The Seven Levels Of Consciousness

Human consciousness is a spectrum, like light.  If you run light through a prism you can then see bands of different colors: red, orange, green, blue, etc.  Consciousness can be looked at the same way.  We’ve all heard the expression “Looking through rose colored glasses.”  The saying illustrates the principle that the “glasses”, or way of looking at the world, colors everything which is viewed through those lenses.  Each of the different levels of consciousness is like a different colored pair of glasses.  The world will look different through each pair.  So if one person views the world from the second level of consciousness, it will look very differently than it will to someone who is viewing the world through the fifth level of consciousness.  Here are the Seven Levels Of Consciousness as I describe them, and the estimated percentages of the world’s population that is operating primarily at each level:

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Consciousness And Extrasensory Perception
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ConsciousHeadJPG     We are at an interesting place in history.  Science and spirit are coming together on a “fringe” topic- extrasensory perception.  For thousands of years spiritualists, religious visionaries and mystics have spoken of “psychic” experiences.  These run a wide gamut.  Many have reported being able to sense or communicate with others across space, time and even death.  People have reported factual information they become aware of in some way other than the 5 senses.  Many have had the experience of a dream or premonition where they “see” something happening in the future, before it does in fact, actually occur.  The examples go on and on.  And many have had such experiences and never discussed them for fear of being ridiculed for believing in something so “preposterous”.

But science is rapidly adding insight into what may be the substructure of extra-sensory perception.  Quantum mechanics and string theory paint a picture of “space” as a seething cauldron of energy in a constant state of interchange- the quantum ocean if you will.  We also know that human thoughts and emotions radiate as electromagnetic waves;  We now have equipment sensitive enough to detect it.  So the picture emerges of humans as being much like radio stations, broadcasting signals out into space.  And we are rapidly learning how humans can also tune into and read those waves, much like a radio.  Lynne McTaggart in her book The Intention Experiment does an excellent job of walking through some of the cutting edge science on this fascinating subject.  She also has a very extensive bibliography of scholarly research from which she drew.  I highly recommend her book to anyone who is interested in delving deeper.

So what once appeared like fantasy and the stuff of legend and fairy tale, is on it’s way to looking much more like the very down to earth phenomenon of radio waves.  The veil of mystery is being peeled back ever more rapidly.  The real mystery is no longer whether it happens, but exactly how- how we are able to sift through ocean of thought waves and tune in to the particular signals that we do pick up.  No doubt science will have much to say on the subject in the coming years.

But from a consciousness standpoint, the significance of our growing pool of understanding, is a greater willingness of people to open up and share about their “psychic” experiences.  There is also a growing hesitance on the part of “nonsensitive,” “grounded” people, to dismiss or ridicule those who are more “sensitive”.  When there’s a rational, understandable explanation for what they experience, it’s a lot less “spooky” or “weird”.  And with the more open sharing that is resulting, we have the opportunity to come to know each other better and share a richer dialogue on the multitude of flavors and wrinkles within this experience we call life.

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Let me set out at the beginning, what this blog is about.  The simple answer is consciousness.  But the real answer is much longer than that.  The subject of consciousness touches every aspect of reality.  It impacts how we view, interpret and respond to the events in our lives.  It colors how we see and understand the motives, words and actions of those around us.  And perhaps most fundamentally, it shapes the very core of who we are as individuals.

The subject of consciousness is so vast, it would be impossible to cover all the aspects of our lives that it reaches.  So in this blog, I will focus on looking at, raising questions about, and discussing how we can use consciousness to make our lives richer.

One of the things I have learned over the course of my study of consciousness, is that there is a wealth of insights and experiences out there, that people are afraid to share.  Many are reluctant to discuss them because they fear being judged or looked upon as weird or eccentric, or perhaps even worse.  And yet I have often found that many of these people “on the fringe” who have these unusual experiences of consciousness, have many common experiences among themselves.  They just haven’t realized that their “strange” experiences, are not all that uncommon, because they don’t often run across each other.

So I will use this blog to discuss some of these experiences on their behalf.  Part of my mission is to connect these previously “isolated” people, with others of like mind.  My hope is that by gathering together the embers, the fire and light of conscious evolution might be stoked.  Welcome to the campfire of an earthwide village- pull up a log and make yourself at home!

John Smotherman January 19, 2013