I’m a big fan of David R. Hawkins. He’s the medical doctor/psychiatrist who cured himself of various illnesses and went on to muscle test his way to Nirvana. He’s either enlightened or at least mapped out the path to enlightenment. His “map of consciousness” — a roadmap of our spiritual evolutionary potential — is brilliant.

Many people know of his famous book, Power vs. Force, which introduced the idea of muscle testing, or Applied Kinesiology, as a way to find Truth in any situation.

While some thought the muscle testing methodology was bogus, most realized Hawkins was pointing to Truth (with a capital T) and validating his map with testing. He even tested every line in his book, to be sure the entire volume calibrated at a high level and would be spiritually enriching to read. (As an author, I can’t imagine muscle testing every line in a book. Hats off to you, David.)

But few know Hawkins has gone well beyond that book into deeper areas of consciousness and spiritual research. His latest book, Healing and Recovery, is a collection of transcripts of talks he gave. It may be his most accessible work yet, probably because he’s a conversational speaker. He’s easy to follow. I’m reading it and can’t put it down. It’s eye-opening and well, enlightening.

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Healing and Recovery is about stress, health, healing,  sexuality, aging, worry, fear, anxiety, suffering, losing weight, depression, alcoholism, cancer, and death.

While the list of contents might seem staggering, his clinical prescription remains the same: wake up to how you are creating your life with your thoughts and move up the ladder of enlightenment to transcendence, or awakening.

Healing and Recovery  (limited first edition printing)  Take stress management, for example.

Hawkins explains that “Stress results from a point of view — from what we hold in mind — and from our attitudes and beliefs.”  There’s no such thing as escaping stress, he says, because stress is not “out there.”

As for losing weight, Hawkins (who lost fifty pounds with detachment) explains,  “The body is an effect of what happens in the mind.” (I’ve read this chapter five times, just to “get” his higher message.)

As for cancer, it’s always about grief and fear. The solution “… depends  on realizing  that we are the one who decides that we are greater than the physical body, and that it is within the power of consciousness to call forth the healer within…”

I’ve twittered that I was reading Healing and Recovery and some people said they found Hawkins confusing. Ironically, that makes sense, as Hawkins’ “map of consciousness” reveals where you are mentally.

If you are at a lower level (in fear, for example) his higher levels (acceptance, for example) won’t make any sense to you. 

If you are on the lower level of desire, the higher level of unconditional love won’t compute to you.

I’ve been saying for some time now that life is a process of awakening. The goal is to keep going up the ladder of consciousness. By reading David Hawkins — especially this recent book — you can gently expand your thinking, open your heart, and glide upwards.

Hawkins writes, “The most important message is that no one needs to succumb to or be the victim of any illness.”

Healing and Recovery is a 500+ page book that you may have to read and digest in bites, but the result can be the most fulfilling experience of your life.

David R. Hawkins has many books, DVDs, CDs, and more. His website is at www.veritaspub.com Check it out.

Ao Akua,


PS — Hawkins’ work fits nicely with Zero Limits. It’s all about reaching “Zero” – where stress doesn’t exist.


  1. April 28, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Thank you, Joe, for sharing David Hawkins new book with us! I’ve read Power vs. Force and it’s changed my life.

    It introduced me to applied Kinesiology, which Rob Williams uses in the ultimate self-development tool: Psych-K. A program which promises to deprogram self-limiting beliefs from the unconscious.

    Fascinating information/tools that will facilitate the evolution of a collective consciousness. Whew! Heavy stuff going down in our life times!

  2. April 29, 2009 at 4:23 am

    Dear Dr Joe, this must be your best post yet! The first ever to move me to comment. It’s amazing to see Dr Hawkins, and Dr Len, and all others talking the same thing, but using completely different language. The Creator of All There Is is infinitely compassionate to send us the people like this to create earthquakes in the levels of consciousness of the world, which then reverberate endlessly on all the shores.

  3. mark-Reply
    April 29, 2009 at 7:06 am

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…oh I’m sorry what are you trying to sell?

  4. April 29, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Yes, Mark, what AM I trying to sell here?

  5. Lynn-Reply
    April 29, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    It looks like an interesting read. Joe, I have really enjoyed your books and the lessons I have learned. I will probally get this book.

  6. Lynn-Reply
    April 29, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    P.S. I know you did not write this book, but I am confident in your recommendation!

