3 Levels of Consciousness for Healing

3 Levels of Consciousness for Healing

Discover the 3 Levels of Consciousness for Healing – Contracted, Expanded and Pure Consciousness. As we grow in life we may spiral upwards and downwards through various levels of consciousness. If we feel attacked, afraid or under pressure our consciousness can become contracted. If we’re more open, hopeful and connected to God, nature and the beauty of the universe for example, we may have a more expanded consciousness that allows us to see that there are corners to tune, even when the mind can’t really be sure they are there. Pure consciousness understands the nature of reality, accepting it, exactly as it is, without false and subjective perceptions. Below we can start to look more deeply at how and why some of us can see less of reality than others.

Importantly, when you become more conscious you will have the innate ability to heal your life removing blocks caused by fear and uncertainty. All that therapy is, is the simple process of becoming more conscious of yourself, others, the world and God

The 3 Levels of Consciousness for healing, which spiral us upwards from Contracted, then Expanded to then Pure Consciousness allow us to see different perspectives of our lives. If we have a more contracted view of the world it is like thinking you have completed life’s 500 piece puzzle and you have that image in your mind. However, if life is a million piece puzzle, which it is, you probably will have the wrong image guiding you. An incomplete picture of yourself and reality is using a map to New York city, when you’re in London. This is how we can become stuck in life. Stuck or depressed or anxious and fearful of life itself. Without the right map, we will almost certainly get lost!

“Remember that your perception of the world is a reflection of your state of consciousness.”

Eckhart Tolle

Consciousness refers to your individual awareness of your unique thoughts, memories, feelings, sensations, and environments. Essentially, your consciousness is your awareness of yourself and the world around you. This awareness is subjective and unique to you. So let us say that again. Your awareness is subjective and unique to you. What this means is that we are never quite spot-on when it comes to how we see reality. There is always some space on either side of what the truth is. This is why we need to think and rethink our way through life. We need to understand that the power of contemplation and the ability to think and rethink what we understand is essential. 3 Levels of Consciousness for Healing allow us to see reality from many different angles, as many as our neurochemistry can contain. More consciousness allows more of reality to flow through our minds, unhindered by false presuppositions, judgements and cognitive distortions. All of which we are prone to have.


The first level of consciousness is contracted consciousness. Contracted consciousness can be likened to sitting in a darkened room with only a match stick as light. All you can see is what that single flame shows you exists in that room. So you may not be able to see the whole room but only parts of the room that are close to you. This is what it is like for us when we operate from a place of contracted consciousness. If we can’t see the whole picture it is unlikely we are going to get the consequences that we want to manifest every time. To be able to see the whole picture of things as they really are we need to level up to expanded consciousness.

Expanded consciousness can be likened metaphorically to sitting in that same darkened room in a house, on a chair, with the lights off. You are given a torch and you are able to shine the torch around the room and see more of what is on the walls, what books are on the shelves, what lies on the floor and the ceiling. Expanding our consciousness is something we need to continuously do and practice throughout our lifetimes. Life is all about moving forwards and not staying stuck.

We must remember that today more people than ever before in history are stuck. They are stuck in depression and are anxious and more fearful than ever before. This year in Europe we understand that over 40% of the population are on some kind of medication to manage their depression and anxiety. That is an absolutely mammoth number. It is also of concern when we see that when we treat people with depression and anxiety that they have been on these medications for decades. The medications assist but are not working well enough. They are not helping people alleviate fear and stress. They do help people cope better. But that is not what life is about. We need to thrive and not just survive. We need to re-establish who we are why we are here and what we need to do with our lives through expanding our consciousness. We need to better understand ourselves and reality at the same time to get out and through this health crisis. Expanded consciousness moves you from the intellect to your emotions and creates a deeper understanding of your Sacred Self. Our intellect is not enough to get us to where we need to be to make this life worth while and more liveable. To live higher quality lives we certainly need expanded consciousness more today than ever before.

“We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin

The last of the 3 Levels of consciousness is pure consciousness. From this level we are able to see reality exactly as it is. It is my experience that pure consciousness can be achieved through practising things like contemplation, mindfulness, yoga and other intuitive practices that help us access body, mind and soul together. Universally. Pure consciousness moves us from dichotomous thinking to unspoiled and unbiased clarity. We don’t see the world as it is, we tend to rather see it as we are. If we are negative and void of hope we can see the entire world in this way. Even if it is not the case that the world is dark and malevolent, we can still see and experience every day of our lives in this way. This is how we treat clients who see a bad world that surrounds them. We simply show them where this badness is in their core. I put it to you like this. Fear – It is not out there, but inside our minds. It is a sleeping dragon, an enemy within, that feeds in the shadows and recesses of our subconscious minds. When you shine your light on the darkness in the mind the bad stuff melts into nothingness.

Finally, a course in miracles teaches us that pain is a wrong perspective and nothing aside from our minds, really do us harm. Let us look at what this teaches us about consciousness. 

“Pain is a wrong perspective. When it is experienced in any form, it is proof of self deception. It is not a fact at all. There is no form of tax that will not disappear if seen a right… pain is a sign illusions rain in place of truth. It demonstrates God is denied, confused with fear, perceived as mad, and seen as a traitor to himself. It is your thoughts alone that cause you pain. Nothing external to your mind can hurt or NG you in anyway. There is no cause beyond yourself that can reach down and bring oppression. No one but yourself affect. There is nothing in the world that has the power to make you ill or sad or week or frail. But it is you who have the power to dominate all things you see by merely recognising what you are”. 

Published by Mark L Lockwood

Mark L Lockwood (BA)(Hons)(psy) teaches spiritual transformation and is the founder of Contemplative Intelligence. Author of The Power of Contemplative Intelligence, Autotherapy and Recovery Magic. Our work is about the science of finding your spiritual self.

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