David Hawkins has attracted a great deal of attention in
spiritual circles in the last few years, first for his books, which
have been fairly well received, but then less positively for his
Consciousness" and his right-wing politics. He has a list of honours
and such longer than most people's arms which can be seen at his
site but one of his principal degrees, the PhD, is from Columbia Pacific University, an
unaccredited diploma mill that was shut down by court order.
Hawkins has made a life study, according to his site, of "the transition from the normal ego state of mind to its elimination by the Presence."
Sounds interesting. This study is the focus of his trilogy, Power vs Force (1995), The
Eye of the I (2001) and I: Reality and Subjectivity
His site continues, "The trilogy was preceded by research on the Nature of Consciousness and published as the doctoral dissertation, Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis and Calibration of the Levels of Consciousness (1995), which correlated the seemingly disparate domains of science and spirituality. This was accomplished by the major discovery of a technique that, for the first time in human history, demonstrated a means to discern truth from falsehood."
"Major discovery," for the "first time in human
history." Heady stuff. Unfortunately, he has leaned rather too
heavily on what turns out to be a thin stick, and it cannot support all
the weight he wants it to.
Hawkins' so-called Map of Consciousness is an attempt
to quantify different states of consciousness, among a myriad of
other things, using one supposedly infallible method for discerning
the truth about anything, Applied Kinesiology. (AK
debunked, more below)
He purports, via his truth-dowsing AK, to assign a numerical value from 1 to 1000, or
"calibration," to people, concepts, ideologies, corporations,
countries, states of (no-)mind and more. Moreover, this scale is not
linear but logarithmic. The mathematical details of all this are
debunked in the Rick
Ross Forum, but even the basic premise is over the top.
"Logarithmic" means that every level: 200, 201, 202, etc
is not just a tick higher than the last but ten times higher
more powerful, more godly, whatever making the ordinary shmuck
with integrity at 200 ten to the power of 800 less worthy than the
one who has made it to 1000. (That's a one with 800 zeroes. Such
orders of magnitude are used neither by atomic scientists nor
astrophysicists, who use up to 40 at most.) As such, the scale is
mind-bogglingly wide to the point of uselessness or bogosity (your
Hawkins' Map has been put up on the net many times but the litigious arm of
his publisher has forced sites to take it
There is a detailed Map in
German extant at last search. Even for those who do not understand German
and there's always Babelfish you can get an idea of the elaborateness of the system.
Some interesting "anomalies" lurk therein, not the least
being George W Bush's weighing in at the rarefied level of 460, just
above fellow intellectual giants Homer, Kurt Gφdel, Enrico Fermi
and Galileo. Wowser!
Some other samples (all over 200, the supposed minimum level of
211 Coca Cola
375 Time Magazine
390 Santa Claus / Father Xmas
505 Barry Manilow
745 St Paul
Worse, there is said to be a cult-like element to Hawkins' scale
whereby it is impervious to challenge: anyone who questions his results,
or whose own results differ significantly, is by definition coming in below 200,
the level of integrity, and therefore not worth listening to.
This is a classic cult invalidation tactic, a circular logic catch-22 that
skewers all deviation from the Official Line.
Some anti-cult links about Hawkins:
New England Institute of Religious
Research (friends of Steven Hassan), also hosted (but not
bio and Quotes
About Hawkins. Note: These pages have been
removed, reportedly because of threatened legal action (see the
second EnergyGrid link below).
Forum, referenced above, has five pages of discussions and lots
added Dr H to its large collection of weird-to-unsavouries around
Guilt by Association Dept:
Interviews and talks on BeyondTheOrdinary
, a "radio magazine"-type format put out by followers of JZ Knight,
creator / channeler of Ramtha
Endorsements of the work of Ilchi
Lee, creator of "Brain Respiration" and Dahnhak . . . "This is indeed an important and praiseworthy book for it helps us get close to the truth and actual experience of our own reality as the Self which transcends all of time, which always was, always will be, before and after all worlds or
universe." Dr. David R. Hawkins, Author of Power vs. Force
A few more misc links:
Dowsers.info: a site
forced to take down its Map (having intended it to be a positive
reference to Hawkins)
another "neutral" or unaffiliated spiritual survey and
this page from a big new-age and spiritual site has a thorough
critique of AK to debunk how "Hawkins uses the simple dowsing technique of muscle testing
[intended as a bio-feedback window into bodily and psychic
processes] to cajole the subconscious into manufacturing an objective reality (an anathema to its
again: The above page focuses on debunking the technique of AK. This
one deals with Hawkins' legal and other moves in silencing critics.
The Hawkins Wikipedia page is gone, the NEIRR pages mentioned above
are gone, etc. Goes deeply into particular criticisms and the
philosophy of criticism.