When we talk of consciousness and awareness and moving through levels of dimension, what do we mean in simple terms? Most of us, in the below diagram, operate and live at the mass consciousness level.
Mass consciousness – we follow the mind herd, think Hitler and crowd control! Or North Korea.
We do as we are told. We are mass hypnotised. Think about the fact that most over 55s are now put
on statins, with no discrimination as to whether it is right wrong, appropriate or would work in any
individual case. But that is what most of us do, following the dictates of government, its
pronouncements on health and ways of living and we all fall in line! We robotically follow the
latest fashion trends in the myriad magazines. We copy others. Well, except for a few radical
people who oppose.
Individual consciousness – The world is all about me, my ways, my thoughts, me, my mine! We
are blind to the effects our behaviour and actions have on others. Our sense of the world is that it
all revolves around "me" - our ego is very much to the fore.
Seeker’s consciousness – our consciousness will have been prodded, we start out thinking there
must be more to life, we ask bigger-meaning questions, we seek a form of autonomy. But we still
don’t get it – it’s not all about us! But at least we are seeking! And becoming more worldly aware.
Awareness consciousness – our awareness is now less on the “me” and much more about how “me” can help others. We listen to our intuition, our inner promptings and nudging. Our heart begins to open. We know there has to be a better way.
Service consciousness – we realise that we are here to help others, to serve them in some way. There is a greater good to be served such as famine, justice, humanity, healing. But oh how we hate the notion that we are here to wait on others! So we will resist, until such times as we realise, this is what it is all about. Then we enter into spiritual service.
Spiritual service - Through our given motivational gifts and talents, God (not in any religious sense) makes believers (not religious believers, but people who believe there is a Higher Intelligence at work) aware of needs that HI / It wants to meet through them. We become aware of the greater needs of humanity and step up to do our bit, without seeking reward, fame, attention, or fortune. We allow ourselves to be guided, no matter the personal cost.
In the foregoing, we go through the awareness, the informing ourselves, the being open, and taking radical steps forward for believe me, when we are up against the mass consciousness of negativity and “this is as it is” then we truly need to be open, bold, and courageous. There are as many paths to understanding, awareness, peace, freedom, love, healing, and meaningful service as there are people. Enjoy your journey!
"…if we want a new world, each of us must start taking responsibility for helping create it." -- Rosemary Fillmore Rhea
So how conscious or aware are you?
How aware are you of the effect you have on others, the planet?
How aware are you of your external world?
And how aware of your inner world, your inner landscape, your thoughts and feelings, as they are occurring in the moment?
How would you like to be able to figure out where you fall on a level of consciousness given your current life situation?
Definition of Consciousness
Consciousness is not your conscience -which is about your sense of what is right or wrong.
Consciousness, simplistically, is often viewed as an individual’s awareness of their own internal states (thoughts, feelings, memories, and sensations) as well as their awareness of the events going on around them. It has variously been defined as: ability to experience or to feel, awareness, a sense of self, the control of one’s mind, sentience, subjectivity, wakefulness, the executive control system of the mind.
Dr David Hawkins Map of Consciousness
You could spend eons of time on the web researching consciousness and find myriad definitions and explanations.
Perhaps the best articulated and researched evidence I have recently found about consciousness comes in the book Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins. In it he describes a hierarchy of levels of human consciousness
From low to high, logarithmically from 0- 1000, the levels of consciousness are: shame, guilt, apathy, grief, fear, desire, anger, pride, courage, neutrality, willingness, acceptance, reason, love, joy, peace, enlightenment.
In the video opposite, Christie Marie Sheldon talks of energy vibration and
gives a good introduction to the levels of consciousness.
The level at which you mostly live eg do you wake up each day and live mostly
in the past in fear and guilt, or positively in anticipation of a loving day ahead, that
level will determine how you, in that day, approach every area of your life, from love
to relationships, finances to work. It’s a bit like the lens or map through which
you choose to experience the world.
While we can weave in and out of different levels at different times, we usually
have a predominant “normal” state or level of consciousness or vibration.
