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The Emotional Scale – 9 levels of consciousness you need to know to live fulfilled and happy

17. April 2020

I want to go to Buxtehude. Could you please show me the way?
It’s not so easy when you don’t know where I am, where Buxtehude is, and how the way in between looks like, right?

And yet most of us walk through the world just as disoriented when it comes to our emotions. We want to be happy and content, but we neither know what we are feeling nor how we get to the good ones.

Our emotions influence every moment of our existence. They determine our feelings, thoughts, behavior, decisions, and actions and, therefore, every aspect of our life. Yet most of us have never really dealt with them.

Dr. David R. Hawkins, an internationally renowned spiritual teacher, author, and speaker on spirituality, consciousness research, and enlightenment, has developed a scale of consciousness in the course of his studies. He was able to assign emotions to the individual levels.

This scale serves as a map to understand what state we are currently in, gives an outlook on our goal – a state of inner peace, contentment, and happiness – and shows us the path we need to take to get there.

We can make a general statement. The higher we are on this scale, the better the quality of life – in all areas of our life.


Emotional Scale

Emotionsskalla von Dr. David R Hawkins

Everything and everyone gives off energy to its environment. It can be positive (high vibration) or negative (low vibration). We all know this, we usually just don’t talk about energy, but about the charisma of a person. We intuitively recognize the difference between a positive (friendly, honest, understanding) and negative (greedy, deceitful, hateful) person.

Just think of Mother Teresa and then of Adolf Hitler. What do you feel when you think of them? I feel a loving and warm feeling with Mother Teresa, while Hitler feels cold and hateful.

Each of us has an individual energy field that can be perceived by others. Depending on its quality, the vibration of the energy can be categorized on a scale from low to high. These correlate with different levels of consciousness, which in turn find expression in the corresponding emotions.

Dr. Hawkins has a detailed and shortened form of the scale. For reasons of better practicability, we will use the shortened form in this article.

If you want to learn more about the full scale, you can read the book “Power vs. Force” by Dr. David R Hawkins.

The nine emotions are presented from the highest vibrating energy down to the lowest vibrating energy, divided into three groups: positive, balanced energies, negative, pushing energies, and negative, pulling energies.

Positive, balanced Energies

We live in a state of abundance in these energies. We feel connected to the world and live in harmony with ourselves and our environment. We are calm and balanced within ourselves. There is no inherent lack that we would have to compensate for with anything outside. The world no longer needs to change for us to be happy and content.

In this state, we do not create out of lack, but from the feeling of abundance and joy. We live in the awareness that everything is one and that our wishes and needs are fulfilled. Our presence alone draws into our lives the people and situations that are necessary to achieve our goals. We no longer perceive obstacles and resistance as such. They are experiences and part of the process. The higher we vibrate, the smoother and easier we reach our goals.

We feel no inner resistance to our daily tasks. Therefore we work with ease and joy, are productive, and do not tire. In fact, the opposite occurs; our activities give us energy.

Since we give energy to our fellow human beings in these emotions, they feel attracted to us, enjoy spending time with us, support us gladly, and follow us willingly.

We give to others without expecting anything.


In this state, we experience the world as perfect. Everything seems to flow effortlessly. We are blissful and have the feeling of being one with the world. It is also called the state of enlightenment. However, this state is very rarely found among us humans.


This energy is free of internal resistance. In it, we are flexible, relaxed, harmonious, and take into account the needs of others. We have the feeling that life is good and that we are connected to everything.


When we live in courage, we have the feeling that our plans will succeed. We are determined, productive, enthusiastic about life, independent, and empowered. Effective action is possible. Here we want to generate win-win situations for us and our environment.

Negative Energies

As soon as we fall below courage, we experience a feeling of inherent lack and separation from the world. The world must now meet our expectations so that we can feel good. The lower our energy vibrates, the more we seek love, attention, and control on the outside to satisfy our own need for security and unity. In other words, the greater our inner lack, the more we pull emotionally and energetically on our environment.

This unspoken, always demanding attitude leads to the world distancing itself from us (the more negative, the more distant). This also explains why we generally seek contact with positive and successful people and distance ourselves from negative ones. In this sense, our negative attitude leads us to draw further negative experiences into our lives, to fail, to struggle to make friends, and to have problems in getting support from our environment.

