Book Review: "Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior" by David R. Hawkins

I discovered this book on Amazon through the ‘customers who bought x also bought’ tab—so useful!

This book profoundly changed my perspective, and altered my understanding of the ideal way to lead a life.

The author was a psychiatrist who underwent a profound spiritual transformation—one that apparently allowed him to perform miracles and treat over 1,000 new patients per year.

What I found most encouraging about his story and his message is the acknowledgment of science in conjunction with spirituality. He grounds his ideas in research on a relatively new discipline, behavioral kinesiology, based on the discovery that indicator muscles will strengthen or weaken in the presence of positive or negative emotional, intellectual, and physical stimuli.

This evidence is startling because the body does not lie, and it provides the ultimate way of measuring truth and falsehood.

By far the most profound section of the book is two pages containing a map of consciousness, which Hawkins uses to illustrate levels of connection to energy fields ranging from 1 and 1000—‘shame’ occupying the lowest realm, and ‘enlightenment’ occupying the highest.

One of my favorite sections of the book was a chapter entitled ‘Genius and the Power of Creativity.’ Hawkins says that genius is by definition a style of consciousness characterized by the ability to access high-energy attractor patterns, and that creativity is a process that proceeds from revelation, as if by a sudden “flash” to the brain.

Regarding the title, ‘Force’ designates ego and conceptualization, the tendency of an ordinary person take credit for their ideas, whereas ‘Power’ designates humility and inspiration, the tendency of a genius to accredit their ideas to an infinite external source.