In my search for Truth in my life, I have used all sorts of tools, methods, and crutches to reach this point in my journey. I have used things I learned in school, at home, in church, from friends, from religion, from books, from movies, from music, from art, from drugs, from spirit, from prayer, from solitude, from life, and from now. It would seem that Now is the greatest teacher.
From each of these other teachers, though I have learned love, compassion, honesty, hope, I have also learned biases, weaknesses, fears, anger, spite, and bitterness. Now teaches me that all of those things are part of life. Now teaches me to accept it and go about my learning and teaching to stay consumed in the moment of now to continue in the learning of Truth. Gnosis. The Word.
From each of these other teachers, there are patterns of belief, patters of consciousness, patterns of behavior, patterns of need, patterns of color, patterns of sound, patterns of fury, patterns of beauty, and patterns of truth. Now, all of those patterns blend in the pattern of life to create the most spectacular portrait of art to ever be envisioned, the Art of Creation. And through all of these patterns, there are common occurrences that, when they are lined up just right, create rungs in the ladder of consciousness, steps on the road to enlightenment, and bricks on the path to bliss to assist us in climbing toward that ultimate Truth. That Truth is beyond all of the words you use to get to It. It is the Word. It is the Life. It is One.
These levels have been mapped out by Dr. David Hawkins in his books Power vs. Force, The Eye of the Eye, and I. Before I progress through these levels to map out my own journey, and hopefully help you find footing on your own, I want to offer a few quotes to help me clarify the theme of this project.
“All of the Great Teachers throughout the history of our species have merely taught one thing, over and over, in whatever language, at whatever time. All have said, simply: Give up weak attractors for strong attractors.” – Dr. David Hawkins
The levels that Dr. Hawkins built into this pattern range from Shame to Enlightenment, from 10 to 1000. His assumption is that everything can be measured for inherent Truth through the practice of kinesiological testing, the mind/body/spirit’s reaction to the given information. It can be used to gauge books for Truth, from religious texts to romantic novels. It can be used to gauge food for greatest vitality. It can be used to judge marketing for guidance in consummation. And in can be used in art as a catalyst for change.
Pablo Picasso said that art is “a lie that points to the Truth.” In a recent website I found on the subject of these levels, I found a discussion board where users posted their testing results on various books. I found it somewhat comforting to find that some of my favorite books, those that have greatly inspired me, and yet gave me more than a modicum of grief, were rated so low on the scale. It gave me hope that we are all in this together, each with our own frailties, to assist each other as we strive to attain the realization of the journey beyond the tools that we use to reach it.
The following is a list of books I have either read or come near to reading thoroughly and where they fall on the levels of consciousness.
999.8 – I: Reality and Subjectivity, by David R. Hawkins
980 – The Eye of the I – From Which Nothing Is Hidden, by David R. Hawkins
970 – The Upanishads
910 – The Bhagavad Gita
905 – The Zohar
895 – Nicene Creed
740 – Paramahamsa Yogananda – “Autobiography of a Yogi”
850 – Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, by David R. Hawkins
840 – Dhammapada
790 – New Testament (King James Version minus Book of Revelation)
720 – I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
699 – Gospel of St. Luke
660 – Genesis(Lamsa Bible)
660 – Gospel of St. Thomas
650 – Psalms(Lamsa Bible)
640 – New Testament(King James Version from the Greek)
610 – Tao te Ching
600 – A Course in Miracles (Workbook)
675 – Thom Hartmann – “The Prophet’s Way”
620 – Marianne Williamson’s “Everyday Grace”
510 – The Road Less Traveled-25th Anniversary Edition, by M. Scott Peck
500 – Thom Hartmann – “The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight”
480 – A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle
450 – The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
475 – King James Bible (From the Greek)
430 – I Ching
405 – The Book of Mormon
400 – Gnostic Gospels
350 – Proverbs (Lamsa Bible)
265 – The Dead Sea Scrolls
430 – The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning
400 – Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
360 – Flow, by Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi
70 – The Book of Revelation(New Testament)
The Book of Revelation has always perplexed me. However, on further consideration, given the judgment that one feels through the lower levels of shame and guilt, it’s not necessarily surprising. From whatever truth I choose to gather from this, I begin my journey in Shame.
