Biography


'Rebellious by nature, pure at heart'
The Times of India

The Master views the parts with compassion,
because he understands the whole.
His constant practice is humility.
He doesn't glitter like a jewel
but lets himself be shaped by the Tao,
as rugged and common as stone.
- Tao Te Ching 39

John Siddique is a sacred teacher and writer who is not aligned with any particular religion, philosophy, or tradition. His teachings have helped hundreds of thousands of people around the world through his writings, recordings, videos and personal appearances. His life is dedicated in service to helping people come out of suffering, improve their lives, and live their great potential. 

Authentic Living was founded to help bring the benefits of meditation and self-realisation to all who seek to live more fully. John has no wish to attract 'followers,' but instead he aims, as an expression of his own practice, to guide and inspire the individual to awaken to their true nature.

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.

Born 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, yoga, and inner healing began at the age of fourteen, at first from books, then in deep practical study of Christianity, Mahayana and Zen Buddhism, Taoism and Vedanta, before setting all labels aside after a profound shift in consciousness and a near death experience.

John’s down-to-earth approach is informed by his practice and insight, 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.



Gratitude to my teachers

Though I am not aligned with any religion or tradition, I bow in deepest love and gratitude to those who have walked before and beside me as guides on the sacred path through their teachings, presence, and inspiration:

Stephen Levine, Donald Shimoda, Paul Brunton, Ramana Maharshi, Sri Nisargdatta, Pema Chodron, Ram Dass, Swami Janakananda, and most especially beloved Sri Swami Satchidananda



Testimonials

'The sincere depth of feeling in your voice when you read 'She Let Go' struck me so that I stopped - and could not be anywhere but with you in that very moment. Nothing else existed. It was the most beautiful moment. Since then, you have become a cherished friend that I am forever grateful for. You make the world better with the love, kindness, clarity, and deep knowledge you share. Thank you.' Kaija - Ohio, USA

'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

‘John has a very human, heart-centred approach to his spiritual mentoring and counselling, based in his decades of practice and experience. His gift is to meet you right where you are and to hold space, as your own awareness unfolds. He is like a compassionate friend – the kind that you should be to yourself. Working with John is helping me make sense of things that have troubled me for years – and to move towards a fully authentic life.’ - Celia - New Zealand

'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

'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