WHAT: Time Freke’s The Deep Awake Life
WHERE: Jubilee Community Church
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 1, 7-9 p.m.; doors at 6:15 p.m.
WHY: “My message is essentially deep and simple,” says spirituality scholar Tim Freke. “How we experience life depends on how conscious we are. When we only pay attention to the surface of life, we’re only superficially awake. But when we look deeper, we can become deep awake.”
That’s the self-penned philosophy Freke will expound upon at his forthcoming presentation downtown. An author of more than 30 books (including co-writing best-seller The Jesus Mysteries) and regular speaker at international events, Freke planned his first Asheville appearance to be a three-day workshop. When that sold out, he boiled it down to a potent, two-hour speech to spread his life lessons further.
The expressive speaker says he’ll explore “the paradoxical nature of reality that can utterly transform how we experience the adventure of life. This is so serious that I like to approach it very playfully — so that waking up is fun.”
Aftereffects of achieving Freke’s recommended state of being, as described on his website, include feeling present in the moment, observing deeper levels of personal identity and finally, experiencing a feeling of being “immersed in an ocean of love.”
“Then, if we really immerse ourselves in the deep awake state,” he writes, “life becomes WOW!”
A portion of proceeds from the $10 suggested donations at the door will go to Jubilee’s Hunger Fund, which benefits local nonprofits MANNA FoodBank, Meals on Wheels and Loving Food Resources. Visit jubileecommunity.org or timfreke.com for more information.