In a recent post on Perspectives, I outlined another view of the states of consciousness or awareness we typically occupy at one stage or another. Steve Pavlina outlines Hawkins levels of consciousness from their emotional signatures. These emotional states can easily be placed on the Perspectives continuum. Another way to consider these is from Mental states.
Last night, I had a dream where I tried to help someone (they needed a Zed (laughs)) but when I was done, they were not to be found, then I lost the Zed. Goal and expectation dashed, I played the disappointment tape and jumped into what Eckhart Tolle calls the pain body, the emotional drama story. It was interesting to observe it consciously and remember a tape I had not played in many years but was common when I was younger. It was also interesting to see how I not just stepped into a story, but a whole role with its own reality. Pain body is a good term for it, but we tend to have several we use for different occasions. We also call these persona’s, roles, or stories. Indeed, all the world is a stage.
It’s worth observing at this point that Dream state of consciousness is an illusion playing out in the local mind. Dreams can be very perceptive but also may simply be processing recent experiences. Waking state, which a friend of mine describes as a state of mind rather than a state of consciousness, is the same thing. Only in waking we are in a group dream. Same mechanics and process. And indeed it illustrates the structure of consciousness – dreams within dreams. Sleep dream within individual waking dream, within Universal dream, within Gods dream. I discuss this more here.
The dream experience illustrated several states of mind and it seemed useful to run through them. Another view of the process. Hawkins emotional tree, a tree of awareness, and a tree of mind. Same thing from different places. Consider this a first draft, subject to revision. And keep in mind (ha ha) this is a continuum, not separate brains or anything.
1) No mind – At the top of the ladder would be the state of quiet mind without content. Where we simply be.
2) Innocent mind – receptive mind, active only to the flow within. Occasional thoughts, normally very insightful and powerful and directive. (having intention)
3) Intuitive mind – receptive but more associated with an experience. Flowing but more focused.
4) Process mind – early rational mind observing process and sequence, time arises
5) Intellect mind – the black/white differentiator, full duality and space.
6) Decisive mind – adds a pro and con valuation, the yes/no.
7) The Judge – the intellect adding good/ bad valuations.
The ego arises here, where we identify and become attached to our evaluations. It’s also the place where emotional latching can take hold. That is, the highest our pain body can reach.
8)- The Critic – the discounter, a focus on the no side. Usually of self but often directed at others.
9) The Gossip – the monger, the focus on the wrong in others. Tribal, peers focus.
10) The Predator – me vs. them, but still semiconscious, dominated by anger or need to control.
11) Unconscious – dominated by the emotional drama body, we act mindlessly. The zombie.
Closer to waking, the emotional body becomes conscious and clears of invested emotions. We continue to experience anger and fear but appropriately and occasionally as waves, washing over our feet.
12) Unmind – Instinctive. Dominated by the fear body, core identification, sees world as life and death play.
Close to the second waking, the core fear-based identity is lost and this becomes ‘conscious’, but in a less expressed way. Like a more grounded intuition.
It’s worth observing that this also reflects the process of manifestation, aside from the drama values.
The lower states are all reflective of increasing emotional disturbance and ego attachments. With the loss of that mistake of the mind, they largely dissipate, leaving one with only the higher mind values. Also, mind is then no longer trying to control, it is now a tool of awareness. It’s also worth noting that we shift around in these states throughout the day, like Hawkins emotional states. They essentially run tandem. For example we may be running in Intuitive mind, driving down the road. A bad driver drops us into The Critic. If we are prone to road range, to the Predator. A sudden near accident, and we drop into the Unmind briefly and respond automatically. This illustrates how lower mind is not necessarily negative but is typically clouded with lower emotions making it thus. After waking it simply becomes part of the spectrum of experience.
After clearing the ego, we would gradually lose 7 to 10, leaving us with a conscious emotional experience. Emotions dominated by an underlying bliss and love.