Radical Knowing: Understanding Consciousness through Relationship

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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 radical reassessment of what we mean by "consciousness" and how we experience it in relation to others

• Shows the importance of integrating different ways of knowing--such as feeling and intuition, reason and the senses--in our approach to life

• Discusses the technique of Bohmian Dialogue where you can learn not only to "feel your thinking," but also to experience true communion with others

In Radical Knowing Christian de Quincey makes a provocative claim: We are not who we think we are. Instead, we are what we feel. Giving disciplined attention to feelings reveals the most fundamental fact of life and reality: We are our relationships. Most of us think we are individuals first and foremost who then come together to form relationships. De Quincey turns this "obvious fact" on its head and shows that relationship comes first, and that our individual sense of self--our "private" consciousness--actually arises from shared consciousness. This shared, collective consciousness is at the heart of indigenous ways of life and their worldviews.

De Quincey explains that participating in shared consciousness literally builds the fabric of reality, and that understanding this process is key to unlocking our potential for higher consciousness and spiritual evolution. He presents the technique of Bohmian Dialogue, developed by groundbreaking quantum physicist David Bohm, as one method for experiencing this powerful process. He also explores the mystery of synchronicity, offering a new understanding of the relationship between matter and mind and the underlying nature of reality.

"The first book from a philosopher to address consciousness from such a multidimensional point of view."
Amit Goswami, Ph.D., author of The Self-Aware Universe

“A better understanding of the nature of consciousness may be the best, and perhaps the only, way we can move out of the morass of crisis, chaos, and violence in these troubled times. We need to feel our way (rather than just ‘know our way’) to a more sustainable and peaceful world. Anyone who wants to be part of the solution rather than part of today’s problem should read this gem of a book.”
Ervin Laszlo, author of Science and the Akashic Field

“One of the most readable books of philosophy I have ever encountered, from a philosopher equally at home with mystics, shamans, and scientists. Christian de Quincey is one of those rare visionaries who blends scientific rigor and deep metaphysical insights for transforming consciousness. Immensely inspiring as well as informative, Radical Knowing offers a surprising, yet solid, foundation for exploring the alchemy of relationships. This may be the first book to focus the power of philosophy on the joy and challenges of being in relationship.”
Stephen Simon, Academy-Award-winning producer/director of What Dreams May Come, Somewhere in Time, and Indigo

“A ground-breaking book. Christian de Quincey brings a lifetime of studying consciousness to a little-explored aspect of the subject--its essential role in all our relationships. More than just philosophy simply explained, Radical Knowing offers valuable guidance on how to put spirituality into practice in our lives.”
Peter Russell, author of From Science to God and Waking Up in Time

“The most mysterious question confronting us is consciousness--its nature, origin, and destiny. Radical Knowing reveals dimensions that are crucial for anyone in our third millennium. Highly recommended!”
Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words

“Animals naturally do what Christian de Quincey recommends we humans do: forge an unobstructed dialogue between the mind and the heart, and ‘feel our thinking.’ We are not alone; we are part of an infinite web of relationships. In cultivating the art of relationship, we reunite mind and heart, becoming conscious collaborators with the mysteries that stir within us, around us, and beyond us. In Radical Knowing, de Quincey shows us how it is ultimately through conscious, consensual relationships that we mine the depths of what it means to be a human tuner and receiver for a much vaster intelligence, ultimately fulfilling our destiny: that of ‘giving voice to the cosmos.’”
Linda Kohanov, author of The Tao of Equus and Riding between the Worlds: Expanding Our Potential through the Way of the Horse

“When it comes to the subject of consciousness, Christian de Quincey is like a dragon on fire. His evocative, lively, and remarkably engaging prose is a bracing antidote to the glum academicism of most philosophical writing. With new and penetrating insights into ever-topical and pesky questions, de Quincey invites us to feel our way into consciousness in ways that transform the reader. The split between inner and outer knowing is healed, and we are awakened to the sky-high possibilities of enlightenment as a manifestation of universal mind. This book alters energy patterns and installs new microchips into the philosopher’s stone.”
Suzi Gablik, author of Has Modernism Failed? and Living the Magical Life

“If interconnectivity is an inherent feature of life, as both ancient wisdom and postmodern science suggest, then relationships are primary to the human experience, not secondary additions to ‘our lives.’ Starting here, Radical Knowing takes the reader on a provocative journey beyond the boundaries of traditional philosophy. Expect reversals of perspective, innovative formulations, and, most importantly, opportunities to experience anew the integral fabric of consciousness.”
Chris M. Bache, Ph.D., author of Dark Night, Early Dawn

“In this wonderful new book Christian de Quincey shares personal experiences to reveal the central importance of consciousness in our relationships. Consciousness isn’t simply a lonely, isolating subjectivity. In all its multi-faceted majesty, consciousness is shared, like the precious air we breath. Relationships naturally begin and exist within our shared consciousness--and de Quincey teaches us to use our relationships for exploration and understanding of consciousness itself.”
Obadiah Harris, president of the University of Philosophical Research and Philosophical Research Society

Radical Knowing deals with one of the most important, and neglected, subjects: how we know what we know. Christian de Quincey writes in joyfully simple language and thinks through complicated questions with great clarity. As soon as I heard about this book it went straight to the top of my must-read pile.”
Jeremy Narby, Ph.D., anthropologist and author of The Cosmic Serpent and Intelligence in Nature

“Christian de Quincey takes us right to the metaphysical heart of relationship, and, in doing so, pushes back the frontiers of consciousness.”
Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., author of Conscious Loving and Lasting Love

". . . opens the way for a new kind of science that honors wisdon as much as truth."
Michael Toms, cofounder of New Dimensions World Broadcasting Network

"Mr. de Quincey, who is co-founder of The Visionary Edge, is quite familiar with the mind-brain-consciousness connection. His pioneering work in the area of transforming global consciousness by transforming mass media has led to very interesting observations particularly in relation to the dynamics of what is termed "inter-subjectivity" and its effects on the social order. Many of the subjects dealt with in this book will resonate with both students of esoterism and those working within the various fields of scientific endeavor."
The Beacon, Mar-Apr 2006

"Interested readers will find a refreshing approach to familiar elements that can stimulate their own thought and further their understanding of consciousness to day."
Lyle Bridgers. Ph.D., Shift, June-Aug 2006

"Understanding our consciousness through our relationships could very well be the key to unlocking our potential for higher consciousness and spiritual evolution."
Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide, Feb 2007