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Theme of the Week: Levels of Soul Development

There are certain themes that seem to recur often in my work, and the concept of "soul level" is one of them. I think that people have an inherent, albeit subconscious most of the time, understanding that not everyone is working from the same textbook, as it were. Some like to think of themselves as being more "evolved" than others, and I get this - it's nice to think we're good at something with which others are still struggling. So, let's talk about this idea.

But first, I want you to very quickly pick an adjective to complete each of the following two statements for yourself:

  1. God is ___________ .

  2. Life is ___________ .

Do you have your answers? Excellent! You may want to jot them down now, before moving on.

A long time ago, I read a thought-provoking article on Steve Pavlina's blog about this topic. The blog talked about a book called Power v. Force by David Hawkins. I decided not to read the book (the reasons for which I trust will become apparent as you read on), but I still quite like the way he selected and ranked the various levels of soul development, as shown in the chart below.

Here's how I'd suggest using this chart:

  1. Find the word most similar to your answer to question 1 in column 1, "God-View". Note the "Level" of this answer.

  2. Find the word most similar to your answer to question 2 in column 2, "Life-View". Note the "Level" of this answer.

  3. If the two answers are on different levels, don't worry. Proceed to the next step.

  4. See this pdf for the description the book gives of each level. If your levels from steps 1 and 2 were different, reading the descriptions of the levels may help you to pick one. I think it's not as important to pick the "right level", as it is to have a general idea of the section of the chart where you're spending most of your time at the moment.

The best thing that I got out of reading this information was the idea that no one can skip levels of soul development. If someone in your life is living in a level of Anger, for example, there is absolutely nothing you can do to bring that person up to a level of Love. He or she has to move through Pride, Courage, Neutrality, etc., spending time in each level before Love is possible.

I also liked the idea that there are "gateway" levels, sort of like moving from middle school to high school. The book talks about Courage being THE gateway, but I think that Desire and Reason are gateways just as important as Courage, and are a useful way of narrowing down a person's probable level of soul development. Does the person want things, or do they just take what comes, dealing with life the best they can? Does the person show emotional courage in relationships, or fall back on being self-centered? Do they apply reason, or just blindly believe?

However, I also believe there are some major problems with the information in the pdf I linked you to earlier. For one, I feel that the descriptions of the levels at both ends of the spectrum are very flowery and overblown. In my mind, this is probably because the writer is himself somewhere in the middle of the spectrum and has either forgotten or can't understand those levels.

In addition, the information about how many people are at each level, and where "society" is as a collective level feels wildly inaccurate to me. I would also encourage you to ignore everything on the third page of the pdf document. For further reading on this subject, Google is your friend.

And finally, lest you think your excellent level of soul development makes you somehow better than those at lower levels, or worse than those at higher levels, can I go ahead at disabuse you of that notion?

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