Power vs. Force

Posted on November 4, 2012


From David Hawkin’s book, entitled Power vs. Force, (one of my favorite metaphysical texts of all time): 

“Power arises from meaning. Power is always associated with that which supports the significance of life itself. People appeals to what uplifts, dignifies and ennobles. Power requires no justification. 

Force always moves against something. 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.”

Now that we’ve got that straight, let me ask you, honestly:

1. Where in your life are you using your power? 

2. Where in your life are you using force? In these places, how could you possibly shift to power instead?  

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