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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.

David R. Hawkins

The Life of David R. Hawkins

Hawkins’s life began on June 3, 1927 and is a very long journey with very extreme experiences. At some point, he was all of this: Successful psychiatrist, skeptic, atheist, alcoholic, mystical, sick and about to die, withdrawn from society on his spiritual search, father and husband … Hawkins went through some very tough times in his life, and also throughout his life, experienced several states of elevated consciousness, the first at the age of 6 years. So his life gradually became a search for peace, happiness, and later, for God. His contribution to the spiritual world is really important, because after becoming very aware – some would call him “enlightened” – he began to try to explain what had lived (and lives) in a scientific, rational and understandable way. He used this knowledge for supporting people’s personal and spiritual growth, and for healing.

The Map of Consciousness and the Dualisms

In 1996, Hawkins published his first book, “Power vs. Force” in which he proposes a Scale of Consciousness, ranging from 0 (death) to 1000 (consciousness of Jesus, Buddha, highest consciousness that we can experience as humans).

There are several levels of consciousness, and they correspond with certain emotions, certain filters of perception, and certain energy levels. Each superior level solves the limitations of the previous one and proposes another challenge for growth. The lower a level of consciousness, the less energy, and the more negative thoughts and emotions we experience. In addition, the lower our level of consciousness, the more destructive and negative are our reality and experiences. There are more disease, more deficiencies. Hawkins emphasizes again and again, that no level is “better” than another. All are just a form that consciousness can take on, all just are. The mind works in a way that always creates dualisms between “good” and “bad”, and on each higher level we identify a “previous” dualism as an illusion. For example, at the level of fear, we fear that something might happen to us, like a disease. And so “the good thing”, seen from the level of fear, is not being a victim of circumstances that could bring us a disease. Then the dualism is between what we fear vs. what we do not fear. At the  next higher level, desire, we no longer worry so much about what could happen to us, nor do we try to make sure it doesn’t happen (AVOIDANCE). Instead,  we put our effort into getting what we want: health. Then, the new dualism is what we want versus what we don’t want.

 

Integrity versus Falsehood

On the scale there are several key points that are important for growth and getting well. First, the level of 200. Hawkins says in Power vs. Force:

“All levels under 200 destroy life in the long run in the individual and in society; all levels over 200 are constructive expressions of power. The critical level of 200 is the point that divides the general areas of force and power. “

Below 200, the direction in consciousness is destructive, negative, not integrous. Hawkins calls these levels of consciousness “degrees of falsehood” as oppose to the “degrees of truth” above 200. The levels of shame, guilt, apathy, pain / sadness, fear, desire, anger and pride, always project the “cause” of our suffering outside. We feel like victims, powerless, frustrated. For example, when I’m sad, I feel the loss of something, or I am sad because something is not otherwise. If this thing (that is outside of us) was different, we could be happy or pleased, says our reasoning. Or then on the level of fear, with the previous reasoning,  if there were no contagious external conditions, we could be calm and without anxiety. Or, on the level of anger, we could feel good if the other person didn’t  treat us with such disrespect. Below 200 we often feel that we are subject to emotions and we cannot change them. When we get over the level of 200 with some issue, we take responsibility. In psychology, this change is called “internal locus of control”. We feel that things are as they are, we do not need to find “the guilty one”, but instead we define ourselves as responsible, as the one who can change something. It takes courage to take this step, and courage is the first level where we can “do something” in regard to what happens to us. In my work, it is also a big step for my clients to reach: to have the courage to see things as they are, stop having excuses, and being at the mercy of other conditions or people. The point of 200 is where we become owners of our own destiny.

Linearity versus Subjectivity

Another important change is from the 400s to 500. At 500, the level of love, reason and logic are replaced by love. The level of the 400s always searches for the reason for something to change the effect. It analyzes and wants to understand. This is the level of research, science, and knowledge. All the great researchers and intellectuals in history, were found on average at this level. The best among them, at 499. When our reason is frustrated because we do not find answers, when thinking of “cause and effect” no longer gives us answers, is when we enter the realm of faith, of love, intuition – all things that can not be “proven” and that are subjective. Above 500 is where the emotions of compassion for the human condition, forgiveness and love can be found. And these are the conditions that many of us experience as the happiest moments of our lives. This step is also very important because we stop doing what you SHOULD do, and find out what we want to do, we love, what fulfills us … and there we speak of vocation and happiness.

Kinesiology as a Method of Investigation

A basic human characteristic is that we cannot perceive the truth. What we perceive is the world through our filters of perception. And we act based on those filters, creating more of these same conditions. Hawkins discovered a way to measure and find “the truth”, kinesiology. Basically, it uses the fact that the body’s muscles react strongly to positive and true stimuli, and weak to false and negative stimuli. If you give a person a freshly cut plant of tobaco in one hand and try push down the other tightly stretched arm, the arm will have strength to resist. If we give the same person a pack of cigarettes, and try to lower the other arm, it cannot resist. This is called “muscle test” and has been applied for a long time, for example, combined with homeopathy or osteopathy. The novelty of Hawkins approach to kinesiology is, first, that he applies it to “calibrate” the level of consciousness of a sentence, a book, an intention, or whatever. And second, he applied kinesiology scientifically on thousands of people, examining both consciousness itself, and the method of kinesiology. Hawkins says about it:

“It seemed that the great human tragedy had always been that the psyche was so deceived, that discord and struggle were the inevitable result of the human inability to distinguish between true and false. But there was an answer to this fundamental dilemma, a way to put back into context the nature of consciousness itself, and to make comprehensible that which otherwise could only be presumed.”

If you now have doubts and questions, I can only say: You have to feel and experience it in order to see and believe that it works. And you can find more explanations and examples in “Power against Force.”

Practical Application

The Scale of Consciousness can help in several ways in our psychological work and the process of growth:

  • We can find the key issue behind a symptom or problem. For example, when someone wants to improve their relationship, we can calibrate what’s the key issue in that relationship, and focus the whole process there.
  • It helps us explain our reality. If we know the level of consciousness in which a person is with a certain issue, we can quickly explain the patterns of perception and behavior. Thus, we can quickly get to understand what is happening, and focus our efforts on change, rather than understanding.
  • We can check the results of the process. During the sessions, the average consciousness of the person or / and her consciousness level  with a certain issues should go up. As we always oscillate around an average value, this means that while we see that the average rises, we can assume that the process really helps – although at times we don’t see it because we’re having a bad day.

Perspective

The books and teachings of David R. Hawkins are much more complex, and the Map of Consciousness is only the root of a whole new field of research and growth. Applications to the political and historical world, the problems of society, health problems and personal and spiritual growth are diverse, deep and very striking. I recommend you read some of Hawkins’ writings, preferably in English.

If you are interested in reading his books or watching Hawkins’ lectures, you can order the books on Amazon or by searching for “David R. Hawkins”, watch lots of little video clips on Youtube.

I hope I have given you, apart from information, some inspiration, provocation, and the interest for knowing more!
 

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