Excerpts taken from ‘Power vs Force’ by David Hawkins, MD, PhD

Hay House, 1995, 1998, 2004, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4019-4507-7

Written in the 1995 book

Original Foreword, xiv, xv

Kinesiology n. The study of muscles and their movement, esp. applied to physical conditioning.

The study of kinesiology first received scientific attention in the second half of the last century through the work of Dr George Goodheart, who pioneered the specialty he called applied kinesiology after finding that benign stimuli – for instance, beneficial supplements – would increase the strength of certain indicator muscles, whereas inimical stimuli would cause those muscles to suddenly weaken. The implication was that at a level far below conceptual consciousness, the body “knew,” and through muscle testing was able to signal, what was good and bad for it. The classic example cited later in this work, is a universally observed weakening of indicator muscles in the presence of a chemical sweetener; the same muscles strengthen in the presence of a healthful, natural supplement.

In the late 1970’s. Dr John Diamond refined this specialty into a new discipline, he called behavioural kinesiology. Dr Diamond’s startling discovery was that indicator muscles would strengthen or weaken in the presence of positive or negative emotional and intellectual stimuli, as well as physical stimuli. A smile will make you test strong, while the statement, “I have you,” will make you test weak.

Original Preface, xxi, xxii

Kinesiology is now a well-established science, based on testing or an all-or-none muscle response to stimuli. A positive stimulus provokes a strong muscle response; a negative stimulus results in a demonstrable weakening of the test muscle. Clinical kinesiologic, muscle testing has found widespread verification over the last twenty-five years. Goodheart’s original research on the subject was given wider application by Dr John Diamond, whose books brought the subject to the public. Diamond determined that the positive or negative response occurs with stimuli both physical and mental.

The research reflected in this volume has taken Dr Diamond’s technique several steps further, through the discovery that this kinesiologic response reflects the capacity of the human organism to differentiate not only positive from negative stimuli, but also anabolic (life-enhancing) from catabolic (life-consuming), and, most dramatically, true from false.

The test itself is simple, rapid, and relatively fool-proof. A positive muscle reaction occurs in response to a statement that is objectively true; a negative response occurs if the test subject is presented with a false statement. This phenomenon occurs independently of the test subject’s own opinion or knowledge of the topic, and the response has proven cross-culturally valid in many populations and consistent through time. The test results thus fulfill the scientific requirement of replication, and therefore, reliable verification by other investigators. This technique provides, for the first time in human history, an objective basis

for distinguishing truth from falsehood, which is totally verifiable across time with randomly selected naïve test subjects.


“…, the individual human mind is like a computer terminal connected to a giant database. The database is human consciousness itself, of which our own consciousness is merely an individual expression, but with its roots in the common consciousness of all mankind. This database is the realm of genius; because to be human is to participate in the database, everyone, by virtue of their birth, has access to genius. The unlimited information contained in the database has now been shown to be readily available to anyone in a few seconds, at any time and in any place. This is indeed an astonishing discovery, bearing the power to change lives, both individually and collectively, to a degree never yet anticipated.

The database transcends time, space, and all limitations of individual consciousness. This distinguishes it as a unique tool for future research and opens as yet undreamed-of areas for possible investigation. It holds forth the prospect of the establishment of an objective basis for human values, behaviours, and belief systems