Biography

Dennis William Hauck -lecturingDennis William Hauck is a researcher, author, and lecturer in consciousness studies. His primary focus is on levels of awareness and the mechanisms of transformation of consciousness. He works to document the evolution of a science of consciousness and merge various philosophical and scientific traditions into a unified theory of consciousness. He has also contributed to related areas, including the history of science, psychology, and the serious study of paranormal and mystical experiences. He is considered a leading authority on alchemy and Hermeticism.

According to Dr. Bernard Lightman in A Companion to the History of Science: "Dennis William Hauck is a prolific author and has been at the center of efforts to institutionalize modern alchemy through a number of organizations, conferences, and journals. For Hauck, classical science has its limits, in that it can explain only our physical reality, not the deeper hidden reality from which the physical stems. He decided that alchemy offered one path to that hidden reality, and so, knowing that this path of discredited ‘pseudoscience’ might forever taint his career, Hauck decided it was worth the risk to discover solid evidence and challenge the dominant Newtonian paradigm.”[1]

BIRTH and CHILDHOOD

Dennis William Hauck - age 9Dennis William Hauck was born in Hammond, Indiana.[2] He grew up in the stark urban environment of South Chicago and the Calumet Region, but it was the short time the family lived in the suburban prairielands that had the greatest impact on his life. There he developed an appreciation for nature and its mysteries. At an early age, he began keeping detailed journals about his thoughts and observations.[3]

EDUCATION

Hauck attended Hammond High School, and in his junior year, was admitted to an advanced physics program at the University of Chicago. After graduating high school, he attended Indiana University. While still at IU, he received a full tuition scholarship to the University of Vienna in Austria. He moved to Europe and studied German language at the University of Innsbruck and mathematical logic at the University of Vienna.

Dennis William Hauck - Student IDWhile in Vienna, Hauck discovered an archive of alchemical manuscripts in the 700-year-old university library. Fascinated by the highly symbolic writings and illustrations, he researched further and found to a group of university chemists who studied alchemy and Hermeticism. In their discussions, he was inspired by the idea that consciousness was a force of nature that could be applied to experimental work. He sought initiation into the craft of alchemy and apprenticed for two years with a practicing alchemist from nearby Prague.

Hauck discovered that the common source for much of the practical and metaphysical work of the alchemists was an ancient document known as the Emerald Tablet. His research into the origins of the tablet took him down a path that led all the way back to ancient Egypt. He uncovered previously unknown versions of the Emerald Tablet, as well as an encrypted chemical formula within the tablet that demonstrated its principles (the Arcanum Experiment). He also confirmed speculations by Carl Jung that the operations of alchemy were intended to be applied not only in the laboratory but also on the psychological and spiritual levels. He named this process the Emerald Formula. Hauck organized two expeditions to Egypt to trace the origins of the tablet, and he is considered a leading authority on its history and meaning.

VIEWS

While in graduate school in Vienna, Hauck’s study of Kurt Gödel's work on the inconsistencies of mathematics and his simultaneous apprenticeship in alchemy convinced him that consciousness itself was a force of nature which modern science had completely ignored. He believed alchemists understood this and formulated universal principles of transformation that are part of the very fabric of the universe. In his view, the Philosopher’s Stone is consciousness:

“The Stone exists in the formative realm between energy and matter, suspended in the twilight between what exists and what does not exist. Since the eighth century, alchemists have been describing the brain as a magical touchstone made from a hidden etheric substance that is distributed throughout the universe. That substance is consciousness."[4]

According to Hauck, consciousness is a force of Nature everywhere present in the universe. He views the Big Bang as an explosion of consciousness into spacetime. Since consciousness exists on all levels of reality, there is never a complete extinction of consciousness – only a change in its intensity or concentration.

The spectrum of consciousness ranges from a non-verbal unconscious realm to a fully conscious level of expanded awareness and direct knowing of reality (Gnosis). He believes sentient beings can reach the highest level of consciousness, which expresses the full range of consciousness possible in the universe.

At the absolute lowest level of consciousness (death), we exist only as a monadic sense of being without object, knowledge, thought, or memory. At that level, each of us exists in a primordial “I am that I am” state. Various religious and spiritual traditions attach a variety of potentialities or attributes of soul at this level, such as reincarnation and transmigration into other dimensions.

