Was there a particular event or experience that was a turning point in your life and somehow changed your view of the nature of reality?
I’d like to think that I now have a conventional view of reality, and perhaps the consensus is the unconventional view. I’m not sure it was a rational journey at all. I think if I listened to rationality I probably wouldn’t have arrived at where I am. But, saying that, my understanding of reality is that we only perceive a very thin sliver or slice of reality. So what we agree to be the consensus is an interpretation based on a minimum of senses. To give an example, my understanding and experience is that we don’t originate thoughts within our head or brain. We actually receive thoughts externally and that the human brain acts as an antenna. So what this means is that reality is part of a whole field, a quantum field of intelligence, which exists in a nonlocal environment throughout our physical universe. Our physical universe is a secondary manifestation from a primary source of energy/consciousness.
So for me, consciousness is primary. All matter and physical manifestation is secondary, and therefore the human apparatus is a kind of deciphering mechanism that receives and interprets. What we receive is an aftereffect of primary reality. To gain access to reality is what I and others would call, “work on oneself.” By working on oneself we can develop our perceptual faculties to receive and therefore interpret primary reality to a greater degree. So the journey throughout my life is one of working on myself to polish my perceptive apparatus, to receive more or larger slice of reality and of the bigger picture.
The beginning is what I call the internal alarm clock. From earliest memories as a child of around 8 or 9 years, I always had a different take on the world. I used my imagination a lot. I had a sense that I was in contact with the world but also a nagging sense of “this isn’t it,” which took me on a personal quest and investigation. I call myself a traditional seeker, in that I’ve never had a one–moment, wow!, epiphany. But I had this internal alarm clock, which drove me incessantly to try and find out the answers to this nagging internal feeling. That took me through more than 30 years of experiences and encounters, traveling and working on myself to arrive where I am. So that feeling has been with me from earliest memories, and that’s what has driven me to travel and to seek.
What insight did you have as a result and how did that affect what you do now?
I learned to trust my instinct, and that has driven me in different directions in different parts of my life. Examples of these are trigger moments when an instinct comes to me that I can no longer continue where I am. This has happened in several times in several countries, such as Prague in the CzechRepublic and Istanbul, Turkey. And just when I thought I was going to continue in that position my instinctual sense told me that I would not learn anything more, that I was treading water. So that instinct drove me to take decisions that may have seemed irrational, like changing countries and ending career paths, but it has always worked.
I refer to my present path as the perennial philosophy. What I’ve been seeking is the kinetic knowledge which has been at the heart of all the wisdom traditions. What I mean by kinetic is that it is no longer static or crystallized into an orthodoxy or human institution, that then no longer is able to transmit the living and modern contemporary version of that wisdom tradition. So I came to that in my early 20s through the Gurdjieff schools. I then made contact with what you might call a modern, contemporary version of Sufism; I studied under a Mevlevi master in Istanbul. What I found was that the living streams of these traditions don’t tend to stay with these names or categories, and so I have tried to follow the living essence. I have said to people that we are in a time where we have to make the new age the new normal.
I don’t call myself a mystic, but I work to try to normalize what people may call mysticism or spiritual themes. I would call myself a spiritual person. I have met many way-showers or guides along the way but perhaps only two people whom I would call completed teachers.
What message would you like to leave with the reader?
My understanding is that the human species is an unfinished species. That alarm clock that I spoke of earlier is within each person, and it is up to each of us to pay attention and to begin the first step on that journey to completion. Not only do we have the alarm clock within each one of us, but we have the capacity. It is therefore the responsibility of each person to decide consciously if they wish to make that journey of self evolution and self-development, which would open up perceptual faculties to have a completely different perspective on the world—a perspective which I would argue is the natural, organic understanding of humanity’s place in the cosmos and its relationship to Truth and Primary reality. That’s an evolutionary journey for each one of us. You don’t have to be special to have those stirrings.
Many people are having the sense that something’s not quite right, that there’s more to it, to life. It’s just, perhaps, that they either dismiss it or they don’t follow it up. I think I’m very normal, and I try to put that across in all my work that I’m not anything special or different from anyone else that I’m speaking to. It’s just that I took it up, and I went with it.
Kingsley Dennis, PhD, is an author, researcher, and sociologist. He is the author of Breaking the Spell: An Exploration of Human Perception (2013); New Revolutions for a Small Planet (2012); The Struggle for Your Mind (2012); and New Consciousness for a New World (2011). He is also the co-author, with Ervin Laszlo, of Dawn of the Akashic Age (2013). Kingsley is co-founder of WorldShift International, which is a conscious evolution initiative that promotes & supports a world shift both externally within our current global systems, as well as internally on a personal level.
Kingsley worked in the Sociology Dept. at Lancaster University, UK, and has authored numerous articles on social futures, technology, and conscious evolution. He currently lives in Andalusia, Spain and continues to research, write, travel, and grow his own vegetables.