Paul Kolberg was born in England to a mother of Irish parentage and a father of Prussian ancestry. Paul began asking questions about religion and philosophy from his childhood.
In his teens and early twenties, Paul was influenced by novels and works by Albert Camus, Jean Paul Sartre, Friedrich Nietzsche and especially the poetic prose novel Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. At University, he became best friends with a Jew and regularly attended prayer meetings in Hillel House and synagogue in Leeds. At the same time, Paul was introduced by one of his lecturers to what was effectively an underground movement being led by Archbishop Lefebvre and numerous Catholics opposed to the changes brought about by the Second Vatican Council in 1962. Paul’s appetite for learning led him to read numerous apologetics in respect of both Catholicism and Anglican Churches, biblical exegesis and numerous accounts dealing with the historical aspects of Jesus, Judaism and Christianity.
In 1997, he was introduced to a Catholic academic who gave Paul access to over 2000 books including works by Albert Schweitzer, Géza Vermès, Herbert McCabe, Brian Davies, Joachim Jeremias and many more. During this period of intense research, Paul began volunteering, serving meals and helping the homeless for over two years.
In time, Paul began to see Jesus in a way that was not being presented to Christians. He felt that Christians were being denied access to something more profound and fulfilling. He realised that despite the good works and people he found within organised Christian religions, Christianity was as much about the man-made rules of each Church, as the teachings of its spiritual Jewish founder. As many had done before him and since, Paul left the Catholic Church and for a short while floundered. He turned his attention to reading popular science books and academic papers on biology, astronomy, physics and mainstream philosophy. He also began studying Buddhism and attended several lectures and meetings at the Buddhist Society in London. This led to a deep interest in eastern religions and philosophies including, Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism.
While on holiday in Florida in 2004, Paul happened to watch Dr Wayne Dyer on a television programme. He was transfixed. It was a major turning point that led him to read, watch or listen to literally all of the works of inter alia Dr Wayne Dyer, Esther Hicks (The Law of Attraction), Neale Donald Walsh (Conversations with God), and ultimately Eckhart Tolle, especially his books The Power of Now and A New Earth.
A chance meeting in 2016 led Paul to the Kabbalah Centre in London. Following intense research and studying of Kabbalah, together with hours of discussions with teachers and students at the Kabbalah Centre in London, Paul realised that he was well placed to synthesise his years of studying Christianity and Judaism with what he had learned about Kabbalah. He then began writing what would become, 'Jesus & Kabbalah – The Lost Kingdom' - which reached No 1 status on Amazon in a number of categories.
Paul’s interest is in enabling ancient philosophical, religious, and spiritual teachings including Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity, to be understood in a modern context. He seeks to lift the veil of obscure archaic language, so that profound ancient wisdoms can be applied on a practical basis in our daily lives. This led to the publication of 'What's the Point?' a concise and easy to read explanation of our purpose of living and 'Meditations in a Crisis', a practical guide with simple but effective meditation exercises. Both of these books were reviewed by 'Readers Favourites' and received Five Stars. Both books reached No1 status on Amazon in their respective categories.