the interviewee, so I’m reaching to turn the volume down, then up again, then down, etc, as the interview progresses. Otherwise, nice stuff, but it’s distracting to reach for the volume knob all the time.

  3. Sorry Jim, and all. I think I’ve got that problem licked now. The volume in the next interview (Paul Hedderman) is balanced.

  4. Thanks. It’s a great show and I hate to see a technical problem interfere with the listening experience. I really do feel that the sound of a person who is awakened can be much more helpful than just reading books. It’s the way the information is conveyed even more than the information. Or as the Baal Shem Tov said when asked what he wanted to learn when he was about to visit a great Rabbi: “I want to see how he ties his shoelaces.” ;’)

  5. Exactly, Jim.

    A man’s state of slumber, or lack thereof, is more accurately revealed in HOW he performs his actions… than in his words.

    A poignant observation.

  6. Very interesting interview. The part where Tim explains looking for the witness and entering the doorway sounds very familiar :) But then there’s immediately coming back and looking at little Tim and other things… I think the next step would be to transcend that coming in and out by investigating the nature of things and discovering that they are nothing but pure awareness… Then he won’t have to come back looking for the witness or doorway.

  7. Great! Always inspiring to hear Tim speak. I recently read his little book Lucid Living. Reading time is about an hour or so. So I just sat in the library for an hour and then put it back on the shelf. Very nice book!

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