This was another hugely successful evening in the Pierian Centre’s programme of guest speakers with stand-up philosopher Tim Freke. I’ve never heard him before so was really looking forward to it. His animated delivery was funny, poignant and very thought provoking. Tim is still very much hooked on the absolute wonder of it all – how we are here on this planet hurtling through space, how there are a massive 200 billion stars in the universe and what a colossal mystery it all is – huge questions that grabbed a tenacious hold of him at the tender age of twelve.
Most of us spend our lives so unconscious that we don’t even notice this miraculous universe. Tim suggested we step out of our stories and become deeply awake, paying attention to the fact we’re alive and the huge paradox that surrounds us. This “lucid living” reveals that we are all one yet we are many, we are both in time yet time is in us and that we are all great and ghastly souls. It is both two and one at the same time.
I really enjoyed Tim’s infectious wonder of life and remembered thinking as a child about how I needed to remember when I grew up about the magic of life, the infinite possibilities and to never lose the enchantment of it all. But I did grow up and I did forget that’s why it was so delightful to be reminded of this. Thanks Tim for a wonderful evening and thanks to the Pierian centre for the best biscuits in Bristol and hosting such a great event.