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Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self: Contemplations from the Teachings of David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. Paperback – August 1, 2011
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I really like the way Scott Jeffrey organized the teachings of David Hawkins into just three parts -- The "self" (Ego/Mind), Transcending the self, and Realizing the Self. Notice the "self" changes from lower case to upper case upon realization, a subtle yet significant distinction. I also like the Glossary at the end which outlines what he means by many complex terms such as Consciousness, Ego, Duality, Enlightenment, etc. This is very helpful for those who are getting started on their personal spiritual journey.
A great collection of quotes and passages that can inspire people to turn inward, be more introspective and raise their awareness in life.
When I take my nightly rinse of Listerine sometimes I have to dilute it. In its natural state it's a bit too strong for me. Though my dentist tells me its most effective if I don't dilute it.
"Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self" contains a series of descriptions of pure Truth statements, organized in short paragraphs, on the nature of the Ego. Strong stuff. It's good, but just like mouthwash, it is best taken in small doses. It's not a book to rush through, rather I recommend reading a paragraph or two at a time, setting the book aside, and contemplating what you just read.
Here is a passage from the book that resonated with me:
"Realization is a progressive process. Spiritual progress is hastened by understanding the true nature of the ego. It is not an enemy to be attacked or defeated, nor is it an evil to be vanquished. It is dissolved by compassionate understanding."
"The ego secretly loves and clings to the position of victimhood and extracts a distorted pleasure and grim justification from pain and suffering."
When I find my thoughts going down a path of being "the victim", I can think "OK, that's my Ego talking. It's not bad - just my Ego. Recognize that and replace it with more positive, life affirming messages."
"The first evidence of the Presence of God is an awakening of curiosity or interest in spiritual matters. That is the crack in the ego's dam. When the person begins to desire or practice spiritual goals or pursue spiritual information, the Presence is already taking hold of his life."
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Just began to read this book. A bit more of a challenge because it takes the form of quotations from the author's previous works. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janet A.
Such clarity! This book can be read and reread for years to come and will keep on revealing extraordinary, magical, truths as one progresses through life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by touvino
One of the best books I have read concerning the ego and all the aspects of dissolving it. Some of Dr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Montesanti
This is the first book I've read by Dr David Hawkins and I'm already looking forward to the next one I plan to read by him. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Simon
Dr Hawkins presents the clearest insights on the pathway to enlightenment. This is a great book of quotes to contemplate on.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like the ideas put forth. I have been struggling with finding peace and this helped a lot in the direction it has sent me. Read morePublished 8 months ago by kim