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“We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become.”
David R. Hawkins
“Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others.”
David R. Hawkins
“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.”
David R. Hawkins
“The more we give love, the greater our capacity to do so.”
David R. Hawkins
“I just realized that I don't have to have an opinion about everything--what a relief!”
David R. Hawkins
“The person who suffers from inner poverty is relentlessly driven to accumulate on the material level.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“Enlightenment is not something that occurs in the future, after 50 years of sitting cross-legged and saying “OM.” It is right here, in this instant. The reason you’re not experiencing this state of total peace and timelessness is because it is being resisted. It is being resisted because you are trying to control the moment. If you let go of trying to control your experience of the moment, and if you constantly surrender it like a tone of music, then you live on the crest of this exact always-ness. Experience arises like a note of music. The minute you hear a note, it’s already passing away. The instant you’ve heard it, it’s already dissolving. So every single moment is dissolving as it arises. Let go of anticipating the next moment, trying to control it, trying to hang on to the moment that has just passed. Let go clinging to what has just occurred. Let go trying to control what you think is about to occur. Then you live in an infinite space of non-time and non-event. There is an infinite peace beyond description. And you are home.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“Pain tells us that we have put our survival onto something that is a violation of some principle of consciousness.”
David R. Hawkins, Healing and Recovery
“Handling an emotional crisis leads to greater wisdom and results in lifetime benefits. Fear of life is really the fear of emotions. It is not the facts that we fear but our feelings about them. Once we have mastery over our feelings, our fear of life diminishes.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“the truly humble cannot be humbled. They are immune to humiliation. They have nothing to defend. There is no vulnerability and, therefore, the truly humble do not experience critical attacks by others. Instead, a truly humble person sees the critical verbalization by another person as merely a statement of the other person’s inner problems.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“Repressed and suppressed feelings require counter-energy to keep them submerged. It takes energy to hold down our feelings. As these feelings are relinquished, the energy that had been holding down the negativity is now freed for constructive uses.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“The other person merely mirrors back what we are projecting onto them.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“Greatness is the courage to overcome obstacles.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“we hang on to pain. It certainly satisfies our unconscious need for the alleviation of guilt through punishment. We get to feel miserable and rotten. The question then arises, “But for how long?”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“Spiritual evolution occurs as the result of removing obstacles and not actually acquiring anything new.”
David R. Hawkins
“The world can only see us as we see ourselves.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“One’s fate, obviously, will either be for the better or for the worse, depending on the choices made by the spiritual will.”
David R. Hawkins, The Eye of the I from Which Nothing is Hidden
“In contrast, nonattachment allows full participation in life without trying to control outcomes.”
David R. Hawkins, The Eye of the I from Which Nothing is Hidden
“Emotions themselves are actually the cause of the basic fear that drives everyone to seek security constantly.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“It is said that most people spend their lives regretting the past and fearing the future; therefore, they are unable to experience joy in the present.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“If you think a guilty thought and have somebody test your muscle strength, you will see that the muscle instantly goes weak. Your cerebral hemisphere has become desynchronized and all of your energy meridians are thrown out of balance. Nature, therefore, says that guilt is destructive.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“Desire, especially strong desire (e.g., cravingness), frequently blocks our getting what we want.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“choose not to buy into a negative belief system. How does this work in everyday life? Let’s take a common example. The newspapers report unemployment is at a record high. The television news commentator states: “No jobs are available.” At this point, we are free to refuse to buy into the negative thought form. We can say instead, “Unemployment does not apply to me.” By refusing to accept the negative belief, it now has no hold over our own life.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way” (Frankl, [1959]”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“In any situation which involves suffering, we have to ask ourselves: “How long am I willing to pay the cost? What were the karmic propensities to begin with? How much blame is enough? Is there a time to call an end to it? How long will I hang on to it? How much sacrifice am I willing to pay to the other person for their wrongs, real or imaginary? How much guilt is enough? How much self-punishment is enough? When will I give up the secret pleasure of the self-punishment? When does the sentence come to an end?” When we really examine it, we will always find that we have been punishing ourselves for ignorance, naïveté, innocence, and lack of inner education.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“If we let go of guilt, we will see innocence; however, a guilt-ridden person will see only evil. The basic rule is that we focus on what we have repressed.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“Psychotherapy seeks for an improvement in neurotic balance. Letting go, however, eliminates it all together.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“When we really examine it, we will always find that we have been punishing ourselves for ignorance, naïveté, innocence, and lack of inner education.”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
“The evolution of consciousness requires a wide range of opportunities and a playing field that affords almost unlimited options for development. If human life represents a learning process, then society is the ideal school that affords an extremely wide range of options for numerous levels of consciousness to develop, progress, define, identify, and grasp endless subtleties as well as learn more gross lessons. The ego is extremely tenacious and therefore often seems to require extreme conditions before it lets go of a positionality. It often takes the collective experience of millions of people over many centuries to learn even what appears upon examination to be a simple and obvious truth, namely, that peace is better than war or love is better than hate.”
David R. Hawkins
“In acceptance, there is a decreased preoccupation with “doingness,” a growing focus on the quality of beingness itself,”
David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender

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