Your potential is exponential.
Sounds like some marketing nonsense, right?
But what if it isn't?
It's easy enough to imagine achieving twice as much as you are today, isn't it?
And if you reach that milestone, however you measure it, no doubt at that point you could imagine doubling your achievements again, right?
So, you can see that human potential is in fact exponential. We all understand that, we just don't want to work twice as hard.
But now, what if you could achieve those exponential results without the "hustle and grind"?
What if you could achieve bigger results with greater ease, and be more loving, joyful, and peaceful while you're executing?
What if you could increase your number of neurons and neuronal connections, and thereby improve cognition, clarity of thinking, behavior, mood, consciousness, relationships?
What if you could quiet the compulsive thinking, gain a greater clarity of purpose, break through limiting beliefs, overcome unhelpful patterns, and feel a sense of belonging?
Well, you can. Skeptical? Good, that’s healthy. Let’s dive in.
In this three-part series, we’re going to share how elevating consciousness is the most natural way to achieve your potential. Not as some abstract, woo-woo concept, but as a practical and achievable thing.
Recently, Forbes published that 72% of entrepreneurs are affected by mental health challenges – and that was before COVID. In our volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment, executives and leaders from all walks of life find themselves under similar pressures.
It doesn’t need to be this way. Through elevating our consciousness, it is possible to improve our mental health, to live our dreams without the “hustle and grind” and at the same time to also be more loving, joyful, and peaceful each day. We can thrive, and live with greater clarity of purpose, sense of belonging, and feel whole.
In the series, we're going to talk about three things:
1. Relationship between emotions, levels of consciousness, and your potential (this post)
2. Benefits and implications of achieving higher states of consciousness
3. Effective tools to maintain higher states of consciousness
The most compelling work I’ve come across in this space is by Dr. David Hawkins, psychiatrist, self-realized man, author, and spiritual teacher. I cannot recommend his books enough.
Among his many titles, in his book “The Map of Consciousness Explained” (93% 5-star ratings on Amazon), Dr. Hawkins maps the emotional scale, from lower level emotions like shame, guilt, apathy, and grief to higher level emotions like love, joy, and peace.
His work demonstrates that while we all experience the range of emotions, each of us has an underlying, persistent emotional state, which can also be described as our level of consciousness. Inherently, we all understand this concept, and consciously or subconsciously use this information to decide who we spend time with.
We generally enjoy spending time with people who have a higher vibration, and it’s easy to feel drained when we spend time with those who have a lower vibration, even if we do love and care for them.
If you take only one thing away from this post, understand this: our experience of the world is a direct reflection of our emotional state / level of consciousness. If we want to improve the quality of our daily experience, the best way to do that is to improve our level of consciousness.
Let’s talk about how emotions and experience are related:
If we are anchored to lower emotions by intergenerational trauma, past traumatic experiences, and/or hold on to emotions of shame, guilt, apathy, grief, and fear, then those levels of consciousness are likely to take shape as inaction, which is commonly diagnosed as depression.
If we are operating from a place of desire, anger, or pride, it’s likely that we find ourselves in a state of compulsive wanting, thinking, and comparing. That is more normal than not these days, and can sometimes be diagnosed as anxiety. From this place, we are often experiencing 1,001 thoughts about what we need to improve things in order to fulfil our egoic needs and are driven to hyperactivity. As the saying goes, the mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.
If you’re busy with “fake it till you make it”, believe in the “hustle and grind”, or your priorities revolve around yourself and accumulation of money, status, and power, it is likely that you are somewhere between 100-199.
Dr. Hawkins work estimated that ~85% of the population is under 200.
The inflection point at 200 reflects a key transition between Falsehood, Contraction, and Pride (below 200) and Truth, Expansion, and Courage (above 200). Those who rise above 200 are more likely to find themselves in a virtuous cycle that propels them further upwards through the levels of consciousness. Those below 200 can more easily slip back down the levels unless they are actively managing their emotions.
The range between 200-399 is characterized by the emotions of courage, neutrality, willingness, and acceptance, and is where the majority place themselves. The gap between self-assessment and reality is not generally purposeful inflation, but rather that there are persistent lower-level emotions (guilt, shame, fear, etc), that are suppressed or repressed in the subconscious, and are weighing the individual down.
When people experience breakthroughs to overcome limiting beliefs, lower-level emotions, and unhelpful behaviors, they can quickly rise up to 200+ into the range of happiness and productivity. This range is marked by harmony, security, the feeling of belonging and connectedness, the ability to help others without sacrifice, and the underlying belief that everything is going to work out.
At the level of reason, people can be described as “in flow”, and perform at peak levels, often producing great amounts of information and documentation. Paradoxically, reason itself can be a major blockage to achieving higher levels of consciousness, as it reflects identification of the self as mind.
A second key inflection point on Dr. Hawkins scale is at 500, demarcating the transcendence of the egoic and rational mind, and the linear, into the spiritual, the exponential, extraordinary, and synchronistic.
It is estimated that this level is achieved by <5% of the population.
When we break through rationality and into the higher states of consciousness including love, joy, and peace, we become heartfelt, nurturing, all-forgiving, uplifting, grateful, appreciative. We recognize the importance of purity. Our lovingness becomes more than an emotion, but a state of being-ness. We become aware of the interconnectivity of all things, drop all negativity, feel at one with the universe, the perfection of reality as it is, and experience long periods of inner stillness.
We recognize that every gift is returned to the giver. That what we affirm in others, we actually affirm in ourselves. We come to see that we were always surrounded by love, but just didn’t recognize it.
At these higher levels of consciousness, people commonly make dramatic changes to vocation and lifestyle, taking greater interest in meditation, arts, writing, music, dance, movement, teachers, and spirituality. There is a greater focus on helping others.
You can see there’s a direct relationship between levels of consciousness and potential. Rather than get too hung up on this framework, or any other framework, it’s preferable to recognize the relationship, and understand that we can benefit from an elevated consciousness.
In our next blog post, we’ll talk about the benefits and implications of achieving higher states of consciousness. I suspect it will be wide ranging – covering points related to Gandhi, the CIA, the Default Mode Network (DMN) of the brain, empathy, productivity, and courage.
If you’re interested in reading more about how plant medicine like ayahuasca and psilocybin can help you rapidly achieve and maintain higher states of consciousness, you can read more here.
Note: It’s worth acknowledging that Dr. Hawkins kinesiological method for calibrating consciousness has been challenged by many. Based upon my personal journeys, and through conversations with others that I know, love, and trust, I’ve seen enough to be convinced this is a valuable and accurate tool. Equally, those who take the interest, time, and energy to delve into Dr. Hawkins work will no doubt find the same. His ability to synthesize complex concepts to provide new perspectives and insights is nothing short of … transcendent!
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