The Book – Synopsis


His hidden key to spiritual fulfilment.

One of the most important, most illuminating insights into Shakespeare’s mastery. Placing him on a par with the greats on spirituality and how to know the truth of our own divinity.

The premise of Shakespeare’s Revelation is that unless you understand The Tempest, you cannot understand Shakespeare. And if you don’t understand Shakespeare, you cannot understand yourself.

Through his plays Shakespeare is telling one story in many guises revealing to us who we really are, how we lost awareness of our true self as a soul and how we can re-centre ourselves in the joy of experiencing the divine within us – not as a belief – as a living reality.

My purpose in writing this book is to make his profound, hidden, spiritual teachings available to those who are looking for them, make them relevant, practical and bring more joy and authenticity into our everyday lives.


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As an avid lifelong reader, English major, and writing teacher, I’ve read thousands of books and millions of words. But … never have I read anything as transformational as Paul Hunting’s Shakespeare’s Revelation: His Hidden Key to Spiritual Fulfilment.  Be prepared (I wasn’t) to have unexpected personal insights that go beyond the written word.  For years, I’ve been privy to the evolution of Paul’s writing; now, he exhibits his mastery of writing about complex human dilemmas (much like Shakespeare) thus providing “AHA” moments with insight, humour, and delicious wordsmithery.‘ – Anja Leigh-Russell, MA, University Writing Tutor.


The very nature of a book like this makes it a demanding read  – but the rewards are well worth the effort.

“Your research is unbelievable! When I first went to a talk by Peter Dawkins thirty-odd years ago, I felt very privileged and I find the same having met you. I am having to read and re-read it very slowly, a few pages at a time – it is so profound in its understanding, and so enlightening. I am a T’ai-Chi teacher and at a certain depth it all links up. It has certainly ‘grabbed’ me!” – Annie Elkins

Through a compelling revelation of the myriad symbols created by Shakespeare and an understanding of their true meanings, many of your assumptions and sacred cows will be positively challenged – especially those relating to your sense of self-identity; your religious and spiritual beliefs; and your beliefs about the kind of man ‘Shakespeare’ really was. Throughout, you are encouraged to make personal reflections and gain your own insights and revelations. It’s organised into four sections:


Part 1 – Shakespeare’s Genesis

Part 2 – Shakespeare’s Gospel

Part 3 – Shakespeare’s Revelation


Paradigm shift

Paradigms (mind-sets, belief systems) can either keep us trapped in self-delusion or liberate us into our greater destiny. To get the astonishing value here, you need to look in a way that enables you to see what’s not apparent on the surface.  Meaning you will need to shift your paradigms concerning who you think you are, how you understand scripture, how you perceive Shakespeare as a person and how you allow his verse and imagery to ‘talk’ to your inner self.

Paradigms naturally produce fear and resistance when challenged. You’re not asked to change anything, but to consider the material presented and be open to new ways of looking at the familiar. The main shift you are challenged with is, instead of looking at characters (in the Bible as well as in Shakespeare) who seem to occupy the outer world, see them  as metaphors of your own inner world of true self (soul) and false self (good-versus-evil). In this way much enigma, paradox and mystery is resolved.

Additionally, if you look at Shakespeare’s canon, not as 37 individual plays, but as facets of one magnificent diamond – new light (enlightenment) and patterns emerge from behind the shadows.

Invisible ink

It’s as if Shakespeare has a unique system of allusions, allegories, and word-plays employed in his plots, names and poetic imagery. Without knowing the symbolic meanings, his message is impossible to see. For example, when you see the pattern linking the biblical Genesis and today’s spiritual psychology with the dynamics between Shakespeare’s key characters, the veil drops and all is revealed!

Here’s the truth that lies beneath the surface

Part 1 – Shakespeare’s Genesis

In Richard II we witness the deposing of the soul of man by the mind as it eclipses the light of the true self and takes a tyrannical hold over our inner world.

Othello dramatises the very instant Satan (or whatever you call this aspect of consciousness) engenders his plan to snuff out our spiritual light and rule the world himself.

Macbeth is the passion play told in shadows through the eyes of Satan. Through the symbols, we see the loss and restoration of The Holy Grail unfold before our eyes.

Part 2 – Shakespeare’s Gospel

The Merchant of Venice drips with mystical significance. It brings home the multitude of implications of John’s Gospel and the Word Made Flesh. Portia offers us the choice between living under the law of revenge or the Grace of God.

The Henries complete what began with Richard II. Henry V overcomes the forces of darkness resurrects his soul and ascends to ‘the brightest heaven of invention’.

Part 3 – Shakespeare’s Revelation

Hamlet summarises the choice Shakespeare has offered us throughout – to be or not to be – true to our true self (soul) and free from the (good-versus-evil) dilemma of man. Embedded in the symbolism is a jaw-dropping dramatisation of the death and resurrection of the soul of all mankind.

The Tempest reveals itself not only to be the title of all the works in the First Folio but also the mystical thread linking all the plays as one. The discussion reveals how Prospero is a representation of God Itself as he forgives all souls unconditionally and readmits us to Paradise at the end of time.

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