“Listen to the sound of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, taste the flavor of a strong espresso, or feel the heat of a summer day. There is something that it’s like to have these experiences; something that is like to be conscious. Indeed, anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives”. “At the beginning of the 21st century, we know that life does not depend upon a vital essence, but we are still not sure about consciousness; [however], the scientific study of mental process has revealed that consciousness is not necessary for rational thought. Inferences can be drawn and decisions made without awareness. Consciousness studies are frequently criticized for failing to define precisely what consciousness is”.Schneider and Velmans, 2007.
Consciousness is the state or quality of sentience or awareness of internal or external existence. It has been defined variously in terms of qualia(*), subjectivity, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of self-hood or soul, the fact that there is something ‘that it is like’ to ‘have’ or ‘be’ it, and the executive control system of the mind. Despite the difficulty in definition, many philosophers believe that there is a broadly shared underlying intuition about what consciousness is. According to Max Velmans and Susan Schneider, “Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives.”Psychological Terms App
by Robert Fludd, an English Paracelsian physician 17th Century
(*) Qualia: The internal and subjective component of sense perceptions, arsing from stimulation of the senses by phenomena.
“Our minds are connected to a deeper layer of consciousness that speaks in terms of imagery and myths [to man] — Whether he understands or not, man must remain conscious of the world of the archetypes, because in it he is still a part of Nature and is connected to his own roots. A view of the world or a social order that cuts him off from the primordial images of life not only is no culture at all but, in increasing degree, is a prison or a stable”.Tom Buttler-Bowdon, p. 168
CCarl Gustav Jung (Switzerland,1895-1961) highlighted a number of his 12 archetypes, including the anima, the mother, the shadow, the child, the wise old man, the spirits of fairy-tales, and the trickster figure found in myths and history. The Twelve archetypes have been proposed for use with [personal] branding: Sage, Innocent, Explorer, Ruler, Creator, Caregiver, Magician, Hero, Outlaw, Lover, Jester, and Regular Person. See Conor Neill graphics below:
David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D, in his book Transcending the Levels of Consciousness – The Stairway to Enlightenment 2015; he explains that “The Map of Consciousness is therefore a very practical and pragmatic guide to understanding the evolutionary levels of consciousness to be transcended in the pursuit of spiritual advancement, enlightenment, or self-improvement. It also provides a pragmatic map of the obstacles to overcome in order to achieve more optimal levels of consciousness”.
Hawkins developed and utilized the map to explain The Evolution of Consciousness, focusing in the evolution of the ego, by saying that the ego is our biological inheritance, and without it, nobody would be alive to lament its limitations. “The ego can be seen as being of great benefit but prone to becoming unruly and causing emotional, psychological, and spiritual problems if not resolved or transcended”. Basically, looking at the map we can see from the bottom to top, starting by Despising, Vindictive up to Indifferent, where the calibration level is 200. All of those qualities from 200 down is very negative. Above 200 we start to see positive views going up to top scale which is 1000. According to Hawkins, very few people in the world can go over 500. For example, Mother Theresa would be above 750, and Jesus 1000; however, both are in the same log. Level 500 means that love is dominant as a persistent positive emotion and an influence in society, as well as a contributor to the elevation of the overall collective consciousness of mankind, he says.