WORKS

1.   Books

Most of Hauck’s recent works focus on the application of the principles of alchemy to psychology and cosmology. His The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformation (1999),[5] presents new revelations about the ancient artifact that became the core document of alchemists. His Sorcerer’s Stone: A Beginner’s Guide to Alchemy (2004),[6] elaborates the operations alchemists used on all levels of their practical and spiritual work. His Complete Idiot’s Guide to Alchemy (2008),[7] is an introduction to all levels of alchemical work.

Sections of Hauck’s first English translation of Die Alchemie by Dr. Gottlieb Latz, a nineteenth-century German alchemist, were published as The Secret of the Emerald Tablet in 2005.[8] His Alchemy Reference Guide was published in 2000.[9] He served as Project Editor for Alchemical Guide to Herbs & Food (2005),[10] an effort by the International Alchemy Guild to create a practical database of alchemical properties of edible plants.

Dennis William Hauck -booksigningHauck has contributed to other books on alchemy, such as Alchemical Healing (Nicki Scully, Bear & Co. 2003), Alchemical Psychology (Thom Cavali, TarcherPerigee 2002), Real Alchemy (Robert Bartlett, Weiser 2006), Way of the Crucible (Robert Bartlett, Weiser 2008), Alchemy: The Great Secret (Andrea Aromatico, Abrams 2001), and Your Inner Gold (Nanci Shandera, Llewellyn 2013). He also contributed to other non-fiction works including How to Write a Book Proposal (Michael Larsen, Writer's Digest 1997), The Power of Sacred Space (Carolyn Cobelo, Akasha 2000), Tarot Court Cards Archetypes (Kate Warwick-Smith, Inner Traditions 2003), Dognostication (Sanity Patrol press 2003), and Nine Windows to Wholeness: Jungian Sandplay (Sanity Press 2002). He also wrote articles for several anthologies, including Awaken to a Dream (Watermark 1991), The Practical Guide to Practically Everything (Random House 1995), Magic of Our Universe (Camelot 1999), and The Internet Guide to Adventurous & Unusual Travel (Facts On Demand 2001). He consulted on several alchemically themed novels, such as A Hundred Ways to Sunday (Robin Rice, Bwyar Press 2001) and Unnatural Fire (Fidelis Morgan, HarperCollins 2000).

In the 1990s, Hauck worked with the American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR) to document "exceptional human experiences." He also investigated UFO reports and began an anomaly database (International UFO Registry). He also funded the first national toll-free UFO hotline and founded the Citizens Radio UFO Network (CRUFON). He served as science advisor and mathematician to MUFON and other organizations. Hauck believed that a tiny percentage of paranormal and mystical experiences might provide evidence of how our perceptions of reality influence physical reality. He was involved in some of the most mind-boggling cases on record, including the Pascagoula Encounter, the Travis Walton Case, the Grass Lake Invasion, and the Black Forest Haunting.

Dennis William Hauck with Troy Taylor and Rosemary GuillyHe published his findings in a series of directories, which for the first time, gave complete contact information for locations and witnesses. This allowed other investigators to discover more information that exposed hoaxes and misinterpretations and revealed genuine experiencers. His National Directory of Haunted Places was self-published in 1994 and later editions were published by Penguin Books as Haunted Places: The National Directory in 1996 and 2002.[11] His International Directory of Haunted Places was published by Penguin in 2000.[12]

Hauck worked with William Shatner in 1976 to make a documentary on ancient astronauts called Mysteries of the Gods.[13] He later wrote William Shatner: A Bio-Bibliography[14] that documented Shatner’s career in detail, and then he wrote two books that probed deeper into Shatner’s psychology. Hauck's Captain Quirk[15] documents the effects on the cultural icon after his UFO abduction experience in the Palmdale desert. His William Shatner: A Transformed Man[16] is an updated version that chronicles the egocentric actor's further transformation after he realized the aliens were not coming back for him.

