TWENTY LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
The basis of relatively rare courage, neutrality, willingness, acceptance, reason, love and joy that exists all around us in the world today is due to the overall low Level of Consciousness of the world collective consciousness. The best way we know of is to look at the work of Dr. David Hawkins and his Levels of Consciousness (LOC). He proposed 17 Levels of Consciousness, with the top section from 600 to 1000 just labeled as "Peace" and "Enlightenment."
We have changed the label for LOC 600 from Peace to Moksha Level 1 or Cosmic Consciousness and Hawkins claims this level is reached only by one person in 10 million - that calculates to about 780 people alive on Earth today. Levels 700 to 1,000 are extremely rare, where humanity blends with divinity in the levels of God Consciousness and beyond. In the world of today, only 15% of the population (over 1.3 billion) is living in LOC 201 and higher. This is a truly tragic waste of life of a being "made in the image of God."
The loss of personal freedoms and government tyranny we see in daily life today can only arise in those operating at LOC 175 and lower. The way to eliminate this scourge on human life and freedoms is to elevate world collective consciousness to LOC 350. At this time world collective consciousness is at 207. When world collective consciousness rises to 350 there will be very few in the 175 and lower levels. This will be nice because governments operate a level of 175 and will find themselves without a constituency.
What a blessing it will be for the Human Race to no longer have governments squatting on our heads. The human being, is a sovereign being with free-will. There is no one who can legitimately claim to have "authority" over us. It is only because of the vast population below LOC 175 that allow governments to exist.
Description of Each Level of Consciousness
As you read this, think about the level that you resonate most with now:
- Someone at this level feels humiliated, has low self-esteem, and is paranoid.
- Common feelings by someone at this level include feeling like he has “lost face,” wishing that he is invisible, and feeling worthless. Some individuals react by becoming overly rigid or neurotic perfectionists. Vibrating at this level for prolonged periods leads to elimination (of self and others), such as suicide, turning into serial killers, rapists, or moral extremists who apply self-righteous judgment onto others. A person’s life view at this state is misery.
- Feelings of blame and remorse hover in this level.
- These feelings are used to consciously or subconsciously manipulate conformance to certain forms of thinking and behaviors. This level is dominant in governments who are high-handed and uses heavy public punishment; in societies with a blame culture; and in religious institutions with a preoccupation with “sin” and “salvation.” This level cultivates destruction. Hawkins cites the life view as evil, though I disagree and feel that condemnation is more adept. A person at the level of guilt is not necessarily evil nor does he see the world as evil, but rather focuses a lot on condemning self and others.
- A state of helplessness, despair, and despondency.
- Someone here is needy and dependent on others for help, such as the homeless and poor. Because this level feels “heavy” and is seen as a burden, many people usually avoid those vibrating at these levels. For example, in some countries we see how the poor and less fortunate are segmented away from the mainstream society. We also frequently see situations where the aged is abandoned by their own kin because they are seen as liability. This level is associated with abdication, which means to give up one’s power to others. The life view here is hopelessness.
- Feelings of regret, sadness and loss are constant.
- Many people vibrate at this level in times of loss — of loved ones, relationships, possessions, jobs, and wealth. The outcome is mourning, feeling remorse, regret, and being hung up over what has happened. Someone grieving feels despondent and bleak about the world and life around him/her. The life view is tragic. Grief is a higher level than apathy, because one starts feeling more energy at this level, albeit energies of sadness and loss.
- The energy at this level is anxiety.
- Common kinds of fear at play would be the fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of uncertainty, fear of challenges, fear of aging, fear of death, fear of loss, and fear of strangers. This emotion is often played on by marketers and politicians to achieve their agendas. Fear leads to paranoia and can turn into an obsession. At this level, one views everything uncertain as fearful and thus undergoes a state of withdrawal. Thus, fear prevents personal growth from taking place. Someone at this level sees the world as frightening.
