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The Inner Presence of the Light
Teachings of David R. Hawkins

 

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January 2013


 

Quotes on Teachings / Lehre von D. Hawkins

Quotes by D. Hawkins


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  • At some point, the illusion breaks down and the opening for the start of the spiritual quest commences. The quest turns from without to within and the search for answers being. With good fortune, one comes upon the teachings of true enlightenment and does not deviate from the core of those teachings. The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 115, 2001

 

  • The radiance of God is the light of awareness that reveals the divinity of all that exists. In the stillness of the Infinite Presence, the mind is silent as there is nothing that can be said; all speaks of itself with completeness and exactitude. With this realization one transcends the final duality of existence versus nonexistence because only existence is possible. The opposite of Truth does not exist because Reality excludes nonreality. In this realization resides the peace of God. David Hawkins, The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 118, 2001

Hawkins' spiritual teachings

In his works David Hawkins (1927-2012) approached the study and practice of spirituality by means of his personal experience and his clinical and academic background. The stated objectives of Hawkins' research and teaching were to facilitate metaphysical understanding and to confirm the reality of spiritual truth focusing on various aspects of consciousness and on the road to enlightenment.

 

Hawkins stated and confirmed via muscle testing that his teachings alone were sufficient to take one all the way to Self-realization.1
He wrote about the idea of a new branch in human evolution called 'Homo spiritus':

D. Hawkins quote: "The appearance in humanity of the realization of God as The Ultimate Reality, and source of Existence and Creation marked the beginning of the emergence of a new, evolutionary branch of mankind called Homo Spiritus [...] the awakened man who has bridged the evolutionary leap from physical to spiritual, from form to nonform, and from linear to nonlinear. The awakened man realizes that it is consciousness itself that constitutes the core of the evolutionary tree in all its seemingly stratified and evermore complex expressions as the evolution of life; the limited scope of causality."2

 


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  • "The appearance in humanity of the realization of God as the Ultimate Reality, substrate, and source of Existence and Creation marked the beginning of the emergence of a new, evolutionary branch of mankind called Homo spiritus. The term Homo spiritus refers to the awakened man who has bridged the evolutionary leap from physical to spiritual, from form to nonform, and from linear to nonlinear.
    The awakened man realizes that it is consciousness itself, which constitutes the core of the evolutionary tree in all its seemingly stratified and evermore complex expressions as the evolution of life. Thus, life transforms from the relatively unconscious linear to the fully conscious nonlinear, and Creation reveals itself to be the ongoing unfolding of the Unmanifest becoming Manifest. The capacity to reach the condition or state classically called Enlightenment represents the fulfillment of the potential of consciousness in its evolutionary progression." I. Reality and Subjectivity, S. 418-419, 2003

 

D. Hawkins quote: "In reality, everything occurs of its own, with no exterior cause. Every thing and every event is a manifestation of the totality of All That Is, just as it is at any given moment. Once seen in its totality, everything is perfect at all times and nothing needs an external cause to change it in any way. From the viewpoint of the ego's positionality and limited scope, the world seems to need endless fixing and correction. This illusion collapses as a vanity."3; the illusion of time; general teachings on varied topics including spiritual intention, surrender, and miracles; the concepts of nonlinearity
D. Hawkins quote: All knowledge rests upon and arises out of an epistemological matrix that of itself forms the very context of comprehension. The context of epistemology is in turn the nonlinear qualities of consciousness. Thus, all information systems require a comprehension of the nature of consciousness to reach their full understanding.4; void vs. allness; subjectivity vs. objectivity; content vs. context; out-of-body experiences vs. near-death experiences; astral vs. etheric levels; reincarnation, karma, and attractor fields.

 

Hawkins asserted that God is both immanent and transcendent. Theologically, he was aligned with nondualism and Advaita philosophy. Nondualism, a highly expansive and inclusive concept of God including all which is of form and not, may be viewed as the belief that dualism or dichotomy (e.g. self/other, mind/body, male/female, good/evil, active/passive) are illusory phenomena; it may also be viewed as a practice, namely self-inquiry as set forth by Ramana Maharshi.

 

His spiritual teachings focused on Devotional Nonduality, a form of transcendental monism, which has its origins in his research for Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior and was further developed afterwards. He said that the concept of "Devotional Nonduality" resonated with many religions (such as Hinduism) that hold the concept that "all is One." Other concepts stated by Hawkins to be analogous to his description of nonduality are Logos (in the religious sense) and Tao, which are also argued to be congruent with modern quantum physics and the concept of nonlocality as expressed by Bell's Theorem. He saw nonduality as a potential bridge between natural science, philosophy and cognition, similar to the merging of physics and metaphysics envisioned by Fritjof Capra in The Tao of Physics, the concepts embraced by quantum physicist David Bohm, particularly the one of holomovement, as well as the new paradigm science of nuclear physicist Amit Goswami, Ph.D.. Hawkins' description of nonduality is also related to that of a number of modern writers and philosophers, including Ken Wilber and G. Spencer Brown as presented in his book Laws of Form.

 

Hawkins strongly encouraged kindness to all forms of life, humor, forgiveness, humility, compassion, prayer and contemplation. He deemed alignment and erudite familiarity with the existing religious scriptures measured by him to be especially true (that is, 'high calibrating'—e.g., the New Testament except the Book of Revelation, the original teachings of Jesus Christ, Buddha, Krishna, and others) as a means of raising one's spiritual consciousness in the process and incorporating some of the most evolved known levels of truth. Both seeking and encouraging personal alignment with the Highest good, Hawkins repeatedly pointed out that "all are One in God," thereby supporting the Christian concept of "the Kingdom of God is within you."5

 

Discussing how to transcend attraction and aversion alike, and the ego position which he deems as being the main obstacle to spiritual awakening in human beings, Hawkins often asserts that the human mind alone cannot discern truth from falsity and invariably will turn to other sources (ideologies, authorities, habits, ego, etc.) to determine what to believe as true; to solve this perceived problem, he offers muscle testing (known as applied kinesiology) as a science of Truth. He, a leader of a cult himself, discouraged cult-like followings of any sort, cautioning his students to question all sources of knowledge (primarily via his unreliable form of muscle testing), to "judge them by their fruits," and to ask for inner guidance by the Holy Spirit.

