The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
Map of Consciousness
The Map of Consciousness was developed by Dr. David Hawkins and he describes it in his book Power vs Force. Hawkins can be described as a consciousness researcher. When I first read about the Map of Consciousness in his book I was very intrigued because it made a lot of sense to me. Hawkins basically breaks our state of consciousness into 17 levels. Each of these levels corresponds to a level and also an emotion. Similar to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs the scale of 1000 is basically enlightenment and 0 is shame. Below is a simplified version of Map of Consciousness as I did not want to cover everything that is in the book. What I will do is I will cover each level briefly.
The first stage in the map of consciousness is shame. Shame is basically the closest thing to death. People who choose extreme shame over death is basically a ‘non-person’ as described by Hawkins. They hang their heads low, walk slowly, become extremely shy and wish that nobody can see them. Their mere existence is a burden to them. Shaming can be used as a form of torture as well and shaming others, especially children often makes the victim become cruel and inhumane. Shaming causes others to be more vulnerable to other negative emotions and as a result, these shamed individuals feel justified in hurting others or they create a false sense of self through anger and other aggressive emotions.
Guilt is only slightly higher than shame on the map of consciousness scale. Brene Brown, a researcher of guilt and shame says that guilt means “I did something stupid.” Shame means “I am stupid.” Similar to shame people are still prone to suicide because of guilt. As a society we use guilt as punishment with words such as ‘sin’, public punishment and finger pointing, this type of consciousness ultimately creates destruction and evil.
Apathy is the next level in the Map of Consciousness. It is essentially a state of hopelessness. People in the level of consciousness are often people who are extremely dependent on others who just drain other people’s resources and are a burden to others. These people include the homeless, the elderly or anyone has been afflicted with a debilitating disease. Unfortunately, these people are often abandoned by society. Homeless people are ignored and older and/or debilitated individuals are often abandoned by their own families.
The next level of the map of consciousness is grief. Grief is the feeling of sadness, loss or depression. Often triggered when a loved one dies it can also be triggered by many other things. If an induvial cannot escape this vibration of consciousness he or she often begins to accept failure as part of life. They begin to gamble and lose their money, push away friends and family. This grief can eventually trigger a depression which can lead to death. Although grief is an extremely low form of consciousness it is higher than apathy. When an apathetic person begins to cry we know he is getting better.
Fear can actually be healthy compared to previous stages of the map of consciousness. Fear can easily become one’s focus and they can begin to see fear everywhere. Fear in relationships can lead to jealousy and higher stress levels. Fear can be exacerbated into paranoia and can ultimately lead to inhibition. It takes a lot of energy to overcome fear and often times these people in this level of consciousness seek out others who have risen past this level to help them conquer their own fear.
Desire: 125 – 149
Desire has even more energy than fear on the map of consciousness scale. Desire is what drives human activity. Whether we seek money, fame or fortune in order to achieve these goals we must move past fear and have desire. Desire can also be an extremely negative form of addiction as well. We may become addicted to our desire for attention and drive others away or greed and only care about our money. Even millionaires can be stuck in this state of desire – Only wanting more and more money. This state is unsatisfiable after a desire is satisfied it will only be replaced by another one.
When we move out of apathy and grief to overcome fear we begin to want. This next level in the map of consciousness leads to frustration which leads to anger. Anger can create great change either negative or positive. This includes examples such as racial injustices and inequality. Anger has created many major changes in our society. Unfortunately, more times than not, anger is expressed more as a dangerous and unpredictable behavior which often only causes destruction in its wake. Since anger is based on a frustrated desire it often leads to a rage. This rage can easily lead to hatred which can negatively affect both parties.
As a society, we promote pride as a motivator to do great things. “Pride in our nation”, “Pride in ourselves”. Pride feels good, however, in contrast to other levels it is still a fairly low in the map of consciousness. Pride falls when it relies on an external condition. If you take pride in your math abilities and you start failing out of math your consciousness can fall all the way down to shame. This is the weakness of pride. Wars have been waged because of pride. Pride is arrogant and simple minded. This ultimately blocks any kind of growth.
