Summary: In ‘Power vs Force (2014),’ readers are presented with a ‘Map of Consciousness,’ a compelling framework that demonstrates the human spiritual evolution from its lowest expression (shame) to the highest expression (enlightenment). The author, David Hawkins (1927 – 2012) was a renowned spiritual teacher, researcher, physician and lecturer. 


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Book Notes

  • “The work presented by this book began in January, 1965, and was finally finished in June, 1994. Much of the material was originally developed in the course of work on a doctoral dissertation. The findings reported in the study were independently derived by the use of the research tool elucidated herein, the kinesiologic response.” 

Kinesiology overview… 

  • [On kinesiology]… “is based on testing of muscle response to stimuli. A positive stimulus provokes a strong muscle response; a negative stimulus results in a demonstrable weakening of the test muscle. Clinical kinesiologic muscle testing has found widespread verification over the last twenty-five years.”
  • “…this testable phenomenon can be used to calibrate human levels of consciousness so that an arbitrary logarithmic scale of whole numbers emerges, stratifying the relative power of levels of consciousness in all areas of human experience.” 

The Testing Technique…

  • “Two persons are required. One acts as test subject by holding out one arm laterally, parallel to the ground. The second person then presses down with two fingers on the wrist of the extended arm and says, “Resist.” The subject then resists the downward pressure with all his strength. That is all there is to it.”
  • “A statement may be made by either party. While the subject holds it in mind, his arm’s strength is tested by the tester’s downward pressure. If the statement is negative, false, or reflects a calibration below 200… the test subject will “go weak.” If the answer is yes or calibrates over 200, he will “go strong.”
  • “To demonstrate the procedure, one might have the subject hold an image of Abraham Lincoln in mind while being tested, and then, for contrast, an image of Adolf Hitler.”
  • “The same effect can be demonstrated by holding in mind someone who is loved in contrast to someone who is feared, hated, or about whom there is some strong regret.”
  • “Once a numeric scale is elicited… calibrations can be arrived at by stating, “This item” (such as this book, organization, this person’s motive, and so on) calibrates “over 100,” then “over 200,” then “over 300,” until a negative response is obtained.”
  • “The calibration can then be refined: “It is over 220. 225. 230.,” and so on.”
  • “The test procedure, the reader will note, is to use the muscle test to verify the truth or falsity of a declarative statement.”
  • Limitation: “The test is accurate only if the test subjects themselves calibrate over 200 and the intention of the use of the test is integral.” 

The Map of Consciousness…

  • “Exhaustive investigation has resulted in a calibrated scale of consciousness, in which the log of whole numbers from 1 to 1,000 calibrates the degree of power of all possible levels of human awareness.”
  • “The numerical scale ranges from the value of mere physical existence at 1, up to 600 in the ordinary worldly realm… and then from 600 on up to 1,000, which includes advanced states of enlightenment.”

David Hawkins‘ ‘Map of Consciousness’ as outlined in Power vs. Force:

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  • “The critical response point in the scale of consciousness calibrates at level 200, which is the level associated with Courage. All attitudes, thoughts, feelings, associations, entities, or historical figures below that level of calibration make a person go weak.”
  • “Attitudes, thoughts, feelings, associations, entities, or historical figures that calibrate higher make subjects go strong. This is the balance point between weak and strong attractors, between negative and positive influence, and between truth and falsehood.”
  • In other words, Hawkins tells us that all levels below 200 are destructive of life in both the individual and society at large and is associated with force, whereas all levels above 200 are constructive expressions of power.”
  • He adds: “At the levels below 200, the primary impetus is survival, although at the very bottom of the scale—the zone of hopelessness and depression—even that motive is lacking.”
  • “As one crosses the demarcation between negative and positive influence and goes on into Courage, the well-being of others becomes increasingly important.”
  • “By the 500 level, the happiness of others emerges as the essential motivating force. From 700 to 1,000, life is dedicated to the salvation of all of humanity.” 
  • “Reflection on this map can bring about a profound expansion of one’s empathy for life in its variety of expressions. We see, for instance, that a person in Grief, which calibrates at the energy level of 75, will be in a much better condition if he rises to Anger, which calibrates at 150.”
  • “Anger itself, however, is a destructive emotion and is still a low state of consciousness, but as social history shows, Apathy can imprison entire subcultures as well as individuals.”
  • “If the hopeless can come to wanting something better (Desire at 125 and then use the energy of Anger at 150 to develop Pride at 175, they may then be able to take the step to Courage, which calibrates at 200, and proceed to actually ameliorate their individual or collective conditions.”
  • “…the calibration figures do not represent an arithmetic, but a logarithmic, progression. Thus, the level 300 is not twice the amplitude of 150; it is 300 to the 10th power.”
  • “…an increase of even a few points represents a major advance in power; the rate of increase in power as we move up the scale is therefore enormous.”
  • “A person may operate on one level in a given area of life and on quite a different level in another area of life. An individual’s overall level of consciousness is the sum total effect of all these various levels.” 

