Geistiges Engagement – Commitment
Wesentliche Elemente der spirituellen Arbeit – D. Hawkins
Die wesentlichen Elemente aufrichtig engagierter spiritueller Arbeit bestehen aus:
|| Sich diszipliniert zu konzentrieren ohne sich ablenken zu lassen
|| Bereitwillig alle Wünsche und Ängste GOTT zu übergeben
|| Bereitwillig zeitweilig zu leiden, bis das Beschwerende überschritten wurde
|| Beständigkeit und Achtsamkeit
|| Das Eigeninteresse als Beteiligter/ Erlebender auf den Zeugen/ Beobachter übertragen
|| Bereitwillig die Urteilssucht und das Anhaften an Meinungen über das Wahrgenommene preiszugeben
|| Sich stärker mit dem Feld als mit den Inhalten des Feldes zu identifizieren
|| Zuversichtlich wissend und akzeptierend weitergehen, dass Erleuchtung weder Ziel noch Wunsch oder Hoffnung ist, sondern die eigene Bestimmung; die Ansicht zurückweisen, dass Erleuchtung ein Verdienst ist; begreifen, dass Erleuchtung ein Zustand ist, der durch Entscheidung, Intention, hingebungsvolle Widmung aufgrund von Karma und göttlicher Gnade erfolgt.
|| Es vermeiden, das eigene Bemühen oder dessen Ziel zu verherrlichen und stattdessen auf die Gottergebenheit zu vertrauen
Zitate zum Thema Spirituelle Arbeit / Spiritual work
Zitate von D. Hawkins
- Ein Erkennender absoluter Realität und Wahrheit zu sein, ist das größte Geschenk, das man für die Welt und die
ganze Menschheit sein kann. Spirituelle Arbeit ist deshalb selbstloser Dienst und Hingabe an den Willen GOTTES.
Das All-sehende Auge, S. 169, 2005
- Eines der haupsächlichen spirituellen Werkzeuge ist die Intention. Sie setzt Prio-
ritäten und Rangordnungen von Werten, die die eigenen Anstrengungen mit Energie versorgen. FU Das All-sehende Auge, S. 179, 2005
- Es ist hilfreich sich daran zu erinnern, dass weder Wahrheit noch Erleuchtung etwas ist, das gefunden, ge-
sucht, erreicht, gewonnen oder besessen werden kann. Die unendliche An-Wesenheit ist immer anwesend,
und ihre Erkenntnis ergibt sich von selbst, sobald die Hindernisse, die dieser Verwirklichung im Wege stehen,
ausgeräumt sind. Es ist deshalb nicht notwendig, die Wahrheit zu studieren, sondern lediglich das, was irre-
führend ist, loszulassen. Die Wolken wegzuschieben, bewirkt nicht, dass die Sonne scheint, sondern offenbart le-
diglich das, was bisher verborgen war. Deshalb ist spirituelle Arbeit in erster Linie damit verbunden, das, was
man zu wissen glaubt, zugunsten des Unbekannten aufzugeben. Dafür erhält man das Versprechen jener, die
das bereits getan haben, dass die Anstrengung sich schließlich auszahlt. Auf der Erde wird auch das Gold nicht
erzeugt, sondern nur aufgedeckt, indem man das wegräumt, was es verbirgt.
FU Das All-sehende Auge, S. 179, 2005
- Spirituelle Arbeit bedeutet das, was man zu wissen glaubt zugunsten dessen, was man nicht weiß, aufzugeben.
Das All-sehende Auge, S. 179, 2005
- Spirituelle Arbeit ist eine Verpflichtung und auch ein Weg der Erforschung. Der Weg wurde von denen geöffnet, die schon vorangingen und für die Nachfolgenden die Möglichkeit im Bewusstsein aufschlossen. Ebenso wie Roger Bannister das "M-Feld" der Vier-Minuten-Meile durchbrach, so haben Wesen mit fortgeschrittenem Bewusstsein Marksteine für andere hinterlassen, damit diese ihnen folgen können. Umgekehrt nützt jeder Fortschritt, den wir in unserem Gewahrsein machen, unzähligen Menschen und stärkt den nächsten Schritt anderer, die folgen. Jede gütige
Handlung wird vom Universum notiert und für immer bewahrt. Richtig betrachtet, ersetzt Dankbarkeit spirituellen Ehrgeiz. Im traditionellen Buddhismus sucht man Erleuchtung zum Wohl der ganzen Menschheit; alle Gaben
kehren zu ihrem Urheber zurück. FU Das All-sehende Auge, S. 179-180, 2005
- Zu gegebener Zeit ersetzen spirituelle Absicht und Konzentration weltliche Ambitionen und Wünsche. Es ist, als
würde man immer tiefer in das SELBST hineingezogen, als wäre eine Art spirituelle Schwerkraft durch Anziehung
wirksam. Das All-sehende Auge, S. 180, 2005
- Spirituelle Arbeit bedeutet [...] ein endloses sich Aufgeben, Loslassen, sich von etwas abwenden, sich zurück-
ziehen und unnötige sowie im Wesentlichen zu nichts führende Dinge vernachlässigen.
