Power vs Force Both my left-brain, logical, "prove-it-to-me" mind and my right-brain, intuitive "feels-right-to-me" mind were stimulated and excited by the possibilities raised in Dr. Hawkins' seminal work on human consciousness.

Initially, Power vs. Force seemed easily digestible, giving me hope and direction that was both inspiring and practical. As a seeker of inner peace, I was delighted with Dr. Hawkins's simple and profound key to experiencing joy in every moment: "Act with constant and universal forgiveness and gentleness, without exception ... be compassionate toward everything, including one's own self and thoughts."

Then the author turns to proving this statement--and this is where the book became challenging for me. He presents kinesiology as the "reliable, accurate, objectively verifiable yardstick" for measuring the truth. I've never been a fan of kinesiology, so Hawkins had to work to convince me. Armed with 20 years of research, involving literally millions of calibrations on thousands of random subjects, he got my attention. He fed my left brain with the kind of information it likes: results that were universally consistent--indeed, identical--with the kind of replicability that we crave in our networking businesses. My right brain liked it, too, because his results made sense to me.

"Power," says Hawkins, is aligned with the universal force of goodness and love; it energizes and supports us, individually and collectively. "Force," on the other hand, drains life energy; it is associated with judgment--about others as well as self. It is divisive, rather than unifying.

"Failure, suffering, and eventual sickness result from the influence of weak [negative] patterns; success, happiness and health proceed from powerful attractor patterns." Thank goodness the networking profession is one in which our success depends upon embodying powerful attractors. Thus, it would be to our benefit to choose attraction instead of seduction, confidence over arrogance, truthfulness rather than deception, education above persuasion, respect over demand, and service above ambition.

Power vs. Force can be read as a personal, social guide to inner peace, a practical guide to success, or as a world historical perspective and guide to the future of humanity. It can be studied seriously for its research-based implications, or skimmed and enjoyed for its spiritual illuminations. In either case, this is one of those rare books whose principles have the potential to create greater personal success in our businesses and our lives while making the world a better place in which to live.

Paperback, 300 pages,
$14.95; Hay House.