Framework For Your Personal Growth
In this article, I’m very excited
to share with you the map of consciousness, developed by Dr.
David Hawkins in
Power vs Force.
This is the same map I alluded to in
Are You Sleepwalking Your Life Away?
Part 2 post. The reason I’m
so excited is because this map is probably the single most
powerful tool in your pursuit for personal growth and
excellence. There are two reasons why I say that:
Firstly, having the map of
consciousness empowers us in knowing where we stand
in our current state of growth. While all of us can
try to live consciously every day, without knowing the point
we are starting from, we are just randomly groping in the
dark. Having the map gives us a fix on our current location.
When we are able to identify our starting point, we can then
make actionable plans on where we want to go next.
Secondly, this map lists all the
different levels of consciousness attainable, thus
serving as a critical framework for conscious living.
Without knowing the highest end state of consciousness we
can attain, we can only be making baby steps of progress and
not be optimizing our full potential. But having clarity of
the different levels of consciousness provides us with the
full context of growth. By knowing the other levels ahead,
we are more able to comprehend how limiting our current
level of consciousness is, what we should be striving
towards and the highest end point we can reach. While we can
debate on whether Hawkin’s is fully valid or exhaustive, the
map definitely provides us a very good reference point to
For me, having this
map of consciousness has been very helpful in identifying
where I currently stand in my pursuit of growth, becoming
more conscious of my reactions towards life events and what
they represent, understanding the limitations of the level I
am at and what I should do in order to further up my
What is consciousness
Being conscious is
more than just being physically awake.
It is also more than just being aware. Awareness typically
refers to knowingness at the mental level, while
consciousness is a state of knowingness that encompasses all
mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of ourselves. To be
conscious is to have awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions,
own existence, sensations, and surroundings.
The consciousness we operate in is
actually equivalent to the lens we use to see reality. The
perceptions, beliefs, mindsets and values we hold right now
are a result of the consciousness we are operating in.
Whenever we experience a shift in our consciousness due to
an epiphany, an AHA or inner realization, we are actually
breaking away from our old consciousness and as a result,
old belief systems and attitudes. This is the same as
shedding of an old lens we used to see reality with and
adopting of a new lens.
Increase Your Consciousness Level?
As mentioned above, consciousness
is like a lens you use to view reality. Being at a different
level of consciousness means you are using a different lens
to view the world. Your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values
and actions are outputs of the level of consciousness you
vibrate at. While the object you are observing (i.e. life,
the world, events in your life, yourself) can remain the
same, just having a different consciousness level causes
those outputs to be widely different.
Let’s take an analogy with myopia.
If you are at the lowest level, it’s like you have extremely
high myopia of -10.00. You can’t see anything beyond an
extremely distorted sense of self worth and the world. At a
higher level however, that visual fog lifts and you develop
higher clarity on yourself, the world, and your place in the
world. Your vision becomes less hazy and more accurate. The
higher you go, the higher the clarity your vision on what
the world around you entails. All these changes come from
just a change in your consciousness; in reality nothing
about life or the world has changed. To increase your
consciousness level thus translates into a more accurate
viewpoint of reality. This allows you to lead the truly
happy, full and abundant life which you are meant to
Map Of Consciousness
The map of consciousness was
or muscle testing. I'll not be covering the technicalities
here; if you are interested in the details, it’s best to
– there are two full chapters dedicated to the explanation
of the methodology, testing and interpretation.
From this test, a scale of
consciousness / energy level was calibrated, from 0 all the
way to the highest end of 1000 points. Within this scale,
there are a total of 17 different levels of consciousness
demarcated by different points on the scale. Moving from 0
to 1000 mark a progression in the change of one’s world view
from a fear-based consciousness, to a love-based
consciousness. The highest attainable level is enlightenment
17 Levels of Consciousness
Description of Each Level of
I will provide a description of
each level, starting with the bottom-most level. As you read
this, think about which level resonates the most with you:
1) Shame (1-20):
Someone at this level feels humiliated, has
low self esteem, is paranoid. Common expressions where one
vibrates at this level would be when one feels like he/she
has “lost face”, wishes he/she is invisible, feels
worthless. Some individuals at shame react by becoming
overly rigid and/or
Vibrating in this level for prolonged periods leads to
elimination (of self and others), such as
suicide, turning into serial killers, rapists, moral
extremists who apply self righteous judgment onto others.
