It’s been said that the levels of consciousness which we experience on a daily basis can in a way be quantified and measured. The above graphic shows author David Hawkins’ infamous “scales of consciousness” depiction, displaying several states we’re all very familiar with. It’s asserted that each of us as individuals tend to occupy a niche, or section, of this scale as we go about our daily lives.
The question then becomes: are you resonating with the lower half or upper half of this chart? Are your decisions made out of emotional states anchored in the lower end, or are you empowering yourself via choices imbued with the virtues of the upper portion?
Are you committing self-sabotage, or are you enabling yourself for personal advance?
If you’re finding that most of your emotions line up with the lower half of this chart, how many things on the following list ring true for you?
Kicking off our list is one of the most common experiences among people; the difficulty or inability to get up when their alarm goes off. Ever notice how people who struggle with getting out of bed seemingly incur more “bad days” than others? This is no coincidence. Psychology and human behavior shows us the importance of starting the day with good routines and habits, as this sets the tone for the rest of our experiences until we go to bed again.
What This Behavior is Showing You: That you’re presently unconscious of how valuable your time is, or else you’d be prioritizing and optimizing things a lot more effectively. Stress and coping can be reduced when one regains control of their day through time management.
Solution: The real issue here is establishing a positive habit for the start of each day. Set your alarm for the same time, seven days a week. It doesn’t matter if you have the weekends off; get used to appreciating what time actually allows you to do. There will be a full article on early rising in the coming weeks.
What This Did For Me: I get up at 4:30 am, seven days a week. I don’t always go to bed at the same time, but I get right up when my alarm sounds. For example, I did an interview with MyEmpoweredWorld.com Radio last night at 11pm. I’m usually in bed by 10:30pm, but didn’t hit the hay until well after midnight. despite my bedtime, I still got up at 4:30 to write this article.
While that may sound absurd to some (especially the college crowd), I’m infinitely grateful for enduring the challenge that it took to establish this empowering habit. My mood has never been as powerful and consistent as when I started consciously organizing my time. Having a set constant start to your day is something that has to be experienced to be appreciated!
How often do you find yourself feeling so physically full that you can barely stand up or sit down? Do you often eat until you’re full, or do you just keep going until you’re “satisfied”?
Over eating is a serious issue, and most people have borderline eating disorders without even being aware of it. Things like excessive snacking and binge eating are exceptionally popular with the college crowd. It can be tricky to become conscious of the abuse your body takes when you’re embedded in a world of tight schedules, deadlines, and a high level of social expectation.
More often than not, over eating stems from a psychological disposition (the fancy psychologist term for “unconscious block”) that the individual is currently unconscious of.
What This Behavior is Showing You: Are you perhaps compensating for a deeper, unconscious issue that you refuse to acknowledge? Is there a possibility that there’s a belief buried way deep down inside that instigates this behavior?
Solution: Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week, The 4-Hour Chef, and The 4-Hour Body offers a highly practical solution; take a picture of your meal with your phone before you consume it. This establishes a behavior pattern of conscious recognition of the choice you’re making, and allows a clear perspective instead of reason being overruled by hunger.
What This Did For Me: Growing up, I had the exact opposite problem; I never ate enough. I was (and still am) rather slim, but now I’m armed with nutritional knowledge. Since establishing my rigorous fitness routine, I’ve been packing on muscle mass since for over a year now with the help of healthy foods and portion sizes. Eating more was one of those things I should’ve started doing sooner, so I apologize for my lack of relate-ability on this one.
7. Eating Low-Quality Food
This ties in with the above. Low-quality food is extremely fast and convenient, but your body pays for it in the worst ways. Chemical imbalances due to high levels of artificial ingredients and fillers directly contributes to things like weight gain and sleep disorders (see #10), all of which can be avoided with a little nutritional knowledge.
Simply put, most people are incredibly unconscious of what they’re putting into their bodies, and they’re equally unconscious of what’s causing the disastrous effects that they experience as a result.
What This Behavior is Showing You: It’s important to become conscious of the effects that non-natural foods have on our bodies and minds.
