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FAQ

Contacting Dr. Hawkins


I would like to make an appointment to see Dr. Hawkins.

Dr. Hawkins has retired from his medical and psychiatric practices and is no longer taking patients. Your best opportunity to see him face-to-face is at his seminars during the question-and-answer period. We find the questions asked are always applicable to the entire audience at each gathering. It is frequently said, "You answered my question before I even got to ask it!"

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I would like to e-mail Dr. Hawkins a question.

Due to Dr. Hawkins' current writing and lecture commitments, he is no longer able to personally respond to the overwhelming number of inquiries he receives on a daily basis.

If your question is not listed on this page, please e-mail it to us and we will reply shortly.

Please limit your e-mail to one question in 100 words or less!

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May I submit my work to Dr. Hawkins for perusal and/or a potential endorsement?

Dr. Hawkins and the Institute staff are unable to review, evaluate, calibrate, publish, or endorse unsolicited materials due to the time constraints of his personal schedule and that of the staff.

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How can I become involved in Dr. Hawkins' work?

Begin by reading his books, watching his lectures, and applying the lessons in your daily life. Share the information you have learned with others. We teach others by allowing our lives to be an example of unconditional love, understanding, and compassion.

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I need advice on how to find the right spiritual teacher and what it should cost.

Dr. Hawkins is a spiritual teacher, not a guru, celebrating the process of enlightenment in his talks and writings. The healing can happen simply from receiving the truth of his message. Dr. Hawkins often says, "A true spiritual teacher is literally a 'Mind Healer'" The healing offered has nothing to do with money. It is the teacher's intention to offer tools for enlightenment - the "gift" is extended whether money is present or not." He also says, "If a teacher says you cannot receive the mind healing without giving money, he is not a spiritual teacher."

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"Artifact", Positionality", "Integrous", etc.: Where do these words come from?

Artifact is used in its customary but unique medical definition as something that is "foreign, false, or misleading." In medicine, an artifact is a fault that could be mistaken for the real, e.g., a residual stain or a speck of dust that, under the microscope, could be mistaken for a bacterium. The use of the term is therefore not the more common one that means an archeological object of antiquity; in this case, it means "spurious."

Integrous: A person with integrity. (From The Oxford English Dictionary [Second Edition], defined as "the adjectival form of 'integrity', meaning 'marked by integrity'.)

Positionality refers to the viewpoint from which a person makes a judgment or determination about a thing, person, idea, concept, etc., or forms an opinion about something. The plural form may include a group of opinions about general topics or a specific topic. One might substitute "position" but it does not "work" quite as well.

Substrate, from 'substratum':

  1. (a) An underlying layer; (b) A layer of earth beneath the surface soil; subsoil.
  2. A foundation or groundwork.
  3. The material on which another material is coated or fabricated.
  4. Philosophy. The characterless substance that supports attributes of reality.

Dr. Hawkins frequently modifies "standard" words to emphasize his writing. There are several words in his books that you will not find in standard dictionaries. In the editing process, we endeavor to keep the "voice" of Dr. Hawkins in his books. In his lectures, he sometimes uses these "unorthodox" terms and his audience would miss them if they were eliminated from the writing.

There is a purposeful repetition of certain themes and statements in the books. Each repetition is presented in a different context and sequence, thus providing clarification and emphasizing its overall importance.

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I am interested in working at the Institute for Advanced Spiritual Research.

The Institute for Advanced Spiritual Research is a non-profit organization that supports Dr. Hawkins' publishing company, Veritas Publishing, and his research. No classes or teaching positions are offered.

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What is the Institute for Advanced Spiritual Research?

The Institute for Advanced Spiritual Research is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, IRS tax exempt ID #94-2898927. The Institute is not open to the public and does not have accommodations for visitors or overnight guests. The Institute does not perform calibrations for others.

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Does Veritas Publishing publish books for other authors?

No. It exists for the purpose of publishing and distributing the writings and multimedia productions of Dr. Hawkins. Veritas Publishing does not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

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I would like to learn more about kinesiology.

Just as Galileo's interest was in astronomy and not the telescope, The Institute for Advanced Spiritual Research is devoted to Consciousness research and not specifically to kinesiology itself. However, we offer the following items in video formats that demonstrate kinesiology: Power vs. Force, Volume One and Consciousness: How to Tell the Truth About Anything, Volume Four. Both are available at the Veritas Publishing store.

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Can you tell the future with kinesiology?

