What is your level of consciousness? Consciousness is a loosely defined concept that addresses the human awareness of both internal and external stimuli. This can refer to spiritual recognition, psychological understanding, medically altered states, or more modern-day concepts of life purpose, satisfaction, and self-actualization. I'm going to draw your attention to consciousness in relation to spiritual recognition.
This diagram is known as the Scale of Consciousness.
It was designed by consciousness researcher Dr. David Hawkins to predict the kind of outcomes and people you’ll attract throughout the course of your life.
You see, everyone has their own vibration point. From a scientific and metaphysical perspective, it's explained that we are a ‘being’ that is made up of different energy levels, also know as bodies: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Each of these levels has a vibration or frequency, which combine to create your overall vibration point.
If you’re vibrating high, you’ll attract good things: love, abundance, unity, and success.
But if you’re vibrating low, you’ll attract the not-so-good things: anger, separation, lack and self-doubt. So, if right now you’re stuck in a negative holding pattern, if you keep struggling with the same challenges, or if you have an important goal you just can’t seem to reach then chances are it’s your vibrations that are quietly holding you back. The good news is, raising your vibrations is easy once you know how.
Understanding Hawkins Scale of Consciousness
While we can pop in and out of different levels at various times, usually there’s a predominant “normal” state for us. The labels are Hawkins’. The descriptions of each level are based on Hawkins’ descriptions. Whilst you may feel you are further up the scale then you actual are based on the logarithmic scale. An increase from one level to another will result in enormous change in your life.
Shame – Just a step above death. You’re probably contemplating suicide at this level. Either that or you’re a serial killer. Think of this as self-directed hatred.
Guilt – A step above shame, but you still may be having thoughts of suicide. You think of yourself as a sinner, unable to forgive yourself for past transgressions.
Apathy – Feeling hopeless or victimized. The state of learned helplessness. Many homeless people are stuck here.
Grief – A state of perpetual sadness and loss. You might drop down here after losing a loved one.Depression. Still higher than apathy, since you’re beginning to escape the numbness.
Fear – Seeing the world as dangerous and unsafe. Paranoia. Usually you’ll need help to rise above this level, or you’ll remain trapped for a long time, such as in an abusive relationship.
Desire – Not to be confused with setting and achieving goals, this is the level of addiction, craving, and lust — for money, approval, power, fame, etc. Consumerism. Materialism. This is the level of smoking and drinking and doing drugs.
Anger – the level of frustration, often from not having your desires met at the lower level. This level can spur you to action at higher levels, or it can keep you stuck in hatred. In an abusive relationship, you’ll often see an anger person coupled with a fear person.
Pride – The first level where you start to feel good, but it’s a false feeling. It’s dependent on external circumstances (money, prestige, etc), so it’s vulnerable. Pride can lead to nationalism, racism, and religious wars. You become so closely enmeshed in your beliefs that you see an attack on your beliefs as an attack on you.
Courage – The first level of true strength. Courage is the gateway where you start to see life as challenging and exciting instead of overwhelming. You begin to have an inkling of interest in personal growth, although at this level you’ll probably call it something else like skill-building, career advancement, education, etc. You start to see your future as an improvement upon your past, rather than a continuation of the same.
Neutrality – This level is epitomized by the phrase, “live and let live” It’s flexible, relaxed and unattached. Whatever happens, you roll with the punches. You don’t have anything to prove. You feel safe and get along well with other people. You’re taking care of your needs, but you don’t push yourself out of your comfort zone or push too hard.
Willingness – Now that you’re basically safe and comfortable, you start using your energy more effectively. Just getting by isn’t good enough anymore. You begin caring about doing a good job, perhaps even your best. You think about time management and productivity and getting organized, things that weren’t so important to you at the level of neutrality. Think of this level as the development of willpower and self-discipline. These people are the “troopers” of society; they get things done well and don’t complain much. This is the point where your consciousness becomes more organized and disciplined.
Acceptance – Now a powerful shift happens, and you awaken to the possibilities of living proactively. At the level of willingness you’ve become competent, and now you want to put your abilities to good use. This is the level of setting and achieving goals. You begin accepting responsibility for your role in the world. If something isn’t right about your life (your career, your health, your relationship), you define your desired outcome and change it. You start to see the big picture of your life more clearly. This level drives many people to switch careers, start a new business or change their diets.
Reason – At this level you transcend the emotional aspects of the lower levels and begin to think clearly and rationally. You become capable of using your reasoning abilities to their fullest extent. You now have the discipline and the pro-activity to fully exploit your natural abilities. You take a look around the world and start making meaningful contributions. At the very high end, this is the level of Einstein and Freud. It’s probably obvious that most people never reach this level in their entire lives.
Love – It’s unconditional love, a permanent understanding of your connectedness with all that exists. Think compassion. At the level of love, you now place your head and all your other talents and abilities in service to your heart. Not your emotions but your greater sense of right and wrong, your conscience. The level of awakening to your true purpose. Your motives at this level are pure and uncorrupted by the desires of the ego. This is the level of lifetime service to humanity. Think Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Dr. Albert Schweitzer. At this level you also begin to be guided by a force greater than yourself. It’s a feeling of letting go. Your intuition becomes extremely strong. Hawkins claims this level is reached only by 1 in 250 people during their entire lifetimes.
Joy – A state of pervasive, unshakable happiness, being in the power of now. The level of saints and advanced spiritual teachers. Just being around people at this level makes you feel incredible. At this level life is fully guided by synchronicity and intuition. There’s no more need to set goals and make detailed plans. The expansion of your consciousness allows you to operate at a much higher level. A near-death experience can temporarily bump you to this level.
Peace – Total transcendence. Hawkins claims this level is reached only by one person in 10 million.
