CHAPTER 2 The Resumption of Earthly Life

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Dr David R Hawkins, Book 2: ‘The Eye of the I, From Which Nothing is Hidden’

 

CHAPTER 2

The Resumption of Earthly Life

  1. The perceptual world had been replaced. Identity had shifted from being a limited subject (a personal ‘I’) to unlimited context. Everything was transformed and revealed beauty, perfection, love, and innocence. Everyone’s face shone forth with the glow of inner beauty. Every plant revealed itself as an art form. Each object was a perfect sculpture.
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  2. All exists effortlessly in its own place, and everything is sequenced in synchronicity. The miraculous is continuous. The details of life mysteriously accommodate themselves spontaneously. The energy of the Presence effortlessly accomplishes the seemingly impossible and brings about phenomena that the ordinary world would consider miraculous.
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  3. There was a period of several years during which what are ordinarily called psychic phenomena (the classical siddhis) occurred spontaneously with regularity. Such phenomena as clairvoyance, distant viewing (the ability to see what is ahead), telepathy, and psychometry were common. There was an automatic knowing of what people were thinking and feeling before they spoke. Divine love prevailed as the organizing power and was the all-present stage upon which all phenomena occurred.
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The Physical Body

  1. An extremely powerful energy ran up the spine and the back and into the brain where it would center, depending on where attention was focused. The energy then passed down over the face and into the region of the heart. This energy was exquisite and would sometimes flow out into the world where there was human distress.
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  2. One time, while driving down a remote highway, the energy began to pour out from the heart and go down the highway and around the next bend. From there the energy poured into the site of an automobile accident that had just occurred. The energy had a healing effect on everyone that it enveloped. After a short while, the energy seemed to have accomplished its purpose, and suddenly, it came to a stop. A few miles farther down the same highway, the same phenomenon began to recur. Again, a delicious, exquisite energy poured forth from the heart region and again went down the road about a mile and around another bend. There, another accident had just occurred. In fact, the wheels of the car were still spinning. The energy was pouring into the passengers. It was as if a channel for some angelic energy was transmitting to the people in distress who were praying.
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  3. Another time, the healing presence occurred during a walk down a street in Chicago. This time, the energy poured into a group of young men who were about to get into a fight. As the energy enveloped them, they slowly fell back and started to relax and laugh. They began to disband, at which point the energy flow stopped.
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  4. The energy aura that emanated from the Presence had infinite capacity. People wanted to sit near it because in that energy field, they automatically went into a state of bliss or a higher state of consciousness and experienced that feeling of divine love, joy, and healing. In it, disturbed people became calm and self-healed.
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  5. The body, which I had previously considered as ‘mine’, now healed itself of a variety of illnesses. Astonishingly, sight occurred without wearing glasses. The impaired vision had required trifocal glasses since the age of twelve. The capacity to be able to see without glasses, even at a distance, came on suddenly without warning and was a pleasant surprise. When it occurred, there was a realization that sensory faculties were a function of consciousness itself and not the body. Then the memory came back of an experience of being ‘out of the body’ during which the capacity to see and hear went with the ‘etheric’ body and was not connected at all with the physical body, which was some distance away in a different location.
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  6. It appeared that physical illness was really the result of negative belief systems and that the body could actually literally change as a result of the shift of a belief pattern. One is really subject only to what is held in mind. (It is a common observation that many people have recovered from almost every illness known to mankind by following spiritual pathways.)
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  7. The seemingly miraculous properties and capacity of the divine energy and the phenomena it brought about were intrinsic to that energy field and were in no way personal. They occurred spontaneously and seemed to be occasioned by some need somewhere in the world.
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  8. It was also interesting that many of the ordinary people who witnessed these phenomena handled it by going into denial and actually blanking out what they had just witnessed as it seemed to be completely outside the ego’s perceptual systems and belief of what was possible. If asked about the phenomena, the people quickly manufactured some rationalization, similar to patients who have been hypnotized and fabricate a plausible answer when asked to explain a post-hypnotic behavior. In contrast, people who were quite spiritually evolved accepted the occurrence of miraculous phenomena without comment as though it was a natural part of life.
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  9. After the major transformation of consciousness, the Presence determines all actions and events. A permanent alteration of consciousness establishes itself and is constantly present in its stillness and silence, even though the body talks and functions in the world. Over the years, with effort, there develops the capacity to focus on various levels as is required at the time to be able to function within the world. If allowed to, the silent Peace takes over completely and brings on a state of quiet, infinite joy. By withdrawing interest from the external world and the ordinary functions of perception, the infinite bliss state prevails and can only be curtailed by intense focus on the ordinary world. The Self is beyond time and form, and within it, the ordinary consciousness is potentially able to simultaneously function in a worldly manner.
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  10. There was a difficulty in considering the world of ordinary perception to be real and taking it seriously. This led to a sort of permanent capacity to see the world from a humorous viewpoint. Ordinary life seemed to be an endless comedy so that even seriousness itself was humorous. It became necessary to quell expressions of the sense of humor that some people were unable to accept because they were so deeply involved in the perceptual world of negativity.
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  11. Most people seem to have a vested interest in the negativity of their perceptual world and resist leaving it for awarenesses on a higher level. People seem to derive sufficient satisfaction from their endless anger, resentment, remorse, and self-pity to actively resist moving on to such levels as understanding, forgiveness, or compassion. There seems to be sufficient gain in negativity so as to perpetuate ways of thinking that are obviously illogical and self-serving, much as politicians distort the truth in order to gain votes, or criminal prosecutors suppress evidence of the innocence of the accused in order to obtain a conviction.