Kinesiology is used to determine the presence of truth or its absence (non-truth). One can inquire about anything that has happened anytime, anywhere in time or space in the past or present. As the future has not happened yet, it does not exist, and there is no truth to be determined about something that does not exist.

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Can anyone do kinesiology?

Kinesiology can be done effectively only by persons who calibrate above the level of Truth and Integrity at consciousness level 200. The motive for the inquiry must also be above 200.

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Does Dr. Hawkins supervise web sites or study groups?

Each study group is autonomous and independent. None is "connected with", "supervised by", or "authorized by" Dr. Hawkins-that is, no group is "special" or "favored". This is in accordance with the style of the very successful "12-step" or "A Course in Miracles" groups. Each group elects or rotates facilitators or group chairpersons and is self-sustaining. As with AA, Al-Anon, Miracles groups, etc., there are no financial charges or fees nor is any group facilitator authorized to charge for advice, calibrations, etc.

There are also legalities involved that imply Dr. Hawkins is somehow responsible or is supervising the groups would enable people to infer legal liability, which is unwise in today's litigious society in which doctors in general are in the crosshairs. That is also the structure of the "Attitudinal Healing" as well as all the other self-help groups including Al-Anon, Recovery, etc. If your web site is worded otherwise, please change its wording to conform to the above guidelines.

In addition, please note that the reproduction of the copyrighted Map of Consciousness, as well as all the charts, diagrams, and tables in any of the publications by Dr. Hawkins is prohibited by International Copyright laws.

We would appreciate your posting these guidelines on your web site or announcing it at your local study groups.

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How do I start a study group?

Invite like-minded friends and their friends to get together regularly to discuss the books or view the video tapes. Discuss ways to incorporate the principles in your lives. Practice the technique of kinesiology with others. A Web site could be created for your area (see examples in the browsers listed under "Dr. David Hawkins Study Groups" for ideas).

For a more comprehensive answer to this question, please visit: http://www.veritaspub.com/index.php?page=study_groups

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I would like to attend one of the Sedona Seminars.

Reservations can be made by telephone (928 282.8722), e-mail or on this Web site. Reservations should be made from 6 to 8 weeks in advance since each seminar sells out quickly.

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About Sedona

Go online to the Sedona Chamber of Commerce or call 800 228.7336

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About the Sedona Creative Life Center

Go online to the Sedona Creative Life Center or call 928 282.9300

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CRITICS:

Clarification of Consciousness Research

The emergence of new, advanced information in any field expectedly raises questions and the need for further explanation and added details. Considering the sheer mass of information revealed and conveyed over thirty years via numerous books in all the world’s languages, as well as lectures, presentations, and study groups worldwide, the number of questions has actually been relatively few considering that over 250,000 calibrations have been performed and circulated.

Skepticism

Skepticism is a form of a (rather grandiose) negative approach and calibrates at 160, as does The Skeptic’s Dictionary. It is also associated with thinly disguised animosity towards God, religion, and spirituality. Its main defect is that it is unable to comprehend nonlinear reality, which is the consequence of context as well as essence. Perception is a projection of bias, as noted by Descartes (res interna vs. res externa) as well as Socrates. All the skeptic’s arguments (disproved by Plato, Socrates, et al. centuries ago), as well as criticism and correspondence, calibrate from 160 to 190. Alas, skeptics are unable to perform consciousness calibrations because it requires that both of the participants as well as the intention of the question calibrate over 200. (None have done so thus far.) The subject is addressed in an entire chapter of a forthcoming book (Spiritual Reality and Modern Man).

The inability of skepticism to discern the nonlinear reality of essence and its intrinsic truth is a consequence of the brain physiology that is concordant with consciousness levels below 200 (as per lectures and book diagram). Thus, it scorns faith and the Reality of Divinity and ignores, for instance, that millions of people have recovered from hopeless, incurable illnesses via the Spiritual Reality of the twelve-step programs (AA). Skepticism itself has been roundly criticized and exposed as fallacious by recent studies reported in the Journal of Consciousness Studies and the Journal of Scientific Exploration (Eisenstein, “Skepticism As a State of Being.” 19:3, 2005). It was proven to be fallacious by the greatest minds over the centuries as explained by the authors of The Great Books of the Western World.

Kinesiology

The requirement is that both participants as well as their intention calibrate over 200. The correct technique has to be followed. All of the purportedly negative reports received on kinesiology calibrate below 200. None of them was about consciousness calibration.

