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.