Power vs. Force
David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. George Goodheart pioneered applied kinesiology in the 1800s with the concept that the body knows at a subconscious level what is good and bad for it. This knowledge can be tapped through muscle testing with the classic example of synthetic sweeteners vs natural supplements. In the late 1970s, Dr. John Diamond refined behavioural kinesiology. The same indicators show strength and weakness based on positive or negative emotional and intellectual stimuli (not just physical). Results remained consistent no matter who was tested or when. Subjects didn't need to be familiar with the matter in question or even speak the language of the questioner. In the example of the sweetener vs. the supplement, results were consistent in even double-blind tests. It is more reliable than a lie detector machine, and the only limitation was that the situation in question had to be binary - clearly yes or no, on or off.
One of Dr. Hawkins' major contributions to this study was a means of calibrating relative truths on a scale from 1-1000. By determining through y/n questions where something calibrated on this scale, items could be compared and analyzed given the ideological validity as an innate quality. He then applied this to the levels of consciousness thereby allowing an analysis of individual, conditions, societies, and other complex concepts.
Kinesiology shows the beyond a doubt the connection between mind and body. In fact the mind "thinks" with the body. The purpose of the study was to develop a map of the fields of human consciousness in terms of what is life supporting as delineated from what is not. Fields of dominance can also be determined as what thing will hold sway over another. This is all based on the understanding that Attractor patterns through the use of operants create the observable events that we witness in life. As this map developed, there came a scale of consciousness that calibrated from 1 to 1000 in a logarithmic pattern. Most human experience falls within the 1-600 range. Above that is considered the realm of non-ordinary evolution - the enlightened sages and highest spiritual states. Below 200 is weak. Anything above that are increasing levels of strength.
This study was done over a 20 yr period. Calibrations were done on any number of subjects and thousands of people were involved from all over the world. The backgrounds were as diversified as could be, yet the results without exception were identical. It was found that the ideas that were tested had to be phrased as a statement so that the body could respond either true or false. Statements also had to be present tense. No inquiries about the future provided any consistent results. Both people involved had to remain as objective as possible because any strong emotions or distractions could skew the results. It was found that not only was the procedure accurate for physical objects held in hand, but also for mental states, and images held in the mind.
In the section called Test Results and Interpretation, Hawkins discusses the levels of calibration and how they relate to one another. Everything that rated below 200 on this scale will test as weak, but it's interesting that there are levels even in weakness. Apathy is better than Shame, and even Anger is better than Fear because is shows an assertion of self rather than being totally defensive to the whims of the environment. Interestingly in this section Hawkins discusses two topics that are central to Alphabiotics. First that stress is not caused by specific stimuli, but by how we react to them. The same stimulus may be stressful to one person and not another given each one's perspective and conditioning. Second that there is a difference between treating and healing. Treating is dealing with the symptoms whereas healing focuses on resolving the core issue or cause. We can treat things all we like, but until the original cause is exposed, healing will not occur.
Each level is explored in depth, and each level has its own characteristics. The level of consciousness determines the emotions felt, challenges faced, and perceptions experienced. Given the level of the perceiver, a single set of circumstances may have entirely different meaning. This is based entirely on perception. In a sense it is like the difference between one person looking out a dirty window while another sees the world through rose coloured glasses.
It is amazing to think that 85% of the human race calibrates as weak in that they test below the critical point of 200. Yet the overall average for humanity is approximately 207. With only 4% calibrating at over 500, it just serves to show how much good can be done by a relatively small percentage of the population. In explaining this further, we realize that much of this is because of the life conditions in which people live. It is similar to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs in that those in extreme poverty are far more focused on simply staying alive. Food, shelter, and clothing are of primary concern. Only once these needs are fulfilled consistently can one have the 'luxury' of rising to loftier goals. At the highest levels, all the basic physical needs for survival are met, so that it is no longer necessary to remain egocentric. Now focus can be directed outwards towards the greater good.
