Consciousness Frequencies - How do they work?

The progress toward the attainment of higher consciousness can be derived through the research of Dr. David Hawkins, in Power vs. Force, through a concept he calls ‘consciousness frequencies’. The consciousness frequency of humanity underwent a major shift around the Harmonic Convergence in 1987, and again surrounding the events of September 11, 2001.

According to Dr. Hawkins’ research, the scale of consciousness frequencies runs from 0-1000, with a turning point around 200, where we move from self-destructive to life-enhancing experiences. At the bottom of the scale is shame, progressing up through apathy, grief, and fear, to anger, pride, and finally, at level 200, to courage. Above this line, beginning with courage, it progresses up to neutrality, acceptance, reason, then further up to love, joy, peace, and finally reaching level 700 embarks on the various states of enlightenment. The journey up this scale is representative of our individual spiritual evolution.

According to Dr. Hawkins’ system the average human consciousness on the planet right now is just below 200, yet the collective human consciousness is above this line. This paradox is due to the fact that the people vibrating at a much higher level of consciousness along this scale helps to counterbalance the majority of others vibrating below 200.

The scale advances logarithmically. For instance, one person vibrating at love, which is 500 on the scale, counterbalances 750,000 individuals below the line, while one enlightened person at 700 counterbalances 70 million others below the line!


Courage (200) – The first level of true strength. This is where one starts to see life as challenging and exciting instead of overwhelming. This level promotes interest in personal growth, such as skill-building, career advancement, and further education. Here a person starts to see their future as an improvement upon their past, rather than a continuation of the same.

Neutrality (250) – This level is epitomized by the phrase, “live and let live.” It’s flexible, relaxed, and unattached. Whatever happens, there is no need to have anything to prove. One feels safe and easily relating with other people. This is a very comfortable place sometimes promoting a level of complacency and laziness. Here a person is taking care of their needs, but won’t push too hard.

Willingness (310) – At this level a persona is safe and comfortable, and can start using their energy more effectively. One begins to take action and thinks about time management, productivity, and getting organized, things that weren’t so important at the level of neutrality. This is the level where the development of willpower and self-discipline becomes important. This is the point where one consciousness becomes more organized and disciplined.

Acceptance (350) – This is the level where a powerful shift happens, and one awakens to the possibilities of living proactively. At the level of willingness one becomes competent, and now their

abilities are multiplied to good use. This is the level of setting and achieving goals. This level drives many people to switch careers, start a new business, or change their lifestyle.

Reason (400) – At this level one transcends the emotional aspects of the lower levels and begins to think clearly, rationally, and start making meaningful contributions. Hawkins defines this as the level of medicine and science. At the very high end, this is the level of Einstein and Freud.


Love (500) – Unconditional love, a permanent understanding of one’s connectedness with all that exists, a deep sense of compassion. At the level of reason, one is living in service to the mind. At the level of love, one now places their mind and all your other talents and abilities in service to one’s heart. This is the level of awakening to one’s true purpose. All motives at this level are pure and uncorrupted by the desires of the ego. This is the level of lifetime service to humanity and beginning to feel as being guided by a force greater than oneself. Examples are Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Hawkins claims this level is reached only by 1 in 250 people during their entire lifetimes.

Joy (540) – This is the ultimate state of pervasive, unshakable happiness. Eckhart Tolle describes this state in The Power of Now. This is the level of saints and advanced spiritual teachers. Just being around people at this level makes one feel incredible. At this level life is fully guided by synchronicity and intuition. There’s no more need to set goals and make detailed plans — the expansion of your consciousness allows one to operate at a much higher level.

Peace (600) – Supreme transcendence. Hawkins claims this level is reached only by one person in 10 million.

Enlightenment (700-1000) – The highest level of human consciousness, where humanity blends with divinity. Extremely rare. The level of Krishna, Buddha, and Jesus. Even to just think and study about people at this level can raise one’s consciousness.