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That said, let us learn how to use The Map of Consciousness® to move away from the lower states and to reach our higher consciousness.
Be intentional and be clear where you want to move towards – better health, relationships, etc in the next weeks and months. Write it down and make it a commitment to yourself. Write and say to yourself often “I AM” to strengthen your intention and give the universe the signal that it has become a reality. For e.g., write “I am optimistic, “I am forgiving” or “I am love”.
Do observe yourself but gently and carefully – not judging yourself harshly. Each and every one of us is a gift to this world. Do keep that in mind. And once you start observing yourself, you are making the unconscious thoughts and behaviour conscious. And when you now find yourself with negative judgemental thoughts, you are able to confront them and transform them into positive emotions.
The last thing to do is to act on it. To do so, ask yourself how you can translate your intention more and more into actions. For e.g., you want to be more optimistic, you act by practicing optimistic self-talk and do something you’d normally not do – trusting that all will turn out well.
The Map of Consciousness® – the 17 Levels
Someone at this level feels humiliated, has low self-esteem and is paranoid. People vibrating at this level for prolonged periods become serial killers, rapists, and moral extremists.
Feelings of blame and remorse dominate here. This level cultivates destruction.
A state of despair and helplessness. Someone here is needy and dependent on others for help, such as the homeless, the poor, the aged population. The prevailing view is one of hopelessness.
Feelings of regret, sadness and loss are abounded here. Many people vibrate at this level in times of loss. Grief is a higher level than apathy because one starts feeling more energy at this level, albeit of sadness and loss.
Energy at this level is oriented in anxiety. Common situations of fear at play would be fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of uncertainty, fear of challenges, fear of aging, fear of death, fear of loss, fear of strangers.
At the level of desire, we are pretty energetic. We pursue ambitions, money, etc. Desire also makes us addicted to things. The life view is disappointing, which ensues when one cannot obtain what one desires.
The emotion at this level is hate. Anger expresses itself as resentment, frustration, and revenge.
People form pride based on possessions and external conditions. It is vulnerable because such conditions can be removed at any point in time. Pride results in denial and arrogance. The life-view here is demanding.
The turning point: this is the separation point between force and real power. At courage, one sees the world as exciting and filled with possibilities. It marks the start of the active pursuit of growth – where there exists a gap, the person will act to fill it. The life view is feasible – anything is manageable since the person is able to harness the power to deal with situations in life.
The emotion at this level is trust and safety. Here, people are non-judgmental, objective, and able to see things as they truly are. They are not attached to possessions, situations, outcomes and can roll with the punches in life. If they are not able to get something, they are equally happy settling for something else.
At willingness, the individual is open to do anything and everything – he/she is not bound by others’ judgments or by limitations. The life-view is hopefulness. At this level, you have people who perform extremely well in their careers in corporations, start-ups. The question then comes as to whether they are investing their energy in the best way.
Here, we finally realize that we are the creators and source of our life, as opposed to having relegated some part of it to someone else or a different entity. We are aware of the social constructs present in life, able to discern against (limiting) beliefs, viewpoints, and conditioning and able to consciously craft life above and beyond all these social constructs.
The emotion is understanding and rationality. One seeks out huge amounts of information and analyzes it to infinitesimal detail before reaching conclusions. Reason falls into the trap of over-intellectualization, leading to the process of abstraction or preoccupation with data. The life view is meaningful.
This represents unconditional love – love that is pure, unfaltering, unwavering, not subjected to any external conditions. The life-view is benign. Hawkins claims only 0.4% of the population (1 in every 250 people) ever reaches this level.
The dominant emotion is serenity and compassion. This is the inner joy that arises from every moment of existence rather than from an external source. The life view is completeness. Near death experiences have the effect of temporarily bumping people into this level.
The emotion is bliss. At this level, there is no longer any distinction between the observer and the subject. This level is only attained by 1 out of 10 million people.
The emotion is inexpressible. This is the pinnacle of the evolution of the consciousness of mankind. The greatest people of history have attained this level, such as Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Mother Theresa.
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