The person’s view of life at this state is misery.
2) Guilt (30):
Feelings of blame and remorse hover here.
Used to consciously or subconsciously manipulate conformance
to certain forms of thinking and behaviors. Commonly melded
by our society with public punishment and finger-pointing
culture, by religious institutions with preoccupation of
“sin” and “salvation”, acts of ritual killing to “appease”
higher entities, etc. This level cultivates
destruction. Hawkins cites the life-view as
evil, which I disagree and feel
condemnation is more adept.
3) Apathy (50): 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. Because this level
feels “heavy” and is seen as a burden to others around, many
people usually avoid those who are vibrating at these
levels. For example, we see how the poor and unfortunate
have come to be shielded away from the mainstream society.
We also frequently see situations where the aged is
abandoned by their own kin because they are seen as a
liability. This level is associated with abdication,
which means to give up one’s power to others. The life-view
here is hopelessness.
4) Grief (75):
Feelings of regret, sadness and loss are
abound here. Many people vibrate at this level in times of
losses – of loved ones, relationships, possessions, jobs,
money, etc. Outcomes would be mourning, remorse, being hung
up over what has occurred, etc. Someone at grief sees
despondency and bleakness all around the
world and in life. The life-view is tragic.
Grief is a higher level than apathy, because one starts
feeling more energy at this level, albeit of sadness and
5) Fear (100):
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. This emotion is often played on by marketers
and politicians to achieve their agendas. Fear leads to
paranoia and can turn into an obsession. At this level, one
views everything uncertain as fearful and thus undergoes the
state of withdrawal. Thus, fear prevents
personal growth from taking place. Someone in the level of
fear sees the world as frightening.
6) Desire (125):
At the level of desire, the emotion of craving
becomes dominant. We have people
pursuing money and status as end goals
for a better life, lonely
singles longing to be in romantic relationships
believing it will complete themselves,
marketers conditioning ‘wants’ in people’s minds through
enticing advertisements and promises of happiness with
consumption of goods,
fashion industry playing on desires for increased
attraction, just to name a few.
Addictions are outputs of desire,
such as desire for food, video games, fun, sex, shopping,
acquisition of money and power, etc. One becomes looped into
enslavement at this level, because desire
is never-ending emotion. The life-view is
disappointing, which ensues when one cannot obtain
what one desires. Desire is a higher level than fear because
the desire for something propels people forward to action,
rather than withdraw to a corner.
7) Anger (150):
The emotion at this level is hate. Anger
expresses itself as resentment, frustration and even
revenge. Common manifestations of anger in the society are
activism towards causes (environmental, animal rights,
third-world countries, poverty-stricken areas), equality,
At the individual level, examples
include irritable and volatile behavior, short-temper. The
upside of anger is it has resulted in liberation and great
movements in the society; the downside is dangerous behavior
and intentional harm might ensue from it. The process one
undergoes is aggression. The life-view here
is antagonistic, where one is hostile,
unfriendly and acts in opposition/rebellion against others.
8 ) Pride (175):
Hawkins cite scorn as the dominant feeling
of pride, which I disagree. I feel dignity
is an emotion that is more representative of the level;
scorn comes a result of this dignity, though it may be too
subtle for people to recognize since it is often masked
over. At our current society, pride is a level that is
encouraged and seen as positive – for example, pride of
being part of a group, institution, company, nation,
However, this leads to a duality
viewpoints, which acts as an invisible force to separate
people. For example, nations exist because people identify
themselves more with a geographical location rather than the
a common, universal identity. Religions exist because people
attach themselves to their beliefs of god and values which
serve as a separator. On a personal level, people form pride
based on possessions and external conditions, and it is
vulnerable because such conditions can be removed at any
point in time. Pride results in denial and arrogance. At
pride, one undergoes inflation (of ego)
rather than being able to see things objectively. The
life-view here is demanding.
9) Courage (200):
Affirmation is the key emotion here.
This is the separation point between Power and
Force, where one is starts creating change through
the use of constructive states of power rather than
destructive force. This is the first waking point
where one starts to wake from
his/her sleepwalker status.