2.   Articles

His recent papers in academic journals include "Roots of an Experimental Science of Consciousness in Renaissance Alchemy” presented at the Science of Consciousness Conference, University of Arizona, Tucson, April 28, 2016.[17] He also recently published a series of papers in the Rose+Croix Journal, including “Materia Prima: The Nature of the First Matter in the Esoteric and Scientific Traditions,”[18] “Searching for the Cosmic Quintessence: How the Alchemists Meditated in the Middle Ages and Renaissance,”[19] and “The Roots of a Science of Consciousness in Hermetic Alchemy.”[20]

3.   Magazines and Newspapers

Hauck’s books have been featured in leading newspapers, such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, The Sacramento Bee, New York Post and the The Boston Globe. He has contributed articles to dozens of magazines, including Sacramento Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Fate Magazine, Writer's Digest, Rosicrucian Digest and Lingua Franca Magazine.

Hauck is a pioneer in introducing transpersonal concepts to businesses and government agencies. He had a syndicated column in the Long Island Journal and was a regular contributor to New Age Retailer, Perceptions Magazine, the ASPR Journal, and Whole Life Times. He also worked seven years as a staff writer for Today's Supervisor, the official magazine of the 25,000-member California State Supervisor's Association.

Hauck worked as editor for a number of journals and magazines. He is the founding editor and frequent contributor to the Alchemy Journal. During his decade of paranormal research in the 1970s, he founded the Journal of UFOlogy and was editor for of the MUFON UFO Journal. He served as associate editor for the Journal of Occult Studies and chief editor of several popular newsstand magazines for Countrywide Publications (Ancient Astronauts, Official UFO, Phenomena).

4.   Radio and television

Hauck has been interviewed on nearly 300 radio programs, including such national shows as NPR’s "Morning Edition", Art Bell Show and many other programs carried by networks such as CBS Radio, CNN Radio, Talk Radio Network and the Wisdom Radio Network. He has also appeared on over forty television programs, including such national shows as Geraldo, Sally Jessy Raphael, The O'Reilly Factor, Extra, CNN Reports, A&E's "Unexplained", Sightings, Strange Universe, The Other Side, Terry Bradshaw’s Home Team, America's Talking and other shows on the History Channel, Travel Channel and Discovery Channel.

Hauck worked as a paid advisor for several Hollywood production companies, including Hill-Fields Entertainment and Greystone Communications. He wrote script, provided visuals, and appeared in Mysteries of the Gods (Hemisphere_Pictures 1976). He also consulted on Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Columbia Pictures 1977), The Haunting (Dreamworks 1999), and White Noise (Universal 2005).

5.   Alchemy museum

In 2013, Hauck was appointed Curator and Project Designer for the Alchemy Museum being built at Rosicrucian Park in San Jose, California. Located in a two-story building next to the existing Research Library and Alchemical Herb Garden, it will be the largest museum of its kind in the world when completed. The building has 15 classrooms, a fully equipped, 12-station Laboratory, and an auditorium for presentations in practical and spiritual alchemy. In June 2015, a preview alchemy exhibit was opened in the Egyptian Museum that features alchemical labware and artifacts illustrating the seven stages of transformation from Hauck’s books.

6.   Websites

Hauck has designed and published twenty-four websites devoted to consciousness studies and personal transformation. The London Times called his award-winning site AlchemyLab.com “one of the most stunning web archives ever.” His “Alchemy of Consciousness” website is at DWHauck.com, and he also created Haunted-Places.com. He is the founding director of the annual International Alchemy Conference, and videotaped lectures on alchemical topics can be found at his AlchemyConference.net.

He created AlchemyMuseum.info to provide updated information on exhibits and donations for the Alchemy Museum project and also designed the sites for the International Alchemy Guild at AlchemyGuild.org, the Emerald Tablet Church at EmeraldTablet.org, and the Alchemy Study Program at AlchemyStudy.com.

"Alchemergy" ("al-chem-er-gee") is a term created by Hauck to describe the emergence of new paradigms through the merging of ancient wisdom and modern knowledge. According to Hauck: “Alchemergy is merging traditions in emerging paradigms. In practice, it is the cross-union of opposites on all levels – East and West, religion and science, feeling and thinking, feminine and masculine, Soul and Spirit. The Child of the Philosophers that results from this Sacred Marriage is the Philosopher's Stone -- a higher state of consciousness.”[21] Alchemergy.com is his blog on modern alchemy and Alchemergy.net is his alchemy filmmaking site.

Hauck remains active on social media and in various organizations in his efforts to alchemize science and philosophy in the 21st century. He has over 60,000 members in his Facebook groups devoted to all facets of modern alchemy, and he posts many of his lectures on his YouTube Channel.

