Home » Blog » July Book of the month ‘Power vs. Force’ by David Hawkins

Before I crack on with my review of this month’s absolute stand out thought leadership book, I am pleased to say that I have just completed my second video interview with yet another bestselling author Nicholas Charles who also wrote a book I have previously reviewed ‘The 4 Fundamentals of Family Prosperity’. In the video he provides insights behind the incredible fact that 90% of wealthy families lose their wealth in 2 or 3 generations!

You can find these video interviews of these 2 inspiring bestselling authors on my new YouTube channel ‘The Leading Edge of Thought’ on the following links:

Power vs. Force by David Hawkins

I read books not because the content in the book supports my own views, values and my current thoughts of the world, but because they provoke or catalyse the transformation of how I think. Whilst I rarely fully agree with or fully understand 100% of the content of any given book, I am looking for content that provides insight and stimulates thoughts and ideas that challenge the boundaries of my current perceptions and understandings and has some practical application. This book certainly delivers on all counts!

When I start working with clients, I often ask “What overall score would you give yourself out of 10 for how ‘in-flow’ you are in your life?” (1/10 = I am very rarely in flow, 10/10 I am always in flow)

The book Power vs. Force presents a different angle on the same question …

Which of these 2 statements predominantly describes your life? 
1-You feel like you are often either drifting or trying to force things! (= Force)
2-You are predominantly living in the essence of your own power mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually! (= Power).

During my recent video interview with the bestselling author of my ‘May book of the month’ the inspirational Peter Sage (please click here to watch), Peter described ‘Power vs. Force’ as one of the most important books he has ever read. Peter tells me that that the author David Hawkins ‘should get a Nobel prize for writing such a book’ and I can understand why. 
Peter’s comments inspired me to re-read a book, that I originally read in 2003, a good few years before I started my book of the month review in 2010. 

Although originally written in 1995 the content and insights within this book are in no way dated, it is indeed a fabulous thought provoking read.

At the heart of the book is something Hawkins describes as ‘an energy calibration scale’ that ranges from zero to 1,000 and potentially beyond.

From zero to 200 the energy is predominantly ‘Force’ and above 200 the energy level moves towards ‘Power’.

Where on Hawkins’ scale do you calibrate? (see below)

Here is a brief summary of the scale followed by a colour chart illustration, please bear in mind that different people can have different definitions and meanings for the same word!  I suggest you read the book to understand the author’s definitions and context for each of the following words that describe different levels of mental, emotional and spiritual states:

  • Energy calibration level 20: Shame
  • Energy calibration level 30: Guilt
  • Energy calibration level 50: Apathy
  • Energy calibration level 75: Grief
  • Energy calibration level 100: Fear
  • Energy calibration level 125: Desire
  • Energy calibration level 150: Anger
  • Energy calibration level 175: Pride
  • Energy calibration level 200: Courage
  • Energy calibration level 250: Neutrality
  • Energy calibration level 310: Willingness
  • Energy calibration level 350: Acceptance
  • Energy calibration level 400: Reason
  • Energy calibration level 500: Love (Unconditional Love)
  • Energy calibration level 540: Joy (Transcendent Joy, not ‘happiness’)
  • Energy calibration level 600: Peace (Transcendent Peace, ‘not peace as in war and peace’’)
  • Energy calibration level 700 to 1,000: Enlightenment

Every human being has the potential to calibrate at any level however, some are more stuck at certain levels than others. 

Hawkins stresses that there are no moralistic meanings to the level of calibration anyone happens to be at in a given moment or in the context of what their life demonstrates overall. 

The author talks about how kinesiology (muscle reflex testing) is central to establishing the calibration model and the measurements he presents in this book. Kinesiology can be easily learned and applied by anyone and is a very powerful way of gauging the energy level calibration of someone in any given situation. 

To some people kinesiology may sound a bit ‘woo woo’. David Hawkins references several scientific studies that prove the accuracy of kinesiology for calibrating energy levels and ‘energy alignment’. Like many natural health modalities kinesiology is not yet recognised by mainstream medicine, but this will change in time as more as more people get results with it. Kinesiology’s applications are far beyond medicine; indeed, Hawkins explains how business leaders have used kinesiology to hire the best people for specific tasks or job roles. ‘People can talk a good game, but they can’t fool the field!’

There is an intuitive field of intelligence that exists within and beyond our current boundaries of perception, kinesiology is one of several modalities I have used myself that is easy to apply that taps into this field of infinite intelligence. 

In no way wanting to detract from the magnificence of this book, on a small but important personal point, I am not a big fan of the author’s consistent use of the words ‘positive energy’ (something that I did not pick up on the first time I read the book in 2003).  

My subsequent personal experiences including working with my mentor Dr John Demartini for the last 15 years, has led me to understand that all energy in the known universe, including all aspects of humanity have a balance of both positive and negative aspects, except for ‘pure light’ and ‘unconditional love’ which in my perception like pure light is massless, spaceless, timeless and chargeless.  Whilst Hawkins says what ‘love’ is NOT (i.e ‘it is not what is depicted in the mainstream media’) he does acknowledge ‘love’ as an ‘unconditional and transcendent state’. However, Hawkins does not provide a clear succinct definition of ‘love’ and only calibrates it at 500. My definition of ‘unconditional love’ (similar to Dr John Demartini’s) equates to the highest level of enlightenment so it would have to be the highest calibration on any scale, in this case 1,000. This said I love the concept of a calibration scale and as someone who works extensively in ‘the transformation business’ it makes a lot of sense to me.

Instead of saying ‘more positive energy’ would personally prefer to use the term ‘more transcendent or more enlightened energy’. This distinction is small in the context of the wisdom within the book and importance of presenting an understanding energy calibration. 

Hawkins is definitely an outstanding thought leader in his field and the book is packed with pearls of wisdom that stay with you after reading them. Here are a few examples:

  • “Force always succumbs to power!”
  • “All judgement is self-judgment!”
  • “Power is whole and complete; force is partial and creates counter-force!”
  • “Force like goals are finite, power like dedication to a mission is infinite!”

In terms of ‘thought provoking reads’ it’s difficult for me to position many books above this one. So, if you do not already have it in your collection, I would recommend you get it and if like me you did read it a while ago, it may well be worth re-reading.

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