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1782. John Butler

John Butler, aged 84, from Buxton, is a retired farmer who became a YouTube sensation over lockdown with his mindfulness videos helping people cope with anxiety and improve wellbeing.

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John had not known about YouTube until 2018, but has now produced over 200 videos, sharing tips, stories and meditation guidance from his Derbyshire farm with the aim of reducing anxiety and helping people achieve greater calmness. John’s videos gained huge worldwide audiences over the course of the pandemic, with over 1980,000 subscribers to his channel ‘Spiritual Unfoldment’ drawn to his unique mental health coping strategies. John also hosts meditation retreats and published eight not-for-profit books, offering further spiritual insight.

In a personal letter to John, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“I was uplifted to learn of ‘Spiritual Unfoldment’ and how you have brought the joy of mindfulness to people across the UK, and indeed globally, with your online videos. You have used your gift for offering guidance and meditation which has brought comfort to so many, particularly during the pandemic.  

“With over 15 million views, your videos have helped millions of people feel less anxious by hearing your ‘keep your feet on the ground’ sessions.”

Sarah Dines, MP for Derbyshire Dales, said:

“John Butler truly deserves the Prime Minister’s Points of Light award. His YouTube videos have provided comfort, inspiration, and support to people during the pandemic, not only here in Derbyshire Dales but across the world. The pandemic has been a scary and uncertain time for many, and I know that John’s videos, guided meditation, and words of wisdom have helped people feel less alone and worried during this time.”

“That’s a surprise! Thank you. But let me first direct attention to my teachers – nature, common sense and meditation. Without them, I’d have no ‘Point of Light’ to share.”

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"Composed from notes, poems, and vivid insights that have been collected over the years by a remarkable man, this is a book which, with huge generosity and honesty, offers these insights to all of its readers.  — The Messenger: Journal of the Orthodox Church of Russian Origin in England

"An extraordinary book by an extraordinary man, who happens to be a member of my parish in Nottingham. I highly recommend this book for its fascinating, unusual, and deeply spiritual teaching."  —Mary Cunningham, lecturer in patristic theology at Nottingham University, in  The Messsenger

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Born country boy and farmer, with a longing for God – John Butler has led an extraordinarily interesting but largely unknown life, recorded only in notes, diaries, letters etc which, for many years lay, half-forgotten in the cupboard - until he published his first books, ‘Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment’ in 2008 at the age of 71, and ‘Mystic Approaches’ in 2012. Then …

Unexpectedly, in 2017, he was interviewed on Conscious TV which, to his surprise, was well received. Encouraged to make further videos and open a Youtube channel called ‘Spiritual Unfoldment’, this now, after 3 years, has attracted 13 million views and over 120,000 subscribers.

With such unforeseen interest in his work, and the present day need for spiritual direction, John continued writing and, now, in 2021 has published another six books. Besides numerous insights from his 60 years’ practice of meditation and insatiable search for the ultimate love, they cover his life as a pioneer organic farmer, adventures in Australia, Peru, Africa - and several years in Russia. Farming leaves no room for avoiding reality. As his own man, following his heart through direct personal experience, confronting life head on and with the courage to share it – irresistibly drawing the reader through day by day unfolding of events, his authenticity as a spiritual writer is unsurpassed.

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"Composed from notes, poems, and vivid insights that have been collected over the years by a remarkable man, this is a book which, with huge generosity and honesty, offers these insights to all of its readers. — The Messenger: Journal of the Orthodox Church of Russian Origin in England

"An extraordinary book by an extraordinary man, who happens to be a member of my parish in Nottingham. I highly recommend this book for its fascinating, unusual, and deeply spiritual teaching." —Mary Cunningham, lecturer in patristic theology at Nottingham University, in The Messsenger

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Born country boy and farmer, with a longing for God – John Butler has led an extraordinarily interesting but largely unknown life, recorded only in notes, diaries, letters etc which, for many years lay, half-forgotten in the cupboard - until he published his first books, ‘Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment’ in 2008 at the age of 71, and ‘Mystic Approaches’ in 2012. Then …

Unexpectedly, in 2017, he was interviewed on Conscious TV which, to his surprise, was well received. Encouraged to make further videos and open a Youtube channel called ‘Spiritual Unfoldment’, this now, after 3 years, has attracted 13 million views and over 120,000 subscribers.

With such unforeseen interest in his work, and the present day need for spiritual direction, John continued writing and, now, in 2021 has published another six books. Besides numerous insights from his 60 years’ practice of meditation and insatiable search for the ultimate love, they cover his life as a pioneer organic farmer, adventures in Australia, Peru, Africa - and several years in Russia. Farming leaves no room for avoiding reality. As his own man, following his heart through direct personal experience, confronting life head on and with the courage to share it – irresistibly drawing the reader through day by day unfolding of events, his authenticity as a spiritual writer is unsurpassed.

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JOHN BUTLER

Growing from a country childhood, John’s natural mysticism developed into organic farming and meditation. Much later, when life fell apart, it took him through depression and years of wandering in deserts of different sorts before gradually coming to realise that all appearing to be lost on earth is spiritually found.

In old age, after asking himself what he had of most value to leave behind, he started collating the many notes made throughout his life, of special insights / experiences received. These are published as Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment, followed by Mystic Approaches. He’s currently editing diaries and letters written during his several years in Russia, which confirm that when all else fails, the life of prayer begins. From here, he finds that poetry best serves the little left to say.

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John’s first book, tracing the unfolding spiritual journey of his life was published by Shepheard-Walwyn. His second book, Mystic Approaches follows on from and complements Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment . He also has two further pocket-sized books of mystic poetry and insights, called Destined to Joy and Farewell to Death. Find out more about them here .

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“Your profound insights are enormously encouraging, an awakening, a wonderful inspiration for me, and I feel so fortunate to have found them. Your experiences in Spirit are conveyed so clearly and simply … I find them truly uplifting. Every day I read some pages and always seem to find something new. I feel extremely grateful that you chose to write of your experience … your legacy is to inspire countless other people, and to enrich their lives as you have mine.” ML

“What heavenly symphony … a giant of a book … full of wonder, love and spiritual beauty… an earthly celebration of all that is not earth. Your experiences are the most precious and valuable I have ever heard first hand; they reveal and reinforce with such clarity the spirit I’ve always known but constantly lose. A shining, guiding star, your wonderful book will never be far from (my) hand.” CA

“Interesting is an understatement – it was mind blowingly wonderful. John, I cannot explain in words what reading your book has done for me. I feel I’ve found what I’ve been searching for.” RM

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