Written By: David R. Hawkins, M.D. Ph.D.
Top Review by Len Cooper
Babies and young children have an inherent desire to learn and develop. As we get older, the distractions of life cause us to drift from the pursuit of knowledge and overall enlightenment. Consequently, the pressure to merely survive has a tendency to stunt our growth and, therefore, hinders our ability to obtain higher levels of consciousness. According to Hawkins, we will most likely only increase our consciousness calibration by 5 points during our life-time. His perspective, in my opinion, raises more questions than answers: Regardless of our personal development pursuits, should we conclude that we have no possible ability to go from a consciousness level 200 to 300 or 300 to 400 etc? If a mind-altering drug can remove negative filters to expose people to temporary euphoria, shouldn’t the mind also condition itself to remove negative filters to cause us to calibrate at a higher level? In America, there are large numbers of rags-to-riches examples of people who beat the odds of their negative surroundings; were they already calibrating at a higher level? Do people who are born calibrating at a lower level, but have an intense white-hot desire to improve merely grow 5-35 points? I wholeheartedly reject that belief. I believe we have a much higher capacity to improve.
However, I do completely agree that most people will miss the opportunity to increase their consciousness because of the biggest hindrance to growth. This hindrance allows us to make excuses to justify why we are not winning. This hindrance makes us believe our own lies and interpret those lies as unchangeable truths. I’m not sure about you, but I have fallen victim to its glamorous seduction many times. That hindrance is denial. Denial is a device craftily used by our intellect to create a self made, and invisible prison cell that keeps us frustrated when one tries to figure out why he or she is not winning in life.
We all have the capacity to increase our conscious calibrations throughout our lives if we purposefully and consistently personally develop. I believe that our only chance to tap into power is to: (1) surrender our ego and pride; (2) stop believing our excuses; (3) acknowledge that our fears are imaginary; and (3) allow love, joy, peace, and the other gifts of the Spirit to serve as our life-long compass.