"Fearlessness is the first requirement of spirituality. Cowards can never be moral." -- Mahatma Gandhi

Friday, March 4, 2011

Why Intellect Alone Cannot Attain Higher Consciousness

David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.
One of the most unheralded and "under-the-radar" enlightenment teachers is David R. Hawkins. Hawkins experienced what by any measures was an authentic enlightenment experience as a young man, as recounted in his first book, "Power vs. Force: An Anatomy of Consciousness." Moreover, as a medical doctor who enjoyed a long and successful career as a psychoanalyst while staying mum about his spiritual awakening, Hawkins brings a critical and scientific perspective to bear on the discussion of higher states of consciousness and spirituality.

The author of a four general, yet in-depth, books about the nature of higher states of consciousness and "enlightenment," together with several more scientific treatises on the same subject matter (including,  "Ortheomolecular Psychiatry," authored with multiple Nobel-laureate chemist and peace activist, Linus Pauling), Hawkins explains the long silence on his own enlightenment in the following manner:
"In this case, nothing was said about it for more than thirty years during which time there progressively arose the capacity to dissimilate as normalcy and function in the world. There was no one to whom such a condition would be comprehensible. Only twice were there meetings with known sages who comprehended the condition. The first was Muktananda, and later, Ramesh Balkesar. There was another such meeting on the streets of New York City that was mutually anonymous but total and complete."
The path of enlightenment is, as has been said, a lonely path. "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labourers are few." (Matt. 9:37)

Like Swami Muktananda, Ramesh Balkesar and the long-line of sages that preceded them (Vedantists and non-Vedantists, alike), Hawkins points to the inherent dualism and illusion of the small "self" or "ego" as the impediment to the attainment of our true nature, what he calls the "I" that underlies our supposed 'reality.' And, in order to shed the dualism of the ego and achieve a consciousness of God, he (like all other enlightened seers) stresses that it is imperative - and possible - to sever the ego's attachhments:
". . . (A)ttachments can be to either content or context, as well as to intended or hoped-for results. to undo a difficult positionality, it may be necessary to disassemble it and then surrender its elements. the payoff that is holding an attachment in place may be that it provides a feeling of security or pleasure; the pride of 'being right'; comfort or satisfaction; loyalty to some group, family, or tradition; avoidance of the fear of the unknown, etc.
 When belief systems are examined, they turn out to be based on presumptions that are prevalent in society, such as right versus wrong or good versus bad. For instance, "I have to have chocolate ice cream" (content) "and then I'll be happy" (context) is based on another positionality, that the source of happiness is outside oneself and has to be 'gotten' (in overall context). All these propositions indicate a series of dependencies (e.g., the Buddha's Law of Dependent Contingencies or Dependent Origination), and when they are surrendered, the source of happiness is found to be in the joy of existence itself, in this very moment and, beyond that in the source of one's existence - God.

Attachments are to illusions. They can be surrendered out of one's love for God, which inspires the willingness to let go of that which is comfortably familiar."

        ("I: Reality and Subjectivity," Veritas Publishing, West Sedona, AZ: 2003, pp. 352-353)
Hawkin's detailed analysis of the enlightened state, and the path to enlightenment, is not for the casual aspirant or dilettante - flouting the "presumptions that are prevalent in society" is not for the casual spiritual seeker, but rather for those who are, indeed, fully committed to their own liberation and to reaching the 'other shore' of the vast expanse of ordinary consciousness. Yet Hawkin's works are an insightful, reassuring, psychologically sound and invaluable trove of insights for the dedicated, modern aspirant on that oft-times lonely path.

1 comment:

  1. Consciousness As Guide: There are infinite levels of consciousness; all is consciousness. This play levels are infinite; the Divine is infinite; the levels are infinite. God is infinite so everything is infinite. We cannot say that there are 10 levels, 20 levels: It's infinite.
    That's the idea. life is a journey to the infinite. You can never say that you have already reached it, that this is the end. It is always a beginning.

    Time means the distance between two things. Most of the time we are in the past & when we are in the past, we create a distance. So if we want to go out from the time, we must get free of the past. Or maybe we are in the future, & then again we create a distance between the future & ourselves. We wait for the future & we don't live now, in the present.

    Time is now, but we create a distance; we are either in the past or in the future. We have to be always in the present, with the present time in our hands. If we become servile, we lose our freedom with our way of thinking. If we don't hold on to anything, we are free. if we learn to leave, we will be free.

    We hold on & then we say we are not free. Learn to leave fast, never possess, get free from past & future: time will be with you & you will be fully free. It would be easier to do so by realizing the value of life, of existence. We don't know the importance of our lives, & that's why we waste the present moment.

    We are always absent from life. We are in the past or future, with memories of the past & fears of the future. This is normal human life, the way of living: always absent from the present. The power, the joy of the present is so strong, so beautiful & big, that you will not miss your memories. Why do you invoke memories? Because you miss something & when you miss something, you open the album. The power of now, of the present is so great & full that you won't miss anything.

    When we live in the present our capacities grow more. Generally, we have memory of the past to enable us to remember the past. When we live in present we do not need to rely on memory. The ultimate aim of nature's process of making the human consciousness grow is to give us the realization, to increase our consciousness. That's the only object of life. All the rest are processes or experiments with or without love, with or without sufferings. All the tools of nature are working to make humanity more conscious.

    Spirituality means to live with the consciousness. Everything is moving & changing but we are witness watching the play, not disturbing it, not interfering, just enjoying.
    The Self is so big word. Bring your Self to the front seat so you can direct your own movements. Life is a movement & the movement needs a guide. Consciousness is the guide!.