Das All-sehende Auge, S. 187, 2005
- Was man normalerweise mit der Bezeichnung "spiritueller Stolz" meint, ist das Ergebnis der Illusion, dass es ein persönliches Selbst gebe, das die spirituelle Arbeit verrichtet. FU Das All-sehende Auge, S. 346, 2005
- Der Unterschied zwischen spiritueller Arbeit und akademischem Studium liegt darin, dass das Forschungsobjekt
spiritueller Studien das Selbst des Schülers ist. In dem Maße, wie die erwünschten Wahrheiten entdeckt werden,
wandelt und entwickelt sich der Schüler, bis das kleine Selbst verschwindet und durch das SELBST ersetzt wird.
Licht des Alls. Die Wirklichkeit des Göttlichen, S. 486, 2006
- Frage: Wie findet man einen angemessenen Lehrer?
Antwort: Die klassische Empfehlung ist "Wenn der Schüler bereit ist, erscheint der Lehrer." Man braucht nicht
die ganze Zeit einen Lehrer. Tatsächlich ist es nicht von Nutzen, in einem Frühstadium des geistigen Weges einen
fortgeschrittenen Lehrer zu haben. Es gibt langfristige Phasen der spirituellen Arbeit, die sich innerlich vollziehen. Ich
empfehle den Aspiranten, Bücher von fortgeschrittenen Lehrern zu lesen. Während wir uns spirituell entwickeln, tau-
chen zu manchen Zeiten verschiedene Lehrer für uns auf. Man findet einen Lehrer und eine Lehre, bei denen man
sich wohlfühlt. Wenn man dem entwachsen ist, wird man zu etwas anderem hingezogen.
Interview with David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., präsentiert von dem US-amerikanischen Magazin Holistic Networker, Gastgeberin Gina Mazza Hillier, Tony Cecala, 13. August 2005
Quotes by D. Hawkins
- So, I'm just saying it's my responsibility to teach people what I know to also be prepared in case spiritual Reality moves much faster than what you would anticipate. Sedona Seminar Vision, DVD 1 of 3, minute 102:45, 25. February 2005
1. First they ignore you.
2. Then they ridicule you.
3. Then they fight you.
4. Then you succeed.
Mahatma Gandhi [LoC 760]
- As we sacrifice our personal lives for the sake of the world, we sanctify the life of the world. You can leave your peace signs at home; they’re political slogans that become divisive. By lifting the field, you lift the world. Spiritual work becomes attacked by many people in a very yang way. Source unknown
- A useful approach is to let the love for God replace the willfulness that is driving the seeking. One can release all desire to seek and realize that the thought that there is anything else but God is a baseless vanity. This is the same vanity that claims authorship for one's experiences, thoughts, and actions. With reflection, it can be seen that both the body and the mind are the result of the innumerable conditions of the universe and that one is at best the witness of this concordance. Out of an unrestricted
love for God arises the willingness to surrender all motives except to serve God completely. To be the
servant of God becomes one's goal rather than enlightenment.
The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 36, 2001
- Nothing is as it can be described; therefore, all descriptions are of what a thing is not. The realization of absolute rea-
lity and truth is the greatest gift that one can be to the world and all humanity. Spiritual work, in its essence, is there-
fore a selfless service and surrender to the Will of God. As one's awareness increases, the power of that field of
consciousness increases exponentially in logarithmic expansion, and that, in and of itself, accomplishes
more than all effort or attempts at relieving the suffering of the world. All such efforts are futile because they
are necessarily misguided by the falsifications and illusions of the perceptual function of the ego itself.
The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 109, 2001
- It is helpful to remember that neither Truth nor Enlightenment is something to be found, sought, acquired, gained, or possessed. That which is the Infinite Presence is always present and its realization occurs of itself when the obstacles to that realization are removed. It is therefore not necessary to study the truth but only to let go of that which is falla-
cious. Moving away the clouds does not cause the sun to shine but merely reveals that which was hidden all along. Spiritual work, therefore, is primarily a letting go of the presumably known for the unknown, with the promise
of others who have done it that the effort is more than well rewarded at the end. On the earthly level, gold is not
created but merely revealed by chipping away that which obscures it.
The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, chapter 8 "The Way to God", 2001
- Spiritual work is not of the intellect (which leads to a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion or Theology). True metaphysics [LoC 480] is an abstraction to facilitate languaging and verbalization in order to communicate that which, in truth, cannot be communicated in words. The words are not the things to be realized. The truths learned have to be put
into daily practice to be effective, and they exist beyond the words. If this is done, change place. The purpose
of information is for it to be absorbed with familiarity and then mature into understanding. The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, chapter 8 "Beyond Causality – Consciousness: The Way to God", S. 120, revised edition Veritas Publishing, 2002
- To look within is an attitude rather than a technique or spiritual practice. This means to relinquish the fascination with the content of mind and the world that it reflects. This detachment may be felt initially as a possible loss, as if one is facing experiencing the death of the world and all its promises. Such a death may be passively experienced as such, but it is merely the passion of an illusion.
