Push Force and Gentleness

While teaching a Primary School Science lesson on Push / Pull force, I became intensely aware of how much we use physical force to maintain and support our existence in the three-dimensional world. Sharing and brainstorming at the start of the lesson all the ways we use push force daily filled the class whiteboard within minutes.

We shared opening and closing doors, flushing the toilet, turning lights on and off, turning on the TV and changing channels, computer games – pressing the console, sitting down, using the stove, turning on and off the kettle, turning on and off any electrical appliance, washing clothes, riding a bike or scooter or roller blades, playing sport, swimming, weight training, working on a computer keyboard, driving a car – especially accelerating and braking – moving furniture or any other items around, propelling a lot of toys, especially toy cars and trains, pushing a pram, a shopping trolley or a wheelchair, all the rides at Theme Parks… With no space to add anything more, nor any space to note down any examples of pull force, we concluded that we use push force absolutely everywhere!

I have often observed how society endorses the use of push force in an unconscious manner that can appear harsh and abrasive. We even pit our strength against each other in terms of how much force we can exert in opposition to another – everything from arm wrestling, to rugby tackles, to the horsepower of our cars, boats, trains, planes and even rockets. We make it all about the might of the push force. Looking at the short list above, it is evident that in using force, we apply millions of newtons* daily just to exist and that we often apply this force with unnecessary harshness. That is an incredible amount of force used globally on a daily basis, and often ill applied.

To further these studies, we visited a local Science Centre. One activity presented the opportunity to measure the amount of force a person could exert by squeezing two handles together, the implication being that the more force exerted, the greater the number of newtons and hence the greater your power and strength.

I decided to engage in this activity to test the effects of push force applied with gentleness. I squeezed the handles gently to see if any force applied in this way would register. My result was… 0… I could squeeze the handles together gently and no newtons registered as I did this.

This was an awesome confirmation that we can use push force in a certain quality without brute force and thus register little or no effect on our surroundings.

So, what would happen if all the push force we use were to be applied in this quality of gentleness? What if there were fewer newtons at least being exerted across the globe – what effect would that have? Would it mean less reactionary force (for each and every force, there is an equal and opposite force)? How might our lives change as a result of this? Would we open to other energies that respond equally well to gentle measurements as Aharanov found in the quantum world, where the past, the present and the future all aligned as one? (1)

What intelligence or energy is served by us maintaining push force in a mighty and harsh manner? Why would we not, at least, choose gentleness as we push our way through this 3-dimensional world? Taking one basic example: how would the world feel if we all opened and closed all the doors on the planet in gentleness? What about pushing all buttons – remote controls, keyboards, car locks, phone buttons – in a gentle way? What effect would that have? And what would we gain in terms of lifestyle by living and moving in this gentle way?

Dedicated to Serge Benhayon, who re-introduced the art of living in gentleness and stillness through the teachings of the Ancient Wisdom.

By Coleen Hensey

* A newton (N) is the international unit of measure for force. One newton is equal to 1 kilogram metre per second squared. The unit was named after Isaac Newton, who developed the concept.

References:
(1) “Chapman University Scientists Introduce New Cosmic Connectivity.” Press Room. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 July 2017. <https://blogs.chapman.edu/press-room/2014/07/31/chapman-university-scientists-introduce-new-cosmic-connectivity/>.

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Gentleness in Surgery
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The Body Will Never Tell You A Lie

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482 thoughts on “Push Force and Gentleness

  1. So, what would happen if all the push force we use were to be applied in this quality of gentleness? What if there were fewer newtons at least being exerted across the globe – what effect would that have? From what you have shared Coleen it would absolutely result in a change on a monumental level as that choice to move in a true quality that is impulsed from the heart and so a loving movement will naturally follow.

  2. A great reminder that we don’t need to push with force through this world, it seems there are many heavy imprints and patterns we carry about this that need gentle reimprinting. As it feels more natural to not push with force.

  3. A great question to reflect on as to why we choose to push and force our way through life, rather than our innate, gentle harmonious alternative?

    1. Men have been raised forever, with the belief nothing good is received from something that is not hard. So, why does, the meek shall inherit the earth in this hard world and its struggle, feel to be the real truth?

  4. Our true power comes from gentleness and light in flow and harmony ! what an amazing realisation and way we can all live and how different the world would be without he push force and harshness currently lived.

  5. It can be very noticeable when we are connected and present with ourselves to feel the urgency in our movements to push. It can be in the simple activity such as walking but if we clock it we then give ourselves an opportunity to change our movements and come back to walking in the connection to our soul.

  6. This is great Coleen and what an inspiration you must be for the students you teach, since you have maintained your curiosity about the world and want to test existing theories with your own hypotheses. And then with what you have discovered present the possibility of life being different. That’s what I call science.

  7. ‘This was an awesome confirmation that we can use push force in a certain quality without brute force and thus register little or no effect on our surroundings.’ This reminds me of the way that when we move in water it shows the quality of that movement. Such movement push the water however we can do this with minimal disturbance or making a splash and lots of currents. It feels far less disturbing when the movements are in consideration of the disturbance they cause.

  8. When we get the understanding of what is really going on then to make the choice to be gentle in what we are doing is for me the only option. Otherwise it hurts my body and all those around me because all is energy.

