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Power vs. Force

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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  10,556 ratings  ·  596 reviews
David R. Hawkins details how anyone may resolve the most crucial of all human dilemmas: how to instantly determine the truth or falsehood of any statement or supposed fact. Dr. Hawkins, who worked as a "healing psychiatrist" during his long and distinguished career, uses theoretical concepts from particle physics, nonlinear dynamics, and chaos theory to support his study o ...more
Paperback, 341 pages
Published March 5th 2002 by Hay House (first published June 1st 1985)
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George in truth one need only under stand 2 pages 95 "levels of consciousness: or enlightenment. The other is the the force vs power words? 188 ?? The Yin an…morein truth one need only under stand 2 pages 95 "levels of consciousness: or enlightenment. The other is the the force vs power words? 188 ?? The Yin and the Yang of the force vs power novellette is better described through others::

Don't get hung up on the infomercial aspect of this book !! it led me back to another "Tao of physics" where i scarily consider how power is some idealization of space-time. Scary when you think you :know: Feynmann diagram.(less)

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Sep 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: truth seekers
This is the most significant book I have read in a long time. Power Vs. Force explains the connection between individual levels of consciousness and human behavior.

This is important because every decision we make and every action we take is driven by our individual level of consciousness.

Dr. David R. Hawkins uses Applied Kinesiology as a tool for doing consciousness research. Using Applied Kinesiology, he developed a map of consciousness that ranges from 1 to 1000. According to consciousness r
Nov 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book is over-hyped by people who should know better. It supposedly proves that you can tell the truth of something by how much resistance your body puts up ("applied kinesiology") when someone asks you a yes or no question. They say "are you hungry?" and try to push your arm down, and if it holds firm, that means, "yes, time to eat." If your muscles react weakly and your arm falls to your side, that means "dude, I'm stuffed." What?!

Does that sound plausible? No. Common sense says, "this is
Mario Tomic
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book. It starts a bit slow but then after a couple of chapters it really picks up and unveils absolutely fascinating research on different levels of human consciousness. The book is filled with examples, and I could definitely relate to a lot of things being said about the influences of environments and people around us. This is an evergreen piece of material that people will be as fascinated a 100 years from now as I was reading it in today's time. Highly recommended for those who see ...more
Kim Olver
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book that speaks of the difference between power and force. Power is quiet and requires no explanation. Force is coercive and creates an automatic counterforce.

This has great applicability for couples, parents and bosses. Standing on the side of truth, justice and all that sustains life is power. This is strength of its own merit. Force represents all that is negative and life destructive.

Whenever you attempt to make someone do something that they don't want to do, you are a
Nov 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018-odyssey, theory
This book was like a person covered in marshmallow fluff wanting to hug you.

Total fail. I don't know what my brain thought when I saw this and ordered it, but definitely not this. I think some people would categorize this as hippy-dippy, but for me it seemed like a rather disturbing amalgamation from the bits I skimmed. I started with the Preface and went, 'Hmm...'; then moved onto to the Introduction and was like, 'Well, there's that'; and finally, just started reading opening and closing parag
Riley Haas
Dec 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
"One of the worst books I have ever read. On par with The Secret and perhaps worse because this guy has an MD and claims to have a PhD (his PhD was acquired from a university later shutdown by the State of California for literally being a degree factory).

Here are some random thoughts because the book makes me too angry to even compose a thoughtful review:
He explains the levels of energy in one chapter (never really explaining how he could possibly measure this stuff), then he discusses culture
Jan 29, 2008 rated it liked it
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Helene M
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. has established a powerful measure of consciousness .

Substantial conceptualization of human behavior .Fresh view on how your body expounds and reacts to people and objects around us . A intellectual description of aggressive behavior .