- At the level of desire, the emotion of craving becomes dominant.
- We have people pursuing money and status as end goals for a better life, lonely singles longing to be in romantic relationships believing that it will complete themselves, marketers conditioning ‘wants’ in people via enticing advertisements and promises of happiness with the consumption of goods, and fashion industry playing on people’s desires to be more attractive and wanted, just to name a few. Addictions are outputs of desire, such as the desire for food, video games, fun, sex, shopping, and money and power. One becomes looped into enslavement at this level, because desire is a never-ending emotion. The life view is disappointing, which happens when one cannot obtain what one desires. Desire is a higher level than fear because the desire for something propels someone into action rather than withdraw into a corner.
- The emotion at this level is hate.
- Anger expresses itself as resentment, frustration, even revenge. Common manifestations of anger in our society today can be seen in people’s irritable behavior, toxic conversations on the internet, arguments between family members, and at the worst end of the spectrum, murder and war. Because anger is a highly charged feeling, someone who channels this energy constructively will move up to the next level and create positive change — such as via activism (of animal rights, human rights, environmental causes, etc.). Such uses of anger has resulted in the liberation and great movements in society. On the other hand, people who use anger destructively such as to shame, hate, and harm others, creates more destruction. The process one undergoes is aggression. The life view here is antagonistic, where one is hostile, unfriendly, and acts in opposition against others
- The life view here is demanding.
- Dignity is a more representative emotion for this level. Scorn comes a result of this dignity, though it may be too subtle for people to recognize. In our current society, pride is a level that is encouraged and seen as positive — for example, pride of being part of a group, institution, company, nation, religion, and race. But this leads to a duality, which acts as an invisible force to separate people. For example, nations exist because people identify themselves more with a geographical location rather than a common, universal identity. Religions exist because people attach themselves to their beliefs of god and values, which separate them from the “others.” On a personal level, people develop pride based on their possessions and career achievements, and this is dangerous because such conditions can be removed at any point in time. Pride results in denial and arrogance. At pride, one undergoes inflation (of ego) rather than see things objectively.
- This marks the first awakening point for an individual. Affirmation is the key emotion here.
- This is the separation point between Power and Force, where one starts to create change by using constructive uses of power rather than destructive force. This is the first waking point when one starts to wake from his sleepwalker status. At the lower levels before this, the world is seen as hopeless, tragic, frightening, demanding, and antagonistic; people below 200 see themselves as victims, at the mercy of life, and subjected to the forces of the external world. At the level of courage, one sees the world as exciting and filled with possibilities. One undergoes empowerment here. This marks the start of an active pursuit of growth. When one sees a gap in their knowledge and abilities, they will act to fill it. For example, learning new job skills, embarking on further education, pursuing personal growth. The life view is feasible – anything is manageable since the person is willing to act to deal with uncomfortable situations in life. People in levels of >200 recognize that their happiness lies in their hands.
- The emotions at this level are trust and safety.
- Here, people are non-judgmental, objective, and able to see things as they truly are. They are not attached to possessions, situations, results, and can roll with the punches in life. If they are not able to get something, they are equally happy settling for something else. The power of neutrality comes from a positive place, where one recognizes his power, ability, and worth, and does not feel the need to prove anything to anyone. On the other hand, apathy comes from feeling forsaken, resulting in nonchalance and jadedness toward the external world.
The process is one of release (of everything). The life view is satisfactory, where anything goes. These people are easy to get along. However, they are difficult to engage toward causes and visions because they are detached toward everything. This is not the same as apathy.
- Optimism runs high here.
- At Willingness, the individual is open to do anything and everything – he is not bounded by others’ judgments or limitations. For example, he is willing to take on menial jobs if he cannot get jobs elsewhere. The difference between Willingness and the levels below it is that at Willingness, one is passionate about doing things well rather than just doing things. Someone at Willingness can readily bounce back from setbacks, is easily moldable, and is genuinely open to everyone. Success follows them easily. The process one undergoes here is of intention (to do anything). The life view is hopefulness. At this level you are people who perform extremely well in their careers in corporations, startups; however, as they develop great skills, the question comes to whether they are investing their energy in the best way.