 

Having closely worked with spirituality-based self-help methods and groups, as a practicing student and later also as a teacher, and being collegially acquainted with some of their initiators, Hawkins advocates the following due to their claimed healing results:

 

D. Hawkins quote: I had several physical ailments, including migraine headaches, diverticulitis, gout, and severe hypoglycemia, and the week after taking the course was scheduled for surgery. But within a few days after beginning to release, the surgical condition disappeared and never re-appeared. My other physical problems cleared up. I believe these good effects are due to the stress reduction brought about by using the [Release] Technique.7

 

By means of writing forewords he supported various authors:

D. Hawkins quote: I am pleased to recommend this work. Ms. Connolly is a first rate seasoned integrous counselor with many years of experience in the various modalities of therapy. She offers clinically the best of the new as well as the tried and true.8

 

D. Hawkins favored Thought Field Therapy

D. Hawkins quote: This is indeed an important and praiseworthy book for it helps us get close to the truth and actual experience of our own reality as the Self which transcends all of time, which always was, always will be, before and after all worlds or universe.9

 

Sharing many of the beliefs of the New Thought movement

D. Hawkins quote on New Thought religions: The liberal New Thought religions emphasize tolerance, acceptance, forgiveness, and compassion towards self and others as well as toward other religions.10, in 2003 he was formally affiliated with its largest church, the Unity Church, and its ministerial education arm, Unity School of Christianity. Conversely, his research has led him to not recommend New Age concepts (e.g., channelling, divination, fortune-telling, full moon gatherings, and Wicca) which are sometimes confused by its critics and associated media with New Thought.
D. Hawkins quote: 'New Ageism' is listed in a table titled »Marginal Spiritual/Religious Belief Systems (Ideology)« as calibrating at '185,' which is below the minimum level of integrity (200).11

 

Originally excerpted from en.Wikipedia entry titled David R. Hawkins
Deleted in July 2007

Life stages – Dr. David Hawkins

  1. Religionism
  2. Near death experience (NDE)  
  3. Atheism – agnosticism
  4. Addiction
  5. Enlightenment
  6. Mysticism

 

Dr. David Hawkins (*1912) grew up as a 'religionist' [his word choice] in an episcopalian household.

 

At age 12 he underwent a near death experience in a snow bank. This experience between worlds shattered his religionist views.

Compared to the light of Divinity which had illuminated all existence, the god of traditional religion shone dully indeed; thus spirituality replaced religion.12

 

It took Hawkins until he was 69 to talk publicly about his near death experience.

 

At age 16 he had an onslaught of feeling the impact of the negativity of the whole world. This was an excruciating experience for him. Blaming God as the source of evil and suffering in the world he became a passionate atheist and agnostic. Hawkins saw the damage among humans who adhered to negative God images.

 


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The teenager Hawkins read the deistic pamphlet The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology, published in three parts in 1794, 1795, and 1807 by the radical atheistic British thinker Thomas Paine who played a leading role in the American Revolution (1775-1783). Doing so Hawkins chose the path of a rabid atheist intellectual. Later in his life he found that not God but the ego – the divisive element in men, the sense of a separate "I" – is the origin of suffering.

 

At age 20 Hawkins studied theology at a Jesuit university. Being an atheist he brought home straight A's much to the chagrin of his catholic fellow students.

 

Facing more human suffering as a physician and psychiatrist Hawkins became an alcoholic. Addiction has led him into a downward spiral to face his death at age 38. Without giving it too much hope he cried out If there is a God, I ask him to help me now. He had reached the turning point – the moment of his enlightenment. According to Henry David Thoreau such a leap in consciousness is a "a maximal possible condition". An act of grace.
It took Hawkins a period of 30 years of integration before he decided to reveal this experience in public.

 

Hawkins sees the regressive side of religion as being divisive, whereas spirituality – an aspect of religion – as uniting.

Respecting religion allows you to have freedom from and freedom of religion.13
I don't belong to any religion, I am a mystic.14

 

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1 Untitled audio interview, presented by suspended US American web radio station Beyond the Ordinary, hosts Nancy Lorenz and Elena Young, minute ~52:00, 60 minutes duration, aired 9. December 2003

2 The New Age Has Dawned: Homo Spiritus Is Born by Linda Tuck-Jenkins, The Author's Den, 11. July 2002

3 The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 107, 2001

4 I. Reality and Subjectivity, S. ?, 2003

5 The Kingdom of God is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. Gospel of Thomas, verse 3, part of the Biblical apocrypha, 50-140, 350 AD, rediscovered 1945

6 Sober Living magazine, spring 2003 (updated 20. May 2010)

7 Release Technique.com

8 See also: Lou Fournier Marzeles

9 Ilchi Lee, website and book review of http://www.healingsociety.com//book/b01.htmlBrain Respiration

10 Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. ?, 2005

11 Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 359, 2005

12 The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 336, 2001

13 D. Hawkins, Sedona Seminar Identification and Illusion, 3 DVD set, 14. August 2004

14 D. Hawkins, Chicago Seminar, 10. April 2004

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