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See Power vs. Truth, January 2013




Quotes on Recommendations by D. Hawkins / Empfehlungen

Quotes of D. Hawkins

  • Simple kindness to one's self and all that lives, is the most powerful transformational force of all. It produces no back-
    lash and no downside, and never leads to loss or despair. It increases one's own true power without exacting any toll. But to reach maximum power such kindness can permit no exceptions, nor can it be practiced with the expectation of some selfish reward. And its effect is as far reaching as it is subtle.
    Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, Hay House, February 2002


  • Number one recommendation for practical spirituality: Be benevolent. Have good will toward life in all its expressions.
    Sedona Seminar Practical Spirituality, 3 DVD set, 25. October 2008

101 ways to happiness – D. Hawkins

Ways to happiness – David Hawkins
1.Source is within, not without. 
2.Want what you have, instead of have what you want […] including your own existence. All that it takes to be happy is the fact that you are. Be satisfied with the fact that you are. Be happy with what you have.
3.Happiness is an inner decision. 
4.Give up the ‘poor me’. 
5.Choose instead of crave, want, desire, or get. Be willing to surrender to God.
"Dear God I seem to be the victim of this insatiable craving. Please help me."
6.Surrender all cravings to God. Love of God becomes all you want. Pray.
7.Joie de vivre is independent of events. It is an attitude and a superior "style" of life. In human life, there is no winning or losing. Celebrate your own existence. Joy of life, helping others.
8.Is it the child, adult, or parent (in you) that wants? Happiness = bubbling over and active child, integrated adult, and totally loving and accepting parent.
DH: "When I was 12, my mom made me wear rubbers to school when it rained. This embarrassed me. I hid the rubbers in the shrubs on way to school and then put them on again on the way home. Happiness is hiding your rubbers in a shrub!"
DH: "I went to internist, came home and the parent came up in Susan", "You didn't wear that undershirt with the hole in it, did you?!"
9.Differentiate actual from symbolic win or gain. 
10.Differentiate narcissistic ("rich and famous") from mature goals. 
11.Be pleased with the direction and alignment instead of just completion. Be pleased with where you are, rather than "I'll be happy when I reach the goal."
12.Practical reality ⇔ fantasy and glamor of "success". 
13.Choose decision instead of just hope. Write down your goals for this life. One goal: Be happy no matter what happens. Be pleased with the direction of life. Be uplifting to others or enlightenment – not how far along you are on the path because it’s anybody’s guess. Where you are is the result of your own decision, so you can‘t blame anyone. No matter which way you go, there are risks involved. Life is a sequence of roles.
14.Be flexible ⇔ rigid. The reed bends with the current.
15.Cancel ‘...and then I’ll be happy.’ 
16.Let go of clutching and grasping. 
17.Clarify goals and ideals. 
18.Realize that all value is arbitrary. 
19.Happiness is a nap on a train or plane. Being happy is fulfilling your human potential.
20.Live one day at a time. If you don’t have a problem, get one so that you can join a 12 step group. They are happier than other people.
21.Happiness is a cat’s purr or a dog’s wagging tail. 
22.Differentiate faithskepticism (narcissism). The skeptic has faith in his skepticism.
23.Show gratitude for what you have and are. 
24.Differentiate nonattachment ⇔ craving. Pick something you think you need for happiness and get detached from it.
25.Is the glass half full or half empty? 
26.Differentiate spiritual ⇔ material goals. Searching for truth in all of its expressions is one of the most advanced states of consciousness.
27.Surrender to God’s will. Spiritual wisdom evolves. For some people, shooting the enemy is God’s will. For others, God’s will is
not shooting.
28.Allow the capacity to let go. This capacity is infinite. It’s not that you can’t let go, but that you won’t.
29.Be pleased with progress. 
30.Avoid self-judgment. Recognize the internalized parent, Freud’s super-ego, the inner judge.
Have your inner child alive and well, and sometimes you have to sit on your inner child.
"My sister and I would go on street car. Mom had told us to stay in our seats. I was ‘good’ and she was ‘bad’ because she would be running up and down the aisle. For me happiness was being "good,"
for her happiness was being "bad."
31."Good" ⇔ "Bad" are circumstantial. 
32."Win" is provisional. 
