The Power of Love vs. the Love of Power

The quote for today by Jimi Hendrix says it all:

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power,
the world will know peace.”

When Victor and I started the Only Love Prevails World Peace Experiment in 1996 we thought it would be easy to get 80,000 people to participate.  After all, how hard is it to say the words “Only Love Prevails” and stand in non-judgement every time you perceive a negative event is occurring?  Well, it turns out that it is not necessarily that easy!  The process itself sounds easy.  However, training yourself to actually say the words while staying in non-judgment is a challenge.  It calls for participants to be willing to shift their belief systems and trust that the power of love is at work in the world often when their perception is that something awful is happening.

However, what we have found (in our lives and in the lives of those people who have written us about participation) is that as we become attuned to the concept that “only love prevails” we start attracting less and less negativity into our lives.  As we start attracting less negativity, we find ourselves becoming more and more personally empowered.

But what does that have to do with today’s quote? I feel that the love of power is an addiction, similar to any other addiction. It actually makes you less empowered because it becomes a lens through which you view the world, thinking that everyone is out to strip away your power, eventually leaving you powerless.

The power of love, on the other hand, comes from the heart.  It is a pure, energetic power that continues to increase as long as you continue to tap into it.  Soon you begin to see everything through the lens of love. As more and more people tap into the power of love, the world begins to change. We become more compassionate and start engaging with others in deeply meaningful and loving ways. We become more peaceful and begin to radiate peace wherever we go.

Following is an exchange I had with one of the World Peace Experiment participants that illustrates the above point. I received an email from a person in California who suggested that I take her name off the list because she wasn’t saying “only love prevails” much anymore and therefore felt that, even though she supported us in Spirit, she wasn’t adding her conscious energy to the experiment. My answer is below and her response follows:

We will take your name off the list if that is what you desire. I hesitate to do so, however, as you say you are participating in “Spirit”. Victor and I have noticed that we say “Only Love Prevails” less and less as time goes by because we are attracting less and less negativity into our lives and do not need to use it as a filter. One minister told us that she has used the process as a barometer. In the beginning she was shocked at how often she found she needed to say “only love prevails”. She hadn’t realized how much negativity she was perceiving until she joined the experiment. She now has had the same experience as we have had–less and less negativity in her life, more and more inner peace, less need to say “only love prevails”.

Let me know if it is still your desire to be removed from the list and we will comply with your wishes.

Her response:

WOW!!! How interesting! How VERY interesting!! I AM attracting less negativity as you said. Even when disturbing things happen, they aren’t usually external things. They are old internal things of mine coming up from below the surface. And then I just clear them away. They aren’t sticking around for as long as they use to in the past. What a trip.  OK, keep me on the list! 🙂

If you haven’t done so already, I hope you will sign up to participate in the World Peace Experiment and help us prove the wisdom of today’s quote.  Help us co-create a world of peace where…


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One Response to The Power of Love vs. the Love of Power

  1. We have received many inquiries as to how we came up with the figure of 80,000 people. Here is our explanation:

    Physicists tell us that according to the laws of wave mechanics, the intensity of any kind of waves that are in phase with each other is the square of the sum of the waves. In other words, two waves added together are four times as intense as one wave, ten waves are one hundred times as intense, etc.

    Since thought is an energy, and all energy occurs as waves – we believe that 80,000 people all thinking the same thing together are as powerful, in terms of creating the reality that we all share, as the random chaotic thought of the 6.4 billion people (80,000 times 80,000) that will soon inhabit the planet.

    Therefore, 80,000 people who believe that only love prevails, will create a laser of intent that will change the planetary reality.