Recommended Reading and Quotes: Any book by Dr. David R Hawkins


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David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.
David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.

Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkins M.D. Ph.D. (Jan 15, 2014)

Transcending the Levels of Consciousness: The Stairway to Enlightenment by David R. Hawkins (Oct 1, 2006)

Power vs. Force (Revised Edition): The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior by David R. Hawkins M.D. Ph.D. (Oct 1, 2012)

Healing and Recovery by David R. Hawkins M.D. Ph.D. (Jul 1, 1905)

The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing is Hidden by David R. Hawkins (Jun 23, 1905)
Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self: Contemplations from the Teachings of David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. by David R. Hawkins M.D. Ph.D. and Scott Jeffrey (Aug 1, 2011)
Along the Path to Enlightenment: 365 Daily Reflections from David R. Hawkins by David R. Hawkins M.D. Ph.D. and Scott Jeffrey (Feb 1, 2011)

Discovery of the Presence of God: Devotional Nonduality by David R. Hawkins (Jun 28, 1905)


Truth vs Falsehood: How to Tell the Difference by David R. Hawkins (Jun 27, 1905)

I: Reality and Subjectivity by David R. Hawkins M.D. Ph.D. (Mar 3, 2014)


When Pleasing Others Is Hurting You: Finding God’s Patterns for Healthy Relationships by David Hawkins (Jul 1, 2010)


The Discovery: Revealing the Presence of God in Your Life by David R. Hawkins (2007) – Unabridged


My favorite Dr. David R. Hawkins quotes:

