Understanding Consciousness through Relationship
Radical Knowing is a radical reassessment of what we mean by "consciousness" and how we experience it in relation to others, showing the importance of integrating different ways of knowing—such as feeling and intuition, reason and the senses—in our approach to life.
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.