It is therefore imperative that people begin to break-away from non-developmental social conditioning and make efforts to make compassionate intent a part of our everyday experience. This includes being conscious of the type of impacts we receive, and to avoid those impacts and influences that are negative in favour of those that are positive. For example, true words encourage us and give us strength because we instinctively recognize truthfulness – our body consciousness reacts to this, even if indirectly as through the form of galvanic skin response, pupil response, or through our electrical nerve responses. In short, our body feels the essence of what impacts us, and negative or false information weakens us. This concept was researched scientifically through testing muscle strength. Dr. David Hawkins has written extensively on how muscle testing shows that various impacts create either strong or weak reactions from the body. In his work he relates how people who listened to lies proved to exhibit a weakened muscle reaction, whilst those who listened to positive words and statements showed a strong muscle response.
In his work Dr. Hawkins further notes how particular language ‘attractors’ such as Shame, Guilt, Apathy, Grief, Fear, Desire, Anger and Pride serve as negative, energy depleting emotions. Higher energy attractors are the positive words/emotions such as Courage, Willingness, Acceptance, Reason, Love, and Joy. According to Dr. Hawkins, over 99% of humans calibrate below the level of Joy; which is a saddening thought. What this also tells us is that our whole body functions as our mind – an extended mind. As such, our whole body can respond in empathy, and be strengthened through empathy and compassion. We need to listen more to our bodies, the information they give to us, and trust in this part of our mind – and not just the thoughts coming from our head upstairs. When the mind is receiving ambiguous impacts and news, it is the body we can often rely on to give us more accurate and truthful information.
Furthermore, during moments of cultural and social disorder/disequilibrium the human mind often works with an energy and intensity not manifested when social patterns are stable and monotone. At such dynamic periods there can be the realization that no individual is isolated; that each person is interwoven into a vibrant network and web of psychological, emotional, and spiritual interrelations. Such realizations can be heightened during periods, such as now, when it appears that human consciousness is moving through a time of critical transition.
Our self-awareness over the nature of human consciousness has been increasing greatly over the last several decades. The latest findings in the new sciences (especially quantum and neuroscience), in consciousness studies, in the popularity for inner and self-development, etc, all indicate a new awareness emerging within our collective consciousness. It is interesting to note that according to the research of Dr. David Hawkins human consciousness was dangling at below the 200 level (190) for many centuries before it suddenly rose up to its present higher level some time in the mid 1980s. The overall average level of human consciousness stands at 207 (as of late 1990s). Hence, many past predictions and prophecies of doom may have been avoided because they relate to a time when human consciousness was below the 200 level. For the world to stay at levels below 200 over a prolonged period of time would, says Dr. Hawkins, cause a great imbalance that would likely lead to humanity’s demise. When one’s consciousness falls below 200 at any given moment a person begins to lose power and thus grow weaker and more prone to be manipulated by one’s surroundings, says Dawkins. Now, however, human consciousness is on the rise; and as it rises it has the capacity to affect – or infect – other minds. As Dawkin indicates:
The power of the few individuals at the top counterbalances the weakness of the masses:
1 individual at level 300 counterbalances 90,000 individuals below level 200
1 individual at level 400 counterbalances 400,000 individuals below level 200
1 individual at level 500 counterbalances 750,000 individuals below level 200
1 individual at level 600 counterbalances 10 million individuals below level 200
1 individual at level 700 counterbalances 70 million individuals below level 200
What this tells us is that as human consciousness rises it has an exponential capacity to affect others around, like an expanding energy wave. What this tells us is that individuals have the capacity to make change infectious by transmitting one’s state of being amongst others. That is, energetic change will come through our social and cultural forms, and not by avoiding them. Developmental change on a large scale can occur by creating conscious change from within our daily lives and within our social systems, and not outside of them. By just walking on this planet, holding the focus and intention, we create incredible energy – energy that is shared. We are creating change by just being alive. That is why being without fear is so important. We need not create a black and white film in our heads when in reality we are creating colour. We can make use of the tools that are already available to us, and within us.
There is an exponentially increasing mass of us who are now awakening our empathic consciousness. Recent de-stabilizing events in our financial and political spheres have drawn people’s focus to the dysfunction of many of the systems that we once gave our trust to. Even the focus on religious extremism in the media has drawn people’s attention not only to the deficit of spiritual values in our major religions but also to how religion is being used as a tool for furthering social, political, and emotional control. This trance-like grip on our collective consciousness is now being stripped away as people awaken to the knowing that there is so much more to our lives than that of a materialistic and consumer-based lifestyle. Yet don’t become frustrated if things don’t happen tomorrow, but trust that changes and shifts are happening over time. The necessity of inner knowing, intuition, self-trust, and integrity, is now critical. And let us remember that humans are biased for compassion and empathy. The awakening of our empathic mind is our natural inheritance.
 Jacob Needleman, New Religions (New York: E P Dutton, 1977)
 This is Dr. Hawkins scale for calibrating the level of human consciousness according to his ‘Map of Consciousness’. See his work for further details
 D. Hawkins, Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behaviour (Arizona: Veritas Publishing, 1995)