Levels of Consciousness
In the book Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins, there’s a hierarchy of levels of human consciousness. It’s an interesting paradigm. If you read the book, it’s also fairly easy to figure out where you fall on this hierarchy based on your current life situation. From low to high, the levels of consciousness are: shame, guilt, apathy, grief, fear, desire, anger, pride, courage, neutrality, willingness, acceptance, reason, love, joy, peace, enlightenment. While we can pop in and out of different levels at various times, usually there’s a predominant “normal” state for us. I’ll go over these levels in order, mostly focusing on the ones between courage and reason, since that’s the range where you’re most likely to land. Shame – Just a step above death. Guilt – A step above shame, but you still may be having thoughts of suicide. Apathy – Feeling hopeless or victimized. Grief – A state of perpetual sadness and loss. Fear – Seeing the world as dangerous and unsafe. Peace – Total transcendence.
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