Tag: Dr David R Hawkins

The book! Part Four: The integrity of dogs.

Dogs are the one species that man has lived with longer than any other species; by a mile. So when we reflect on the qualities of the dog, the great part of our instinctive appreciation for those qualities comes from that very long association. One should be quick to add that man has bonded with many other animals, the horse immediately coming to mind, but, nevertheless, the bond between man and dog is most certainly the longest. As has been mentioned elsewhere in this book, dogs were certainly around when man developed speech and set out from Africa; about 50,000 years ago.

But surely it is a step too far, a touch bizarre, to go from the bond between dogs and man to attributing the quality of integrity to a dog! Integrity, with its sense of moral and ethical principles, surely applies to the cognitive understandings of the human psyche!

In the first chapter of Part Four: Setting the scene, I recounted my time with Jon Lavin back in the early months of 2007. How Pharaoh always came with me and how Jon was very happy for him to be with us as we talked. How Pharaoh seemed to enjoy the sound of Jon and me chatting away and always quickly settled down on the beige carpet behind my chair.

One day, Jon was talking about integrity and how it applies to us. Jon was using Dr. Hawkins’ book, Truth and Falsehood, referred to in the previous chapter, to enlighten me about the whole concept of integrity, how David Hawkins went on to develop his map of consciousness; much of which I have explained in the previous two chapters.

Back to Jon speaking of integrity. I had been listening to Jon for some time, me fascinated with what Jon was explaining, when I distinctly recall Pharaoh letting out a long sigh with just the hint of a happy groan as his exhaling air passed over his vocal cords.

Jon paused and said, “Paul, You do know dogs are integrous creatures don’t you!

I was stunned by Jon’s rhetorical question, pleasantly so as you could imagine, and urged Jon to continue.

Yes, David Hawkins had measured the consciousness of dogs and has logged the value in the range of 205-210. In other words, dogs are firmly on the truthful side of the boundary between truth and falsehood.

Looking at the values from 200 and upwards, the log range from 200 to 250 is described by David Hawkins as: God-view Permitting; Life-view Feasible; Level Courage; Emotion Affirmation; Process Empowerment.

Not immediately, but slowly over the coming weeks and months, especially when Pharaoh was working as a teaching dog, I came to understand that quality of integrity in Pharaoh and, by implication, in all dogs. No better underlined than by my life here in Oregon with Jean and Pharaoh, and eight other dogs in our family. Despite being an assertive dog, Pharaoh has always demonstrated a consistency of behaviours; of integrity.

Now I’m sure that scientists would cringe with the idea that the way that a dog lives his life sets an example for us humans; well cringe in the scientific sense. However, in January, 2011, the BBC screened a programme under the heading of: The Secret Life of the Dog. The hour-long programme demonstrated just how important has been the history of the relationship between dog and man. How scientists were taking a very close interest in dogs and why they have such a special relationship with man, perhaps critically enabling early man to prosper as hunter-gatherers.

Indeed, within the first few minutes of the programme, one of the contributors said that without that early domestication of dogs, the civilisation of man might not have taken place!

Thus, if you are a dog owner, prepare to see your dog friend in a totally new way.

As in: Dogs behave with integrity, they don’t cheat or lie, nor have hidden agendas, they are loyal and faithful, forgive so quickly and easily, and, above all else, love unconditionally. Dogs value and cherish the ‘present’ in a way that humans can only dream of achieving and are, by eons of time, an incredibly more successful species than man.

And finally, dogs have poetry written for them:

Inner Peace (from an unknown author)

If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
You are probably the family dog!

818 words Copyright © 2014 Paul Handover

A small epiphany.

A lovely and unexpected result from seeing Dr David R. Hawkins last Saturday.

Jean and I drove across to Cottonwood, just South-West of Sedona in Arizona, last Saturday to attend a Question and Answer meeting hosted by Dr David R. Hawkins.  It’s described on the website thus:

Question & Answer Sessions

These Saturday sessions open with a few remarks by Dr. Hawkins. He then receives and answers questions from the audience that relate to information presented in his books and lectures, as well as other spiritual matters and current events.

To my mind, apart from the pleasure of seeing this famous man in the flesh, so to speak, the event was not as inspirational as I might have hoped.  Largely, in my view, because so many of the people lining up to sit opposite the great man and ask their question seemed more motivated by hero worship than in a search of their personal truth.  In fact, many did not wish to ask a question, just to sit there in silence or shake his hand.

However, that isn’t the point of this piece.  The point is that Jean realised, deep in her heart, what really can be achieved through the power of love.  Jean had been reflecting, sitting there in the audience, about how quickly our sweet Corrie had died last Tuesday night.

