Biography

John Siddique is a sacred teacher and writer who is not aligned with any particular religion or tradition, he is the founder of Authentic Living.  His life is dedicated to helping people improve their lives through his teachings, meditations, writing, creativity, leadership, and service. 

After almost four decades of study and practice, John founded Authentic Living to help bring the benefits of meditation and self knowledge to all who seek to live more fully. He has no wish to attract 'followers,' but instead aims to guide and inspire the individual to recognise and understand their true nature and beauty through self-realisation. His guidance has already helped tens of thousands of people around the world to live happier, more connected, meaningful lives.

Renowned for his depth of experiential knowledge, humour, practical wisdom, and unique ability to get directly to the heart of the matter without losing humanity, John is becoming known as a leading spokesperson for living a life of purpose, freedom, and fulfilment. He offers encouragement, accessible practices, and wisdom to people from all walks of life.

Raised in the United Kingdom, John initially had a difficult early life and rebelled against school and society. He later attended Manchester University as a mature student gaining a Master’s Degree in Literature. His study of meditation and yoga began at the age of fourteen, at first from books, then in deep study of Christianity, Mahayana and Zen Buddhism, and Vedanta, before letting all labels fall away after he underwent a profound shift in consciousness following a near death experience.

John’s down-to-earth approach is informed as much by his practice, as his love of life, his partner, and his compassion towards all beings. You can find out more about John's books and writing life here. He resides in the United Kingdom and India.



Testimonials

'John's meditations are such a gift to the world.'
Lori - Tampa, USA

'Very deep, very filling, very powerful truths. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you.'
Lily - Antigua

'Gentle, kind, funny, human and deeply profound. John's guidance supports you in a way that allows you to touch the depth of your own being. He also makes me laugh!' 
Rose - Hebden Bridge

'Thank you, your words, your light within, guide me to that within me.'
Tracy - New Zealand

'My favourite guided meditation, ever. It opens me up to the fullness of life and love, connects me to Source, and helps me to rest in the silence within. Thank you, John. Namaste.'
Lauren - New York

'Beautiful, simple, open guidance into the heart of peace.'
Jon - Malaga

'Thank you for being with us here and giving from your heart as you do, it helps so many like myself through this lifetime of survival.'
Susan - California

'I am slowly becoming more aware of who I am and my presence in a more intimate clearer way with this newfound gift of Guided Meditation! Sure it's never too late!! How beautiful you are John! You're gifted with a special communication that profoundly inspires me.
Love joy and peace to you and us all.'
Yvonne - Sligo

'Beautiful, soothing voice and wise words.'
Mabel - New Jersey

'Deeply touched my heart and challenged me to let go of the pains and fears in my own life.' 
Elizabeth - Uganda

'I think you just saved my life.'
Stephanie - Vermont

'Thanks for helping me to get a glimpse of my true self.'
Kathy - Texas

'Exactly what I needed at this moment in my life.
Thank you for sharing and being the answer to what I was asking for.'
VR - Florida

'Kind and gentle. Thank you, John.'
James - Chicago

'Working with John is not work! He comes from that rarest of places - an open heart. His ability to listen quietly is balanced by his warmth and sense of humour.  Conversation takes you to wherever you need to go, so gently. There is in John, a veritable goldmine of compassion for others, and this genuine connection provides the best environment for real healing and awakening to progress.  As a guide and mentor he is a joy to walk beside.'
Cathryn - Lincoln

'I was able to relax into the silence, and when memories or thoughts surfaced I was able to effortlessly release them and settle back into silence without any self-judgement or self-criticism. I experienced a sublime feeling of peace and ease at the end of the practice. Thank you.'
Andrea - Melbourne

'...I've been feeling fuzzy 'round the edges for a while. I've been getting on with things, but neglecting taking time out to relax and just to be. I have wanted to to build meditation into my daily routine for a while, but always struggled. I have to admit I was nervous at first, coming along to a group meditation class, but working with John is a very powerful and positive experience. I have felt a shift, I feel less fuzzy, a little lighter in life, clearer in my mind and heart. I've started feeling connected to life again.'
Sarah - Hebden Bridge