Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins

IMAGINE—WHAT IF you had access to a simple yes-or-no (Y/N) answer to any question you wished to ask. A demonstrably true answer. Any question, phrased as a statement.Think about it. There’s the obvious: “Jane is seeing another guy.” (Y/N). “Johnny is telling the truth about school.” (Y/N). But it’s only a short step to: “This is a safe investment.” (Y/N). “This career is worthy of my pursuit.” (Y/N).

Hell is not a condition imposed by a judgmental God, but rather the inevitable consequence of one’s own decisions. Hell is the final outcome of constantly choosing the negative and thus isolating oneself from love and truth.

Enlightened beings have always described the general populace as being “trapped in a dream”; the majority of people are driven by unseen forces, and most are in despair over this fact for a great deal of their lives.

We pray to God to relieve us of the burden of our sins, and by confession, we look for relief. Remorse seems woven into the fabric of life.

The attempt to impose standards of would-be absolute Good and Evil is, in fact, one of the great moral pitfalls.

Hawkins found that questions must be phrased so that the answer is very clearly yes or no, like a nerve synapse that is on or off; like the most basic cellular forms of “knowledge”.

I will spell it out in advance: the individual human mind is like a computer terminal connected to a giant database. The database is human consciousness itself, of which our own consciousness is merely an individual expression, but with its roots in the common consciousness of all mankind. This database is the realm of genius; because to be human is to participate in the database, everyone, by virtue of their birth, has access to genius. The unlimited information contained in the database has now been shown to be readily available to anyone in a few seconds, at any time and in any place. What is contained herein is only a reflection of that which you already know, but do not know that you know.

Thus, higher consciousness radiates a beneficial and healing effect on the world, verifiable in the human muscle response, which stays strong in the presence of love and truth. In contrast, non-true or negative energy fields induce a weak muscle response.

That which weakens life energy is to be avoided: shame, guilt, confusion, fear, hatred, pride, hopelessness, and falsehood.

That which uplifts life is to be realized: truth, courage, acceptance, reason, love, beauty, joy, and peace.

“Be kind and forgiving to everything and everyone, including yourself, at all times without exception.”

The core truths of the world’s great spiritual traditions: kindness and compassion to everything and everyone (including oneself), humility, forgiveness, simplicity, lovingness as a way of being, reverence for all of life, devotion to Truth, and surrender to God. It is a direct path to Enlightenment in which each internal progression of love and integrity uplifts the whole of existence: “We change the world not by what we say or do but as a consequence of what we have become.”

It is not that we lack data—we are virtually drowning in data. The obstacle is that we do not have the proper tools to interpret the significance of our data.

Society constantly expends its efforts to correct effects instead of causes, which is one reason why the evolution of human consciousness proceeds so slowly. Mankind is really barely on the first rung of the ladder; we have not yet solved even such primitive problems as world hunger.

The basic law of the universe is economy. The universe does not waste a single quark; all serves a purpose and fits into a balance—there are no extraneous events.

Man in fact operates primarily out of pattern-recognition; the logical arrangement of data serves mainly to enhance a pattern-recognition system that then becomes so-called “truth.” But nothing is ever “true,” except under certain circumstances, and then only from a particular viewpoint, characteristically unstate.

That this revelation proceeds from a fortuitous connection between the physiology of consciousness, the function of the human nervous system, and the physics of the universe is not surprising when we remind ourselves that we are, after all, part of a universe in which everything is connected to everything else; all its secrets are thus, theoretically at least, available to us if we know where and how to look.

Man thinks he lives by virtue of the forces he can control, but in fact, he is governed by power from unrevealed sources, power over which he has no control. Because power is effortless, it goes unseen and unsuspected. Force is experienced through the senses;

The advent of artificial intelligence supercomputers has allowed the application of the theories of nonlinear dynamics to be applied to the study of brain function through the technique of neurophysiologic modeling.

The function of memory is especially being studied by means of neural models, among which attractor networks have been identified. Conclusions of current research are that the brain’s neural networks act as a system of attractor patterns, so that the system does not behave in a random fashion overall—although each individual neuron may behave in seemingly random fashion.

The strength or weakness of every muscle was connected to the health or pathology of a specific corresponding body organ.