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  12. When these negative ‘gains’ are relinquished, the world becomes an endless presence of intense beauty and perfection, and love dominates all of life. Everything is self-luminous, and the joy of its divine essence shines forth, radiating through its all-present formlessness, which is expressed in the perceptual world as form. There is no further need to ‘know’ anything because there is no further need to know when one is actually all that exists. The mind in its ordinary state merely knows ‘about’. That is no longer necessary when one is everything that can be. The Identity, which replaced the former sense of ‘I’, has no parts or divisions. Nothing is excluded from its totality and its Allness. The Self has become the Essence, not different from the essence of everything. In nonduality, there is neither a knower nor that which is known because they have become one and the same. Nothing is incomplete. Omniscience is self-completion. There is no desire for the next second of experiencing that propels the ordinary mind, which, from moment to moment, always feels incomplete.
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  13. The sense of completeness prevails with the physical senses. Desire and anticipation disappear, and pleasure arises out of the activity itself. Because the experience of time has stopped, there is no experience of a succession of events to be anticipated or regretted. Each moment is total and complete within itself. The condition of beingness replaces all sense of past, present, or future so that there is nothing to anticipate or try to control. This is part and parcel of the profound state of peace and stillness. All needs and wants stop with the cessation of any sense of time. The Presence, with its infinite stillness, has displaced all mental and emotional activity. The body becomes self-propagating and merely another property of nature that functions by responding to the flow of conditions. Nothing moves or acts independently of the entire universe. In absolute concordance, all lives, moves, and has its existence in the absolute perfection, beauty, and harmony of All That Is.
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  14. Motivation as the basis for action disappeared. The phenomena of life were now of a different dimension and were observed as though one were in a different realm. Everything occurs of its own in the state of inner stillness and silence, activated by the love that expresses itself as the universe and everything in it. The beauty of life shines forth as infinite joy and happiness, infinitely peaceful and beyond emotion. The peace of God is so complete and total that there is nothing left to desire or want. Even ‘experiencing’ has ceased. In duality, there is an experiencer and, separately, that which is experienced. In nonduality, this is replaced by having become All That Is so there is no separation in time, space, or subjective experience between the experiencer and that which is experienced.
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  15. In the nonduality of awareness, even sequence no longer occurs, and awareness replaces experiencing. There is no longer the experience of ‘moments’, as there is only a continuous Now. Movement appears as slow motion, as though suspended outside of time. Nothing is imperfect. Nothing actually moves or changes; no events actually take place. Instead of sequence, there is the observation that everything is in a stage of unfolding, and that all form is only a transitional epiphenomenon created by perception and the observational habits of mentation. In reality, all comes into being as an expression of the infinite potentiality of the universe. Evolving states are the consequences of conditions but are not caused by them. Conditions account for appearances, and the phenomena as change are really the result of an arbitrary point of observation.
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  16. From the viewpoint of singularity, there appears to be multiplicity, but from the omnipresence of simultaneous multiplicity, there is only the singularity of oneness. Omnipresence obliterates any perceptual artifact of either singularity or multiplicity. In reality, neither condition exists. There is neither ‘here’ nor ‘there’; there is neither ‘now’ nor ‘then’; there is neither ‘past’ nor ‘future’; there is neither ‘complete’ nor ‘incomplete’, nor is there ‘becoming’ in that which is already and totally self-existent. Time itself is an arbitrary point of observation as is the speed of light. Our customary attempts to describe the universe can be seen not as a description of the universe but instead as a description of arbitrary points of observation and really as a map of how the ordinary mind works.
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  17. What is actually being described is not an objective, self-existent universe but merely the categories of mentation of the mind and the structures and forms of its sequential processing. The limitation of science, then, is preordained by the limitations imposed by the perceptual world of duality. Perception itself is self-limiting in that it can only know ‘about’ rather than know. Science is not expected to reach beyond the limits of perception nor should it be faulted for failing to do so. It can only take us to the threshold of awareness, which does not depend on perception at all. In actuality, science progresses by scientific intuition, with the logic and the proof coming afterwards. We customarily call these intuitive leaps creativity, which supersede logic and energize progress. Thus, discovery is the real mainspring of the evolution of society.
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  18. In the state of Awareness, the mind has become silent. Logical or sequential thought has stopped, and instead, there is silence and stillness, and a continuous, effortless unfolding and presentation as revelation. Knowingness unfolds of itself and the divinity of All That Is silently shines forth as self-evident and self-effulgent. All stands forth in complete and continuous revelation. There is no need to seek or get for everything already is in its totality and completeness. All seeming action takes place on its own.
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  19. There is no doer behind action in that the mythical entity that one had always assumed was the wellspring of experience had disappeared and dissolved into the absolute oneness of the universe. The Self, in its totality and completeness, is beyond and before all worlds, universes, or time, dependent on nothing and caused by nothing. The Self is beyond existence, neither subject to existence nor nonexistence, beginning nor ending, time nor space. It cannot even be included in the concepts of ‘is’ or ‘is not’. The Self is neither manifest nor unmanifest and is beyond any dimensions implied by such categorization of concepts.
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  20. The capacity to operate cogently in the world of ordinary experience required some major adjustments. There is a continuity and oneness between the ‘realms’ of duality and nonduality, and nonduality pervades all duality. The limitation within duality is really one of awareness. This limitation of awareness appears to be the consequence of focus.
