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King Arthur and the Consciousness Gene: How Truth Uses Deception & Illusion Masquerades as Truth by Don Carroll

Little Peak Creek Publishing Company
$15.99, paperback / $9.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0989865012
September, 2014
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In King Arthur and The Consciousness Gene, Don Carroll’s fourth novel, we find some of the most beloved characters from his earlier novels in The Consciousness Trilogy, including Rat, Manuelito, and Blaine. Through intense spiritual practices Blaine develops the ability to go back in time to observe events occurring centuries ago. She is persuaded by Mother Mary of the Sacred Order of the Sisters of Mary Magdala to return to King Arthur’s time to seek evidence to confirm that in him a gene was expressed, which allows humans to develop a higher level of consciousness.Blaine finds herself in a race against time, and the CIA who are on their own quest to find the secret.

Blaine arrives at the time of Arthur in the reflective consciousness of a young woman named Gwenynen. Arthur is in the midst of his many battles to protect Britian, is seriously wounded. Gwenynen travels with Arthur to the mythical island of Avalon—the very real Ynys Enlli, off the coast of Wales—and learns the Celtic prince is not only a warrior-king, but also a man of deep faith who uniquely blends Celtic and Roman Christianity. As this epic tale unfolds, the reader is plunged ever deeper into new ideas about the meanings and mechanisms of consciousness. Ultimately, the story of King Arthur is the story of each of our journeys into the unexpected and unavoidable discovery of how truth uses deception, and how illusion masquerades as truth.

Don Carroll is an author and spiritual director. His writing includes nonfiction, fiction, and contemplative work. These vastly different genres are connected by an underlying theme of the importance of accessing our spiritual nature in our human journey. Don's novels include: The Consciousness Trilogy. This epic, three-novel series unfolds an exciting mystery in each volume. In Hacking Toward Consciousness, the theme is about an individual spiritual journey. In The End of Democracy, it is about the country's spiritual journey to break out of a dualistic box, and The Armageddon Choice is about the spiritual journey of the planet. Don is also the author of A Lawyer's Guide to Healing, available through Hazelden and Amazon. The Connect interactive meditation journal is available through Amazon and

Don completed his spiritual direction training at Sursum Corda. He attends the Davidson Friends Meeting and participates in the spiritual formation program of Davidson United Methodist Church. He is a member of the Wesleyan Contemplative Order. He leads workshops using the Enneagram as a tool for spiritual transformation and as a tool for deepening spiritual transformation in 12-Step recovery. He is the author of The 9 and 12 Workbook, Renewing your Recovery, Re-claiming your Life.

From 1994 to 2011 Don served as Director of the North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program. This program provides assistance, evaluation, and referral to North Carolina lawyers and judges suffering from emotional distress, depression, addiction and other disorders that might impair their ability to practice. Don is a certified Professional Coach and a certified Strozzi Institute Somatic Coach.

Don received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College. He has a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Dundee in Scotland and he received his law degree with honors from the University of Virginia. He holds a MFA in writing from Vermont College.

In November 2011, Governor Bev Perdue conferred on him membership in the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for outstanding service to the citizens of North Carolina.

His website is

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