At the lower levels before this, the world is seen as
hopeless, tragic, frightening, demanding; People from below
200 sees themselves as victims, at the mercy of life and
subjected to forces of the external world.
At courage one sees the world as
exciting and filled with possibilities. One undergoes
empowerment here. This marks the start of
active pursuit of growth – where there exists a gap, the
person will act to fill it. For example, learning new job
skills, embarking on new education, pursuing personal
growth. The life-view is feasible –
anything is manageable since the person is able to harness
power to deal with situations in life. People in the higher
levels >200 recognize that their happiness and life lies
10) Neutrality (250):
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.
This is NOT the same as apathy –
the power of neutrality comes from a positive place, where
one recognizes his/her inner power and abilities and does
not feel the need to prove anything to anyone; apathy is
rooted from being forsaken in self and the world, resulting
in nonchalance and jadedness towards the external world. The
process is one of release (of everything),
and the life-view is satisfactory, where
anything goes. These people are easy to get along; however
they are difficult to engage towards causes and visions
because they are detached towards everything.
11) Willingness (310):
Optimism runs high here. At Willingness,
the individual is open to do anything and everything –
he/she is not bounded by others’ judgments or by
limitations. For example, he/she is willing to take on
menial jobs if he/she cannot get jobs elsewhere. The marked
characteristic between willingness and levels below is the
desire to do things well (for the sake of
it), rather than just doing things. Someone at
Willingness can readily bounce back from set-backs, is
easily moldable and genuinely open to everyone. Success
follows them easily. The process one undergoes here is of
intention (to do anything). The life-view
is hopefulness. At this level you have
people who perform extremely well in their careers in
corporations, start-ups; however the question then comes as
to whether they are investing their energy in the best way.
12) Acceptance (350):
In my opinion, this marks the second waking point
for an individual and where he/she is fully awake
his/her sleepwalker stance.
Here, one finally realizes that he/she is THE creator and
source of his/her life, as opposed to having relegated some
part of it to someone else or a different entity. He/she is
(1) aware of the social constructs present in one’s life,
whether by family, society, nation, religion, work (2) able
to discern against (limiting) beliefs, viewpoints and
conditioning which he/she is surrounded with and (3) able to
consciously craft his/her life above and beyond all these
social constructs. Characteristic behavior at this level
will be acceptance vs. rejection, seeking for resolutions
vs. judging right or wrong, long-term vs. short-term view,
engaging on life harmoniously on its terms vs. resisting it,
striving for personal excellence and growth.
Forgiveness is the dominant emotion. The process
one undergoes is transcendence (above what
one faces in life). The life-view here is harmonious.
13) Reason (400):
The emotion is understanding and
rationality. One seeks out huge amounts of information and
analyzes them to infinitesimal detail before reaching
conclusions. This is where the noble prize winners, leaders
of science and medicine and great thinkers of history
calibrate. However, Reason falls into the trap of
overintellectualization in concepts and theories. Where
differing theories clash and each argument is sound on its
own, we reach a blockade, leading to the inability to
resolve discrepancies. This leads to the process of
abstraction or preoccupation with data. The
life-view is meaningful.
14) Love (500):
This represents unconditional love – love that is pure,
unfaltering, unwavering, not subjected to any external
conditions. It is not the same love that is commonly
portrayed in mass media, which is rooted in lust, desire,
pride, control, addiction, attraction, jealousy and
possessiveness. While the media often establishes love and
hates as opposite poles, hate is actually rooted from pride
(desire for control/possessiveness), and not actual love.
Reverence is the
main emotion in the level of (unconditional) love. At this
level, duality becomes an illusion; the feeling is one of
entirety that rises above separation. Unconditional love is
inclusive of everyone and expands beyond self. While reason
deals with specific data, love deals with entirety, thus
giving rise to the capacity for instanteous understanding.
This aspect is often linked with intuition. The process one
undergoes is revelation. The life-view is
benign, there is no separation, fear or
negativity. Hawkin claims only 0.4% of the
population (1 in every 250 people) ever reaches this level.
15) Joy (540): 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.