The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, chapter 9, S. 179, 2001
- Question: Why Is ‘Work’ Even Necessary in Spiritual Endeavor?
Answer: The ego can be thought of as a set of entrenched habits of thought that are the result of entrainment by invisible energy fields which dominate human consciousness. They become reinforced by repetition and by the consensus of society. Further reinforcement comes from language itself. To think in language is a form of self-programming. The use of the prefix 'I' as the subject, and therefore the implied cause of all actions, is the most serious error and automatically creates a duality of subject and object. To overcome the gravity of worldly thoughts and beliefs requires the work of implementing the decision of the spiritual Will to deprogram consciousness. This includes the refusal to accept the ego/mind's presumptions and statements as though they were reality. Instead, there is an insistence on a higher understanding. Familiarity with
more compassionate viewpoints of life tends to potentiate them; thus, the traditional spiritual advice to 'mingle with
holy company' and avoid negative companions. This potentiates progressive discernment of more appropriate atti-
tudes and habits of thought.
The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 198, Veritas Publishing, revised edition 2002
- The work is to surmount and transcend the common human failings that are inherent in the structure of the human
ego. One would like to think that they are personal however, the ego itself is not personal. It was inherited along
with becoming a human being. Details differ based on past karma. I. Reality and Subjectivity, S. 108, 2003
- Spiritual work involves not only knowing about God, but also 'knowing thyself'. With adequate understanding, the
way of the heart and the way of the mind blend into each other where the terms themselves are merely
products of perception. ln Reality, there is no separation of heart and mind. It could be said that the heart
has a mind of its own, and the mind has a heart of its own. In the end, they are one and the same in the Allness
of the Self. I. Reality and Subjectivity, chapter 19 "The Way of the Heart", S. 329, 2003
- Spiritual progress is simultaneously
- Working through one's 'karma' includes not only this lifetime but historical, long-forgotten evolutionary aspects as well. Spiritual work may bring up repressed attitudes, thoughts, or beliefs from the personal unconscious, as well as aspects of the collective human unconscious that are energetically aligned analogously to the chakra system of the Jungian archetypes (e.g., the heart of the child, the spleen of the warrior, the naivete of the adolescent, etc.).
Transcending the Levels of Consciousness. The Stairway to Enlightenment, S. 42, 2006
Devotees receive a personal spiritual schooling designed by karma and grace.
- [S]piritual commitment brings up a whole new radar screen on one's spiritual computer. From a condensed viewpoint, it amounts to an entire educational system specifically designed for the devotee, taking into consideration an enormous multiplicity of factors beyond comprehension. It can be confirmed by the consciousness calibration technique that spiritual commitment does indeed bring up an entire spiritual program specifically and precisely autonomously designed that takes into consideration the appropriate inclusion of an enormous multiplicity of factors, including
karmic details. The successful transcendence through this personal spiritual schooling is not possible for
the ego but is made possible by the gift of Grace.
Transcending the Levels of Consciousness. The Stairway to Enlightenment, chapter 19, S. 331, 2006
- Question: But how does a spiritual practice actually result in change? What are the psychological mechanisms? How can one change from a 'this' to a 'that'?
Answer: It is not a process of 'change', but of evolutionary emergence. The larva does not change into a butterfly but instead becomes the fulfillment of its potential as a product of the evolution of Creation. To repeat, Creation is evolution by virtue of the emergence of potentiality into actuality. Intention of the spiritual will is sufficient. The seemingly 'new' represents the unmani-
fest's becoming Manifest, just as unclenching the fist reveals the open hand. Transcending Levels of Consciousness. The Stairway to Enlightenment,
S. 357-358, 2006
- Actualization is an option and a choice as an aspect of the will. Each positive choice increases the likelihood and probability of additional positive choices (which is also in accordance with quantum theory). Each positive choice moves one closer to a higher attractor field of consciousness. In the secular world where 'the rich get richer and the poor get poorer', it is equally true that by integrity and effort, the formerly poor can become rich, and the formerly rich, through error, can become bankrupt. Human life offers a great value as being the optimum opportunity for spiritual evolution. By choice, the 'iron filing' of the spirit is drawn to the various regions of the great omnipotent, omnipresent field of consciousness itself. This is analogous to the effect of a giant electromagnetic field of infinite power.
Transcending Levels of Consciousness. The Stairway to Enlightenment, S. 358, 2006
- Stay with the feeling and stay focused on it unswervingly. Realize that all pain is due to resistance. The suffering of loss stems from the attachment and specialness.
- Be willing to become immersed in and surrender to the feelings without avoiding them. Notice that they come
in waves and that surrendering to the most intense waves tends to decrease their emotional severity.
- Ask God's help and surrender the personal will to God. (It is helpful to read the 91st Psalm or other favorite spiritual passages.)
- Be willing to endure and suffer out the process. If not resisted, it will process itself out and come to an end.
