I started reading a book called Power vs. Force by Dr, David Hawkins the other day. This text appears as though it will continue my path down further exploration of human behavior and thought patterns.
How I discovered this book
If you know me, you know that I have a list of podcasts that is never ending. Now that I have a long drive into the office, I like to utilize my time by growing my mental instead of piling up mounds of road rage that would make my life experience extremely stressful.
With that, I will continue to take you on my journey, so buckle up...
The podcast that led to my discovery of Power vs Forceis called Business and Biceps (top 10 business podcasts delivered in a raw and uncut manner). I've been listening to this podcast for a while now, but with the addition of former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett, these guys have taken their messaging to a completely different level.
As they have grown as a podcast, I find that there are more topics than just business covered. Funny thing is, they can see it too and they are unapologetic about that fact. One of the takeaways that I've gotten was Clarett's continual reference to Power vs. Force and how this book changed his method of thinking, so here we are.
My first take of Power vs Force
First of all, this is a lot to digest.
The way the book is laid out is misleading. Dr. Hawkins and his publishers lure you in with large text and a clean layout leading one to believe that this is going to be an easy read. I expected some thought provoking ideas, but there is no way I was prepared for how many times that I was going to have to take mental breaks over the first hundred pages.
There are so many notes in the margins....
The idea that negative thoughts or emotions cause the body to be weak
This is one idea that sort of blew my mind. Dr. Hawkins outlines an experiment where one person holds out their arm and another pushes down with two fingers of force. If the subject with the extended arm is thinking of positive thoughts or pleasant emotions, then they have the energy to resist the downward force. However, the moment the subject is introduced to negative thoughts or emotions, the body's muscles become involuntarily weaker and is unable to maintain resistance of the force.
That isn't it though. Hawkins continues to outline that the body is naturally more adept than a powerful computer whether we realize it or not. Blood plasma and subconscious neurological responses can cause the body to react to negative situations before we are consciously aware.
This is the point at which I lost my marbles. We can react to things that we aren't even consciously aware are happening. This is a further illustration to my last postthat the mind experiences consciousness vs. creating it.
When the ego is in control
I often struggle with the idea of String Theory and how we are all connected. With that, Dr. Hawkins brings to light a brilliant point. The idea that we believe that our thoughts are our own and that we have total ownership of them is ludicrous (I so badly wanted to spell this Ludacris).
Think about that. Thoughts actually exist in a borrowed space. We just grab them down at the right time and they exist in our realm for the time, but they belong to everyone.
I will press on
I can't wait to finish this book and go deeper as to what is going on in my head, but for now this is all I got.