  9. For me, when I’ve gone into a push or drive, I’m not with my body so my head is leading, and then it’s game over if I don’t catch the tension this causes in my body from pushing and needing to get something done or some sort of outcome. If we were taught from young to connect more with our bodies and honour how they are feeling and go with that, we would not have grown up ignoring and overriding this very basic and natural impulse to listen to our bodies.

  10. Thank you Colleen, a very thought provoking blog. I learnt to type many years ago on a manual typewriter and it did take quite a bit of pressure to actually push the keys down. Some time ago it was brought to my attention that I was a bit bit heavy handed when typing on my computer, something I had not been aware of, so I made a conscious choice to be more gentle in the pressure applied while typing. Many, many emails go out daily, worldwide, and I wonder how many people are aware of the energy that travels with their typed messages and what a difference it could make if we all became more aware of the push/pull effect.

  11. I was singing with a group of women last night and one of the things that came up for us is how we can go into a push when we sing, or even when we speak. We focused on how delicate and tender we are as women, and not pushing the sound out but allowed it to just float out with the natural rhythm of our bodies. The result from everyone was the most delicate, pure and exquisite sound that any of us had heard each other sing. It was a moment of realisation and appreciation that we really don’t need to ‘do’ anything to express all that we are, as it is all there within us, we simply have to connect to ourselves first.

  12. ‘Every force has an equal and opposite force’ – a universal Law and yet one not considered to impact us, as though we exist and exercise force outside of the rest of the universe.

  13. I love the inclusive activity you did with the class in getting brainstorming ways we use push force, simple exercises like these get us to relate and reflect with our own lives and makes it tangible rather than being something distant and outside of ourselves, therefore we engage more from our body and less from the mind.

  14. ‘we can use push force in a certain quality without brute force and thus register little or no effect on our surroundings.’ This is incredible and brings a greater understanding to me of the purpose in the quality of our movements. It’d be awesome if there could be a study done on this so it becomes mainstream thereby offering more people the opportunity to feel this and experiment for themselves.

  15. If any movement comes with a force or push we are immediately separated from our selves, as we give our power away to another energy — the trying to get something done, or achieve, or prove ourselves, or not accept our vulnerability and delicateness — so many underlying reasons we do this that once recognised and accepted and felt we can let go of, and surrender to the true gentleness that is waiting within us to be expressed.

  16. This has really got me to appreciate using brute force results in a reactionary force returning. And I am considering how I communicate and that using brute force in how I speak it’s highly likely I’ll get an unplesant reaction. But if I were to be tender then often a person has no reason to be forceful back.

  17. “Taking one basic example: how would the world feel if we all opened and closed all the doors on the planet in gentleness? What about pushing all buttons – remote controls, keyboards, car locks, phone buttons – in a gentle way? What effect would that have? And what would we gain in terms of lifestyle by living and moving in this gentle way?” This is great, for it is surely by such simple steps that things can start to change. It is all too easy to be overwhelmed and not know where to start to change things, this is inspiring for we can all start with a door handle or a button.

  18. When I use that push force in my interactions with others without allowing them the space for their own timing the push back is usually an equal and opposite force. Reflecting that manipulating another is an actual waste of time and imposition that is not respectful.

  19. If we were all aware that every force has an equal and opposite force, we may be much more responsible for how we interact and work with others and life in general.

  20. Working at a super market I am amazed how people grab or snatch rather than receive when I pass the food to them. I can feel the force by which they have to use their energy to do this when a gentle arm movement is all that is needed. Women interestingly seem to do this more than the men

  21. Paying attention to the energetic quality of all my movements in my day is one of the greatest things I have ever done in my life and has transformed my health and wellbeing.

  22. Perhaps this overexertion of push force is a contributing factor to exhaustion, and we strain, push and harden more than we realise to do even mundane tasks such as opening and closing doors.

  23. I’ve noticed when exercising with light weights that if I am super present and gentle and pay attention to how my body is moving, I can get a very tuned and great workout from minimal exercise and felt rejuvenated afterwards. My muscles are very aware of what I’m doing and it’s like they are super focused and paying attention. On the other hand, if I do lots of repetitions in a fast way where I’m thinking about other things, my muscles don’t really come to the part and many repetitions lead to nothing other than me being very tired after exercising.

  24. Newton’s other law states that everything is in motion, all of those particles moving around. And, the only thing that can change them is an outside force. So, when we do anything in gentleness, we are supporting our natural state of being!

  25. The simplicity and ease of opening things and doing any movement with gentleness is very beautiful to feel for ourselves and our quality in our bodies and is so opposite and different to the push and force that we live our lives with and the exhaustion and hardness felt and buried within.

  26. ‘I have often observed how society endorses the use of push force in an unconscious manner that can appear harsh and abrasive.’ – Yes, sadly we are not old when we learn to start competing against each other to be the strongest, the best, the winner etc. as opposed to learning to honour our bodies in a gentle way and by that, get the awareness of what feels true to us.

  27. When we harden to push through everything seems so much harder, just as when we approach chores or work with lightheartedness, everything feels lighter.

  28. ‘I could squeeze the handles together gently and no newtons registered as I did this.’ – Sientific ‘evidence’ right there.

  29. ‘ we can use push force in a certain quality without brute force and thus register little or no effect on our surroundings.’ This is living without disturbing the universal flow – beautiful!

  30. This is an experiment worth doing, let’s report results after the consistency of testing of how our commitment to gentleness in our surroundings would reflect back to us.

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