REALITY (New 2020 Edition)

REALITY (New 2020 Edition)

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New and updated edition (2020) of this classic book first published in 2004

REALITY introduces us to the extraordinary mystical tradition that lies right at the roots of western culture.

This is the true story of Parmenides, Empedocles, and those like them: spiritual guides and experts in other states of consciousness, healers and interpreters of dreams, prophets and magicians who laid the foundation for the world we now live in. REALITY documents the excruciating process that led to their work and teaching being distorted, covered over, forgotten. And most importantly, it presents these original teachings in all their immediacy and power -- revealing their ability, just as vibrant now as at the dawn of the western world, to awaken us to what reality truly is.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 600 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 34mm | 866g
  • English
  • New & Updated ed.
  • 1999638433
  • 9781999638436
  • 6,682

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"This book is a journey back to the source -- not only of western civilization but, more importantly, to the source within you. Read it! To understand it is to be transformed." --Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now

"Stunningly original, Reality is momentous in its implications. This book is aimed at one of the highest ends I can imagine -- to restore to us the understanding that the original purpose of Greek philosophy was to launch the Western mind on a profoundly spiritual course. It shows, in a way which to my eyes is completely convincing, that the founders of philosophy were not just proto-physicists whose ingenious conjectures have long been shelved. They were spiritual giants whose understandings have not been surpassed and may never be surpassed." --Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions and Forgotten Truth

"This book contains the purest and most powerful writing I have ever read." --Michael Baigent, author of Ancient Traces and The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail

"There are few writers today you must read. Peter Kingsley is one of them. With absolute clarity he writes about the most challenging issues, and at the same time is inspiring in the most ancient sense: filling us with spirit and hope. His words will change the way you imagine your life." --Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul

"Peter Kingsley is probably the only person alive who understands the Presocratics." --Richard Smoley, author of The Dice Game of Shiva and Forbidden Faith

"Peter Kingsley's brilliant and extraordinary book Reality ranks easily with Krishnamurti's As One Is. The same message contained in Krishnamurti's teaching also comes from the great pre-Socratic singers of the song of Reality. To listen, without ideology or belief, is to begin to hear what the singing is all about." --James Paul, symphony conductor and trustee, The Krishnamurti Foundation of America

"With its startling blend of spiritual passion and the bold vision of a consummate scholar, this remarkable book invites us -- even to the point of demanding us -- to open our eyes to the unseen realities nourishing the ancient roots of our civilization. Of even more importance, it invites us to the great work of opening ourselves to the mystical reality that is calling from within to each and every one of us." --Jacob Needleman, author of The Heart of Philosophy and The American Soul

"A brilliant and passionately written book, Reality is a work of rare genius." --Gregory Shaw, author of Theurgy and the Soul

"Peter Kingsley is a successor to Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. His lectures and writings -- especially his latest book, Reality -- reveal hidden dimensions of consciousness and how it manifests in the world. His message conveys hope and meaning, and reveals majestic qualities of the mind we have forgotten and which have been ignored by Western 'authorities' for centuries. Peter Kingsley is a transformative and life-changing force in our world. Never have we needed such a message as now." --Larry Dossey, author of Healing Beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine, and Healing Words
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