A challenging read . But worth the endeavor. Looking forward to reading more from this brilliant man and magnificent writer

Jul 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was an interesting read, it's a terrible book, even a Bad book by several standards, but it was interesting to read as a case study. Having read some of the work of Noam Chomsky, and having become sensitive to what he called "institutional blindness," it was interesting recognize it in a fairly typical fashion in, of all places, a self-help book. Which, in retrospect, is not that surprising considering who this kind of literature is marketed to: middle to upper-class Americans and the persp ...more
Byrd Alyssa
Aug 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: peeps who are curious about making tangible life improvements
This is an amazing book that details, (from subtitle) "The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior". It is engaging to peek into the psychology, both conscious and subconscious, of the underlying behavior patterns and choices made throughout life. Yes, you may find this book on the self help shelves (shudder!), but in this case, it will actually help many of us to overcome negative behaviors, converting them into positives. As I like to say, we can all use less "nega-thought" and more "posi-though ...more
Iona  Stewart
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a unique book - I’ve never read anything like it before.

The book is worth reading for the preface alone. Here Hawkins discloses his various awakening experiences, beginning at the age of three. At one point, when caught in a blizzard, he enters “a state of peace beyond all description … accompanied by a suffusion of light and a Presence of infinite love”. This was indistinguishable from his own essence. Later in life he enters a permanent state of bliss. He was “an instrument of the Infi
Bob Nichols
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Under his scientific kinesiological system (testing muscle reactions to good and bad stimuli), Hawkins rates human traits on a numeric scale. Most of us (85%) are below 200 because we focus on survival and are preoccupied with negative thoughts and feelings. Those that are in the 200-500 range are increasingly humanitarian in orientation. Descartes, Freud, Einstein were rated at 499 - how they were measured, I can't say right off). Hawkins says currenly that only "twelve persons on the planet" c ...more
Hansen Wendlandt
Disclaimer: I read this for a friend, and tried very hard to give it a fair read. And in fact, the primary cosmological argument wasn't as crazy as I suspected, although with all the benefit of the doubt, the epistemic and axiological implications are still dumbfounding.
PvF is not really the self-help para-spirituality that it seems on hearing a review. For instance, Hawkins never gets close to explaining how you can use consciousness to financially invest better, giving credence to his purity
Ron Wroblewski
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A different book then I have ever read, yet one with wisdom and a way to determine truth by using muscle testing. Imagine, what if you had access to a simple yes-or-no answer to any question you wished to asked? Any question...think about it. Power is much stronger than force., but 85% of people life by force - fear, anger, shame, guilt, apathy, desire, pride - all these are negative and weaken us. It show how we can overcome this and adopt characteristics like Courage, Willingness, Acceptance, ...more
Pennie Rumsey
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This idea on p. 108 has transformed the way I see motivation and how to inspire my children.

Power Vs. Force by
“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 and dignifies- 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
Emma Scott
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another read by my hubs that is inexplicably linked to my GR account. Some day I’ll figure out how to unlink them. Today is not that day. 😴
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mallory Backstrom
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Picking up this book was probably one of the best things I have ever done for my own growth and development. Hawkins was my mentors mentor and was quite prolific in his own right. I found this book to be mentally invigorating and spiritually resonant. My favorite books are the ones that change the mind of the reader, thereby changing the way they view the world. This book took my stagnant lens and turned it around and around until I found myself viewing a world I had glazed over with mis-creatio ...more
Michael Graber
Power Versus Force may be the most acute study of the levels of consciousness. Dr. Hawkins is a master of science and spirituality, which is too rare of a combination. His synthesis of these two branches of inquiry provide insights that neither mere science nor esoteric mystical text can provide.

Hawkins' Map of Consciousness offers a context for understanding how people, cultures, religions, and texts aid or hinder the path. Using muscle testing, Hawkins calibrates various myths, truths, and so
Barbara Lemon
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book years ago. I loved it! What is real power and how do we know when something is true or real? Do you get manipulated or do you manipulate others? Read this book and take a good hard look at yourself ! Life changing!
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Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 an
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
This might be a 5 star book but my reviews are stingy today ;-)

What I found of immense value here was 1) the evolutionary scale of human consciousness (which maps well onto the Abraham/Hicks emotional guidance scale) 2) the very clear discussion of how the context of one's state of consciousness strongly affects the creation of meaning/truth for that person 3) the very extensive discussion of very high states of consciousness by an author who has achieved enlightenment.