This is the level where saints, advanced spiritual students
and healers dwell. At this level, one is characterized by
enormous patience and an unwavering positive attitude in the
face of harsh adversities. The world is seen as one of
perfection and beauty. Individuals are motivated to dedicate
themselves to the benefit of life rather than for specific
individuals. Here, the process of transfiguration
occurs (emanating of radiance from the person). The
life-view the individual holds is completeness
(of the world). Near death experiences have the effect of
temporarily bumping people into this level.
16) Peace (600):
The emotion is bliss. At this level, there
is no longer any distinction between the observer and the
subject. People here become spiritual teachers, great
geniuses in their field to effect great contribution for
mankind; they typically transcend formal religious
structures and replace it with pure spirituality where
religions originate from. Perception becomes one of slow
motion, suspended in time and space. Everything is perceived
as interconnected by an infinite presence. The process one
undergoes is illumination; the life-view is
perfect. Hawkins claims this level
is only attained by 1 out of 10 million people.
(700-1000): The emotion is ineffable,
in other words – inexpressible. This is the pinnacle of the
evolution of consciousness of mankind. The greatest people
of history have attained this level, such as Krisna, Buddha,
Jesus, Mother Theresa. Here, the body becomes recognized as
a tool to project consciousness in. One’s existence becomes
all encompassing and transcends time and space. The process
is described as pure consciousness. The
life-view here is simply ‘Is‘. In achieving
our highest potential and embracing our best lives, we
should strive for the highest possible level i.e.
Overview of the Map of
Below is a map that captures the
summary of all 17 levels of consciousness:
You can purchase the laminated version
from Veritas Publishing
(not an affiliate link).
About the Figures
1. They are logarithmic figures
and not arithmetic figures.
What this means is when you see a
figure, say 200, it means 10 to the power of 200 (10^200)
and not the absolute number 200. Thus, 200 on the scale does
not mean twice the magnitude of 100.
2. A small increment by a few
points represent a huge increase in magnitude.
For example, let’s look at 100 and
105. Even though it’s just +5 in pts, in logarithmic terms,
a +5pt difference represents 100,000 (i.e. 10^5) times the
difference in magnitude! This means even if you are in the
level of Guilt or Apathy, just raising your consciousness by
+5pt will result in enormous improvements in your well being
and state of life.
About the levels of consciousness
1. The level of consciousness
which you are currently at is a weighted average of the
different consciousness levels you operate in.
A person usually vibrates at a
default consciousness level and shifts to a couple of levels
below and above that level depending on the situation. Every
thought, every feeling and every action you have in every
situation is rooted from a particular consciousness level;
all these can be summed up and averaged to identify the
default level you are in. It is rare someone will maintain
an exact same state of consciousness in a given period of
time. Even within the same day, you may behave at a certain
consciousness in this context and at a totally different
consciousness in a different context.
One influence on your consciousness
is the stimulus in your life. This includes the situations
you are in,
the type of people you spend time with,
your environment and so on. In times of pressure, one’s
consciousness level usually gets bumped down a few levels.
Depending on how the person recovers from the pressure, his
or her default consciousness level might be elevated to a
higher level after the encounter.
2. One can move across different
levels of consciousness.
Your consciousness level now does
not define what your consciousness will be in the future. It
is open to change; it is not static. Each person is open to
move across different levels, depending on how he/she
(chooses to) evolve in his/her consciousness.
3. Distinction of levels of Power
vs. levels of Force.
Hawkins segmented the consciousness
into two main categories – one based in force (<200) and one
based in power (>200). People in levels of Force vibrate at
a level of fear-based emotions. They are more inclined to
exert control over others or themselves (oppression, force,
coercion, manipulation, violence) to achieve their desired
outcomes. For example, crime, war, governmental passing of
certain policies, abuse, or even authoritative
leadership/parenting styles. People in levels of Power
(love, empathy, understanding) vibrate at a level of
love-based emotions. They are increasingly aligned with the
present moment and universe and use that to bring about
their desired results.