The most striking finding of kinesiology initially was a clear demonstration that muscles instantly become weak when the body is exposed to harmful stimuli. For instance, if a patient with hypoglycemia put sugar on his tongue, upon muscle testing, the deltoid muscle (the one usually used as an indicator muscle) instantly went weak.

The thrust of this book was that serious mental illnesses such as psychosis, as well as lesser ones, such as emotional disorder, had a genetic basis involving an abnormal biochemical pathway in the brain, a molecular basis that could be corrected on the molecular level. Manic-depressive illness, schizophrenia, alcoholism, and depression, therefore, could be affected by nutrition as well as medication.

Psychological stress is the net effect of a condition that you are resisting or wish to escape, but the condition does not have any power in and of itself. Nothing has the power within itself to “create” stress. The loud music that raises the blood pressure of one person can be a source of delight to another. A divorce may be traumatic if it is unwanted, or a release into freedom if it is desired.


Energy Level 20: SHAME

The level of Shame is perilously proximate to death, which may be chosen out of Shame as conscious suicide or more subtly elected by failure to take steps to prolong life, as in “passive suicide.” Death by avoidable accident is common. We all have some awareness of the pain of “losing face,” becoming discredited, or feeling like a “nonperson.” In Shame, people hang their heads and slink away, wishing they were invisible. Banishment is a traditional accompaniment of shame and, in the primitive societies from which we all originate, banishment is equivalent to death. Early life experiences such as sexual abuse, which lead to Shame, warp the personality often for a lifetime unless these issues are resolved by therapy.

Energy Level 30: GUILTGuilt, so commonly used in our society to manipulate and punish, manifests itself in a variety of expressions, such as remorse, self-recrimination, masochism, and the whole gamut of symptoms of victimhood. Unconscious Guilt results in psychosomatic disease, accident-proneness, and suicidal behaviors. Many people struggle with Guilt their entire lives, while others desperately attempt escape by amorally denying Guilt altogether.

Energy Level 50: APATHYThis level is characterized by poverty, despair, and hopelessness. The world and the future look bleak; pathos is the theme of life. Apathy is a state of helplessness; its victims, needy in every way, lack not only resources but also the energy to avail themselves of what resources may be available. Unless external energy is supplied by caregivers, death through passive suicide can result. Without the will to live, the hopeless stare blankly, unresponsive to stimuli, until their eyes stop tracking and there is not even enough energy left to swallow proffered food. This is the level of the homeless and the derelicts of society; it is also the fate of many of the aged and others who become isolated by chronic or progressive diseases. The apathetic are dependent; people in Apathy are “heavy” and are felt to be a burden by those around them. Too often, society lacks sufficient motivation to be of any real help to cultures as well as individuals at this level, who are seen as drains of resources. This is the level of the streets of Calcutta, where only the saintly such as Mother Teresa and her followers dare to tread. Apathy is the level of the abandonment of hope, and few have the courage to really look it in the face.This level is characterized by poverty, despair, and hopelessness. The world and the future look bleak; pathos is the theme of life. Apathy is a state of helplessness; its victims, needy in every way, lack not only resources but also the energy to avail themselves of what resources may be available. Unless external energy is supplied by caregivers, death through passive suicide can result. Without the will to live, the hopeless stare blankly, unresponsive to stimuli, until their eyes stop tracking and there is not even enough energy left to swallow proffered food. This is the level of the homeless and the derelicts of society; it is also the fate of many of the aged and others who become isolated by chronic or progressive diseases. The apathetic are dependent; people in Apathy are “heavy” and are felt to be a burden by those around them. Too often, society lacks sufficient motivation to be of any real help to cultures as well as individuals at this level, who are seen as drains of resources. This is the level of the streets of Calcutta, where only the saintly such as Mother Teresa and her followers dare to tread. Apathy is the level of the abandonment of hope, and few have the courage to really look it in the face.

Energy Level 75: GRIEF

This is the level of sadness, loss, and despondency. Most humans have experienced it for periods of time, but those who remain at this level live a life of constant regret and depression.

