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Levels of Consciousness

There are layers or levels to a human being’s consciousness. These are peeled and unveiled one by one as a person matures and grows in both knowledge and experience. Although there are gifted people whose levels of consciousness appear advanced already even at a young age.

There are 7 levels of consciousness which are as follows: level 1, deep sleep; level 2, dreaming; level 3, unresponsive waking state; level 4, self-awareness; level 5, normal consciousness (passive or reactive); level 6, active consciousness; level 7, transcendental consciousness. Other cultures and belief systems however classify consciousness in different ways.

People who exhibit higher levels of consciousness are considered as enlightened ones, yogis, or geniuses. One of which is the ‘father of psychology’ Sigmund Freud, whose research on neuropsychology paved the way to information regarding human consciousness.

Over the years, philosophers and thinkers have come up with a way to organize mind’s level of thinking, and among the resulting paradigms, the Freud levels of consciousness is the one widely accepted today. Freud’s levels of consciousness are composed of the id, ego, and superego. These are also often referred to as the conscious, pre-conscious, and unconscious.

The conscious level is where all active thoughts and thought processes reside. The pre-conscious is where dormant thoughts or memories are stored, which can be easily called at will and influence the consciousness. The unconscious level is where dreams, wishes, urges, and other memories are kept.

Another theory on the human mind states that there are 7 levels of consciousness. The first level is survival, where we act on our physiological needs. The second level is the relationship level, where we develop interpersonal relationships to ensure our safety and survival. The third level is self-esteem, where we develop our emotional side which helps us love and become loved, thus, ensuring our safety and make us feel that we belong.

Level four is a transition from merely fulfilling needs for security and physical needs, wherein we begin to look forward to higher needs. It is a shift from our own good to the common good. The fifth level is internal cohesion, which involves meeting the needs of our soul more than our body.

The sixth level is making a difference where we actualize the meaning in our life to ultimately achieve level seven, which is service, where we perform acts of selfless service because we have already achieved self-actualization. These levels of human consciousness are said to be tools which can guide us in attaining our personal goals and help us in thinking freely and with purpose, and achieve whatever we want in life.

Another great psychiatrist, Dr. David Hawkins, developed a map to illustrate the levels of human consciousness.

He quantified consciousness into a scale, which are as follows: enlightenment 700-1000, peace 600, joy 540, love 500, reason 400, acceptance 350, willingness 310, neutrality 250, courage 200, pride 175, anger 150, desire 125, fear 100, grief 75, apathy 50, and guilt 30.