Tony Butcher

Yoga Consciousness in Ancient Mystery religions


amazonYoga Consciousness in Ancient Mystery Religions provides a fascinating new perspective on some traditional fairy tales that we all thought we knew.

We are taught from an early age that these stories can give us useful guidance for life, even if they seem obscure.

Author Tony Butcher shows us how to unravel the meanings, drawing on the ancient teachings of the mystery schools and, in particular, the teaching of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

The first section of the book takes us through the philosophy behind it all, originating in the writings of Thoth (also known as Hermes), upon which ancient Egyptian teaching was based.

Transcendence, various states of consciousness and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali all pave the way towards enlightenment and freedom from the bonds of the material, earthly world.

The second section illuminates ten well-known fairy tales, viewing them as soon as coded messages laid down for the wisdom on life.

In describing some of the mystic symbolism used, the author sheds new light on what folklore has to say to us.

Far from being quaint tales from the past, these stories are as relevant today as they have ever been.

A review of Yoga Consciousness in Ancient Mystery Religions:

"In this important new study, Tony Butcher presents an intriguing analysis of the real meaning of what is commonly called the ' Fairy Tale'.

Selecting examples we have all grown up with - Cinderella, Snow White, Lucky Hans - he argues that such stories are not just fanciful works of the imagination designed to entertain children, but potent allegories that teach of nothing less than life's quest: the journey to spiritual enlightenment.

Unlike previous travellers through this enchanted territory, Butcher's guiding signposts are not the modern theories of psychoanalysis, but the teachings of the Wisdom Schools of the ancient world.

Each tale is shown to be an account of the soul's journey home, in terms of the venerable mystery religions of Egypt, Greece and Rome.

Such a thesis is saved from being a merely academic exercise by detailed reference to the most contemporary, and accessible, incarnation of this perennial wisdom: the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the guru who brought Transcendental Meditation [TM] to the West.

In other hands, such a profound subject could weigh heavily, but it is here treated in a thoroughly readable manner, enlivened by the author's enthusiastic and unpretentious tone.

Like a good meditation, this new book provides deep and nourishing refreshment, allowing one to see the world with different eyes."

By Alistair Shearer, author of One Equal Light, The Spirit of Asia, Buddha: The Intelligent Heart, The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali, Thailand: The Lotus Kingdom and Upanishads, and founder of the Neeleshwar Hermitage retreat, South India.

Also by Tony Butcher: A Walk in the Park


amazon A Walk in the Park is the sum total of Tony Butcher's poetry, from the first piece of nonsense verse he wrote, to long, spiritual poems much later in his career

The author claims that these days he only writes when inspiration comes “hot from the gods”, reckoning that all his best material has come that way and anything out of his own head tends to be “clever rubbish” by comparison.

The book title marks a watershed in Tony’s life and poetic work. A poem of the same name within the anthology illustrates a life-changing experience the author had in Regents Park whilst in his final term at Sidney Webb Teacher College.

In fact, Tony has been particularly fortunate with life-changing events, because he has had several.

In addition, many of the poems were also courses of instruction from a higher sources. He found verses about the ancient knowledge came spontaneously and only consequently did he have time to assimilate them.

One day in the seventies he found himself on the brink of madness. He was trying to write two different poems simultaneously – one with the right hand and one with the left.

The one the right hand wrote was his initial inspiration for “Mary” – one of his very best. Tony says that the one his left hand was writing had to be discontinued in order to keep his sanity – the jury is still out on that!

Look out for early poems such as “Autumn Alchemy” as well as gems like “The Water Lily” and “When You Speak”.

There is a big selection on offer, from folk song lyrics to humour and everything else in between.

Tony, himself, is particularly keen on one called the “Hoop Dance”. It is about a dance a redskin shaman performed to illustrate the meaning and purpose of life to his tribe.



Coverage: "A Walk in the Park"