“Judgment day is every day; it is already here and is constant and unending.” – Dr. David Hawkins
Judgment Day is the progression from Shame to Enlightenment, to go from near complete separation from God, to the warmth of his loving bosom by eternal progression through the course of consciousness to the state of grace that awaits us. The levels we share on this journey toward salvation, from the moment when Eve and Adam ate of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil to this moment, when we are finally recovering from the indigestion of that meal, take the following form.
The current average of human consciousness is at the level of Courage, and it is through this level that I find the strength to write the following. I have lived in Shame. Throughout my journey, I have used a number of crutches to reach this point, and they have often served to more greatly increase my Shame and keep me from furthering my journey toward greater consciousness and the revelation of higher energies. Even in this weekend, I have deliberately succumbed to the passions of my lower consciousness and used tools that bring me down to the level of Shame more than they accelerate me toward the Courage that I must use to join the rest of my world and help them strive for the next level.
I drank beer. I smoked cigarettes and marijuana. Because I know that these are all lower energies, they compel me to shame for all of the times I have chosen them over the higher levels and methods that I could have. Because I am at this level of Shame, it is my hope that I can progress past it through the words that I write, reaching out to others who feels such shame, comforting those who feel the ensuing guilt, giving vitality to those who feel apathy, strengthening those who feel grief, assuring them that feel fear, fulfilling those with desire, quenching those that feel anger, humbling those that feel pride, and encouraging those that feel courage to rise past the question of neutrality to the state of willingness. It is my hope that my own journey, my own experience, will speak to others, and mirror their journeys as we make the progression toward One together.
“The human experience of the Presence of God is the same in all ages, all cultures and all localities” – Dr. David Hawkins
This is the way in which I intend to structure my busy-ness plan. Letter by letter. Word by word. Sentence by sentence. Lie by lie until we reach the Truth.
My Mission is to reach the Truth. My Vision is to reach the Truth. My Values are honesty, emotion, spirit, nature, compassion, play, joy, education, and peace. My Goals and Objectives are to communicate the letters, words, sentences, and lies in such a way as to draw the consciousness of my community toward the One Truth. My Action Plan is to continue structuring these letters into words, sentences, and lies until I have no more lies to tell, no more sentences to construct, words to mobilize, and letters to send.
I start by offering apologies for the Shame I have caused. In my various forays into lower consciousness, I have felt and created Shame. I have felt it in my parents, my family, my wife, my friends, and my community. I apologize for my exercises in this futility.
According to Hawkins, this is one step above death. At this level, the primary emotion one feels is humiliation. It’s not surprising that this level, being so close to death, is where most thoughts of suicide are found. Those who suffer from sexual abuse are often found here, and without therapy they tend to remain here.
I have exercised a suitable amount of shame in my life. I have made myself the lowly and downtrodden.
Not too far from shame is the level of guilt. When one is stuck in this level, feelings of worthlessness and an inability to forgive oneself are common.
The fact that I should have known better than to engage in the actions that I have participated in brings me great guilt. I have recklessly abandoned the higher tenets of truth that I was called to.
The level of hopelessness and despair; this is the common consciousness found among those who are homeless or living in poverty. At this level, one has abdicated themselves to their current situation and feels numb to life around them.
Being the wanderer that I am, both off and on the road, I have been consumed with apathy. I have found comfort in the status quo and it has forced me to succumb to these weaker energies.
Many of us have felt this at times of tragedy in our lives. However, having this as your primary level of consciousness, you live a life of constant regret and remorse. This is the level where you feel all your opportunities have passed you by. You ultimately feel you are a failure.
There are so many things that I could have done, but instead, I was wasting my time, destroying my body, and ruining my relationships. How much have I missed out on? I have destroyed so many changes to be a positive change in my world.
People living under dictatorship rule or those involved in an abusive relationship find themselves at this level. There is a sense of paranoia here, where you think everyone is out to get you. Suspicion and defensiveness are common.
What if they laugh at me? I can see myself standing on a stage and being heckled. I can imagine the chagrin I will feel when questioned about my own weaknesses in a public forum. Imagine the scrutiny I will undergo if I stand up and say that I’m a prophet.
Desire is a major motivator for much of our society. Although desire can be an impetus for change, the downside is that it leads to enslavement to ones appetites. This is the level of addiction to such things as sex, money, prestige, or power.