If you’re reading this page, the chances are you’re at least at the level of courage because you are opening to new information and perhaps to leading life differently, on a higher plain so to speak. If you were at a lower level than courage, say shame or guilt, you’d likely have no conscious interest in personal growth because you would be too busy living a life of self-berating and self-condemnation. Your focus would be more backwards than forwards.
The levels or states briefly described
The labels below are Dr Hawkins and the descriptions loosely based on Hawkins’ descriptions but blended with my own thinking and experience. Hawkins defines this as a logarithmic scale, so there are masses of people living each day at a mundane worldly level of apathy, feeling hopeless or victimised, than there are at a truly enlightened level, the highest level or state.
You probably meet more people in your life who gossips, complain, moan, and feel life is worthwhile than you do people who are consistently full of joyful spirit!
An increase from one level to another takes time and always results in enormous changes in your life. If you aspire to live life at a higher level, do your homework, what would living at that level take of you, what changes in your attitudes, thinking, and behaviours would be required then act as if you are at, or fake it till you make it to, the desired level.
Shame – this is the level of self-directed condemnation,
self-directed hatred the level where you are probably
contemplating suicide at this level.
Guilt – The step above shame, but you still be thinking suicidally.
You live as if you have done something wrong, whether you
have or not. Religion may have indoctrinated you into
believing you are a sinner, even for just holding sinful
thoughts! You are likely unable to forgive yourself for past
Apathy – One rung further up where you feel hopeless,
perhaps even victimised or that life has dealt you a raw deal.
In your early years you have learned to feel helplessness.
Many homeless people are stuck here, they can see no way out.
A person who is down on their luck, ill in health, cannot see
a way through may get stuck in apathy, no matter how you
try to help because they will feel, “What’s the point.
There’s nothing I can do.”
Grief – As it says on the tin - a constant and ongoing state of
sadness and loss. Some may drop down here after losing a loved
one or a major life crisis. I have known people who have stayed
stuck here, ably supported by apathy. But most will come through.
This is also the level of depression which may also be experienced
at the apathy stage but at this level, you are aware that something
can be done for the depression.
Fear – Next level up is fear, seeing the world as fear-filled, dangerous and unsafe. You may suffer paranoia. If you are trapped in an abusive relationship you may fear you will never be free, you may also fear how you will cope if you do. You get caught. At this level you must seek help to rise above it, or you’ll remain trapped for a long time.
Desire – this is not about setting dreams, goals, and ambitions. The desires we speak of here are addictive desires – for power over others, for approval, for wealth, for fame and recognition, for having (materialism and consumerism) for smoking, drink and doing drugs, and even being addicted to abusive relationships. It is where the ego is very much in control and life is “all about me!”
Anger – if your desires and expectations go unmet, you get angry, you get frustrated. Anger is often a cry for help but society would rather not see it as such. If you can see it as your own cry for help, it can spur you on to action and to rising above anger. But stay stuck, and it becomes destructive both mentally, physically and on your health and relationships.
Pride – Now some good news… or maybe not! Though you may have been told pride goes before a fall, in this model, it is where you turn a corner and begin to feel good. Alas it’s a false friend because feeling good is dependent upon external resources – people, things, and events, to make you happy – rather than the feel good factor coming from within. Think Hitler. Pride can lead to a state of irrational denial and defensiveness, religious fundamentalism, nationalism, racism, and religious wars. In pride, you become so closely enmeshed in your beliefs that you see an attack on your beliefs as an attack on you.
Courage – This is not only where you turn the corner but you enter through a portal to a different, healthier way of being. This is the first level of true, inner-driven strength. It’s where you start to see life as challenging and exciting instead of overwhelming and impossible. You awaken bit by bit to an interest in personal development, to developing new skills, advancing in your career, educating yourself, you see possibilities rather than being stuck with the status quo. Life does not have to be “it is as it is.”
Neutrality – A lot of self-employed people are at this level. I once was here and thought I had arrived. Running my own business, it was a very comfortable place to be. I had nothing to prove. I rolled with the rolls of the dice. I felt safe and got on well with most people. But this is also the level of complacency and laziness, lack of ambition, in which you don’t push yourself too hard.