Solution: Stop consuming fast food and soda all together, and start drinking water exclusively with meals. Replace one unhealthy snack with something natural that has less than five ingredients. Look up recipes for meals that you enjoy, and realize that it’s not that hard to prepare a nutritious meal on a budget. You can also apply the photo tip from above, as this will instantly make you more conscious of what you’re about to consume.
What This Did For Me: Switching to a mostly all-natural, whole foods diet about six years ago was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. You don’t have to go all gung-ho and refill your kitchen with new food, simply start making better choices when the situations arise. Don’t eat at McDonald’s; make a PB and J instead (especially if you can score some all-natural peanut butter and fruit preserves…
It’s gotten to the point where the effects of lousy food become immediately obvious when I ingest then on special occasions. Christmas day was one of those occasions. Can you say too much egg nog?
6. Having A Chemical Dependency
This one will ring true with the twenty-something crowd, but it’s equally applicable to individuals of all age groups. Little kids get addicted to sugar. As we mature, we begin to fancy things like tobacco and alcohol. Some may push it further and develop habits with hard drugs, of which the effects on life are obvious.
Some of these dependencies are much more subtle; caffeine is probably the most overlooked and blindly accepted stimulant out there.
And this is all coming from someone who absolutely LOVES coffee.
The workforce would probably collapse without coffee, but excessive caffeine intake can have disastrous effects on personal productivity if not monitored. Don’t think this is limited to recreational and hard drugs, though. Chemicals found in foods and drinks are just as susceptible to dependency.
What This Did For Me: Hello, my name is Jason, and I have a caffeine dependency.
There, I said it! Caffeine still has an incredibly strong grip on how I function through my daily routine. I tend to have anywhere between 3-5 cups a day (black), but sometimes I can go a bit overboard. This is one area where I have to be especially careful, because things can very easily spill over and cause sleeping issues, which then initiates a whole other chain of problems.
To be honest with you, at present, I have no intention of curbing my coffee habit. I get a clear boost when I time it right, and I experience few, if any of the negative symptoms. Perhaps one day that will all change, though!
Ramblings of a coffee fiend in denial, or genuine coffee appreciation? The world may never know!
What This Behavior is Showing You: Regardless of the simplicity or severity of the chosen chemical, all dependency behavior stems from a deep unconscious insecurity and/or fear in regards to something. You would not need to cope if you understood the situation entirely. This is a very common issue to have to deal with, and it goes well beyond the common perception of “addiction”.
Solution: Think. Deeply.
Think deeply about what you could accomplish if you could maintain focus on something for an extended period of time. How would uninterrupted work change your lifestyle? How would things improve if your mind and body weren’t constantly screaming for some foreign chemical fix…?
5. Associating With Negative People
It’s very easy to feel obligated to remain in contact with people who are less than optimal for our personality and values. Here’s the secret for getting past negative friends and acquaintances:
Whenever you get the “gut feeling” that something’s off about a particular person or situation, trust yourself and remove yourself. It’s as simple as that.
What This Behavior is Showing You: Negativity is so under-recognized and over-emphasized in our society. Negative people are like anchors, weighing down others who would otherwise be going after their goals. They are like toll keepers for the semi-conscious; let their behavior be a benchmark for avoidance.
Solution: Remove yourself from any person or situation that creates a feeling of ambiguity. I’m speaking of those situations that make you feel as if you’re being put on the spot in regards to making “the right choice”. Whenever you’re feeling heavily internally conflicted about any given thing, this is a huge sign that you need to expand your conscious awareness to account for “a piece” that’s currently “missing” from your “puzzle”.
At this stage it’s VERY important to not let fear override your decision making process, as this is a huge symptom of unconscious behavior. Reactivity is unconscious. Deliberate choosing of your next course of action is the epitome of conscious living.
What This Did For Me: Removing negative people from my life has become such a common occurrence, I don’t even contemplate it anymore. I pride myself on my ability to discern personalities before they become apparent to others; it’s something that you hone with practice and experience. There’s no room (or time!) for people who behave as anchors while we traverse the seas of life.
Cut them loose and watch your speed, productivity, and happiness increase.
4. Associating With Low-Conscious People
See the above and simply substitute “negative” with “low-conscious”.
3. Consuming Low-Quality Entertainment
It’s so much easier to just hit the couch and pop on the TV than it is to go get some exercise or work on that personal project.
