Transformation. It’s a big word. For many, it conjures up the thought of “having” to do something difficult, such as change longstanding behaviors or beliefs. We think, “I have so far to go” or “I have so much to learn.” The transformation trajectory can look like a long and unending arc.
I’ve just finished reading (for the second time) Dr. David Hawkins book, “Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior.” The book reminds me that transformation comes through progressively higher states of consciousness.
Hawkins arranges a hierarchy of levels of consciousness—from shame and guilt at the bottom of the spectrum, to love, joy, peace, and enlightenment at the top—and calibrates/logs each at a specific number.
As coaches, we can be aware of this framework and compassionately make observations or ask questions that shift the client from a “Force” state (calibration of 200 or below) to a “Power” state (calibration of 200 or above). Force states create struggle and drain energy; power states create ease, and buoy energy.
Note that we do not want to tediously move a person step-by-step from Shame, to Guilt, to Fear, to Anger, etc., because anything below Courage is a Force state. However, any upward movement is positive.