Why Is the World So Crazy?! The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior
Have you ever noticed that some people seem to be totally crazy? Yeah, me too. What about the way some people seem to find themselves in the same varieties of circumstances and relationships over and over again?
This reminds me of when I was a teenager and how much I dreaded going out in public with my mother. She walked around with a seething anger inside of her and was always scanning the world for an excuse to unleash it on something. We’d go somewhere like the mall, and if someone did even the smallest thing that she found offensive or rude, she’d just unload a torrent of hatefulness on them. The trigger could be the “wrong” tone of voice in how a salesperson spoke to her. It could be when a stranger looked at her son (aka, me) sideways because he was wearing makeup and a skirt in a town where the weirdest thing anyone wore were t-shirts with “edgy” Looney Tunes on them.
Being out in public with my mother was additionally unpleasant because other angry, hateful people would find her and make her the target of their crappy behavior. They seemed like moths and bright lights for each other. Out of nowhere, someone would say something really cruel to her, or intentionally block her way with their cart in a small aisle just because they could, or blatantly cut in front of her in line at checkout. It was all so unnecessary, and it would just fuel her internal fires of anger and disdain for people.
I used to kind of step back and watch these things happen, thinking, “What the hell is going on here?”
How is it that the same person, regardless of where they go, can find themselves in such similar situations time after time after time? How can one person’s experience in the world basically repeat day in and day out, while some of the people right next to them are experiencing a completely different world? They’re clearly just cursed or born crazy-people, right?
Eh, not so much. When people talk about this sort of stuff, they frequently use the word “energy” to describe a person’s emotional state, their outlook on life, or their orientation to others. As in: “That lady’s giving off some bad vibes” or “I trust that guy—he has great energy” or even “the energy of that room was electric!”
A huge clue to the mystery behind human behavior is in plain sight in the language we use, but it’s not particularly useful in that form because it’s so vague and general. But, about 35 years ago, a scientist made a discovery that began to unravel the mystery of what is going on with people and their “energy.”
Wait, so all these people aren’t just crazy?
A life-changing bit of serendipity happened to me in 2004. It involved laundry.
A thousand miles from where I was living in Seattle, my older brother had some dirty clothes, and as one typically does in that situation, he took them to the laundry room. This laundry room was part of a rather large apartment complex, so it was shared by a lot of other people. One of those people had left a book in said laundry room, and my brother found it.
My phone rang one day, and it was him. What he said was basically “OMG, I found this crazy book in the laundry room, and it’s blowing my mind! YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!”
These were the days before Amazon.com was part of my life, so I started calling around to find a copy. It turned out to be a relatively obscure book, because none of the “big box” book stores near me had it in stock. But my brother made it sound really important, so my search continued. I called indie book store after indie book store, and finally, I found a place that had one copy left in stock. I asked them to set it aside for me, and headed across town to nab this apparently magical book.
The book was Power vs. Force by a man named David R. Hawkins, whom I’d never heard of.
Was the book magic? Yes, it was, but not like the book in The NeverEnding Story. It was magic in the way that, hundreds of years ago, a book describing the details of epigenetics or human DNA would’ve been magical.
The overarching theme of everything Hawkins discusses in the book involves the concept that there’s a substantial difference between the energies of power and force in the universe. One way to understand the difference is to look at the tremendous force required for a rocket to overcome the power of gravity as it leaves the Earth’s atmosphere (which requires reaching a speed of about 25,000 MPH). Force is finite and requires energy that eventually runs out, whereas power is an innate quality in whatever it’s found in and doesn’t become depleted.
"Aaaaand, what does any of this have to do with human behavior?" –Bob from Accounting
Well, one of Hawkins’ biggest discoveries was that our thoughts are not just the result of the chemicals or electrical impulses in our brains any more than the music you hear coming out of a stereo has originated from within the stereo itself. Whoa, right? And even crazier, those thoughts have distinctive energetic signatures that are not only quantifiable, they have constructive or destructive effects on those who are experiencing them (à la power vs. force).
