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Where Do You Live on the Map of Consciousness?

The differences between leading with power or force

Nearly 25 years ago, psychologist David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., proposed that human beings operate at different levels of consciousness. He outlined his research in a groundbreaking book called "Power vs. Force."

One can think of the levels of consciousness that Hawkins describes as forms of energy that a person exhibits -- either knowingly or unknowingly -- energies which, in turn, are perceived by others and often reacted to without the person emitting them being aware of it.

Interestingly, Hawkins argues that levels of consciousness can be scientifically measured. He developed a logarithmic scale to map these energies and calibrated them as consciousness levels that range from 1-1000. Individuals operating at the lower end of the scale (below 200), Hawkins posits, emit energies like guilt, shame, fear, apathy, anger, desire and pride, while people at higher levels of the scale demonstrate courage, acceptance, reason and love. 

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