The applications for this kind of research are limitless. In industrial and scientific research alone the savings in time and resources would be astronomical. Marketing campaigns, research and development, diagnosis and selection of care can all be determined without the usual biases. Simply by focusing on the level of truth and effectiveness, businesses, industries and even lives could be saved.
Further avenues are explored relating to events, research, and criminal justice. Just in the latter the effects of applying these techniques would completely overhaul society as we know it. Because these procedures are more accurate than a Polygraph, it's simply a matter of asking whether an accusation is valid, and whether an individual is guilty. Judges, juries, lawyers, and all the rest of the legal juggernaut that exists today become superfluous. Hawkins even describes how this may be used to impart an objective view on spirituality. The shaman can easily be discerned from the charlatan. We can choose our leaders wisely whether they be political, social, or spiritual. How wonderful to know that we are not deceived. Utilizing this tool, we can be certain that the path we are on it true.
Next, Hawkins discusses the difference between Power and Force. They are not to be understood solely on an intellectual basis, but in terms of practical and applicable science. Each relates to the Universal Energy that flows through all, and yet they are diametrically opposed in terms of meaning. Power is life affirming, Force is life hindering. Power is noble, force is crass. Star Wars buffs will be pleased that in many was, what we are describing is very like "the Force". There is a light side and a dark side. Each can be quite powerful, and yet in the end, Good will always triumph over Evil!
Power and Force stem from the omnipotent Universal. It is a Law of Nature, the Great Timpani, the Tao. It is set about with principles of life affirming harmony and love, and although Force may win battles, Power will ultimately win wars. The closer something is attuned to this Universal Harmony, the more noble and enduring it becomes.
Hawkins provides a list of common emotions, attitudes, and frames of mind. This is a double list on one side life affirming (calibrated at over 200), and on the other side life hindering (calibrated under 200). Thus half the words test strong while the other half test weak. It is interesting to notice just by reading through this basic listing, how something as simple as a single thought or spoken word can have a significant effect. Thoughts are things, and it is a reminder that on this path we should be ever mindful to remain clear of intent. We may fool ourselves, but we are accountable to the Universe.
History provides a colourful canvas for the interplay between Power and Force. Force can have a certain glamour. The pomp of the British Empire, the drive of Nazi Germany - people get caught up in the flash and intensity, but it cannot last. Because Power attracts and unifies, it has no true enemies. When Force fizzles, and inevitably it will, the maturity, discipline and patience of Power will prove true once again. Even in our own country, the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address calibrate incredibly high (700). Their intent, and the inclusion of God show their amazing congruence with this positive Life Force. It should be noted that this inclusion of the Almighty is in terms of spirituality rather than a particular religion for while religions may go awry, spirituality is the elevation to a higher power.
In terms of practicality, applications in the marketplace have the potential to radically alter business practices. Hawkins discusses how much more efficient and effective industry could be with the simple application of this testing procedure. Marketing campaigns, research and development, Human resources could all be streamlined and focused for optimum win-win production and growth. Because the attractor patterns for Power are enduring, they are not subject to the fluctuations of the economy or fickle micro-trends. Decisions could be made based on enduring values and long-term financial growth.
There is a beauty and grace in an athlete who has honed his/her skill. The public watches in awe as the physical is raised to the level of the sublime. This can only be true, however, when the ego is put aside for higher excellence. A team captain who drives the underdog to glory, the Olympian who brings honour to family and country, the individual who overcomes personal obstacles to achieve excellence - these are the nobles of sports. Humility and gratitude are shields against the negativity of sensationalistic media, and pride must never bloat the ego. It is these qualities that elevate a simple sport to an uplifting testament to human spirit.