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  21. Human beings are seen to be innocent due to their extreme unawareness and unconsciousness of their reality. In this state, they are run by programming and illusory belief systems. At the same time, the purity of spirit shines forth as their intrinsic beauty.
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  22. It might be said in modern terms that people are run by their ‘software programs’ of which they are unconscious. Each person is in the process of the evolution of consciousness, with some more evolved than others. Each one represents the unfolding of consciousness under different conditions and therefore has different levels of appearance. It is as though each person is caught in a certain level and cannot proceed to another level without the consent, decision, and agreement of the will. The intrinsic innocence is because, comparably, the person is like the hardware, and their actions and beliefs are like the software. The hardware is unaffected by the software programs that they are following blindly without awareness of significance or consequence of these actions. Classically, the unconscious software programs are called ‘karma’.
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  23. The state in which ordinary people operate does not imply any moral fault or defect but merely represents the possibilities of the fields of consciousness as they express themselves through each living entity. Although, in reality, there is neither ‘good’ nor ‘bad’, it is obvious that all actions have consequences. Behind the apparent differences, there is actually only the reality of the one Self shining forth as the source of life in all that lives; each entity lives in the stop frame of this instant, which is all there actually is beyond their awareness.
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  24. In nonduality, in no one instant can any such thing as a ‘problem’, ‘conflict’, or ‘suffering’ occur. These all arise in anticipation of the next instant or recall of the past. The ego appears to be the product of fear, and its purpose is to control the next instant of experience and ensure its survival. It seems to vacillate between fear of the future and regret over the past, and the desire and sense of time that repel action stems from the illusion of lack. With a sense of completion, desire ceases. That which believes it is finite fears for its survival for it is subject to time and the illusions of causality.
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  25. When the usual motivations of life disappeared, it became effortless. What had been the personality was now only a vague propensity that seemed to know how to mimic ordinary behavior from a recollection of those patterns, but its ongoingness stemmed from a different source. What had previously been considered to be personal was now obviously impersonal. For one thing, the real Self could not really explain itself to others. What to this Self was reality, rocklike, and substantial, when expressed in words, it sounded abstract or philosophical to ordinary people who were run by concepts and sequential thought patterns; what seemed mystical to the average person was merely concrete, subjective reality. It took effort to reenergize ordinary thought patterns in order to facilitate verbal communication. The real ‘I’ is beyond consciousness itself but can radiate down as the capacity to move out of bliss into worldly activity. Love becomes the sole motivator of the continuance of physical existence.
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  26. During the transition, the body felt a considerable strain as though the nervous system was having to handle more energy than it was originally designed to do. The body’s nerves often felt as though they were high-tension wires burning with high-voltage energy and current. This eventually required moving away from the big city and the life that went with it to a small town in the West that had, over the years, attracted people who were dedicated to a nonmaterialistic, spiritually oriented life. Now meditation could take the place of activity and the bliss state would return, resulting in what appeared to be an ascetic lifestyle only because there were neither needs nor wants. There was a time of even forgetting to eat, as though the body were very peripheral or perhaps not even in existence. One could pass a mirror and be surprised that there was even a body image there. There was no interest in the events of the world, a condition that lasted for some ten years of withdrawal from ordinary functioning in order to become adjusted to the spiritual state that had replaced the former consciousness.
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  27. One aspect of this state of awareness was the capacity to discern greater significances within phenomena than were ordinarily observed. Thus, the interesting clinical technique of muscle testing revealed the missing link and bridge between the mind and the body, and between the manifest and the unmanifest. That which is invisible could now easily be made visible. This clinical phenomenon transcended the autonomic nervous system or the acupuncture system as an explanation of the link between psyche and soma. It was obvious that the muscle-test response originated from the nonlocality of consciousness, and that its former limitation to the investigation of local phenomena was an expression of the limitation of perception of the clinicians or experimenters.
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  28. Although it is only because of nonduality that duality can be said to exist, muscle testing was the easiest and most practical phenomenon by which to take advantage of that reality. It became obvious that one could actually calibrate the different energy fields within consciousness and arrange them in a hierarchical scale, and when calibrated numerically, literally demonstrate the classical levels of consciousness as described since the beginning of time.
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  29. The most astonishing aspect of the phenomenon was its capacity to instantly register the difference between truth and falsehood. This quality was beyond time and space and bypassed the human psyche and the minds of the individuals involved. It was a universal quality of consciousness, just as protoplasm has the universal qualities of reactivity to stimuli. Protoplasm reacts involuntarily to noxious or beneficial stimuli and differentiates between the two. It withdraws from that which is antithetical to life and is attracted to that which supports it. With lightning-like speed, the muscles of the body go instantly weak in the absence of truth; they go strong in the presence of truth or that which supports life.
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  30. Everything in the world, including thoughts, concepts, substances, and images, calls forth a response that can be demonstrated as positive or negative. The response is not limited by time, space, distance, or personal opinion.
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  31. With this simple tool, the exact nature of everything in the universe, anywhere in time, could be explained and documented. All that ever is or was, without exception, radiates forth a frequency and a vibration as a permanent imprint in the impersonal field of consciousness and can be retrieved by this test through consciousness itself.
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  32. The universe stood revealed; secrets were no longer possible. It was apparent that “every hair on one’s head” could indeed and in fact be counted and that no sparrow could fall unnoticed. That “all will be revealed” had become a fact.
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Power Versus Force

