Hawkins / 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':
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, (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:
By means of writing forewords he supported various authors:
D. Hawkins favored Thought Field Therapy
Sharing many of the beliefs of the New Thought movement
Originally excerpted from en.Wikipedia entry titled David R. Hawkins
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Dr. David Hawkins (1912-2012) 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.
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.
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.
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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 ⇑
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) ⇑
14 D. Hawkins, Chicago Seminar, 10. April 2004 ⇑