Paul Hunting

Politics & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality

Author Profile

Paul  Hunting

If you have ever wondered who you really are and why you’re here, then we have something very much in common. Ever since childhood, I have been a misfit – an outsider who always sees things differently and could join dots that weren’t there. Now my quirky Jewish-Hindu-Christian bloodlines lend me a perspective on scripture and Shakespeare that reveals a profound, universal spiritual teaching encrypted in his plays. This forbidden teaching connects Hindus, Jews, Christians, and Moslems as equal members of the brother-sister-hood of humanity. I’ve enjoyed a maverick’s career creating new ways to facilitate growth, awareness, and leadership. 20 years ago I dreamt up the idea of ‘Horse-Assisted Transformation’ and have pioneered a field of personal and leadership development that continues to canter across the globe. I am married with five horses, a cat and a dozen chickens. We live just outside Stratford-upon-Avon, England. My previous book is: Why Talk to a Guru? When You can Whisper to a Horse.

Books

Shakespeare's Holy Grail:

Religion & Spirituality

‘This even-handed justice commends th’ingredients of our poisoned chalice to our own lips.’

Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 7

What if Macbeth’s ‘poisoned chalice’ is a veiled reference to the cup of the Last Supper?
What if Shakespeare has encrypted the ancient secrets of the Holy Grail into his verse?
What if knowing this forbidden truth has the power to resurrect the sleeping soul within us? And, what if awakening the soul, will (in Hamlet’s words) end the heartache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to?

As you’ll soon realise, this book has two momentous revelations emerging in parallel: a new and profound understanding of Shakespeare’s plots, poetic imagery, and process that illuminate never before realised depths to the Bard himself; and astonishing insight into the ancient, universal, mystical teachings of Jesus the Christ and the line of masters preceding him.

Book Bubbles from Shakespeare's Holy Grail:

The success paradox

The paradox of success can so often be how the more of it you have the less happy you become. It's rare to give birth to a baby that is not a bundle of joy. But where is that joy in the adult? The very process of learning to talk, finding a sense of identity, fitting in to society, becoming normal, getting approval and validation, etc.,etc...is the very process that strangles the soul. By the time we realise that 'normal' means 'miserable' our job becomes more about un-learning, re-defining, questioning the authorities, challenging the status quo. Ironically, while the Bible, defies logic, reason and science; and supports religious tyranny it also contains the seeds of our personal freedom to experience original joy. What if who we really are is symbolised by 'Adam & Eve'? We were banished from paradise in the beginnings of time. We are banished from paradise in the beginning of life. Shakespeare defies the laws of heresy and shows us how to reclaim our life and our right to know love, joy, and happiness unbridled.

Why did Jesus have to come?

Given the all-pervasive influence of Christianity on the western world, I am intrigued by the answers I get to the question: Why did Jesus have to come? My main fascination with the answers is not at all the possible 'correctness' or not but the diversity of opinion. Everyone seems to have a different answer or unique nuance. In this bubble, based on. my forensic scrutiny of Shakespeare's works, I've come up with four possible suggestions for his mission on earth. But who am I to say? It's your answers I'm interested in. And your questions. Not for me to answer, but for us all to consider. Do let me know what you reckon.

Cutting off the tree of life: who cares?

Shakespeare cares. Shakespeare has devoted 37 plays to make the point that when the tree of life was cut off by Lucifer in the beginning it was a catastrophic event for mankind. It's a key element of the Grail secret. The tree of life is like an umbilical cord connecting us all with God. When it was cut off we were banished from knowing, feeling, and hearing the sound of the divine presence. At times, we all feel abandoned, grief-struck, out of control of our lives. We now have the power and the option to reconnect ourselves to the tree of life. However, as in the Grail legend, it is hard to find and protected by great obstacles. Even when we are told how, it is always hard to overcome the addictions and attachments that stand in our way. Thus few people know this pathway and have the readiness to take the first step.

Hiding in Plain Sight

My entire experience of Shakespeare was transformed when I perceived my first 'biblical motif'. This is the term I had to invent to describe how the Bard turns his 'heretical' reinterpretations of scripture into iconic plots and speeches. This wee bubble takes you to the very heart of Shakespeare's Grail secret.

The Rise and Fall of the Satan Archetype

In some way, Shakespeare's plays dramatise the rise and fall of Satan. Heretically, blasphemously, courageously, he is telling us not about the religious, moralistic, concept of the devil, but the shadow archetype within us all. To fully understand ourselves, we must fully understand our inner Satan: what drives us into despair and pain? In the beginning, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth represent the innocence of the soul. Rapidly they fall to the irresistible temptation of vaulting ambition. They murder their own soul. They cut off the tree of life within.

Sound Current Allusions

Of all Shakespeare's encryptions, the plethora of 'sound current allusions' scattered throughout his plays are probably the most crucial. To the sincere seeker of truth, the scantly-known-of sound current is probably the ultimate pinnacle of what matters. Symbolised as the tree of life in Genesis, and the Word in the gospels, the sound current is the very vibration of creation itself. It is the essence of who we are. It is the missing link in drinking the Grail and becoming free.

Challenging the Status Quo

Human suffering and ignorance is fuel that gives power to the status quo. The worship of tradition and history keeps us trapped in the past. The truth may be constant, but our understanding of it is continually evolving. More than anything else, those in power fear truth. Tradition makes truth seem like lies, and lies seem like truth. We can challenge the status quo by making thought experiments that will transform our life. What if Shakespeare knew the absolute truth and encrypted it into all his plays? What if all his plays tell the forbidden story of the rise and fall of 'Satan' as an archetype of our consciousness?

What is The Tree of Life?