Noticing and becoming aware rather than doing
- The spiritual practice of seeking Enlightenment via nonduality is the consequence of intention and commitment. Its actual practice is not so much a matter of 'doing' but a way of 'being' or aligning with the subjective awareness of life. It is therefore like a posture as represented, for example, by the classic Mudra (sacred hand position). Attention is aligned with the field/context rather than the customary focus on content and details. Intuition is valuable and investigative rather than being dismissed as illogical. Also, spiritual
work is more like noticing and becoming aware rather than 'doingness' per se.
Discovery of the Presence of God. Devotional Nonduality, chapter 3, subheading "Posture" S. 62, 2007
- [...] to disassemble anger may require the willingness to surrender the pride that underlies that anger, which in turn depends on surrendering a desire. This means surrendering the fear that energized the desire, which in turn depends on surrendering a desire. This means surrendering the fear that energized the desire, which again is related to the undoing of imaginary loss, and so forth. Motivations are thus intertwined and mutually interactive, and operationally surrendering them leads to the next levels, which are comprised of dualities. The deeper layers, therefore, tend to surface one's beliefs about God, programmed spiritual expectations, and belief systems. Spiritual work is there-
fore a matter of exploration that transcends mentalized concepts, such as those of cause and effect.
Discovery of the Presence of God. Devotional Nonduality, chapter 3, subheading "Focus", S. 64, 2007
|Nine qualities of spiritual work|
| ||* The central elements of seriously committed inner spiritual work consist of:|
|1.||Discipline of focus without deviation.|
|2.||Willingness to surrender all desires and fears to God.|
|3.||Willingness to endure transitory anguish until the difficulty is transcended.|
|4.||Constancy and watchfullness.|
|5.||Moving from self interest as participant experiencer to that of the witness/observer.|
|6.||Willingness to relinquish judgmentalism and opinion about what is observed.|
|7.||Identifying with the Field rather than content of the field.|
|8.||Proceeding with certainty and confidence by accepting that Enlightenment is one's destiny not a goal, wish or hope; rejecting the notion that Enlightenment is a gain; and understanding it is a condition that ensues as a consequence of decision, intention and devotional dedication consequent to both Karma and Divine Grace.|
|9.||Avoiding glamorizing or aggrandizing the endeavor or its destination, and relying on devotion for its own sake.|
- Serious inner spiritual work may sound tedious and demanding (to the ego), but is exciting to the spirit, which is
eager to return home. Consciousness innately seeks its source. In so doing, it encounters obstacles from which
it may periodically retreat, and this may result in periods of reflection and reorientation. Periods of resistance or
even dismay are normal and to be expected. Their resolution is often the consequence of recontextualization.
Discovery of the Presence of God. Devotional Nonduality, S. 155, 2007
- Experiential Validation: Spiritual alignment and intention plus dedication are inherently transformative and bring
about a progressive change in the quality of life experience. This occurs automatically as a result of the field effect
and is therefore not ‘caused’ by the personal will. The incorporation of spiritual values should be for its own sake
rather than for some imaginary gain or control that paradoxically counters and obstructs the primary intention.
Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man, chapter 10 "Experiential versus Conceptual", S. 194, 2008
- 3. Spiritual practice in ordinary life in many ways is actually the most favorable and beneficial approach.
(This statement calibrates as true.) It is a common observation that it is one thing to be pure and holy in an
isolated, safe place, but another to remain committed in the world of endless temptations and confrontations.
Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man, S. 353-354, 2008
- A lot of the phenomena we see expressing in the body of the adult were picked up very early in life from a chance remark heard on television, or something misunderstood in a book, or a remark that a teacher made. These things constitute suggestive programming and common belief systems and become conscious when we begin to
work on them. Healing and Recovery, chapter 2 "Assisting Healing", S. 47, 2008
- Introspection and spiritual movement are necessary to achieve
- a state of well-being,
- a feeling that one's life is significant,
- and that we make a difference in the world.
We do not need the attention that illness brings to us because our sense of importance comes through the realization
of the greatness of our real Self
. General growth in the field of spiritual development brings about a condition of health
and can do so quite rapidly if we change our position to let go of certain limited beliefs. Healing and Recovery, S. 133, 2009
- The purpose of all this is to create a safe context, a safe orientation, and a safe space in which to do our spiritual work because in spiritual work, we commit ourselves to certain goals and purposes as a result of our intention, and certain things will come up during that process. Frequently, one cause of spiritual crisis is that the person forgets they initiated a process through their own intention, and their experience is a result of having asked the question, made the commit-
ment, and aligned themselves with a search for the truth. Healing and Recovery, chapter 5 "Spiritual First Aid", S. 154, 2009
- Another difficulty now arises in spiritual work and brings about crises and conflicts, which is the use of the term 'ego' in a pejorative, 'make wrong' kind of way. People will say, "Well, that is only ego." In looking at this from the viewpoint of Truth, we can see there is no such thing as 'just ego'. It would mean that there is some place where God is not. All positions represent ego, and the ego is then superimposed on that which is not ego. Healing and Recovery, S. 165, 2009
- To safely do spiritual work and avoid crisis, it is necessary to reaffirm, look within, and discover one's own innocence.