Corrie was a young dog and despite the injuries she received having been fatal, Jean was still surprised that Corrie went from being conscious of her name and responding to touch to dead in about 45 minutes.  She was in a great deal of pain during the last 20 minutes or so.  Jean’s significant experience is that young, healthy dogs take many more hours to die from the sort of wounds that Corrie had sustained.

The epiphany that came to Jean on Saturday was that the love and comfort that Corrie was receiving from both Jean and me, gave Corrie the permission to stop fighting for her life and just go gracefully and peacefully.  It doesn’t in any way lessen the tragedy of losing Corrie but from that has come the revelation that our unconditional love for that small animal made a difference, a real tangible difference during the last few moments of her physical life.

It was an unexpected but very beautiful outcome from the day.

To understand everything is to forgive everythingBuddhist quote

Thinking about Truth

(A copy of the original post published earlier in September on this Blog)

Dr David Hawkins writing about truth

One of the many strange consequences of leaving the United Kingdom in 2008 leading, eventually, to settling in Arizona is that we are within a half-day’s car ride of Sedona. Sedona is where Dr. David R Hawkins is based.

Dr. David R Hawkins

Dr. David Hawkins is a life member of the American Psychiatric Association but is best known for his research into “the hidden determinants of human behavior”. That quote is taken from the front cover of Hawkins’ seminal book, Power vs. Force.

Dr. Hawkins was Knighted by the Danish Crown for this work in 1996, a worthy recognition, it seems to me.

I have been reading Power vs. Force for some weeks now. Normally I devour a book, fiction or non-fiction, if it holds my interest. But this book is different! Power vs. Force contains so many profound teachings that frequently there is more than enough to take in from a single page, or even just a couple of paragraphs. To read on before a particular proposition has had time to invade and penetrate one’s deeper senses is almost painful.

The challenge in wanting to share some of these teachings is having the patience to finish the book before putting pen to paper, so to speak. I failed!

In one of the early chapters, Hawkins writes about “the intrinsic source of power and how it operates.” There are a couple of paragraphs that just punched out from the page. Here they are, interwoven with my thoughts:

In looking for the source of power we have noted that it is associated with meaning, and this meaning has to do with the significance of life itself. Force is concrete, literal and arguable. It requires proof and support. The sources of power, however, are inarguable and are not subject to proof. The self-evident is not arguable.

Just at this point, one might have forgiven me for being slightly skeptical. How can the ‘self-evident’ or anything be above argument? Especially if one reflects on the notion that all we perceive with our senses is an illusion, a product of our minds. I clearly recall having this fleeting thought at this point in the paragraph. But the eyes continued to the next sentence and, figuratively, I was gasping for breath. Remember I had just read, “The self-evident is not arguable.” This was what came next:

That health is more important than disease, that life is more important than death, that honor is preferable to dishonor, that faith and trust are preferable to doubt and cynicism, that the constructive is preferable to the destructive – all are self-evident statements not subject to proof. Ultimately, the only thing we can say about a source of power is that it just “is”.

Wow! Those few sentences stopped me in my tracks. Think about what Hawkins is saying. He is saying that we intuitively know, without the need of intellectual argument or ‘proof’, the rightness, the beauty, the perfection of some deeply fundamental concepts.

It’s as if from the earliest moments of human awareness, gravity, sunlight, night and day, for example, were obvious despite eons of time needing to pass before science could ’explain’ these aspects of life.

In other words, there are understandings that are deeply embedded in human consciousness. Hawkins continues:

Every civilization is characterized by native principles. If the principles of a civilization are noble, it succeeds; if they are selfish, it falls. As a term, “principles” may sound abstract, but the consequences of principles are quite concrete. If we examine principles we will see that they reside in an invisible realm within consciousness itself. Although we can point out examples of honesty in the world, honesty itself as an organizing principle central to civilization is nowhere independently existent in the external world. True power, then, emanates from consciousness itself; what we see is a visible manifestation of the invisible.

Phew! True power emanates from consciousness itself!

It’s now 2 days since I read that. It still reverberates within my mind. I was compelled to share it with you. And it reverberates for me in an even clearer form – truth emanates from consciousness itself! Stay with me just a while longer.

A very well-known magical attribute of the human brain is what goes on in the sub-conscious, our ‘back-office’. Give our brain some space to process a dilemma such as deciding what to do for the best and it does come up with what is best for us. Often the best space we can provide for our brain is a good night’s sleep. It’s common folklore to ‘sleep’ on a problem.

My co-founder of Learning from Dogs, Jon Lavin, says that often in sleep we find the truth. I think the same could be said for prayer, as in a spiritual sense more than in a religious sense.

Just reflect again on the power of what comes out from those two paragraphs. Truth is not something external to us; it is within us, all the time. Our level of consciousness is the key to this truth. Our self-awareness is the tool by which we understand our level of consciousness – our mirror to our soul.

This is truly life-changing!

By Paul Handover