33.Differentiate simplicity ⇔ complexity. 
34.Have realistic expectations of life, others, events. In politics, don't judge the world by your values, don’t expect a lot!
35.Value is in the eye of the beholder. 
36.Give up your skepticism. 
37.Nurture a sense of humor. 
38.Accept karmic propensity. It's not causality but likelihoods.
39.See essence rather than perception. 
40.Be jocular instead of morose. 
41.Show good will regarding all of life. 
42.Differentiate easy-going ⇔ rigid. 
43.Reduce your expectations. 
44.Be generous instead of stingy. Generosity is an attitude, not money. Good will is noticed by all of life.
45.Modify your inner voice. 
46.Be gracious to self and others. 
47.Surrender the need to control. DH: "My truck broke down on Cloverleaf in the middle of a strange place. A stranger came by to remove the tire, took it to be fixed, brought it back and put it back on.
That was my good karma savings account."
(Calibrated as true.)
"There are angels in bodies." (Calibrated as true.)
48.Let go of desire for applause. 
49.Be glad instead of mad. 
50.Choose acceptance instead of resistance. 
51.Be generous instead of stingy. 
52.Be candid with self and others. Be honest. 
53.Silence the mind. 
54.Give up thinkingness. Thinkingness is an energy field which can be transcended.
Stop calling it ‘my’ mind. Everybody’s gotta speak their mind on TV, and they think that’s a step forward!
Anybody can babble! I don’t care what the man on the street thinks, he learned it on TV yesterday. Narcissistic egotism. Knowingness comes about nonlinear. It is certainty. It emerges without thinking about it.
55.Be forgiving instead of vindictive. Forgive. You don’t have to get even because karma is inevitable.
56.Work on inner traits instead of external ones. 
57.It only takes a bone to make a dog happy. It's the small things of life! All it takes is a sip of soda, of espresso.
58.Sing, Don’t worry, be happy! in mind. 
59.Choose spiritual values and goals. You feel inner gladness about the goodness of life. What’s the purpose of the world? It's here for YOU. This is not egocentric. Out of Divine intention, that which is here, is here for you. The essence of all that arises is Divinity expressing itself as a stage, as a wonderful wife, as these flowers, as the Kleenex, as
the diet soda, espresso.
60.Choose spiritual friends and groups. You serve all of mankind by becoming as spiritually evolved as you can be.
61.Go from complete to complete. 
62.Identify with Self rather than self. Without the presence of God within you, you wouldn't exist.
Self is my reality; self is only my temporary expression in this domain.
63.Accept limitations of humanness, which has the karma of protoplasm. 
64.Happiness is a decision and direction. 
65.Be reflective instead of impulsive. 
66.Be thoughtful rather than critical. 
67.Be content instead of complaining.(i.e. with the weather, taxes)
68.Realize life is a learning curve. 
69.Pray. Praying is not just a grade school exercise but the expression of what you've become, which is gracious.
71.Affirm 'God is my Source'. 
72.Sing an inner song. Learn to hum to yourself without making any noise!
73.When feeling down, say to yourself, "Yours is the saddest story I’ve ever heard!" 
74.Insist on being miserable and gloomy. "Oh well…." "Eeyore."
75.Make faces at yourself in the mirror. This is a wonderful spiritual technique. The way to God is through giggles.
76.Be grateful for the gift of life. Be all you can be to everyone all of the time. Reflect back to life its beauty.
77.Live one day at a time. 
78.Be your own best friend. 
79.Differentiate expansion ⇔ diminution of problems. 
80.Clarify __________ with______role. 
81.Do you play role of martyr? 
82.Do you play role of hero? 
83.Do you play role of victim? 
84.Do you play role of morally superior? 
85.Let go of being the injustice collector (martyr). 
86.Let go of being provocative. 
87.Stop pushing your luck. 
88.Avoid catastrophe. 
69.Don’t buy a home in the flood plain or on the edge of a mud cliff. 
90.Do not win the lottery. 
91.Don’t ski in an avalanche area. 
92.Give up self-importance. 
93.Obey the law – be polite to police. 
94. Stop demonstrating. 
95.Give up saving the world. 
96. Mind your own business. 
97.Give up being important. 
98.Improve yourself instead of others. 
99. Pay your income taxes. 
100.Smile and the world smiles with you. 
101.Dedicate all actions to God. 
Source: ► D. Hawkins, Prescott Seminar Happiness, presented by Yahoo drhawkinsgroup (2002-2016), 3 DVD set, 25. April 2009
Other recommendations: ► D. Hawkins, 101 ways to success and ► 101 ways to peace
See also: ► Happiness and ► Spiritual exercises and ► Recommendations


