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David R Hawkins
David R Hawkins, M.D, Ph.D is a psychiatrist, author, mystic and teacher. He is probably best known for his 1995 book Power Vs Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behaviour where he presents the findings of thirty years of studying using a methodology known as Applied Kinesiology . The book's basic thesis is the distinction between "power" and "force", which are here used with special meanings to this text. However, his influential 1979 tome, co-authored with Nobel-prizewinner Linus Pauling, entitled Orthomolecular Psychiatry is also influential and has the distinction of apparently being the first psychiatric text to consider the healing effect of nutritional supplmentation on patients suffering from mental illness.
Early Life Doctor Hawkins grew up in rural Wisconsin. He fought in World War Two doing duties as a minesweeper, which often brought him close brushes with death. After the war he studied psychiatry at the Columbia University.
Professional Life Soon after beginning professional life, he fell ill of "a progressive, fatal illness that did not respond to any treatments". At thirty-eight, he recounts that he gave up on the brink of death, and reports an enlightenment experience which altered his life completely. He later resumed clinical practice in New York where his tremendous success at healing helped grow his practice to more than fifty therapists and other employees. He remained silent about his enlightenment throughout this time.
His study of Applied Kinesiology began in the seventies, when he attended a lecture by John Diamond on the subject and observed potentials which he felt had been previously overlooked by past practicioners for describing and exactly and scientifically calibrating human consciousness and behaviour. The initial results of his studies were released in 1995 in Power Vs Force.
Dr Hawkins describes his spiritual teaching as devotional nonduality and lectures widely.
References Source: The Eye of the I, Hawkins, David R., 2001.
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