by Kingsley L Dennis (Today’s PRIZE GIVEAWAY is a Copy of New Consciousness for a New World. Simply leave a COMMENT to enter. See details below)
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“It can be stated,” says Kingsley L. Dennis, “that, for the most part, humanity unknowingly participates within a cultural hypnosis. From early childhood, our experiences are established to conform to our specific cultural norm — any anomalies are usually corrected, and the corrections then reinforced through various socializing processes, such as family, school, friends and such. Thus, our ‘world’ is often given to us through the medium of particular cultural filters, and so each of us is literally hypnotized from infancy to perceive the world in the same way that people in our culture perceive it.”
Now we stand at a crossroads in humanity’s evolutionary journey, a time of profound and unprecedented change, and we are going to have to de-hypnotize ourselves and look more deeply at our actual reality.
In New Consciousness for a New World, Dennis looks at the potential for a new civilization grounded in a new level of consciousness – a genuine and necessary paradigm shift in thinking and perception that will renew our life on Earth in this moment of great danger and transition, a radical evolutionary leap that will take us beyond the many threats of our era and onward to a time of spiritual renaissance. And he shows us how each of us can (and really must) participate in this planetary transformation.
Excerpt from New Consciousness for a New World:
Instead of viewing consciousness as a by-product of biochemical processes in the brain, consciousness needs to be reevaluated in terms of our cultural norms and perceptual paradigms. We need to accept that consciousness is a creative and natural force that infuses the cosmos and interpenetrates the various realms: material, biological, and spiritual. For example, the human nervous system is not the producer of consciousness, as many erroneously believe, but acts more like an antenna that receives consciousness from living energetic fields. It’s like the tale of the young fish that goes on a watery pilgrimage to visit the old wise fish of the sea. When the young fish arrives to ask his burning inner question, he says, “What’s this thing called water?” It is harder to perceive that in which we are immersed, and thus the secret hides itself through its transparency. We breathe it, yet recognize it not.
As the familiar world around us begins to shake, appearing to come apart at the seams, and generally cause us concern, we need to take this rush of rapid air as a time for cleansing. Many of us, for far too long, have lived unbalanced lives, neglecting the self for the substitution of quick gratifications and commercial painkillers. It is necessary to restore the balance between the inner world and the outer world; we need a respiritualization of society that goes beyond the need for social forms toward a new understanding of our integral relationships within a cosmic context. In other words, we need to establish a healthy and vibrant cosmological unity between our inner and outer environments.
Renowned historian Arnold Toynbee once said, “The ultimate work of civilisation is the unfolding of ever-deeper spiritual understanding.” For Toynbee, the suffering of civilized man was a reaction to the separation of sentient beings from their timeless reality. Many societies have lagged behind in providing the means for personal and collective self-actualization and self-transcendence. Perhaps what our industrial cultures have denied us for too long is a way of experiencing the world that will open us up to ourselves and to our transcendental truths.
We are anchored on Earth, which we must not forget, yet we simultaneously fail to connect our threads with the universal. Thus, we are all too often denied the awareness that we do not exist alone, but are an integral part of a vast, mysterious order. By submitting to the authority of the universal, we can renew our partnership with the human, earthly, and creative spirit. Václav Havel famously said in a 1991 speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, “Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for the better.” Such a revolution is imperative if we are to be worthy of keeping our role as participants within a creative cosmos. More important, each individual needs to become aware that he or she is a part of a grand evolutionary process, a process that informs the very basis of our living, benevolent, and turbulent environment.
Kingsley L. Dennis, PhD, is a sociologist and writer. He worked as a lecturer in English & American Literature for several years at a university in Istanbul, Turkey. More recently he lectured in Social Theory at Lancaster University and was a Research Associate within the Centre for Mobilities Research. Kingsley’s earlier research examined general evolutionary theory in relation to socio-cultural development. He has published articles on complexity theory, social and military technologies, civil society, and new media communications. His research interests include complex systems; media & communication networks; social technologies; alternative futures & future forecasting. He also has a deep interest in consciousness studies, the new sciences and how to bridge these areas of research. Kingsley currently lives in Andalusia (Southern Spain). He is a co-initiator of the Worldshift Movement that works towards a positive transformation in our world. Visit his website at www.kingsleydennis.com .
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