  7. Mikhail (from Russia)-Reply
    April 29, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    My name is Mixail. I’m from Russia. I read your book “The key” in russian. It’s interesting me very much. There I found your website. I want to take all of my life. And I think that it would be wonderful to talk with you, Joe.

    With responsible, Mikhail.

  8. mark-Reply
    April 30, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Sorry Joe…

    Guess I’m burnt out with blogs that advertise something to buy with every post.

    Times are changing…there are a couple of blogs I read every day…the comments total over a hundred daily…and yet they never advertise anything…always free.

    They generate millions of dollars a year in revenue because readers are so happy with the free advice that they either advertise on the site or go to the store to see what’s for sale.

    What does google sell everytime you start your computer? (it’s my homepage and millions of others) They don’t blatantly advertise anything yet they’re worth a fortune.

    Internet marketing is evolving…old school marketers still have long sales pages…and blogs that want you to buy something.

    New school marketers are more subtle…and yet outsell everyone.

    Oh well enough of my rant for today…hope you continue to evolve.

  9. April 30, 2009 at 6:34 am

    Hi Mark. Thanks for taking a moment to explain your thoughts. I took a look at the post you commented on and there’s nothing for sale in it – unless you really stretch the definition of selling to include book reviews. Your comment is like telling a book reviewer, “Every book you review is for sale.” Well, of course it is. But the review wasn’t an ad; it was a review. Big difference. Anyway, I’m sure your mind is made up. My reply is for everyone else.

  10. April 30, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Hey Joe,

    Nice information for me as my brother has a stress that just the only one to cure it with drugs that given by psychiatrist each month.

    Its hurt my heart when i and my brother have a consultation with her(psychiatrist that try to make my brother feel better)

    I just wondering with her statement that the only one to cure my brother is ONLY with prescreption.

    Still confuse.


    Juri Saragih

  11. May 1, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Dr. Hawkins’ latest book, Joe. I’ve been reading his books for a few years now and find his Map of the Scale of Consciousness has made a huge difference in how I approach contrasts in my life. Thank you also for sharing on the Masters Gathering tapes with Harrison Klein. Your 4 Steps to Awakening so resonated with my life experience that I had to sit up and take notice. As a soon to graduate Empowered Spiritual Life Coach (Sharon Wilson), I intend to know you much better. More Power to You!

  12. May 1, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you for introducing me to people that may have taken me a lot longer to stumble upon otherwise.

  13. May 3, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I just finished buying and reading Zero Limits. What a great read, I couldn’t put it down. This is the first time ive come to this blog as well, I love it!

    If you could please check out my Self Improvement blog at http://www.successdemandsaction.com. I would really enjoy a comment from you Joe, it would really inspire me and keep me keeping on.

    I added your blog to my blogroll as well 🙂

    I wish you love and peace of mind
    Yours truly

  14. Jeannie-Reply
    May 7, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Thanks for posting the reveiw Joe. I have read all of David Hawkins other books and just love how he presents the information. From his caveat warning readers those embedded in traditional beleif systems should bypass the information (his book of his expereinces) to his continuously sharing with us to be willing and surrender every moment to Truth with love and compaassion for everyone including ourselves. Brillantly expressed and lovingly shared expereinces.


  15. May 8, 2009 at 2:24 am

    I love Hawkins and got to meet him when I volunteered for the I Can Do It Conference in Los Vegas – matter of fact got to meet many amazing individuals. Mr. Hawkins has quite the sense of humor. Thanks for all the books you recommend with my schedule, I don’ always get to put my “feelers” out on what books are out there. Almost done with The Diamond Cutter. I think its key at least for myself for my continued evolution, to read, attend workshops or seminars, not because I don’t know any of this stuff but to keep me on pointed in the direction of what I want. Still on my must meet list – Mr. Fire :0) Blessings and Thank you.

  16. May 9, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Ernest Holmes book ‘The Science of Mind’ also has an interesting section on healing. I found the text easily accessible online.

  17. May 19, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Hey Joe,

    Great review! My friend just spoke highly of that book too and I’m planning to get a copy as well. I have read just one Hawkins’ book and loved it. The latest one seems to be really relevant!

    All the best,


    from Estonia

  18. June 29, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    hm… yeah world have all of our want to get…

    with love

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