It really is not safe to do spiritual work unless one has a glimpse of that innate naive innocence and keeps
one eye on it at all times, because that so one does not get lost
in the swamp. Healing and Recovery, S. 166, 2009
- The critical point in all spiritual work is the capacity to be willing to tell the truth. Very often that truth is "I don't know," and out of the "I don't know" comes the willingness to surrender to God. The truth comes about through the act of surrender. The truth is not 'causing' the pain, and it is a mistake to worship the pain and think that suffering is therefore the royal road to Enlightenment. It is by realizing that the suffering within oneself is not due to the truth but to the unwillingness to let falsehood go. It is by surrender to God that the truth is revealed.
Healing and Recovery, S. 170, 2009
- Historically, it has been a special occasion when a realization of the truth has arisen, but that is not at all necessary;
it is only one type of experience. Actually, this is the nature of spiritual work all the time. The person who is involved
in spiritual work is always looking at what is occurring in life, see it as the teacher, the grist for the mill. What is hap-
pening represents that which is being worked on, so an acute catastrophe could just be a continuation of the
process that is going on anyway. As a result, the persona who is intensely involved in spiritual work would then
see it as a golden opportunity, painful and regretful perhaps, but one of great benefit. The essential nature of
spiritual work is to remain focuses on what arises from instant to instant and become aware of 'what' is
experiencing and where it is being experienced. Healing and Recovery, S. 258-259, 2009
- Spiritual work involves
- withdrawing attachment to, or
- identification with content – and then
- progressively realizing that one's reality is context.
The briefest explanation is that the self is content and the Self is context.
- The basic purpose of spiritual work and dedication is to transcend the innate evolutionary limitations of the ego and thereby access and develop the nascent capacity of consciousness itself, which bypasses all the limitations of the ego/self. Truth then presents itself by virtue of Divine Grace. Divinity reveals Itself to those who call upon It in
God's time. The pace of spiritual evolution can seem slow, but spiritual endeavor is never futile. Progress can
become very sudden and very major in dimension and impact. Along the Path to Enlightenment. 365 Reflections
from David R. Hawkins, edited by Scott Jeffrey, Reflection of December 4th, January 2011
- It is helpful to remember that neither Truth nor enlightenment is something to be found, sought, acquired, gained, or possessed. That which is the Infinite Presence is always present, and its realization occurs of itself when the obstac-
les to that realization are removed. It is therefore not necessary to study the truth, but only to let go of that which is fallacious. Moving away the clouds does not cause the sun to shine but merely reveals that which was hidden all
along. Spiritual work, therefore, is primarily a letting go of that which is presumably known for that which
is unknown – with the encouragement that the effort is more than well rewarded from others who have realized
the Infinite Presence. Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self. Contemplations from the Teachings of David R. Hawkins,
M.D., Ph.D., edited by Scott Jeffrey, Hay House, August 2011
- Realization is a progressive process. Spiritual progress is hastened by understanding the true nature of the ego. It is not an enemy to be attacked or defeated, nor is it an evil to be vanquished. It is dissolved by compassionate understanding. Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self. Contemplations from the Teachings of David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., edited by Scott Jeffrey, chapter 1 "Nature of the Ego",
S. 4, quote 2, Hay House, August 2011
- Cease to identify with the body/emotions/mind as "me." Be truthful and admit that they are yours but not you. This may sound artificial, strange, foreign, and unnatural in the beginning; yet the basic reality is that it is a truth of higher order, which makes it a very powerful and formidable tool. The mind will try to deny this reality as well as truth (that’s what it is supposed to do") because Truth is intuited as its nemesis. Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self. Contemplations from the Teachings of David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., edited by Scott Jeffrey, chapter 3 "Pathway of Mind", S. 60, quote 4, Hay House, August 2011
- One-pointedness of mind means
- to focus on the crest of the wave of witnessing/experiencing,
- plus being willing to surrender perceived loss or gain.
- The illusion is that one struggles with spiritual growth by one's own effort, but in fact, we are pulled into greater awareness by the Will of God expressed as the Holy Spirit and all that is necessary is to allow it to happen by surrendering completely. For truly only God is God. Teddy and Otis Carnie, Synopsis and Study Guide to Power vs. Force. An Anatomy of Consciousness, Part III, "Realization of the Presence of God", S. 2, Veritas Publishing, Sedona, Arizona, 8. June 1996
- To differentiate perception from essence is what spiritual work is all about. Interview Conversations about the Teacher and the Student, Part III of III, presented by the dissolved US American Four Corners Magazine, Pamela Becker, August/September 2007
- Question: So you don't have to practice Zazen anymore?
Answer: No, those are methods of quieting the mind, and as you release the mind becomes automatically quiet. You don't need artificial means. I've gone all through mantras and meditations and swinging and singing and jumping and I've done them all. And they are artficial means, they are artifical means of quieting the mind, they are artificial. To chant to yourself over and over trying to drift off into almost a hypnotic state of mental quietude is an artificial state. And the minute you get off, the minute you uncross your legs and stand up and go back into the world the chaos in your head starts again. So it's unnatural and it doesn't work. I want my mind to be silent because there is nothing pressing, nothing I have to get, because I'm not coming from lack. I have it all, there is no point to go out into the world and get what is already mine. So I'm released from it. Audio interview, presented by the US American radio station Voices and Visions, 1980
- Question: How to get to consciousness level of the high 500s?