Energy Level 100: FEARFrom the viewpoint of this level, the world looks hazardous, full of traps and threats. Fear is the favored official tool for control by oppressive totalitarian agencies and regimes, and insecurity is the stock-in-trade of major manipulators of the marketplace.

Energy Level 125: DESIRE

There is yet more energy available at this level; Desire motivates vast areas of human activity, including the economy. Advertisers play on our Desire to program us with needs linked to instinctual drives.Desire, however, is a much higher state than Apathy or Grief. In order to “get,” you have to first have the energy to “want.”

Energy Level 150: ANGERAnger can lead to either constructive or destructive action.Anger over social injustice, victimization, and inequality has created great movements that led to major changes in the structure of society.

Energy Level 175: PRIDEPride is divisive and gives rise to factionalism; the consequences are costly. Man has habitually died for Pride; armies still regularly slaughter each other for that aspect of Pride called nationalism. Religious wars, political terrorism and zealotry, the ghastly history of the Middle East and Central Europe, are all the price of Pride, which all of society pays.

Energy Level 200: COURAGE

At the 200 level, power really first appears. At the level of Courage, an attainment of true power occurs; therefore, it is also the level of empowerment. This is the zone of exploration, accomplishment, fortitude, and determination.

Energy Level 250: NEUTRALITYTo be Neutral means to be relatively unattached to outcomes; not getting one’s way is no longer experienced as defeating, frightening, or frustrating.

Energy Level 310: WILLINGNESSGrowth is rapid; these are people chosen for advancement. Willingness implies that one has overcome inner resistance to life and is committed to participation.

Energy Level 350: ACCEPTANCEAt this level of awareness, a major transformation takes place, with the understanding that one is oneself the source and creator of the experience of one’s life. Taking such responsibility is distinctive of this degree of evolution, characterized by the capacity to live harmoniously with the forces of life.

Energy Level 400: REASON

Intelligence and rationality rise to the forefront when the emotionalism of the lower levels is transcended. Reason is capable of handling large, complex amounts of data; making rapid, correct decisions; understanding the intricacies of relationships, gradations, and fine distinctions; and expert manipulation of symbols as abstract concepts, which becomes increasingly important.At this level, it is easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees, to become infatuated with concepts and theories, ending up in intellectualism and missing the essential point. Intellectualising can become an end in itself. Reason is limited in that it does not afford the capacity for the discernment of essence or of the critical point of a complex issue. And it generally disregards context. Reason does not of itself provide a guide to truth. It produces massive amounts of information and documentation, but lacks the capability to resolve discrepancies in data and conclusions. Although Reason is highly effective in a technical world where the methodologies of logic dominate, Reason itself, paradoxically, is the major block to reaching higher levels of consciousness.

Energy Level 500: LOVE

Love as depicted in the mass media is not what this level implies. On the contrary, what the world generally refers to as love is an intense emotionality combining physical attraction, possessiveness, control, addiction, eroticism, and novelty. It is usually evanescent and fluctuating, waxing and waning with varying conditions. When frustrated, this emotion often reveals an underlying anger and dependency that it had masked. That love can turn to hate is a common concept, but what is being spoken about rather than love is an addictive sentimentality and attachment. Hate stems from Pride, not Love. There probably never was actual Love in such a relationship.The 500 level is characterized by the development of a Love that is unconditional, unchanging, and permanent. It does not fluctuate because its source within the person who loves is not dependent on external conditions.Loving is a state of being. It is a way of relating to the world that is forgiving, nurturing, and supportive. Love is not intellectual and does not proceed from the mind. Love emanates from the heart. It has the capacity to lift others and accomplish great feats because of its purity of motive. relating to the world that is forgiving, nurturing, and supportive.

Energy Level 540: JOY

As Love becomes more and more unconditional, it begins to be experienced as an inner Joy. This is not the sudden joy of a pleasurable turn of events; it is a constant accompaniment to all activities. Joy arises from within each moment of existence, rather than from any external source. 540 is also the level of healing and of spiritually based self-help groups.

Energy Level 600: PEACE

This energy field is associated with the experience designated by such terms as transcendence, self-realization, and God-consciousness. It is extremely rare. When this state is reached, the distinction between subject and object disappears, and there is no specific focal point of perception.These people are saintly and may eventually be designated officially as saints, although at this level, formal religion is commonly transcended, to be replaced by the pure spirituality out of which all religion originates.

