Best Spirituality Book for Depression: Power Versus Force: The Middle Determinants of Human Behavior by David Hawkins
Power Versus Force is one of Hawkins’ intellectual treatises on the subject he’s most known for: kinesiology.
Kinesiology is a simple method for accessing the mind of the Divine about any given issue. The practitioner tests the strength of his or her muscles while focusing on a question. A weak response is a “no” and a strong response is a “yes.”
Hawkins describes one of the specific muscle testing methods in detail. “Two persons are required. One acts as a testing subject by holding out one arm laterally, parallel to the ground. The second person then presses down with two fingers on the wrist of the extended arm and says, ‘Resist.’ The subject then resists the downward pressure with all his strength.” Then a statement is made. If the statement is untrue, the person will go weak. If it is true, he will be able to resist, stay strong.
Hawkins also discusses his personal experience of enlightenment. In adulthood, he contracted a fatal disease. By age 38, he was about to die. Though previously he didn’t care about religion, in his final moments he prayed and asked for help. He then went unconscious, and when he later awoke, he was totally transformed. “The person I had been no longer existed. There was no personal self or ego felt—just an infinite presence of such unlimited power that it was all that was . . . The body and its actions were controlled solely by the presence of infinite will. The world was illuminated by the clarity of an infinite oneness, which expressed itself as all things revealed in their immeasurable beauty and perfection.”
“For nine months, this stillness persisted. I had no will of my own; unbidden, the physical entity went about its business under the direction of the . . . presence. In that state, there was no need to think about anything.”
At first, Hawkins’ nervous system was overtaxed by the additional energy in his body. This “improved slowly, and then another phenomenon began—a sweet, delicious band of energy started to flow continuously up the spine and into the brain, where it created an intense sensation of continuous pleasure. Everything in life happened by synchronicity, evolving in perfect harmony, and the miraculous was commonplace.”
His therapy practiced exploded as he began healing everyone who came to see him of both physical and mental ailments.
He became frustrated by the sheer number of people coming to him and starting wondering if there was a way to help people help themselves. Then he discovered kinesiology.
“It was the ‘wormhole’ between two universes—the physical, and the mind and spirit . . .” Hopeful that he could help more people by teaching this method than through his one-on-one therapy practice, he quit his job and began writing books.
Most of rest of book discusses in scholarly language how to use kinesiology to determine the precise amount of consciousness of the Divine any particular person, object, event, sentence, etc., contains.
Other notable quotes:
- “The individual human mind is like a computer terminal connected to a giant database. The database is consciousness itself . . .” The information in this database can be accessed by kinesiology.
- “I saw that all pain and suffering arises solely from the ego and not from God.”
Can this book help me overcome depression?
Does it address depression specifically? What does it say that can help?
No, and yes. Kinesiology is for all situations, all problems. And it works. But it takes a lot of practice. Oh, and the book’s discussion of the ego as the cause of suffering is helpful, too.
To what degree do you think it can help me overcome depression?
Depression effectiveness rating: 7 on a scale of 1-10
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