Hauck created the Alchemy Study Program for online initiation into alchemy and serves on the Board of Governors of the International Alchemy Guild. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL), the Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP), the Center for Research in Science (CRS), the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC), and the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM). He has been profiled in the International Authors and Writers Who's Who, Who's Who in California, and the Dictionary of International Biography.

EXTERNAL LINKS

Official Page

Amazon Author Page

Hauck page at Academia.edu

Hauck YouTube Channel

Hauck IMDb Page

Goodreads Page

Interviews and Media Appearances

Lectures and Conferences

Amazon Author Page

Alchemy Study Program

The Alchemy Journal

Alchemy Lab

International Alchemy Guild

Alchemergy Blog

Alchemergy Films

Alchemy Lectures Archives

Facebook Page

Facebook Alchemy Study Group

Facebook Practical Alchemy Group

Twitter Account

REFERENCES


[1] Lightman, Bernard. 2016. A Companion to the History of Science. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1118620779. p.58-59.

[2] Cambridge Dictionary of International Biography. Guilford, England: 1990. ISBN 0-948875402. p. 316; International Authors and Writers Who’s Who. Cambridge, England: 1994. ISBN 0-948875518. p. 356.

[3] Hauck, Dennis William. “Journey to the Source Workshop.” Rosicrucian Park, San Jose, California. May 24-26, 2015.

[4] Hauck, Dennis William. 2013. “The Philosopher's Stone: Physical or Philosophical?” Rosicrucian Digest; Volume 91, Number 1 2013. https://www.rosicrucian.org/rosicrucian-digest-alchemy 

[5] Hauck, Dennis William. The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformation, New York: Penguin 1999. ISBN 0-14-019571-8.

[6] Hauck, Dennis William. Sorcerer’s Stone: A Beginner’s Guide to Alchemy, New York: Penguin Citadel 2004. ISBN 1481179144. 

[7] Hauck, Dennis William. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Alchemy, New York: Penguin Alpha 2008. ISBN 978-1592577354. 

[8] Hauck, Dennis William. Secret of the Emerald Tablet, Chicago: Athanor 2017. ISBN 1973890356. 

[9] Hauck, Dennis William. Alchemy Reference Guide, Chicago: Athanor 2000. ISBN 0-9637914-6-X. 

[10] Hauck, Dennis William. The Alchemical Guide to Herbs & Food, Chicago: Athanor 2005. ISBN 978-0963791467. 

[11] Hauck, Dennis William. Haunted Places: The National Directory, New York: Penguin Putnam 2002. ISBN 978-0-14-200234-6. 

[12] Hauck, Dennis William. International Directory of Haunted Places, New York: Penguin Putnam 2000. ISBN 978-0140296358. 

[13] Mysteries of the Gods (Hemisphere Pictures 1976). 

[14] Hauck, Dennis William. William Shatner: A Bio-Bibliography, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press 1994. ISBN 0-313=28579-9. 

[15] Hauck, Dennis William. Captain Quirk, New York: Kensington Publishing 1995. ISBN 0-7860-0185-2.; German edition: Der Captain, Munich, Germany: Heyne Verlag 1997. 

[16] Hauck, Dennis William. William Shatner: A Transformed Man, Sacramento: Alchemergy 2017. ISBN ISBN 1974063968. 

[17] The Science of Consciousness – TSC 2016. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2016. Abstracts, p. 83. https://univie.academia.edu/DennisHauck 

[18] Hauck, Dennis William. 2011. “Materia Prima: The Nature of the First Matter in the Esoteric and Scientific Traditions.” Rose+Croix Journal; Volume 8. http://www.rosecroixjournal.org/archive 

[19] Hauck, Dennis William. 2014. “Searching for the Cosmic Quintessence: How the Alchemists Meditated in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.” Rose+Croix Journal; Volume 10. http://www.rosecroixjournal.org/archive 

[20] Hauck, Dennis William. 2016. “The Roots of a Science of Consciousness in Hermetic Alchemy.” Rose+Croix Journal; Volume 11, Winter 2016. http://www.rosecroixjournal.org/archive 

[21] Hauck, Dennis William. http://alchemergy.net/about.htm