Power vs Force in History…

  • “We can, for example, investigate an historical epoch, such as the end of British colonialism in India. If we calibrate the position of the British Empire at the time, which was one of self-interest and exploitation, we find that it was well below the critical level of 200 on the scale of consciousness.
  • The motivation of Mahatma Gandhi (calibrated at 760) was very near the top of the range of normal human consciousness. Gandhi won in this struggle because his position was one of far greater power. The British Empire (calibrated at 175), represented force and, whenever force meets power, force is eventually defeated.” 

Viewing the world through the different levels of consciousness…

  • “Let us attempt to better understand all of this through an example. Imagine a so-called “bum” on a street corner:”
  • “In a fashionable neighborhood in a big city stands an old man in tattered clothes, alone, leaning against the corner of an elegant brownstone. Look at him from the perspective of various levels of consciousness, and note the differences in how he appears.”
  • “From the bottom of the scale, at a level of 20 (Shame), the bum is dirty, disgusting, and disgraceful. From level 30 (Guilt), he would be blamed for his condition. He deserves what he gets; he is probably a lazy welfare cheat.”
  • “At a consciousness level of 100 (Fear), we might see the bum as threatening, a social menace. Perhaps we should call the police before he commits some crime.”
  • “At 175 (Pride), he could be seen as an embarrassment or as lacking the self-respect to better himself.”
  • “At 200 (Courage), we might be motivated to wonder if there is a local homeless shelter; all he needs is a job and a place to live.”
  • “At 250 (Neutrality), the bum looks okay, maybe even interesting. “Live and let live,” we might say; after all, he is not hurting anyone. At 310 (Willingness), we might decide to go down there and see what we can do to cheer him up, or volunteer some time at the local mission.”
  • “At 400 (Reason), he is a symptom of the current economic and social malaise, or perhaps a good subject for an in-depth psychological study, worthy of a government grant.”
  • “At the higher levels, the old man begins to look not only interesting, but friendly and even lovable. Perhaps we would then be able to see that he was, in fact, one who had transcended social limits and gone free, a joyful old guy with the wisdom of age in his face and the serenity that comes from indifference to material things.”
  • “So much for the manner in which our level of consciousness decides what we see. It is equally true that having placed that construct upon the reality before us, we will react to it in a fashion predicted by the level from which we observe. External events may define conditions, but they do not determine the consciousness level of human response.” 

Raising One’s Consciousness…

  • “The most important element in facilitating an upward movement in consciousness is an attitude of willingness, which opens up the mind through new means of appraisal to the possible validity of new hypotheses.”
  • “On our scale of consciousness, there are two critical fulcrums that allow for major advancement. The first is at level 200, the initial level of empowerment. Here arises the willingness to stop blaming and accept responsibility for one’s own actions, feelings, and beliefs.”
  • ‘ is often easy to jump from any of the lower feelings up to courage (level 200) merely by affirming our courage to look at and handle our feelings.’
  • “The second is at the 500 level, reached by accepting love and nonjudgmental forgiveness as a lifestyle, exercising unconditional kindness to all persons, things, and events without exception.”

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