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Doctor of Truth: The Life of David R. Hawkins Hardcover – Oct 2012
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Overall this biography is very impersonal and spends about half the time talking about general backround data that anyone connected with Dr Hawkins would already know.
The doubt that the author exhibits in the later chapters becomes tiring after a while. Unfortunately the author does not believe that Dr Hawkins is a teacher of enlightenement, only a teacher of "his form of enlightenment". This pretty much limits the focus of this biography to a listing of facts and figures. I would have been interested in finding out how Dr Hawkins changed the lives of so many people, as he changed mine. To me this is the bottom line of a spiritual teacher. I am sure if the author had a better connection with Dr Hawkins *and* his teaching, he would have been able to produce a truly inspiring work.
If you like dates and facts and general backround, read this book. Otherwise, any single random page from a Dr Hawkins book is much more inspiring and useful. Thank you.
I would have liked more insight into his personal life (marriages & children) which is merely skimmed over. I also found the lack of a straight timeline confusing. The author skipped back & forth in time making it hard to put events in context. It seems Doc picked up and moved to Sedona leaving his wife and daughters in New York. Had he divorced then? None of that is clear.
The fact this is not an "authorized" biography doesn't bother me a bit. Most biographies aren't authorized and the ones that are tend to sugar-coat the person's life. Even so, there was nothing in this biography that diminished my admiration for Dr. Hawkins. I now see his Enlightenment didn't come in a sudden flash, but was attained from decades of hard work & searching.
I've studied Dr Hawkins since 2002 and I've long been concerned about what would happen after he passed away. What would his legacy be? How might his life and teachings be distorted or hijacked? This book passes muster. When I hold this book in my hands and place it over the thymus, it feels warm and strong. If you love Dr Hawkins you will appreciate this book because after you've read it you will know Dr Hawkins better. And, it is an enjoyable, fast read. I didn't want to put it down.
Unauthorized and therefore non-integrous? Nonsense. Doctor and Mrs Hawkins gave the author a number private personal interviews, copies of his unpublished manuscripts, access to photographs, private correspondence, recordings and more. Dr Hawkins obviously authorized, participated in, and, I believe, would be happy with this work.
If you have read Dr Hawkins' works and are interested in the actual life he lived, who influenced his development, and what experiences shaped his understanding and made him the spiritual teacher he became, then you will be glad to have read this book.