Your attitude creates your experience of life

Nothing out there has power over you.

It isn’t life’s events but how one reacts to them and the attitude that one has about them that determines whether such events have a positive or negative effect on one’s life, and whether they are experienced as an opportunity or threat.

In David R Hawkins book Power vs Force, he describes a scale of consciousness from guilt and shame at the bottom to peace and enlightenment at the top. Levels between these extremes correlate with specific processes of consciousness – emotions, perceptions, attitudes, world views and spiritual beliefs.

The state of consciousness you are in or choose to adopt has a direct impact on your experience of a situation. A redundancy may be traumatic to one person, a release into freedom for another. Economic recession can be a source of stress for one person, an opportunity for another.

In an extremely slimmed down form, the scale looks something like this:

Enlightenment                        Very high energy
Peace
Joy
Love
Reason
Acceptance
Willingness
Neutrality
Courage                                 Pivot point
Pride
Anger
Desire
Fear
Grief
Apathy
Guilt
Shame                                    Very low energy

 

So what? The impact of this scale is that the attitude or level of consciousness you adopt will shape your experience of a situation.

For example, if you are frightened of your boss, dealing with him or her will be traumatic for you. If however, you adopt an attitude of acceptance for your boss, dealing with them will be easier and a more pleasurable experience – your experience of a situation is determined by your attitude, or put another way from your ‘being’.

The beauty of this scale is that you can move your position on it consciously. If you want to ‘feel good’ you will need to be operating at the levels from courage upwards – the higher you go the better you will feel. If you want to feel inspired (high up the scale) you will not be able to do so if your energy level is at that of apathy. The jump in energy can be achieved in seconds or can take a lifetime of struggle, depending on your attitude to it.

Research cited by Hawkins shows that 85% of the human race operates at a level below courage. Only 4% of the worlds population calibrates at a level higher than love. Individuals will have short peaks of the higher levels (those magic times in your life when everything seems to go really well – occasions that you might describe as ‘great’) but over a period of time, people tend to be consistent in their operating levels unless they consciously and deliberately address them.

So we live in a world where people’s attitude shapes their reality, and most people’s reality is fear based, and centered on their personal survival.

You can change your reality and experience of life by changing your attitude. The problem is that a change in attitude like that needs courage as a minimum to succeed. It is a quality I look for in potential coaching clients – do they have the courage to take themselves on, because they are not going to get what they say they want if they are continuously operating at levels below this. Unanimously, those who become clients do have that courage, and it is that which carries them forward, and their experience shifts – greater things become possible in their lives.

My work involves removing the unseen blocks in people which enables them to operate at least from a position of courage. Once that is done, their higher potential can be accessed, and they get to be at their best.

Do contact me if you would like to know more about how this fascinating scale applies to you personally.

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About theclaritycoach

Paul Stonehouse is an experienced coach, educator and speaker, and is completely committed to helping people perform at their best. His particular passion is helping people move forward when they are stuck, enabling them to live and work a in a way which is a confident expression of their true selves.
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