Maybe you surf the internet aimlessly and endlessly for hours, getting sucked into YouTube and Facebook.
Maybe you get sucked into online gaming.
Whatever it is, you’re wasting your precious time, and you aren’t even aware of it.
What This Behavior is Showing You: That you’re presently unconscious of how valuable your time is, or else you’d be prioritizing and optimizing things a lot more effectively. Accepting low-quality rewards is a sign of someone who does low-quality work. This doesn’t mean you’re job isn’t valuable, it simply means that either you don’t value you work, or you’re engaged in work that you’re not passionate about. Escapism via low-hanging fruit is a symptom of such issues.
Solution: Instead of feeling the need to set aside time to escape the daily grind of a job you don’t care for/people who weigh you down, why not start creating a lifestyle that you don’t feel the urge to escape from?
What kind of work could you be doing that would make activities like watching TV or browsing YouTube obsolete? It’s your purpose to find that which makes you so excited and passionate, that you can’t wait to jump out of bed each morning (which consequently solves numbers 9 and 5!
What This Did For Me: I still catch myself getting stuck on the internet doing nothing of particular importance; it happens. The key is recognizing your own behavior so you can counteract it when it’s occurring. I highly suggest using Online Stopwatch if you’re interested in practicing becoming conscious of how long you’re spending on certain “tasks”. Set it for an hour, then go about your business. When the timer goes off, reflect on what you’ve managed to accomplish…or not accomplish.
2. Assuming Authority Knows What’s Best
This is a big one. Many people will let the threat of power (fear) override their reasoning, and thus make choices they’d probably otherwise not make if that weren’t the situation.
What This Behavior is Showing You: You have a deep-seated unconscious belief regarding fear, and the opinions of others regarding the consequences of your choices. So, you allow other seemingly-more-wise individuals to create highly arbitrary concerns and tasks for you out of the unconscious belief that you’re not competent enough to be your own boss in life.
Solution: Start becoming aware of choices which are contingent on fear. What this means is you need to start becoming conscious of the types of choices you’re already making which are fueled by fear. Here’s a hint to discover if fear is a motivating force in a crucial part of your life (such as your job): do you feel genuinely nervous about calling your boss and telling him you’re not coming in today? If the answer is yes, then you’re still allowing fear to control your decisions.
What This Did For Me: I’ve held more day jobs than I care to admit. I’ve dealt with more personalities than I can even recall. Every time I’ve moved on or decided to freelance instead of tolerate corporate (or retail) hell, I empowered myself.
All of my past experiences dealing with bullshit in the work place have tempered my will and focus so strongly, that to say I’ve got the determination to succeed on my own is a severe understatement. It feels good making your own choices, even if they aren’t the “right ones” at first. Through time, you cultivate discernment, and you start appreciating your own choices more and more.
1. Forgetting That You Have The Power To Choose
This is the one that ties all of the above together – and then some. Every single item on this list is a symptom of an underlying issue caused by a series of choices that were made unconsciously.
By becoming conscious of things such as time, who we associate with, what we put into our bodies – we allow ourselves to recognize that there is more than one option, and that we are free to choose any option based on nothing more than our own preference.
This is an incredibly empowering realization to come to.
If you forget that you have the power to choose, nothing else matters.
The foundation for conscious living is recognizing and applying freewill choice toward expanding one’s growth. If you aren’t aware of all the options that you have, or allow someone/something to convince you that only one of the options is the correct choice, then you’re allowing someone else to do your thinking for you.
This is the most subtle mental trap that most people never, ever recognize.
Choice is the valve through which consciousness is released into the material world.
What this behavior is telling you is that you need to start becoming more conscious of your power to choose the various elements that make up what we call “daily life”.
The solution is to start focusing on your thoughts and feelings, and how these effect the types of choices you’re already making.
And it all starts by consciously making new sets of choices which override and replace the old ones.
There’s no better time than right now to begin living consciously!
Also, in case you were wondering throughout the article – here’s 5 Signs that YOU Might be An Askhole
About the author:
Jason Demakis a frequent Expanded Consciousness contributing writer. Read more of Jason’s articles HERE. Jason is best known for his writings of consciousness and meditation, and has profound knowledge in each.
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