America Tonight with Kate Delaney features Hedin Daubenspeck, the author of Pony Ride to an Awakening: The Journey of a Mystic (Balboa Press; 2020).
Who is Hedin Daubenspeck?
Hedin Daubenspeck is a mystic, shaman, philosopher, and author who grew up in Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree from the University of Oklahoma. His public accounting practice serves entrepreneurial businesses and individuals. He also completed several graduate courses in consciousness studies at the University of Philosophical Research before the master’s degree program was discontinued.
Hedinhas studied the esoteric mysteries of the Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Hebrews, Hindus, Buddhists, Daoists, Christians, and Native Americans to acquire wisdom.
What “Pony Ride to an Awakening” is all about?
Pony Ride to an Awakening: The Journey of a Mysticis an enlightening culmination of 30,000 hours of intense esoteric study by Hedin. As an encyclopedia of consciousness, this guidebook to spirituality covers many different beliefs, philosophies, and practices to enable the seeker’s personal growth.
Hedinis motivated to share his knowledge with others. He explained to his host Kate Delaney the reason for writing his book, “When I was a young man, I decided I wanted to know all the wisdom the world could bestow upon me. I set out to study all the world religions.
“After 40 years of study in the library and developing personal and spiritual awareness, I thought, ‘Let me write a book to explain the process because not everybody has 40 years to spend in the library.’”
What makes Pony Ride to an Awakeningdifferent from other books on religions and philosophies? It is an encyclopedia of consciousness or a guidebook to spirituality geared toward people who read books on religions and philosophies but cannot seem to grasp the subjects discussed.
“The academia, the university, the library… they have lots of books that talk about religion and consciousness in a factual way,” said Hedin, “but nowhere in my lifetime have I found a book that explains how do you do it. I have to look. I felt like I was called to write something that will explain the process.”
The key to higher consciousness
Hedin said, “The key to higher consciousness is trusting yourself. We all have intuition. If we will listen and follow our intuition and trust it, it leads us to better outcomes. The more we trust it, the more our psyche opens up to us and over time, maybe we’ll gain clairaudience or clairvoyance and other gifts will come to us. It begins with trusting ourselves.
“We hear so many people telling us what to believe, what to think, what to do but internally, we are our own best master and we must learn to trust ourselves.”
The reason why people don’t trust themselves and ignore what their gut tells them is due to the influence of religious institutions.
“In some cases, our religious institutions tell us not to listen to that inner voice, saying ‘it might be the devil’. I really think our inner voice is our consciousness and it’s the best, truest wisdom that we can get.”
A dark night of the soul
Like many other mystics, Hedin also experienced the dark night of the soul. “I experienced it in my early 40s and it lasted for years.
“It’s not unusual in life to have a dark night of the soul. We might lose a partner. We might lose a child. We might have a terminal illness. We might have a divorce. Certain things happen in our life where we feel like we’re at the bottom.
“When you are at the bottom, there’s nowhere to go except up, so your brain doesn’t help you, your body doesn’t help you, so you reach out and ask God to please help you. At that moment of surrender, we make a permanent new connection with the divine that continues with us. In that moment, the ego surrenders, and then we know the ego has its limitations and that the divine is our true master. At that moment, we can rise above our ego and begin to listen to our higher self.
Hedin recognizes the power of faith as a source of faith and consolation in the dark night of the soul.
“I had an early childhood indoctrination to the Baptist Protestant religion. In that early childhood indoctrination, I gained a tremendous amount of faith in God, a real, deep, true, and honest faith. Now, in that dark night, that faith sustained me. I knew there would be a better day. I knew tomorrow would be better. I have a positive outlook. I didn’t give up. I always have to state that the divine would be there for me.”
Order today Hedin Daubenspeck’s Pony Ride to an Awakening: The Journey of a Mystic on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Balboa Press, and the author’s website https://www.ponyridetoanawakening.com/