Book Review: The Eye of the I

After my journey through the Mistborn trilogy, I returned to nonfiction. From personal experience, nonfiction has helped me with some worldbuilding issues in the past. I chose a heavy philosophical read by David Hawkins. The Eye of the I promised to unveil some interesting tidbits about life; I wasn’t disappointed.

Information

David Hawkins’ books are ponderous with a great deal of depth. Many a reader, I imagine, may come away overwhelmed. I certainly was when I first stumbled upon his work. Still, I’ve learned plenty about life, religion, and other esoteric concepts.

Hawkins speaks about levels of consciousness. If you’ve read my other posts, you may be familiar with his consciousness scale.

Human emotions calibrate at specific frequencies. The baser the emotion, the lower the rating. Hawkins mentions the various problems of the ego and its addiction to the baser levels. There is an assumed payoff of indulging in emotions like pride, guilt, and fear. I can attest to this, as my mind likes to worry and get impatient about certain things. There is a peculiar pleasure about worrying that is both stimulating and disgusting. I imagine that you, dear reader, can relate.

Hawkins also describes various states of consciousness, including astral travel, ancient history, psychic abilities, and other newage nerdy stuff.

The Argument

The ego, Hawkins said, claims ownership over life, despite it being a primitive construct of our minds. The key is to surrender our addictions to these baser emotions. They calibrate below the boundary of truth and falsehood.

Instead, Hawkins advises the higher emotions of courage, acceptance, reason, and compassion. These are what build society, not tear it down. Hawkins goes to great lengths to give examples throughout history. He also provides the groundwork for readers/students to raise their own consciousness. Just a few points, Hawkins said, is a significant increase in personal power.

Length

The book is a decent length at 300ish pages. That said, each page is packed with information. I had to reread and outline pages. This was more of a study than a read-through.

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The Good

There are several great takeaways for the reader. How to view life in a better way and cultivate inner peace; how to surpass destructive emotions that hold us back; methods of determining truth from falsity. For the student prepared for this information, it can be invaluable.

The Bad

The heavy literature will daunt some readers and confuse others. Again, this isn’t a light read, but on par with college-level dissertations. It may require multiple readthroughs of chapters to grasp the meanings. I assure you, it’s worth it—provided you’re ready.

The Ugly

Other sections of the book are so esoteric, so otherworldly, that most will reject them outright. Many of these paragraphs could have been condensed or simplified for the sake of the reader. The editor may have kept them for their originality. There were a few typos, and the book would have benefited from a final proofread.

The Eye of the I is a ponderous piece, full of esoteric detail and complex segments. Still, there are nuggets to be found amidst its troves of pages. Whether you’re new to David Hawkins or a fan, there are always new things to learn from rereading the book. It has certainly put things into perspective for me. One might be surprised how much worldbuilding fuel can be gathered from such a read. I’ve incorporated several tidbits from Hawkins into my stories, particularly Ethereal Seals.

And for that, I am grateful for discovering Hawkins’ work.


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