Multiple stages of Consciousness post was inspired by a multiple of insights over the years. As those whom follow my blog regularly, may notice my interest in the human psyche, and the concept of consciousness. As 80% of our communication is body language, could it be that 80% of consciousness is unconscious as well? Just a thought. Science is beginning to take note of consciousness, and taking in consideration the scientific findings in Psychology and even esoteric religions/beliefs. Below information may not particularly be ‘evidence based’, but they are a point of contact to expand your mind and maybe, change your perceptions past your perceived reality of things.
“Many spiritualist or esoteric traditions have mapped out the idea that people’s consciousness could exist at different levels.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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 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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
Next source is in related to the 5 States of Consciousness through a psychological perspective versus the philosophical perspective.
Consciousness is defined as our subjective awareness of ourselves and our environment (Koch, 2004). The experience of consciousness is fundamental to human nature…
The study of consciousness has long been important to psychologists and plays a role in many important psychological theories. For instance, Sigmund Freud’s personality theories differentiated between the unconscious and the conscious aspects of behavior, and present-day psychologists distinguish between automatic (unconscious) and controlled (conscious) behaviors and between implicit (unconscious) and explicit (conscious) memory…
Some philosophers and religious practices argue that the mind (or soul) and the body are separate entities. For instance, the French philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650), shown in Figure 6.1, was a proponent of dualism, the idea that the mind, a nonmaterial entity, is separate from (although connected to) the physical body. In contrast to the dualists, psychologists believe that consciousness (and thus the mind) exists in the brain, not separate from it. In fact, psychologists believe that consciousness is the result of the activity of the many neural connections in the brain, and that we experience different states of consciousness depending on what our brain is currently doing…
The study of consciousness is also important to the fundamental psychological question regarding the presence of free will. Although we may understand and believe that some of our behaviors are caused by forces that are outside our awareness (i.e., unconscious), we nevertheless believe that we have control over, and are aware that we are engaging in, most of our behaviors... psychologists are increasingly certain that a great deal of our behavior is caused by processes of which we are unaware and over which we have little or no control…
Consciousness allows us to plan activities and to monitor our progress toward the goals we set for ourselves. And consciousness is fundamental to our sense of morality — we believe that we have the free will to perform moral actions while avoiding immoral behaviors.
But in some cases, consciousness may become aversive — for instance, when we become aware that we are not living up to our own goals or expectations, or when we believe that other people perceive us negatively. In these cases, we may engage in behaviors that help us escape from consciousness; for example, through the use of alcohol or other psychoactive drugs…
Last source is from a blog related to both psychological and philosophical states of consciousness. I placed the headers of the article here, if you are intrigued to read more, click the hyperlinks. Enjoy!
Consciousness is a term used to describe the experience of awareness…
The daily fluctuations of energy levels are known as the circadian rhythm and play and important role in human consciousness. Sometimes referred to as the body’s “clocks,” these daily rhythms have a major impact on your consciousness as well as a wide number of physiological states. Understanding these biological and environmental rhythms can tell you a great deal about how body clocks can influence states of consciousness…
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