“Love always works.”
Tim Freke is a passionate and entertaining voice for our collective awakening whose enthusiasm for life is contagious. He’s clear, irreverent, down-to-earth and not remotely interested in setting himself up as some sort of guru. His controversial books and animated live performances have inspired thousands around the world. Tim has an honors degree in philosophy and is an internationally respected authority on world spirituality. He has spent his life exploring the expanded state of consciousness he calls “the magical mystery experience,” “deep awake,” and “lucid living” He has a talent for helping others experience this amazing state for themselves.
Tim is the author of over twenty books that have established his reputation as a groundbreaking scholar and freethinker. He is best known for his works on Christian Gnosticism with coauthor Peter Gandy, including The Jesus Mysteries, which was a top ten best seller in the U.K. and U.S. and was named Book of the Year by the U.K. Daily Telegraph. He 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. In his mind-blowing stand-up performances and life changing seminars, he shares profound ideas and practical techniques for waking up to oneness and “big love.”
Tim is the founder of The Alliance for Lucid Living and is on the board of advisors for Team Humanity, organizations that are dedicated to our collective awakening. He is often featured in documentary films and chat shows broadcast by the BBC, the History Channel and other global media. Tim lives with his wife Debbie and their two children in Glastonbury, England.
Q. What experiences put you on your spiritual path?
A. It all started when I was twelve years old. I was puzzled by life. The grown-ups around me seemed to act as if they knew what it was about, yet it seemed to me that nobody did—that life was a profound mystery. I would sit on a hill with my dog overlooking my hometown and wonder about the great mysteries of existence.
Then one day something happened. I entered a state of consciousness I now think of as being “deep awake.” It was as if the world had turned inside out and I discovered a deeper part of me that was one with everything and everyone. It was a moment of recognition that I couldn’t put into words. The thing I remember most was that the universe seemed to be permeated with overwhelming love. The experience did not last long and I came down the hill and, in many respects, carried on the life of a teenage boy. Yet something had fundamentally changed. I was looking to experience that deep awake state—that change of consciousness—again. This set me off on a journey in which I have been exploring life, philosophy, and spirituality in search of a route back being
Q. Who are your mentors? What have you learned from them?
A. I’ve had many teachers. Some taught me through books. Others I spent time with. Ram Das had a big influence on me at one point. So did Ramesh Balsekar, an Indian teacher I met. But the person who has been my greatest teacher is my mom. I don’t say that lightly. My mother is the most extraordinary being. She embodies much of what I have come to understand about the way to live. She reads my books and is interested, but she’s not philosophical. She sees herself as an ordinary woman. She’s in her eighties now, has had cancer three times, a bleed on the brain, and God knows what else. Yet she is totally effervescent with life. She gives constantly in a totally unselfconscious way. A few years back, I was running a retreat for people who were dying. My mother volunteered to feed the group. I remember seeing her come in and out of the room, cleaning up. Then it struck me like a thunderbolt. I had been running around the world looking for enlightened masters to teach me and the person who could teach me the most about being of service was my mom. She had been there the whole time and was so close I hadn’t noticed.
When she got cancer the first time, I wrote a song for her called, “Famous Amongst Angels.” In this world, the famous are celebrities, politicians, and pop stars. I liked the idea that the angels have never heard of any of these people. But the angels know all about those completely unnoticed people like my mother who are naturally alive, good, and filled with love. My mom is a massive inspiration to me.
For the rest of the interview, please check out the book, Seek The Lover Within: Lessons from 50 Spiritual Leaders.