What if the 'tree of life', planted in the beginning, is a symbol for the Word of God, also present in the beginning? Given the Word of God is aka the sound current, the sound of all creation, it means this could be the root of what the tree of life symbolises. It seems the ultimate mission of Jesus Christ was to restore the tree of life and all it symbolises. Could this ancient, coded wisdom also be the ultimate truth of the Holy Grail?

What have we lost?

At its most abstract level, the Grail legend is a story about something lost, that is hard to find. Something of priceless value whose loss causes great misery and suffering. What could this be? Where could it be hiding? Sleeping? Waiting? A frog waiting for a kiss, perhaps? Something seemingly distasteful we need to do? A big risk we need to take?

Transcending dogma

Imagine life in 'the West' without the all-pervasive influence of Christianity. Some of which is wonderful, some of which is of doubtful value. Believing in it, or disbelieving in it are two sides of the same coin. I see the doctrine at the level of 'based on a true story'. I try to accept it as a 'work in progress' - very slow progress at that. I used to rail against it as does Tolstoy in this bubble. Are you interested in transcending the opposing narratives? Considering the deeper, unsullied teaching of the ancient masters?

The forgiveness paradigm paradox

What if forgiveness is not something we can do, or receive, but something we already are? Thus the way out of the rage and fury of being hurt, betrayed, violated, abused...is not about seeking justice, nor revenge, but the quest for awareness? In the Arthurian quest literature, the knights were asked: whom does the Grail serve? It's a mind-boggling question. Because the mind cannot know the answer. The Grail secret is about absolute absolution - something those in power fear more than anything else.

Original sin: original choice

The ancient narrative would have us believe the 'original sin' was Adam's disobedience. But this cannot be so! Adam was given a choice - not a commandment. In any case, how can God give a commandment that can be disobeyed? Not only that, disobedience is not a sin. The original meaning of 'sin' is to cut off awareness of the God within. Shakespeare dramatises the original sin as a profound mystical violation of the soul by Lucifer that cut the whole of mankind off from the spiritual inner awareness of God. Shakespeare also dramatises the true impact of the Holy Grail in making soul-self-awareness possible again.

Seeing through a new lens

One of our most powerful, innate qualities as human beings is the ability to see familiar things in new ways. We can make 'thought experiments' that transform our lives. What if everything we need to know about who we are and why we're here is already known, already available to us? Instead of swallowing ancient, pre-digested dogma, let a master like Shakespeare show you how to find the truth and the blessings that already are right under our nose.

Shakespeare's Revelation

Politics & Social Sciences

A radically new way of looking at Shakespeare's plays. Understanding the spiritual/mystical meaning of The Tempest will open your eyes to a profound spiritual teaching feared and forbidden by the Church for 2,000 years. His key characters can be seen as the core archetypes of our inner kingdom. The plays combine to tell the story of the evolution of our soul from creation, betrayal, deposing, liberation, and ascension to its rightful place at the centre of our consciousness. Applying the spiritual principles in your life becomes a practical way to know who you really are, why you're here, and how to fulfil your ultimate destiny.

Book Bubbles from Shakespeare's Revelation

Seeing the invisible

As we read the text we must stay focussed on the underthought. The text is merely the vehicle for the hidden message. It may not be the whole story, but simply elements of something we already know at a deep level. This inner message is stirred by the elements acting as triggers for the unconscious mind and maybe even the soul itself. Trying to make complete sense of the inner story from the outer is an intentional distraction. The outer is intended to hide the inner from those who are not yet ready. It is the elements hidden in one play combined with those in the others that make the hidden, unconscious, whole conscious. Thus the outer Hamlet, say, may not seem to embody all the virtues of the Christ. By killing Claudius and Laertes it seems he does not forgive them in the way (our concept of) Christ might. But internally Claudius plays Serpent to Hamlet’s Christ. Hamlet’s outer slaying of Claudius, resonates inside us as the knowingness of The Christ’s vanquishing of Satan. This knowing dissolves as soon as we demand ‘sense’ from a mind-level. Shakespeare constantly challenges us to experience him from the soul level. By observing the elements without applying too much mind allows the deeper message already within us to float into awareness like a bubble.

Enduring Love of Shakespeare

Why do Shakespeare's plays seem as relevant and compelling now as they did in the 17th century? Because they hold up a mirror to a forgotten truth that sleeps within us. A truth he is awakening cell-by-cell as we bask in the delight of his verse and his divine love of humanity. King Lear is a fabulous fable telling us what happens when we deny the truth within us, banish our soul, and foolishly identify with our two false selves. Lear banishes his beloved Cordelia and places his trust in the lying, cheating, self-seeking, false selves who, with callous indifference, betray him and strip him of all his worldly goods. Only when he confronts the Truth, the 'tempest', the 'wind from heaven', the Word of God within, does he find his true self, forgiveness, and redemption. As long as we see Shakespeare as about the 'external' world of kings and traitors, we avoid the same truth within us as Lear found the hard way. Shakespeare is making it easier for us to find our true selves without the pain his characters suffered.

Shifting from 'overthought' to 'underthought'

There is nothing new in the universe. New things are being discovered, but, like Tutankhamun's tomb, they've always been there under the surface. It's the same with Shakespeare (and the Bible). The story on the surface is simply the allegory (or parable) that is the vehicle and signpost leading to the deeper meaning - inside ourselves. You can entertain yourself with Shakespeare's stories. Or you can illuminate yourself with his hidden treasure. The latter diminishes the former not one jot. You can have both. All it takes is letting go of an assumption that is probably limiting you here - and in all areas of your life.

Shakespeare: far more than 'bard'

When I began to recognise the ancient spiritual teaching hidden in his plays I knew Shakespeare - acclaimed and timeless as he is - was desperately underrated. I felt a compulsion to set this to rights.

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