“There is absolutely nothing in ordinary human experience to compare with the joy of the presence of the Love of God. No sacrifice is too great nor effort too much in order to realize that Presence.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, The Eye of the I, p. 289
“The readiness to initiate the journey cannot be forced nor can people be faulted if it has not occurred in them as yet. The level of consciousness has to have advanced to the stage where such an intention would be meaningful and attractive.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, The Eye of The I, pg.133
“Commitment to the highest spiritual goals tends to bring up the ego’s defects, which is to be expected.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, pg. 183
“The seeking of Enlightenment is a very major commitment, and is, in fact, the most difficult of human pursuits. It can be alternately arduous or exhilarating, exciting or tedious, demanding or inspiring. There are great breakthroughs as well as exasperating, seemingly impossible obstacles. It is to be expected that this pattern is par for the course.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, pg. 183
“The inspiration to evolve spiritually is already a manifestation of the presence of God within, and it’s certainly indicative of good karma. Just to want to know the truth, to evolve, to improve oneself, to become a better person, to fulfill one’s potential – those are all inspirations. And the person doesn’t make them up; they just come to them. It’s like an innate desire to fulfill your potential. That potential as one evolves becomes more and more identified in spirituality – the capacity to love, to forgive, to appreciate, to see the beauty in all that exists, to live in peace and harmony instead of discord and strife […] The only requirement is to do whatever you do to the best of your capacity and leave the rest up to God.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, Beyond the Ordinary web radio broadcast
( / Dr. Hawkins. shtml), February 10, 2004)
“Life is how you perceive it. The meaning of it is what you project out there. In and of itself, it doesn’t mean anything.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, The 2006 Sedona Satsang Series, January 11th, Disc 1 of 2)
“It is helpful to understand that if one is not happy with the present circumstances, the chances are that happiness will still be elusive when conditions change to meet one’s current desire. That is, if happiness is elusive now, it will continue to be so in the future because the ability to locate the source of happiness has not yet been found.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, pg. 190
“Desire is fueled by the illusion of lack and that the source of happiness is outside oneself and therefore has to be pursued or acquired. The importance of the object of desire is thereby inflated and overvalued by its symbolism and mystique. The pleasure of the sense of Self is blocked by desire. When that desire is fulfilled, the ego ascribes the resultant sense of joy to the acquisition of an external. However, this is a clever illusion because the actual source of the pleasure is that the block to experiencing the joy of the Self has been temporarily removed. The source of the experienced happiness is the radiance of the Self that shines forth when it is not shut off by an ego distress.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, pg. 189
“People hate me” stems from one’s own inner hatred. “People don’t care about me” stems from one’s narcissistic absorption with one’s happiness and gain instead of others. “I don’t get enough love” stems from not giving love to others.
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, pg. 22
“There is a great joy in the realization that one does not actually need anything at all to be happy […] at an advanced level the awareness of existence itself is sufficient.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, pg. 191
“You need to be right, you need to make money, you need to be successful – it’s the neediness that’s the problem. Instead, become that which attracts those things.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, Sedona seminar, August 14, 2004
“In the spiritual world, the basic dictum is “there are no justified resentments”. This statement is abhorred by the ego. “Oh yeah,” it says, “but what about so and so?”. It then goes through its laundry list and litany of horrors, violations or ‘rights’, injustices, presumptive arguments of ‘ethics’, ‘morality’, etc. Every counselor, sponsor, or professional is familiar with such recitations. To recover, the question one has to face is whether one wishes to cling to it (and thereby get the ‘juice’) or give it up. This is the point of decision, without which healing cannot occur”
— Dr. David Hawkins,(TLC, pg. 54)
“To let go of the known for the unknown requires great commitment, willingness, and devotion to surrendering one’s faith to God.”
– Dr. David Hawkins, The Eye of the I, p. 110
“The constant awareness of one’s existence as “I” is the ever-present expression of the innate divinity of the Self […] The truth of this identity is obscured by the duality created by perception and disappears when all positionalities are relinquished”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, pg. 129
“The attachment to love is really the trap (not love itself) and the barrier to enlightenment. In Reality, love is freedom, but attachment to love is a limitation.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, pg. 281
Q: How do I best care for my alcoholic sister?
A: You surrender her / it to God and let go of wanting to control it. Trying to intervene keeps someone in pain and robs them of karmic merit. […] If you intervene, you’re robbing her of karmic merit and of what she needs to know. She’s going to need to hit bottom, whether she knows it or not. Intervening actually increases her suffering, because every time you try to help, you change where she has to go to hit bottom; now she has to go even lower. Do you love her enough to surrender her to God? If she says, “I hate you, you’re deserting me, I’m going to kill myself,” you say, “Well, that’s between you and God.” You need the conviction, the first step in Al-Anon. Otherwise, you’re serving your own ego if you say, I’ve got to go in there and intervene.
