In embarking on my twenty-one day journey as I read Hasselbeck’s Heart-Centered Metaphysics which is entitled, I began to recognize the roles of the Four Levels of Consciousness in my daily life. The Four Levels of Consciousness are Victim, Victor, Vessel, and Verity. The Victim consciousness is in play when I feel that everything is happening to me. The Victor consciousness believes that at least to a certain extent, I can control my experiences. The Vessel consciousness realizes that Divine Spirit acts through me, using me as a conduit or vessel. Verity consciousness recognizes Oneness.
Victim Consciousness – Why is this happening to me?
As a student of Unity Principles, I like to think that I am way beyond the Victim Consciousness. However, in concentrating more on my consciousness for the twenty one days, I realize that, in fact, I still have my moments of playing the victim of my circumstances. For instance, my husband’s car has been at the mechanic for several months now because he is having a new engine put in. As a result, we have been a one-car household for all of this time. Now, with a week left until he can pick up his car, my car quit on the side of I-95, in the rain, when my husband was on the way to work. I also might add that he was already running late. When he called me to arrange a tow truck, my immediate thoughts were something like this. “Why does this always happen to us! We went from two cars, to one car, to zero cars! How are we going to get around now?” Being an observer of my thoughts, I saw that I was playing the victim. The truth is that none of that mattered. My husband, although wet from rain and very annoyed, was safe. I was safe and dry in my living room, working on my laptop, with no time clock to punch. My car was towed to the mechanic by Triple A, and Nik was allowed to borrow a van from work until he picks up car. The reality is that all is well. Nothing is happening to me.
Victor Consciousness – I control my events and experiences
In order to have a Victor Consciousness, one still has to have somewhat of the victim mentality still in place. I have been looking for website projects in order to fund my new business venture. I apply and apply. I commit to work harder, work longer hours, and do all that I physically can to get more clients. I meditate and set my intention in the morning to get website clients. I thought that an easy way to get some quick clients would be to sign up on a freelancer site. I did so, filling out my profile and adding my portfolio. Although several potential clients have said that they like my portfolio, other contractors are bidding low to the get the project. Since I won’t bid lower, I don’t get the project and get no offers from the freelancer site. This mentality is me thinking that through prayer, meditation, and perseverance, I can make things happen for me the way I expect them to happen. However, my plan is not working the way that I expect. Instead, it is happening in a completely different way.
I am one with Divine Spirit – We are One with All That Is.
In applying for work on a freelancer website, I am, by definition, going to be making less money per project than if I were to cold call clients and sell my services directly. What happened instead was the path of least resistance. A former business partner called me, saying that he had more work than he could handle wanted me to work with him. Serendipitously, another friend of mine is out of work and asked me to train her in Social Media Marketing. As it happens, my new partner and I need a Social Media coordinator. Another friend called me and asked me to help her with her website. Meanwhile, she is a web publisher and can help me promote my Prosperity Pro website (which is my ultimate goal anyway). I feel it – the connection and oneness. It is not because I am physically applying for more jobs; It is because my vibration is being answered by people in my spiritual network. Friends are hearing me and coming to help, and I am connecting with their vibration, because of oneness and connection.
We are all parts of the whole and one at the same time. Separateness is an illusion. Scientists now theorize that the universe itself has consciousness. Although, I am still caught up in the physical realm, I understand that this is where I live right now. This training ground that we call Earth is where we as a population will eventually evolve to realize verity consciousness.