Mental States

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.

Any thoughts?

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  3. jryanhaber says:

    Interesting Post. Thank you for outlining states of consciousness. I would invite you to look into the work of Genpo Roshi, and the Big Mind Process. The “Big Mind” Practice process is the only experiential process I have found for exploring both dualistic and non-dualistic states of consciousness in a group context.

    Also, please refer to my recent blog post for reflections on tools for the facilitation of shifts in consciousness and interdisciplinary perspectives on this.

    Accross the planet, gifted facilitators and visionaries create quite a following by applying insights from their personal explorations within states of consciousness, but there is not alot of work being done on the relationship between these movements.

    I understand Campbell has done some great work with this, I know that Ken Wilber has, and I want to learn more.

    Also, I enjoy looking at the fusion of various practices… the ones that have most deeply influenced me so far include those mentioned, the work of byron katie, the sedona method, the teachings of gay and kathleen hendricks, and genpo roshi’s work.

    Also seeming to get a lot of attention right now is the individuals who are applying principles from these explorations to the areas of high demand in the self-help movement. Financial Flow, Health, Relationship, and Sexuality are some examples, and the Sedona Method does a great job of applying non-linear perspectives to these hot topics in our society.

    Please check out my blog for more information, reflections, and practical applications of these tools, and please share your own experiences and understandings with me.

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  4. Davidya says:

    Hi Jonathan. Thanks for the feedback. I’ve seen a little bit of Genpo. I’m a fan of Adyashanti, also arising from Zen, who talks practically and clearly on the awakening process. You may also find diad and inquiry useful exercises, something the Ramana people like Gangaji use.

    Key tools for me have been an effortless meditation that connects me to source, learning to allow, gratitude as a practice, and simple observance of what comes up.

    Yes, at the moment, the various techniques are scattered and individuals are obliged to shop around and see what works for them.

    Ken Wilbur raises some big red flags for me. While he has some interesting ideas and has integrated diverse concepts, he also tries to shove things together that are not the same and discounts things that don’t fit his model. As his model is not complete, that becomes a serious flaw. Like Hawkins, its missing the top end which inherently limits its potential.

    I’ve found that only a few of the traditional paths see the higher levels of potential in full Unity – Zen, Tantra and Vedanta. Derivatives of these are the most likely to offer a clear vision of the path.

    Katie and Sedona I am only more recently aware of but others I respect speak well of them. Keep in mind though that both are for preparing. Awakening requires a deeper step.

    A surprise to me was Scheinfeld’s Busting Loose from the Money Game. It actually has almost nothing to do with money.

    I explored Enneagram’s a bit. Your points about the need for security and approval getting in the way of affluence are excellent. Your articles are extensive. Will have to browse your blog further.

    One tip – put the URL of your blog in the field for it on Comments pages. This gives people an easy link to your blog but also increases your visibility to search engines and social networks. Links are the way of the web…

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  6. Davidya says:

    for a review of the issues with Hawkins approach. Hawkins scale was developed by Levenson at Sedona, where they use it appropriately to gauge emotional state. Hawkins however stretches the idea into territory where emotions are not a good gauge and then uses the whole thing to make judgments of self and other. This is both unhealthy and a trap.

  7. Very interesting posts. I look forward to exploring further. My only comment would be that it seems that at this point in human evolution, the general dynamic of moving UP through these mental states of consciousness in the process of awakening, from lower to higher, that I would order them in reverse.

    But very thought provoking. Thank you.

  8. Davidya says:

    Yes, from a sense of rising, the order would be reversed indeed. This was an idea I was playing with at the time. Mental states are, like emotions, a symptom of conscious states. Our perceptions more directly reflect state. I have thus found the Perspectives model a more direct illustration of the dynamic as it covers both and more. But things like this can offer various ways of looking at it to help illuminate.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

  9. Davidya says:

    BTW – you may find the Gravatar service of use. It offers you an icon or picture to show up on blogs. Like the feather I use above.

  10. Thank you for both your comment and your suggestion. I will check that out. As you can see, I’m only just beginning to discover the ins and outs of blogging 😉 I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  11. Davidya says:

    Right. I had to ask other bloggers about that trick. Not an obvious one and separate from your blog settings.

    Theres layers and layers to it.
    You may also enjoy Barbara over on
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    Another thing I added (top right) is feedburner. Much better way to support subscriptions. Now part of Google.

    Free WordPress also supports a fair bit of customizing the right sidebar too. Something you can look at over time. Love the flexibility and if you decide to go hosted, you can export all your posts.

  12. Many thanks for your support, Davidya!

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