David R. Hawkins

David R. Hawkins

The Power of the Mind 3: How Positive Thoughts Can Be Negative

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We’ve talked about how negative beliefs influence our lives and keep us from fulfilling our potential. We’ve also talked about how the emotional context gives meaning and power to a belief , and makes it more or less positive.

But recently I’ve become very aware that even positive beliefs, or more correctly said, seemingly positive beliefs, can be limiting us and keeping us from growing or having positive experiences.

Let’s take a common spiritual teaching as an example:

Many schools teach the spiritual searchers that they have to accept whatever life brings and not resist it. In the context of acceptance (Hawkins’ consciousness level 350-400), this is clearly a positive believe, because it will keep us from wasting our energy fighting the inevitable, and enable us to focus our efforts where they can have an effect. So when someone subscribes to this pattern of thinking because of the experience of acceptance, he would have a positive outcome, learn and grow, and probably be really happy with this way of seeing the world.

Here comes the problem: our mind can hold on to the mental pattern, and without us noticing it, our motivation or underlying emotion can change. In other words, that pattern can be enacted or applied out of context. Let’s say our spiritual searcher applies his principle of acceptance diligently, but little by little develops the sensation that nothing matters. In his subconscious mind he may reason “if I accept everything, what does it matter if I make an effort? And so this belief he holds, all of a sudden, would be connected to a consciousness field of apathy (Hawkins’ level of consciousness 50-75, a context in which we experience little energy and no push to move and change things. The belief will still sound positive, but the emotions around it are not.

What does that mean? It means that by using our mind alone we can never be sure whether something we think is actually positive or negative. Hawkins has found a way of testing the context, or energy level by the use of kinesiology (a muscle test). So in the ReSource Yourself therapy we can make sure that our beliefs don’t get in the way without us noticing, or that we can let go of the negative concepts and emotions that drag a belief “down”. But in everyday life, we unfortunately have little awareness of all the motivations and emotions that make us think or belief or do anything, and much less of how they change. At the end, life has a way of giving us feedback, but that’s usually painful.

We have to use the clues we have as to what context this belief is in, which emotions it comes with, and our sensation for whether holding this belief gives us energy and helps us grow, or doesn’t. And those clues don’t so much come from the mind, but we find them in our bodies, in our emotions, in our physical energy, and sometimes even in other people’s reactions to us.

But one thing is clear: Many times we experience things out of context, and our awareness of “good” and “bad” is limited.


Interested? Check out Blog 1 and 2 of this series…

The Power of the Mind 1: Are your beliefs supporting, or hurting you?

The Power of the Mind (2): Emotions Give Meaning to What We Think.

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The Power of the Mind 2: Emotions Give Meaning to What We Think.

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In his teachings, David R. Hawkins distinguishes between what he calls “content”, and “context”. Content is what we say or what happens, and context is why we say it, more specifically, the consciousness level from which a certain statement originates. I can say “I love you” (content) as I feel a wave of gratitude and love raise through my body, or I can say it feeling the fear that the other one might leave me. Or, I could say it out of fear, but not be aware that that is the emotion (context) which I am experiencing. I would be thinking that I feel love, even though it is something I used to feel but don’t feel now anymore (because now, there is fear). That happens frequently, and it is one of the reasons why we get stuck, and why psychological support can be extremely helpful.

(Please click here for reading about Hawkins’ consciousness levels, a more complete description of what he means by context.)

So, a belief comes with certain emotions, and thus, a certain context. But this also works the other way around: When we have a certain emotion, it usually comes with the experience of corresponding beliefs. And our conscious or subconscious mind can “subscribe” to those beliefs, decide that they are true and incorporate them into the own mental structure. That’s how we create our mental landscape, or map of reality, and how we guide ourselves trying to learn from past experiences. When we feel fear, we subscribe to the belief pattern that something is dangerous. And later, that will be a fact for us, even though the fear may have dissolved.

