The Electric Jesus Launch Party
The Electric Jesus Book Launch Party
Jonathan Talat Phillips, Alex & Allyson Grey, Reverend Billy
Tues, November 15, Bluestockings, NYC
After 6 years in the making, Evolver co-founder Jonathan Talat Phillips is inviting all his prankster friends, political revelers, and evolutionary allies to celebrate the release of his new book, The Electric Jesus: The Healing Journey of a Contemporary Gnostic.
This potent and revealing memoir follows Jonathan’s journey with NYC’s radical media activists during the 2004 Republican National Convention through a challenging mystical initiation process involving underground ayahuasca ceremonies, kundalini awakenings, extraterrestrial encounters at the Burning Man festival, and miraculous energy healings that led to him co-found the transformational web magazine Reality Sandwich and the Evolver Social Movement. Along the way, Phillips delves into his own Christian background, discovering the lost rites of the mystery schools and secret “electric” meanings behind biblical symbols such as the serpent, dove, and tree of life—offering profound alchemical messages for personal transformation as well as a potential evolutionary shift for our world.
Visionary artist and CoSM co-founder Alex Grey will kick off the night with a manifestation prayer, followed by a book reading and Q&A discussion between Alex, his wife and Cosm co-founder Allyson, and the Church of Earthalujah’s Reverend Billy. Nightlight Astrology will give readings during the mingling portions of the evening.
Presented by Evolver Editions, Souldish, New Realities, Nightlight Astrology, Liberation Dance
7pm: Mingling, drinks and snacks at Bluestockings Cafe
7:30pm: Alex’s Prayer, followed by book reading, discussion, and book signing
9:30pm: Afterparty at another location
Tues, Nov. 15
172 Allen St (between Stanton & Rivington)
Praise for The Electric Jesus
“A modern Odyssey of awakening, Jonathan Talat Phillips's journey into Gnosticism deeply resonates with the eccentric moment. The Electric Jesus, a spiritual autobiography, reveals a life lived in the light of transformation, searching for the mystic core of a planetary civilization.” —Alex Grey, co-founder of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, author of The Mission of Art
"A fresh, vigorous, and often startling account of a man's introduction to higher planes of reality. If you've ever wondered what the new consciousness movement is about, read this book and find out." —Richard Smoley, author of Inner Christianity and The Dice Game of Shiva: How Consciousness Creates the Universe
"Every cultural scene needs good personal narratives. Jonathan Talat Phillips' Electric Jesus raises a proud flag for the post-modern Burning Man and techno psychonautic era. However, Phillips also seeks for more than just a flashy escape hatch from the burdens of a materialistic or pop-cultural corporate worldview. The Electric Jesus is about the quest for true Gnosis as much as it is about the crazy costumes we wear along the way. This book is sure to be one of those that defines the psychedelic resurgence that has been recently constellated by Reality Sandwich and the Evolver Social Movement." —Adam Elenbaas, author of Fishers of Men: The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest
“Entertaining, celebratory, burning, reflective, and electric—but definitely not for the faint of heart or hard of head. With tales of sex, drugs, elves and Jesus, this memoir romps through the hinterlands of body and soul.” —Sharon Gannon, co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga and co-author of The Art of Yoga
"A moving tale of a journey into places most of us don't even know exist." —Gary Lachman, author of Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen; bassist for Blondie