A Taxonomy of Consciousness Growth

Updated: Feb 25



Abstract:


For the purpose of your personal and leadership development the topic of consciousness growth is a foundational pillar. However, how do we measure progress?


We refer to pure consciousness as the state of being aware and the observer of your experiences. It is helpful to distinguish different states of consciousness to guide a person in their journey of consciousness growth.


We propose a simple taxonomy - the "Ten States of Consciousness Growth" - that allows someone to determine their current level of consciousness (LOC) by self reflection, and discuss various aspects of consciousness growth. The proposed taxonomy is work in progress and will certainly evolve over time.



Introduction


The term consciousness is commonly the state of being aware of and responsive to one's surroundings.


When we’re talking about growing your consciousness, we refer to increasing your level of awareness or your level of consciousness (LOC.)


In the scientific community models or theories of consciousness usually relate to brain phenomena such as fast irregular electrical activity and widespread brain activation to properties of consciousness such as individual instances of subjective, conscious experience.


This raises the overall question whether consciousness is a result of brain activity derived from a chemical soup of amino acids, or as stated in more modern quantum physics a fundamental property of the natural world, a unified field of consciousness. There is no proof in either direction, and for the purpose of our discussion I would like to define


“Pure Consciousness (or Awareness) is the observer of all your Experiences”



Motivation


As a scientist my interest is to define a simple taxonomy of consciousness growth, that allows me to map one’s current state or LOC level to a predefined list of enumerated categories. If such an enumeration exists, that means there is a path that can be followed that is correlated with your consciousness growth.


In the spiritual community there are a variety of models of consciousness growth, that are sometimes very complex. When studying the literature and countless books on the topic I did not find a simple and practical model that can be easily understood or applied to map your consciousness growth.

For example, the book “1000: The Levels of Consciousness and a Map of the Stages of Awakening for Spiritual Seekers and Teachers” by Ramaji describes an elaborate system of consciousness growth with levels on a fine-grained scale from 1 to 1000. While for a spiritual seeker this system can be very helpful, for the use case of personal growth and leadership development it is too detailed.


I’m not saying that the existing models are not useful. However, for practical purposes on helping business leaders around the world providing guidance on consciousness growth I was looking for something basic and simple, but still helpful.


In addition, I want to have a model of consciousness growth that is free of spiritual systems, ideologies, or religious beliefs, basically focusing on pure present awareness growth and level of experience.



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