Enlightenment – The highest level of human consciousness, where humanity blends with divinity. Extremely rare. The level of Krishna, Buddha and Jesus. Even just thinking about people at this level can raise your consciousness.
Your vibration or frequency will attract emotions and physical manifestations of things that vibrate at the same frequency. As proven by science "like attracts likes". If your energetic frequency is low, you’ll be attracting into your life disruption and difficulties. But if you shift your energetic frequency to higher levels, you’ll start attracting a life that serves you, one aligned with your true, whole self. Life will suddenly become so much easier and you so much happier.
The real truth is, it’s so easy for anyone to change their lives if they simply choose to connect to their true purpose and raise their vibration or frequency.
Tips on How to Discover Your Life Purpose
Explore the things you love to do & what come easy to you
We are all born with a deep and meaningful purpose that we have to discover. Your purpose is not something you need to make up; it’s already there. You have to uncover it in order to create the life you want. You can begin to discover your passion or your purpose by exploring two things:
What do you love to do?
What comes easily to you?
What qualities do I like to show the world?
Ask yourself, What are 2 qualities do I enjoy expressing in the world? Mine are love and peace.
Then, ask yourself, What are 2 ways I enjoy expressing these qualities? Mine are inspiring and empowering people.
Follow your inner guidance
Your inner wisdom knows what is best for you. Make a vision board, write affirmations develop a way forward.
Your purpose will spark passion unlike experienced before. You start by filling in the blanks for the following statement: “When my life is ideal, I am ___.” The word(s) you choose to fill in the blank must be a verb.
For example: When my life is ideal, I am being of service to women with open hearts.
Now, repeat coming up with 15 different responses. Once you’ve created 15 statements, you identify the top 5 choices. To do this, you compare statements #1 and #2 to identify which is most important. Take the winner of that comparison and decide whether it’s more or less important than statement #3. Then take the winner of that comparison, and decide whether it’s more or less important than statement #4, and so on until you’ve identified the passion that is most meaningful to you. Repeat the process with the remaining 14 statements to identify your second choice. Then repeat the process until you’ve pinpointed your top 5 passions in life. Next, create markers for each of your top five passions, so that you can look at your life and easily tell whether you are living that passion.
Ask yourself to look back over your life to identify 3 periods when you felt fulfilled and answer the question, When have I felt most fulfilled?
Then ask yourself, What was in common with each of these times?
Align you goals with your purpose and passion. Whilst making time for yourself. We’re all gifted with a set of talents and interests that tell us what we’re supposed to be doing. Once you know what your life purpose is, organize all of your activities around it. Everything you do should be an expression of your purpose. If an activity or goal doesn’t fit that formula, don’t work on it.
Ways To Raise Your Vibration
Become conscious of your thoughts. Everything you think, say or feel becomes your reality. Every single thought that comes into your head has an impact on you. So, consider what you think.....Easier said than done in the face of adversity though right? How 'bout this, the next time a negative thought shows up in your head, take the time to acknowledge it, thank it for showing up, and then dismiss it and turn it around for the positive. Alternatively, write down your concern to be addressed at a later time, known as Worry Time. A period of time allocated to acknowledging and developing strategies to problem solve concerns.
Find something beautiful and appreciate it.
Beauty is all around us, yet so often we walk around with our blinkers on. Stop rushing for a moment and take the time to stand in the sun and appreciate your surroundings. Maybe consider a mindful walk.
Be conscious of the foods you eat.
Some foods vibrate at high frequencies, and some lower (broccoli has a high vibration as do blueberries; Big Macs don't vibrate at all ;-). If you are consuming foods covered in chemicals and pesticides, or foods found within plastic packaging, it will leave you vibrating lower. Conversely, consume good quality organic produce, food as nature intended it, and feel the high vibrations disseminate throughout your body. Most importantly, pay attention to how eating certain foods makes your body feel.
Always ensure you drink plenty of water, filtered if possible, to assist your body to flush out toxicity day to day. Toxicity has a marked impact on our vibration so we must do what we can to reduce it's impact within us and around us.
Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and breath in and out. Too often we rush through our days with a scattered brain leaving us in a state of anxiety and stress. Meditation helps to calm your spirit down and put you in a peaceful state of mind. Just 10 minutes of meditation a day can change your life forever. Free meditations are available here.
Making a gratitude list shifts your vibrations from focusing on what you don't have to what is already abundant in your life. There is more to be grateful for than you could possibly imagine. For example, every night before going to bed write down 5 things you're grateful for. It's such a beautiful exercise.
Practice acts of kindness.
Giving to someone else (without expecting anything in return) shifts your thinking from “I don’t have enough" or "Woe is me", to "I have more than enough to give to others.” Abundance is a high vibration. In the same vein, being kind (as opposed to being mean) puts you at a high vibration. Gossip in any form or treating others badly impacts your vibration.
Movement. Vibration requires movement, the more you move the better your vibrations move. So get active - go for a walk, join a yoga class, dance, garden or play with your children. The happier you feel, the more you will draw happy experiences to yourself because you are operating at a different frequency.
Consider your time.
This is probably one of the most important in regards to maintaining frequency. Consider how we spend our time. Where you focus our energy impacts our vibrations. Spend time with friends, family or anyone what makes you feel good, even your pets. If you enjoy their company then spend time with them and know it's ok, to say NO to family and friends invitation or events. You don't need to explain yourself or give excuses. No thank you, is a response.
Limit time with people that are low frequency or participate in low frequency activities like gossip, negative talk, complain, lie, cheat or dishonest in any form.
Our consciousness level change with our emotions. So, it worth checking in on the Scale of consciousness to determine if you are expanded as much as you assumed you where.
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