4. Each level can be
beneficial/detrimental to you depending on the level you are
For example, the state of fear
(100) may look quite undesirable if you are at the level of
desire (125). However, if you are at the state of guilt
(30), being around people at state of fear (100) is actually
beneficial for you as it can help elevate you to a higher
level. It is generally more effective when you are around
people at higher consciousness levels which are closer to
your level (vs. a huge distance ahead), since it is easier
for your energy levels to reach resonance with theirs. When
the people are too distanced from you in their energies, it
may result in detachment and alienation instead.
On the same note, when you elevate
yourself to a higher level, it becomes obvious that the
lower levels are more limiting. For example, if you are at
the level of Pride, you will see how levels of
Shame/Guilt/Apathy/Grief/Fear/Desire/Anger bind people down.
If you are at the level of Acceptance, you will realize how
being at levels of Pride/Courage/Neutrality/Willingness
5. At Courage and Acceptance, one
experiences a marked leap in the experience of the world.
An increase in consciousness at any
level changes your experience significantly. However, there
are two particular levels where one experiences a marked
leap vs. the other levels. The first is
which separates the levels of force (<200) from the levels
of power (>200). This is the first waking point from the
sleepwalker status. The second is
where one recognizes it is he and he himself who is the
conscious creator of everything in his life. This is the
point where one completely awakes from
Where Does Our World Stand Today?
If you are to take a guess, what do
you think is the collective consciousness of humanity today?
100? 200? 300? 400? 500?
When Hawkins wrote the book in
1995, he calibrated the collective consciousness of our
world to be at the level of courage (calibrated 207). As
humanity’s consciousnesses has shown to increase only about
+5pts every century, 207 is very likely still to be the
figure for today.
However, this does not mean that
the majority of our world is at the level of courage – in
fact, 85% of the world calibrates below courage (200). The
lower levels of the masses is balanced out by a few
individuals near the top (remember the number is
logarithmic, not arithmetic), thus giving us a overall
calibrated figure of 207. Just having a few highly conscious
leaders walk the earth is capable of raising the overall
consciousness of the world – for example, Jesus, Buddha,
Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, and so on. Before this, the
world’s collective consciousness has been at 190 for many
Why is the figure so low? If we are
to look at around at what we see in the world, the answer
becomes quite apparent:
1. Over 80% of humanity is living
at less than $10/day, under extreme poverty.
This includes third world
countries, war and disaster stricken areas. Many people here
are trapped in states of Apathy (50).
2. Religious teachings and
institutions have drastically lowered in consciousness over
the years, as they become embroiled with personal agendas of
various men and leaders.
The original teachings of Jesus,
Buddha and Krishna calibrated at 1,000. Today, the teachings
of Buddhism dropped over the centuries to an average of
900+; Hinduism at 850; Christianity at 750 or even 500
depending on the denominations; militant Islam
fundamentalism is at 130 (Desire). In order to keep members
within the religion, many religious leaders turn to Guilt
(30) and Fear (100) based teachings towards the members.
3. In first-world developed
nations, our society is deeply entrenched in states of Fear
(100), Desire (125), Pride (175).
Fear includes fear of rejection,
fear of failure, fear of loss, fear of uncertainty. Desire
encompasses the insatiable quest for material possessions
(wealth and goods), status, power, love, belongingness.
Pride takes root from dualistic views such as elitism,
competition, nationalism, racial pride, factions, religions,
as well as attachment to status/wealth/goods. These are all
dominant levels we see our society operating in today.
4. Our mass media continually
perpetuates levels of fear, desire and pride, or even lower.
Refer to the below table on the
calibrated consciousness of several popular shows (obtained
unfortunately the content is no longer online). Try
examining your favorite shows across the levels of
consciousness and see where they are likely to lie.
- Desperate Housewives: 63
- Bourne Supremacy: 73 (Apathy)
- Everybody Loves Raymond: 82
- NFL Football: 82 (Apathy)
- CSI Miami: 92 (Fear) – (This
was one of my favorite shows years back!)
- Day After Tomorrow: 92 (Fear)
- Passion of the Christ: 98
- Shrek 2: 124 (Desire)
What Level of Consciousness Are
What level of consciousness are you
at? Which level do you find your thoughts and feelings
dominating every day?
Remember that every thought, every
belief, every feeling and every action you have is rooted
from the level of consciousness you are in. When you shift
your level of consciousness, you also change your world
views and mentality.
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