— Dr. David Hawkins’ Sedona Seminar, April 17, 2004
“Ego is the persistence of animal instinct from an earlier part of the brain. The frontal cortex emerged later and allows thinking. However, the thinking is then used for animal goals […] We now have a rivalry and the quest for domination via the intellect, rather than teeth, claws, etc.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, Sedona Seminar, October 2003
“Never underestimate the ego’s wily strategies. The more realistic position is to respect its capacities and compassionately heal it. Once the ego is docile it is much more amenable to evaporating into the sunshine.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, pg. 330
“[…] the ego has to be first accepted as though it is a reality in order to be dealt with before it can be transcended. At the higher levels, the ego is seen to be an illusion, without any innate reality. […] A naive student might hear, for example, that the ego is an illusion and then presume that ‘I don’t believe in the ego. It’s just an illusion.’ At this point, it is actually the student’s ego that is making such a statement.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, pg. 329
Man is addicted to the payoffs of being right, blaming others, twisting the knife. […]Most would rather enjoy hating someone than to give it all up.
— Dr. David Hawkins, Sedona Seminar, October 2003
“The ego gets a grim pleasure and satisfaction from suffering and all the non-integral levels of pride, anger, desire, guilt, shame, and grief. The secret pleasure of suffering is addictive.[…] To stop the mechanism, the pleasure of the payoff has to be identified and willingly surrendered to God. Out of shame, the ego blocks out conscious awareness of its machinations, especially the secretiveness of the game ‘victim’.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, pg. 244
“Everyone gets a secret pleasure from resentments, from being the martyr or the victim, and from feeling misunderstood, unappreciated, etc.[…]To undo the ego, one must be willing to abandon this payoff game, with its grandstanding of emotions and repetitive rehashing of data and stories to justify its positions.[…] When the ‘inner juice’ is abandoned, it is replaced by inner peace.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, pg. 310-311
It’s willful to even insist that you’re going to be enlightened. Who wants to be enlightened? The ego. […] So surrender your personal will to God and pray, “I align myself with thee, O Lord, that I may be Thy servant, that I may fulfill my infinite potential to Thy glory.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, Sedona lecture‚ Feb. 2005
“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. […] 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. To be a perfect channel for God’s love is to surrender completely and to eliminate the goal-seeking of spiritual ego. Joy itself becomes the initiator of further spiritual work.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, Eye of the I, p. 35-36
“There is one basic saying in zen that one can rely on completely: Walkthrough all fear no matter what, committed to spiritual truth, no matter what.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, Sedona Seminar, December 2002
Dear God, on this day I ask to be a servant of the Lord, a vehicle of Divine Love, and a channel of God’s will. I ask for direction and Divine assistance and I surrender all personal will through my devotion. I dedicate my life to the service of God. I choose Love and Peace above all other options. I commit to the goal of unconditional Love and Compassion for all of life in all its expression and I surrender all judgment to God. Amen
“It is only the illusion of individuality that is the origin of all suffering.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, The Eye of the I, p. 297
Full acceptance […] does not mean becoming an apologist for grossly negative, destructive behavior. A bull may misperceive a bystander as a potential enemy, but that does not mean that one thereby allows oneself to be needlessly gored.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, Discovery of the Presence of God, p. 69
“A common spiritual error is made by holding God as the author of human suffering, which is actually the collective negative impact of the ego itself. This understandable error often results in atheism which refuses to believe in a God who is the source of evil. It is a mistake that is easily transcended by simply seeing that suffering is the consequence of the ego’s ignorance (falsehood) and misunderstanding of the true nature of Divinity. In other terminology, suffering is the consequence of linearity. Divinity is nonlinear and detectible as Universal Energy, the subjective essence of consciousness itself, and the primordial Source of existence.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood, p. 340
“With humility comes the willingness to stop trying to control or change other people or life situations or events ostensibly ‘for their own good’. To be a committed spiritual seeker, it is necessary to relinquish the desire to be ‘right’ or of imaginary value to society. In fact, nobody’s ego or belief systems are of any value to society at all. The world is neither good nor bad nor defective, nor is it in need of help or modification because its appearance is only a projection of one’s own mind. No such world exists.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, The Eye of The I
“The road to enlightenment is not for bleating sheep. To be offended signifies that one is defended, which, in itself, signifies the clinging to untruth. Truth needs no defense and therefore is not defensive; truth has nothing to prove.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, p. 323
“Write down all your faults. Write down all the faults others think you have, even if you think they’re liars. You take responsibility for it all. If you own it all, nobody has any way to attack you. If others attack you, it’s because you’re not owning something. Besides, there’s nothing wrong with being stupid and ugly. (Laughter). So we admit our faults, and we stop labeling them faults. We have to get over narcissistic sensitivity. All negative reactions are not caused by outside; it’s how we choose. The way to become bulletproof is to own anything that seems a fault. The way to overcome the ego’s reaction to that is to say, “I’m stupid and ugly. It doesn’t matter; God loves me.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, Sedona lecture on “Responsibility,” April / 2004