- Serious spiritual work is a continuous willingness to let things go as they arise. […] The letting go, the willingness to surrender wanting to control everything as it arises, the willingness to surrender wanting to change
it, have it your way, the refusal to surrender it to God.
Sedona Seminar Devotion: The Way to God Through the Heart, DVD 2 of 3, minute 0:34:00-0:45:00, 27. September 2002
- I want to make that clear so that you can’t complain that spiritual work has not worked for you, because it is a profound commitment. If you are doing the Course in Miracles let us say, it means you got to forgive all the time continuously, no matter what. Doesn’t mean you can make an exception here or an exception there. It means continuously, because the one or two things you hide behind is usually a stack, that is why you are hanging on to it. Sedona Seminar Devotion: The Way to God Through the Heart, DVD 2 of 3, minute 0:34:00-0:45:00, 27. September 2002
- What is surrendered is the willfulness, the will. And so all spiritual work is really surrendering one's will to
God, one's will to God. 'I want this side to win, I want that side to win' you know. So there's a willfulness. So what
one is surrendering is one's willfulness, that the world should be different than it is. There's absolutely no reason at
all that the world should be different than it is; there's not one single reason this world should, or needs to, be dif-
ferent than it is. Should it be different than you perceive it? Well, that's different! So the best thing to do is not
change the world, but change how you perceive it. Think of all the work you'll save yourself!
Sedona Seminar Realization of the Self: Final Moments, DVD 3 of 3, minute 27:45, 14. December 2002
- Spiritual work eventually takes you to a point where the power of the spiritual level begins to pull you up. You
don't choose to become spiritual; it chooses you. The closer you get to the magnet, the more powerfully the
iron filing is pulled to it. Sedona Seminar Realization of the Self: Final Moments, DVD 3 of 3, 14. December 2002
Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him: "God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!" We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon ourselves utterly to Him.
Alcoholics Anonymous – The Big Book online, S. 63, 1st edition 1939, 4th edition 2001
- If you do the 3rd step of the 12 step program continuously that's all you ever have to know or do. It saves you a lot of lifetimes if you listen to that one. Tustin, Arizona, Seminar Title unknown, 22. November 2003
- Spiritual evolution is effortless. Like a cork floating in the ocean. To be that what you are in supplication to Divinity already summons forth the Infinite Powers of the universe on your behalf. You don’t have to do anything else. That, which you have become is like a cork. And you automatically rise. Not because there's a 'me' doing a 'that'. But by virtue of that, which you have become, one floats higher and higher in the water. Effortlessly. To me, spiritual work is effortless; it's a decision, it's a commitment, it's an intention. That intention then aligns you with whatever you need to be aligned with. A decent regret takes care of the past. Trust, faith and sur-
render takes care of the future. And in the present moment you don't have any problems. Consequently, what would the mind think about? [Hawkins place his forefinger on his forehead] "What would you think about, mind? You probably fight for existence. Are you gonna fight for existence?" That which has no reality doesn't have to be killed. "I don't have to kill you, mind! You don't even exist!" I've got a beat before it starts!
Sedona Seminar Thought and Ideation, 3 DVD set, 28. February 2004
- A life lived as a prayer, one's life lived as a contemplative style, is, to me, the most rapid and rewarding means of spiritual evolution. To be aware at all times of that what you are, to be what you are like a mudra – you know what a mudra is? It is a hand position – so that your life itself is a presentation to God as you are.
"I am as I am to Thee O Lord and to Thee do I surrender that which I have become."
Other than that, what would you have to do? There is nothing further to do. One lives one's life like a mudra.
So to pray then, one holds one's consciousness thusly. The Holy Spirit
knows what you mean by that. Sedona Seminar Thought and Ideation, 3 DVD set, 28. February 2004
- One, more or less lets go and becomes that what you seek, because that, what you seek, is not different from that, what you discover. So, spiritual work is merely being thus [mudra]. It's the ultimate yin posture.
To get to the ultimate yin post-
ure, you go through a spiritual night – the ultimate yang posture. And you kill people for Jesus [laughing], you kill in-
fidels. You hate evil. [...] EVIL! [laughing]. But those are all the archetypes we go through as we evolve spiritually. You see, to cross over 200 is merely an intention. Sedona Seminar Thought and Ideation, 3 DVD set, 28. February 2004
- Hold youself as unlimited. Look at yourself as a magnet, see yourself as magnetic attracting that which you value. What is held in mind as a wantingness tends to be repelled. If you see it because you appreciate it and love its value, then it tends to come to you. As a magnet, you don’t have anything to defend. That which you value, you tend to become. Sedona Seminar Identification and Illusion, 3 DVD set, 14. August 2004
- Question: Some days everything flows with beauty but there are good days and bad days.
