Mark Pritchard is a spiritual author who has written several books on out-of-body experiences, dreams, self-discovery, and esoteric knowledge. He was born in 1963 in the UK and writes as Belsebuub. A more detailed biography can be found here and Belsebuub’s Wikipedia-style biography here. An early edition of his book The Astral Codex was a bestseller in its genre, and his book Gazing into the Eternal was a finalist in the USA News Best Book Awards 2009 in Spirituality.
Mark’s work describes a process of individual inner transformation, which has formed the basis of many spiritual teachings of the past, particularly those that carried the knowledge of the spiritual sun. He says that remnants of this knowledge can be found in ancient sites, mythology and ritual, and its principles are contained in the intrinsic design of the universe.
Mark had numerous paranormal encounters as a child, experiences with ESP, and poltergeist activity in his home. He created his first esoteric ceremony at the age of eight, and participated in a psychic experiment with the Daily Mirror newspaper in the mid-1970s.
Mark attended Transcendental Meditation in 1981 and studied a wide variety of spiritual texts. He studied the works of Jiddu Krishnamurti and attended the ten days of talks by Krishnamurti at Brockwood Park in 1982 and 1983. He appears in the audience in videos of some of those talks.
After spending a number of years traveling and attending various spiritual groups, at the age of 26 he took up the study and practice of Gnosticism. He dedicated himself totally to spiritual practice and learnt techniques of astral projection, self-knowledge, and alchemy, which allowed him to experience beyond the physical world and receive spiritual teachings while out of his body.
He began teaching Gnosticism in 1990 and in 1991 he began a very special spiritual journey, which he continues on to this day.
Mark doesn’t receive payment from his books out of principle and has taught for free since 1990.
Between 2000 and 2010 Mark ran a spiritual school. He created three courses for it. One was called A Course in Astral Travel and Dreams; the course was put into a book format and is now the book The Astral Codex. Another was called Searching Within, and was about self-discovery. It became the book The Peace of the Spirit Within. Mark believes this also became material for a popular book and course by someone else. The third course was on esoteric knowledge. These courses were taken by over 90,000 people in over 100 countries free of charge, both online and in person, and were the most popular of their kind at the time.
Mark has appeared on over 70 TV and radio shows, including 19 at the BBC, Triple J radio in Australia, Rogers TV in Canada, and Greek national television discussing the Gospel of Judas with leading academics. You can listen to a curated collection of many of his media interviews on YouTube. He also gave talks at spiritual retreats between 2004 and 2009.
From 2011 he began a project to examine the ancient knowledge of the celebrations of the solstices and equinoxes. Drawing from his own wealth of esoteric experience he worked with his wife Angela, who provided research into ancient solstice celebrations and sites to create their book The Path of the Spiritual Sun. This research led them to discover information about a lost civilization that carried the Religion of the Sun around the world, and which is included in the latest edition of The Path of the Spiritual Sun.
Mark creates original content from his own spiritual and mystical experiences, which come from his highly disciplined approach to spiritual exercises and his own inner journey. Because of this, his work is highly plagiarized, with more than 1600 people found to have been passing his work off as their own.
Mark (Belsebuub) is now working on a series of books about the esoteric knowledge from which he interpreted the symbols, myths, and artefacts of the lost civilization of the Religion of the Sun. The books, he says, will form a complete guide to the spirituality that lies at the heart of many of the world’s ancient spiritual teachings.