10 Levels of Consciousness – Which One Are You At?
Many spiritualist or esoteric traditions have mapped out levels of consciousness. The below system proposes 10 distinct levels of consciousness:
1. The physical level of consciousness
On the first level of consciousness, you identify with the physical and material realm completely. You are an embodiment 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 neighbor, 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 themto 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, 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 conflicts 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’s 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 channelling 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.
Which level of consciousness have you reached, and what means have you used to get there?========== ===========
Are you noticing changes in your mind, body and soul? If you have begun a journey towards a higher level of consciousness, there will be both mental and physical changes that accompany you on your path.
Things that you never before thought were possible will all of a sudden be revealed to you. Higher levels of consciousness enable higher levels of understanding, and with this shift come many changes. As you begin your journey, you will look at the world differently. You will experience a shift in your spiritual belief system that will alter your core beliefs.
If you are experiencing any of the following signs, you are likely shifting to that higher level of consciousness. Embrace the change, and enjoy the ride.
1. You have a softer energy.
As you shift into a higher level of your conscious mind, you let go of all the aggression and anger you once clung to. You have no room for all of the noise created by feelings of ill will as you are completely focused on your own inner workings. You simply do not have the time for hostility in any form.
2. You take full responsibility for your life and where you are right now.
You know that your past is a result of your reactions to experiences, and you have stopped blaming others for your mistakes. You realize that you have to not only embrace the past, but you also have to learn from it. If you do not effectively close the door on the past, it will drag you down in the future. Through meditation and self-reflection, you now own every aspect of your life. You give the reins to no one.
3. You own your emotions.
You know that if you want to be happy and successful, it must come from within. You are completely capable of creating the life that you want to live, and you make affirming choices to move yourself in that direction. You no longer rely on others to bring you happiness. You can now slow down and spend quiet time with yourself without feeling as if you aren’t being productive. You are no longer afraid of what might happen in life because you are prepared for any obstacle.
4. You practice self-love.
You take care of your own needs before addressing the needs of others. You know that you will only be able to care for others when you are well cared for yourself. You no longer expect perfection from yourself. Instead, you embrace the imperfections and celebrate them. You see them as they really are: opportunities to learn and grow into higher levels of consciousness. You have a strong desire to be alone, so that you can continue to explore the inner workings of your mind.
5. You are kind. You are loving and compassionate.
You forgive yourself and others. You enjoy helping others in their journeys. You are forever refining yourself and asking what you can do for those around you. People have become attracted to your kind energy, and you notice them wanting to spend time with you.
6. You have a strong desire to change your life.
Something strong inside of you is motivating you to make significant changes in your life. Your gut tells you that it is time to take a leap of faith and make change happen. As you begin to shift to a higher level of consciousness, there are several things that no longer fit. You have realized that you should only be spending your time and energy on the things in life that directly fulfill your newly found purpose. Your job, your home, and your personal belongings may be pulled into question as you shift to a higher awareness level.
7. You pull away from toxic people.
You no longer tolerate those that suck your positive energy. Drama does not appeal to you, and you want no part of it in your life. While it isn’t easy, you find yourself ending friendships and setting boundaries that you have never set before. Toxic energy will only slow down your transition, and you know that you only have room in your life for those that have your best intentions at heart.
8. You have trouble sleeping.
Often as people transition to a higher conscious state, they have trouble staying asleep at night. Do not be alarmed if this happens to you on your journey. Your subconscious mind is hard at work, and there may be times during the nighttime hours that it needs to send a message to your conscious mind.
9. You get rid of all of your destructive habits.
If you used to eat unhealthy foods, drink alcohol or smoke, do not be surprised if you no longer want to engage in any of those old habits. You now are beginning to see that long term success entails giving up short term gratifications. Now that you understand and truly embrace this ideology, you are able to simply leave the bad habits behind.
10. You are more productive than you have ever been before.
You have a laser-like focus on your goals, so you are able to get more done. You work more efficiently because you are more present in everything you do. No longer do you submit to distractions. Your priorities are clear (perhaps thanks to a vision board), and you don’t waste any time. You are doing what needs to be done to achieve your dreams. Your stress levels are down, too, because you have a sense of the bigger picture, and you can see how it all fits together.