* If you're serious about spiritual work, realize that this is not a game, not an intellectual game. Once you start pulling in the power of Divinity by supplication, by declaration 'I surrender my life to Thee, Oh Lord. I pray to be Thy servant.' Wow. Wow. You just did something. Life ain't the same. The consequences are different. The sequence of options, that comes up, is different. You just put a different program on your set. When you do that, always be aware that you may have to make, as a consequence, some adjustment later in life. Yeah, you may. Also, how do you want things handled? [Laughter.] People think, 'Isn't that presumptuous?' No, it's not presumptuous because it's more or less like taking down a glacier, see. Spiritual work [...] you're nice to people all the time. That's like the sun coming down and melting the snow of the glacier. A little a day, everyday, a little of the glacier melts off and trickles down the side of the mountain
and it keeps doing this. Now what's holding up the glacier is getting weaker and weaker. What's left of the glacier, the
pure weight of it – now – it wasn't a problem before. But you can see, it's a pending disaster... in the eyes of the world.
Sedona Seminar Vision, DVD 1 of 3, minute 102:45, 25. February 2005
- Answer: What is happening when it is a bad day – it’s something coming up which you need to process. It brings up what you need to work on. Sometimes you get above your karma and everything is nice. You are temporarily
above your karma. Your Self wants to see you continually progress so it brings up more stuff! A new stack of pan-
cakes! If you look at the disturbance that comes up, and why, then that will disappear. Then the next thing will come
up. It's a process! Sedona Seminar Transcending Obstacles, 3 DVD set, 3. September 2005
- Don't forget my own evolution took years. Persistence is what pays off, eventually it (the 'I'/doer/experiencer) runs out. Now you see the peculiar thing about the whole thought of 'I': you'll see that the experiencer is trying to constantly fortress the reality of something separate called 'I'. So when you say 'I', in a way you're talking about greediness, greediness for claim. The 'I' intrinsically is craving and it claims authorship and ownership, and it's constantly looking
to reinforce itself. The reason it has to constantly reinforce itself is because it's based on an illusion. [...] It's always claiming that 'I' did this 'I' thought that. If you meditate on the concept 'I' period, just do nothing but hold 'I' and be with
'I'. 'I'-ness and see what happens [...] stay with 'I'-ness, the sense of it, the feelingness, the location stay with 'I'-ness
and see what happens. [...] 'I' not your thoughts about 'I' but the essence of 'I' then you will see you will dissolve
and you will be left with that out of which 'I'-ness arises. Sedona Seminar Perception vs. Essence, DVD 3 of 3, 22. April 2006
- Question: Do I have your sponsorship and blessings?
Answer: The work itself sponsors you. The truth of the work sponsors you. You don't need a personal person. You need the truth of the teachings. That's the sponsor. The sponsor is the truth.
Long Beach Seminar Live Your Life Like a Prayer, Southern California, DVD 2 of 3, minute 56:00, 18. November 2006
Changing behaviors works best by not controlling them but by simply observing them.
- The first thing a lot of teachers teach is to watch the mind. Nisargadatta Maharaj that was his main dictum. To watch the mind, just witness the mind, don't try to do anything don't try to change it just watch it because out of watching it you become subtly and intuitively aware of what changes need to be made.
The way to alter behavior is not to try to force a change of behavior but to just begin to tabulate what you behaviors are. At the end of the day if you tabulate something you're trying to control in your life – hm! – don't try and control it, just tabulate it. If you tabulate it day after day after day, you'll notice the behavior automatically begins to change. Hahaha. It begins to change, just by observation.
If you notice that you never say thank you to a clerk in the store, don't try and change it and become friendly now, the heck with that, just say this week I was friendly three times [...] out of twenty two visits, oh! Now don't try and change it because of that at all. Next week tabulate it again, and by the end of a year you'll find you become friendly all the time without forcing yourself.
You see so many people try to force behavioral changes. There's a much easier way and that's using quantum mechanics and the power of observation. The power of observation is such that if you keep documenting a certain behavior, the documentation alone will change that behavior.
Sedona Seminar Experiential Reality, DVD 1 of 3, 51:45 minutes, 18. February 2006
- Question: Periodically I get this sense of doubt [...] and I get scared [...] Why does that sense of doubt, and the feeling of less than come up? [...] I surrender it and surrender it.
Answer: Oh, you are unworthy, you're just a punk. How God tolerates you is beyond me. [Huge laughter] Well because doubt is very common. [...] It's a normal thing for this to come up. Don't forget you are working through stacks of karma and in those stacks there was the denial of Spiritual Reality, denial of God, etc.. [...] So this time when the doubt comes up you have to reject the doubt. And you ask for the truth of Divinty, ask the Holy Spirit for a miracle to see how it is in Truth. [...] You take the 11th step and ask God to help you to see it through prayer and meditation.