Energy Levels 700-1,000:  ENLIGHTENMENT

This is the level of powerful inspiration; these beings set in place attractor energy fields that influence all of mankind down through the ages. At this level, there is no longer the experience of an individual personal self as separate from others; rather, there is an identification of Self with Consciousness and Divinity. The Unmanifest is experienced as Self beyond mind. This transcendence of the ego also serves by example to teach others how it can eventually be accomplished. This is the peak of the evolution of consciousness in the human realm.

85 percent of the human race calibrates below the critical level of 200.

The common belief is that it is the addictive substance itself to which the victim has become addicted, because of that substance’s power to create a “high” state of euphoria. But if we reexamine the nature of addiction through the methodology described, a different formulation of the process emerges. Alcohol or drugs do not, in and of themselves, have the power to create a “high” at all; they calibrate at only 100 (same as the level of vegetables). The so-called “high” that the drug or alcohol user experiences, however, can calibrate from 350 to 600. The actual effect of drugs is merely to suppress the lower energy fields, thereby allowing the user to experience exclusively only the higher ones.

Ours is a society that idealizes the pleasureless (hard work, stoicism, self-sacrifice, restraint) and tends to condemn pleasure in most of its simpler forms, frequently even declaring them to be illegal. (Politicians, whether secular or ecclesiastic, understand this phenomenon well. A ploy of local politicians to gain headlines is the public announcement of intents to prohibit pleasures in the prisons, to deny the inmates tobacco or TV or magazines.)

For example, at the demise of the South American drug lord Pablo Escobar, he was instantly replaced by three new kingpins, so the hydra now had three heads instead of one.4 Society’s drug problem requires a social approach calibrating at 350, and our current anti-drug program calibrates at only 150. Therefore, it is ineffective, and the money spent on it is wasted.

For instance, it is current dogma that tobacco causes cancer; our research, however, revealed that organically grown tobacco tests kinesiologically strong, whereas commercial tobacco tests weak. Tobacco was not noted as a carcinogen before 1957, but it does so now as the result of chemicals introduced into its manufacture at that time.Research reported in Science in 1995 indicates that one gram per day of vitamin C prevents cell damage from smoking. But the real solution is to identify and remove the carcinogenic chemicals from the manufacturing process.

Once the fear of death is transcended, life becomes a transformed experience because that particular fear underlies all others. Few people know what it is to live without fear—but beyond fear lies joy, as the meaning and purpose of existence become transparent. Once this realization occurs, life becomes effortless and the sources of suffering dissolve; suffering is only the price we pay for our attachments.

On examination, we will see that power arises from meaning. It has to do with motive, and it has to do with principle. Power is always associated with that which supports the significance of life itself. It appeals to that in human nature which we call noble, in contrast to force, which appeals to that which we call crass. Power appeals to that which uplifts, dignifies, and ennobles. Force must always be justified, whereas power requires no justification. Force is associated with the partial, power with the whole.

If we analyze the nature of force, it becomes readily apparent why it must always succumb to power; this is in accordance with one of the basic laws of physics. Because force automatically creates counter-force, its effect is limited by definition. We could say that force is a movement. It goes from here to there (or tries to) against opposition. Power, on the other hand, stands still. It is like a standing field that does not move. Gravity itself, for instance, does not move against anything. Its power moves all objects within its field, but the gravity field itself does not move.

Before we proceed, let us remind ourselves that the most advanced artificial intelligence machines in the world are unable to feel joy or happiness. Force can bring satisfaction, but only power brings joy. Victory over others brings us satisfaction, but victory over ourselves brings us joy.

The pen is indeed mightier than the sword, because power originates from the mind, whereas force is rooted only in the material world.

Winston Churchill never needed to use force with the British people; Gorbachev brought about total revolution in the largest political monolith in the world without firing a shot; Gandhi defeated the British Empire without raising a hand in anger. We might note that the seemingly endless Middle-Eastern conflict is not resolvable through violence but eventually, in the long run, through communication.

