Lately, I have been thinking a lot about motivation as it relates to intentions in our lives.
The book Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins has introduced me to a very interesting concept regarding motive, paradigms, and power. Though I am skeptical of many of the scientific elements he brings to the table, I have been fascinated by the spiritual ideas.
In the book, Mr. Hawkins suggests that the way we view and interact with the world relates to a specific level of consciousness. He believes we often stay within the same consciousness level most of our lives, but I personally believe that we may jump between these levels depending on our mood, experiences, and spiritual growth.
Mr. Hawkins describes the following levels.
The levels in coral depict those which use power. Operating from one of these levels creates an effortless pull of good things, situations, and opportunities to you.
Meanwhile, the levels in gray demonstrate the levels of force, according to Mr. Hawkins. Force levels require you to go out there and ‘take’ the good things, situations, and opportunities that you’d like.
It all boils down to a “push” vs. “pull” way of living and being.
At first glance, this may either seem amazing or a little too woo-woo.
Regardless of the concept’s abstract nature, I’ve found some tangible, “spiritually practical” ways to implement these ideas with great results in my own life.
Lately, whenever I’m faced with a difficult personal conflict, business decision, or other mental quandary, I now try to determine which level I’m currently operating from.
Chances are, if I’m having a conflict, I’m looking at the circumstances from a gray, forceful level. Coming up with a solution for the problem on the same, or nearby gray level, will still leave me frustrated and at a standstill.
However, when I pause and ask myself:
“At what level would I need to look at this situation in order to find peace and a new solution?”
… A new way of being, thinking, and feeling emerges.
Is it always easy to remove the emotions tying me to the gray level I was previously operating in?
In fact, funny story… I just had “a situation” occur in the middle of writing this post.
Yep, about one minute ago I spilled my coffee out of the blue onto my new MacBook Pro (which means I’m now typing this portion of the post on Mr. Lively’s super old laptop).
I easily could have felt angry about the unforeseen setback, guilty about my clumsiness, and afraid that it might do some real damage.
But thanks to writing this post, I immediately was reminded of the power levels. Heck, I just needed to look at my screen rather than the coffee puddles to find that I needed to rise to the level of acceptance in order to find the peace about the situation.
I can accept that I will spend the rest of the day doing work from this different computer and be thankful that I have a computer to work on at all. I can also accept that I will find out if any serious damage has been done when Mr. Lively gets home to investigate.
So there you go. Though the idea of consciousness levels might be a bit “out there” for some, but it can really be useful.
Especially if you spill coffee on your laptop.