Many times we are not aware of the context of our thoughts. We are not aware why a politician really argues for a certain cause. Maybe he believes in it and wants to do his best in making it a reality (e.g. in willingness, 310). Or he is tired and exhausted but just trying to get through the interview (e.g. apathy, 50). Or he is scared of the personal consequences to him if he doesn’t take that stand (e.g. fear, 100). He might be all excited about it and feel that it is his vocation to make a change in this specific field (e.g., love, 500). Or he might feel that it is the best thing that can be done, and that within the possible choices, he considers this the best one to go for (e.g., acceptance, 350). In all of those cases, the argument might be the same. The words are the same. But the motivation is different, the emotions are different, and thus, the energy level or consciousness level from which the argument is presented, is a different one.

Generally, the more positive our energy around a certain topic, the more impact we’ll have. The higher the context (energy level), the more positive will our emotions be. Then we can reach and touch more people, we have more energy to make efforts, more positive ideas and thoughts, and we get more joy from it, which on its own is contagious.

Context trumps: the more positive, the more powerful.


Check out Blog 1 and 3 of this series…

The Power of the Mind 1: Are your beliefs supporting, or hurting you?

The Power of the Mind (3): How positive thoughts can be negative.

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The Power of the Mind: are your beliefs supporting, or hurting you?

It is common knowledge that what we believe and hold in mind tends to manifest. There is a lot of investigation about the self-fulfilling prophecy. It shows numerous times that a belief we have about reality tends to become true. So if we hold a belief like “nobody loves me” it is more likely that we experience rejection and the lack of connection with others, than if we believe something like “it’s easy for people to love me”.

Beliefs that are connected with negative emotions such as regret, guilt, shame, or anger can be limiting us and keeping us from growing or having positive experiences. It is not the belief itself, nor the words, that are the problem, but the underlying negative emotions. They influence the way we perceive and filter our perceptions, and they actually keep us from letting go of those beliefs. We may reason and rationally know that they are not true, that some people do love us. But emotionally, we don’t get to feel it. So, deep in ourselves, we would feel that nobody loves us, even though people show or tell us the opposite. And when we don’t feel the love we receive, we may behave in a way that will actually push others away. And that, in return, will minimize the situations in which we could experience love.

That is why, with our clients, we put a big emphasis on finding and completely canceling out negative belief systems: Instead of trying to change the behavior with a lot of effort, and trying to change our outside experiences, or just correcting the way we think, we focus on thoroughly changing our inner world of possibilities. And then, when our inner beliefs and attitude are positive, it is much easier for us to actually perceive that same positivity in our lives, and to behave accordingly. So when I believe that I am lovable, I may perceive somebody flirting with me and make a witty remark in return, or just react with a smile… whereas, when I don’t believe it, I may not perceive the flirt, or react with insecurity, and the outcome would be very different.

It is amazing how much a person can change when he or she “simply” lets go of and cancels the 10 most negative beliefs about themselves they hold. All the negativity connected with those beliefs takes up a lot of personal energy, and when they are gone all that energy can be used for creating a different experience and life. So exciting!

You can apply the knowledge about the self-fulfilling prophecy: Change what you think, so you’ll change your experiences!


Interested? Check out Blog 2 and 3 of this series…

The Power of the Mind (2): Emotions Give Meaning to What We Think.

The Power of the Mind (3): How positive thoughts can be negative.

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The Map of the Levels of Consciousness by David R. Hawkins

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Do you know David R. Hawkins? He’s a psychiatrist, American researcher, a source of spiritual inspiration, gives seminars, and in recent years he has written many books, including the famous “Power vs. Force” and his last “Healing and Recovery”. Many of his works and related materials do not yet exist in Spanish (which is why this blog was originally written in Spanish). But the impact which the underlying model, the Map of Consciousness, and his teachings have had on my life and work during recent years, cannot be overestimated. First of all, they have changed my way of seeing the world, my concepts of disease, health, change, recovery, and of certain social phenomena, too. Hawkins has given me the opportunity to have a positive outlook on everything that happens, even my clients’ hardest and most frustrating  or hard-to-solve situations. With his focus and methods, I could even get certain “impossible cases” to turn around. They give me a lot more patience with what we experience NOW, which helps to lower the frustration of “still not being where we want to be.” For all these reasons, today I would like to introduce to you Dr.David R. Hawkins and his Map of the Energy Fields of Consciousness.

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