In the classical Fourth way teaching is said that the there are four level of consciousness that the human being can perceive: the sleep state, the walking state, the state of self awareness and the state of objective awareness, but he ordinary lives in the first two states and, only in special situations where great emotions are involved he can experience the third state and almost never the fourth. This is a well known topic for the practitioners of this path. But, there are also a division that generally is ignored or placed apart, but is even important to the harmonious developement of a man, a knowledge that can improve the acievement of the third and fourth state: the level of our being.
The difference between the understanding the four states of awareness and the level of our being has to be reached in the different degree we use to understand them. In fact, the theory of the Four state is mathematical, scientific, and admits no exeptions: there are four, and only four states, and every man’s awareness can be placed in one of them: so, this is a sort of global law, as it must be.
But, if we speak about the level of being we can suddendly perceive that we can’t use any mathematical or scientific system to place ourselves in a determinate degree; the reason is that every man has his degree of being! This is a fact! Even two persons with the ‘’same’’ state of consciousness does not have the same degree of being- it is not a law, it is a personal thing. So, if in the earth lives 7 billions of people, we have 7 billions of different levels of being. As the fingerprints, there are not two same levels of being.
So, let’s explain what means ‘’level of being’’.
Level of Being
We all know that there are different social levels, we can see people submerged in politics and there are church people, business people, country folk, etc. In the same maneer ther are different levels of being for each individual: magnanimous, petty, generous, mean, violent, peaceful, chaste, lustful, etc… These are different degree of being level. If our aim is the self developement, we must understand and assimilate that concept. Tere are many levels of being and we are not an exeption.
This level of being determs the situations that we attract in our daily life. An alcololic will attract other alcholholics and will always find himself involved with pubs and bars; this is a fact.
A lustful will attract will be involved in situations of lasciviousness and suffer the consequences that his acts will create.
Similary, each person will attract the situations related to his level of being.
This is one of the reasons why what happened to us yesterday will happen again today and will happen again tomorrow. We are ”creature of habits”, so we always repeat the same things, and when we speak about our mistakes we never learn the lessons of life. That’s the situation we live in. We allways say and do the same things, complain about the same things, and this is like as we wake up every morning on the same Sunday, as we live every day the same day: we are fixed habits animals who lives a boring repetitions of pour daily dramas, comedies and tragedies. This will continue as long as we carry within all the undesirable elements of anger, greed, lust, envy, pride, laziness, gluttony and so forth.
So, once became aware of our situation, how to escape this miserable condition that harms our life. First of all we have to ask ourselves a concrete question: What is our level of Being?
To escape this repetitions we must radically change our level of being.
We must understand that everything, all circumstances that occur outside of ourselves, on the world stage are, without exception, the reflection of what we carry within: “the exterior is the reflection of the interior.”
So, when we change internally and the change is radical, then the exterior circumstances of life also change. Where is our level of Being? Have you ever reflected upon this? It is impossible to move to another level if we ignore the state we find ourselves in.
The Scale of Beings
First, we must underastand that each of us, independently of his social status, work, role, sex, health is at one or another level of Being.
We can imagine a stairway that ascends vertically from beneath us with very many steps. This is the figurative representation of the scale of Being. As said, each person is different, and each person has his level of being: we find ourselves on one of these steps.
On the other side there is a horizontal line that represents the mechanical life of men: the time and years, that of being born, growing, developing, marrying, reproducing, aging and dying- all this represent the linear mechanical part of our life. All our life is centered on this horizontal scale that doesn’t represent any kind of changes. At this level all the things are repetivive, anything changes. We are slaves of the Law of Randomless.
The scale of being has nothing to do with linear time; on the rungs of such a ladder we find only levels of Being. The only thing that can chenge here is the level of being. In fact, instant to instant, immediately above us there’s higher level of Being. There is no time, no past, no future, only the ethernal here and now, within ourselves. This is the vertical scale of our life.
Personality develops and unfolds on the horizontal line: it is born and dies within its linear transitory time.
The levels of Being and the Being itself, doesn’t belong to the Law of time, it has nothing to do with the horizontal line, it is within ourselves. It is ”Now”, on the vertical line. It would be usesless to search for our own Being outside of ourselves. Nor titles, grades, promotions or money can develop in any way our Being allowing him to pass to a higher step on the levels of Being.
These horizontal and vertical lines meet from moment to moment in our psychological realm and form a symbolically a cross. The level of our Being is here and now, inside of us, in the center of this cross where the horizontal meets the vertical line.
So, if we wish to understand our level of Being we have to search it in the present moment.
Developement of the Being
There is a chance to change the level of our being, there is a chance to develop and ascend to a higher step on the vertical line. When we struggle to remember ourselves, when we work on ourselves, when we escape the trap of identifications with all the problems and sorrows of life, we start to walk on the the vertical path. Certainly, is not easy to eliminate our negative emotions, to lose all identifications; there are so much problems in every field of our life, in our business, financial situations, emotive situations, etc… We suffer every moment of our life, at every breath we take, and even the moment of happiness are seen whit sadness because in some degree of our understanding we know that they are transitory. When we are involved in the whril of our own problems we lose ourselves, our real Being, completely identifyed with our momental tragedies.
The work on oneself is the fundamental characteristic of the vertical path. Nobody could walk the path of the vertical way if he were never to work on himself. This is a work of psychological nature; that we need is to learn how to live from moment to moment.
Anyone who is depressed for emotional, economical, or other problem, obviously doesn’t feel himself: he isn’t. But, if he would stop for a moment, observe the situation and try to remember himself and then make an effort to understand the mechanics of his attitude, maybe some things would change.
It is possible to transform mechanical reactions through logical confrontation and intimate selfreflection of the Being, stopping our mechanical reactions to the circumstances of life. Again, this is not a simple task, it needs discipline, and the discipline requires perserverance: those two qualities are the qualities of the real seeker, the walker on the path of his Being. And, the ”Realm of Being” is the only possibility we have to live a real life.