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... Softcover, Inner Traditions, ISBN 1594770794 (1-59477-079-4) ...



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... Harlan Cleveland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlan_Cleveland) - DIKW

He authored twelve books, among his best-known are The Knowledge Executive (1985)

and Nobody in Charge: Essays on the Future of Leadership (2002).

He also has published hundreds of journal and magazine articles.


The following book explores the peace imperative

and ways of transforming conflicts


Understanding Consciousness through Relationship

By Christian de Quincey

Park Street Press
Copyright © 2005 Christian de Quincey
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1594770794

From the book:


And since you know you cannot see yourself,
so well as by reflection, I, your glass,
will modestly discover to yourself
that of yourself which you yet know not of.

--William Shakespeare


I wrote this book to help liberate people from deeply held beliefs, well-worn grooves of thought about who we are, about the nature of

consciousness and what it means to be in relationship. We are now living through a time of great uncertainty about so much that

previous generations took for granted. Based on philosophical explorations and personal experiences beyond the borders of academic

learning, I offer a radically different view of what it means to be human, of how we know anything about ourselves, about body and soul,

and about sharing a world with others.

Radical Knowing explores the nature of consciousness and knowing how we know using different lenses that will help bring this elusive aspect of our
lives into sharper focus.

In order to explore consciousness we need to cultivate other ways of knowing beyond reason and the senses. In short, we need to balance “four gifts” that

we have been given: the Philosopher's Gift of reason ; the Scientist's Gift of the senses (and methodology); the Shaman’s Gift of participatory knowing

through feeling; and the Mystic’s Gift of sacred silence or direct spiritual experience . In this book, I focus on two of these gifts in particular, the

Philosopher’s Gift of reason and the Shaman’s Gift of participatory knowing. I show that in order to know who we are, and to find deep meaning

in our lives, we need to engage in “radical knowing”--by which I mean we need to learn to feel our thinking (not merely think our thoughts ).

When we are able to do this, we discover that we exist in a web of interconnection. In a very literal sense we are our relationships. Philosophers

call this “intersubjectivity.”

I explore this idea of intersubjectivity more fully by identifying three complementary ways to integrate the science and spirit of consciousness. These are subjectivity (first-person meditation and contemplation), intersubjectivity (for example, second-person dialogue), and objectivity (third-person study of the brain and nervous system). I pay special attention to intersubjectivity (abbreviated “I – I” and pronounced “I-to-I”). Intersubjectivity is “knowing through relationship”--a form of non-sensory, nonlinguistic connection through presence and meaning, rather than through mechanism or exchanges of energy. Radical Knowing makes a case for intersubjectivity (“consciousness as communion”) as the foundation for all other modes of knowing.
Throughout the book, I use the power of personal narrative to show how two very different ways of relating to the world and to each other have profound effects on human relationships and our connection with nature. I discuss the distinction between “preconquest” (feeling-based) consciousness typical of indigenous peoples and “postconquest” (reason-based) consciousness typical of modern “civilized” cultures. Many of us may recognize the tension between feeling and reason as a source of misunderstanding and conflict in our personal and business relationships. In this book, we will explore why people who rely more on feeling as a guide for decision-making often seem at odds with people who rely more on intellect and reason . Understanding these tensions will go a long way toward resolving them. We will learn about a new way to balance thinking and feeling, head and heart, in ways that can restore power and even “magic” to our personal and professional relationships.
Finally, we go right to the heart of consciousness by following the example of great sages and mystics. Here, we learn to experience the value and potency of silence by simply being present . In a short chapter on a special form of dialogue developed by quantum physicist David Bohm, I describe an effective way to explore consciousness and relationship communally using the intersubjectivity of sacred silence. Knowing our own consciousness involves “feeling our thinking” rather than habitually “thinking our thoughts.” When we learn to feel our thinking in this way, we allow the wisdom of silence to find its unforced natural expression in appropriate and evocative language.
One Review ...
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Author's Description, September 13, 2005
By  Oblio (CA, USA) - See all my reviews
I'm a professor of philosophy and consciousness studies at John F. Kennedy University, and teach at various other academic institutions (including the University of Philosophical Research, The Graduate Institute, the Holmes Institute, and Schumacher College (UK)).

* "Radical Knowing" is about what it means to be in relationship--with people, planet, and cosmos; why relationships go wrong, and how we can heal them by cultivating different ways of knowing.


* Ever wondered why relationships often seem dominated by one side? Ever felt your voice, your very soul, has been suppressed by someone you love?


* It can happen to the best of us--and often no one is to blame.


* The problem is invisible. But we can identify it if we know where to look:



* Your mind. It all comes down to how you think and feel-and believe.


* Belief. Very often, the root of the problem in relationships is our beliefs. It's not just what we believe that's the problem--but the very fact that we believe our beliefs!


* "Radical Knowing" shows us how and why our beliefs get us into trouble, and what to do about them.


* The solution? Cultivate experience beyond belief.



* "Radical Knowing" reveals a simple method for exploring our own consciousness and for cultivating "experience beyond belief."


* The book describes the "Four Gifts of Knowing" that everyone is blessed with:


* The Scientist's Gift of senses. The Philosopher's Gift of reason. The Shaman's Gift of feeling. The Mystic's Gift of sacred silence.



* If you have ever felt "stuck" in your personal growth, or in a troublesome relationship, or wished you could tap into a deeper, wider wisdom . . . "Radical Knowing" shows why people get stuck and how we can move on.


* If you are part of the growing movement of people fascinated about consciousness--its nature and evolutionary potentials . . ."Radical Knowing" is likely to surprise you: We are not who we think we are.


* If you are among the millions of people who want to develop mind, soul, or spirit . . . "Radical Knowing" offers new tools and insights for cultivating consciousness.


* If you feel the world needs a radical new philosophy of life to get us out of the current global mess . . . "Radical Knowing" presents a revolutionary blueprint for enhancing relationships--among families, communities, and nations.


* If you have ever felt that to be fully human we need to recognize our fellowship with the rest of nature . . . "Radical Knowing" provides a rigorous foundation for exploring interspecies consciousness.


* If you have ever sensed "We are the world," this book confirms that insight.

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