10 Levels of Consciousness – Which One Are You At?

///10 Levels of Consciousness – Which One Are You At?

levels of consciousness

Many spiritualist or esoteric traditions have mapped out levels of consciousness. The below system proposes 10 distinct levels of consciousness:

1. The physical level of consciousness

On the first level of consciousness, you identify with the physical and material realm completely. You are an embodiment your external environment, with all its positive and negative aspects. You’ve internalized the values of society at large, and you define yourself in terms of your material successes and status. If you’re unsuccessful and poor, you accept things as they are and believe that efforts for success will be fruitless.

2. The rumblings from beneath

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. You spend more time alone and start to feel unmoved by the lifestyle that can be got with money and consumerism. You become attracted to learning about yourself. You begin to distinguish between sex and love, and between superficial power and real power.

3. Emerging

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. 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.

4. From passive to active

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. 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.

5. Inner balance

By the time you’ve reached the 5th level, 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. You’ve stopped living for the admiration and acceptance of others, and you’ve started to live for yourself. You begin to offer service to others based on your own desire to give. You devote time to meditation, creating, and celebrating existence. You make compromises with others and your ego concerns diminish. You begin to manifest your spiritual being in the physical world and in your relationships.

6. Bridging the gap

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. 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. You meditate often and become someone who can resolve conflicts and offer others guidance.

7. Manifesting spirit

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. 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.

8. Beginnings of fusion

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.

9. Presence

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. 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.

10. Dissolution of self and ascendance

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. 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.

Which level of consciousness have you reached, and what means have you used to get there?

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Caroline Hindle

Caroline Hindle is a freelance writer, editor, and translator living in Athens, Greece. She has an MA in Ancient World Studies, but has a wide spectrum of interests, including philosophy, history, science, literature, politics, morality, and popular culture.




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By | 2017-01-13T21:46:53+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Categories: Self-Improvement, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , |13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Phuc vu November 18, 2016 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Hey Caroline
    I am going through a spiritual awakening and my level of consciousness I feel like I’ve experienced all levels I guess only I would know that but it’s freaking me out because I have to learn to control it while still in this physical 3 dimension universe plagued with evil money hungry greedy sons of bitch government Rothschild illuminati mother fuckers.

  2. Otto Hunt November 18, 2016 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    10 levels implies it is a lot of work/time. Not so in my experience. Simply abandon the mindset of independent existence, which is not supported by science, anyway.

    Even animals can “get there” according to Ramana Maharshi.

  3. Darc November 19, 2016 at 6:26 am - Reply

    As you are still concerned about the world’s greed power money you are still in 2nd stage(the questioning) you have to be a communist brother.they have same idealogy like you do.As for your comment you are still dumb

  4. Er.Akshay Pasalkar-Deshmukh November 19, 2016 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    I’m 19 years old…
    I have experienced level 1,2,3,4

  5. Ed Hare March 12, 2017 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    I do have to notice, however, that the infinite and egoless self is also striving to be and become we individual consciousness. Perhaps our own feeling of self represents a higher level of awareness, too. To believe that spiritual progress can only occur in one direction is a thought that limits how much we can see of the nature of being of the Universe.

  6. Jonathan March 12, 2017 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Idk what i would call the level i have reached……but i feel connected to the trees, the birds the dirt and i look at others with love. I understand it is the utmost powerful energy. I have trouble explaining it and can feel so much like a veil or film has been lifted and i can actually “see” now……good read.

  7. Alex March 13, 2017 at 3:50 am - Reply

    in my experience it is not a ladder with steps. it is like a switch. it is either on or off. the moment you get impatient or frustrated, it is off again. the levels are , how long can you let it on, and go through the world, without getting pulled down. once you had your first 24 hour period, you know, you can withstand any situation or circumstances. anyone can be happy and nice, in a friendly and loving situation. but if you can stay calm and loving in unpleasant circumstances, then you are on the other side. nothing can bother you any more. you are not a slave anymore, you are free!

  8. Eric March 26, 2017 at 4:50 am - Reply

    I’m not sure how high but probably to 8, and that was not even what I would say my own presence, but one planted into me. I was very involved in astrology at the time, namely horoscopes, which told me who I was, how I could act, and what would happen to me. Great spiritual boost as I was told constantly everyday that how special I was, I suffered multiple heart problems and a lot of stressful situations determining the correct path. In the end, I learned that the influence I had was superficial, wrong, and not permanent. Days later after I abandoned the practice, my influence left me.

  9. Lee Han April 23, 2017 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I’m 15 and I experienced up to level 7 and I feel I’m transitioning into level 8

  10. Kim June 12, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

    I’m am certainly level 6 and moving up as a dream led me to this site. I was shopping and had to continuously walk up flights of stairs to get to the next level. I was stuck on level 6 and there were ten levels to reach. I believed I had reached all ten in a previous time or lifetime and was shopping and moving up the stairs/ levels again.

  11. Susan July 8, 2017 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    From what I’ve learned this is not a linear process… two steps forward, one step back. I can’t state a level based on this model but have lived in the Witness state for quite a few years now. Am more inclined to use the We than the i. Longtime reader of Ken Wilber’s earlier books.

  12. Lin July 13, 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7 are done…still in Nr. 8, i think ☺️

  13. Joe Average October 14, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Stupid question from me, a hypocrit – but if you write that you are level 7 or higher – are you really that…???

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