- This marks the second awakening point for an individual. Forgiveness is the dominant emotion.
- The process one undergoes is Silent Witness (above what one faces in life). The life view here is harmonious.
Here he is fully awake from his sleepwalker status. One realizes that he is the creator and source of his life, as opposed to having relegated part of his power to someone else or a different entity. He is aware of the social constructs present in one’s life, whether family, society, nation, religion, or work, is able to discern against (limiting) beliefs, viewpoints, and social conditioning, and can consciously craft his life above and beyond these social constructs. The behavior at this level is acceptance vs. rejection, seeking for resolution vs. judging whether something is right or wrong, having a long-term vs. short-term view, engaging in life harmoniously based on its terms vs. resisting it, and striving for excellence and growth.
- The emotion is understanding and rationality.
- One seeks out huge amounts of information and analyzes them to infinitesimal detail before reaching a conclusion. This is where leaders of science and medicine, and great thinkers of history are at. However, someone at the level of Reason falls into the trap of over-intellectualization in concepts and theories. When theories clash and each argument is sound on its own, we reach a blockade, leading to the inability to resolve discrepancies. This leads to the process of abstraction or preoccupation with data. The life view is meaningful.
- This represents unconditional love
- Love that is pure, unfaltering, unwavering, not subjected to any external condition. It is not the same love commonly portrayed in mass media, which is rooted in lust, desire, pride, control, addiction, attraction, jealousy, and possessiveness. While the media often establishes love and hate as opposites, hate is actually rooted in pride (desire for control/possessiveness), not actual love. Reverence is the main emotion in this level of (unconditional) love. At this level, duality becomes an illusion; the feeling is one of entirety that rises above separation. Unconditional love is inclusive of everyone and expands beyond self. While reason deals with data, love deals with entirety, thus giving rise to the capacity for instantaneous understanding. This aspect is often linked with intuition. The process one undergoes is revelation. The life view is benign: there is no separation, fear or negativity.
- The dominant emotion is serenity and observing.
- This is the inner joy that arises from every moment of existence rather than from an external source. This is the level where saints, advanced spiritual students and healers dwell. At this level, one is characterized by enormous patience and an unwavering positive attitude in the face of harsh adversities. The world is seen as one of perfection and beauty. Individuals are motivated to dedicate themselves to the benefit of life rather than for specific individuals. Here, transfiguration occurs, where there is an inner serenity and emanating of radiance and compassion for others. The life view is completeness (of the world). Near-death experiences have the effect of temporarily bumping people into this level.
Enlightenment - Peace, 600
- This marks the final awakening point for an individual. The emotion is bliss.
- This is Moksha Level 1, Cosmic Consciousness. The goal of human existence has been reached. The process one undergoes is illumination. The life view is perfect. Here the individual has completely detached from identifying with the physical body and conscious thinking mind and witnesses the activities of the body and mind from Higher Consciousness, 24 hours a day, including during sleep. This is Liberation, Enlightenment, freedom from the cycles of birth and death. At this level, there is no longer any distinction between the observer and the subject. People here become spiritual teachers and great geniuses in their field to effect great contribution for mankind. They transcend formal religious structures and replace it with pure spirituality which is where religions originate. Perception becomes one of slow motion, suspended in time and space. Everything is perceived as interconnected by an infinite presence.
- During meditation I can feel the silence within and I identify this silence as my true self and witness the mantra and thoughts as separate from me, as if I am the driver of my car and my mind and body is my vehicle. There is a clear dichotomy of mind - active thinking mind and silent witnessing mind.
