Dr. Hawkins begins “The Importance of Family” acknowledging that traditionally family has been seen as an impediment to enlightenment, but he advises that if you love God and your fellow man, then you do so with or without children, whether single or not, and it doesn’t really play that big of a part. You can be happy when you are alone going down the road on a bicycle or with a whole bunch of friends on bicycles. One is not better, it’s just different.
He explains how teaching the value of love, the reverence in which we hold spiritual figures, how integrous society holds their depiction of God, and the value of going to church are excellent ways to introduce children to spirituality. In addition, Dr. Hawkins talks about how parents can alleviate their guilt by recontextualizing their understanding of a child’s behavior who has turned to crime or addiction.
In “The Importance of Family” there is also a discussion about life after death, the value of pets in one’s life and the importance of caring for something other than yourself.
Dr. Hawkins parts with these closing words: “We aim for the ideal and the great Christian values of forgiveness, kindness, love, acceptance and then to serve by example and to serve others, expecting nothing in return; to be of service to others is a way of serving God and our fellow man.
Dr. Hawkins is a nationally renowned psychiatrist, physician, researcher and lecturer. He has been a guest of the MacNeil/Lehrer TV program, Barbara Walters & The Today Show. His book “Orthomolecular Psychiatry” (prior to his best-selling Trilogy: “Power vs Force”, “The Eye of the I”, and “I: Reality and Subjectivity”) was co-authored with Nobelist Linus Pauling. His most recent books are “Healing and Recovery”, “Along the Path to Enlightenment”, “Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self” and “Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender”.
Approx. running time: 62 Minutes
Publisher: Veritas Publishing