Interestingly, when we speak of spirituality, it is in terms of that which inspires. This relates to its intrinsic spirit. It is not entirely ironic that when we have Spirit, we inspire, and when we do not, we expire. Spirit is Life, and while some might relate this to particular religious beliefs, Spirit is transcendent of religions and ideologies in general. Each religion grasps at aspects of Spirit, but are simply different paths up the mountain. Spirituality is therefore greater than, and not limited to, any specific religious dogma. One of the best examples of spirit at work is in the 12-step programs. By letting go of ego, and surrendering self to Spirit, miracles have occurred in the health and recovery of the individuals involved in these programs. The reason for their success is their alignment with the principles of Power. When individuals become open to the elevation of their consciousness, the frailties of their lesser selves fall away. Spirit cracks the chrysalis and the butterfly emerges.
The arts have always had a way of moving us emotionally. The Sistine Chapel, The David, Ansel Adams, Mozart - all have ways of touching a spark of the Infinite in us. Kinesiology verifies this. The true and enduring works of art represent high attractor patterns and are inspirational as well as functional. It is interesting to note that an original work of art will always test higher than its reproduction. This certainly implies that the spirit of creation resides and remains with the created. When something is made by hand, it is imbued with the essence of its inspiration. To this end although cultural tastes may change, beauty is enduring. It has the power to move us even thousands of years later.
Genius is not the same as 'smarts'. In fact, it's not even a measure of intellectual capacity. The element that has defined genius through the ages is actually the connection to the Infinite. Most 'strokes of genius' come when the person is least engaged in logical thought. Genius creates and accomplishes more by struggling less. As a conduit of universal power, limitations in thought and ability are removed. Amazing accomplishments are achieved. When asked, most geniuses will say, "it just came to me". The recognized geniuses of history are often the ones most attuned with this energy. When this occurs, it is not surprising that they are subsequently less focused on the mundane realities around them. To this end, genius is not limited to the few. We may each experience our own brilliance as we come in flow with Life. The less we bog ourselves down with trivial mundane static, the more we can elevate ourselves to moments of genius.
Regarding success, it is important to keep in mind that fame and the media can undermine even the noblest accomplishments. It has been said that pride cometh before the fall. When we let ego get in the way of the greater good, this self-centeredness invites the frailties of the lower qualities of humanity. In achieving success, it is therefore important to always keep the bigger picture in mind. Hawkins states that the ladder of success has three rungs. First, what one has. Second, what one does, and finally, what one becomes. By keeping in mind that all success is for the betterment of humanity and the world, we can see ourselves as simply the medium for this growth rather than the 'be-all, end-all'. The only true success is the continued learning and growth that promotes the power of the Infinite.
As was mentioned earlier, in the area of physical health and power, Hawkins reflects some of the same theories we see in Alphabiotics. He states, "Traditional medicine generally holds that stress is the cause of many human disorders and illnesses. The problem with this diagnosis is that it doesn't accurately address the source of the stress. It looks to blame external circumstances, without realizing that all stress is internally generated by one's attitudes." As we have said, it is not the actual event that is stressful, but our reaction to it. The same situation may be stressful to one person but not to another. To that end, scientists are beginning to realize that attitude and beliefs play an enormous role in our personal power and health. By elevating our consciousness to the point of objectivity, we have the ability to choose those attitudes and perspectives which best serve us.
Because everything is energy, it is not surprising that different frequencies have different effects. To an extent, our emotions are like tuning forks to these frequencies. During the Middle Ages, people were often diagnosed based on their 'humours'. Melancholy, anger, joy - all have certain physical states associated with them. Some of these are pleasant, some not so pleasant. Science is now revisiting this concept given a more modern paradigm. Basically what they are finding is that one's state of mind and emotions dictate one's health to a great degree. Statistically, a positive attitude is often more efficacious than medication. Powerful beliefs have healed ills and ails of every shape and size. One person's disease is no match for the power of the universe.
The Great Timpani, the Tao, the Akashic Field are all terms related to the Universal conscious energy. All knowledge and existence flows in this field, and it is up to us as to how much we tap into it. It has been said, "Whether you go to the ocean with a teaspoon or a bucket, makes no difference to the ocean." We are all part of this great ocean as there is only one absolute truth. It is the recognition of this truth that brings enlightenment as it raises our consciousness towards its own.
