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David R. Hawkins

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David R. Hawkins
BornDavid Ramon Hawkins
June 3, 1927
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
💀DiedSeptember 19, 2012
Sedona, Arizona, USSeptember 19, 2012
💼 Occupation
  • Psychiatrist
  • author
  • spiritual teacher
Notable work
  • Power vs Force
  • Orthomolecular Psychiatry
👩 Spouse(s)Sally Kennedy (div.)

Margaret Hawkins (div.)

Susan Humphrey
👶 ChildrenLynn Hawkins | Barbara Hawkins
👴 👵 Parent(s)
  • Ramon Nelson
  • Alice-Mary (McCutcheon) Hawkins

David R. Hawkins (1927–2012) was an author, psychiatrist, physician, and spiritual teacher.[1][2][3][4]


He was born on 3 June 1927 in the Wisconsin, US.[3] His parents were Ramon Nelson Hawkins & Alice-Mary McCutcheon [4] Raised as an Episcopalian, after reading Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason as a teenager Hawkins became an atheist.[4][5][6]

Hawkins enlisted in the V-12 Navy College Training Program in 1943, in December of 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, graduating high school a semester early to enlist. Aged seventeen, with his parents’ permission, he entered active duty on January 29 1945. He was called for duty aboard an auxiliary-motored Yard Class Minesweeper (YMS), a 136-foot-long wooden ship with a displacement of 320 tons, originally designed in 1940 for home defence by the architects at the Henry B. Nevis Shipyard at City Island, New York. Hawkins was honourably discharged from the Naval Services on June 29, 1946[4].

After the war, he earned a Bachelor of Science in pre-med from Marquette University (1950) and received a medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin (1953). After college Hawkins moved to New York where he lived for twenty-five years and directed the largest psychiatric practice in the state[7]. Hawkins worked as a clinical psychiatrist for 50 years.[4]

Hawkins gained a PhD from Columbia Pacific University in 1995, the university was unaccredited but had institutional approval to operate in the state of California. Hawkins dissertation mentor was Sheldon Deal, a former president of the International College of Applied Kinesiology.[4]


Hawkins authored more than 20 books. Three of his books, Power vs Force, The Eye of I, and I: Reality and Subjectivity, were bestsellers.[8][4]

In the 1970s he coauthored the book Orthomolecular Psychiatry: Treatment of Schizophrenia with double Nobel prize winner Linus Pauling, which has been described as a breakthrough in its field, Hawkins was among the first psychiatrists to show that both schizophrenic and alcoholic patients could be successfully treated with vitamin B3, and that high-dose vitamins can be used as prevention and cure for range of conditions, a field of study known as Megavitamin therapy. [9][4][10][8][11] In 1966 the North Nassau Mental Heath Center at Masnhasset, of which Hawkins was Director, was the first center to use B3 to treat Alcoholism, the results after the first two years were described as "surprisingly good, indeed amazing". [12] The centre treated over 2,000 schizophrenic outpatients with megavitamin therapy, the great majority exhibited marked improvement, "most of them could be called recovered, if we define ‘recovery’ as the ability to function satisfactorily in the community with little or no professional help". [11]

In 1995 Hawkins published his best known work Power Vs Force, it attempts to map human consciousness and differentiates between actions brought about by force, a movement that goes from one point to another against opposition, and power, a standing field that doesn't move. Hawkins extrapolates from the work of Dr John Diamond in the field of Behavioral Kinesiology.[13] The book included a scale of the development of human consciousness, each level is associated with a certain emotion, a mode of behaviour.[14][15][16] Based on the on the science of Kinesiology, Hawkins described how human consciousness can tell the difference between power, which is positive, and force, which is not. Gandhi’s non-violent resistance to the force of British colonialism is cited as an example of power overcoming force.[17] Power Vs Force has been translated into 25 languages and sold over a million copies. [7] The book is described as metaphysics that blends ancient wisdom with modern science.while critics have dismissed his findings as "quackery" or "magical thinking."[18]

His 2012 book Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender is a detailed examination into human emotion, providing a practical guide to facing and releasing suppressed emotions.[19] Hawkins explains that letting go is a natural mental skill, a surrendering of the emotions still associated with a past trauma.[20] The book looks at the effect of the subconscious mind on our life and how it can be altered. [21]


On September 25, 2000, Hawkins was awarded the official title of "Tae Ryoung Sun Tosa", By J.H. Moon Yoga Research Center in Kang Nam-Gu, Seoul, Korea. Run By Jin-Hee Moon, a Buddhist nun. [22]


  1. Hawkins, David R. (2005). Truth Vs. Falsehood: How to Tell the Difference. Axial Publishing Company. ISBN 9780971500723. Search this book on
  2. "Home". David R. Hawkins. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "David R. Hawkins". Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Scott, Jeffrey (2012). Doctor of Truth: The Life of David R. Hawkins. Kingston, NY: Creative Crayon Publishers. pp. 40–52, 227. ISBN 978-1-938557-01-9. Search this book on
  5. The New Age Has Dawned: Homo Spiritus Is Born, Linda Tuck-Jenkins, July, 11, 2002
  6. Tony, Cecala. "Review: Power vs Force, The Eye of the I, and I: Reality and Subjectivity". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Hawkins, Sir David, MD PhD". The Arizona Republic. September 2012.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "David R. Hawkins". ISOM. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  9. (2016-04-10). "Phát hiện đáng kinh ngạc của Mỹ: Tế bào ung thư sợ nhất Tình yêu!". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  10. Hawkins, David R (1973). Orthomolecular psychiatry: treatment of schizophrenia,. Pauling, Linus, 1901-1994,. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman. ISBN 0716708981. OCLC 428408. Search this book on
  11. 11.0 11.1 Adams, Ruth; Murray, Frank (1982). Megavitamin therapy. Murray, Frank. New York: Larchmont Books. p. 145. ISBN 9780915962037. OCLC 1036643534. Search this book on
  12. Wilson, Bill (February 1968). "The Vitamin B-3 Therapy: A second Communication to AA Physicians". AA Physicians.
  13. "Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior by David R. Hawkins". The International Journal of Regression Therapy. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  14. Z, M. B. (2019-04-15). "Različne ravni človeške zavesti". (in slovenščina). Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  15. MKoy, Will (May 2019). "Sir David Ramon Hawkins M.D., Ph.D."
  16. "Power vs Force - A New Year's Lesson From Yoda". HuffPost. 2010-03-20. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  17. "Religion: Between 'Power' and 'Force' | Inter Press Service". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  18. "The Harpswell Institute - Book: Power vs. Force, The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior". Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  19. clearthepath (2017-10-17). "Letting Go Book Review – Dr. David Hawkins". Clear the Path. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  20. "Letting Go". Aurum Reviews. 2018-03-24. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  21. "從今天起堅持 22 件小事,讓你在2019 年勢不可擋". INSIDE (in 中文). Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  22. "Dr. David R. Hawkins - Biography & Interviews". Coast to Coast AM. Retrieved 2019-05-13.

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