Negative, pushing Energies

In the high-vibrating negative energies, we push our environment to ensure that we get what we need and want. Secretly, however, we doubt that our wishes and needs will be fulfilled. We, therefore, try to ensure their fulfillment through manipulation, threats, violence, and over-eagerness.

Although we can already show considerable success, life is a struggle and competition. We assume that there is not enough for everyone.

We give to others only in return for something. Be it money, love, recognition, or control.

Tasks are done because they have to be done. This is energy-draining and can lead to burn-out symptoms.

As soon as other people recognize our selfish intentions behind our actions, they feel used and betrayed. However, some people admire other people for this and see them as role models. People in this group are of the “perpetrator” type.


In pride, we have the feeling to be better than the others and that our ideas and plans are the best. We are driven by the need for success, recognition, the feeling of being something special and perfectionism. In this energy, we want to win at the expense of others (win-lose situations). It is the highest vibrating negative energy. It is subject to the feeling of lack and not being good enough. We already have a lot of energy and can be very successful (Donald Trump).


When we are angry, we want to counteract an inner fear with violence and threats on the outside. Here we are explosive, irritable, bitter, unpredictable, and resentful.


In this energy, we never have enough. We want more of everything, be it more money, possessions, sex partners, or pleasure. It is the feeling of “I must have this” and “Give it to me now”. In lust, the inherent lack is much more apparent than with pride and anger. Here, we actively seek something on the outside to fill an inner need.

Negative, pulling Energies

The lowest vibrating group of emotions has a purely demanding character. We doubt ourselves, our value, and our abilities so much that we cannot even believe that our wishes and needs can be met.

As a result, we demand the fulfillment of our needs from our environment without offering anything in return. We are entirely focused on ourselves and consumed by our suffering and problems. When other people do not give us what we want, we become reproachful.

Dealing with us is permanently exhausting and leads to the fact that mainly people with a similar state of consciousness tolerate our behavior. Other people may feel pity or feel guilty towards us in our presence. However, as contact with us is energy-consuming, they usually leave after a short time.

These energies are so dense and consume so much energy that self-doubt, lethargy, laziness, tiredness, and lack of motivation are constant companions. Targeted action is, therefore, often impossible. People in this group are of the “victim” type.


If we live in the energy of fear, we perceive dangers everywhere. We are cautious, defensive, overly concerned about our safety, possessive, jealous, restless, fearful, and alert.


In this energy, we feel helplessness, despair, loss, and regret (“If only I had…”). We have the feeling of being a loser and not being able to continue. We have the hope that someone else can help us, save us. It explains the heartache after a separation. When we feel that we cannot be happy without the other person. 


This energy is characterized by hopelessness and the feeling of “I can’t do this” and “who cares?”. Poverty is widespread here. Unlike grief, we no longer have the hope that someone else can help us. This energy is so dense that we often are not even aware of it. 

A small memory Aid

To better remember the order of emotions, we can use an acronym. An acronym is a word that consists of the first letters of other words. 

The acronym is: AGFLAP & CAP

The word itself does not make sense at first, but it is quite catchy. After a few repetitions, you should be able to remember it.

Then you will be able to deduce the individual emotions, arrange them on the scale, and separate the negative from the positive emotions.

Our Charisma vs. Consciously Experienced Emotions

From our own experience, it should be clear that we are never just in apathy, anger, acceptance, or any of the other emotions. Our emotional state is constantly changing, depending on what we experience and do. This must be the case as we can only consciously perceive one emotion at a time.

However, we store all the unexperienced energies in our bodies. As long as they are not addressed, they simply exist as potential. Only the right trigger leads to the appropriate energy being activated and experienced by us as an emotion.

In this sense, our charisma is the sum of all energies stored in our bodies. The more we can let go of the low vibrating energies, the higher we vibrate.

In my next article, I will tell you how by “letting go” of emotions, you can dissolve them and create a life in which you spend most of your time in the CAP emotions (peace, acceptance, and courage).

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Your Tim



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