Namo namaha.नमो नमः
To repeat myself for those that haven’t read that article, consciousness, at its simplest, is sentience or awareness of internal or external existence. Consciousness is everything you experience.
Freud divided human consciousness into three levels of awareness: the conscious, preconscious, and unconscious. Each of these levels corresponds and overlaps with Freud’s ideas of the id, ego, and superego.
Many spiritual traditions have also mapped out the idea that people’s consciousness could exist at different levels. The system I follow separates consciousness into levels that each person goes through during their spiritual journey. It consists of 10 distinct levels ranging from the physical all the way through to the subtle. I am sharing this system with you here so you can see for yourself which stage of your spiritual development you’re at.
1. The physical level
On the first level you identify with the physical and material realm completely. You are an embodiment of your external environment, with all its positive and negative aspects.
You’ve internalized the values of society at large, and you define yourself in terms of your material successes and status. If you’re unsuccessful and poor, you accept things as they are and believe that efforts for success will be fruitless.
2. The rumblings from beneath
As you transcend to the second level of consciousness, you feel disillusionment with living entirely in the material realm. You start to identify less with external and material reality and begin to look inwards.
You spend more time alone and start to feel unmoved by the lifestyle that can be got with money and consumerism. You become attracted to learning about yourself. You begin to distinguish between sex and love, and between superficial power and real power.
On the third level, you become more sensitive. You feel things more deeply. You start allowing yourself to cry and experience painful states. You begin to ask philosophical questions and develop artistic sensibilities.
Then, you come to understand your relation to life, your physical being, your sexual energy, your creativity. You start to empathize with people, sensing what they feel. It starts to become clear what it is to be a human being and a true friend and neighbour, and you start to act on your own values.
4. From passive to active
As you move onto the fourth level of consciousness, you’ve emerged as an individual and begin to take an active role in life. You make your own decisions about what your life should be. You choose friends and situations according to your own values, of which you are now sure. Also, you begin to wield influence over your own thoughts and emotions, manipulating them to fit your values and what you want for yourself. You practice mindfulness and begin to achieve self-mastery, knowing that every thought and deed defines you.
5. Inner balance
By the time you’ve reached the 5th level of consciousness, you’ve changed your lifestyle in accordance with what’s best for you. You’ve given up destructive habits. You treat your body and mind with respect and maintain harmony and balance through your daily regimen.
At the same time, you’ve stopped living for the admiration and acceptance of others, and you’ve started to live for yourself. Instead, you begin to offer service to others based on your own desire to give.
Also, you devote time to meditation, creating, and celebrating existence. You make compromises with others and your ego concerns diminish. You begin to manifest your spiritual being in the physical world and in your relationships.
6. Bridging the gap
At the 6th stage of consciousness, the split between the external world and the spiritual realm has become clear to you. You live almost a double life. You are in the world but you no longer feel part of it.
Thus, you become adept at passing between spiritual and physical realities and you begin to transfer knowledge from the one to the other. You become able to adapt to different situations. adopting personas to fit requirements of circumstances, but holding fast to a higher self.
At the same time, you meditate often and become someone who can resolve conflict and offer others guidance.
7. Manifesting spirit
When you’ve reached the 7th level of consciousness, you’ve begun to live from spirit. You feel a deep emotional connection with all living creatures. You understand what lies in the hearts of people, you feel their pain and know how to heal them.
Then, you express your spirit physically, uninhibited by negative feelings or judgments of yourself or others. You show affection to people with overwhelming warmth and connect with others emotionally.
8. Beginnings of fusion
At the 8th level of consciousness, the barriers between your ego and the collective are beginning to crumble. There is no longer merely a recognition of your sameness with all those around you, you begin to feel the symbiotic connection that you have with all of creation.
You become aware of energies and realize that all feeling, thought, and action is based on vibrations or frequencies of energy. You learn how to master the energy that you’re channeling and begin to see that you can influence the actions of others with your energy.
When you pass onto the 9th level of consciousness, you wield such power over your thoughts and feelings that their strength and purity begin to transform the people you meet. When you enter a room, people feel pure love for you. Your presence becomes so tangible and powerful that it influences others.
Your mind, heart, spirit, body, and soul are one. Thus, you no longer identify yourself as an individual being with any ego concerns. You have become fused with the universe. At this point, you’re able to lead others en masse.
10. Dissolution of self and ascendance
At the 10th and final level of consciousness, your sense of self has almost entirely disappeared. You have no ego boundaries left standing, and you live in your own spiritual reality.
Your connection to the rest of creation becomes coordinated. You move and everyone moves with you. You have become fused with the collective.
Also, you’re able to communicate with all beings in one pure language. Your being absorbs the universe around it and is absorbed by it. You are able to channel divine power.
There you have it, the 10 levels of consciousness. Which level did you see yourself at? Did anything surprise you? Are you more advanced or behind than you thought you were? Regardless of where you found yourself within the system, it matters more that you’re aware of where you are and that you recognise the work that you have undergone to achieve the level of success you have. We often don’t give ourselves credit for our hard earned efforts, for the work already done, choosing instead to focus on the work ahead and yet to be completed. We need to learn to recognise that this habit is not useful for our journey and that our minds are making a fundamental mistake – “Mind, you are making a boo-boo. This is not useful to me. You are going in the wrong direction. Please stop.”
Join me next time for part three as I continue the journey into consciousness where I discuss the spiritual journey and the levels further.
Thank you for joining me on this journey to freedom.
Love, light and blessings to you all.
OM Shaanti shaanti. shaantihi.
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