A critical response point in the scale of consciousness calibrates at the level of 200, which is the level associated with integrity and courage. This is the balance point between weak and strong attractors, between negative and positive influence.
At the levels below 200, the primary impetus is personal survival, although at the very bottom of the scale – the zone of hopelessness and depression – even this motive is lacking. The slightly higher levels of Fear and Anger are characterized by egocentric impulses arising from this drive of personal survival. At the level of Pride, the survival motive may expand to comprehend the survival of others as well. Approximately 85% of humanity resides below the consciousness level of 200. Humanity as a whole resides at the level of 207. As one crosses the demarcation line between negative and positive influence into Courage, the well-being of others becomes increasingly important. Arriving at the level of 500, the happiness of others emerges as the essential motivating force. The high 500’s are characterized by interest in spiritual awareness both for oneself and others, and by the 600’s, the good of mankind and the search for enlightenment are the primary goals. From 700 to 1,000, life is dedicated to the salvation of humanity.
An individual’s level of consciousness is determined by the principles to which one is committed. To maintain progress in consciousness there can be no wavering from principle, or the individual will fall back to a lower level. Expediency is never an adequate justification. If it’s wrong to kill another human being, that principle can allow no exceptions, regardless of how emotionally appealing a rational may be used to justify the exception. Thus, a society that condones capital punishment will always have a problem with murder – both are products of the same level of perception. After all, to the murderer, the killing of the victim is a justifiable exception.
Once a principle is breached, its mutated form propagates like a cancer. A society that supports killing – whether by war, by the police, or by the penal system – can’t at the same time effectively stop “criminal” killing. To kill is to kill is to kill; there’s no escaping that fact. The decision to kill or not to kill is a basic issue on the path to real power; but this rudimentary step hasn’t even been addressed by 85% of the world’s population or by virtually any of its governments.
The more immediate “problem” of Right and Wrong that always diverts our societal focus only exists as a function of perception based at the lower levels of consciousness. Little children must be taught that dangerous behaviors are “wrong,” but as they grow older, discernment should replace moralism. Whether or not it’s wrong to kill other human beings may be a moral dilemma at lower levels of consciousness; at higher levels the very question is ridiculous. Conventional morality is therefore a provisional substitute for the faculty of higher consciousness. Moralism, a by-product of duality, becomes insignificant as the consciousness level rises through the 500’s, and is irrelevant at the level of 600.
Merely to reach a stage where on functions primarily from Reason requires a major evolution in the consciousness to the 400’s, which is a very powerful level in world society – Freud, Einstein and Descartes calibrate at 499, the level of humanism. But reason, so vulnerable to loss of perspective through self-absorption, has in the long run never provided humanity with any solid moral, or even intellectual certainty. Again and again it has, to the contrary, led from the chaos of ignorance to an equally baffling convoluted cerebral maze. Any increased infusion of the influence of truth into the collective human consciousness gives us cause for greater hope than what tends inevitably to be a rather gloomy worldview.
Although only 15% of the world’s population is above the critical consciousness level of 200, the collective power of that 15% has the weight to counterbalance the negativity of the remaining 85% of the world’s people. Because the scale of power advances logarithmically, a single avatar at the consciousness level of 1,000 can, in fact, totally counterbalance the collective negativity of all of humankind.
Were it not for these counterbalances, humankind would self-destruct out of the sheer mass of its unopposed negativity. Fortunately, the power difference between a loving thought and a negative thought is so enormous as to be beyond comprehension; even a few loving thoughts during the course of a day more than counterbalances all of our negative thoughts.
To be operational, truth must not simply be “true,” but also knowable; yet each level of truth is unknowable to the levels below it and has no validity beyond its own territory. Thus we can conclude that all levels of truth as we know it – within the dimension of ordinary human functioning – are examples of dependent truth, whose veracity is totally contingent on a given set of parameters; i.e. it’s only true from your particular vantage point in this moment.
Ignorance does not yield to attack, but dissipates in the light, and nothing dissolves dishonesty faster than the simple act of revealing the truth. The only way to enhance one’s power in the world is by increasing one’s integrity, understanding and capacity for compassion. If the diverse populations of humankind can be brought to this realization, the survival of human society and the happiness of its members is secure.
The initial effect of taking responsibility for the truth of one’s life is to raise the lower energy levels to 200, which is the critical level that true power first appears and is the stepping-stone to all of the higher levels. The Courage to face truth leads eventually to Acceptance, where greater power arises at the level of 350. Here, there’s sufficient energy to solve the world’s problems. This, in turn, leads to the yet greater power available at 500, the level of Love. Knowing our own – and everyone else’s – human foibles gives rise to forgiveness, and then to compassion. Compassion is the doorway to Grace, to the final realization of who we are and why we’re here, and to the ultimate Source of all existence.