Courage is the first level where we begin to see true power. In the map of consciousness Levels 200+ are known as ‘life-supporting fields’. It is here where an individual begins to reach the phase of exploration, accomplishment, and determination. Things which were feared are now seen as challenges and opportunities to grow. This person wants to attain new skills, education and overall growth. Thus, things such as fear often do not stop a person in this state. As this person achieves more, grows more and get rewarded because of his efforts his esteem grows more and more.
The neutrality state of the map of consciousness, a person doesn’t even see obstacles, as obstacles. Whereas the level of courage will see obstacles to overcome a person in a state of neutrality won’t even see an obstacle. An obstacle implies that something needs to be impeded. A person of neutrality will say “Well if this interview doesn’t work out I’ll just go to another one.” These people are unaffected emotionally and kind of ‘go with the flow’. They are not easily intimidated and are not out to prove anything. This is the beginning of inner confidence.
In this state, a person is always willing to face any issue. They don’t have many blocks and are unphased by unemployment since they believe in themselves so much that they are willing to take any job or become self-employed. This is a powerful stage in the map of consciousness. They are completely willing to not only do things for the sake of doing it but to do things well. These people are easy to be around, learn quickly and contribute much to society.
In this next stage of the map of consciousness, one begins to live harmoniously with oneself. Seeing oneself as the creator of happiness. This person realizes that nothing external can make him happy – That he himself is the only thing that can make him happy. That happiness comes from within and not without. With this vision, he begins to live life on his own terms and without agenda. A person at this level begins to see the ‘whole picture’ that is life and thus self-discipline, self-esteem and self-mastery are all prominent at this stage.
In the map of consciousness the lower levels deal with emotions, the levels 400 and above deal with intellect and rationality. These people contribute the most to society and are often Nobel prize winners such as Einstein or Freud. At this level, education and analyzation is above all else. Reason falls short in that it can sometimes overanalyze things and has a sort of tunnel vision which does not allow one to see the ‘forest from the trees’.
The love in this stage of the map of consciousness is unrelated to the love portrayed in media. The media often displays hate as the opposite of love when in reality hate is the opposite of pride. This stage is related to the development of a love which is unconditional, unchanging and permanent. This is a state of being and has the capacity to lift others up and accomplish great things. Love is not intellectual and does not stem from the human mind. This is when spirituality starts. Only 4% of people are able to reach this stage.
In the map of consciousness, as love becomes more unconditional it begins to manifest itself as inner joy. This isn’t just the joy of a sudden turn of events. This is the joy of each and every moment of existence. During this level, the world is illuminated in a way that only these people and above can see. At this stage, these people use their state of consciousness for the benefit of life itself rather than the individual. Only 0.4% of people reach this stage of consciousness.
The stage of peace is extremely rare in the map of consciousness. It is associated with words such as transcendence, self-actualization, and God-consciousness. The distinction between subject and object disappears. These individuals remove themselves from the world. Some become spiritual teachers or work for the betterment of mankind. At the stage, these people make huge contributions to society and some are known as saints. At this stage everything seems to be connected to everything – Great works of art and music may transport us to this stage of consciousness temporarily.
The ultimate level in the map of consciousness. This is the level of the Great Ones whose spirituality and inspiration have influenced all of mankind through the ages. At this stage there is no individual – There is no ‘me’. There is an identification of the self with consciousness and divinity. This is the peak of consciousness as humans and raise the level of awareness of all of humanity. At this stage the physical body is of no concern, it is just a form of communication as a tool for consciousness. According to Hawkins, there are four people whom this title can be given to: Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha, and Lord Jesus Christ.
Some of the willingness stage describes me, but not all of it. So I would say I would be around low willingness or medium to high neutrality stage. Maybe like 280 if I were to give a number. Which stage of consciousness are you? Be honest! Let me know in the comments below.
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The Map of Consciousness is a huge concept and this can be a lot to absorb. David Krueger does a good job of summarizing the Map of Consciousness as well. There is always more to discuss but I think this article and this video is a great start.