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Power vs. Force- The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, by David R. Hawkins, MD, PhD

This is an oldie, but a goodie. One of those books you can pick up and put down and use as a resource. There are many layers to this book and Dr. Hawkins addresses a multitude of topics. Firstly, her talks about applied kinesiology in the form of muscle testing. Everything can be muscle tested. He describes how to do it in detail in the book. Muscle testing is the practice of asking the body a question and getting an answer from the subconscious part of the body. So, for example, if you want to know if someone you are dating is right for you, or if there is a potential food allergen, you can muscle test to find your answer. Now, while he promotes that everything can be muscle testing either weak or strong, it is only a guide and not an absolute. Please make decisions based on many factors, not just muscle testing.


Secondly, he categorizes emotions and behaviors into a chart form that are known truths. Courage rates higher than anger, love rates higher than indifference. I love this chart. He calls it the Map of Human Consciousness. It is a good reminder that when one is feeling a certain way, let's say "righteous" because one feels deserving to be righteous, that it is a lower ranking emotion and doesn't serve our higher good.



Dr. Hawkins describes in detail with good examples what the difference is between a power behavior or emotion, vs a force behavior or emotion. The higher up on the chart, the more power you have. Many of us are working to achieve these thought patterns and implement them into our consciousness. This map is a great reminder when those emotions go low.


The rest of the book is a philosophical discussion of spirituality, consciousness and sub conscious emotions and behaviors. He is thoughtful, expressive, and inquisitive.


If you are interested in psychology, spirituality, human behavior, or want to learn how to muscle test, this book is a must read.

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