Action items

  • Beware, straight and narrow is the way. Walk straight ahead.1
  • Treat everything physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
  • Make people happy to be alive.
  • Support the solution instead of attacking the supposed causes.


  • Treat all animals as friends. Even those that are not trustworthy, but don't be naive with them.
    Sedona Seminar Practical Spirituality, 3 DVD set, 25. October 2008


  • Choose attraction rather than promoting/proselytizing.

Attractor fields

  • Give up weak attractors for strong attractors. Avoid whatever makes you weak.
  • Identify with the field not with the content of the field.

AVOID, relinquish, give up


  • Don't try, allow.
  • Go through the day in awareness, releasing thoughts before they arise.

Belief systems

  • Be passionate for God, not for belief systems.
  • Avoid getting programmed by collective belief systems.


  • Don't blame (i.e. earthquakes), just observe the unfoldment of evolution.


  • Don't try to change the world, change yourself instead.
  • Stop trying to fix others.



  • Have compassion for all forms of life.


  • Shift from doer to observer, to awareness, to consciousness.


  • Take a couple of lines of a psalm (Psalm 91 as recommended mostly, here quoted from the Lamsa Bible) and contemplate that
    for a week, or until you've completely understood it.


  • Respect and honor your destiny and your assets and resources such as time, finances, personality, talents, and abilities, for
    the sake of your destiny.


  • Surrender your 'out-thereness', there is no 'out there' [...] it's all within.


  • Don't demonize the ego. Accept the ego for what it is, doing so will lead to its resolve.
  • Energize your spiritual will continually in order to break down the ego's structure.
  • Balance your ego's reaction to seeming faults by saying: I'm stupid and ugly? It doesn't matter; God loves me.
  • Don't think you’re special just because you're special.
  • If you hate yourself for being selfish, then be the epitome of selfishness; you defeat it by paradox and laughing at it.


  • Go the direct path to enlightenment as devotional nonduality.
  • Don't ask for enlightenment, instead ask to be of service.


  • Heed the traditional wisdom encouraging us not to fear evil or fight it, but merely to avoid it.


  • Surrender the experience of experiencing life. Divinity will shine forth and is aware of Divinity as Divinity.


  • Walk through all fear – no matter what!
  • To get out of a predicament: Picture the worst possible scenario and surrender to it.
  • No matter how bad things seem or are progressing, continuously say: "And so what?!"
  • In the seeming worst of events, continue to think: "It's OK now, it's OK now", etc. (even up to the moment of beheading).
  • However the circumstances may be, go straight into the fear!


  • Have compassion for each other's blindness, so you may learn to forgive yourself.
  • Forgive yourself and others.


  • Do not turn to God, connect with God – and "Thy will be done" will really mean something.
  • Turn everything over to God. ("Thy Will Shall be Done.")
  • Surrender everything to God.
  • Take responsibility for problems and defer them to God.
  • Stop to mentalize endlessly, defer to a bigger source instead.
  • Turn only to love and to God as the source of life and joy.


  • Be grateful.
  • Be grateful for all that you have. [Thankfulness is one of the most powerful tools.]
    Sedona Seminar Practical Spirituality, 3 DVD set, 25. October 2008


  • Perceive happiness from inside yourself by allowing LoC 540, i.e. lasting inner joy. It is prevalent to 0.4 % within Earth's population.
  • Find the joy of going 100 %.


  • [Paraphrased] Judge not. Why? Because you don't have the capacity to know all and judge correctly.
  • Never discredit the experiential reality of anyone.
    Sedona Seminar Practical Spirituality, 3 DVD set, 25. October 2008


  • Don't start with the Bhagavad-Gita (LoC 900); first learn to be polite.
  • Be kind and loving to all living creatures at all times and in all their expressions – without exception, no matter what.
  • Be benevolent and merciful towards yourself.
  • Be benevolent. Have good will toward life in all its expressions.