- Outside of meditation, during the day when my body is awake and active, I can hear Krishna's flute and feel the silence within and I identify this silence as my true self and witness the activities of the mind and body as separate from me, as if I am the driver of my car and my mind and body is my vehicle. There is a clear dichotomy of mind - active thinking mind and silent witnessing mind.
- Outside of meditation, during the night or whenever my body is asleep and still, I can feel the silence within and I identify this silence as my true self and witness the sleeping of my body. I watch my body go to sleep and throughout the night I am aware of the approximate time and can hear sounds in the environment while my body remains asleep.
- The life view here is simply "Is".
- This is Moksha Level 2, God Consciousness. The emotion here and beyond in the other levels of Moksha is ineffable, in other words – inexpressible. This is the second stage of the pinnacle of the evolution of consciousness by mankind. The greatest people in history have attained this level and higher, such as Krishna, Buddha, and Jesus. Here, the body becomes recognized as a tool to project consciousness. One’s existence becomes all-encompassing and transcends time and space. The process is described as pure consciousness. As we achieve our highest potential and live our best life, we should strive for the highest possible level of enlightenment.
Common experiences at this level:
- During the night or whenever my body is asleep and still, I can feel the silence within and I identify this silence as my true self and witness the sleeping of my body.
- I identify with my prana body as it floats above my physical body during part of each sleep cycle and I can look down and see my sleeping physical body.
- I identify with my prana body and I can leave my physical body at will and move about in the room where my physical body is asleep and even go out outside of the room and walk or float or fly around the area and see the physical world.
- I identify with my prana body and I can leave my physical body at will and travel to any place in the Astral realm, including any location on earth, or to any planet or to any higher level in the Astral realm that is well beyond perceptions of the physical world.
- When the physical mind has dreams, I witness these dreams, these are Lucid Dreams. I watch the dreams as if they are movies in the mind and I am separate from them. I can change a dream by just desiring to do so. I can create entirely new dreams by thinking about what I want to see and do in the dream.
- I can sit and meditate in a lucid dream and experience a very deep transcending and expansion of consciousness. I can request to see the intelligence behind the dream and then find myself with my Celestial Family. I interact with these Celestial Beings and know it is very real.
- During meditation or samyama I can feel the silence within and I identify this silence as my true self and witness the process of thinking the mantra or sutra.
- I see wave forms in my awareness. There are colors and vibratory patterns. I am aware of physical time and my timing of the sutras, every 15 seconds, is precise. I do not get lost or forget which sutra is next or what the meaning of the sutra is.
- This is Moksha Level 3, Unity Consciousness.
Common experience at this level is:
- At all times, both in meditation and out of meditation and during the sleep of my body, I am always aware of my Self. I feel surrounded by unbounded silence and have no fear, no anxiety, no sadness, no negativity at all is possible. I only feel love and acceptance for all. I see all beings as a part of me, as if we are all one being on a grand adventure of life. I even feel a kinship with the animals, plants and insects and feel love and acceptance for each one as necessary and important to life. All around there is only peace and equanimity and I do not experience extremes of emotion. 24-hour Bliss.
- This is Moksha Level 4, Brahman Consciousness.
- The realization of “aham brahmasmi” – I am the Creator. I am the Dreamer of this colossal dream called the Universe. There is only one Being in the Universe, and I am that Being.
Common experience at this level is:
- At all times I am always aware of my Self as the entire universe. This is my universe and I am the Creator. I am aware of all levels of my consciousness and all the beings I have created. These beings are dream creatures in my Dream of the Universe and I am also one of these dream creatures. I can take the perspective of any of my dream creatures at will and see my Universe from their perspective. This gives me great compassion and empathy for these beings and my human life is dedicated in the service of my fellow beings. I have no attachment to physical food to maintain the body, instead I derive all of my energy from the Prana field.
- This is Moksha Level 5, Krishna Consciousness. At all times I am aware of my Existence as the Eternal Supreme Personality of Godhead in Goloka. There is only One Being and I am that Being.