Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior - by David Hawkins

my notes:

Inasmuch as everything in the universe is connected with everything else, the subjective and objective are, in fact, one and the same, as can be demonstrated without resorting to nonlinear equations or computer graphics.

To “make sense” has ordinarily meant to be definable in terms that are linear: logical and rational. But the process of life itself is organic— nonlinear by definition. This is the source of man’s inescapable intellectual frustration.

Genius commonly attributes the source of creative leaps of awareness to that basis of all consciousness, which has traditionally been called Divinity.

By taking responsibility for the consequences of their own perceptions, observers can transcend the role of victim to an understanding that “nothing out there has power over you.”

Psychological stress is the net effect of a condition that you are resisting.

Nothing has the power within itself to “create” stress.

Whenever force meets power, force is eventually defeated.

Although Grief is the cemetery of life, it still has more energy to it than Apathy does. Thus, when an apathetic person begins to cry, we know they are getting better.

Fear limits growth of the personality and leads to inhibition. Because it takes energy to rise above Fear, the oppressed are unable to reach a higher level unaided. Thus, the fearful seek strong leaders who appear to have conquered their fear to lead them out of their slavery.

Desire has to do with accumulation and greed. But Desire is insatiable because it is an ongoing energy field, so that satisfaction of one desire is merely replaced by unsatisfied desire for something else. Multimillionaires remain obsessed with acquiring more and more money.

Want can start people on the road to achievement. Desire can, therefore, become a springboard to higher levels of consciousness.

Anger as a lifestyle is exemplified by irritable, explosive people who are oversensitive to slights and become “injustice collectors.”

Pride looks good and knows it.

Pride as such generally has a good reputation and is socially encouraged, yet it is sufficiently negative.

The downside of Pride, therefore, is arrogance and denial. These characteristics block growth;

Because accomplishments result in positive feedback, self-reward and esteem become progressively self-reinforcing. This is where productivity begins.

People of Neutrality have a sense of well-being; the mark of this level is a confident capability to live in the world. This is, therefore, experientially a level of safety. This attitude is nonjudgmental and does not lead to any need to control other people’s behaviors. Correspondingly, because Neutral people value freedom, they are hard to control.

Whereas for instance, jobs are done adequately at the Neutral level, at the level of Willingness, work is done well and success in all endeavors is common.

Willingness implies that one has overcome inner resistance to life and is committed to participation.

Acceptance is not to be confused with passivity.

Reason is limited in that it does not afford the capacity for the discernment of essence or of the critical point of a complex issue. And it generally disregards context.

What the world generally refers to as love often reveals an underlying anger and dependency that it had masked. That love can turn to hate is a common concept, but what is being spoken about rather than love is an addictive sentimentality and attachment.

Love is not intellectual and does not proceed from the mind.

Love focuses on the goodness of life in all its expressions and augments that which is positive. It dissolves negativity by recontextualizing it rather than by attacking it.

The influence of a very few individuals of advanced consciousness counterbalances whole populations. But, conversely, the extreme negativity of a few individuals can sway entire cultures and produce a global drag on the general level of consciousness, as history illustrates all too well.

The actual effect of drugs is to suppress the lower energy fields, thereby allowing the user to experience exclusively only the "high" ones. It is as though a filter screened out all the lower tones coming from an orchestra so that all that could be heard were the high notes. The suppression of the low notes does not create the high ones; it merely reveals their presence.

Rarely does the average person get to experience love without fear, or pure joy. But these higher states are so powerful that once experienced, they are never forgotten.

Ours is a society that idealizes the pleasureless (hard work, stoicism, self-sacrifice, restraint) and tends to condemn pleasure in most of its simpler forms, frequently even declaring them to be illegal.

In our society, unfulfilled promises and enticement are legitimized, but satisfaction is denied.

A statement may be true at a high level of understanding, but be incomprehensible to the average mind. Its value may therefore be corrupted when the statement is distorted by the limitations of the listener.

By distorting context, it is possible to rationalize and justify virtually any human behavior.

Never ask a question unless you are prepared for the answer; the facts may be quite different from what you currently believe.

Force can bring satisfaction, but only power brings joy.

All Great Teachers throughout the history of our species have taught one thing, over and over, in whatever language, at whatever time: Give up weak attractors for strong attractors.

Humility and gratitude seem to be the only effective shields against the onslaughts of media exploitation.

Power does not need to flaunt itself, though force always must because it originates in self-doubt.

Indeed, one of the main problems of genius is how to transform that which is perceived in one’s private understanding into a visible expression that is comprehensible to others.

Attractor energy patterns have harmonics, as do musical tones. The higher frequency the harmonic, the higher the power. What the genius arrives at is a new harmonic. Every advance in human consciousness has come through a leap from a lower attractor pattern to a higher harmonic. Posing the original question activates an attractor; the answer lies within its harmonic.

Society suffers a great loss because it does not know how to nurture its geniuses.

Let us remember that IQ is merely a measure of academic capacity for logically comprehending symbols and words. The values that one lives by are more definitive of genius than IQ.

A formula followed by all geniuses, prominent or not, is: Do what you like to do best, and do it to the very best of your ability.

In the field of psychoanalysis, positive attitudes are called welfare emotions, and the negative ones are called emergency emotions.

Every joke reminds us that our reality is transcendent, beyond the specifics of events.

Beware the humorless, whether in a person, institution, or belief system; it is always accompanied by an impulse to control and dominate, even if its proclaimed objective is to create prosperity or peace.

What you see depends completely on the position from which you view it. Which position, then, is so-called “reality”?

Unless the painful lessons of life with which we deal are transformed through humility into gateways of growth and development, they are wasted.

From thinking that we “are” our minds, we see that we “have” minds. Eventually, we may see that all our thoughts are borrowed from a great database of consciousness and were never really our own to begin with.

Because science is by its very nature concerned only with observable phenomena, it has never been attracted to spiritual concepts as a subject for consideration, despite the fact that many great scientists throughout history have personally testified to subjective experiences of pure consciousness occurring in the course of, and frequently crucial to, their work.

Truth is whatever is subjectively convincing at one’s current level of perception.

Ignorance does not yield to attack, but it dissipates in the light, and nothing dissolves dishonesty faster than the simple act of revealing the truth.