Maybe you just had one of two reactions to that paragraph:
1. “Yeah, whatever, hippy. Why don’t you go ‘manifest’ something?”
If your reaction was #1, all I can say is that new information and understanding can’t get into a closed mind that thinks it already understands everything—that is the antithesis of the scientific method. So open that mind up, buddy! (Also, I address some additional concerns that Bob has in The Skeptics’ Lounge in part 2 of this series.)
But, if your reaction was #2 . . . I KNOW, RIGHT?!?!
So, again, your thoughts do not originate in the physical structure of your brain. Activity in your consciousness definitely has corresponding physical events (neurons fire, chemicals are released, etc.), but those physical events are not the source of the thoughts you experience; they’re an effect of an event happening within the field of consciousness.
Oh yeah, by the way, consciousness is actually a field of energy.
What’s more, the energy of our thoughts exists “within” the field of consciousness on a quantifiable spectrum, and each point on the spectrum has distinctive qualities. It's similar to the way different frequencies of light appear to us as different colors. The emotional states that we call “courage” or “shame” or “love” exist on a spectrum in much the same way that we see various frequencies of light as the colors “red” or “blue” or “green.”
For reference, here’s a super quick overview of how the light spectrum is structured (the physics of light are amazing, but that’s a topic for another post).
Saying that “thought energy” exists on a spectrum can sound totally nuts at first, but so does the notion that it’s possible to harness the sun’s energy, which was eaten by dinosaurs millions of years ago and then trapped underground while they decomposed into a black sludge that we suck out of the ground and refine in order to propel astonishingly complex metal-and-plastic machines down smooth black asphalt strips that we’ve constructed out of more liquid dinosaurs and tiny rocks. I mean, seriously… WHAT?!
Existence is weird, man!
So, who was David R. Hawkins?
This is some fairly far-out stuff, so let’s take a moment to look at who David R. Hawkins was. Was he some crackpot spiritual “guru” who lived in a cave and talked to pet rocks? Quite the contrary, actually.
David R. Hawkins (M.D., Ph.D) was an honored physician whose work was pioneering. Among many other impressive accomplishments, in 1973 he co-authored the groundbreaking work Orthomolecular Psychiatry with Nobel Laureate chemist Linus Pauling, initiating a new field within psychiatry. He also oversaw the largest clinical practice in the United States while he was the Medical Director of the North Nassau Mental Health Center (1956–1980) and the Director of Research at Brunswick Hospital (1968–1979).
So, yeah, the guy was no fool. And with his discoveries, and through extremely rigorous scientific experimentation and research, he developed the Map of Consciousness, where he delineated the entire spectrum of expressions of consciousness possible within the human experience.
For instance, if someone is participating in the energy field of consciousness at level 150, their experience is dominated by anger; hate is the general emotional filter their experiences are passing through, and they generally view life as antagonistic.
So according to Hawkins’ discoveries, there are identifiable factors behind the behavior of people like my mother. There are actual energetic states behind my own experiences and subjective perceptions of the world. And, samesies for all of the other thoughts, opinions, beliefs, and behaviors that we see expressed in the world around us.
It’s the level of consciousness that a person is participating in that is the determinant of whether they see the world through rose-colored glasses or poop-covered glasses.
Coming up next
What this post has touched on is just the teeny-tiny, itty-bitty tip of the massive iceberg that is what Hawkins discovered. I’ve spent the last 15 years studying this work, and I’ve found that the ability to become aware of the energetic reality behind people’s behavior allows a level of clarity that is invaluable, and otherwise not possible.
The next posts in this series will take you on a journey through the mind-bending physics behind this work and the testing method at the heart of consciousness research. We’ll also be looking at an illuminating real-world example of how the Map of Consciousness can be used.
The 2016 Presidential race is a very important one because of the nature of Donald Trump and his rhetoric. We’ll be looking at an in-depth breakdown that takes things out of the domain of subjective interpretation and guessing what he “really meant.” We’ll be looking at the energetic reality behind this man.
Donald Trump is a very dangerous person. This is a type of analysis you’re not going to see anywhere else—at least not until more people are aware of this work and start utilizing it.