In my previous post, I gave a few definitions of consciousness and stated that our access to the Heart (also know as Spirit, Soul, Higher Self, Love, Truth, Essence, or God) is determined by the level of our individual consciousness. The higher the level of our consciousness – the freer the access to the Heart.
How can we assess the level of our individual consciousness?
In my opinion, the most comprehensive modern research on consciousness has been done by a psychiatrist, scientist, and mystic Dr. David Hawkins and his colleagues at the Institute of Consciousness in Sedona, Arizona. Hawkins used an interesting procedure known as kinesiology for calibrating levels of consciousness of different individuals as well as a wide variety of life phenomena. More precisely, Hawkins discovered a way of calibrating the levels of the Truth reflected in and by various phenomena. Based on the results of his research, Hawkins developed a Map of Consciousness, in which he outlined various levels of consciousness together with experiences associated with these levels.
I believe that every person who is interested in the nature of consciousness and other riddles of existence needs to familiarize him or herself with Hawkins’ research. My personal favorite of all his works is I: Reality and Subjectivity. I consider this book one of the most comprehensive philosophical treatises of our time.
Below, you will find the basic ten criteria for assessing one’s individual level of consciousness. Although these criteria are based on Hawkins’ findings, since they are outlined by me, they reflect the degree to which my own level of consciousness allows for comprehending Dr. Hawkins’ work.
Ten criteria for assessing one’s level of consciousness:
- The more one can differentiate between the Eternal and fleeting, the Infinite and finite, the Essential and trivial, the Truth and falsehood – the higher the level of one’s consciousness.
- The more one gives to the world and the less one demands from the world – the higher the level of one’s consciousness.
- The more in awe one is of the mystery of existence – the higher the level of one’s consciousness.
- The more honest, open, aware and present, one is – the higher the level of one’s consciousness.
- The more open to life in general and all life experiences one is – the higher the level of one’s consciousness.
- The more one appreciates the diversity of forms, cultures, ideas, beliefs, and experiences – the higher the level of one’s consciousness.
- The more one accepts and embraces the totality of one’s human self (including one’s strengths and weaknesses, triumphs and defeats, light and shadows) – the higher the level of one’s consciousness.
- The more at peace (and at ease) one is with oneself, others, and the world – the higher the level of one’s consciousness.
- The more one masters one’s ego (or mind) – the higher the level of one’s consciousness.
- The more kind, loving, caring, accepting, forgiving, and compassionate one is – the higher the level of one’s consciousness.
In my next post, I will talk about various ways of developing our consciousness.
Please stay tuned.