[Book Review] Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.


In my last article, I spoke about this week’s Mercury Retrograde and Full Moon energy being a powerful time to release.

I find it wonderful synchronicity that the Hay House book I chose to read and review in October  is ……Letting Go: The Pathway to Surrender by David R Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.

(This is how Universe speaks to me / us – and a perfect example of  ‘what we focus on, grows’!)

I personally love the energy of grace. And, I feel our willingness to consider the idea of surrender and our ability to naturally, joyfully ‘let go’ is directly related to our understanding of, and experience with, grace. I invite grace into each area of my life – even the spaces some looking in might label ‘messy’ (*especially* those spaces!).  As a direct result, I feel grace ‘working’ in each area of my life – that feeling naturally amplifies my trust in the process of flow and unfolding and allows me to be present to understanding and awareness of the natural cycles in physical and energetic life.

Because I want to live with my heart-wide open, to love deeply and walk my heart path with joy, the title of this book drew me in.

I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to experience the fullness of peace and possibility in each moment of life. 

As Dr David Hawkins shares in the introduction:

“The purpose of sharing this approach is merely to put you in touch with your own inner feelings and experiences.”

In my personal practice of presence, I understand that if I allow a feeling to completely unfold, it will naturally unfold to peace. It might take a while, but it will happen. Pain happens when I (we) resist the process of unfolding and a barrier is created – temporarily constricting flow.

The premise of the message in this book confirms that practice.

The book opens with an explanation of the meaning of ‘letting go’ and the possible results if one chooses to experiment with this practice.  As the author states:

“One delightful discovery we will make is that our capacity for love is far beyond what we ever dreamed.”

There is also discussion about resistance to feeling a range of emotions and how the body holds this resistance.

The author believes that the answer is truly ‘within’ – that we have a choice on how to process and create (or to react, if we wish). The author guides the reader on a thorough and ‘easy to understand and process’ exploration of each emotion beginning at the bottom (lowest energetic vibration)  through the top (highest energetic vibration) of the scale on the Map of Consciousness.

Each emotion is given its own chapter. Within each chapter, there is discussion of the belief and feeling commonly correlated to the energy, how the energy is held in the body, what patterns are associated with this emotion and how that presents itself in physical ways in daily life.  In each chapter, there are examples of how to apply the concept of surrender with the emotion being discussed.

What are we surrendering? The idea of “I can’t” and fear-based thoughts, attachment, judgment, ego.

This is followed by a chapter on stress – how the body holds stress and examples of how one could use this practice of surrender to alleviate that stress. The mind/body connection is mentioned throughout the book and has its own chapter at the end. There are chapters on potential benefits of using this practice and how the feel of the quality of your experience of life could naturally expand. In closing, there is a question and answer chapter followed by a lengthy explanation of muscle testing – how it works and how to apply the practice, if you wish.

I enjoyed the organization of the book – an intentional progression into ‘higher vibration’ energies, which eases mind into considering this practice and allows for a gradual heart opening to the potential for peace in each moment. One could choose to read a chapter and apply it, then continue on to the next chapter or to read the entire book and explore the practice as a whole.

What sets this book apart from others is the detailed explanation that is very informative and not at all ‘preachy’ and the use of clear examples that pertain to many of us in daily life; encouraging and inspiring the reader to experiment with the practice, instead of leaving this valuable information in the book, tucked away somewhere special to return to later. As it is presented, it all feels natural and do-able.

I tend to resist the word ‘surrender’ but I found myself very open to the idea after reading this book. I can understand why it is important to my whole-body/being health and how it complements my choice to live with an open-heart.

Simply reading through the book feels like it lightens energy (I think understanding, in general, deepens awareness and connection) and feels healing.

You can purchase “Letting Go: The Pathway to Surrender” from these sources:


Barnes and Noble

Hay House


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

Dear Reader: Have you read this book? If so, I would love to receive your thoughts on it. When you think about and feel into the energy of surrender – what arises within for you / what experience have you had with this energy? (when you share, you inspire)

Thank you for your presence!

Much peace and abundant love,


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Comments on: "[Book Review] Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D." (4)

  1. Jean Sampson said:

    I have not read the book but I have his CDs and listen to him while I am out walking—-quite fascinating!
    Actually, Joy, it sounds to me as if YOU could have written this book! :)

    • I love that you listen to inspirational messages and materials while you walk, Jean – it’s so powerful to mix physical movement with energetic shifting!

      And, thank you for the kind words- one reason I was so astounded as I read this book was that I do live this particular message and continue to learn how to live it more fully, and here was a ‘master teacher’ sharing it; it’s quite encouraging in many ways.

  2. My first book about consciousness was just published and I would love your help in spreading the good word. If you are interested in receiving a free copy, please provide me with your mailing address and I will send you Consciousness Archaeology right away. Many thanks to you my friend….Peace and Love!


    P.s….For a preview, go to amazon.com



    • Thank you for sharing the link, Maximus – and for your generous offer! I look forward to receiving and reviewing a copy of your book.

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