Prescott Seminar Spirituality: Reason and Faith, 3 DVD set, minute 2:56:00-2:56:58, 26. January 2008
Zitate von anderen Quellen
Warum nennt ihr mich dauernd "Herr!", wenn ihr doch nicht tut, was ich euch sage? Jesus, Lukas 6, 46 (NT)
Quotes by various other sources
- In my life, I have found that spiritual work is not only "inner work," but the spiritual courage to persevere in the face of those who either tell us that only what they consider "traditional" is moral or, alternately, that we must not be too judgmental, that we must not polarize, that even the most horrible things in our world somehow are manifestations of the divine. And I have found that this spiritual courage can be the source of enormous satisfaction, indeed, of joy.
Riane Eisler, Ph.D., J.D. (*1931) Austrian-born US American scholar, cultural historian, systems scientist, partnership researcher, activist, attorney, educator, writer, Spiritual Courage, adapted from The Power of Partnership. Seven Relationships that will change your life, New World Library, 2002, March 2003
- We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Will Durant (1885-1981) US American historian, philosopher, writer, The Story of Philosophy, Simon & Schuster, 1926; paraphrasing not citing Aristotle [LoC 498] (384-322 BC) classical Greek pre-Christian philosopher, physician, scientist, misogynist
- If you do not struggle hard to apply every word of it in your daily life, don't complain that you have made no progress.
All real progress is irreversible. Ups and downs merely show that a teaching has not been taken to heart and trans-
lated into action fully. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj [LoC 720] (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the advaita vedānta tradition, cited in: InnerQuest
- The very facts of repetition, of struggling on and on and on and of endurance and perseverance, in spite of boredom and despair and complete lack of conviction are really crucial. They are not important in themselves, but the sincerity behind them is all-important. There must be a push from within and pull from without.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj [LoC 720] (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the advaita vedānta tradition, I Am That. Talks with Sri Nisargadatta, Acorn Press, 1973, June 1990
- Understand this if nothing else: spiritual freedom and oneness with the Tao are not randomly bestowed gifts, but the rewards of conscious self-transformation and self-evolution. Hua Hu Ching. The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu, translated by Brian Walker, verse 65, HarperOne San Francisco, 1995, revised edition Harper Collins, 4. August 2009
- For the rest of your life to be as meaningful as possible, engage in spiritual practice if you can. It is nothing more than acting out of concern for others. If you practice sincerely and with persistence, little by little, step by step you will gradually reorder your habits and attitudes so as to think less about your own narrow concerns and more about others' – and thereby find peace and happiness yourself.
H.H. 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso [LoC 570] (*1935) Tibetan monk, leader of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" branch of Tibetan Buddhism, Peace Nobel Prize laureate, 1989, Facebook comment 28. September 2010
Phrases like "I'm always ...", "I will/did never ...", "I blame you/myself ...", "I should ...", "I should have ...",
"I deserve ...", "I'm entitled to ...", "I'm special ..." hinder the spiritual path.
- You are not allowed to use the words: "Always", "Never", "Blame", "Deserve", "Entitled", "Special". Nothing is special about you [anybody]. Audio presentation by Caroline Myss Myss.com (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, mystic, medical intuitive, bestselling author, How Times of Change Influence Your Sacred Contracts, sponsored by "Celebrate your Life" conference, Phoenix, Arizona, archived in Myss Digital Media, minute 1:04:54, 1:18:19 duration, 5.-8. November 2010
- It is difficult to retain what you may have learned unless you should practice it.
[Lat.: Difficile est tenere quae acceperis nisi exerceas.]
Pliny the Younger [Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus] (61/62-112/115 AD) Ancient Roman lawyer, author, magistrate,
cited in: AZ Quotes
- The Real Work
It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.
Wendell Berry (*1934) US American academic, cultural and economic critic, farmer, man of letters, Standing by Words. Essays, 1982 essay Poetry and Marriage. The Use of Old Forms, 1983, Counterpoint, paperback issue 12. July 2011
Index: Spirituelle Arbeit / Spiritual work – Bücher von D. Hawkins
- Das All-sehende Auge, S. 69, 137, 165, 168, 169, 179, 182, 183, 187, 199, 200, 205, 279, 296, 325, 327, 346, 419
- Licht des Alls, S. 91, 102, 134, 150, 151, 167, 168, 172, 311, 316, 401, 435, 438, 486
- Healing and Recovery, chapter 2 Assisting Healing, S. 50, 1st paragraph-S. 51 Instruction on processing negative patterns.
Index: Audio- und Videomedien (engl.) von und mit D. Hawkins
- Video Sedona Seminar Serenity, August 2005 – The Obligation Is To The Work And Not Personal Gain, YouTube film,
1:40 minutes duration, posted by SpiritualBuzz 13. July 2012
- Video Long Beach Seminar Live Your Life Like a Prayer, 3 DVD set, Southern California, 18. November 2006 – "You cannot force the sun to shine brighter than it is.", YouTube film, 5:27 minutes duration, posted by deslatteable 26. May 2012
"Don't try to cause anything or bring on any kind of state of consciousness. Just remove that which you observe to be negative." Minute 5:15
- Video Sedona Seminar Belief, Trust and Credibility, 14. June 2008
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