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Reality

Reality

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Reality

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.

The hardcover version of this book is out of print. You are welcome to contact us to check if we still have a hardcover copy available.

Reviews

To read the following reviews, click on the name of the reviewer:

byᅠGregory Shaw (Bryn Mawr Classical Reviewᅠ2004.07.43)
by Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Parabola vol. XXIX/2, Summer 2004, pp. 106-111)
byᅠIvan Christovᅠ(Rhizaiᅠvol. II/1, 2005, pp. 115-117)
by Brian Brewer (Journal of Conscious Evolutionᅠvol. 3, 2006/2007)
byᅠNicolas Leon Ruiz (The Agonistᅠvol. III, issue 2, July 2008, pp. 26-38)

Testimonials

"This book is a journey back to the sourcenot 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

"Peter Kingsley's brilliant and extraordinary book Reality ranks easily with Krishnamurti's As One Is, because the pre-Socratic philosophers he so eloquently evokes speak from the same source. The voices of Parmenides, Empedocles, Zeno and others call across the generations for self inquiry and exploration into what actually isand 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

"Stunningly original, Reality is momentous in its implications. This book is aimed at one of the highest ends I can imagineto 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 a successor to Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. His lectures and writingsespecially his latest book, Realityreveal 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, M.D.
author of Healing Beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine, and Healing Words

"Dr. Kingsley's remarkable new book, Reality, is extraordinarily valuable. It would be difficult not to conclude that, through his research into our past, he has found the key to the modern world impasse."

ROBERT A. JOHNSON
author of He, She, Inner Work, and Balancing Heaven & Earth

"This epochal work is not only a seminal study of the origins of Western thought. It also is a guide for the rediscovery of truths which lie hidden in the souls and minds of men and women todayand which urgently need to be brought to light in a world groping in so much spiritual and intellectual darkness. It seeks nothing less than to reveal the original nature of Western philosophy in its true, but long forgotten, sense. And through doing so it forces contemporary human beings to reexamine what it means to be human."

SEYYED HOSSEIN NASR
author of Knowledge and the Sacred and Religion and the Order of Nature

"With its startling blend of spiritual passion and the bold vision of a consummate scholar, this remarkable book invites useven to the point of demanding usto 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

"Peter Kingsley is probably the only person alive who understands the Presocratics."

RICHARD SMOLEY
author of The Dice Game of Shiva and Forbidden Faith


Translations

Reality has been translated into:

German, as Reality, by Crotona Verlag

Greek, as Archaiohellenikê skepsê kai dytikos politismos, by Dioptra Publishing

Slovenian, as Resnicnost, by Kud Logos

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