Best David Hawkins Books That Will Raise Your Consciousness

David Hawkins is both a physician and a spiritual teacher. So he brings a unique perspective on spirituality and science. 

If reading other spiritual books feels rather “woo-woo” to you, his books might be more suitable for you. He presents a spiritual path that is scientifically compelling to modern society.

The author is best known for his Map of Consciousness. This map lays out a spectrum of consciousness on a logarithmic scale of 1 to 1,000, from shame to enlightenment.

During his 20 years of research using muscle testing, he conducted many calibrations to define the emotions that correspond to each level of consciousness. This map provides a framework for discussion in his books.

Below are 10 of the best David Hawkins books. Some of them focus more on the personal aspects like healing illness, spiritual growth, and raising your consciousness. Others focus more on the external like the consciousness of the society, government, and religion.

Choose a book that resonates with you the most.

Top 10 Best David Hawkins Books

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1. Letting Go

“The person who suffers from inner poverty is relentlessly driven to accumulate on the material level.”

If you want to be free of negativity and unwanted feelings, read this book.

During many decades of the author’s clinical psychiatric practice, the author finds that the inner mechanism of surrender was of great practical benefit to relieving human suffering.

The letting go technique is a pragmatic system of eliminating obstacles and attachments. In this book, you learn to be aware of your feelings, letting them come up and staying with them, without wanting to change them.

The book covers various dimensions of human life such as physical health, emotional healing, vocational fulfillment, and relationships. So there’s something for everyone.

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2. The Eye of the I

“In contrast, nonattachment allows full participation in life without trying to control outcomes.”

If you are seriously looking for enlightenment and willing to surrender your belief systems, this book is for you.

This book is written for both the self and the Self of the reader. It dissolves the barriers between the ego and the true Self, and blends science with spirituality. 

It is an intense and profound book that is suitable for committed spiritual readers. It is written from the perspective of the “I” (the Consciousness itself). Reading this book will leave you with the deep knowing that you are not separate from the essence.

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3. I

“The ‘person’ that had been no longer existed. There was no personal ‘I’ or self or ego, only an Infinite Presence of unlimited power that had replaced what had been ‘me’.” 

This is the third book of the trilogy on human consciousness. The first book, Power vs. Force, outlines a verifiable scale of consciousness. The second book, The Eye of the I, addresses the level of consciousness of enlightened spiritual teachers. This last book, I: Reality and Subjectivity, completes the description of the evolution of human consciousness with the realm of the mystic.

Written in a Q&A format, this book presents the author’s responses to questions commonly posed by his students. Reading this book will increase your level of consciousness.

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4. Power vs. Force

“Power serves others, whereas force is self-serving. Statesmen sacrifice themselves to serve others; politicians sacrifice others to serve themselves.”

Building on applied kinesiology and behavioral kinesiology, this book explains the hidden determinants of human behavior — the difference between power and force. Power is quiet, effortless, and goes unseen. It requires no explanation. Force is coercive, effortful, and automatically creates counter-force. When you try to force something to happen, you are creating resentment and resistance at the same time.

Reading this insightful book will open your mind to new perspectives and change the way you view the world. It will also help you to transcend your ego and enhance your power.

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5. The Map of Consciousness Explained​

“Positive energy fields are more powerful than negative ones because they are aligned with the energy of life itself.”

If you want an introduction to the author’s work, this book is for you.

Well-organized and informative, this was one of the books selected to be published via muscle-testing before the author passed away. The content is drawn from all his books, some lectures, and some informal conversations. 

The book reinforces and gives you a taste of the author’s teachings across a spectrum of topics. It is great as a guide for both new readers and his long-time students. It’s also for any individual who wants to become more effective in any area of life.

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6. Transcending the Levels of Consciousness

“Disidentify with the body/emotions/mind as ‘me’. Be truthful and admit that they are yours but not you.”

If you have read everything spiritual and yet feel stuck, this practical guide to spiritual growth and enlightenment is for you. 

In this book, the author breaks down the different levels of consciousness in great detail, from the ego to the enlightened state. It explores the blocks and challenges that prevent us from advancing to the next level, and how we can transcend them.

This book is also great for those who want a deeper understanding of the author’s Map of Consciousness.

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7. Healing and Recovery

“Pain tells us that we have put our survival onto something that is a violation of some principle of consciousness.”

If you are struggling with constant stress, addiction, and illnesses, this book is for you.

This book is originally transcriptions of a series of popular lectures, covering several topics such as alcoholism, obesity, sexual problems, and cancer. In this book, you will learn why the body may not respond to traditional medical approaches like drugs, surgery, or counseling. 

It tells you the importance of including spiritual practices in your healing and recovery, and how to incorporate them in the process.

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8. Discovery of the Presence of God

“Enlightenment is the consequence of the surrender of all dualistic illusions to Truth. All suffering ends with the dissolution of the ego’s personalities.”

In duality, manifestation is perceived as linear. There is both a cause and an effect. Nonduality bypasses this conceptual limitation and points to the basic truth.

This book is about devotional nonduality. Devotion prioritizes one’s life and attracts that which is of assistance. At its core are humility and the willingness to surrender all belief systems and illusions of ‘I know’.

If you are committed to the path of nonduality and spirituality, this book is for you.

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9. Truth vs. Falsehood

“The design of the human mind is also comparable to that of a computer in which the brain is the hardware that is capable of playing any software programs fed into it.”

With the credibility and integrity of all levels of society in doubt, the author writes this book to reveal the consciousness calibrations of various forms of media, politics, and ideology.

As per the author, the human mind is dualistic, naive, and gullible in design. It will believe anything the society has programmed it to believe.

So if you want to tell the difference between truth and falsehood, this book is for you. This book is great for readers who love history and political science.

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10. Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man

“Without awareness, one is, but paradoxically, does not ‘know’ that one is.”

If you have read the author’s trilogy (Power vs. Force, The Eye of the I, and I), this book would serve as a refresher to old material. It will clarify the difference between illusion and reality.

However, in this book, the author doesn’t give you new information from the individual perspective. Instead, he explores his theory as a whole from a more societal, religious, and cultural perspective.

This book is suitable for readers who want to understand how the map of consciousness is applied to the modern world.

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My Book on Spiritual Awakening

Empty Your Cup by Yong Kang Chan

Why don’t we love ourselves? The culprit is the mind.

Throughout this book, the cup is used as an analogy for the mind. There are seven stages that the mind goes through. Reading this book will help you understand why and how our minds became our obstacles to self-compassion and spiritual awakening.

You will also learn what spiritual awakening feels like and ways to stay awake. If you are looking for a simple book that helps you reconnect with your spiritual self, this is the book for you.

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Yong Kang
Yong Kang

Hey there, I’m Yong Kang, best known as Nerdy Creator. I’m an author of seven books. I write about spirituality, self-compassion, and mindfulness. I love reading books, especially non-fiction. The list above is a combination of what I have read and my research. Each year, I create a Top 10 list of my favorite books.