Regardless of the fear, I have desire for the fame. I seek the recognition and the praise. I want to pass it off as the byproduct of being a Leo, but I take responsibility for what I want. I want the wealth. I want the money. I want the prestige. But I also want to serve as an example of how to use these things wisely, and appreciate even the lack of them.
As one moves out of Apathy to Grief and then out of Fear, they begin to want. Desire which is not fulfilled leads to frustration which brings us to Anger. This anger can cause us to move out of this level or keep us here.
I have let so many things stand in the way of my getting what I truly want. I have allowed things to guide me from my path. I have made foolish mistakes over and over again. I have constantly undermined my better knowing and sabotaged my ability for success.
According to Hawkins, since the majority of people are below this point, this is the level that most people aspire to. It makes up a good deal of Hollywood. In comparison to Shame and Guilt, one begins to feel positive here. However, it’s a false positive. It’s dependent upon external conditions such as wealth, position or power. It is also the source of racism, nationalism, and religious fanaticism.
I am talented. I am good looking. I am charming. I have what it takes to become a celebrity. And I have the ability to lead my community, my country, and my world toward a greater life for all.
This is the level of empowerment. It is the first level where you are not taking life energy from those around you. Courage is where you see that you don’t need to be tossed to and fro by your external conditions. This empowerment leads you to the realization that you are a steward unto yourself, and that you alone are in charge of your own growth and success. This is what makes you inherently human: the realization that there is a gap between stimulus and response and that you have the potential to choose how to respond.
To do that, I need to continue streaming these words regardless of what others may think or say. This is my truth: that I am to write the world. I may not speak complete Truth at all times, but I must take the steps that I can as all of us work to get there together. I must do my part.
Neutrality is the level of flexibility. To be neutral, you are, for the most part, unattached to outcomes. At this level, you are satisfied with your current life situation and tend not to have a lot of motivation towards self improvement or excellence in your career. You realize the possibilities but don’t make the sacrifices required to reach a higher level.
At this moment, I finish my writing for the day. There is only so much I can write at one time, and only so much that can be read. Thank you for joining me on my journey. It is my hope that you will join me for the ascension to Willingness…
Those people around you that are perpetual optimists – this is their level of consciousness. Seeing life as one big possibility is the cornerstone of those operating here. No longer are you satisfied with complacency – you strive to do your best at whatever task you’ve undertaken. You begin to develop self-discipline and willpower and learn the importance of sticking to a task till the end.
If Courage is the realization that you are the source of your life’s experiences, then it is here where you become the creator of them. Combined with the skills learned in the Willingness phase, you begin to awaken your potential through action. Here’s where you begin to set and achieve goals and to actively push yourself beyond your previous limitations. Up to this point you’ve been generally reactive to what life throws at you. Here’s where you turn that around, take control, and become proactive.
The level of science, medicine, and a desire for knowledge. Your thirst for knowledge becomes insatiable. You don’t waste time in activities that do not provide educational value. You begin to categorize all of life and its experiences into proofs, postulates, and theories. The failure of this level is you cannot seem to separate the subjective from the objective, and because of that, you tend to miss the point. You fail to see the forest because you’re tunnel-visioned on the trees. Paradoxically, Reason can become a stumbling block for further progressions of consciousness.
Only if, in the level of Reason you start to see yourself as a potential for the greater good of mankind, will you have enough power to enter here. Here is where you start applying what was learned in your reasoning and you let the heart take over rather than the mind – you live by intuition. This is the level of charity – a selfless love that has no desire except for the welfare of those around them. Ghandi and Mother Theresa are examples of people who were living at this level. Only 0.4 percent of the world will ever reach it.
This is the level of saints and advanced spiritual people. As love becomes more unconditional, there follows a constant accompaniment of true happiness. No personal tragedy or world event could ever shake someone living at this level of consciousness. They seem to inspire and lift all those who come in contact with them. Your life is now in complete harmony with the will of Divinity and the fruits of that harmony are expressed in your joy.
Peace is achieved after a life of complete surrender to the Creator. It is where you have transcended all and have entered that place that Hawkins calls illumination. Here, a stillness and silence of mind is achieved, allowing for constant revelation. Only 1 in 10 million (that’s .00001 percent) people will arrive at this level.
This is the highest level of human consciousness where one has become like God. Many see this as Christ, Buddha, or Krishna. These are those who have influenced all of mankind.