Manataka® American Indian Council




Grandfather Grey Hawk Speaks



The Differences

Between Power and Force     



Today, we are all experiencing trying times. Have you felt powerless to do what you know you should be able to do? I have experienced that feeling at times. Let me explain the proper use of the words, and then we can see how to always keep our power to do what we need to do. Some people use the words power and force as if they are interchangeable, but they are not. Actually, force is the result of power.


Thoughts hold power but create no motion until we choose to act on the thought.  Force is created by motion once we choose to act.


Using force to take action requires a justification (thought) for that action. Often, that justification is negative and not best for all people.  We can see this in big business and in the Government.


A good example would be the story of England’s King Richard, The Lion Hearted. His religious belief was that he could justify raising a large army to go to the Holy Land and defeat the non-believers and free the land for the Christians. His justification to do this came from his church’s interpretation of the Bible. The thought (belief) was his power, and his action was his force. I believe the thought (power) was misguided because the interpretation was self-serving. This led to his action (force) being self-serving. A person not of his religious belief would not see the action or force as properly justified.


In Power vs Force, Dr. David R. Hawkins made an in-depth study of the relationship between Power and Force and said, “Power originates from the Mind, whereas Force is rooted in the material world.”


In more modern times, as the world became industrialized, man had to find ways to move big and heavy objects. So, he let the power come through his mind, and then he saw that he could use water to do the job. He built a damn, and this caused the water to have pressure behind the damn. Next, he routed the water to a water wheel (force), which turned a shaft that ground the wheat seeds into flour. This shows that thought had no motion (only power), but the force was all motion. In this example, the force was a positive action.


A big problem with the use of force is that force must always justified. Let us bring the time forward to when the Europeans came to Turtle Island. This was history repeating itself. We see the same justification as before. This time, the Europeans were fighting the Native Americans, who were called non-believers but who actually believed in the same One God. The Native Americans of Turtle Island had a more pure Beingness of spiritual ways because they did not have a formal religion that would take away power. However, the Europeans did not recognize that.


I wonder if the Europeans would have been different in their general actions (force) if they had kept their spiritual thinking (power).  Maybe they would have acted differently, but maybe not.




Robert Gray Hawk King Coke, 78, Cherokee, is a member of the Manataka Elder Council. Coke graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1952 with a biology degree. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Europe.


After returning home, Robert Coke, entered pre-seminary school Austin College with a major in Philosophy.  He continued his education by earning a degree in Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University where he later served on the faculty as an instructor. In 1996, Elder Coke was elected Chairman, of the American Indian Heritage Association and served as an ambassador for the American Indian Center of Dallas. Gray Hawk is now a semi-retired consultant.





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