"Power vs Force" by David Hawkins.
He writes explaining the difference between Power and Force.
"On examination, we'll see that power arises from meaning. It has to do with motive, and it has to do with principle. Power is always associated with that which supports the significance of life itself. It appeals to that part of human nature that we call noble - in contrast to force, which appeals to that which we call crass. Power appeals to what uplifts, dignifies, and ennobles. Force mus always be justified, whereas power requires no justification. Force is associated with the partial, power with the whole."
"If we analyze the nature of force, it becomes readily apparent why it must succumb to power; this is in accordance with one of the basic laws of physics. Because force automatically creates counter-force, its effect is limited by definition. We could say that force is a movement - It goes from here to there (or tries to) against opposition. Power, on the other hand, is still. It's like a standing field that doesn't move. Gravity itself, for instance, doesn't move against anything. Its power moves all objects within its field, but the gravity field itself does not move."
"Force always moves against something, whereas power doesn't move against anything at all. Force is incomplete and therefore has to be fed energy constantly. Power is total and complete in itself and requires nothing from outside."
"It makes no demands; it has no needs. Because force has an insatiable appetite, it constantly consumes. Power, in contrast, energizes, gives forth, supplies, and supports."
"Power gives life and energy - force takes these away. We notice that power is associated with compassion and makes us feel positively about ourselves. Force is associated with judgment and makes us feel poorly about ourselves."
"Force always creates counterforce; its effect is to polarize rather than unify. Polarization always implies conflict; its cost, therefore, is always high. Because force incites polarization, it inevitably produces a win/lose dichotomy; and because somebody always loses, enemies are created. Constantly faced with enemies, force requires constant defense. Defensiveness is invariably costly, whether in the marketplace, politics, or international affairs."
"In looking for the source of power, we've noted that it's associated with meaning, and this meaning has to do with the significance of life itself. Force is concrete, literal, and arguable. It requires proof and support. The sources of power, however, are inarguable and aren't subject to proof. The self-evident isn't arguable. That health is more important than disease, that life is more important than death, that honor is preferable to dishonor, that faith and trust are preferable to doubt and cynicism, that the constructive is preferable to the destructive - all are self-evident statements not subject to proof. Ultimately, the only thing we can say about a source of power is that it just "is."
"Every civilization is characterized by native principles. if the priciples of a civilization are noble, it succeeds; if they're selfish it fails. As a term, principles may sound abstract, but the consequences of principle are quite concrete. If we examine principles, we'll see that they reside in an invisible realm within consciousness itself. Although we can point out examples of honesty in the world, honesty itself as an organizing principle central to civilization does not independently exist anywhere in the external world. True power, hen emanates from consciousness itself; what we see is a visible manifestation of the invisible."
"Pride, nobility of purpose, sacrifice for quality of life - all such things are considered inspirational, giving life significance. But what actually inspires us in the physical world are things that symbolize concepts with powerful meanings for us. Such symbols realign our motives wiht abstract principle. A symbol can marshall great power because of the principle that already resides within our consciousness."
Meaning is so important that when life losses meaning, suicide commonly ensues. When life loses meaning, we first go into depression; when life becomes sufficiently meaningless, we leave it altogether. Force has transient goals; when those goals are reached, the emptiness of meaninglessness remains. Power, on the other hand, motivates us endlessly. If our lives are dedicated, for instance, to enhancing the welfare of everyone we contact, our lives can never lose meaning. If the purpose of our life, on the other hand, is financial success, what happens after it's been attained? This is one of the primary causes of depression in middleaged men and women."
"The disillusionment of emptiness comes from failing to align one's life with the principles from which power originates. A useful illustration of this phenomenon can be seen in the lives of great musicians, composers, and conductors of our own times. How frequently they continue productive careers into their 80's and 90's, often having children and living vigorously until a ripe old age! Their lives have been dedicated to the creation and embodiement of beauty, which incorporates and expresses enormous power. We know clinically that alignment with beauty is associated with longevity and vigor -because beauty is a function of creativity, such longevity is common in all creative occupations." David Hawkins.
"Force always moves against something," is the line that really caught my eye. For I can tell immediately when I bump into force energy, they are always prepared for battle...seeing first the potential enemy before friend, they react in fear.
When I meet someone who operates in power, they are open minded, trusting, vulnerable, honest, safe...and there is nothing I can do to rattle their cage.
The complete opposite of folks who operate on Force. There is nothing you can do to prove trustworthiness, for they don't even entertain the idea, for they can't relax and let anyone in.
Dysfunctional families operate purely on force.
What I find is that there is nothing you as an individual can do to prove your own worthiness, for they see the world from their own front porch, and inside is unworthiness.
The view of the world is that of force...nothing is gained unless it is forced. They are afraid of no force living, of allowing and giving freedom, of entertaining the idea of self empowerment.
Power like gravity doesn't move against anything...it simply just is.
I am no longer against anyone, I am with me.
I walk not to prove anything, I walk with me.
There is a huge and slight difference between power and force and by chosing one or the other; the whole world changes.
Each person that switches their lives from force to power, creates a ripple affect, and there is one less person who has an enemy to fight...
Peace on Earth happens one person at a time...May there be more peace in 2012.