The correct procedure has been demonstrated repeatedly in front of large audiences worldwide. For example, in front of a class in Korea, Dr. Moon held up a bag of cabbage in response to which the whole class went weak. She then held up another identical-appearing bag of cabbage, and the whole class went strong. The first bag contained cabbage that had been grown with pesticides; the second was organically grown and free of them. This type of demonstration has been repeated in front of numerous audiences.

Dowsing

The work has nothing to do with dowsing. With dowsing, both the questioner and the respondent are the same person and therefore prone to error. With the consciousness research technique, the questioner holds a statement silently in mind, and the response of the second person is to the essence of the question, e.g., “ What I am holding in mind calibrates over 100 – over 200 – over 300, etc.” until the respondent’s arm goes weak.

Kinesiological Response

The arm technique is used because it is quick, easy, and highly visible. However, the response actually is not just muscle resistance but also a widespread array of physiological responses, such as pupillary dilation and brain function (currently the subject of multimillion-dollar research projects conducted by U.S. government intelligence agencies), along with gastric motility and other autonomic nervous system responses. These are detectable in a laboratory and therefore not practical for quick, everyday use.

Personal Bias

This is the primary reason for disagreement. Criticisms come from (1) atheists, (2) political bias, (3) people who calibrate below 200, (4) people who are upset by findings, and (5) relativists who reject the confirmable Reality of Absolutism. Note that skepticism, relativism, and cynicism all calibrate far below the critical level of 200. In contrast, Absolutism calibrates at 650, and the reality of the Absolute itself calibrates at 1,000.

Cynics

These represent primarily the consequence of being unable to differentiate truth (nonlinear reality) from appearance, perception, or opinion.

Wikipedia

The entry about Dr. Hawkins (which calibrates at 190) contains many errors as well as rather gross distortions and misrepresentations of the work. It rambles on about “dowsing” and “the unconscious,” neither of which has anything to do with Dr. Hawkins’ writings, which are devoted to the study of consciousness, not the unconscious. The work merely reports findings on over 250,000 calibrations over a thirty-year period. The works are peer reviewed. Having taught many thousands of people worldwide how to tell truth from falsehood, the author of the works is obviously not inclined to make any false “claims” or statements.

Purpose of the Work

As denoted in all writings, the purpose is to discern truth (essence) from falsehood (appearance, opinion) and thereby advance the level of consciousness to bring about greater happiness, success, spiritual advancement, and the relief of human suffering.

Validity Criticisms

The primary characteristic of critics thus far is irrelevancy. They lack comprehension of the material and thus end up as the futility of the “straw man” fallacy. The same applies to ad hominem attacks. It is amusing that not a single critic thus far has actually read and comprehended any of the published works (most never even read one book), and none of the critics has calibrated over 200.

The primary animosity arises from the fact that Dr. Hawkins is an Absolutist and is critical of the rhetoric and sophistry of Relativism. He is also a Deist by virtue of his own spiritual states of consciousness.

As noted in the article “Cosmic Conundrum” (Lemonick and Nash, 2004, Time, 29 November), “ Dealing with cranks is an occupational hazard for most scientists. . . . Those who study the cosmos . . . tend to be bombarded with letters, calls and e-mails from would-be geniuses who insist they have refuted Einstein or devised a new theory of gravity or disproved the Big Bang. The telltale signs of crankdom are . . . consistent—a grandiose theory, minimal credentials, a messianic zeal [and] scientists can usually spot them a mile off.”

It is obvious that the critics are unable to discern truth (essence, nonlinear) from falsehood (appearance). They would do well to actually read the definitive work on the subject entitled Truth vs. Falsehood.

Clinical Expertise

Information presented in lectures and books is also derived from fifty years of clinical experience plus extensive subjective spiritual experiences that have been described only briefly thus far and will be amplified in future writings and lectures. These have been alluded to in Transcending the Levels of Consciousness and Discovery of the Presence of God: Devotional Nonduality.

Negation of Relativistic Criticisms

The Relativist positionality is based on the premise that all viewpoints are equally valid (“One man’s terrorist is another man’s liberator,” etc.). Thus, if a relativist is integrous or honest, then they must therefore admit that Absolutism is an equally valid alternative to relativism itself. The issues that have been raised will be answered fully in the forthcoming book, Spiritual Reality and Modern Man.

Objectivity

Consciousness calibration is impersonal; it just denotes a number. Dr. Hawkins is not a proselytizer and is not interested in persuading people. He has no personal involvement in the calibration numbers. Thus, the criticisms that start with “You say,” or “How come Dr. Hawkins believes,” etc., are all projections of the questioner’s own narcissism. Note that all the major books include extensive references and documentation.

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