“The next core problem is the difficulty of letting go of emotional love – not because of the love itself but because of the attachment to that which is loved. We think that the loss of a love object brings grief, but actually, the grief is about the loss of the attachment itself, which is due to viewing the object of love as the source of happiness.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, p. 41
“Non-attachment is not the same as indifference, withdrawal, or detachment.[…]In contrast, non-attachment allows full participation in life without trying to control outcomes.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, Eye of the I, p. 145
The ego, or more accurately, the belief that one is the ego, obscures the Realization of the Reality of the Self as the Oneness of All That is. The dissolution of the ego results in liberation from the bondage of the illusions that create suffering.
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, p. 384
“Not knowing the highest good in a situation pray about something, not for something. Everyone is filling their own karmic destiny. You pray for someone to get sober. They don’t. They roll over in a car and they “get it” in the car and then they die. But they got it. From your viewpoint, they did not. Sometimes intervention prevents the person from learning the karmic lesson that the whole thing was set up to provide for!”
— Dr. David Hawkins, Sedona Seminar, December 2005
“Supplication is an act of humility. To lower levels of consciousness, prayer is an attempt to get something for self or others, such as a new car, a job, recovery from an illness, or special favors. With progress, this intention to control God is given up and the act of supplication becomes a dedication instead of a request. In war, both sides pray to win. With the progression of consciousness from selfishness to selflessness, the quality of prayer shifts to the willingness to be a servant of the Lord and a channel of His Will without trying to specify the what or the how it is to be done.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, Eye of the I, p. 138
“If you look at God as a Great Father or Great Mother, then S / He would delight in your enlightenment. God experiences the joy of His own Divinity, is both the pathway and the destination, both the traveler and the destination.
— Dr. David Hawkins, Q&A Satsang in Sedona, January 2007
To understand the nature of God, it is necessary only to know the nature of love itself. To truly know love is to know and understand God, and to know God is to understand love.
— Dr. David Hawkins, The Eye of the I, p. 88
“To surrender what one thinks they are to God does not leave one as ‘nothing’, but quite the contrary […]. Every identification is a limitation.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, p. 384
“Any self-designation or description is illusory. Even the statement “to be enlightened” is misleading and not a reality. The state is beyond ‘ being’ anything and there is no one to ‘be’ that condition.
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, p. 385
“If all actions are taking place spontaneously and not being caused by an inner doer, then the emergence of the ego is a spontaneous and impersonal phenomenon. Like any other expression of life, the belief in independence. self-existent, autonomous ‘I’ arose of its own – unasked, unwilled, unchosen, unbidden, and impersonal.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, p. 385
“The advance of truth doesn’t necessarily bring tranquil waters. In fact, it can disturb things for a while. You now have a new paradigm, and inherent in it is the downfall of the old.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, Sedona Seminar, October 2004
“Don’t call it anything, don’t label it anything. Keep your mind silent. You stay in touch with whatever you are experiencing, and you let go of resisting it. You are going to experience it, you are going to decompress it. You can do that with pain and any kind of suffering. The suffering is due to the resistance. If you keep surrendering to it you will undo it.
You let go of resisting the depression. You got to sit down and go through it. You’re holding baggage of it. The way to let go of a thing is to sit down and completely surrender to the energy of it. Don’t label it depression. You don’t have depression. Don’t label it lower feelings or any euphemism. Go into the phenomena itself. Don’t resist the phenomena, because there is only so much of it. It’s like a compressed energy thing. And as you stay in touch with it and experience it out, it will come to an end. Because it is not unlimited.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, November Satsang 2006, Disc 1 / 2, track 2
“The willingness to forgive others is reflected in our own capacity for self-forgiveness and acceptance.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, p. 113
“Compassion and forgiveness do not mean approval.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, p. 113
“True asceticism means stringent adherence to truth, and it means of the spirit and not the body. To become a pious, ragged, semi-starved, skin-and-bones entity is a self-indulgence and has nothing to do with Reality.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, p. 383
“It is rewarding to give up the attachment to the glamour of ‘being spiritual’, ‘holy’, or ‘special’. Truth has no trappings.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, p. 384
“In its broadest and most basic sense, renunciation means the discarding of illusion and the obstruction to the realization of truth and the Reality of God. Thus, all pathways to God renounce falsity and are devoted to that which radiates love, peace, holiness, compassion, forgiveness, mercy, and charity. It also means the choice of renouncing ignorance for Truth, darkness for light, and the temptations of the ego, such as hatred, anger, pride, malice, greed, and selfishness. Renunciation also means freedom from the dualistic trap of denunciation”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, p. 121

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