The States Of Mind
Our life is a number of successive events. We give each event our own subjective assessment, which generates a certain emotion in the body, followed by a reaction. We are not aware of either the assessment of the event or the emotion that arises in response. Our consciousness works much more slowly, registering the result of unconscious calculations - the reaction. At the same time, we firmly believe that this reaction is our conscious choice. We are convinced that only our assessment of the situation is correct, and our actions are adequate. Our mind makes a decision in a split of a second based on millions of scattered facts, and we can only realize its choice and convince ourselves that we did the right thing. (google Benjamin Libet experiment)
The same event can have a different assessment depending on the state of the mind at a given moment. Our thoughts, which are secondary to feelings, are guided by the limbic system of the brain and easily take on the tint of a background emotion. Oriental religions and philosophy schools have been studying this for thousands of years. Western scientists are also interested in this issue. Dr. David Hawkins has used Applied Kinesiology techniques for 20 years to create his Map of Consciousness. He used a manual muscle test on thousands of volunteers to determine basic states, their conditional numerical values of energy levels and their impact on others.
The result of his research can be represented as a line graph in the range of values from 0 to 1000:
Death (0) - Shame (20) - Guilt (30) - Apathy (50) - Grief (75) - Fear (100) - Desire (125) - Anger (150) - Pride (175) - Courage ( 200) - Neutrality (250) - Willingness (310) - Acceptance (350) - Reason (400) - Love (500) - Joy (540) - Peace (600) - Enlightenment (700-1000)
Below I will briefly outline their characteristics.
Serial killers and people who have experienced the loss of honor, reputation or trust of a significant person. This state is characterized by isolation, loneliness, shyness, perfectionism, severity, intolerance and fanaticism. They are often victims of abuse, who themselves become violent towards others. The tendency to accidents and suicidal behavior, the desire to become "invisible" is manifested here.
Often it manifests itself as concern about one's "sinfulness", obsession with the inability to do something, lack of emotions, blaming.
It is expressed as a state of despair, when the world around and the future looks bleak. This is a plight in all spheres of life, chronic illness and poverty. In this state, there is neither energy nor hope. A person avoids communication, is inactive, isolates himself from life. This is the level of most homeless people.
A state of loss and despondency, nostalgia for the past, regret and depression. These are very vulnerable, insecure people with low self-esteem. They are characterized by frequent health problems and a tendency to injuries and accidents.
Fear (100). Here, a person's attention is drawn to the past, he is easily deceived and he himself often lies. Fear sees danger in everything, creates disorder around itself and fights diseases and ailments for most of life, resentment and suppressed anger are characteristic of it.
This is the level of addiction, a state inherent in gambling addicts, shopaholics. Desire strives to satisfy instinctive needs, requires increased attention, annoys others with constant demands. It is characterized by accumulation and greed. The satisfaction of one desire immediately brings about the appearance of the next. This is the hedonist level.
This condition manifests itself as irritability, irascibility, increased sensitivity to disrespect, pugnaciousness, grumpiness, intolerance, and a rude sense of humor. A person unconsciously seeks to destroy someone else's point of view, uses threats to subordinate others. Suppressed anger can make a person dangerous and destructive.
A state of inflated ego and imaginary well-being. Usually enjoys a reputation in society and feels confident, however, entirely depends on external circumstances and on the object of his pride (money, authority, fame). The fear of losing it makes person to take a defensive position. People of higher rank cause anxiety, a desire to destroy their authority.
This is a kind of watershed. At this level, there is a transition from destructive to creative states. A person acquires proactivity, strength and ability to influence the world. Life in this state is seen as an interesting adventure full of discoveries and achievements. Here, resilience and determination appear, a willingness to try new things, to overcome fears and character flaws. Such people value and respect themselves, and their strength is constantly growing.
It manifests itself as flexibility, lack of desire to condemn, control and defend one's position, a sense of inner well-being and calmness. Ups and downs are accepted naturally, there is an inner confidence in oneself, with such people it is easy and comfortable.
These are successful people, builders of society and patrons. They work for the sake of others and achieve success in all endeavors without efforts. They learn easily and recover quickly from unpleasant events.
Here there appears the ability to see things without distortion and erroneous interpretations, full acceptance of life and responsibility for its creation. Perception deepens, compassion develops, acceptance of the rights of others and respect for equality. Such people are not intimidated by hard work, they are guided by long-term goals, and their skill and self-discipline amaze those around them.
The ability to cope with large amounts of information, conceptualize and comprehend what is happening, make quick and correct decisions. This is Albert Einstein, as a collective image and the last bar that the intellect can reach.
Unconditional, unchanging love, independent of external factors and the activity of the mind. Expansion of the presence, the ability to see the essence of things: not only the situation as a whole, but also the context, the experience of true happiness. It is communicating with the world through forgiveness, care, and support. At this level, there is a feeling that death is an illusion, and life goes far beyond the physical body.
Unlimited patience, true compassion, an unwavering positive attitude and a sense of responsibility for others. Such a person uses his abilities for the benefit of the whole world, and not for individuals. He has a strong influence on those around him, immersing them in his state.
The mind is filled with endless silence, the border between the subject and the object of perception is erased, the observer dissolves in the observed. There are no banal thoughts at this level, a person is able to change the world by his mere presence.
Enlightenment (700-1000). It is useless to write about this. This is the pinnacle of the evolution of human consciousness.
Basically, we balance between 3 - 4 adjacent levels. By directing our attention to the reality around us, we will inevitably react to it within the framework of the state of mind in which we are. Events only define conditions. Not understanding the true cause and effects, we often direct all our efforts to change the external circumstances, while we need to work on internal.
Despite the variability of the states, each person engaged in introspection can confirm that thoughts and feelings cannot be aware of themselves and there is always something greater and unchanging that perceives them. It is our consciousness. Self-awareness enables us to separate ourselves from the content of the mind, which, most likely, no other species on our planet can do. Despite our dependence on unconscious processes, we still have freedom of choice. Neither genetic nor parental determinism makes us hostages of our own mind. The seeds of all states are always present in it and it is in our power to choose which states to feed and which not. By raising the level of our consciousness, we will make the best gift for ourselves and the world. Even one minute spent in a higher state of mind can radically change the life!
‘Home’ is a reflection of my own process of spiritual search and inner transformation. The feeling of permanent dissatisfaction and anxiety prompted me to work actively to change myself. Soon it became the main motif of my art. The project consists of a series of digital photo collages (photo manipulations) for large scale high resolution printing (1-2 meters long). I shoot suitable pictures while traveling around the world. Then I create sculptures from different materials at home to combine everything seamlessly into one artwork. I pay special attention to the details of each artwork and its realism, trying to convey deliberately unrealistic images to photographically true appearance, easy to believe in. Each work in my series reflects a certain experience or insight that I came to in the process of spiritual practice. Black color here demonstrates closeness to the outside world, internal search. White is the color of purification, peace and perfection, loosing fears and excitements. For most modern people, transformation of personality is essential for true happiness. Perhaps this is also a necessary condition for the survival of humanity as a whole.