11. You no longer feel the need to compete.
You forget why you always felt the need to prove yourself before. You no longer need to compete with everyone because you no longer compare yourself to others. You now know that by helping others instead of competing with them, you are helping yourself and improving your future.
12. You have an immense sense of gratitude.
You appreciate all you have in life and all the things you will have in the future. Gratitude is part of your daily quiet time. You see all of the good in the world, and you are grateful for it. While you know that there is much work to do, you are grateful that you can be a part of the solution instead of the problem.
As you shift to a higher level of consciousness, your entire life changes. You think back to the person that you used to be and realize how immature and selfish you were compared with the person you are today. You’ve made significant changes, and you will forever have more power.
Embrace the changes as they will bring you a higher level of satisfaction with your own life, as well as an innate ability to help others. These changes are a good thing because they mean you are shifting to something better, so make peace knowing that the changes are leading you to a more fulfilling life. You are becoming the amazing person that you were born to be.
Have you ever experienced the higher levels of consciousness and do you know how to maintain the level you have already reached?
At the end of the day, life is not about giving or taking, it is about evolving in harmony with the energy-informational field and sharing your knowledge with others. It seems that today it is more important than ever to experience what higher consciousness is all about. Here are seven keys to reaching higher levels of consciousness and synchronizing your subtle bodies without abandoning life in society.
1. Your Body
Even though many spiritual practices do not give a proper attention to the physical form, our human body is very important. We have to make sure it gets the food and care it needs. It doesn’t mean that you should become vegetarian or vegan in order to attain higher levels of consciousness. It means that you should be true to yourself and listen to what your body is expecting from you.
There are some who live with synchronized bodies of higher consciousness while making a conscious choice to enjoy a steak once in a while. There are also those who have restrained themselves from eating meat but failed to raise their consciousness. If you are following your own unique Nature and taking good care of your physical form without bringing it to absolute, then you are on the right track.
2. Your Senses
The next key is developing your senses. When you evolve your five senses, you get a chance to get hold of the sixth one. As you probably already know, the world around you is just a vibration of energy on a certain frequency. When you enhance your ability to sense what is really happening, you begin to interact with the energy field much more effectively and see the big picture.
There are even people (synthesists) who may see sounds, taste words or feel a sensation on their skin when they smell certain scents. In esoteric literature, your senses are related to your ether body on the higher levels of consciousness.========== ===========
3. Emotional Intelligence
The next step is EQ. Most people are familiar with intelligence quotient (IQ) but not many people now about emotional intelligence (or emotional quotient – EQ).
Emotionally intelligent people are empathic to others as well as themselves. They can differentiate and prioritize their own emotions in order to think and act accordingly. The energy of emotions is an essential power that fuels your intentions and is a foundation of the Astral plane.
The fourth key is your worldview, your ability to use common sense and logic. When your worldview allows you to accept the truth of others and be in the constant process of learning you begin to evolve and awaken your consciousness.
If you want to be successful in the XXI century, your worldview needs to take into account and accept the benefits of meditation, existence of chakras , human aura and other related concepts. When this knowledge is correctly applied in practice, it can help you ecologically interact with the energy-informational field.
5. The Law of Cause and Effect
You have probably heard about karma or the law of cause and effect. A correct understanding of this law is the next key to reaching higher levels of consciousness. Most people think that they should do to others as they want others do to them. However, defining karma this way can be tricky.
Leo Tolstoy once said: “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” In other words, in order to earn good karma for yourself, you might want to consider being to others as you want them be to you.========== ===========
The sixth key is the core of values that you hold dear. It is the foundation of who you really are. It is about the language you speak, the place you were born, the teachers you have had, the importance of family in your life, your own definition of love as well as other significant values in life.
When one of your top priorities is taking the higher moral ground and considering the interest of everyone involved, you are raising your consciousness.
7. The Mission of Your Higher Self
The final key is the mission of your Higher Self or Spirit. It is your inner knowing of your purpose that is very hard to describe in words. Even though it might take a whole life to realize what it really is, there are certain tools that can help you on the way .
Just always remember a quote from Dalai Lama: “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”
One thing is for sure, there is no race to the higher levels of consciousness. In a sense, you are always represented on the levels of consciousness through you subtle bodies in one way or another. The key is to consciously take charge of your life and live it under the guidance from your higher self. Otherwise, someone else will be using the resources of your subtle bodies.