  1. A testing procedure was tried on literally thousands of test subjects, both individually and in groups. The results were universally concordant, irrespective of the age or mental state of the test subjects. The applications of the discovery were obvious in the fields of clinical activity, research, and spiritual teaching.
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  2. The discoveries that ensued were recorded in the book, Power versus Force, as well as in a Ph.D. dissertation published as “Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis and Calibration of the Levels of Human Consciousness.” The purpose of the latter endeavor was to give additional credibility and scientific validation to the discoveries that were not explicable by ordinary human logic or the restrictions of Newtonian causality.
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  3. Although the numerical scale of consciousness is logarithmic and numerically presented, the fields of consciousness that are referenced are nonlinear and beyond the Newtonian paradigm of reality. The scale provides a link between the known and the unknown, between the manifest and the unmanifest, between duality and nonduality. The value of such a tool was so immense that many people went into paradigm shock when they first discovered this work. That anyone anywhere can instantly tell the truth about anyone, anything, or everything anywhere in time or space is a giant leap and can be disturbing at first to one’s sense of reality. Everyone thinks they are completely separate and that their thoughts are private.
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  4. One value of the research tool was that it could be used to check the truth and validity of its own research and experimental work. Thus, in Power versus Force, as in this book, every page, paragraph, sentence, clause, phrase, and chapter was calibrated. The book as a whole was also calibrated and found to be in the 800s, so the inference was that the energy of the book itself would accomplish its own spread and communication. And, as such, it did, all by itself, with no advertising or promotion. It spread to other countries and continents and into other translations. It eventuated into widespread interest and distribution and is used by study groups in colleges, universities, and research departments.
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  5. On the Map of the Scale of Consciousness (see AppendixB), the level 600 indicates the crossing over from the perceptual world of duality to the nonperceptual world of nonduality. Interestingly enough, the muscle test and response itself calibrate at 600. This means that its true nature cannot really be comprehended by most people, although everyone can learn to use it in a practical manner.
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  6. Interest in the book, Power versus Force, came primarily from spiritually interested people and groups as well as from healers and those interested in studying consciousness itself. Although the book defines very profound benefits from applying the technique to many areas of ordinary human life, thus far there has been very little interest from those areas of society that could benefit instantly and to a great degree by the use of the technique. Society has yet to discover its profound benefits.
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