Willingness – But in time, something within stirs, you realise that getting by isn’t enough anymore. You begin caring about doing your best, achieving your highest potential. You become organised, things that were just accepted at the level of neutrality, take on a different significance. Willpower and self-discipline, getting things done, being an advocate even, all become important. This is the point where you are aware that your consciousness is becoming more organised and disciplined.
Acceptance – You are “in a zone” – energised and with momentum. This level drives many people to switch careers, start a new business, or change their diets, or focus on their health in a wider sense. A powerful shift begins, and you awaken to a world of possibilities, of realising that you can create the life you non-addictively desire. You honour your abilities. You start setting different life goals. And you accept responsibility that you are the creator of your life.
Reason – Now you move beyond the emotional world, at least the negative emotions you experienced at the lower levels. You begin to think clearly and rationally. You really see the bigger picture, the meaning in your life, how life works and you now have the discipline and desire and creativity to fully engage your natural abilities. You feel called and know “I can do it!” Now you are likely to be making significant contributions for the greater good of the whole world. The world is no longer about personal goals for personal gain, but for the greater good.
Love – This is not emotional love, the kind I often talk about for couples during their wedding ceremonies. Whilst I start at the emotional level, I lead on to describing unconditional love, a permanent understanding of your connectedness with all that exists, a realisation that we are not unique, separate individuals. This is the level of compassion where your heart goes out to humanity. At the level of reason, you live in service to your head. But now you live from the heart. Intellectualising stops. The heart takes over. A greater sense of justice, of right and wrong, of service now drive you. Your motives too are pure and uncorrupted by the desires of the ego, the desires for self-gain. This is the level of lifetime service to humanity. Think Gandhi, Saint Teresa, Dr. Albert Schweitzer. At this level you become aware that you are being guided by a force greater than yourself, some call it God. There are many names for this force. Some call it Love. It’s a feeling of “let go, let God”. Your intuition strengthens and guides you. Dr Hawkins claimed this level is reached by only 1 in 250 people during their entire lifetimes.
Joy – This is the level of saints and advanced spiritual teachers, a state of unshakable happiness. Being around people at this level makes you feel awesome. At this level life you allow your life to be totally led by the God force, Love, call it what you will - by synchronicity and intuition. You are now operating at a much higher level. I have had two near-death experiences and both I am sure gave me a temporary experience of this level.
Peace –. Hawkins claims this level is reached only by one person in 10 million. It is where you have transcended all the other levels, the low-grade emotions, the struggles, the labours and feel nothing but peace.
Enlightenment – The highest level of human consciousness, where we, individually and collectively, ie humanity blends with divinity. Whilst few reach this level, even just thinking about it can raise your consciousness from a lower level you are on to perhaps the next or above level.
Whichever level you decide you are on, if you don’t like it, don’t fight it.
Practise embracing the level first. Accept you are there for a reason. As you reflect on the reason and perhaps which level you would prefer to be at at this stage in your life, use your own language, don’t be tied to the labels used above.
For example, at some lower levels you may find you experience uncertainty. Uncertainty is part of the path to journeying towards higher levels, to greater clarity, certainty, enlightenment, purpose, and vision.
So first, embrace the uncertainty. Say hello to it. Ask it what it is there trying to teach you? It may be trying to teach you to educate yourself some more, to go off in a different direction, to rid yourself of certain ways of being. Fighting it will not give you the answers you seek. What you resist will persist.
Trust and let go of any expectations. Then if needs be, next day, trust and let go some more.
Follow uncertainty until it leads you to the next milestone, not millstone, of your journey up the ladder of consciousness.
Think about your life at present.
Consider the consciousness states or levels as detailed in the Omega diagram above.
What level would you tend to predominately inhabit? (You may also dip to lower levels each day or even glimpse a temporary experience of a higher level.)
Which level would you like to aspire to? And then which next level?
Which attitudes, beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and behaviours (ie actions) hold you back and keep you stuck at the lower levels? (Explore the pages on this website on beliefs.)
Which attitudes, beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and behaviours (ie actions) are needed to spur you on to higher levels.
In short, what changes do you need to make?
Draw up your map.
Map of Consciousness
as discussed in above video