The Map of Consciousness was a model created by Dr David R Hawkins. Dr Hawkins was a spiritual teacher, psychiatrist, physician and lecturer.
Essentially, the map of consciousness is a logarithmic scale used to measure the ‘field’; the vibratory energetic ‘ocean’ that encompasses all things.
In my opinion, along with a few other models created by pioneers in psycho-spiritual research, such as Ken Wilber and Clare Graves; Dr David Hawkins scale of consciousness is an enormous leap in Human development. For the first time, Human beings have a model of consciousness evolution that can be used as a reference point in psychological and spiritual growth.
Each level of consciousness on the scale has its own perception of Life and God. Each level has its own ‘attractor field’ which attracts
The numbers on the scale should be seen as arbitrary, the significance lies in the energy shifts from one jump to another. Because the scale of consciousness is logarithmic, each incremental point represents a giant leap in power. As such, one person calibrated at 600 counterbalances the negativity of 10 million people below 200.
“The spiritual quest is classically likened to a pathway, a journey, or a venture. Unfortunately, the naive seeker often goes unprepared on a difficult journey without the necessary tools. In the ordinary world, we depend on many safety measures. … Thus, caution comes from wisdom, not from fear. Prudence requires awareness of the pitfalls to be avoided.” – Dr David Hawkins.
Introduction to The Map of Consciousness
What is Consciousness?
I find this question easier to bullet point than write about:-
- The Mind of God.
- Non-linear field from which linear content is ‘born’.
- Timeless. No beginning and no end.
What is Applied Kinesiology
“Kinesiology, also known as biomechanics, is the study of body movement. Applied kinesiology (AK) which is also known as muscle strength testing, is a method of diagnosis and treatment based on the belief that various muscles are linked to particular organs and glands, and that specific muscle weakness can signal distant internal problems such as nerve damage, reduced blood supply, chemical imbalances or other organ or gland problems. Practitioners contend that by correcting this muscle weakness, you can help heal a problem in the associated internal organ.” – Dr Andrew Weil.
Using Kinesiology for Measuring Consciousness
Dr David Hawkins suggested that Human beings who are above the level of courage (200) can muscle test to realise the ‘level’ of any particular object or subject.
Truth vs Falsehood – The Leap to Power
At the level of 200, also the level of ‘courage’, is where consciousness moves into truth from falsehood. Energy becomes self-sustaining and ‘powerful’ rather than being energy-draining and using ‘force’.
Using applied kinesiology, 200 and above is where the body will stay strong. Dr John Diamond proved that the Human bodies central nervous system kept the muscular-skeletal body strong when a force was applied to it. Below the level of 200 on the scale, the body went weak.
With this knowledge, Dr David Hawkins showed that one of Humanities most significant flaws, not being able, to tell the truth from falsehood, could be overcome using the muscle testing technique (applied kinesiology).
Each level in the ocean of consciousness has what Hawkins calls, an attractor field.
Imagine the ocean with its incredible depth. Suppose we could separate the depth of the ocean into an unlimited number of compartments. In that case, you’d notice different creatures and events happening at each level. At the deepest and darkest depth, you’d see a completely separate system than you would at the surface.
And so it is with consciousness. At the bottom of the scale, you have different emotions, such as humiliation and blame. In contrast, at the top, you have bliss and serenity.
The biggest lesson I took is that the ‘doing’ and ‘happening’ in reality, happens due to the level of consciousness. So, if a person is operating from fear (100), then their manifested behaviour would mirror that level.
So, the real meaning of the popular new age (although ancient) notion of ‘law of attraction’ takes a slightly different and more evolved context. Your version of reality is a reflection of your level of consciousness. Fundamentally, these attractor fields determine your behaviour and perception of reality.
Basic 4 Stages – To Me, By Me, Through Me, As Me
‘Life happens, and I can’t do anything about it. I am powerless to make a change in my life because external circumstances don’t allow me to. The river is throwing me against the rocks, and I can’t do anything about it’.
The majority of Humans are at this stage. As of 2012, 78% of people were below 200 and therefore were life-draining as opposed to Life-affirming.
The views of life at these stages range from misery to demanding.
‘I can create the life I want through hard work and persistence. I can fight the flow of the river to get what I want”.
The view of life at this stage range from feasible to benign.
People are empowered as they move into this stage. A lot of the western and developed world resonate here. Between 400 and 500 is where a lot of the intellectuals and scientific geniuses reside due to their thirst for knowledge. Very often, this can be a stumbling block to more enlightened stages as linear knowledge is still valued more than spiritual wisdom.
‘I don’t fight against life, and achievement at all costs is not the end. I go with the flow of the river and manifest my will with much less effort.’
The view of life at this stage range from complete to perfect.
Less than 0.4% of the world’s population reaches the level of unconditional love (540). This is due to the dominance of the linear, physical world taking precedent over the spiritual domain in the minds of the majority of people.
‘Life and I are one and the same. I am the river.’
The view of life at this stage range is ‘isness’.
Jesus Christ, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster etc. are at this level. They influence humanity for many centuries after their incarnation. We may consider them avatars, gurus and sages who have self-transcended. Their level of consciousness balances out hundreds of millions of people below 200.
Less than 1 in 10,000,000 will reach 700 and beyond.
“Spiritual evolution occurs as a result of removing obstacles and not actually acquiring anything new. Devotion enables surrender of the mind’s vanities and cherished illusions so that it progressively becomes freer and more open to the light of Truth”. – Dr David Hawkins.
According to Dr David Hawkins research, the most significant barriers ascending the map of consciousness is courage (200) and love (500).
Courage is a significant leap because of the step, as mentioned earlier, from victimhood into life-affirming responsibility. The personal development industry is excellent at moving people into courage and beyond, but not very good at going beyond that.
Love is a difficult level to reach due to the difficulty in transcending the ego’s need for linear ‘proof’ and logical reasoning. A lot of the geniuses including Einstein, Freud and Stephen Hawking calibrate at level 499. As you move into love and into the 500’s, your intuition will be as dominant as your mind and selflessness will be of a higher value.
I will be going into more detail of each level on the scale of consciousness soon on my website.
List of Books by Dr David R Hawkins