Over the course of a lifetime, few people raise their own consciousness more than a handful of points. Change can be difficult for some because it requires moving out of their comfort zone. Relinquishing beliefs that one has held since childhood is easier said than done. It is important to note, though, that even the upward movement of a couple of points can make a significant difference not only to that individual's life, but also to all the lives that are touched by it. In fact, because we are all part of the same energy, even a small change can have enormous effects. Drop a pebble in a pond, and the ripple can carry to the farthest shore.
This point touches on the concept of the holographic universe. The idea is that everything really is a matter of perspective. The same way that stress is determined not by the situation itself, but by our attitudes and reaction to it, reality is also subjective. Given our beliefs and expectations, life can be dark and negative where the forces conspire against us, or it can be joyful and bright and full of serendipity. If we expect things to go poorly, they often will. Conversely, when we seek the good in all circumstances, it should not be surprising when we find it.
The concept of consciousness develops as consciousness itself develops. To a medical doctor the concept is simply a state of mind akin to being awake. On a more metaphysical level consciousness is closer to the definition of being. It is synonymous with existence. This is what led Rene Descartes to his famous quote, "Cogito ergo sum" (I think therefore I am). Today, philosophers are taking that to the next level by realizing that in order to be aware that one is thinking requires consciousness above and beyond the thinking process itself. If we were simply thinking, we would not be able to see this process objectively. Only a higher awareness allows us the realization that the thinking is occurring. The next step, of course is the ability to see our own consciousness as part of the greater collective - the universal consciousness. The highest level must then be the ultimate Power that created the Universal Consciousness - The Almighty.
As human beings we look to enlightenment and to the great teachers to show us the way. Most of the major religions were created in this way as acolytes sat at the feet of the Masters. This was not only helpful in terms of learning the great teachings, but also through the experience of entrainment. The same way that when clocks are put close together, they will start to tick in time with each other, entrainment also works with levels of consciousness. Just being in the presence of higher levels of consciousness will raise the surrounding levels as well. It is therefore important to be aware of our surroundings and the company we keep. Hawkins cites a study that only once cocaine addicts gave up listening to violent and negative music, could they actually recover. The addiction and the music were both simply symptoms of the same attractor field. It was the entire field that had to change before the symptoms would resolve.
The challenge can become where to look to find Truth. While the concept of Spirituality tests very high in the levels of consciousness, the same can not necessarily be said about religions. More to the point, while most major religions were founded on profound spirituality, the way they have been translated through history has not kept them true to their original nature. Many of the practices and beliefs have unfortunately been muddied by various self-serving factions and political situations. Today, little remains of the original ideals.
Another major influence is the media which has become so sensationalist as to be almost entirely negative. In fact our modern society has become so negative at this point that according to Hawkins, we are safer with Koko the gorilla (who calibrates at 250) than we are with 85% of the the world's human population. The one advantage that we have, is that because these levels are based on a logarithmic scale, even small changes can have significant results. Similar to the Richter Scale, one or two points can mean a vast difference in the magnitude of the earthquake. Raising one's consciousness even just a few points towards growth can potentially counterbalance thousands of individuals who are still stuck in negativity.
It is wonderful, however, to know that there is hope. First, because according to Hawkins, a thorough understanding of this book has the potential to raise one's consciousness by 35 points. Given that the average person only increases by approximately five points, this 35 point jump is significant. Perhaps one of the best things we can do for humanity, then, would be to make this book mandatory reading for everyone we know.
It is also amazingly positive that for the first time in history, human consciousness has finally risen to a level that tests strong (207). Having broken through to the side of Power, we may now begin to evolve more consciously. There is a sense of anticipation these days, the sense that something great is coming. By consciously raising our consciousness, we are not only bringing that Greatness, we are becoming it.
(I am still learning - Michelangelo)
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