You don't need to worry a
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
A tough read at times, but many interesting and enlightening concepts. I think it warrants a re-read just to really wrap my head around the subject. It focuses primarily on defining power (which is intrinsically good and destined to succeed) and force (which is intrinsically "bad" and destined for failure). It explores many spiritual concepts of "good" vs. "evil" and how we physically respond to "good" or "bad" elements regardless of our views or belief systems. It discusses differences in "spir ...more
Mirek Jasinski
May 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
* The rating does not reflect the true value of this book and is the outcome of two vectors:
1) a negative one, ie. the testing by means of behavioral kinesiology, the need to present the findings as scientifically proven, underlying contradictions in the theory, and the attempts to justify his system by quantum theory;
2) a positive one which is a story of a psychiatric doctor, who suffered himself and came up with a value system which helped him to bootstrap his recovery.

If I were to recommend
Lee Sinclair
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
There are lots of things to like about this book, especially the fresh perspective being offered on matters that have been written about before by so many people with so many different views. I've read enough books so it's unusual to find one with a substantial quantity of new information about these topics. Plus the clarity of the writing is very good, given the complex topic being discussed. Whether you agree with everything he says or not, it can be a very thought-provoking book.

My main reser
Duffy Doherty
Jul 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I would give this book 6 stars if I could...10 even! Dr David R. Hawkins provides the certainty that there is truth; immovable unspinnable and accessible to us all using scientific principles.

We all experience that deep knowing at times in our lives, but frequently our cultural teachings (oxymoron?) blind us from truth. Well the amazing human nervous system it turns out is connected to the collective consciousness and this book provides methods developed over 30 years of testing that will allow
Kelly Enck
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dr. David R. Hawkins encompasses particle physics, nonlinear dynamics, chaos theory, and his own discoveries about the nature and accessibility of truth.

"Power vs. Force" is the foundation of Dr. Hawkins' large body of work.

I met the Doc at a lecture in 2004, at the Unity Church, in Novato, California. He was giving a lecture on his book, Power vs. Force, and it was so powerful-- I sold my home and took off around the world with a backpack to stand in Holy sites, which Hawkins said had a trans
Mikey T
Dec 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book shapes worldviews.
The information presented in this book ranks among the most influential in my entire life. It is clear, reproducible, verifiable, and significant. I don't know what I can add to what others have already said about it. However, if you have stumbled upon or have been drawn to this book in some way before, but have not read it yet, please hesitate no longer. Read it if you will.
Alison Jones
Mar 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who has struggled between wanting something and willing something.
Recommended to Alison by: Mary Michel
Heavy read - but it WILL change the way you understand social psychology/sociology forever. We're talking quantum physics here, People. And when you finally see the difference between Power and Force - their constant tug-of-war over the masses, it leaves you no choice but to try to raise your "level" immediately to one capable of bringing more Power to the world. ...more
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Certainly a worthwhile read with some mind blowing concepts. He provides a recontextualization of life using the muscle testing technique. His writing style was quite academic which left more to be desired and certainly many lay readers would find off-putting. Wish he described more of the technique itself or its variations that could be done without two people. Overall a 4.5.
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Sir David Ramon Hawkins, M.D, Ph.D. is a nationally renowned psychiatrist, physician, researcher, spiritual teacher and lecturer. The uniqueness of his contribution to humanity comes from the advanced state of spiritual awareness known as " Enlightenment," "Self–Realization," and "Unio Mystica."Rarely, if ever, has this spiritual state occurred in the life of an accomplished scientist and physicia ...more

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