Tim Freke – Critiques of Spirituality

• September 9, 2012 • Comments (5)

This clip is part of a series – see here the 1st part

In this exclusive interview for Life Arts Media, ‘stand-up’ philosopher Tim Freke shares concepts from his latest book ‘The mystery experience’.

In this second excerpt (see here the 1st part) Tim talks about how certain stereotypical ideas related to spirituality and spiritual practices may ultimately get in the way of a spiritual awakening and just put ourselves in impossible and unrealistic situations. He invites us to consider the ‘both – and’ approach to thinking as opposed to ‘either – or’ – “there’s not enlightenment without the journey, there’s not Oneness without ego…you can’t be a great soul without sometime being an asshole!”…

The book 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.

For more info visit: www.themysteryexperience.com









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  1. gloria says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Tim. I have bought into many of these concepts at some time or another. It’s such a relief to throw them off.

  2. Tim, It is just so nice to see you! It reminds me of the wonderful week-ends of Big Love!

  3. Rob Baldwin says:

    Thank you, Tim for putting what I have been thinking/knowing into words and concepts that make such sense. I’ve been using the term “paralogical” with my music students for the past several months. It has made a huge difference!

  4. CallistaCat says:

    I think Tim’s the first writer on spirituality I’ve heard to say what I’ve believed for a long time, that despite what many spiritual teachers and gurus will tell you, the ego isn’t the problem. You need a healthy ego to get by in life. Egotism or Egomania is a problem, of course, but many times people have the opposite problem that Tim insightfully points out in this video. Not having a healthy sense of self/ego and boundaries can lead to a lot of problems in life and even debilitating disorders such as depersonalization. There’s nothing wrong with you or your ego, you don’t need to kill it metaphorically. All parts of your self can blend together wonderfully if you’re not afraid to try.

    And all that nonsense about how “it’s all an illusion” always bothered me too, glad to know I’m not the only one. 🙂

    Thank you Tim for this wonderful talk. If you are ever in the U.S. doing seminars in the Salt Lake City area, please let us Beehivers know!

  5. Awake Space says:

    If there really IS a person, then what, pray tell, are you liberated from, teacher? Also, the very idea that “an ego is necessary” as I quote the above poster, is an affirmation that the sense of self is the result of an ultimately-optional mental construct, and is not present in the same physical, actual, you-can-hold-it sense that this computer is present in. Consciousness is the actual ground of physical reality. The self is a mental fiction occurring within that reality, yet is felt as irrevocably real to people. In liberation consciousness exists without this fiction in action. That would be a liberation (for consciousness, not for the felt self). Otherwise, I’m not sure what liberation Tim is teaching based on having achieved?

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