A strange aspect of our humanity is that we seem able to experience very different emotions at almost the same time. As I write this I am nearly overcome with the desolation of grief, and at the same time sublimely elevated in contemplation of love.
My dear friend, Kevin Kingsland died on May 11th, 2011.
Kevin and I first met in January 1972, when I asked him to become my yoga teacher, my guru. Inspired by him, my life changed dramatically, as I awoke to yoga, science and human communication.
During the following 39 years I experienced Kevin as teacher, guide, boss, employee, colleague and friend. We researched and shared interests in everything from technology to business to the nature of reality.
Kevin's commitment to lifelong learning drove him to try and understand whomsoever he was with. He constantly sought to know the source of knowledge - "how do we know that?". During communication, he endeavoured to discover the other person within himself, such that you always felt he was with you in your journey.
His creativity and genius meant that he was not always comfortable to be with. His counsel, offered with love, could help you move past a karmic block - but those karmic hooks can hurt as they come out!
Kevin's focus in life was psychology, which he championed as the fundamental science, vividly articulating how our understanding of physics and mathematics both emerge from our psychology as human beings.
He offered spectrum theory as a tool for human communication. For him it was about how we construct our experience of reality and as such underpinned all our endeavours. He developed a profound view of the whole person.
Kevin's used his seven level colour model to expand understanding of interpersonal communication and the nature of social organisation. From these flowed insight into how our mind emerges from a distinction and how its multilevel structure unfolds.
He used spectrum theory to illuminate ancient yoga practices, demonstrating how chakras are strange attractors which form a complex, self organising system. He was delighted when the new science of complexity emerged in the eighties and nineties - it validated much of what he had written in the seventies! No doubt Kevin was a reincarnation of Gorakshanath, the great polymath of the 11th century.
He saw that personal and social interactions lead to what we call business. He advocated the natural organisation as the creative alternative to corporate command and control structures - elucidating the real nature of value addition, wealth and happiness in the process.
Whether attending to people, organisations or business Kevin's genius impelled him to create and share tools, programmes and methodologies for understanding and development. Along the way he taught and wrote books, in addition to creating Centres for Human Communication and several businesses in Europe and America.
He never lost sight of the crisis through which humanity is traveling. Despite adversity in his life he viewed the world with love and compassion, demonstrating equanimity and happiness.
He recently wrote:
"My present great concern is with the key requirements for a peaceful, creative society, given the difficulty that most powerful people are psychopathic to some degree and impose their world-views on organisation structures and processes at all levels. We cannot expect democracy and freedom in society and between peoples if the reality they experience everyday are the artificial control systems that most people have to work in. The challenge is how to promote the natural organisation that is compatible with human development and freedom."
Throughout his life he exemplified that which he advocated. He leaves his beloved wife Venika and beloved son Kris. To each he was committed and loved dearly until the moment of his death and, no doubt, beyond.
Kevin was a Maha Yogi, a Prince of Light - although my world feels darker without him, in truth it is brighter for his being.
Posted by Nicholas Moore 1:47:23 pm