Consciousness from Zombies to Angels: The Shadow and the Light of Knowing Who You Are

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By Christian De Quincey

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Christian De Quincey

Christian de Quincey
Christian de Quincey, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy and consciousness studies at John F. Kennedy University; academic director for Conscious Evolution at The Graduate Institute; founder of The Wisdom Academy, offering personal mentorships in consciousness and conscious evolution; and More...



A user-friendly, step-by-step guide to understanding the mind

• Presents a practical journey into understanding consciousness--philosophy’s hardest problem, science’s final frontier, and spirituality’s deepest mystery

• Offers 7 steps to transform your life using the shadow and the light of consciousness

Consciousness from Zombies to Angels presents a practical, step-by-step “owner’s guide” for the mind that sorts out philosophy’s hardest problem, science’s final frontier, and spirituality’s deepest mystery--what consciousness is, how it works, and why it’s important. Christian de Quincey presents seven simple steps for understanding consciousness and how it can lead to spiritual awareness: observe your language, identify the problem, learn how to look, recognize your patterns, know yourself, embrace your shadow, and practice transformation.

All of us exhibit both shadow and light, aspects of ourselves we fear and deny (our inner Zombies) as well as qualities we admire and want to radiate (our inner Angels). The key to a creative and fulfilled life is to integrate both. De Quincey reveals that the way to transformation is to accept ourselves exactly as we are--a work in progress.

Readers will learn the difference between “energy talk” and “consciousness talk”; how the body affects the mind, and vice versa; and where to go for help to develop consciousness, heal emotions, or grow spiritually. De Quincey shows how to recognize and break habits and patterns that run your life, how to find out who you really are, and why facing up to your darkest fears will liberate your brightest light as you learn to embrace all of your humanity and experience the power of transformation.
“In clear, accessible language, Christian de Quincey unpacks the mysteries of consciousness and how it works, taking the subject off the philosopher’s shelf and placing it into the hands of the masses. Anyone reading this book will likely experience a change of view and a shift in their experience of consciousness--bringing them one step closer to reconnecting with their authentic self and the cosmos. Take some time and savor this feast of the mind and heart.”
Harville Hendrix, author of Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples

“This is the guide to consciousness that millions have been waiting for. In clear, nontechnical language, Christian de Quincey guides us through the labyrinth of the mind. This is one of the best books on consciousness to emerge in years.”
Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions

“It’s a rare book that pushes the frontiers of science, philosophy, and spirituality all at the same time. Christian de Quincey has done just that. With an inviting mix of deep insight, compassion, and humor, he shows us how our inner light shines with brilliance only when we embrace all of who we are, including our darkest shadows.”
Gay Hendricks, author of Five Wishes: How Answering One Simple Question Can Make Your Dreams Come True and Conscious Loving: The Journey to Co-Commitment

“This is an amazing book. Dr. de Quincey is the first among pure philosophers to intuit and understand the subtleties of consciousness.”
Amit Goswami, author of Physics of the Soul and God Is Not Dead

“Christian de Quincey delivers a masterful synthesis of ancient wisdom and cutting-edge insight, a warm and rare work revealing the secrets of self-knowledge. Read and awaken to the wondrous potential of your human consciousness.”
Obadiah Harris, president of the University of Philosophical Research

“Christian de Quincey has given us a rare gem of a book. It’s truly beautifully written, is simple and readable, and is profound and  meaningful. Anyone who has ever wondered about mind and consciousness, and about who we really are and how we are related, should read this book. It is informative and thought provoking. And that’s the classical mark of all inspired philosophers.”
Ervin Laszlo, author of Quantum Shift in the Global Brain and Science and the Akashic Field

“Finally, a book that unites the evolution of consciousness with conscious evolution. As we stand at the threshold to a new world, Christian de Quincey raises the conversation about consciousness to a whole new level. In clear and simple language, he educates, entertains, and inspires. Consciousness from Zombies to Angels is an owner’s manual to that final frontier where science and spirit meet.”
Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution

“The hard problem of consciousness has never been presented in an easier and more illuminating way. Christian de Quincey has achieved a miracle of popularization and has also broken new philosophical ground--and the combination is an even greater miracle.”
Nicholas Humphrey, professor of psychology, London School of Economics, and author of Seeing Red: A Study in Consciousness

“In this breakthrough book, philosopher and spiritual mentor Christian de Quincey uses a rare mix of humor and intelligence to launch us on the way to personal and collective transformation.”
James Twyman, author of The Art of Spiritual Peacemaking and The Moses Code

“A must-read for anyone who wants to know more about consciousness. Lucid and comprehensive, profound and inspiring. Christian de Quincey tackles the hard problems of mind head-on, offering deep insights into our essential nature.”
Peter Russell, author of The Global Brain and From Science to God