Another example is the previously cited government inability to solve the problem of drug use. Again, the mistake is in looking at the problem moralistically and acting out of force in a punitive role. The original critical error was the failure to differentiate between hard drugs and soft drugs. Hard drugs (narcotics) are addicting, with severe withdrawal effects, and have been traditionally associated with crime. Soft drugs (recreational) are nonaddicting, do not induce withdrawal, and are usually handled initially by amateurs. By criminalizing soft drugs, the government created a new criminal syndicate, wealthy and international in scope.

When a person looks at something that has been handcrafted, he goes strong; when he looks at a reproduction, he goes weak, and this is true regardless of pictorial content. An original of a disturbing subject will make the test-subject go stronger than a copy of a pleasant subject. Dedicated artists put love into their work, and there is great power in both the human touch and human originality. Therefore, kinesiology provides a fail-safe detector of art forgery.

Of all the world’s architecture, the great cathedrals elicit a special awe. Their energy patterns have calibrated the highest among architectural forms. This appears to be the result of several factors. Our experience of cathedrals can combine a number of arts simultaneously: music, sculpture, and painting, as well as spatial design. Moreover, these edifices are dedicated to the Divine;

A primary reason that so many people fail to recognize, and therefore empower, their own genius is because in the popular mind, genius is confused with a high IQ. This is a gross misunderstanding. It would be more helpful to see genius as simply an extraordinarily high degree of savvy in a given area of human activity. The misconception about IQ has arisen from the fact that many celebrated geniuses in the fields of mathematics and physics indeed did have high IQs; however, in those fields, the IQ necessary to comprehend the work is a prerequisite. There are droves of non-cerebral artistic geniuses, musical geniuses, designers and inventors, geniuses in many fields whose talent is that of innovative creativity within specified areas. Let us remember that IQ is merely a measure of academic capacity for logically comprehending symbols and words. The values that one lives by are more definitive of genius than IQ. From our studies, it appears that the alignment of one’s goals and values with high-energy attractors is more closely associated with genius than anything else. Genius can be more accurately identified by perseverance, courage, concentration, enormous drive, and absolute integrity. Talent alone is not enough. Dedication of an unusual degree is required to achieve mastery, and in the simplest definition, one could say that genius is the capacity for an extraordinary degree of mastery in one’s calling.

Generally speaking, physical and mental health are attendant upon positive attitudes, whereas ill health, both physical and mental, is associated with such negative attitudes as resentment, jealousy, hostility, self-pity, fear, anxiety, etc.

Does all of this mean that if we learn to operate on the level of unconditional love, we will become immortal? No. The protoplasm of the physical body is vulnerable to its own genetic programming, as well as to its external environment. But from the viewpoint of consciousness level 500 and above, it appears that death itself is only an illusion, and that life goes on unimpeded by the limitation of perception which results from being localized in a physical body. Consciousness is the vital energy that both gives life to the body and survives beyond the body in a different realm of existence.

We supposedly “normal” humans are completely preoccupied with our function as transformers of concepts from the invisible level, ABC, to the sensory perceptual level of A→B→C. Extraordinary individuals live primarily in the world of the ABC. (Those who live beyond that, in the completely formless domain of pure consciousness itself, we call mystics.) To such individuals, the origin of everything is obvious; they are uninterested in the process of making things visible and manifest. In everyday life, these are the creative people who spawn new enterprises and then turn over their execution and management to others.

To be or not to be is not a choice; one may decide to be this or that, but to be is, simply, the only fact there is.

What seem to be truly original thoughts appear only through the medium of genius and are invariably felt by their authors to be found or given, not created. It may be the case that we are each unique, as no two snowflakes are alike; however, we are still just snowflakes.

Great leaps in level of consciousness are always preceded by surrender of the illusion that “I know.” Frequently, the only way one can reach this willingness to change is when one “hits bottom,” that is, by running out a course of action to its end in the defeat of a futile belief system. Light cannot enter a closed box;

From thinking that we “are” our minds, we begin to see that we “have” minds, and that it is the mind that has thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and opinions. Eventually, we may arrive at the insight that all our thoughts are merely borrowed from the great database of consciousness and were never really our own to begin with.

Will is everything. Its not about what you can or can't do.

The question is "WILL you do it?"