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Book review: The Eye of the I

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A fascinating premise — that we create our own unhappiness by judging the people and events around us. By finding this thing lacking or that thing pleasing, we make a choice to be dissatisfied if things don’t go our way — don’t behave as we wish, don’t fit our description of “good” and “bad.” “Change your mind, and you change the world.”

But author David Hawkins in his book, The Eye of the I, says even more — that we attract to us the same energy fields that we give out. Hawkins is one of many people who have had a near-death experience (though his history is even more astounding), and he has come back to tell us what he saw/heard/felt/experienced/and knows now.

All is as it is meant to be; all is perfect. Every human being is growing and learning — though we’re all in different stages. And the end, for every one of us, is enlightenment — a state of peaceful bliss in complete union with the love of God. And he cautions that it is not for anyone to judge those who are still emanating and attracting lower energy fields — that these souls/spirits are exactly where they need to be and that everything that happens in their lives (all of which is illusion anyway — because our bodies and minds are not who we really are at our deepest core) is another opportunity for them to learn and evolve — and that we were all once at that stage. It sounds a lot like the process of human growing up.

In other words, life on earth is a school where we spirits are invited to peel off the layers of ego and fear and scarcity and reveal our true essence, which we share with God. He says that some mind-altering substances can help temporarily drop the layers away, and then the “high” is really the joy of momentarily experiencing the true Self. He says it’s that joy that people continue to seek and become addicted to, though they often attribute the high to the substance itself.

He also says that the human mind is completely unable, of itself, to tell truth from falsehood. That when we look back in history from our vantage point of today, many things that everyone believed to be absolutely true back then have now been proven completely untrue. It does make you wonder about getting too dogmatic about anything. Who would have believed twenty years ago that were such things as nanotubes, formed of tiny, virtually invisible molecules (1/10,000th of the diameter of a human hair) that can make not only plastic and other materials much stronger, but that can do thousands of other good things, many of which are yet to be imagined. This stuff has been there all along — we just didn’t know about it.

Hawkins says there is a tool available with which people who have reached a certain level of consciousness can in fact determine the truth or falsity of a particular statement. It’s called kinesiology and it relies on a simple muscle testing technique (muscles go strong in the presence of a true thought or statement). Read more here.

Hawkins has used kinesiology to test the truth of a great deal of our body of human knowledge. Example, Islam as originally conceived “calibrates” (the word for assessing levels of consciousness) at a very high number (the top is 1000), but practitioners of Jihad calibrate at an extremely low level.

The answer to all our confusion and misery, says Hawkins, is what all the great sages have been telling us for all history — we must surrender our wills to God. Give up fear, “positionality” (judging good and bad), greed, and ego. Trust and know that the universe will provide. Oh, what a hard job that is for us humans. But the reward is immeasurable–we come to know God, that God is all, and that death, like life, is only an illusion.

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  • This book is the third in a series (first is Power vs. Force, second is, I think, Subjectivity vs. Reality). This guy’s a psychiatrist who’s been doing extraordinary things to help people for many years. But he doesn’t seek fame and PR the way some like Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer do.

    I am not skeptical about his philosophies at all. It’s my small hesitation about the infallibility of kinesiology you might be detecting.

    As to having no values, that’s not what the book is espousing. It’s saying we should suspend judgment about what we observe. That truth is both content and context–and that knowing content (the facts) without knowing context, you cannot determine truth. That we do not know all there is to know about what’s going on (context) for other people. That we can trust absolutely that what’s happening is what’s meant to be, and that all people are undergoing the life they need to live in order to grow beyond their current level of consciousness.

    The caveat about this book is that whether it will make any sense at all depends in great part on what you currently believe about death.

  • This books sounds like Ken Wilber, the four noble truths of Buddhism and Godhead all wrapped into one big burrito on conciousness.

    Good review, even though you sound somewhat sckeptical (and thats a good thing) If it werent for the fact I picked up 8 books at Chapters yesterday, I’d probably go pick it up… maybe at the next book binge.

  • So, do you agree with Hawkins? And if so, perhaps you can explain to us what the difference is between having no values and being dead.