*A Book Review*
Power vs. Force
The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior
By David R. Hawkins, M.D, Ph.D.
by Michael C. Gray
December 2, 2002
When you hear the details about this book, you might think I've gone "over the edge". If you have no interest in the "metaphysical" or spirituality, this book review and this book may not be for you.
If you are open-minded about spiritual subjects and the application of spiritual sense to business and everyday life, you might find this to be the most important book you have read in some time.
Dr. Hawkins has the credentials that should command a fair hearing. He began work in psychiatry in 1952 and is currently the director of The Institute for Advanced Theoretical Research.
The proposition that Dr. Hawkins presents in this book is "...the human mind is like a computer terminal connected to a giant database. The database is human consciousness itself... with its roots in the common consciousness of all mankind. ...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."
In other words, Dr. Hawkins presents a method, using "kinesiological testing", to get an accurate answer to any question (except predicting the future) with a "yes or no; true or false" answer by accessing the sum total of human experience. Kinesiological testing is a simple procedure relating to the mind-body connection that can be performed by two people. With his research assistants, Dr. Hawkins has performed thousands of tests of the reliability of the procedure. I invite you to read about it and try it for yourself.
Using this method, Dr. Hawkins has made a logarithmic scale ranking of different levels of consciousness, from shame (20) to courage (200) to enlightenment (700 - 1,000).
According to Dr. Hawkins, effectiveness of activity from the higher states of consciousness is based on power, the influence of good or leadership. The effectiveness of activity from the lower states of consciousness is based on force.
Dr. Hawkins contrasts power vs. force in the areas of politics, the marketplace, and in sports. In politics, the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence were both based on spiritual principles from which they derive their power to inspire the world to pursue the democratic ideal. In business, Wal-Mart is cited as an example of a successful principle-centered organization. In sports, individual athletes inspire us through their devotion to the ideals of sport, rather than their personal glory.
There is obviously a lot of food for thought here. I found this book to be challenging reading, but well worth the effort. Meanwhile, the technique of using energy testing is simple to apply and experiment with for a very practical application.
Try it. You may be astounded by the results!
Buy it on Amazon: Power vs. Force.
For our new reviews of business and self-improvement books, subscribe to our newsletter, Michael Gray, CPA's Tax & Business Insight!
Home Business Building Blog Introduction Seven Habits Business Improvement Book Reviews Need Help? Links