  • Seek to know, rather than to know about.
  • Beware, the Path is straight and narrow.

Letting go

  • Release everything.

Life, (Respect)

  • Be reverent and compassionate for all forms of life.
    See also: Albert Schweitzer's motto: Be reverent to all forms of life.


  • Make the whole body/self a mudra of that which you want to be (ie. gratitude).


  • Avoid naiveté and gullability, those being among the biggest traps.


  • Find your negative feeling, own it, and forgive yourself for it.
  • Don't stonewall when charged for misbehaviour.


  • Give up your need to be a martyr, the wronged one.


  • Stop trying to speed anything up.
  • Practice patience (as a consequence of being at peace) and freedom (as a consequence of inner liberation and outer liberality).


  • Choose peace above all other possibilities of gain or right or wrong.
  • Transcend resistance (Yin – Tamas – lethargy) and energies/efforts (Yang – Rajas – activity) and rest observing in peace
    (Sattva – peace – gateway to the divine beginning with love). referring to the concept of the Gunas in Hindu philosophy.


  • Give up positionalities. Renounce the addiction of the ego to the juice of positionalities.


Practice / Seek out


  • Not knowing the highest good in a situation pray ABOUT something, not FOR something.


  • Avoid to ask "Why?", ask "How...?"


  • Recontextualize any "OUT-THERE" PROBLEM
    • as  ✏ a challenge
    • as  ✏ an opportunity
    • as  ✏ a stimulus to learning
    • as  ✏ a gift
    • as  ✏ a blessing
    • as  ✏ an expression of Divine perfection unfolding in the moment
    • as  ✏ non-existent.

Relationship problems

  • Having relationship problems say: Whatever makes you happy, dear.
  • Put the toilet seat down as a sign of love.


  • Take responsibility for problems and defer them to God.

Shadow side

  • Do not defend your downside(s), accept it.
  • Own your downside completely. If not, you might be attacked.


  • Learn the value of being ordinary.


  • Glorify the teachings, not the teacher.


  • Go for the truth unwaveringly.


  • Be that which you value.
  • Learn the value of being ordinary.
  • Value everything and become attached to none of it.


Notice: This list is incomplete.


Quotes from other sources

  • When you deceive yourself that you work for the good of all, it makes matters worse, for you should not be guided
    by your own ideas of what is good for others. A man who claims to know what is good for others is dangerous.
    Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj [LoC 720] (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the advaita vedānta tradition, cited in: Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes, presented by the website One Journey



  • Heed these words, You who wish to probe the depths of nature:
    If you do not find within yourself that which you seek, neither will you find it outside.
    In you is hidden the treasure of treasures.
    Know Thyself and you will know the Universe and the Gods. Advice of the Oracle at Delphi



Serve, respect, and live without fear

  • So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
    Trouble no one about their religion;
    Respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.
    Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
    Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.
    Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
    Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,
    Even a stranger, when in a lonely place.
    Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
    When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.
    If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.
    Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools
    And robs the spirit of its vision.
    When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled
    With the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep
    And pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
    Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
    Chief Tecumseh [Crouching Tiger] (1768-1813) Shawnee Nation, cited in: Goodreads Quotable Quote


  • Jordan Peterson's 12 rules
    Rule: 1 Stand up straight with your shoulders back.
    Rule 2: Treat yourself like you would someone you are responsible for helping.
    Rule 3: Make friends with people who want the best for you.
    Rule 4: Compare yourself with who you were yesterday, not with who someone else is today.
    Rule 5: Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.
    Rule 6: Set your house in perfect order before you criticise the world.
    Rule 7: Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient).
    Rule 8: Tell the truth – or, at least, don't lie.
    Rule 9: Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don't.
    Rule 10: Be precise in your speech.
    Rule 11: Do not bother children when they are skate-boarding.
    Rule 12: Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street.
    Jordan Peterson, Ph.D. (*1962) Canadian clinical psychologist, professor of psychology, University of Toronto, political scientist, author, 12 Rules for Life. An Antidote to Chaos, Random House Canada, 23. January 2018


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1 Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7, 13-14 (NT)

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