rding to the book Power vs. Force, there are several different the levels of consciousness among human beings. Author David R. Hawkins categorizes them as: shame, guilt, apathy, grief, fear, desire, anger, pride, courage, neutrality, willingness, acceptance, reason, love, joy, peace, enlightenment.
[You can read an nice re-cap of these stages on Steve Pavlina's blog in his article Levels of Consciousness].
Although Mr. Hawkins has an excellent premise, I think we can more easily see 4 broader stages of consciousness throughout humanity: deeply unconscious, generally unconscious, burgeoning on consciousness and enlightened souls.
One of my missions with We The Change (and also with the new site I recently helped launch, Worldwide Tipping Point) is to help the generally unconscious crowd reach the next level of burgeoning awareness.
In my opinion, having this type of spiritual development occur on a global scale is the key to initiating fundamental changes our culture requires. Here is why:
Most of the world is presently “generally unconscious”. The group is characterized by having some intellectual understanding of universal truths, but lacking the foresight
and motivation to do anything about it.
Generally unconscious people will take the time to read enlightening books, educate themselves, and discuss meaningful concepts; but they stop short of integrating awareness into their own lives.
These people may experience moments of clarity in various forms (coincidences, heightened sensory perception, etc…) but only have small glimpses of it and most likely allow the egoic mind to rationalize it away.
Although the generally unconscious
have a sense that we are part of something greater, and that universal connections exist between all things, they rarely feel the present moment and often think, and say, “Well, this is all great, but how am I supposed to actually live in this manner” or “this is wonderful in theory but no way I can possible live consciously all the time”.
Because this group is by far the largest in the world, and because they are on the cusp of consciousness, transitioning them into burgeoning consciousness (the next stage) is the single most important event that must to take place for humanity to create a more peaceful and sustainable future.
[Events like the Oprah/Tolle webcast are important because they are very public and mainstream attempts to bridge this gap].
The mission for the generally unconscious: To expand moments of awareness and create stronger intention to increase personal consciousness. Also to understand that their participation and motivation means everything.
Burgeoning on Consciousness
The fastest growing segment in the world, the burgeoning consciousness crowd is aware of universal truths, and practices the art of consciousness on a daily basis. These people are constantly searching for higher levels of awareness, and are avid readers and learners on the subject.
Burgeoning consciousness individuals experiment with mind practices like meditation, visualization, present-moment-awareness and often engage in physical activities like yoga and martial arts to increase consciousness. They have attained more than a glimpse, and understand there is no pursuit in life more worthy.
The burgeoning consciousness throng consists of the most creative/inspiring writers and speakers in the world, and can serve as the bridge to enlightenment for the generally unconscious group.
The primary objectives of this segment: To continue down the path of awareness, and purposefully spread their energy to less conscious individuals.
These individuals are characterized by having virtually no connection universal truths, and see themselves as completely separate and autonomous entities in the universe.
The deeply unconscious are unaware of the underlying relationship between all things, and do not even attempt to understand it from an intellectual standpoint. These people tend to go through life as “victims” and believe in luck and complete randomness as their saviors.
It is highly doubtful that deeply unconscious souls will find their way to a site like We The Change or Worldwide Tipping Point. To them, the mission of global consciousness would most likely seem foolish and these websites will remain virtually nonexistent. So if you are reading this, you are probably not deeply unconscious.
The hope for the deeply unconscious: to surround themselves with conscious people, literature and situations. Moments of clarity can transpire instantaneously (even for them), and prolonged association with conscious events is essential.
Few and far between, enlightened souls understand the key to our salvation. They contain universal knowledge, and they are universal truth. Enlightened souls set the example for the rest of humanity to follow. Truthfully, it’s hard for me to write about these people because I am not one of them (hehe).
So where do you fall within the various stages of consciousness? Most likely somewhere between the generally unconscious and burgeoning segments…but your destiny is to continue to expand awareness. So let it happen, and actively seek it out!
Keep your momentum, and read these We The Change beauts:
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